Grinds for da Idaho Ohana
I once wrote in these pages that eight out of the top 10 things I miss most about living in Hawaii are foodstuffs. It's still true, although my need for a beach tops the list when the weather gets all November on me. At least I'll be spending my winter stuffing myself with some of the things I miss most now that popular Hawaiian catering company Kanak Attack—which often boasts the longest line at every park event with food booths—is moving into permanent digs on Broadway. Headed up by the Kahuku-rooted Mike Mohica, Ono will open in the former Berryhill and Co. location. Mohica says he's shooting for an opening date the first week of December, with a grand opening celebration in January. Expect a menu of Hawaiian fusion, with island staples like Kalua pig and musubi (pass the SPAM, please!), along with some things more familiar to the Japanese-food-loving Idaho haole, like sushi and Hawaiian poke (bite-sized raw fish soaked in seasoning). A couple cases of Hawaiian Sun, some manupua, a couple jars of li hing mui, and we're in serious business.
Ono, 2170 Broadway Ave., 208-429-6800.
Beer, Food, Beer, Food
Front Door is doing its beer-and-food thing again here right soon. It's not the usual finger-licking-good, double-cut-pepperoni-goodness, the-Underworld-is-the-bomb and the-taps-are-domestic-free beer-and-food thing they do every day. No, it's one of the those super special beer-and-food things during which the brewmaster does a little song and dance and formally acquaints the audience with the nuances of those quaffables represented. This beer and food thing features the ever popular Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, whose Hefeweizen put it on the map, and the menu goes far and beyond the usual First Thursday cheese offerings, delving instead into the general direction of a harvest-themed menu. Best reason to check it out? The altbier, which is only served in the Widmer's Gasthaus Pub in Portland. Along with the "old beer," beer and food ticket holders—yep, nothing says official like tickets—can check out 2008's new Dunkleweisse, the Broken Halo IPA, the Snow Plow Stout and, of course, the Hefe.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 24, at high noon. Beer-and-food thing happens Wed., Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. Front Door Northwest Pizza and Tap House, 105 S. Sixth St., 208-921-1377.
Nope, we just never weary of writing about the Basque Market. Here's your weekly update: Tapas night started back in September and has remained—until now, that is—a well-kept secret. Tuesday nights, $8 gets you a pour of vino tinto and a plate of tapas. The selection of the former features bottles of Spanish or Basque varieties, while the latter is a selection that changes weekly, including blood sausage, chorizo, croquettas and cheese.
Questions? Give 'em a ring at 208-433-2108. Tapas nights are every Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Basque Market, 608 W. Grove St., TheBasqueMarket.com.