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A great woodsy looking building houses the Idaho Joe's restaurant and the inside has that down home feel good look. A complete menu is offered as well as a bakery, but the fun of it all is ordering an Idaho Baked Potato with all the trimmings.
Favorite Dish: The Idaho Baked Potato. Why not? After all, this is Idaho and they are world famous for the potatoes they grow. Complete with all the works, bacon, chives, butter, sour cream, chili, and lots of love. Yummy!!! A meal in itself, but leave room for that All-American slice of pie.
Updated Apr 8, 2011
Address: 598 Blue Lakes Blvd. N (Hwy 93), Twin Falls, ID
Phone: 208 734-9403
Wok N Grill is a Chinese-themed restaurant that is in a strip mall in Twin Falls near the larger malls.
The restaurant claims it was voted one of the 100 best Chinese restaurants in the USA for 2009. They must have a loyal following, their food is not the most fabulous Chinese but it is edible and some items are very good. If they had more consistency in their good items they could very well be a top notch Chinese restaurant.
The décor doesn’t really indicate the type of restaurant it is. One enters and there is a live lobster tank inside the front door. The day we came there were just two, small, lonely lobsters in the tank.
The inside looked like it could have been in a steakhouse save for a few paper Chinese lanterns hanging from the ceiling. There were mostly wooden booths and wood paneled walls inside. Not much indication that this was a Chinese restaurant. The staff were Caucasian and Latinos, didn’t see an Asian in the house.
Not saying they can't cook Asian cuisine, but usually Chinese restaurants are owned and run by Chinese.
Buffets L: 7.45 / D 11.45
Kids 4.25/ 5.75 (3-10)
Menu Prices: $5.95 - $29.95 (losbster)
Favorite Dish: But what makes a restaurant is the food, right? I didn’t see who was doing the cooking but they at least have some clue about how to do Chinese food. I partook of the lunch buffet, most of the dishes were very appealing to look at and tasted good. They had the usual assortment of sweet and sour chicken and pork. They had a vegetarian chop suey that was very good, they had lemon chicken that was very good, also. The one item I enjoyed very much were the potstickers. They were excellent, pork filled and not too greasy! I had about a half-dozen of them! I could have made a meal of them, the rice noodles and the lemon chicken and been very happy.
A few items on the buffet were really gringo-ized, or at least localized. The curry beef was great, but they had potatoes with it, kind of masala-style, only with beef, instead of chicken and with potatoes instead of carrot/celery/onion as I’m used to. But this is Idaho!
The noodles lo-mein used regular spaghetti instead of lo-mein noodles. Kind of chintzy, I thought. They had tempura battered onion rings, which were tasty, but a bit unconventional.
Wok N Grill also offers a nice salad bar albeit only with romaine lettuce. They also have a Mongolian grill, which is part of the buffet fare. They offer a soup and salad bar for $5.50 if one doesn’t want the full buffet.
They also offer American food, such as burgers and steaks and some non-Asian seafood dishes.
The restaurant also offers other meals and ala carte items from $5.95 for lunch specials to $29.95 for a lobster dinner.
Overall, not a bad place, not exactly fine dining, but the food is good to great and worth going back to. I would like to try the dinner buffet some day to see what the difference is that merits a $4 increase in price.
So, if you happen to be in Twin Falls and have a yen for Chinese, then I would suggest you hop on over to the Wok n Grill on Blue Lakes Blvd.
Written Jan 2, 2011
Address: 1188 Blue Lakes Blvd. N
Cafe Rio is a different kind of Tex-Mex restaurant. This Salt Lake-based chain has a unit in Twin Falls, Idaho on Blue Lakes Blvd. The chain claims to have won over 60 awards and accolades for it's food. After experiencing it, I can understand why.
The menu is what you expect from a Texican restaurant; burros, enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos and tostadas. But they make them with a different twist that differentiates it from Taco Bell, Chiljis or other wannabe Mexican restaurants.
The tortillas are fresh made, up-front where you can see them. Your dish is prepared in front of you with ingredients you choose. Everything is cafeteria-style, much like many fast-food restraurants. They don't serve alcoholic beverages, but offer a very tangy non-alcoholic apple beer.
The food here is mostly fresh, you can taste the difference. It may be a bit more expensive than a meal combo at Mickey D's or Burger King, but it is worth the difference in freshness and flavor!
I hope the Management of Cafe Rio doesn't start to cut corners or go cookie-cutter, it is so refreshing to find a restaurant that really does make everything pretty much from scratch and make it reasonably priced.
The also have their own I-phone app. and VIP program; text "caferio" to 411247.
Favorite Dish: This trip I tried their award-winning Pork Barbacoa quesadilla-style. The pork is sweetly simmered and tender and juicy. The quesadilla could easily make a decent meal for two. I could barely finish over half of it! At $7.75 it is priced up there with super-sized meals at the fast-food burger joints, but it is much tastier and healthier!
The meal came with some of the best guacamole I ever tasted! It's slight tartness was a nice contrast to the sweet meat of the pork.
Everything on the menu is under $8.25 and everything is already super-sized, unless you are really hungry, most menu items could be shared. Fountain drinks are extra and cost $1.79 or $1.95 with a refill.
Other beverages are; Mexican Coke (made with cane sugar, not corn syrup!) or Apple Beer for $1.85@, bottled water for $1.80, Fruit Frescas and Horcatas for $2.50.
They also offer the following desserts; Coconut Carmel Flan, Their famous Tres Leches, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Cheese Flan with berries, all for $3.95. Better get them to go, if you happen to eat your whole meal, you probably won't have room for them.
They have daily specials every day but Sunday.
Next time, I want to try their fire-grilled steak enchiladas or coconut shrimp tacos!
Updated Dec 25, 2010
Address: 835 Blue Lakes Blvd. N
This is a great little brewpub, apparently fairly new, in downtown Twin Falls. We were looking for a place to eat and went downtown to get away from the horrid, bland chain mess nearer the Snake River. We saw a couple promising places in the heart of downtown but then saw this place on a quiet street a block away. It seemed promising and had several of its own beers on tap, a plus for me. We tried it and it was excellent. The beer was very good, the people extremely friendly and eager to please, and the food excellent, prepared well and with great care, although the menu was very small. They were also very flexible in providing children's portions for the kids.
Favorite Dish: The veggie burgers were outstanding and the regular burgers were also prepared very well.
Written Nov 1, 2010
Address: 157 2nd Ave W
Phone: (208) 733-2131
Pepperoni's Pizza is located inside the Flying "J" Plaza Truck Stop. We haven't eaten there but check out the portions!
Favorite Dish: This sausage wrap looks mighty filling.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: I-84 Exit 173 Twin Falls (Jerome)
Phone: (208) 324-3454
When you are on a road trip the two most important food groups are Salty and Sweet. Flying "J" makes sure that you have many options to choose from.
Favorite Dish: Pringle's Potato Chips
Written Nov 16, 2004
Address: see above tip