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The Three B's: Bown, Basque and Bottomless


The white coats behind the popular Red Room Tavern and Pair dynamic duo have branched out once again, this time in Bown Crossing in southeast Boise.

After opening and shuttering City Grill, then physically swapping Red Room and Pair (with a slight reposition of the latter), Christine Reid and Mitch Thompson quietly opened Locavore in the coffee shop and bistro space at Bown Crossing's southeast corner. If the name isn't an obvious tip-off to what you can expect from Locavore's menu, we'll spell it out for you: local-centric food and booze.

While the snow melts and Locavore patiently waits for the tomato plants to go into the ground, Reid is focused on making local buys for the all-homemade menu. In addition to Ballard Family cheese and locally roasted Dawson Taylor coffee, Reid is up early every morning baking with Cloverleaf cream. Purple Sage Farms will supply the herbs and Reid is lining up local farmers to supply the veggies for Locavore's menu of salads, sandwiches and soups.

The restaurant gets an early start Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. with Belgian waffles and a pastry case full of house-made breads and scones. The coffee also gets a homemade hand with white and dark chocolate ganache for lattes. Brunchers can linger over bottomless mimosas and eggs on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch includes a giant selection of salads that, thankfully, gets beyond the usual chef salad business. Greek quinoa tops the list but a sampler with piles of three--choose from Greek quinoa, curry chicken, antipasto, Caesar, potato and house--is a mighty tempting entree choice. Paninis, a handful of sandwiches and a short list of nibbles round out the menu.

In the coming week, expect news of a grand opening, as well as the addition of a dinner menu ("classic bistro fare," said Reid) and beer and wine (with an emphasis on the locally produced). Cooking classes will gear up around Mother's Day next month, and if you're an artist looking for a space to hang new work, contact Reid at

Locavore, 3110 S. Bown Way, 208-338-8887.

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