|2273 S. Vista Ave. Boise, ID, 83705 ||208-343-5544 |
Cheryl Rawden - Idahoeats contributing writer
We arrived at Willow Creek Grill at the tail end of lunch hour and the place was packed! This is a down to earth, friendly place with a lively atmosphere. Large “trees” shoot up towards the bright red ceiling in this neighborhood bar & grill located at 2273 S. Vista Ave (near Targee) in Boise. If the weather is cool, head on back to the rear of the restaurant to enjoy the large corner river rock fireplace. In warmer months there’s a great outdoor patio.
A nice feature of Willow Creek is the beer/wine selection recommended for each menu item. How about a glass of Californian Pinot Grigio to go with that Portobello Melt sandwich or a fruity Alaskan (IPA) ale to go with Smoked Chicken Sausage on Linguini? There’s an assortment of seasonal drafts as well as wines from as far away as Spain, Argentina and New Zealand.
Our waiter recommended several salmon dishes as well as the frequently requested Rueben. We ordered the Salmon Run Salad and Salmon & Twigs, both priced at $10.99. The honey glazed salmon and house bread was pleasant but the meager mixed greens proved this salad to be a bit inconsistent with the hefty price. There are two offerings of fish & chips: Cod & Twigs or Salmon & Twigs, the Willow Creek’s version of fish & chips only salmon is the fish of choice.
The salmon was crispy and tasty and the combination of both regular and sweet potato fries enjoyable but the accompanying coleslaw (flavorless red cabbage doused with olive oil) was disappointing. For the cost of this entree one would expect more than three small pieces of fish and a few fries. Requests for salad dressing on the side and lemons for our water glasses were ignored. There never was an inquiry as to the taste of our meals, if we needed anything such as malt vinegar for the fries, or if we’d like to indulge in dessert. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait too long for our bill.