Joining the growing list of Boise mainstays to fold in the last year, Incredible Edibles, a favorite North End bakery and coffee shop closed its doors sometime in the past few weeks. For those of you who never experienced the edibles, most of them lived up to their incredible qualifier. The frosting on the cakes and cupcakes was one of the best buttercreams I've ever had, and the Sunday brunch had my favorite bacon and eggs Benedict in town. The friendly employees and delicious goodies will be missed, but rumor has it the space is soon to be occupied by an organic, whole foods venture that will include some nutritious treats. It will never be the same, but at least the location will continue to cater to foodies.
After one false alarm and a series of chinks in the chain of command, my absolute favorite fine dining establishment, The Dish, is now closed. And they mean it this time. Attempts were made to salvage the wonderful restaurant perched on the docks above Lake Harbor, but there were too many changes and strange circumstances for the frazzled staff to keep up with. So goodbye southwest buffalo ribeye, goodbye portobello fries, goodbye mod rubber chairs ... I will miss the excellent cuisine, and I'm sure I'm not alone.
Le Poulet Rouge Rocks
Last Wednesday, January 12, Le Poulet Rouge reopened to crowds of chilly patrons eager to try their fare for the first time or indulge in a signature sticky bun for old times' sake. From the coffee to the sandwiches to the dangerously delicious pastries, everything is already receiving raves, and owner/chef Tim Holley could not be happier. Having resurrected various old favorites, Holley is also offering new panini like tuna artichoke salad on kalamata olive bread or pear and Gorgonzola on raisin walnut. Salads include the Poulet House of mixed greens with Manchego cheese, apples and caramelized walnuts in an orange balsamic dressing and Asian chicken with mango. There are also build-your-own sandwich options with artisan breads and Boar's Head meats and a feature menu that will rotate on a bi-weekly basis.
"It's good for us and for the staff to try new things and not get fried on the same old stuff. We're experimental," Holley said. "We always try to have some vegetarian offerings, carb-smart stuff--from really light to good old-fashioned food like mushroom stroganoff, blue cheese meatloaf and veggie pizza with toasted almond pesto, broccoli, Roma tomatoes, kalamata olives and mozzarella or a Waldorf salad with zesty juniper dressing."
Holley also hailed the amazing baking skills of Jackie McDonald, who baked for years at Christina's in Boise and for years after that at an offshoot in Sun Valley. McDonald worked with Holley at the Co-op deli and decided to make the move with him, Since then, she has been baking non-stop, and the cases are filled with a mind-boggling array of her sweet creations.
"She's spectacular--the best baker I've ever worked with," he said, mentioning the regular availability of scones, brioche, sticky buns, muffins, cakes, pies, danish and especially the apple bread pudding made with fresh croissants, apples, raisins and whiskey sauce.
Holley has plans to open for weekend dinners soon, but for now he is looking forward to brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and keeping the shelves stocked with amazing food. He and his crew are taking things slow, but look for the open sign a little earlier (8 a.m.) in the next few weeks and some of the best candy bar mochas in town. Le Poulet Rouge, 106 N. 6th St., 343-8180.