After weeks of buzz about City Peanut Shop's impending opening on Bannock Street, the doors are finally open. And it's more than just peanuts happening at City Peanut Shop. Huckleberry fudge bar shaped like the great state of Idaho, anyone? (I think I know what all of my beyond-Idaho family is getting for Christmas.) Although nuts and seeds do make up a substantial portion of the selection, so do candy and local non-nut products. Well-known Boise-based brand Dorothy's has prime shelf space at City Peanut Shop, as does Weiser Honey and popcorn made in-house. The place was packed on First Thursday when BW stopped in and again on Saturday morning during the market. On First Thursday, I walked out with a few fists full of samples, including the wasabi sunflower seeds and curry pistachios. I also scored a sample of the roasted Horseshoe Bend chestnuts, which will soon be roasted on a downtown street near you. 803 W. Bannock St., 208-433-3931.
Other openings to report this week include the Gyro Shack, which has two locations (one at 6619 Ustick and another at 6933 Overland), where you can get an original gyro for $2.49. Feeling like a big spender? Get the most expensive item on the menu, the deluxe chicken gyro with feta, and you'll still only shell out $3.79. Who knew cheap sounded like "gyro"? Yoi Tomo sushi in BODO opened last week, and it's BW's second newest addition to the BW Card. Reach back into the Food News memory a few weeks and you might remember that Yoi Tomo (405 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-3375, yoitomo.us) does all you can eat for $17.99 during lunch and $24.99 during dinner. Take an additional 40 percent off that with your BW Card? Uh, "Y" to the "E"-"S," please. The newest member to the card is a joint called Jo's Sunshine Lounge at 1115 N. Curtis and let's just say food isn't exactly the focus at the lounge.
If you have off-BW Card funds to burn, this is the time of year you'll find a wine dinner around every corner. If your corner is in the North End, on Monday, Nov. 16, Cafe Vicino hosts a six-course meal paired with vino from Argentina's Catena winery in Mendoza. Price is $75 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. You'll need a reservation. And on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m., the Melting Pot hosts Lodi, Calif.'s Michael David Winery with a four-course for $50 per person plus tax and gratuity.