Saturday, April 19, 2008

“The Torch” – Legendary Inventor of Finger Steaks

I wish I had a photo of the original “Torch” lounge – this is what it looks like today, and you can see that is has changed into a “adult” entertainment venue that I didn’t think was open anymore, but the sign says they’re re-opening. The interesting thing about the Torch is that, supposedly, finger steaks were invented there. And until the Torch became what it is today, people I used to work with downtown would go there for finger steak lunches and dinners. Finger steaks are evidently a regional food. Although I see them on menus around Boise and Southwest Idaho, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them any place else. They’re usually small strips of sirloin, dipped in a batter and deep-fried. We used to get finger steaks and fries at Red Steer – a regional restaurant chain that shut down quite a few years ago. Fans of the original Torch finger steaks have tried to copy the recipe. Every once in a while, the local newspaper will print those recipes, and my husband clips them out hoping I’ll cook up a batch. I haven’t yet. It is, however, on my culinary “to-do” list.

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