Solid and Loxbury open in Boise, Road house Closes 

Bad news out in Eagle.

Road House BBQ, known for its dry rub, award-winning BBQ and smiling alligator logo/mascot has closed. According to owner Ross Tilbury, the building Road House occupied was foreclosed on and he and his wife Polly decided to hang up the BBQ tongs after 15 years in the business.

In other Eagle restaurant news, well-known local chef David Knickrehm has relocated to popular riverside Bella Aquila. Owner Bill Cooper told Food News to expect a menu tweak for late spring and early summer.

In Boise, the good news just keeps coming. Two restaurants opened this week, and news of closings has been scant for months. Bagel shop Loxbury opened last Monday in the Ram Plaza Shopping Center at the corner of Broadway Ave. and Park Blvd., serving bagels, soups and sandwiches. I went in for breakfast and snagged a supersized two-egg, bacon, cheddar cheese and tomato on everything bagel sandwich for $3.50. My recommendation: Stop in the first time and get your sea legs about you then call ahead before subsequent visits and they'll have it ready for you. In addition to the bagels: --trucked in from Twin Falls: --there's also a variety of sandwich bread. A deli case has a selection of meat and cheese, which are sliced on the spot, and Dawson Taylor is the brew of choice. 577 Park Blvd., 208-345-6555.

Liquid's new partner in crime, the aptly named Solid, also opened its doors last Monday.

Back in December, word slipped that the BODO bar had acquired the restaurant space next door and would be setting up shop with a menu offering casual Northwest cuisine. The addition of Solid would also mean significantly augmenting Liquid's patio space to create a whopping empire of three 50-foot-long patios.

Chef Dustin Williams, formerly of Bungalow and 8th Street Wine Co. (the latter was housed in the space prior to Solid's predecessor Texas Boogie), has put together a menu with a smattering of usual suspects from nachos and mac and cheese to a build-a-burger option (which includes a veggie patty) and, of course, the Northwest menu requisite--salmon. At midnight on Friday and Saturday, the lunch/dinner menu is put away, and the breakfast menu: --featuring fried chicken and waffles on the same plate: --comes out to play. So once the encore is over at the Knit, you can head to Solid for breakfast until 4 a.m. 405 S. Eighth St. in BODO.

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