Huckleberries: Beware, or embrace, the donut burgers truck

Restaurant reviewer Patrick Jacobs claims he ate a donut burger after hours from an unnamed food truck in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, July 21. You read that right – a donut burger.

Patrick described it in his Get Out! North Idaho blog the next day: “The glazed Krispy Kreme bun … was toothsome and sweet. The beef patty was grilled to a nice char on the outside but was meaty-rich and greasy-hot inside. Smoky crisp bacon strips and a slice of tangy cheddar finished out the cast of players in the Donut Burger Show, and no condiments were involved, obviously. Only a loon would ruin this perfect (and perfectly fattening) collision of sweet vs. umami flavors with ketchup.”

Patrick said he spotted the white truck in that parking lot across from Cricket’s, next to the buffalo. Huckleberries has seen the buffalo statue. But a mystery truck offering donut burgers? That’s hard to swallow, even though Patrick did.

Ideology before party

How badly do the tea party members in control of the dysfunctional Kootenai County Republican Party want to stop the Unified Land Use Code from being approved?

So much so that they voted last week to spend $1,200 from the party kitty to stage six public meetings to denounce the proposal. Which many see simply as good planning.

There even was talk of not inviting the three county commissioners who are studying the plan. All Republicans.

At one point, attorney Duane Rasmussen was voted down when he offered an amendment to spend an equal amount of money promoting Republican candidates this fall. Priorities. Priorities.


Poet’s Corner: “Expect hot air / To blow our way / From now until / Election Day” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“Extended Forecast”) … Singer Dick Mott was introducing the West Side Cobras at the Riverstone concert Thursday when he came to the drummer “all the way from Los Angeles, California.” Not skipping a beat, a woman in the audience of about 250 responded: “We’re all from Los Angeles, California.” Remember when no one up here would admit that? … Eight adults, including three elderly ones, and three dogs could have drowned July 20 because they ignored storm warnings on Lake Pend Oreille, across from Bayview. Rescuers from Timberlake Fire and the U.S. Navy pulled them off the rocks. Afterward, an exasperated Timberlake fireman posted on the Bay Views blog: “Why they didn’t even look up at the sky as the storm neared is a mystery.” Ah, some people don’t have the brains God gave a turnip? … On Friday morning, Kerri Thoreson of ESPN 1080/Coeur d’Alene Press/Post Falls City Council discovered that her cellphone battery had died. So she put it on charger and texted radio sidekick Joe Paisley on the morning show to call on the land line for their weekend update segment. Take it away, Kerri: “Joe LOL’d that my text message might as well have said ‘I’m riding my dinosaur.’ A reference to someone actually still having a land line.” Young whippersnapper.

Parting shot

You have heard that former Kootenai County GOP chairwoman Tina Jacobson is suing Jane Doe (Linda Cook) over an anonymous comment Cook made on my Huckleberries Online blog – on Valentine’s Day, no less. But did you know that the legal hubbub has gone national – Drudge Report, Fark, TPM, media watcher Romenesko, Los Angeles Times and NPR? There’ll be much more national exposure before it’s over.

Read Dave Oliveria’s North Idaho blog, Huckleberries Online, at

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