Two New Brunches Launch and Kindness Changes Grand Opening 

Bunches of brunches

After years spent in a hollandaze, the Boise brunch scene is scrambling for something new. The Modern Hotel debuted its new brunch menu in mid-June, which includes eclectic items like house-corned beef with spicy kimchi broth and a lightly sweet egg pancake. Now a couple of other Boise restaurants are also offering some more unique brunch items.

Saint Lawrence Gridiron, at 705 W. Bannock St., recently launched a brunch menu, which is served from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. Menu items include brisket and poached eggs with toast ($12); shrimp and grits with sausage and tomato gravy and grilled shrimp ($13); brioche French toast with bourbon-sorghum syrup and pan-fried plantains ($9); and smoked country ham with a poached egg, grit cakes and red-eye gravy ($12). Boozy brunch drinks are minimal--just a prosecco mimosa ($6) and a house sangria ($5)--but SLG's regular beer and wine menu is also available.

Down the block at 211 N. Eighth St., Juniper also launched a brunch menu last weekend, served Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m. Brunch plates include a roasted beet benedict with spinach and bearnaise sauce ($8); a linguica scramble with caramelized onions, sweet peppers and kale ($9); a fried chicken sandwich with honey mustard, grilled kale and pickles ($9); and a Lava Lakes Lamb reuben with purple kraut and sweet pepper aioli ($11). Juniper also offers a few small plates from its regular menu, including the grilled flank steak salad ($13) and the gin-and-honey glazed salmon ($14), along with classic cocktails like the French 75 ($7) and the Pimm's Cup Royale ($8.50)

And in not-quite-ready-to-open-yet news, we got word just before we went to press that the grand opening of the Owyhee's new restaurant, Kindness, has been pushed from Thursday, June 24 to Thursday, Aug. 7, due to "unexpected circumstances."

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