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BEST FOOD SEXT
KANA GIRL’S HAWAIIAN BBQ
1735 W. Franklin Road, 208-891-0813, Meridian, kanagirl.com Got a hankering for salty, smoked kalua pork swaddled in ti leaves the island way? Just showing up at the house of Kana Girl might not be enough of a commitment to score you a plate of lau lau. Nope, you need to take the next step and give up your digits. You do that and Kana Girl herself will send you a photo message with a food alert.
BEST BITE-SIZED HEART ATTACK
RED ROOM TAVERN
603 W. Main St., 208-343-7034 When Red Room moved from its tiny space and took over the huge corner spot formerly occupied by Pair, it took with it the San Francisco-esque urban vibe and then expanded on it. Some of the nicest ser vers in town were hired and a menu was added that is as diverse as the music that plays over the PA or live on the stage. Red Room ser ves ever ything from dinner to a totally affordable brunch with choices like a delicate smoked salmon platter, thick sausage gravy and biscuits and pb&j French toast (and bottomless mimosas). But one of the best bits is the little black box explaining that if you buy one cocktail, you can get ever ything on the happy-hour menu for only $1.95 each. What better way to soak up an appletini or giant can of PBR than with an order of battered and fried dill pickle chips or bacon strips? The saying that ever ything tastes better with bacon needs to be modiﬁed to include “especially if the bacon is deepfried, sided with a cocktail and costs less than two bucks.”
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BEST BOWL OF BAKED POTATO
NATIVE TATERS Corner of Boise and Protest avenues
Food from a trailer or a truck is always an adventure. At Native Taters, which sits in the parking lot on Boise Avenue, the risk is worth the payoff. The owner whips up delicious sandwiches from inside what looks like a junior high-school portable classroom. And her baked potato soup with the works—cheese, sour cream, green onions and bacon—is so savory, we’ve been tempted to hook her trailer to the back of the BW truck and haul the works back to BWHQ.
BEST REASON TO HIT THE BRICKS
BRICK 29 BISTRO
320 11th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-468-0029 Suck it up and drive your butt out to Nampa already. Brick 29 Bistro’s locally sourced comfort food is well worth the trek, cross our heartsies.
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