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Feb 17, 2011 06:37 AM

Mott's Deli in Boise?

Has anyone tried Mott's Deli in Boise ID? Wondering if it is a real Jewish Deli...

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  1. Wow, you sure piqued my interest there. I would love to have one here, and I had never heard of Mott's. Our once-a-year foray into the Jewish deli concept (Deli Days at that synagogue on the Bench) is such a joke, and an expensive one to boot.

    I figured "what the hell" and was just going to call and ask. But I've tried two different numbers, and neither connect to them. And I almost never venture into SE Boise. How about you?

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    1. re: nakni

      We rarely visit the SE side either...but if it is a real deli it would be worth the drive! I tried calling them as well with no answer as well. Not a good sign. Agree with you on Deli much as I support the effort and have volunteered for it in the past...not great deli. We make sure to get a sandwich when we visit Detroit and Chicago...both have delis that are as good as NYC. A friend ships us a package once or twice a year as well. Would love to have a local place!

      1. re: Tripper

        It closed down.

        Sounded too good to be true anyway, as I don't expect to see a Jewish deli as long as I live here. I'd hate to think the locals born and raised here would constitute Deli Days as a legit and authentic experience, but they probably do. I asked an orthodox Jewish co-worker if Mott would've been a tipoff to being Jewish, but he said "No, only if it was Motz." I feel bad for this guy, by the way. With the lack of resources here, he has to ship damn near all of his food from New York.

          1. re: Tripper

            Bummer. That would have been awesome.

            I always want to have whitefish here, but alas.

    2. The Deli George moved from its Fairview location to Broadway (next to the Carl's Junior in the Marriot parking lot). I have not been, so I don't know where this ranks compared to other Boise delis.

      Deli George
      5602 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83706

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      1. re: enbell

        Thanks...not the kind of deli I was seeking. They make an ok sandwich...but nothing like the Kosher Delis in the East or Midwest. There are delis in LA, one in Bozeman, and I think one in Denver. I hope some day may have one here as well.

        1. re: Tripper

          Uncle Giuseppe's opening up on State/Glenwood has taken a little bit of the sting out of the Jewish deli void. Two transplanted New Yorkers doing a New York/Italian deli with nearly all of the meat/cheese made from Boar's Head. Comparatively cheap too.

          1. re: nakni

            Hey nakni -- visiting Boise to see my mom next week. Besides my old favorites (Trolleystop, Jim's, Gernika, and Cafe Vicino) anywhere new worth a look?

            Cafe Vicino
            808 W Fort Street, Boise, ID 83702

            1. re: yumyum

              Ever try Epi's in Meridian for Basque? Reservations are mandatory. You can always do Gernika as well-- you're in Boise, so you might as well pig out on Basque while you can. I'm from a big city myself, and when I recommend I tend to steer towards things you can't normally get where you are or get as good. So that would be Basque and restaurants that use local ingredients. "Farm-to-fork" has become a big thing here. Fork and Locavore were opened with this in mind. Fork has been reviewed better. Though Red Feather, which is half a block the street up from Fork, has been doing it for years. I've only been to Red Feather and enjoyed my experience. Also, for local beef, you have Lock Stock & Barrel that carries Snake River Farms wagyu style beef (I THINK-- would have to call & verify, as the list of Snake River's clientele on their website isn't showing up on my computer). I haven't been there, but a cheaper bet may be Castle Ranch Steakhouse in a hotel near the airport. They use local Double R Ranch beef. Here's a recent review in the local paper of them, though the beef isn't actually wagyu style like it says in the article:

              And then since you'll be in the North End eating at Jim's/Vicino, ever make it to Goody's to top off the meal with some sweets?

              Red Feather Lounge
              246 N 8th Street, Boise, ID 83702

              Lock Stock & Barrel
              1100 W Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702

              Goody's Soda Fountain & Candy Stores
              1502 N 13th St, Boise, ID 83702

              Epi's A Basque Restaurant
              1115 N Main St, Meridian, ID 83642

              1. re: nakni

                Thanks for your reply! I have been to Epi's and love to check out the Basque joints and the wide array of dives you have there (that I grew up with but are sadly missing from Boston) Hello Cactus Club with your ATM in front, I'm lookin at YOU!.

                I love the Stagecoach for the kitch, and the food less so. Mom's having surgery so that's why I'm visiting, but I can't help but plan a little food excursion while I'm there.

                We've been to Red Feather a couple of times. I think mostly I'll be picking up food to eat at home while the recuperation is happening and I'll get her out for a good breakfast or two, but any other fun ideas are most welcome. Again, I appreciate it!