Quick fact: We associate bistros with the French, but the word actually comes from the Russian word быстро, which means “quickly” and is roughly pronounced as buistra. When the Russians occupied Paris in 1815 following the Napoleonic Wars, they sat in French cafés and shouted “buistra! buistra!” to the waiters, and thus bistros were born.
[My Russian professor once promised me that my education would one day pay off when I could sound snooty and spout off random information about 19th century Russian society at cocktail parties. And, by golly, he was right!]
Also note that what I have just told you is apparently debated by linguists. Subsequently, note that most of what I say is debated by linguists.
I wandered in at about 10:30 on a grey day and ordered a bagel (toasted, with veggie cream cheese) and a latté. Also for sale were scones (poppy seed lemon, cranberry orange, and maple bacon), sticky buns, cookies, lemon bars, and brownies. At 11 am every day they put out their artisanal breads and lunch items. When I was there, they were preparing roasted red pepper soup, sourdough bread, and various sandwiches. I’ve heard great things about the roasted veggie and mozzarella sandwich.
The bagels, however, are what really excite me. I don’t know of any other bagel shops in Idaho Falls, and the bagels at the grocery store simply don’t compare to the flavor and texture of a freshly made bagel.
Buttercup’s hours (see below) are impressive for a bakery, so there’s no reason not to pop in for breakfast, lunch, or a mid afternoon nosh.
The info: Buttercup Bakery and Bistro 335 1st Street,83401 208.524.9088 Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 7 am - 5 pm Saturday: 7 am - 3 pm