Restaurant News

Ruth’s Chris adds items; Lowman lodge opens

The 40-ounce bone-in tomahawk rib eye “specialty cut” steak.
The 40-ounce bone-in tomahawk rib eye “specialty cut” steak. Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Chris Steak House has made quite the impression on Boise’s fine-dining scene since it debuted in the Eighth & Main building in 2014.

The storied international chain restaurant is known for its upscale dining experience and high-grade steaks that get seared in a specially designed 1,800-degree broiler, locking in the juices.

Three new specialty cuts were recently added to the mainstay Prime Steaks menu — the first major changes to this portion of the menu in 50 years.

Expect to drop some bucks on these steaks, which include a 16-ounce bone-in filet ($64), a 19-ounce bone-in New York strip ($59) and a whopping 40-ounce bone-in rib-eye steak ($115) suited for colossal appetites.

New side dishes include grilled asparagus with hollandaise ($10), fire-roasted corn with jalapeno ($9) and pan-roasted cremini mushrooms with thyme ($10).

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 800 W. Main St., is open 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy hour is offered 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily.

Online: ruthschris.com.

Southfork Lodge opens restaurant, bar

Chris and Beth Armour purchased the Southfork Lodge, 7234 Idaho 21, in Lowman earlier this summer, just days before the fast-moving Pioneer Fire roared toward town. Luckily the fire didn’t burn through the 22.6-acre property situated on the South Fork of the Payette River, but the Armours could definitely feel the heat.

The enterprising couple opened the lodging part (cabins, a riverside inn and a bed-and-breakfast inn) of their new business venture in late July. On Labor Day weekend, the Armours debuted the restaurant and bar. For now, diners can find a menu that features appetizers such as pulled pork nachos ($12), deep-fried dill pickles ($9), beef finger steaks ($10/regular and $18/large) and the aptly named Back Burn Wings ($9/regular and $16/large).

Also expect to find a few burgers ($12-$15) made on crusty pretzel buns. Sandwiches include The Sawtooth ($12/crispy chicken, bacon and white cheddar) and a pulled pork sandwich ($12). Burgers and sandwiches come with a choice of fries, spud salad, baked beans or coleslaw.

The menu will be expanded in the spring, Chris Armour says.

Wash everything down with a pint of craft beer (chosen from a small list of local and regional draft brews) or a glass of wine. The bar also turns out non-alcoholic cocktails.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, and people can get pastries and espresso drinks in the morning from 7 to 11 a.m.

Online: facebook.com/ southfork-lodge.

Owyhee Tavern to open next month

Owyhee Tavern Steak & Sea is ready to make its Downtown Boise debut.

The restaurant and bar plans to open in The Owyhee building at 11th and Main streets on Saturday, Oct. 8.

The 5,500-square-foot restaurant space — formerly home to The Gamekeeper — is the second restaurant venture from Barry Werner, John Toth and Kristy Toth. The three owners also operate Tavern at Bown Crossing, which has served Southeast Boise since 2007 at 3111 S. Bown Way.

However, Owyhee Tavern should not be considered a second Tavern at Bown Crossing location, Werner says.

The Owyhee Tavern menu will focus more on steak and seafood.

Although it’s in a historic building, Owyhee Tavern will have a modern feel, Werner says. The restaurant will include outdoor patio seating on 11th Street, a 115-seat bar area, seating for 150 in the dining space, and two additional private dining and event rooms. The bar will focus on wine and craft cocktails, Werner says, and will offer nine beers on tap.

Restaurant hours (the bar will stay open later): 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Sunday for brunch, 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday for dinner. (The owners are still determining whether brunch will be served on opening weekend.)

Online: facebook.com/ owyheetavern

Ramen restaurant delays opening

Put down your pingpong paddle. Not to mention your chopsticks.

RamaPong won’t open in late September as originally planned.

The eatery in the basement space below Boise Fry Co. in the Adelmann Building is running behind schedule.

“We are looking to extend our opening to later this fall,” says Andrew Hanebutt, marketing manager at Boise Fry Co.

When it does debut, RamaPong plans to offer steaming bowls of ramen and hot games of pingpong in an 1,800-square-foot bar and restaurant area.

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