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New meals to try in Boise: German, ‘global’ fast food & bone marrow flan

The Khao San burrito at Freshii, which recently opened on the Boise State campus.
The Khao San burrito at Freshii, which recently opened on the Boise State campus.

Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen debuted Oct. 10 in the former Papa Murphy’s spot at 1340 S. Vista Ave. in Boise’s Bench Depot neighborhood.

The German-inspired eatery, owned by Gregory Hanson and Jamie Webster, keeps the focus on Bavaria with a chalkboard menu scribbled with offerings in the form of deli-style sandwiches, soups, salads and more.

In addition to the deli items, there’s a hot special each day pulled from a rotating lineup that features spatzle egg noodles with beef, breaded veal (wienerschnitzel), roasted ham hock (schweinehaxe) and chicken paprika, to name a few. Get there early, though, if you want to try the daily special because the dish typically sells out by the end of the lunch rush.

“The hot side (daily special) is kind of like a luncheonette. When it’s gone, it’s gone,” Webster says.

Das Alpenhaus orders cured meats from Bavarian Meats in Seattle, and from other purveyors in Chicago and points east. Real-deal German-style sandwich breads, cakes and tortes come from Vosen’s Bread Paradise in Salt Lake City.

The deli doubles as a market, which gets stocked with grocery items from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including beer, wine, imported cow’s milk cheeses and European chocolates.

“We should have all the Christmas goodies in by the end of the month,” Webster says.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Freshii comes to Boise

Freshii opened Sept. 30 in the Education Building, 2133 Cesar Chavez Lane, at Boise State University, in a former Subway sandwich shop.

The franchise chain is based in Toronto and has eateries in more than 80 cities in the United States and nearly 20 countries. This is the first one in Boise.

The company bills itself as a “global health-casual, fresh food concept.” And that means diners can order healthy, affordable fast food chosen from a multitude of global ingredients. The customizable offerings include salads, wraps, burritos, soups and bowls made with brown rice, ancient grains or rice noodles.

Go for a Buddha’s Satay bowl ($6.49) brimming with rice noodles, fresh veggies, crispy wontons and spicy peanut sauce. Another good pick is the Baja burrito ($6.49) with quinoa, fresh veggies, avocado, salsa fresca and cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Or take the chill off with a bowl of spicy lemongrass soup ($5.99).

Freshii also serves breakfast dishes, fresh juices, smoothies and low-fat frozen yogurt (customized with a variety of toppings).

Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.


Chandlers upgrades menu

Chandlers, 981 W. Grove St., at Hotel 43, recently added some new dishes with European flair to its high-end steak and seafood menu.

Executive chef Luis Flores has come up with starters such as velvety beef bone marrow flan ($16) with morel mushrooms, marrow demi-glace and slices of toasted brioche. For a few dollars more you can get pan-seared Hudson Valley foie gras ($37) served atop brioche with morel mushrooms in port wine demi-glace, accented by apple-onion compote and strawberry-rhubarb reduction.

New entrées include sautéed wild Baja abalone ($95/with meunier butter and wild mushroom risotto) and butter-poached Maine lobster tail ($72) with tomato concasse and Parmesan risotto.

Chandlers is open 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In other Chandlers news, make reservations now for the restaurant’s Champagne dinner Nov. 15.

The five-course dinner ($200 per person, reception starts at 7 p.m.) will be paired to top-notch Champagnes from the likes of J. Roget and Drappier, as well as bubblies from smaller grower-producers.

Make reservations online ( or call (208) 383-4300.

Bonefish Grill celebrates seafood

October is National Seafood Month, and Bonefish Grill, 855 W. Broad St., in BoDo is celebrating with a fall-inspired prix fixe menu.

The three-course Dine & Discover menu ($50 for two people) features a Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer, a choice of entrées and a shared dessert.

Entrée choices include maple-bourbon salmon (roasted on a cedar plank), wild snapper and shrimp, and fresh-as-can-be swordfish with pumpkin ravioli.

The restaurant also has deals on glasses of wine throughout the month. How does a $9 glass of King Estate “Signature Collection” Pinot Gris sound?

Besides wine specials, bartenders are mixing a taste of the fall season with a lineup of martini specials.

Bonefish Grill is open 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

For reservations, call (208) 433-1234.


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