Closed last winter, Boise bar reopens as new pub serving comfort food, ‘cool’ snacks

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A small, freestanding bar in downtown Boise has been reinvented as a pub.

After closing in early 2021, the former Doc’s Lodge, 1108 W. Front St., is now open again as Manfred’s Pub. Located across the parking lot from Manfred’s Kitchen, 1114 W. Front St., the pub serves the restaurant’s full menu of comfort food, plus pub snacks.

Unlike Doc’s, you can’t order a round of tequila shots. The focus is on beer and wine at Manfred’s Pub, which doesn’t have a liquor license.

But customers who enjoy a cozy atmosphere will be attracted to the unique, diminutive space. Especially if they crave approachable, brew-friendly cuisine — like some did when it was Doc’s. After all, Manfred’s Kitchen, located in the Woodland Empire Ale Craft building next door, delivered to Doc’s.

A Manfred’s Pub sign welcomes customers to the former Doc’s Lodge building on Front Street.
A Manfred’s Pub sign welcomes customers to the former Doc’s Lodge building on Front Street.

Promoting the new space on Facebook recently, Manfred’s championed its “cool pub snacks.” Those include fried chickpeas ($4), fried shishito peppers tossed in sea salt ($7), Thai lamb jerky ($5), grilled haloumi with honey onion compote and grilled bread ($7) and a personal pizza ($10).

You also can dive into the sandwich-focused, often Basque-influenced menu from Manfred’s Kitchen. The list of made-from-scratch choices fluctuates month to month, and December is highlighted by several tempting selections.

The spicy pork schnitzel sandwich ($10) includes house-brined pork tenderloin, Frank’s slaw and pickles on an Acme sesame seed bun. Grilled, apple-brined chicken kabobs with chimichurri and fries cost $12. Or, for $10, you can snag either a gourmet, sloppy grilled cheese sandwich or a Pamplona chorizo with arugula and manchego cheese.

Manfred’s also does soups and tasty croquetas. Speaking of croquetas, you can add a side of those, fries or green salad to many entrees for $3.

Manfred’s Pub is open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Online: manfredskitchen.com.

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