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O'Michael's Pub and Grill


Butts out, breakfast in

Urban legend has it that a cantankerous monster, controlled by the petulant whims of a dining out public, consumes and destroys area restaurants neglected by owners and managers who choose the path of sameness rather than fully embracing the vicissitude that is "the biz." About this time last year, it looked as though O'Michael's Pub and Grill would fall victim to such a destructive plight--until it was rescued by new ownership. Now, change is on the make.

This summer I began a personal Monday-night tradition involving a pint of Guinness and what I like to call Boise's "Best Outta Control Nachos." (And if we could relive the Best Of Boise issue again this week, my ode to the nachos at O'Michael's might read something like this: "If plates of nachos populated the galaxy instead of people, the nachos at O'Michael's would be the big tamale, the head honcho, the Sumo-sized king snake of the galactic food chain. And that's just junior. In the world where nachos are still for the sole purpose of human consumption, the full-sized order can only be served on a table whose four legs have been reinforced with steel rebar and concrete.") But I digress.

Just recently, the whole building went sans smoking, family-friendly and shoved forth an idea nothing short of brilliant--breakfast. And in case you're wondering, the answer is "no," there are never enough places to get a good morning grub on. But put your smart cap on and work with me. The quest for untracked runs at Bogus, plus a dearth of quick and easy breakfast stops on your way up the hill equals hunger-induced plummets from the quad, possibly resulting in broken limbs. So not cool. But O'Michael's is taking apres-ski to avant-ski with a little thing called petite dejeuner, very roughly translated as "gettin' your Wheaties."

The breakfast menu took a trial run last Sunday, and until the snow flies, will only be making weekly appearances from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. (which means when lunch starts at 11 a.m., there's a whopping three-hour overlap for you indecisive types). Once ski season is in full swing, and on each and every egg-lovin' day of the year thereafter, breakfast will be served seven days a week from 7 'til 11. Prices for sides of eggs, sausage, hand-cut ham steaks, bagels, toast and yogurt range from two greenbacks to $5.99, and a full meal combo (like "the traditional" with two eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, potatoes and toast; the eggs Benedict with potatoes; or three slices of thick-cut French toast with ham, bacon or sausage), made to order omelets and breakfast burritos fall under the $8 mark. And if you're itching to get up the mountain, we've been assured that a burrito to chow en route is the winter specialty from O'Michael's.

O'Michael's Pub and Grill, 2433 Bogus Basin Rd., 342-8948

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