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Boise’s Bacon restaurant on ASY TV; Le Coq d’Or does summer menu

Bacon owner John Berryhill
Bacon owner John Berryhill Tana Photography

Bacon, 121 N. 9th St., was recently featured on streaming channel ASY TV’s “Go There Eat That.” The Roku show that also took a look at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland. (Sorry Guru Donuts. Maybe next time.)

Host Brandon Bishop stopped by the bacon-centric restaurant earlier this summer for a taste of America’s favorite smoked treat.

You can watch it on YouTube, titled “SY TV’s GO THERE EAT THAT ‘Portland/Boise’.”

“It was a fun segment. Brandon is totally real. He loved everything he tried, especially the bacon sampler,” Bacon and Berryhill owner John Berryhill says.

In related news, Berryhill, also at 121 N. 9th St., was recently included in FSR Magazine’s “Declaration of Independents: Top 100 Independent Restaurants in the State Capitals.” The feature article, which came out in the July issue of the restaurant trade publication, also included State & Lemp, Chandlers and Bardenay.

Summer menu at Le Coq d’Or

Le Coq d’Or at Chateau des Fleurs in Eagle started its mid-summer menu on July 27, and it boasts all kinds of seasonal offerings made from food grown in the chateau’s vegetable garden and fruit orchard.

In addition to the menu mainstays, expect to find chilled melon and cucumber gazpacho ($10), oysters Rockefeller ($16; baked oysters with spinach, Reggiano Parmigiano and swiss cheese), burrata salad ($16; mixed greens with creamy mozzarella, cucumber and tomato, tossed in balsamic-truffle vinaigrette) and pan-seared halibut with tarragon cream sauce and garden veggie risotto ($35).

In July, sous chef David Williams was promoted to the top chef position at Le Coq d’Or after Franck Bacquet left his post as executive chef.

“David has done an amazing job,” says Roshan Roghani, vice president of the Camille Beckman Corporation, which owns Chateau des Fleurs. “He has so much experience. He cooked in New Orleans, so he can do European and Louisiana Cajun. Plus, he can do the Idaho farm-to-table thing.”

The chateau recently hired pastry chef Hugues Maitre, a fourth generation baker from France, to handle baking responsibilities at the farm-to-table restaurant and for special events.

“He’s using all the apricots from the orchard for tarts and other things, along with everything else,” Roghani says.

Maitre also bakes all the goodies for the afternoon tea service, which starting in September will be offered every Wednesday and on one Sunday a month (dates to be announced later). Tea service dates for this month include Aug. 3, Aug. 17 and Aug. 24. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $34 adults, $20 kids under 10.

Chateau des Fleurs is at 176 S. Rosebud Lane. Reservations: (208) 947-2840.


Southfork Lodge redux

Southfork Lodge, at 7234 Idaho 21 in Lowman, has sat empty since 2009, but all that’s about to change thanks to new ownership.

Chris and Beth Armour recently purchased the 22.6-acre spread along the South Fork of the Payette River, which features 4.3 acres of lodging options (a 10-unit riverside inn, cabins and a bed-and-breakfast inn) and a restaurant and bar.

The lodging part of their new venture opened to the public on July 29.

The restaurant will offer a full-service dining experience during lunch and dinner — hot and cold sandwiches, burgers and salads — and espresso drinks and pastries during the morning hours.

“Because we are starting later in the year, we are doing a smaller menu right now. But we will expand it next spring,” Chris Armour says.

Diners also will be able to score craft brews on tap (primarily Boise and Northwest beers), wines by the glass, and even some non-alcoholic cocktails designed for the motorcyclists who ride the Lowman Loop on a daily basis.

If all goes well, Armour expects to have the restaurant and bar open by Labor Day weekend. The coffee shop should be open by mid-August.

“People aren’t going to want to come to the lodge unless there’s food available, so we’re working hard to make that happen,” Armour says.

The Armours haven’t yet nailed down the hours of operation for the food and beverage service, but at first they will probably be open Friday through Sunday, with more hours added next year once the tourist season kicks in.

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Habanero time at Flying Pie

All four Treasure Valley Flying Pie Pizzaria locations are now dishing up the infamous Habanero Pizza (in three spice-level options) through the end of August and possibly into early September — until the pepper stash runs out.

For 23 years, the popular pizza joint has served these seasonal pies ($11/eight-incher; $17.50/12-incher), topped with red sauce, chicken, olives, mozzarella and lots of fiery habaneros. For the same price, vegetarians can nix the chicken and ask for an additional topping for no extra charge.

Note: You’ll have to sign a release form in order to sink your teeth into one of these scorched-palate pies.

Flying Pie Pizzaria can be found in Boise at 6508 W. Fairview Ave., 4320 W. State St. and 1326 S. Broadway Ave., and in Meridian at 601 S. Main St.


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