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klamath falls and idaho suggestions?

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My fiance and I will be taking a road trip this September and I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions for the Klamath Falls or Boise areas (or Yellowstone for that matter).

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  1. I am a Bay Area chowhound that visits Boise often (parents live there). Last few times we have enjoyed the Cottonwood Grille in Parkcenter. Asiago's can be a good deal and we have enjoyed it. Also, I grew up on Table Rock Brewery, so maybe it is just me, but I like it. I liked Smokey Mountain Pizza - different than anything here in California. Bittercreek Ale House for a lunch is good, and then there is Cobby's sandwiches, which my husband says must be a Boise thing, but I like... Westside Drive-in in quirky and fun, and Cazba has decent Greek food for the area.

    1. My sister-in-law owns an Italian restaurant in Klamath Falls, Gino's Cafe Italiano on East Main Street. She is open for dinner only Tuesday through Saturday. Arrive early to be seated in one of the classic booths by a stained-glass window. Must-try appetizers are the sauteed mushrooms and Italian sausage. And I love Frannie's seafood fettucini, which is a lovely pink color due to the addition of red wine in the sauce. Totally yummmmy!!

      1. In Klamath, check out Bel Tramonto Italian Ristorante. They were just written up in "Best Places Northwest" travel guide. Real Italian cooking, everything made from scratch, awesome. Excellent service, great desserts and a wine list that you'll be surprised to see in lil' ol' Klamath Falls. www.beltramonto.net Really worth checking out.

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        1. re: Kinga

          Speaking of Italian, nobody ever mentions Romano's Italian Ristorante in McCall, ID. I look forward to a trip every winter to McCall for the snow and dining at Romano's. They have grilled Italian sausage with pasta that reminds me of the meal I always get in old-town Deruta, Italy. The pasta (more than I could eat) comes with bread and an especially good salad or soup. I enjoyed my yearly meal with an outstanding bottle of Tenuta Sette Ponti, Crognolo Toscano. $12 for the pasta dinner and $48 for the wine, Perfect!

          1. re: Kinga

            I agree Bel Tramonto is a very surprising find in Klamath Falls. They offer 4 course meals (I believe) which can get pretty expensive. But, you can just order the entree etc. That's what I did. It filled me up. The service is pretty good! And, the food is worth the wait. It is pretty spendy. But, I don't mind paying a bit of a hefty price, if the food is exceptional quality. I believe it is. I got the hanger steak. It was cooked perfectly.. no grissle or fat. And, it comes with shaved browned potatoes sprinkled over the top with a few pieces of asparagus. Plan on spending around $20-25's for just the entree. They keep delicious house bread coming. And, it's very good with olive oil, balsamic vinegar & roasted garlic.

            1. re: Kinga

              I called to ask about reservations. Per the recorded message, it's closed indefinitely as of 9/15/09.

            2. Klamath-a fun vietnamese resaturant. Service prompt. fresh-mostly done to order. Great beer selection. Spring rolls/fresh/salad rolls. Very resonable. Clean. Jackie Chan posters, hanging silk plants, carved screens. Skylights. Import store next door.
              Phoa Hoa & Hong-just google Klamath & vietnamese.

              1. I realize this is very late, but for future people who may look at this post, there are some wonderful gems in Klamath Falls.
                Breakfast: Nibbley's Cafe, MC's on Main, The Klamath Grill, The Daily Bagel, Black Bear Diner, Green Blade Bakery, Gino's Cafe Italiano
                Lunch: Mermaid Garden Cafe, Thai Orchid, Nibbley's Cafe, Los Potrillos, Antonio's Cucina Italiano, Pho Hoa & Hong
                Dinner: Gino's Cafe Italiano, Tobiko, Bel Tramonto, Mr. B's Steakhouse, Roosters Steak & Chops, Antonio's Cucina Italiano, Thai Orchid

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                1. re: KlamathKim

                  Thanks KK: I was just about to give up hope after looking at the Roadfood.com forum. Looks like we'll be in K-Falls for one night on 6/5 on the way to British Columbia. Is Pho Hoa & Hong open for dinner? Appreciate your post...

                  1. re: RWCFoodie

                    Pho Hong information:

                    4023 S. 6th St., Klamath Falls, OR 97603, 541-850-9441


                2. Eino's Tavern outside of West Yellowstone, Montana (West entrance to Yellowstone). If you don't like the food it's your own fault because you grill your own!

                  1. Boise - GUIDO'S PIZZA!!! It is TRUE NYC style (and I DO KNOW what that is supposed to taste like!) I usually just get basil and cheese because the flavor of the sauce and crust is so good too many toppings will ruin it.

                    LOL! Just realized OP was from 2006.

                    Oh well. :-)

                    1. I'm sorry to say Klamath Falls has had a few restaurant closings since my last post. Bel Tramonto is closed, and my favorite dinner place, Gino's Cafe Italiano no longer serves dinner, but has breakfast and lunch items -they are most popular for their breakfast burrito's. Antonio's is temporarily closed - and I hope it's only temporary.

                      Meanwhile, I'm enjoying a lovely bowl of chicken-mushroom-wild rice soup from Mermaid Garden Cafe. Their sandwiches, panini's, soups and salads never disappoint. They have an imaginative menu and everything is homemade. They are only open for lunch, but if you can make it it's worth it. Also downtown is Thai Orchid, which never disappoints. Both restaurants are friendly and have wonderful food!

                      Hubby and I had reservations at Mr. B's Steakhouse for Valentine's Day, and were treated so rudely by the bartender and kind of brushed off by the hostess that we walked out and ate at Thai Orchid instead - where at least they are glad you came in to eat.

                      Last but not least - if you want an incredible loaf of bread, or an even more incredible bear claw, stop in at Green Blade Bakery. You can tell a lot of love went into their wonderful breads and pastries, and they even have sandwiches and calzones at lunchtime. You will definitely not be disappointed!