Mending the Fence 
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Re: “Broadway's Newest is No Dive on the Inside

Fast food joints proliferate in my Broadway-Boise Avenue neighborhood along with sports bars and ethnic restaurants. But good, affordable, sit-down dining was a bit farther away until the arrival of the new kid on the block. Just north of Mister Car Wash, Jeffrey’s Next Door Home Style Food is wedged between a Laundromat and the defunct Broadway Bar. Owner and chef, Joshua Jeffrey, has scrubbed and tamed a cavernous Chinese restaurant, transforming it into a contemporary lunch and dinner scene. On Sundays Jeffrey’s Next Door turns its attention solely to brunch. We almost walked on by because the place didn’t look open—or inviting for that matter. But our desire for an affordable Sunday brunch within walking distance fortified our nerve.
The waitress rewarded our bravery with a warm greeting, hot coffee and an offer of complimentary Mimosas. Two rows of tables decked with glass-covered linen tablecloths and cloth napkins stretch the length of the long room. A simple menu includes hearty staples like Chicken Fried Steak with sausage gravy plus choice of sausage or bacon and, for lighter appetites, a large or small fresh fruit bowl. We each opted for the day’s special, Salmon Benedict, for $11.50.
Time passed effortlessly while we sipped our Mimosas and enjoyed jazz greats likes Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery. I had just finished the front page section of the Sunday paper when our food arrived. The fresh hash browns were crispy golden brown, cooked to perfection. Golden toasted English muffins were lined with a slice of fresh tomato, a generous portion of deliciously grilled salmon, a lightly poached egg, and covered with the right amount of unremarkable Hollandaise sauce. The salmon was so juicy that Hollandaise sauce was superfluous. The meal comes with a side of bacon or patty sausage, both of which were thick and flavorful. Our breakfast stuck with us throughout a busy Sunday. Next time, my friend and I will probably split one plate of the Benedict and add a bowl of fruit.
Meanwhile, I look forward to trying the lunch menu which consists of a pair of appetizers, several entrée salads, burgers, club, and teriyaki chicken sandwiches, and six hearty entrees served with seasonal veggies. My friend has his heart set on the 12 ounce rib eye with melted garlic herb butter and mashed taters for $14.
Jeffrey’s Next Door lives up to its claim to provide the “best price for the best homemade food in town.”
Location: 1716 Broadway
Phone: 208 336-3334
Fax: 208 345-1627
Hours: (Tues. – Fri.) 11 AM – 2 PM and 5 PM – 9 PM
(Fri. & Sat.) 5 PM – 10 PM
(Sun. 9 AM – 1 PM) Closed on Monday

Posted by Mending the Fence on 10/18/2010 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Locavore

I've eaten at Locavore about three times. The food was always good and fresh. However, I and my friends also wondered about the efficacy of the name. We were only able to find ONE bottle of local wine...and it was white, I wanted red. The server seemed quite scrambled by our desire for local wine and had no good explanation for why there weren't more available. This is quite unacceptable in a community with as many fine local wineries as we have.

We also wondered, on another visit, how shrimp could be local to southwestern Idaho. The waitress seemed quite uninformed about the origins of the food she was serving. If Locavore were indeed serving locally sourced food, I would expect the wait staff to be drilled daily on the "who" and "where" of the food on the menu.

I love the idea of eating & purchasing locally. I loathe the idea that my dining experience may have been greenwashed for false "added value."

Posted by Mending the Fence on 10/18/2010 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Locavore

I've eaten at Locavore a few times. The food was good. But I and my companions also wondered about the efficacy of the name. I think there may have been ONE local wine offered. With all the fine wineries right here in our backyard, that is unacceptable. The waitress seemed befuddled by our question about local wines. We also wondered how in the world shrimp could be local. The waitress (a different one/different visit) was quite vague about food origins. A true locally inspired restaurant should be so proud of its sources that the wait staff is updated daily about the whats and wheres.
I love the idea of Locavore, but I loath the idea of someone greenwashing my dining experience.

Posted by Mending the Fence on 10/18/2010 at 12:58 PM

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