Crooked Fence Brewing Co., 3705 Idaho 16, is now open daily, and the popular Eagle brewery recently added a full-service bar to complement its lineup of handcrafted brews.
Besides a new cocktail menu, the brewery also unveiled a spring and summer food menu at the end of March.
Diners still can get favorites such as corned beef tacos and the Pig-A-Cado burger, but expect to find some new appetizers, sandwiches and burgers that reflect the season.
Shared plates (ranging from $7.95-$12.95) include pesto chicken flatbread, CFB Fries (smothered with Parmesan, candied beer bacon and rosemary) and a spicy jalapeno-beer queso dip served with tortilla chips.
The Firebird Burger ($12.95) will light up your mouth like the nitro-charged cars that zoom down the track at nearby Firebird Raceway. This fiery beef burger comes on a freshly baked bun with melted pepper jack, fried jalapenos, chipotle mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and onion.
Or try a Reuben sandwich ($11.95) constructed on marbled rye with house-brined corned beef, gooey Swiss, beer-braised bacon cabbage and a chipotle cream spread.
All this spicy food will definitely get people drinking brews and cocktails to put out the fire.
Crooked Fence Brewing is open 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Sakana opens on State Street
Sakana Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill recently debuted its third Treasure Valley location at 7107 W. State St. near the corner of Glenwood Street in Garden City.
Besides saucy fusion rolls, nigiri and sashimi, the restaurant is known for its long list of Japanese starters such as barbecued eel, tempura sweet potato and gyoza dumplings (think pot stickers).
Other hot Nipponese items include don buri rice bowls, stir-fried yakisoba, ropy udon noodles and hibachi-style grilled meat entrées and combination dinners.
The restaurant serves a large selection of bento boxes at lunch.
The other two Sakana locations are at 925 S. Vista Ave., Boise, and 1718 S. Eagle Road, Meridian.
Sakana Japanese Sushi Bar & Grill is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Bodovino to open at The Village
Bodovino, 404 S. 8th St., recently announced it is opening a second Treasure Valley location at The Village at Meridian.
The modernized wine bar (with self-serve wine-dispensing machines) has been wildly popular since debuting in BoDo in 2013.
Bodovino will take over the former Cacicia’s Cucinas Old World Sicilian Foods spot in the glass pavilion at Fountain Square next to the Kona Grill. If all goes well, it should be open by the end of July.
The kitchen is slightly larger than the closet-sized kitchen in BoDo, which means the menu of wine-friendly fare such as cheese plates and flatbreads will be expanded in Meridian.
Chandlers winemaker dinner
Make reservations now for the Ramey Winemaker Dinner on April 12 at Chandlers, 981 W. Grove St.
The five-course tasting menu ($150 per person, including tax and gratuity) will be meticulously paired with wines from Ramey Wine Cellars in Healdsburg, Calif.
David Fischer, director of sales and marketing for Ramey, will be on hand to discuss each wine poured, giving people insight into the winemaking process at the award-winning Sonoma winery.
Ramey Wine Cellars is known for its chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and syrah — made with grapes sourced from various vineyards in Napa Valley, Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast.
For reservations, go to chandlersboise.com.
New bar debuts Downtown
Unwind after work at the 9th Street Nook, a small watering hole that quietly opened on March 11 at 206 N. 9th St — just down the sidewalk from Andy’s Deli.
Here, you will find three flat-screen TVs (usually showing sports) and a spacious L-shaped bar where you can sit elbow-to-elbow with comrades while putting down a few craft brews or a stiff cocktail or two.
The rotating selection of eight draft brews includes some local beers such as Boise Brewing Snowboarder Porter and McCall Brewing Co. Lemon Ginger Hefeweizen. Don’t be surprised to see the taps pouring a local draft cider soon. The bar also offers a good selection of wines by the glass.
Hours: 2 to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 2 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; and 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
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