FOODIE EVENTS OF THE WEEK
The soft opening of Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine last Thursday was anything but trailer park. As some of the previously vacant buildings in Boise's Linen District find new occupants, the vision of what the district's developers are hoping west downtown will become is materializing. And the opening of Donnie Mac'sjust a block from the recently opened Visual Arts Collective, also a project of Linen Districtis the latest affirmation of the burgeoning neighborhood.
When our mob invaded a table by the glass-paneled garage doors, we sampled onion rings, fries, burgers and frozen custard. Though opening night is no time for a food review, we have nothing but good comments to pass on to those who would ask.
Served 7 to 11 a.m., the breakfast menu features the usual breakfast suspects: eggs, toast, pancakes, French toast, eggs benedict, omelets, biscuits and gravy, and oatmeal. The lunch and dinner menus offer mesquite grilled burgers, meatloaf, homemade mac and cheese, chicken sandwiches and salads. And dessert boasts a one-of-a-kind in the Treasure Valleyfrozen custard in chocolate and vanilla.
Though the decor is certainly unique with a 1941 Chevy up on blocks for the kids to play in and a kitchen built-in to a camper trailer replica, the most impressive use of space is the separation of dining and hanging out areas. The backroom, for lounging with friends, is tucked back behind the kitchen and away from the family friendly dining area.
Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., 384-9008. Open Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
BPD COOKS UP MORE THAN DOUGHNUTS
The Boise Police Department has compiled a list of the department's favorite recipes and collated them into a little sumpin' they like to call Code 3. Published by the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, the 411 on the 3 is that it includes the coveted Smoked Trout Chowder recipe from Square. Ten bones gets you the book.
On a non-food related note, BPD is also selling full-color 2006 calendars featuring your local men and women in uniform. Calendars are $10 and all proceeds benefit SAFE, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence.
Books and calendars can be purchased in the City Hall lobby December 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m.
SIZZLER ACCEPTING TOYS FOR TOTS DONATIONS
Numerous agencies collect monetary and toy donations for families in need over the holiday season, and Sizzler restaurants in Boise and Nampa are doing their part in helping families this season by collecting toys for the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program. Donation boxes located at the front of each location will accept new, unwrapped Christmas gifts for children until December 22, when they will be collected by Marine Corps volunteers.
Boise Sizzler, 459 N. Cole Rd.; Nampa Sizzler, 501 Caldwell Blvd.
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