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Food News: Gaucho's, The Drunken Pancake and Negroni Week

Beer-infused flapjacks, empanadas and more


Move over Orange Julius, there's now a local, family owned Argentine restaurant at the Boise Towne Square Mall. Gaucho's: A Taste of Argentina opened May 26 in the food court and primarily offers empanadas, served baked or fried.

On Gaucho's menu, owners George and Elida Sileoni—originally from Argentina but now living in Caldwell—include everything from a traditional empanada with ground beef, onion, green olives and hard-boiled egg; to breakfast empanadas with bacon, egg and cheese. For those with a sweet tooth, there are also smaller dessert empanada choices like Nutella and banana or dulce de leche.

Besides empanadas, the spot also serves a couple of sandwiches, like the choripan: grilled sausage on a French hoagie topped with chimichurri.

In other opening news, The Drunken Pancake food cart is now slinging beer-infused flapjacks—in flavors like Redd's Strawberry Ale and Rogue Hazelnut Nutella—to downtowners until 2:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Owners Adam Smith and Katy Croswell get their griddle going weekend nights near Sixth and Main streets.

From the company's website: "At The Drunken Pancake, we love two things: Pancakes and beer! What better way to enjoy them than combining them together? It's always a good time for breakfast. That is why we are open late night to satisfy those drunken cravings."

For more on The Drunken Pancake, visit

In even boozier news, we're currently in the midst of Negroni Week, a magical week when bars across the world honor the classic cocktail made with gin, Campari and sweet vermouth by hosting special events to benefit various charities.

Locally, Red Feather Lounge, Saint Lawrence Gridiron, Juniper and The Mode have teamed up to host a Negroni Week Passport Contest, which ends Sunday, June 7. Pick up a passport at any of the above bars, and get a stamp for each Negroni variation you sample. Once you get a stamp from every spot, you'll be entered into a prize drawing—first place is a $50 gift certificate to all four establishments. Each bar will donate $1 from every Negroni purchase to a charity of their choice.

Outside of the Eighth Street area, The Modern Hotel is also celebrating Negroni Week by mixing up four featured Negronis. The bar will donate $1 from each cocktail to Interfaith Sanctuary.