'TIS THE SEASON FOR RESTAURANT INFILTRATION
Keeping tabs on the past several weeks' openings has been a daunting task for those of you who like to size up a restaurant in its first week of business.
We inundated Pacific Subs with a monster lunch order for the office last week, taking the opportunity to check out the new kid on the block. Unfortunately, the only order of nearly a dozen on the list that ended up wrong was for the food editor. Fortunately, the prices are right and the menu covers everything from hot and cold subs to fresh salads and hot soup. Pacific Subs, 509 Main St., 343-SUBS
It was quite the week for new restaurants and BW staff, as we also invaded a few tables over lunch at Calle Verde, Grove Street's only south-of-the-border restaurant. From Bardenay owner Kevin Settles and Bardenay head chef Ted Martinez, Calle Verde has a pretty sparse menu compared to other Mexican restaurants, but each of our dishes was full of flavor and completely unique and fresh compared to our favorite hole-in-the-wall joints. Calle Verde, 612 Grove St., 343-4708
Leku Ona, the Basque bar, restaurant and hotel, has opened. Well ... the hotel is not open quite yet, but the restaurant is dishin' up what we hear is fantastic food. With a wine cellar and banquet room in the basement, a tapas bar on the first floor and a family-style dining room on the top floor, we won't be surprised to see Leku Ona find its place in the upper crust of Boise's cuisine scene. Leku Ona, 117 S. 6th St., 345-6665
COCKTAILS AND COFFEE TALES
The new late night adult-only happy hour at The Melting Pot is in full swing on Friday and Saturday nights. Cozy up in a dimly lit booth, enjoy a cocktail and a smooch with your secret Santa. Happy hour is 10 p.m. to midnight. The Melting Pot, 200 N. 6th St., 383-0900
Happening at Mosaic through the month of December are Martini Mondays and Tasting Tuesdays. Every Monday martini lovers can buy all martinis on the happy hour list for happy hour price all night long, and all call martinis are five bones each. Tuesdays after 4 p.m. two bucks will get wine lovers a three-ounce taste of whatever is pouring by the glass. Mosaic, 500 W. Main St., 338-5006
Lucy's Coffee and Espresso is throwing love out all over town, but you can't take advantage of it unless you're in the know ... so here's the know. Happy hour is pretty stinkin' happy with specials for coffee fiends of all kinds. Between the hours of 8 and 10 p.m., students who flash their official BSU pic get 10 percent off coffee every night of the week, and Saturday nights are date nights. Get your gal or guy (or the one you want to impress, but have only shoestring to your name) and slurp a little bean between sloppy kisses after getting a free coffee when you buy one. And FYIFFR (for your information for future reference) Lucy's will soon extend their 10-percent-off deal to Micron employees, and Wednesday nights will feature open-mic sessions 7-10 p.m. Lucy's, 1079 Broadway Ave., 344-5907
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