It's been a while since I've done a random tidbits entry and there's just too much of it to post on my Facebook page now, so here's the stuff I know is going on around town:
In the constantly evolving area of Eagle Road between Franklin and Overland in Meridian, a Ling & Louie's Asian Bar & Grill is currently under construction. It'll be the fifth in a small chain of hybrid Asian and American comfort food restaurants. Personally, I can't wait. Some of the stuff on their menu is just plain awesome looking, and I love the fact that they make no bones about the non-traditional nature of their food. Keep tabs on their Facebook page for further developments.
Speaking of Meridian, a second Yokozuna Teriyaki location is going into the strip mall that's across Fairview Avenue from the Fred Meyer store. I don't mind heading out to Vista every once in a while, but I'm looking forward to getting a great bubble tea closer to home. I called the primary location yesterday for a time frame, and they said the new spot should be open in a couple of weeks. Let's see how well I can type with my fingers crossed...
One more Meridian tidbit. Even though I haven't written them up yet, Sakana is hands-down my favorite sushi spot in the Valley. They're just South of the aforementioned Overland and Eagle Roads intersection. My mother happened to drive by it earlier today and spotted a sign out front advertising $1 sushi on Mondays. No further details, so I guess I'm going to have to check that out soon too. Just for the sake of keeping the public informed.
Moving on to Boise, in the strip mall located at the Northwest corner of Emerald Street and Maple Grove Road there are two new developments, both of which should be improvements over the previous tenants of the spaces they're taking over. The funny-smelling teriyaki joint is transforming into a little sushi place (I believe the name was either Naru or Haru), but the one I'm really happy about is that the old Mexican food spot is going to be a new Squeezers Giant Burgers location. They tried to expand once before and failed, but I think the area they chose was the primary problem. I've been to their original spot in Nampa several times and always left happy, so here's hoping this location does well.
Another place I dig but haven't reviewed yet is Deli George.
Moving away from the happy stuff, in case you happened to miss it THE YEN CHING BAKERY CLOSES THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH. You have only a few more days left to get some delectable Asian pastries, and it'll probably be a long time before you see anything like them around here again. On the other hand, if you don't know what you're missing, how can you be depressed when they're gone? It's too late for me, that's for sure...