Twisted Timber Cafe and Rick's on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" 

Food Discoveries in the Hinterlands

A few weeks ago, while wandering around out in the hinterlands between Boise and Star, I happened across a restaurant waaaay out at Cloverdale and Amity roads called Twisted Timber Pub and Grill. It was late, I was taking a friend home and long story short, I couldn't stop in. Instead, after I got home that night, I Googled the joint and although they don't have a Web site set up, I was quite impressed to see not only a Facebook fan page for Twisted Timber but also a Twitter feed.

I dug around TT's Facebook page and discovered 1. a shuffleboard table 2. Facebook fans and Twitter followers get their first beer free and 3. under the public transit section of TT's profile, it says: "If you live close by we are known to give rides home to our beloved patrons!"

Now that's a neighborhood pub. If only it were in my neighborhood.

Next door is the Platinum Cup Coffeehouse, which the Twisted Timber's owners have been running for the last few years. Twisted Timber opened in April and although the menu is slim pickings with a handful of sandwiches and whole pizzas (and cool points for not having a fryer), it's better than the other neighborhood options (um ... nothing). The plan, according to one TT employee, is to augment the menu in the no-so-distant future.

4563 S. Cloverdale Road, 208-362-7157. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Next Up on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Rick's Press Room is next up on the on the "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" TV tour with Guy Fieri, the Food Network's slightly irreverent show host whose spiky bleached hair and tendency to say things like it's always great "when you get a nice juice run down into your bling," has made him a favorite with audiences. Fieri's Westside Drive-In segment has already aired, as has his tongue-tasting adventure at Bar Gernika and his steak sandwich episode at Kodiak Grill.

The show airs Aug. 17, just a week after Rick's celebrates its two-year anniversary.

This Week's Wine and Dine

If you're looking for a specific event at which to wine and dine this week, you're stuck with beer. Check out Melting Pot's Sam Adams beer dinner on Friday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 p.m. For details, call Melting Pot at 208-383-0900.

If wine is really what you're after, I'd recommend a trip to Cafe Vicino. No fancy vintners dinner or giant event happening at chefs Steve Rhodes and Richard Langston's place, but wine is happening. White wine. Winesipper columnist David Kirkpatrick is always saying that the right reds are perfect for summertime, but I always find myself hankering for a cold white. Apparently, Cafe Vicino's patrons do, too, because the North End restaurant has beefed up its wine list to feature 16 white, sparkling and roses by the glass just for the hot weather. And if you insist on dining with your wining, Langston and Rhodes have done all the pairing work for you, putting those new whites with selections from the light-as-air summer menu.

Melting Pot, 200 N. Sixth St., 208-383-0900, Cafe Vicino, 808 W. Fort St., 208-472-1463,

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