A new food truck on State Street advertises Indian tacos, but you won't find saag paneer and biryani wrapped in a portable naan blanket. Mist'Delish serves up Native American tacos, enchiladas and frybreads.
So what exactly is a Native American frybread?
"It's a dough that's really, really super soft, and once I place it in the fryer, it just puffs up really big," explained owner Misty Lara through the window of her new truck on a recent chilly evening.
Mist'Delish opened on March 1 at 4210 W. State St.
"A lot of these recipes are from my great-grandma," said Lara. "I just felt, well, there's no Native American restaurants here that sell any Native American food, so I knew it was going to be a good place to start."
Mist'Delish is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.-ish. You can follow it on Twitter @mistdelish.
Moving from Native American to best new American chefs: Local chef Nick Duncan of Nampa's La Belle Vie was nominated as one of the Top 100 finalists in Food and Wine magazine's The People's Best New Chef competition.
For the last two years, Food and Wine has selected 10 "up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer" from 10 regions across the country. The chef with the most votes from each region was named a finalist, with Sheldon Simeon from Lahaina, Hawaii, winning from the Northwest region. The chef with the most votes among the finalists, Tim Byres, from Dallas, Texas, was officially crowned The People's Best New Chef on March 12.
Speaking of winners, Nikki Rimer took home the top prize, a sixer keg, in Sockeye Brewery's inaugural Facebook scavenger hunt on March 10. Scavengers were required to turn in five items, including a keg cap and an empty beer bottle, to the new Sockeye brewery construction site near Fairview Avenue and Cloverdale Road. Construction has also begun on 10 Barrel Brewing's new pub in downtown Boise at Ninth and Bannock streets, which is slated to open in late summer. Follow 10 Barrel's progress on Facebook.
And in other downtown shuffle news, Willi B's Sandwich Saloon on Fifth and Idaho streets has officially shut its doors. The restaurant is moving to a new location at 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., which is slated to open Monday, March 19.
Also, Gandolfo's New York Delicatessen has closed in BODO.