Can we start this episode of Food News by saying it's refreshing to have new restaurants to write about? For a while there, it was all doom and gloom with closings. Writing an entire column about sushi takes me back to the old days of '05, when sushi joints were popping up on every corner.
First, let's give a round of applause for newcomer Yoi Tomo in Bodo. A crew has been ripping out the guts of what was KB's Burritos at the corner of Capitol and Broad and readying the place for the sushi joint's grand opening the first week of November. If you're a sushi fiend, it's an opening you'll want to mark in your calendar because Yoi Tomo is doing something its competition is just going to hate: AYCE. Allow me to translate: all you can eat. All day. Every day.
A proper fish gorge fest at lunch will set you back $17.99, and at dinner, you'll have to fork over $24.99 for a sushi buffet. And here's another curious little thing Yoi Tomo is offering: 5 percent off if you show up in the 30 minutes after they open or before they close, which means before noon or after 8:30 p.m. That's right, when most restaurants are trying to kick you out so they can close up shop, Yoi Tomo is actually encouraging you to come in. 405 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-3375, yoitomo.us.
On the other hand, if you'll only consume that much sushi when it's a food challenge (maybe you were recently inspired by the Boise edition of Man V. Food) and you have the chance at food fame and glory (aka, your picture on the wall of shame ... er, fame), take your happy ass up Eighth Street to Superb Sushi for a challenge. The standing deal is four La Bomba Rolls with miso soup and four portions of Asian cole slaw. One hour, no bathroom breaks. A few other rules apply and your prize depends on how much you eat. If you're up for the challenge, check out superbsushidowntown.com for info. 208 N. Eighth St., 208-385-0123.
And the last item of business is a BW Card member update. New to the card is Chopsticks Gourmet Buffet on Main Street and soon to be up and running is Yokozuna Teriyaki on Vista Avenue. Hope you card members are as into Asian food as Food News is. For more information on participating restaurants or for information on acquiring your very own super fabulous BW Card, visit boiseweekly.com and click on the "BW Card" button, or ring up BW Office Manager Shea Sutton at 208-344-2055. Tell him Food News sent you.