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  • El Gallo Giro

    On the plate of Reviewer No. 2
  • Dong Khanh

    On the plate of Reviewer No. 1
      It's the kind of Asian restaurant that seems like it has been around forever. The kind of place that adheres closely to the post-Vietnam War standard for American Asian cuisine in which sauces are thick and sweet, soups are salty and thin, and dishes are named for generals and colors.
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  • Cinco de Mayo

    On the plate of Reviewer No. 1
      Someone in the back was forming those thick corn tortillas by hand just for me, and I really appreciated it.
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  • Life's Kitchen

    On the plate of Reviewer No. 1
      The din at Life's Kitchen's can be just as dramatic as the best Hollywood restaurant scenes--Pulp Fiction, Ratatouille ... even Seinfeld.
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  • Big Bird's Burgers

    On the plate of Reviewer No. 2
      This novelty burger joint is indeed a trip. From the outside, it's an attractive space--for a strip mall--with free wi-fi and a decent patio. But once inside, glance around for a minute and you will pick up on the unabashed religious decor.
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  • Jerry's State Court Cafe

      There was a time in the early 2000s that we "discovered" Jerry's State Court Cafe. That's when it was actually on State Street, when it had a hipster, diner vibe as a place to nurse a hangover or plot a revolution, or order a plate of huevos rancheros, bottomless coffee and keep your sunglasses on.
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  • Alibaba Arabic Restaurant

    On the plate of Reviewer No. 1
      The soup could be an old Aladdin's recipe: a piping hot bowl of liquefied lentils, skinny macaronis and an Egyptian spice combo that took me back to a table in the Cairo souk.
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  • Sockeye Grill and Brewery

    On the plate of reviewer No. 1
      Sitting in the pub's bright sunroom on a chilly fall afternoon for lunch, it dawned on me that this corner is becoming a destination in its own right...
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  • Food Review: Tacos El Torito

    On the plate of reviewer No. 2
      I have tried to impart a deep appreciation of chile peppers to my offspring, but on random days, they parrot a depressing societal aversion to spice in their preferences. Or maybe she just didn't like the tamale ... I am a sucker for conspiracies.
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  • Kodiak Grill

    12342 E. Highway 21, 208-338-8859. Mon.-Thurs.: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sun.: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
      Two reviews drive up to the old Hilltop Cafe on Highway 21 to see what's shaking in the new digs.
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