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Beasts and Bourbon Pop Up at Pengilly's

And Tazah Kabob opens next to Kabul Market

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Beef and bourbon are an all-American masculine dream team. And St. Lawrence Gridiron, the food truck equivalent of Tom Selleck's moustache, is pairing the two for the Beast and Bourbon pop-up dinner at Pengilly's Saloon Thursday, Dec. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

"It'll be $50 a person for the meal and the pairing--four courses plus four drinks ... small pours--$35 if you have an adverse reaction to bourbon, but we reserve the right to make fun of you if you can't handle your bourbon," said SLG owner Brian Garrett.

Garrett said the bourbon will be mostly top shelf, while the preliminary dinner menu includes bones and toast with lemon jelly and parsley paste, a beefed-up barley shot with beef chicharron and jerky twist, beer brazen short ribs with Southern grits and collard chips and a bourbon German chocolate beef cake served with calf liver ice cream.

Reservations for the 36-seat dinner can be made by calling 208-830-7030 or emailing brian@slgridiron.com.

And speaking of bringing the beef, a new Afghan restaurant, Tazah Kabob, opened next door to the Kabul Market at 5755 W. Overland Road. The joint serves beef, lamb and chicken kabobs, along with more unusual items like mantu--beef dumplings topped with a yellow split pea sauce and yogurt--and bolani, scallion turnovers served with a spicy salsa.

Tazah Kabob is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and offers a lunch buffet for $8.99 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, call 208-376-0333.

And in other ethnic market news, Bosnia Express Market owners Dusanka and Ermin Kurtagic launched an expanded selection of wine last month, adding bargain bottles from the Pacific Northwest, Australia and Argentina to a selection of imported European wines. According to Ermin, the wines were chosen for their affordable prices.

But the list also includes hard-to-find imported options like a chocolate-flavored Moldovan wine and a Montenegrin chardonnay. The shelves in the restaurant space include higher quality vino and imports from Romania, Russia and Bulgaria.

Ermin added that he hopes to host a wine tasting of the BOEX offerings before the end of December.

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