Forgive me in advance, readers: This Food News column is all about football and fast cars. But not in that order.
First, the fast cars. Chandlers Steakhouse, winner of Best Steak and Best Fine Dining in BW's Best of Boise Readers' Choice edition last week, is hosting the annual Oktoberfast car show featuring one make of car in particular: Porsche. What is possibly the largest collection of these German automobiles in the state will gather from noon to 4 p.m. on Grove Street between Ninth and Tenth streets on Sunday, Oct. 10. The mission of this all-German celebration is three-fold. First, to show off/gawk at what organizers estimate will be about 100 sweet rides; second, to raise money for the Idaho Foodbank's Backpack program, which provides kids with weekend meals to take home; and third, to indulge in a bit of Oktoberfest with the three Bs: brats, beer and Bavarian music. For more information visit chandlersboise.com.
Now, the football. What's the best way to deal with a hangover Sunday morning after a beer-soaked college football Saturday? More football and more beer. During NFL season, a number of TV-laden pubs that aren't exactly on top of the breakfast destination list any other time of the year fling open the doors early, fire up the flat-top and invite the football-loving crowd in for the first meal of the day--with, of course, beer and/or bloody marys.
Perhaps the best thing about NFL brunches all over town--whether you're a fan of the pigskin or not--is the price. At The Office on Fairview Ave., breakfast starts at $2.99 with drink specials (6125 Fairview Ave.). Crescent No-Lawyers Bar and Grill is for the group who can't decide between breakfast or lunch. Both menus are available starting at 10 a.m., with $3 bloody marys and mimosas (5500 W. Franklin St., 208-322-9856, no-lawyers.com). For the beer-drinking crowd that's dedicated to a deal while still getting breakfast grub, Dutch Goose has $6 pitchers of Coors Light for breakfast ... er ... to go with breakfast, which is served 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (3515 W. State St., 208-342-8887, dutchgoose.com). The Goose's cousin out in Star, Sully's (see review page 36), has both brunch and the NFL ticket every Sunday starting at 9 a.m. And for the crowd that needs a real microbrew, Sockeye Grill and Brewery opens the taps at 10:30 a.m. with a breakfast menu that's true to its Northwest pub food roots. Bennies come in country, ham or Coho salmon varieties. Micro pitchers and mimosa carafes are $10, and breakfast will run you $5 to $8.50. (Added bonus, next weekend, Sockeye is adding three more flatscreens, one of which will be on the patio.) Last but not least, The Lift (4091 W. State St., 208-342-3250, theliftboise.com) just might have the most raging Sunday morning party. Seriously, ride your bike because getting a parking spot is almost impossible. Brunch is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with 16-ounce mimosas. That's right, 16 ounces of champagne and OJ for $3. Yet another reason to leave the car at home.