Restaurant Reviews

Food Notes: Guru Donuts finds it sweet spot in new Boise location

Prepare to be tempted by the wide selection at the new Guru Donuts in the Idanha Building in Downtown Boise.
Prepare to be tempted by the wide selection at the new Guru Donuts in the Idanha Building in Downtown Boise. Statesman file

Guru Donuts owners Kevin and Angel Moran and their crew have spent the last few weeks moving from the spot they shared with the Boise Fry Company on Capitol Boulevard into their own corner of the Idanha building, 928 W. Main St.

The popular eatery plans to reopen in its new digs on Friday, July 8.

Housed in the prominent spot where La Vie En Rose bakery used to reside, the rebooted Guru location has a more spacious kitchen, which means more freshly made cake doughnuts, raised doughnuts, crusty fritters and vegan doughnuts.

“The kitchen was designed for a bakery, so it’s a good fit for us,” Angel Moran says.

Besides modifying the kitchen space into an organized doughnut-producing machine, the new Guru space boasts design accents such as a three-panel Ward Hooper art piece of a levitating donut with a Guru logo, right above a repurposed antique church pew.

The rest of the storied spot didn’t need much of a design overhaul, except for some sparkly gold paint on the ceiling and a reupholster job on four of the existing Victorian-style settees.

“We wanted to pay homage to the hotel lobby that it used to be,” Moran says.

They also added new kid-friendly display cases that are better designed for showing off the doughnuts.

July doughnut flavors include strawberry shortcake, raspberry-chocolate old fashioned, lemon meringue and peanut butter mocha.

Quench your thirst with some Evans Brothers Coffee (espresso and nitro cold brew), draft Idaho Kombucha and draft Bucksnort sodas.

Guru Donuts will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Bastille Days at Chateau des Fleurs

Bastille Day, July 14, is a big celebration in France, and Chateau des Fleurs, 176 S. Rosebud Lane in Eagle, is commemorating the national holiday with three days of fun.

From Thursday, July 14, to Saturday, July 16, a Rose Wine Festival will be held inside the Chateau, including a four-course French dinner at Le Coq d’Or for $49.50. It includes asparagus cream flavored with truffle, a salad variety with duck breast and apple balsamic reduction, coq au vin, and tarte tatin, a caramelized apple tarte served with vanilla ice cream.

To make reservations, call (208) 947-2840 or go to

In related news, executive chef Franck Bacquet is no longer with Le Coq d’Or. Sous chef David Williams is stepping in to take over the head chef position.

Wine dinner, new chef at Crossings Winery

Make reservations now for the 3rd annual Starlight Winemaker’s Dinner on July 16 at Crossings Winery, 1289 W. Madison Ave., in Glenns Ferry.

“This is the only winemaker’s dinner we do outside. It’s a lot of fun,” winemaker Neil Glancey says.

The six-course tasting menu, prepared by the winery’s new chef, Christian Phernetton, will be paired to select wines made by Glancey.

The cocktail-formal dinner ($100 per person, including tax and gratuity) starts things off with mixed drinks and appetizers at 7 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Make reservations at (208) 366-2313.

As for the new chef, Phernetton started at Tannins (the winery’s full-service restaurant) on June 27. He’s a Boise native who cut his teeth in high school cooking at Peter Schott’s.

He recently moved back to Idaho after holding chef positions at reputable restaurants in Chicago, Miami, Virginia and the Bay Area.

His resume includes stints at Bin 38 in San Francisco’s Marina District and L’Auberge Provencale, a French restaurant in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Phernetton is overhauling the menu at Tannins, which in the coming weeks will include a modern upgrade, and he’ll be using fresh produce from the winery’s garden for his seasonal offerings.


New Smashburger opens

Smashburger opened its fourth Treasure Valley location on June 22 at the newly constructed North Pointe commercial and residential development, 7610 W. State St., near the corner of Gary Lane.

Situated next to Chipotle Mexican Grill and Jersey Mike’s Subs, Smashburger puts out gourmet burgers and different variations of fries. Order one of the many specialty beef burgers or chicken sandwiches, or build your own, chosen from a long list of cheeses, sauces, toppings and add-ons. Bun choices include multi-grain, classic egg, spicy chipotle and gluten-free.

Diners also can get hand-spun milkshakes, salads and sides, including fried pickles, haystack fried onions, sweet potato fries, spicy buffalo fries and fries tossed with garlic, rosemary and olive oil.

Other Smashburgers in the area can be found at the Boise Airport (3201 W. Airport Way), 8247 W. Franklin Road, Boise, and 3223 E. Louise Drive, Meridian.

Smashburger is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.


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