Food & Drink

Rib Shack to open, bring its barbecue back to Eagle

Piles of tender, moist ribs soon will be back on the menu in Eagle at Rib Shack.
Piles of tender, moist ribs soon will be back on the menu in Eagle at Rib Shack. Courtesy Rib Shack

Barbecue aficionado Andrew Petrehn will open a new Rib Shack restaurant early next month in the former Mickey Ray’s BBQ spot in Eagle.

He operated the Rib Shack at another location in downtown Eagle for five years before closing the restaurant in 2008 to focus on catering with his 35-foot mobile kitchen. He also had a Rib Shack in downtown Meridian for a short period.

Petrehn has been busy retooling the space at 395 W. State St. and hopes to be open for lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays) by the first week of December. He plans to use the space for private parties at night and on weekends, but expects to add more restaurant hours next year when the patio opens during the warmer months.

Like in the old days, Rib Shack will offer diners a taste of Midwest-style barbecue. Expect to see hickory-smoked brisket, shredded chicken, pulled pork, tri-tip and of course, slabs of pork ribs and burnt rib ends.

Sides include baked beans, slaw, spicy red potato salad and smashed potatoes.

Even though Petrehn hails from Kansas City, a place known for its sweet and spicy barbecue sauces, he also makes lots of special sauces from other regions such as Memphis and the Carolinas.

“I used to just have six sauces, but now I have more than a dozen different sauces from around the country,” he says.

“I’ve been doing a lot of traveling.”

Rib Shack is currently selling Founder’s Club gift cards, which offer discounts, invites to private parties and first dinners and other perks.

Online: ribshackcatering.com

NEW CORN DOG FOOD TRUCK

A new food truck named The Rusty Dog debuted about a month ago in the Kmart parking lot at 10477 W. Fairview Ave. near the corner of Five Mile Road.

As the name suggests, the food truck, owned by Robb and Kim Greiner, puts out an array of hand-dipped corn dogs. Expect to find The Rusty Dog (foot-long beef corn dog brushed with honey butter), The Hot Rusty (jalapeno-spiked Polish dog with spicy honey) and other sausage treats.

Take care of that sweet tooth with a trio of freshly fried Puppy Nutz donuts.

The Rusty Dog usually sets up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays — unless it’s away doing special events.

Online: facebook.com/therustydogidaho

WAFFLE SHACK OFFERS VARIETY

Right next to The Rusty Dog, waffle lovers can take care of their cravings at Waffle Addiction, a mobile food shack that opened a few months ago.

Owners James and Mary Casiano dish up an array of tasty sweet and savory waffles. The menu includes maple-bacon waffles, cinnamon bun waffles and Belgian waffles with a cheesecake filling and blueberry sauce. Savory items include fried chicken and waffles and stuffed pizza waffles.

Stop by for a smothered waffle and drop off a new holiday toy for a child in need at the Toys for Tots box and receive 25 percent off until Nov. 21.

Waffle Addiction is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Online: facebook.com/waffleaddiction

ORDER THANKSGIVING DINNERS NOW

▪  Not interested in spending the day cooking on Thanksgiving?

Now is the time to preorder turkey dinners with all the trimmings from a’Tavola, 1515 W. Grove St., in the Linen District.

The Traditional Thanksgiving Feast menu features a take-care-of-everything dinner package ($38.95 per person, minimum of eight people) that folks can cook at home without much fuss. It includes a house-brined turkey or an all-natural turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans with shallots, candied sweet potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

People can also order individual side dishes ($24.99 each, serves six), assorted desserts and hors d’oeuvres platters designed to make holiday parties a snap.

Orders must be placed by Nov. 20 and can be picked up with cooking instructions on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

Call (208) 336-3641.

Online: atavolaboise.com

▪  Pizzalchik, 7330 W. State St., is once again offering fully cooked birds that come with stuffing, gravy and chunky cranberry relish.

Here’s how it works: People call in their orders, prepay and are given a time to pick up the dinners on Thanksgiving day. Don’t wait too long, though, because the allocated 60 time slots are going fast.

Dinner packages include a 10- to 13-pound turkey with 32 ounces of gravy, 20 ounces of stuffing and 12 ounces of cranberry relish for $86.99 or a 20- to 23-pound turkey with 40 ounces of gravy, 40 ounces of stuffing and 24 ounces of cranberry relish for $121.95.

Call (208) 853-7757.

Online: pizzalchik.com

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