Le Coq Rouge is a surprisingly cozy, eclectic & authentic French restaurant. Surprising because it used to be in the Boise Town Square Mall & is now in between offices & professional businesses in strip mall setup. However, they’ve transformed the sterility of the building into an unique, welcoming & fantastically cluttered space. I stopped in during lunch. But when I go back to eat, I’ll go at night. With candles & funky chandeliers lighting the restaurant, I think it would be incredibly neat.
Back in the kitchen, it feels more like a kitchen than an industrial workspace (like most restaurants I wander through). Amongst the baskets of picturesque baguettes & the shelves of cookbooks there was a sign that caught my eye: “I always cook with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food!” Speaking of wine, you won’t have any problems finding a wine to pair with your meal…
What else makes Le Coq Rouge great?
Red & white checkered tablecloths.
The menu changes daily & is limited to a handful of options.
You can pay in Euros!
And last but not least, the chef does all the cooking whether it is two people for lunch or 60 for dinner.
Last week I was biking along Broadway Ave. As I glanced across the street huge, colorful fangs grabbed my attention. Pie Hole was getting a fancy, new look at that very moment.
I cut across the 5 lanes of traffic (only slightly scary) & tried not to sound too creepy when I asked the artist if I could take photos of him working & get a couple of portraits. Evan English had a few details to brush up, but the timing couldn’t have been better.
Now for the great coincidence…
I emailed the photos in to Boise Weekly for the hell of it thinking they might find a spot to use them. Low & behold, Amy Atkins already had a story (check it out here) in the works about Pie Hole’s facelift & was on the verge of contacting Evan for an interview. Pretty rad. Evan is making waves with his artwork.
Maraviamakes some of the best inflatable rafts on the market. Considering that Idaho’s Salmon River consistently makes the Top 10 lists for best white water rafting in the world, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’re also home to some of the best equipment.
The guys in the warehouse described the basic manufacturing process. Below are photos that show some of the steps. However, I couldn’t capture the process in its entirety. Nor can I remember all the things they told me…
Boise is becoming more & more bike friendly all the time. Hooray!
Sometimes it can be a bit challenging to find a place to chain up when downtown. Pam Sheldon (of Capital City Development Corporation) has been one of many working to get more bike racks installed. Below she is standing by some that were recently installed in front of The Falcon Tavern on Bannock between 8th & Capitol. There is a similar set on the corner of Capitol & Idaho (by the Chase building).
Have you noticed the awesome new bike corral on the corner of 8th & Bannock?
CHECK IT OUT!
See that lovely blue cruiser? That’s mine. Thanks for my birthday bike, Nick!
Tara Morgan’s article about new bike racks & new transit shelters is here.