Sunday, March 27, 2011
This is Boise chic, complete with a story. In January of 2010 it burned down, darn near to the ground. It reopened on New Year's Eve the same year, all full of piss and vinegar, which may not be the right phrase for a restaurant, but you get the point.
The cocktails come in ice glasses (not iced glasses -- glasses made of frozen water). It's a gimmick, to be sure, but it does truly keep the drink cold. Anyway, on any given night, Boise's young and hip gather at the Barbacoa, because it has two bars, an inventive menu and, rather shockingly, reasonable prices. In warm weather, the windows next to the duck pond come down and the dining can be done alfresco.
Dessert, dear reader, was a disappointment Four -- no, six -- dollops of ice cream rolled in Special K and stuck on the end of lollipop sticks, served on what one friend said looks like a weird hookah pipe. Two bucks' worth of ice cream for about $12.
Otherwise, the food is great, prices reasonable (including the wine) and the the setting is over-the-top but comfortable.