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From Demise to Deals in Boise's Restaurant Scene


The big Food News this week is the demise of Barbacoa, but by the time BW hits stands Wednesday, the fire that destroyed the Parkcenter Boulevard restaurant will be old news. The fire appears to have been accidental, however, fire investigators were unable to determine the cause.

The two-year-old restaurant had just hit a running stride in the restaurant scene, finally working out opening bugs and putting out food well balanced in both presentation and quality. (If you never had the Hot Rock Filet [check out this photo], you sorely missed out on a beautiful cut of meat served on what could have been the state's most outrageous plate: a hot rock.) Owners Robert and Martine Castoro announced plans to rebuild and said they'd already started the ball rolling on the process. But until a part two emerges from the ashes, Boise diners are left with one less decent and daring restaurant in town. Pity. Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of Barbacoa.

So with Barbacoa scratched off the list for now, you may be looking for dinner in an unlikely destination. Check out the new dinner menu at Miss Tami's Cottage in Meridian. A few months back, the restaurant and tea shop turned BW reviewers' heads with its uber-feminine approach to lounging lunch and high tea. Miss Tami has added dinner to the meal schedule three nights a week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m., with the comfort calories of meatloaf, lasagna, chicken cordon bleu and stuffed salmon. For more information, visit 1031 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-1770.

Last but certainly not least, change is afoot at Berryhill and Co. If you've followed news at, you know that John Berryhill has been promising a few changes. The time has come. Starting Monday, Jan. 11, happy hour will be an all-new beast at the Ninth Street restaurant. In addition to a $1 break on drinks, you can indulge in free nibbles from the app buffet Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. Also new this month is Sunday brunch starting Jan. 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. A trip (or several) to the buffet will run you $14 and bottomless mimosas are a super deal at $4. And if you're in the restaurant biz, your most recent pay stub will get you half off your brunch. 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553.