Did you know that Sunday, Aug. 20, is National Bacon Lover’s Day?
Enjoy America’s favorite cured meat during brunch at one of these area restaurants:
Bacon, 121 N. 9th St., obviously has a bacon-heavy menu that’s offered on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Good picks include the Bacon Meatball “Sammich” ($11) and the Bacon “Styx” Sampler ($10), a mélange of four house-smoked bacons (ranging from spicy to sweet) protruding from shot glasses. No reservations needed.
Owyhee Tavern, 1109 Main St., dishes up brunch on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here you can score a house-made Bacon Board ($18) that’s loaded with Kurobuta bacon, brown sugar-glazed beef bacon, applewood-smoked bacon jam, grilled sourdough bread, garlic confit and stone-ground mustard. Another good choice is the Tavern Omelet ($12), plumped up with lots of bacon lardons, pork sausage, ham and cheddar-jack cheese. Reservations recommended. Call (208) 639-0440.
Angell’s Bar and Grill-Renato, 999 Main St., recently resurrected its brunch program — offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Try the house-baked quiche with bacon, mushrooms and tomato ($9.99). Or go for a breakfast pizza topped with bacon, spinach and Parmesan ($7.99). Reservations recommended. Call (208) 342-4900.
The Cutwater at Shore Lodge, 501 W. Lake St., offers a new restaurant concept for diners in McCall. Located in the renovated Lake Grill spot, the restaurant serves a large breakfast/brunch menu on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. This time of year, you should definitely order the huckleberry pancakes ($15) served with applewood-smoked bacon, whole-hog sausage, real-deal maple syrup and whipped butter. Make reservations at shorelodge.com.
Blaze Pizza to open two new locations
Blaze Pizza will soon debut a second Treasure Valley location, this one in Nampa, at 16375 N. Merchant Way, near the Karcher Road and I-84 interchange. If all goes well, it should be open by late September.
A third Valley location, and the second one in Meridian, will open later this year in a new complex near Fred Meyer at the corner of Chinden Boulevard and Linder Road.
The California-based pizza chain has had much success since opening a few years ago at The Village at Meridian, 2206 N. Eagle Road, across the parking lot from the Boise Co-op.
Blaze Pizza is known for its Neapolitan-style pies that come out of a fiery, revolving-deck brick oven in about three minutes. Diners can choose customizable pizzas with a gamut of toppings (various sauces, meats, cheeses and veggies).
Head to Sweet for some Basque fare
For a hearty pre-eclipse supper, you should head to the hills on Saturday, Aug. 20, for a Basque dinner at the Triangle Inn, 8770 N. Idaho 52.
The venerable eatery near Emmett puts on Basque dinners ($18.95 per person) the first and third Sundays of each month from 4 to 9 p.m. The all-inclusive menu changes slightly each time, but it typically features seafood paella, marinated beef, red bean and chorizo soup, oven-roasted veggies, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Diners can also get the regular menu all day if Basque food isn’t their thing.
Reservations are required for the Sunday Basque dinners. Call (208) 584-3246.
Online: facebook.com/ trianglerestaurant.
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