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New BW Card Members, Half-way to St. Patty's Day and Darla's

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Two More Places You Can Eat for 40 Percent Off

Good news, BW Card members: You have two new places you can use the BW Card. One is a favorite in Nampa that recently opened a second location in downtown Boise, and the other is a new joint that is charting some interesting culinary waters in downtown Boise. First up is Eli's Deli. After garnering quite the following in Nampa over the last few years, Eli's opened a second location in downtown Boise earlier this summer. The Italian deli makes a mean meatball sand, but I highly recommend the ba-da-bing with turkey, ham, pastrami and provolone melted into a fold of Eli's homemade bread. BW Card members can use their card at both the downtown Boise and the downtown Nampa locations of Eli's.

Next up is Sweetwater's Tropic Zone. Billed as "laid back tropical cuisine," Sweetwater focuses on food from locales straddling the equator. Think oysters, conch, satays, prawns and--if you're feeling more turf than surf--goat.

Eli's Deli, 219 N. 10th St., 208-473-7161, Boise; 122 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-466-8880, elisitalian.com. Sweetwater's Tropic Zone, 205 N. 10th St., 208-433-9194, sweetwaterstropiczone.com.

Lunch on a Perch

On the walk back from a semi-regular jaunt to Flying M for caffeine and Willi B's for cheap eats, a co-worker and I passed by a sandwich board sign on the sidewalk advertising Darla's Deli, located in the penthouse of the C.W. Moore building on the corner of Fifth and Front streets.

We took the elevator to the top and met Darla, owner and sole employee, and marveled at a display of ciabatta sandwiches, a huge chef salad with bacon--and probably some other stuff but we couldn't see past the bacon--and two avocado halves stuffed with what looked like tuna salad.

The deli is open 8 a.m.-2 p.m., five days a week for breakfast and lunch, and you can be added to an e-mail list to receive notification of daily specials. Darla's menu is riddled with sandwiches of the lunch and breakfast varieties. Best find on the menu? Half a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich for $2.83.

I've been to the penthouse balcony high above downtown Boise for a couple of wedding receptions, and the idea of spending a lunch hour in the open air, looking out over the city instead of eating lunch at my desk, is enticing.

250 S. Fifth St., 208-381-0034, cwmooreplaza.com/darlasdeli.

This Week's Wine and Dine

Of all the holidays, St. Patrick's Day is without doubt the one that needs a "half birthday"--a mid-year celebration six months between officials days, that is. Rick's Press Room, the Busted Shovel and Quinn's are throwing a halfway to St. Paddy's Day party Thursday, Sept. 17, and it's a pretty simple idea: party like it's March 17th. Get a mug of green beer and dance a jig to the bagpiping tunes provided by the Boise Highlanders.

Thursday, Sept. 17. Rick's Press Room, 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-288-0558, rickspressroom.net; The Busted Shovel, 704 W. Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217, bustedshovel.com; Quinn's, 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-342-9568.