Restaurant News

Food Notes: Kibrom’s Ethiopian and Eritrean restaurant reopens

Kibrom’s is back in action with Ethiopan and Eritrean food. Pictured: boiled egg and spicy sauce (in the middle) and then clockwise from top: side salad, shiro (ground chickpeas with spices), alicha (cabbage, carrots, potato and spices), hamli kelwa (spinach and potato) and beef with spices.
Kibrom’s is back in action with Ethiopan and Eritrean food. Pictured: boiled egg and spicy sauce (in the middle) and then clockwise from top: side salad, shiro (ground chickpeas with spices), alicha (cabbage, carrots, potato and spices), hamli kelwa (spinach and potato) and beef with spices. Statesman file

Kibrom’s Ethiopian & Eritrean Restaurant was one of the many vendors displaced after a fast-moving fire destroyed the Boise International Market last September.

After months of hard work, owners Kibrom Milash and Tirhas Hailu, who hail from East Africa, recently opened a full-service restaurant in a different location — this time in a space that’s all their own. The new Kibrom’s, at 3506 W. State St. across from the Dutch Goose, is housed in a spot that’s been a revolving door of ethnic eateries over the years.

Expect to find the same menu of Ethiopian and Eritrean specialties that the friendly couple dished up at Boise International Market. And this means spicy stews and aromatic vegetarian dips displayed like dabs of paint on hubcap-sized rounds of teff flour flatbread (injera). No forks necessary.

Vegetarians and vegans are definitely in luck here, and carnivores can score meaty treats such as zigni (curry-like beef stew) and deep-fried samosa triangles filled with beef, jalapeno, garlic and onion.

Milash says he’s added a few items to the menu, and the restaurant will soon be offering a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day it’s open.

Kibrom’s is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Online: facebook.com/pages/kibroms-ethiopian-eritrean-restaurant

BSU area gets a Lift

The Lift, a pub at 4091 W. State St., recently opened a second bar and grill near Boise State University.

The Lift 2 debuted in early February at 1010 S. La Pointe St. near Ann Morrison Park. Sit elbow-to-elbow at the bar or grab a comfy booth and watch some sports on the flat-screen TVs.

Diners will find the same pub grub menu as the State Street spot. Starters include nachos, hot wings, pork street tacos, buttermilk chicken sliders, and hot spinach and artichoke dip, to name a few.

Larger offerings include various burgers (even a quinoa veggie burger), pub-style sandwiches, fish tacos and fajitas.

Wash everything down with a pint of draft brew (the place keeps a dozen on tap) or a specialty cocktail from the full-service bar.

The Lift 2 is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Online: theliftboise.com

McCall eats

Check out these special menus and deals around town after carving through powder all day at Brundage Mountain.

On Mondays, Rupert’s at Hotel McCall, 1101 N. 3rd St., offers a three-course chef’s tasting menu for those looking for an après dining experience without the weekend crowds. Chef Gary Kucy’s weekly menus feature a choice of soup or salad, an entrée and dessert for $25.50 per person. Plus, martinis are half off on Monday evenings.

Thai Thursday has been a popular weekly event at Rupert’s for about three years. Each week, Kucy puts out two different a la carte Siam-inspired entrees (usually a curry and a fresh noodle dish) served with soup or salad. Entrées cost around $20.

On Sunday nights, the restaurant goes into comfort-food mode by offering cattleman’s pot roast (braised beef cheeks) served with side veggies, mashed potatoes and caramelized onion gravy for $26.50 per person.

Rupert’s is open 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday; 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For reservations, call (208) 634-8108 or visit opentable.com.

Online: rupertsathotelmccall.com

Shore Lodge, 501 W. Lake St., offers a Foodies Furlough package deal this time of year. Enjoy a four-course dinner for two at The Narrows and a night’s stay in one of the recently renovated rooms, many of which boast incredible views of Payette Lake and the nearby mountains. Packages start at $279 per person, per night.

For reservations, call (800) 657-6464.

Online: shorelodge.com

Buffalo Gal closes

In case you missed it, Buffalo Gal, 319 N. Main St., along the main drag on Idaho 55 in Donnelly, called it quits in December.

The eatery, which opened in 2004, earned a good reputation over the years for its quirky, always-changing menu of globally inspired fare.

The dinner-only restaurant served an eclectic menu that often included sushi, Chinese soups, scratch spaetzle (in stout-spiked mustard cream sauce) and house-cured gravlax and pastrami. Most recently Buffalo Gal was on a Peruvian and Puerto Rican kick.

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