Though it may feel energizing at first, Boise's summer heat has no doubt jumped on the vampire train: It's a big fat energy sucker. Big burger-and-fries lunches make getting through an afternoon even more difficult, and if your job is on the line, falling asleep at work is just the excuse someone will need to send your big butt to the unemployment line.
But just because it's hot doesn't mean you're not hungry. Pho Nouveau's aptly named fresh summer rolls are light and refreshing, but plentiful enough to quiet the grumbling hunger monster.
Soft, rubbery rice paper is wrapped around long, noodly rice vermicelli, lettuce, bean sprouts, herbs and your choice of pork and shrimp, grilled salmon, grilled pork, grilled shrimp or tofu. Each order consists of two big rolls halved and is accompanied by a peanut chunk-filled hoisin sauce that almost begs for a spoon. Top off an order with a frosty glass of iced Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk or a Thai iced tea and dine on the small patio--prime-people watching real estate--and you might find your whole mood elevated for the rest of the day.
The most you'll drop for the summer rolls is $6.95, and when you're finished with lunch, you won't be wiping fry sauce off your tie or hoping your coworkers don't rat you out when you start snoring at your desk.