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Andrae's Strips Down for Lunch

Chef Andrae Bopp may have a reputation for creating one of the most outstanding dinner experiences in Boise, but just recently Andrae's loosened its tie, let down its hair and extended into the realm of lunch.

In the words of its owner, lunchtime's "The Bistro at Andrae's" is a no-china, no-candlelight, lights-up, techno-on Bistro experience. With the same fine food, of course.

Bistro lunch is priced between $6 and $15, and the menu is designed with tight lunch schedules in mind. Start with a cheese plate or oysters on the half shell in several varieties, eat light with a salad of short rib quenelles on arugula or duck confit on frisee, warm up with Andrae's French onion soup (or, while the weather is still roasting), cool off with a cold tomato basil soup with Dijon mustard ice cream. Entrees include all-natural buffalo hanger steak, chicken sauteed in Riesling, pork chop Milanese and Andrae's posh mac and cheese. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Andrae's, 816 W. Bannock St., 385-0707,

6th Street Bridge

For nearly a month, the Bridge Cafe has been turning the heads of Sixth Street passersby, many of whom have been passing by the cafe space for years without ever venturing in to the previous incarnation (a charge on which even this food editor admits guilt). But with a new sign baiting hungry pedestrians and a quickly earned reputation for simple, delicious and well-priced food, the Bridge Cafe has been reeling in quite the breakfast and lunch crowds.

Continental breakfast, which owner Tony Bridges will soon expand into a wider-ranging menu, includes muffins ($1.25), breakfast sandwiches ($2), bagels ($1.25) and donuts ($.55). Get drinks from coffee and soda to juice, Gatorade, V-8 (have you had yours today?) and milk. Snacksters can get a serious fix with cookies, crackers, popcorn, candy or something a little healthier like string cheese and yogurt. When lunchtime rolls around, you can brown bag it with a build-your-own basic or gourmet wrap ($4.50-$6) or sandwich ($3.50-$5.50), or you can get a hot lunch from the daily rotating selection that includes choices like penne pasta with prosciutto or skewers with rice and veggies. The Bridge cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The Bridge Cafe, 123 6th St.

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