Russian Food Festival Readies the Cabbage Rolls 

And Momo Dumplings gets a premanent home

Slurp some stroganoff at the Russian Food Festival.

Laurie Pearman

Slurp some stroganoff at the Russian Food Festival.

If you're growing weary of standard Boise burger and beer fare, we've got some good news for your snoozing tastebuds. On Friday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church will host the seventh-annual Russian Food Festival.

Attendees can sample Russian classics like beef stroganoff, borsht and cabbage rolls or waltz into more adventurous territory with manti (steamed meat or veggie dumplings) or chebureki (spiced meat pockets). There will also be ample sweet treats, like baklava, medovik (honey cake) and oreshki (caramel and almond filled cookies), and plenty of Baltika beer to wash it all down. For more info, visit

And speaking of dumplings, everyone's favorite mobile Nepalese/Tibetan dumpling purveyors, Momo Dumplings, will soon be slinging savory bites in a permanent storefront location at 3223 E. Louise Drive, Ste. 106, in Meridian next to Buffalo Wild Wings. In addition to offering an array of steamed and fried dumplings in pork, turkey and vegetarian varieties, Momo Dumplings will also serve up sides like samosas, French fries, chicken salad and rice balls, and carry a beefed-up selection of sauces. Momo co-owner Yogendra Poudel said he plans to open the fast food-style eatery to the public by the first or second week of June and confirmed that Momo will maintain a presence at the Capital City Public Market and the East End Market at Bown Crossing. For more info and updates, visit

Speaking of new fast-food options, a seasonal grab-and-go restaurant called Yak Shack will open Saturday, May 19, from 4-7 p.m. at the Boise Whitewater River Park across from Quinn's Pond. The Yak Shack will carry an assortment of cold drinks and snacks for ka-yak-ers in addition to Sugar, Sugar handcrafted gourmet ice cream sandwiches. Yak Shack will only be open Thursdays-Sundays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. seasonally, and will offer barbecued "winner winner chicken dinners" in the evenings.

The shack is currently located on Idaho River Sports' property, but owners plan to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant by 2014 in a nearby building. For more info, visit or

In other comings and goings news, North Shore Hot Dogs has a sign posted on it's door that says, "Closed for flood damages from floor above us. Sorry." Management could not be reached for comment.

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