Since putting the finishing touches on their first dish in 1892, Cafe Zenon's chefs have sated the appetites of area diners with entrees infused with international flavors. Amidst the bustling kitchen, the culinary crew deploys ingredients such as butter-poached wild Salmon and Bitterroot Mountain Morel mushrooms to whip up eats for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Along with savory meals, Cafe Zenon's bakeshop remains awash in the sweet aromas of tiramisu, lemon chiffon cake, and Boston Cream pies filled with vanilla pastry cream and Paul Revere's secrets.
Question Ambrosia Restaurant & Bar chefs on how their pizzas acquire a rich, smoky flavor, and they'll point you toward the wood-fired oven that burns brightly near the restaurant's main entrance. Inside its superheated walls, pans of crusty crostini, lasagna, and thin-crust pizzas bake at high temperatures that seal in juices and bring out flavor. After checking on pizzas, chefs return to the kitchen, where they fold fresh herbs, premium meats, and fresh seafood into the pastas and regional Italian classics lauded by reporters from Ethos magazine.
Diners at Ambrosia await their meals amid the high ceilings, exposed-brick walls, and rustic accents of a multilevel dining room. Behind an antique wood bar, servers blend specialty cocktails and uncork bottles from the restaurant?s extensive Italian wine list, which was honored with a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. On the first Wednesday of the month, staffers host a wine event in their private tasting room, where guests intent on honing their wine skills can learn about different varietals or practice juggling water balloons filled with fine champagne.
Jennifer Richardson of KEZI 9 News recently wrote an article about Bon Mi, explaining that it’s owned by a Korean and French couple, which pays tribute to the historical intermingling of French cuisine and Vietnamese cuisine, particularly French cuisine’s introduction of bread to Vietnamese dishes. Bookended by baguette halves, the restaurant’s traditional bahn mi sandwiches come stuffed with sliced grilled meats, pickled veggies, housemade aioli, and asian dressings. The menu showcases café standards such as a ham-and-gruyere sandwich on a baguette or a croissant alongside Vietnamese pho soup swimming with noodles and bits of steak.
Visitors walking past Crumb Together’s storefront catch sight of brightly colored red, yellow, and green outdoor tables. The satisfied looks of customers sipping mochas and lattes gives them pause, but it's the smell of melted chocolate that finally draws them in. Once indoors, vibrant local artwork welcomes them, as do different cookie varieties that sit on the counter waiting to be sampled. Just below them in the glass display case, made-from-scratch ginger snaps lay side by side with oatmeal raisin cookies cookies. Gluten-free options and upon-request vegan options promote the bakery's belief in the inalienable right to snack. Once selected, the gourmet treats can be nibbled on the premises.
What started as a hobby for Jodi Strausbaugh became a business venture when she was flooded with requests for her colorful bites of cake on a stick. At The Cake Pop Shoppe, Jodi crafts cake pops according to the customer?s request. Though she bakes balls of cake in flavors such as milk chocolate, red velvet, and mocha, the surface of the cakes pops is where Jodi shows off her creative flair. She rolls them in scintillating sugar crystals or frosts them in colors to match a party theme or the fur of a successfully kidnapped football mascot.
From the 1940s until 2003, Mom’s Pies flanked Highway 126 in Vida. The hearty fare sustained road trippers on long drives, but it was the homemade pies that made the eatery famous and kept its doors swinging all summer long. Restaurateur Lou Sangermano’s parents owned the eatery before he purchased it from them, later selling the road-stop building in 2003. But the allure of the popular pies his parents made stuck with him, and in 2011 Sangermano reopened the shop as a pie-only destination at Valley River Center, in a space much closer to the crowds who always loved his family’s pies.
Scrapping most of the former restaurant menu to focus on its beloved pies, the new Mom’s Pies bakes 10 different pie flavors each day to sell by the slice, whole pie, or fresh-baked whiff. Visitors who ate at the original location back in the day can taste some of the same flavors they formerly craved, as each pie is still baked according to the pie shop’s original 1940s recipes that called for fresh, whole ingredients, such as locally picked berries.