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Twisted Timber Pub & Grill

On the plate of Reviewer No. 2


Since my parents are amenable to new dining experiences no matter how far away, I took them to Twisted Timber Pub and Grill, a place so far from downtown, we wondered if we were still in Ada County.

With a tiny half-page menu of chicken wings, pizza and sandwiches and nothing but glasses of beer on the handful of occupied tables, I guessed it a place where nearby residents go for a brew and where a bite is an afterthought. My bad.

I've never ordered a buffalo wing in my life--not a fan of bone-in meats or skin--but I acquiesced to bourbon peppercorn chicken parts ($6). We took a long wait as a bad omen, but slow service was not a result of inattentiveness. It was, rather, a precursor to freshly prepared food.

Holy bleu cheese dressing, Batman! Is this what you football watchers have been eating on Mondays this whole time? How did I miss these? Though my pop thought the wings lacked a bourbon-and-black pepper zing, I was tongue-tied at how the crack of pepper and the warm tang of booze dressed an otherwise inedible appetizer. An order of three sandwiches and a chicken-and-cheese quesadilla ($7) confused the cook, who looked for a non-existent fourth person as he helped our server bring orders to the table--that 'dilla was thick enough to do duty as an entree. His misunderstanding was forgivable. The "drizzled with sour cream," which was stiff pastry-pouch-poured swirls sitting atop the tortilla, was not. It would have been a no-complaint dish sans the sour cream.

The swiss, leaf spinach, tomato, spicy horseradish and roast beef ($6.50) and turkey, tomato, jack-and-cheddar, leaf spinach and bacon ($6.50) sandwiches my dates ordered were hot, flattened panini-style sandwiches with grill lines seared on both sides. The pink tinge of the beef poked through the edges and its juicy tenderness pushed past the other flavors. That is of particular note because earlier that evening, I'd read on Twisted Timber's Facebook page that they had a Reuben special, but our server gently informed me that there would be no Reuben for me. The meat was too tough to serve. Big points to TT for not masking the meat in sauerkraut and sauce and serving it anyway.

My second choice, the turkey avocado club ($7.50)--bacon, spinach, swiss cheese and tomato--was served cold with the thick, plate-size slices of turkey folded over and over so that the sandwich stacked nearly as high as my pint glass, and the snap of fresh spinach and tomato were a welcome surprise in December.

A sandwich without potato chips is like a cat without a purr, and I think tortilla chips are a poor substitute. However, when accompanied by a fair-sized plastic cup of medium salsa as ours were, that particular cheat can be forgiven.

I have a friend who lives near that Cloverdale no-man's land between town and country. Now visits out to his neck of the woods will seem less like treks and more like treats.

Amy Atkins tried to sell a potato chip on eBay that looked like Abraham Lincoln.

Boise Weekly sends two reviewers to every restaurant we review. Read what our other reviewer had to say about Twisted Timber Pub & Grill.