Friday, August 3, 2012
Westside Drive In, Boise: Stellar food, pink neon
The menu is surprisingly ambitious: there's a chicken-artichoke heart Caesar salad ($7.50) as a special, and prime rib ($15.95) on Fridays and Saturdays. Chef Lou Aaron cooked at fine restaurants around the country and locally before taking over the drive-in grill in 1994. At one point his menu was so huge that drivers took 15 minutes to read it, so he had to pare back, but you can still sense the ambition: "dip" sandwiches with au jus, tacos, butterscotch malt shakes.
But I want classic drive-in food. Chef Lou makes a patty melt, one of my guilty pleasures, and something I've seen on maybe two menus at home. Done.
Good move. The patty melt and fries are both outstanding. The double-patty burger on marbled rye with grilled onions and American cheese is so juicy it's dripping. But the fries are even better. They're so crispy that I suspect they're double-fried, and sprinkled with seasoned salt. I considered getting the stunt dessert, but after finishing the burger and most of the fries, I will be stuffed for hours.
I have no regrets -- except perhaps not finishing the fries.
Posted by W. Blake Gray at 6:30 AM