Weekly Guest Food Review (02/24/2009)

What’s For Dinner?


Beginning earlier this month with the educational event National History Day and followed by President’s Day on February 16th, honoring those who have historically contributed what they have learned helps us navigate into the future. From a culinary standpoint, what a President enjoyed eating lends fascinating input to a personal side of our country’s leaders that is little known. Our nation’s first president, George Washington seemed to preferred simple meals over fancy ones and is often associated with cherries. It is documented that he did, indeed, love cherries, but also enjoyed a wide variety of fruits, nuts and fish. John F. Kennedy was said to be a small eater and often had to be reminded when it was dinner time. Lunch was more of this President’s style as he was often described as a "soup, sandwich and fruit" man. The soup he was particularly fond of was a New England Fish Chowder. Ronald Reagan seemed to have an affinity toward sweets and it was common knowledge that he loved jelly beans, but not just any jelly beans, his preference was the Jelly Belly brand. Although President George H.W. Bush was better known for his distaste of Broccoli, both he and his son, George W. Bush, had a leaning toward Tex-Mex cuisine. Mrs. Barbara Bush often made a recipe called the “Mexican Mound” which consisted of corn chips, ground meat and taco seasoning. We are just getting a peek at what our current president, Barack Obama, may enjoy as he has been known to order pizza quite often from a restaurant called the Italian Fiesta Pizzeria in Chicago. Our nation has had 44 presidents and each have varied in personality, style and accomplishments; but all share one thing in common--they had to eat!

Places To Visit:

Henry’s at the Drift Inn
545 F Street, Rupert
Weekend Dinner Reservations and Take Out: 436-1300
Hours: Lunch/ Mon.-Fri. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Dinner/ Mon.-Sat. 5:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Website: www.henrysdriftinn.com

Located at the heart of historic downtown Rupert and recipient of the 2008 Preservation Idaho Orchid Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, Henry’s at the Drift Inn is the place to go for a unique and charming dining experience. Take a seat at the window and enjoy choosing lunch or dinner from a well thought out menu. The staff is more than happy to answer questions regarding any of their entrees or wine list. A crowd favorite on the lunch menu is a Southwest Chicken wrap and consists of a flour tortilla stuffed with spicy chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and black olives for $6.95. The Steak Sandwich is a flavorful 6 oz. New York strip steak grilled to order with pickles, red onion, tomato and lettuce atop a toasted bun at $8.95. Sandwiches come with your choice of soup of the day, salad, chips or fries. The dinner menu is diverse enough to satisfy many different tastes. From the 4 oz. seared Yellow Fin Tuna with onion-wasabi sauce at $12.95, to the slow roasted Prime Rib Dinner at $17.95, you just can’t go wrong. Dinner entrees come with your choice of soup or salad, bread, vegetable or pasta, and potato.


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