These boots are made for walking…and indulging

I truly love working a bit for my meals. Walkabouts, progressive dinners and this weekend – the Sun Valley Harvest Festival Restaurant Walk.

I’ve been to Sun Valley and Ketchum quite a few times in the past decade – but I stick to the places I’ve been before. The beauty of a restaurant walk is getting bite-sized introductions to places you’ve never been – or places you’ve forgotten.

We started at the Ketchum Towne Square with a first-time sampling of the brand new Sawtooth Brewery. (Growler cozies – who knew?)

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We didn’t make every one of the 15 stops, but here are the few we hit and my foodie feelings on the experience.

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Cornerstone Bar & Grill: Bite sized local buffalo wellington en croute

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Cristina’s Restaurant: Salmon cakes & Porchetta pizza roll-up

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Dashi: Crispy local Berkshire pigs head pork lollipops with pickled local cherry cre??me fraiche

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Glow: Fall harvest gazpacho with local sweet corn and avocado salsa

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Il Naso: Deconstructed Italian BLT; local seared pork belly, oregano aioli, local heirloom tomato, butterleaf lettuce and olive oil cracker

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Rickshaw: Nepalese Momos – Local XXL ranch pork and chive dumpling with spicy roasted Hagerman heirloom tomato sauce

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Roosevelt Grille: Snake River Farms Kobe beef grilled flatiron steak two ways – Argentinean chimichurri and Thai-basil 

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Rolling in Dough: Cheese crackers and lemon tarts

While the entire experience was fantastic, my favorites were:

  • Dashi – When you hear pig’s head you may cringe, but the flavor and lusciousness of the meat was divine.
  • Roosevelt Grille – There is nothing quite as fantastic as a perfectly cooked steak (well, maybe a great 3-minute egg) but this flatiron was superb. Add that to the fact that Chef Tom Nickel had whipped up two nom-worthy toppings (chimichurri? I’m now a huge fan).
  • Il Naso: Now THAT is the way to prepare pork belly. Perfect crispiness. Foodgasm.

- Jess Flynn

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