The gyro, a Greek variation of a Turkish innovation, is one of the greatest meals known to man. Last week, I assembled a panel of “experts” (opinionated college students) to determine, once and for all, who makes the best gyro in Boise.
Yesterday, I was walking along in downtown Boise, and I thought to myself: I want an alarmingly large pile of meat, rice and beans, but no restaurant serves that. And I felt a little bit sad.
But then, at that very moment, I turned and saw a sign pinned outside El Gallo Giro on Main street. It said that they serve all-you-can-eat Mexican food for $9.43 on Tuesdays.
And it was Tuesday.
Take that, atheists.
A few concluding notes from my lovely family vacation in Seattle:
Chowder Is So Very Good
In the span of 48 hours, I consumed 52 ounces of chowder—equivalent, unfortunately, to 1.73 big gulps. Was it great for my digestive system? No, it really wasn’t. Did I love every second of it? Yes, yes I did.
My food writing recently took a timid step beyond the blog when I wrote about school lunches for Boise Weekly’s back to school issue.
Can you guess the three most popular lunches among Boise students?
“When a dish is perfectly seasoned, it will taste simultaneously like it has too much salt and too little salt. It is fully committed to being both at the same time.”
– David Chang
I highly encourage you to read David Chang’s Unified Theory of Deliciousness.
When I arrived in Seattle this evening, I was hungry and rumpled in the way that only eight hours in a Minivan can make you.
I wanted a casual yet entertaining meal, so I decided to visit Din Tai Fung, a beloved multinational chain in the Pacific Place mall in downtown Seattle. Din Tai Fung is basically the Dim Sum version of PF Changs, and it dominates the Pacific Rim with locations in Asia, Australia, Washington, California and also Dubai.
Tasso is a new high-end sandwich shop stationed in one of downtown Boise’s more intriguing locations: the skinny space that previously belonged to Fresh Off the Hook in Bodo.
Tasso’s (seriously well-designed) website claims that everything the restaurant serves is made from scratch. If the supple yet crusty bread is made from scratch, color me impressed.
There’s a lot of misinformation floating around the internet these days, and I’m fine with that. But I’m not fine with people incorrectly ranking herbs. Let’s set things straight:
Honorable Mention: Chives
“Honestly I view all human attempts at cuisine to be a series of stop-gap measures until we all eventually ascend to our highest form—breatharianism.”
– Bennett Robinson