Food & Drink

Happy Teriyaki to open in Eagle; Emilio’s revamps menu

The Boise Bistro Market is on Fairview Avenue in Boise.
The Boise Bistro Market is on Fairview Avenue in Boise. Special to the Idaho Statesman

A new Happy Teriyaki will be opening by the end of the year in Eagle at 600 S. Rivershore Lane, next to Lily Jane’s Cupcakes.

Happy Teriyaki, a fast-casual franchiser with Japanese eateries in western Washington and in Idaho, already has two Treasure Valley locations: 2310 E. Overland Road, Meridian, and 1240 Nampa-Caldwell Blvd., Nampa.

Expect more of the same at the third Valley location. The menu offers assorted grilled teriyaki (chicken, pork, beef and prawn), rice bowls, tempura, fried rice, egg rolls, gyoza dumplings and yaki-udon — ropy buckwheat noodles stir-fried with veggies, meats or tofu.

You can wash everything down with a refreshing bubble tea. The list of flavors is long and includes honeydew melon, mango, coconut, peach, avocado and more.

The hours at the Eagle store have yet to be determined.



Honey Baked Ham and Cafe, 6103 W. Fairview Ave., underwent a name and concept change in October. It’s now called Boise Bistro Market.

The business is owned and operated by Moe, Karen, Keuper and Kurtis Stark. The Starks recently ended their relationship with Honey Baked Ham, a national franchiser that originated in Detroit, and are now sourcing meats from around the region.

“This has really opened the door for us to use Northwest meat products,” Karen Stark says.

Currently, the eatery serves breakfast and lunch, but plans are in the works for a dinner program at a later date.

The breakfast menu features assorted wraps, baked goodies, house-made granola and a quiche/strata that changes everyday. As for lunch, expect to find sandwiches, wraps, various bread boats and rice bowls.

The Starks will be expanding their lineup of grab-and-go market offerings in December, with lots of prepared meats, side dishes and sauces designed to make dinner a snap for busy people.

Boise Bistro Market is open 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.



Kindness, 1109 W. Main St., at The Owyhee started serving a weekend brunch buffet about eight months ago, but the restaurant recently reduced the price from $15.95 to $12.95.

The all-you-can-eat buffet (served from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays) is packed with inventive brunch-inspired dishes that follow the season closely. Don’t be surprised to find pork belly hash, risotto cake eggs Benedict, cheesy scrambled eggs, sweet cream blintzes with berries, artisanal cheeses, seafood, breakfast meats and assorted dessert items.

Kindness also pours bottomless mimosas ($10) during brunch hours.

To make reservations, call 629-7444.



Emilio’s at The Grove Hotel, 245 S. Capitol Blvd., recently rolled out a new menu of contemporary American offerings.

Executive chef Chris Hain retooled his dinner menu with starters such as Pacific Northwest steamers (clams and mussels in saffron broth), grilled shishito peppers with romesco sauce and smoked Idaho trout poutine. Entrées include a roasted rack of lamb with spaetzle, pan-seared salmon with ancient grains pilaf and beef tenderloin with wild mushroom ragout.

The lunch menu received some love as well.

Emilio’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

To make reservations, call 333-8002.