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dining guide March Vien Dong. Signature Dish December 2011. This International District hole-in-the-wall is the go-to spot for one of the best sandwiches on the planet: the Vietnamese Báhn Mì that packs a small torpedo-like loaf of crusty French bread with grilled pork, chicken, Vietnamese ham, or pate. With the meat of your choice you also get fresh or pickled vegetables like cucumbers and carrots, a smear of mayonnaise, and a slice or two of jalapeno. Vien Dong also serves up the classic Vietnamese soup pho and some generously portions Chinese classics. Tues - Sat, 10 am – 8 p.m.; Sun 10 am – 7 p.m.; closed Mon. 1730 E Sprague Avenue in Spokane. (509) 536-6073. www.viendongspokane.com $

BARBECUE Chicken-n-More. “Amazing-Crispy-Tender-Chicken-

sports bar, there’s always been butt-kickin’ BBQ at this downtown corner spot. The undisputed star here is wine broiled chicken, spicy and robust, yet falling-off-the-bones moist and tender. Together with their signature fried bread and honey, and you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. 126 N Division. Kitchen open daily 11am-10p.m., Fri & Sat 11am-1am. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9am-noon during football season.) (509) 835-LION (5466). www.redlionbarbeque.com. $-$$

Downriver Grill. Innovative, local and seasonal cuisine in a sleek, modern space with dishes at various price-points to suit every diner. Try the Chipotle BBQ burger for a flavor-packed lunch or the Lemon Thyme Grilled Salmon for a leisurely dinner. Either way, you’ll want to sample the Chocolate Pot de Creme for dessert. Open Tues-Sun 11am-9pm. 3315 W Northwest Blvd in Spokane. www. downrivergrillspokane.com $$-$$$

BISTROS

Hay J’s Bistro. This surprising Liberty Lake bistro located in a Conoco parking lot pulls off high end food in an intimate setting that is a delight given the asphalt and gas pumps fifty feet away. At lunch Hay J’s Bistro offers entrees like a Chicken Pesto Burger and a Blackened Steak Wrap. Several dinner favorites are the Crab Stuffed Chicken and the Bistro Medallions. Hay J’s also offers catering and has developed a loyal following of locals who feel they no longer need to drive into Spokane for an upscale meal. Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun 3-8. (509) 926-2310. 21706 E Mission Ave, Liberty Lake. www. hayjsbistro.com. $$-$$$

Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar. Reviewed December 2013/January 2014. The neighborhood restaurant in the Spokane Valley is a big hit with even those that don’t live in the neighborhood. Ambrosia offers fine dining and cuisine in an

Herbal Essence Café. Northwest cuisine. This relaxed downtown restaurant tucked into the middle of a block on Washington serves Northwest bistro food and works hard to offer great service. The menu offers up baseball-cut sirloins, a whole stuffed Dungeness crab and a swordfish steak stuffed with pesto and baked off with a parmesan crust. Try the award-winning house salad, brilliant with sliced pears, crumbled Gorgonzola and a white truffle vinaigrette. 115 N Washington. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-close. (509) 838-4600. www. herbalessencecafe.com. Lunch $-$$, dinner $$-$$$ Laguna Café. This South Hill restaurant calls itself a café, but in actuality it is much more. Owners Dan and Debbie Barranti have created a sophisticated combination of gourmet food, great wines, and gifts, while still serving the same great coffee they inherited from the previous tenant, the Deluxe Coffee Company. The dinner menu features entrees such as Wild Pacific Salmon with fresh rosemary mango salsa and roasted rosemary potatoes or the Flat Iron Steak and Black Tiger Shrimp.» Live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in addition to monthly wine tastings. 4304 S Regal. Mon-Fri 7 am -9 p.m., Sat 8 am -9 p.m., and Sun 8 am- 9 p.m.. (509) 448-0887. $-$$

n-More” could have been the name. It is that good, and Bob Hemphill—full-time cook and part-time preacher— is telling the truth about the “more” as well: moist ribs slathered in Hemphill’s own sweet and kicking barbeque sauce, cornmealbreaded catfish fried fresh when you order, pulled pork sandwiches, fiery red beans and sweet crisp coleslaw. Call ahead if you want catfish and save room for the cobbler or sweet potato pie. 414 W Sprague. Mon-Fri 11–8, Sat 1-8. (509) 838-5071. www.chicken-n-more.com. $-$$ The Longhorn. The Longhorn has defined BBQ in Spokane for decades. Their sauce straight from Texas is now a staple in every area supermarket condiment or butcher’s aisle, and what selfrespecting native Spokanite’s mouth doesn’t water at the thought of Longhorn ribs, German sausage, or beef sandwiches? 7611 W US Highway 2, (509) 838-8372; 2315 N Argonne Rd, (509) 924-9600. Call for hours. www.thelonghornbbq.com. $-$$ O’Doherty’s Irish Pub and BBQ Catering Company. See the entry under Pub Fare. Red Lion BBQ and Pub. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanutshells-on-the-floor days, or more recently as a

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environment where everyone feels comfortable. Bar manager Jeff Gay has added flare with his signature drinks and specialty mojitos, and owners Scott and Kara Cook have added special touches such as live music on select Saturdays. No matter where you are, you feel like a neighbor here. Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun 4-9. 9211 E Montgomery in Spokane Valley. (509) 928-3222 www.ambrosiabistro.com $$-$$$ Bistro on Spruce. This neighborhood bistro offers high-quality fare in a casual, friendly atmosphere. It’s a great spot for a quiet dinner out, or weekend brunch with friends. The menu changes frequently, with tempting selections like Paella, Duck Confit and Casper Fry. Reviewed February 2013. A modern take on Southern comfort food with a local twist, located in the South Perry neighborhood. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch in a hip space with a great bar at the back. For dinner, try some of Jama’s Fried Chicken with a classic cocktail, or the Low Country Shrimp and Grits for lunch. The maple-glazed Pork Belly is brilliant and a number of the hearty sides are vegetarian. Wednesday-Monday, 11:30 am - close. 928 S. Perry Street in Spokane. www.casperfry.com. $-$$$.

Latah Bistro. Four signature pizzas with thin but amazingly tender crusts are just the beginning of an exceptional menu with such items as wild mushroom ravioli in a smoky pancetta cream sauce, seared ahi, and pan-fried calamari. The sugar pumpkin bread pudding will spoil your Thanksgiving pie forever. The wine list is surpassed by the startling after dinner chocolate list. Ask for a sampler and fascinating explanation. Latah Bistro also features an ever changing Fresh Sheet and a heated outdoor patio during summer months. 4241 S Cheney-Spokane Rd, off Highway 195. Lunch daily 11:30-2, Happy Hour seven days 2-5, Dinner daily 5-Close. (509) 838-8338. www.latahbistro.com. $$-$$$ Lindaman’s. This South Hill neighborhood bistro has been serving up made from scratch salads, casseroles and desserts for 25 years. Try the Salad Trio with a rotating selection of creative salads, or for heartier fare order a Twice Baked Potato or Enchilada. The food is served deli-style, making it a popular stop for quick lunches and to-go orders. Or linger on the outdoor patio with a morning DOMA coffee or evening cocktail. Mon-Thur 8 am -9 p.m.; Fri - Sat ,8 am - close. 1235 S Grand Blvd in Spokane. (509) 838-3000. www.lindamans.com. $-$$. Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie. Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie specializes in traditional French and bistro-style fare. Pop in for a morning coffee and hand crafted croissant, or take a break from shopping and try the Organic Tomato Mozzarella

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