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Food Notes: Rudy’s Pub & Grill opens second location; new restaurants on Broadway

Café Zupas focuses on entrée-sized salads, sandwiches and a large array of soups.
Café Zupas focuses on entrée-sized salads, sandwiches and a large array of soups.

Rudy’s Pub & Grill has earned an ardent following since it debuted almost a decade ago in Meridian.

The pub at 2310 E. Overland Road, near Majestic Cinemas, watched the neighborhood grow around it. People in the nearby housing developments had a place to grab a burger and a beer, not to mention a friendly spot to watch sports on TV.

Because of this success, Rudy’s recently turned its attention to the other side of town by opening a second location at the corner of 10 Mile and McMillan roads, kitty-corner from Gino’s Italian Ristorante.

“It has the same feel as the Rudy’s on Overland — same colors and everything. It’s kind of our brand,” co-owner Nicole Uttinger says.

She sees many similarities between the two Meridian neighborhoods, especially with the recent population boom in this stretch of the Treasure Valley. And housing developments mean money in the bank.

“There are lots of houses over here. We hope to be busy,” Uttinger says.

Rudy’s is owned by Uttinger, her brother, Brandon Rue, and business partner Greg Kummer.

The menu is the same at both locations, meaning diners can score starters such as nachos, hot wings, plump quesadillas, street tacos, chicken lettuce wraps and beef skewers with chile-garlic aioli, to name a few.

Rudy’s also dishes up fish and chips, finger steaks, pasta, sandwiches, large entrée salads and of course, a lineup of big burgers.

Besides cocktails, the bar offers 20 rotating tap handles of local and regional microbrews and a good selection of wines by the glass.

Rudy’s Pub & Grill is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Online: rudyspubgrill.com

Café Zupas comes to Broadway

Café Zupas recently opened at 133 Broadway Ave. in the stylishly renovated Broadway 111 shopping Center near Warm Springs Boulevard in Boise.

This is the third Café Zupas location in the Treasure Valley. The other two restaurants are at 600 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise and 2148 N. Eagle Road at The Village at Meridian.

The Utah-based restaurant chain, which has around 30 stores, prides itself on making its soups, salad dressings and sandwich spreads from scratch. Most of the restaurants are in Utah, but the company has recently branched out into neighboring states such as Nevada, Arizona and Idaho.

The formulated menu focuses on entrée-sized salads, sandwiches and a large array of soups.

In the soup department, expect to find tomato-basil with orzo, creamy cauliflower with cheddar, New England-style clam chowder, wild mushroom bisque, roasted veggie with quinoa and more.

Café Zupas is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Online: cafezupas.com

Texas-style tacos, anyone?

Tin Roof Tacos debuted in late January at 115 S. Broadway Ave, a few doors away from Café Zupas in the Broadway 111 shopping center.

Here, diners can enjoy Texas-style street tacos and plenty of cold beer to wash everything down.

Tacos are sold a la carte and speak to a Tex-Mex sensibility, with fillings such as pulled pork, fried chicken, barbecued brisket and picadillo ground beef. You also can get seafood tacos (fish and shrimp) and a few veggie varieties.

Tin Roof also serves breakfast tacos all day. How does a taco with chorizo, egg and cheese sound?

Satiate your sweet tooth with some sopapilla bites, arroz con leche (creamy rice pudding) and fried fruit tacos.

The small taqueria added a covered patio in anticipation of the warmer months ahead.

Tin Roof Tacos is open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Online: tinrooftacos.com

Angell’s resurrects lunch program

Angell’s Bar and Grill Renato, 999 W. Main St., Boise, is showing its Italian side with a new lunch program (offered 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday) designed with busy business types in mind.

Expect to find pasta dishes such as fettuccini pomodoro and linguini with pesto and artichoke hearts, in addition to Kobe beef burgers, hearty entrée salads and a chicken saltimbocca sandwich.

Other entrées include blackened king salmon, fried halibut and chips, chicken roulade and tri-tip beef with Marsala-mushroom sauce.

Angell’s also offers happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Come in and purchase a libation ($3 well drinks, $4 house wines and $2.50 draft brews) and you’ll receive a free appetizer plate.

Online: angellsbarandgrill.com

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