Though they share both a moniker and a multifarious menu brimming with eclectic American cuisine, Willowcreek's Vista Avenue and Eagle locations each boast their own set of genial qualities. Set dangling tonsils aside and hypnotize taste buds with eats such as the chicken, broccoli, and feta salad ($9.99), or the bestselling Payette club, a chewy ciabatta roll mounded with house-roasted turkey, hickory-smoked ham, and honey-cured bacon ($9.99). Diners in search of plant-happy hunger-busters can nosh on the portobello melt, a 'shroom harvested by a garden gnome co-op and slathered in swiss cheese and rosemary mayo ($9.99). Willowcreek also entices palates with traditional entrees, including the thai chicken pasta tossed in peanut sauce ($13.99) and the cedar-fired salmon ($16.99). Avoid tantrums from attention-seeking esophagi with liquidy love from a signature watermelon-cucumber margarita at the Eagle location's full bar, or a regional wine and northwest microbrew from Vista Avenue's drink selection.
Ever since it premiered on NBC on Christmas Eve 1951, Amahl & the Night Visitors has become one of the most frequently performed holiday operas in the world, far surpassing The Flying Elf Man, Wagner's epic eight-opera cycle chronicling the life of Santa. Boise mezzo-soprano Tiffany Calas stars in the one-act opera, which tells the story of a crippled boy who meets the Magi on their way to visit the birth site of Jesus. Showtimes are at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5, and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4.
Monkey Bizness is an indoor family play place for achieving safe, physically active good times. Open play includes access to all 13,000 square feet of interactive inflatables and play structures within this fortress of familial felicity. Freed from the clutches of video games and imagination-zapping electronics, young explorers can rampantly tunnel and slide their way to an afternoon of entertainment. Just as a cave of wonders requires a secret passcode, a waiver of liability must be signed by everyone who enters Monkey Bizness, and socks must be worn at all times. Since there are no lifeguards on duty, parents or guardians must serve as spotters and bodyguards.
The kitchen staff at Woody’s Pub and Grill specializes in the time-tested art of putting meat between bread. They pile high five types of burgers and six signature sandwiches, which patrons taste in the communal pub atmosphere. Specialties include a house-smoked and hand-pulled Baja-style BBQ with smoked pork, chicken, and beef, as well as sliders, carne burritos, and a range of other daily selections.
From breakfast burritos to nocturnal burgers, this Boise Weekly-lauded American-fare oasis keeps stomach growls at bay with hearty plates of food. Slapped onto sourdough, heaped with pastrami, and slathered with ranch and swiss, burger hogs the spotlight, though it's also available as its unadorned, Platonic ideal self.
The Big Three unites three bars under its umbrella, but that’s about the only thing the venues have in common. Each offers a completely different nightlife atmosphere, ranging from a rustic honky-tonk bar to a swanky lounge.
The dance floor throbs to the DJ’s pulsing beats under a pattern of colorful lights. Professional dancers gyrate on elevated platforms over the dance floor, and three different lounges provide a more laid-back atmosphere with elements such as exposed brick walls, leather sofas, and luminous aquariums behind the bars.
Main Street Bistro
Red billiards tables and neon beer logos fill one room of the tavern-style bar, but Main Street Bistro erupts with competition on Monday and Tuesday nights. Beer-pong tournaments pack teams into the bar, and the sound of cheers temporarily drowns out the commentary on the sports games playing on the wall-mounted TVs.
Dirty Little Roddy's
With its wooden plank walls and tabletops supported by sawhorses, Dirty Little Roddy's evokes a back-roads bar in all ways but one: the bar hosts bikini and boxer bull riding for cash prizes. The event provides risqué entertainment without asking firefighters to approximate a pole dance.