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Sweet Street and Smoke Street

Downtown Boise's newest sugar shop, plus barbecue at Angell's


Those looking to quell their cupcake cravings no longer need to chase down a truck. Following the lead of St. Lawrence Gridiron and Calle 75 Street Tacos, A Cupcake Paradise now has its own storefront.

The sugar-peddlers have secured a spot at 813 W. Bannock St., between Eighth and Ninth streets, in what's being called "Sweet Street," home also to The Chocolat Bar, Guru Donuts and City Peanut Shop.

"We're not in direct competition with everybody else. ... So if you don't necessarily want a cupcake, you can run over to the Peanut Shop and grab something, or a donut or whatever," said co-owner Bob McFadden. "It's all right there."

The 950-square-foot space will have seating for 15-20 people and an expanded menu, including brownies, cookies, cinnamon rolls and a version of the Duffin: --a muffin-shaped cake donut rolled in cinnamon sugar and filled with blueberry, Bavarian cream, chocolate, "whatever you want," McFadden said.

The shop will also offer espresso drinks and specialty coffees from Hawaii, Ethiopia and Indonesia, so folks can linger with a book or laptop.

Moving from Sweet Street to Smoke Street, Angell's Bar and Grill Renato is amping up the grill part of its name with a new barbecue program.

"We have the space in downtown Boise where we can actually smoke our own meats," said owner Russell Dawe. "We're taking the front part of our outdoor patio and we've put in a very large grill out there."

Angell's will be using a "Mediterranean dry rub" on its meats and offering sauces and sides like coleslaw, beans and sweet potato steak fries.

"There's obviously the traditional ribs, pulled pork, brisket, that type of thing," said Dawe. "Eventually, we'll start adding some seafood to it once we get comfortable and get things going."

Angell's kicked off the program Superbowl Sunday with a free sampler plate for Facebook fans. They're now offering barbecue lunches, happy hour and takeout until 6 p.m.

"I'm so excited about just getting it out there and smoking it. Then at 11 a.m., the smells and the smoke are just going to start going down Eighth Street and Main Street and then people are gonna go, 'Oh my god, where's that coming from?'"