Have you noticed all the changes going on at Delsa’s?
First off, the popular ice cream shop and burger joint, at 7923 W. Ustick Road, recently started serving breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Owner Nick West now puts out a scaled-down breakfast menu culled from the Capri Restaurant, a longtime diner that he owns and operates at 2520 W. Fairview Ave.
This means diners can score assorted hotcakes, waffles, big egg breakfasts, cinnamon rolls, biscuits smothered with sausage gravy and more.
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West added a roll-up, garage-like door that opens up onto the recently retooled patio area, and he’s renovated the 1920s-era house behind the restaurant so it can be used for more seating and special events. There’s even a gussied-up Party Barn that can be booked for birthday parties and other private celebrations. To book a party at Delsa’s, call 208-353-3834.
Delsa’s also will be hosting live music (mostly touring acts) throughout the summer in the big backyard next to the restaurant and house.
As for Rudy the rooster, the large fiberglass chicken that West purchased from Jim’s Coffee Shop after it closed earlier this year, it’s now roosting comfortably atop the Capri Restaurant sign.
To keep current with the happenings at Delsa’s, visit facebook.com/delsas-ice-cream-parlour.
Go on a Culinary Walkabout
Purchase tickets now if you plan on going to the 19th annual Culinary Walkabout on May 11 at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St., from 6 to 9 p.m.
Culinary Walkabout, the premier fundraiser for the Metro Meals on Wheels program, will once again bring together 25 local chefs for a culinary extravaganza that features different stations where patrons can taste a plethora of inventive offerings. Expect to find everything from bite-size noshes to small-scale entrées to tasty desserts.
“It’s a great opportunity to sample food from all these great chefs,” says Grant Jones, director of Metro Meals on Wheels.
“We’ve gotten such good feedback from people over the years about the event, and the focus is still on the food.”
This year’s chefs include Travis Levi from Bardenay, Mark Ballen from Reel Foods Fish Market, Drew Ledger from The Brickyard and James Parsons from the Arid Club, to name a few.
There also will be several no-host bars (not included in the ticket price) conveniently placed in different locations where you can buy cocktails, beer and wine.
Besides silent and live auctions, live music will be provided by the Boise Straight Ahead Jazz Big Band and the Prime Time Swingers.
Tickets cost $55 per person or $500 for a table for 10 people. The event capacity is 750. Buying tickets in advance is highly recommended, but there should still be a few tickets available at the door, Jones says.
To purchase tickets, go to metromealsonwheels.net/donate or call 208-321-0030.
Get your borscht on
Check out the Russian Food Festival on May 13-14 at the St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, 872 N. 29th St, in Boise.
On May 13, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. while on May 14, it goes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s no general admission to attend the event, just show up and all the food and drink items will be sold individually.
This year’s menu boasts traditional entrées such as beef stroganoff and shashlik (grilled pork kebabs) with rice. Side dishes include assorted piroshkis (small pies), stuffed peppers, Russian crepes and chebureki, deep-fried dumplings filled with meat or seasoned potatoes.
And, of course, there will be veggie borscht (beet soup), alongside spicy carrot salad, cabbage salad, Russian-style marinated mushrooms and more.
Take care of your sweet tooth with a bevy of desserts, including Napoleon cake, flaky baklava, honey cake and other baked goodies.
Wash everything down with a cold bottle of Baltika, an imported beer from Russia.
The event will take place outside (don’t worry, there’s a covered dining area) and live Russian music is slated for both days.
Online: stseraphimboise.org/ festival
Prime rib, classic cocktails at Capitol Bar
Capitol Bar, 6100 W. State St., now dishes up a slow-smoked prime rib special on Friday nights from 6 to 10 p.m.
The aptly named “Paper Plate Prime Rib” dinner — yep, it’s served on a sturdy paper plate — is spearheaded by chef Ryan Hembree, formerly of Grind Modern Burger, who recently came on board at the small bar across State Street from Plantation Golf Club. The dinner costs $18.99 per person and includes two side dishes.
Heads up: Get there early if you like prime rib in the rare to medium-rare range.
As for libations, the Capitol Bar offers a dozen handcrafted brews on tap, plenty of wines by the glass and old-school cocktails.
Check out the late-night cocktail hour from 9 to 11 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, where you can get classic concoctions — martinis, daiquiris, gimlets and egg-white whiskey sours — for $5. Or go for one of the bartender’s weekly cocktail specials for the same price.
Capitol Bar’s regular weekday happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and offers $1 off well drinks, half-price draft beers and two revolving $5 wines.
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