On a Sunday afternoon, Tracy Pham stands behind the counter of her sandwich shop, Baguette Deli (at the corner of Orchard and Franklin), busily taking orders. For the first sunny Sunday this year, the place is surprisingly busy. Most of the tables are occupied and six or seven people wait in line. And in about two months, Pham is going to be even busier: As well as owning the bench Baguette and the Orient Market on Emerald, she's opening another Baguette Deli in downtown Boise at the old Coldstone Creamery location.
Pham, who moved to Boise from Vietnam about 20 years ago, says that she understands that economically it may not seem like a great time for expansion, but she had been planning to open another Baguette for awhile, and both the market--which she has owned for more than 10 years--and the Franklin deli are doing well. The downtown location will be similar to the Bench deli, though Pham may add a few noodle soup selections.
You're going to hate us for this, but you know it's true: It will be August before you know it. In exchange for wishing away the bulk of your summer in that last sentence, we will give you some advance notice on one of the season's most food-filled annual events: the Boise Soul Food Extravaganza. On Saturday, Aug., 7, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Julia Davis park will fill with the aroma of barbecued ribs, jambalaya and sweet-potato pie; the sounds of hip-hop, jazz, spiritual and blues music; and thousands of people stuffing their mouths and ears with both (hopefully, they don't get confused). Visit boisesoulfoodfestival.com for recipes and more info on the event.
And last, but so very not least, we have a welcome addition to the BW Card family: Brick Oven Bistro. From the days when it was housed in the humble little brick building that Addie's now calls home, we've loved everything from crawfish etoufee to lamb shank to an open Yankee pot roast sandwich and more. We can now skip over to the Grove for lunch, knowing that when we slog back to the office, our bellies will be heavier, full of the Reuben made with hand-carved ham and a bowl of homemade soup with a scoop of mashed potatoes in the middle of it, but our wallets won't be too much lighter.