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Dawson Taylor and Cinder Wine sweep The Washington Post off their feet

Kyle Basile - Friday, December 15, 2017
Downtown and North end as seen by John Briley

Yes, potatoes lurk beneath the surface of everything, but Idaho’s 
capital city 
is so
much more, blooming with 
artsy and
delights. Plus,
a river runs through it.
December 13, 2017

Local faves
Upon scoring a seat at the crescent bar in a breakfast
joint in the historical Perrault-Fritchman Building (1879), I
understand why this place often has a line out the door: Coddled by
sunrise-painted walls, hip, chipper staff and locally roasted Dawson
Taylor coffee, I want to linger all day. When my salmon Benedict
arrives, quilted with Goldy’s renowned homemade hollandaise sauce,
I imitate my bar mate, who is reading a novel while picking slothlike
though a tower of blueberry pancakes. As I’m (finally) leaving, owner
Wanda Martinat, whose parents came to Idaho from Japan in the
relocation after World War II, tells me of old tunnels beneath Boise
used in the late 1800s by Chinese workers to avoid persecution — a
tale I later learn is a myth.


Guidebook musts
I follow the trail of Boise’s top artisans into which occupies
the first floor of one of downtown’s most striking historical buildings
— 805 Idaho, which was built in 1891 with two-foot-thick sandstone
slabs from nearby Table Rock. Fork’s #Loyaltolocal pledge manifests
in regional meats, breads, honey, produce, booze and even peanuts.
At the half-moon bar, which serves as a sort of wheelhouse for the
wood-and-exposed-brick dining room, I lean toward the coast for a
Washington king salmon entree with crisp potato wedges and grilled
asparagus, paired with a silky tempranillo from the Cinder winery in
Idaho’s Snake River Valley. Extra credit: After bartender Liz fulfills
my neighbor’s request to concoct “something with bourbon,” he
nearly breaks into song over her mixological artistry.

Many more mentions of fantastic must see and do hot spots in the City Of Trees

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