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The Griddle –  Good Cookin’, a family owned and operated breakfast diner has moved into the space vacated last year by Focaccia’s, next door to Moxie Java in east Boise. From the outside of the strip mall, amidst a mile’s worth of office complexes, there is nothing to hint at the pleasant environment inside. I was greeted as I walked in the door and invited to choose my seat.

An extensive menu made breakfast selection perplexing. Should I try Auntie Mo’s Spuds for $9.19 or the Crab Cake Benedict for $11.29?  An Idaho mood prevailed. I selected the spuds which arrived promptly after my espresso. Comprised of grilled onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and chopped, lean bacon mixed into crispy hash-browned taters, the whole was glued together with just the right amount of cheddar cheese. My spuds were accompanied by the obligatory eggs. I’m not an egg fan, but these scrambled ovum were fluffy and as good as eggs get. I declined the toast that comes with the meal. My sole disappointment was the teeny tiny portion of salsa that arrived upon request. I like my salsa. This serving was about the size I’d expect a side of jalapeno peppers to be.

Next time I’ll try that Crab Cake Bennie. I bet the crab will neutralize the eggs. I’m told that the hot cakes are to die for. Rosie’s French Toast, made from croissants and topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon sounds pretty darn tempting, too. An enticing list of sandwiches and burgers are available for lunch along with home-made, cream pies and old-fashioned, ice creamy desserts

The interior of the Griddle is painted in a sunny Tuscan golden-yellow. Forest-service green booths line the walls and matching counter stools snuggle up to the breakfast bar facing the kitchen. Tables of faux butcher-block accented with chrome trim and legs make for a sleek, yet warm décor.

When food arrives, I’m always too eager to gobble it down to think of taking pictures so this is all you get. Check out their website for food shots. 😉

Owned by David Aboud and Ashley Ferguson, the first Griddle restaurant open in Winnemucca, Nevada in 1948.  In 1960, David’s parents purchased the restaurant. Mike and Ashley took over in 2005 and began expanding to other communities. The new Parkcenter Griddle opened on July 4th, joining one in Meridian and one in Eagle. The Abouds describe their fare as traditional diner with a gourmet twist. Their meals are prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients and from old family style recipes, updated to include healthy and sometimes surprising twists. Check out their Facebook page for daily specials.

Welcome to the ‘hood, you Griddlers!

The Griddle – Good Cookin’
404 E Parkcenter Blvd #202
Boise, ID 83706
Phone: 208-297-7615
Open 7 days per week; 6:30 – 2:30 for breakfast and lunch

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