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signature dish crazy G’s


by Cara Strickland

Gary Swiss (the eponymous Crazy G) set out to serve high quality “real food” (locally sourced, freshly baked and cooked to order) reminiscent of the food he remembers from his childhood. “We’re going for simple with a lot of flavor,” he says. After one bite of the Certifiable Crazy Burger (a charbroiled Angus beef burger topped with sweet onions caramelized in unsalted butter, sautéed mushrooms, luscious pastrami, thick, crispy bacon, your choice of cheese, and proprietary Crazy Sauce), it was clear that they’ve succeeded. There is nothing fast food about Crazy G’s, which is located just north of the Spokane River on Division, and the wait times reflect this. Once you’ve tasted this particular brand of crazy, though, you won’t mind waiting. Other common complaints include too much bacon on the BLT and food that’s too hot and delicious, according to Gary. Whether you walk in with an idea in your mind or you’re open to trying something new, the menu has options. At the top it reads: “We will make any sandwich your way, below is only our suggestion.”


Crazy burger at Crazy (Good) G’s

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Whatever you do, you’ll want to try the Crazy Sauce, developed from an original recipe handed down from Gary’s wife’s grandmother who used it in the 1920s. Nearly one hundred years has only improved the flavor. If you find yourself wanting to try it at home, the sauce is available for purchase by the bottle. The customization doesn’t stop with what’s on the menu. Gary has a loyal following for his vegetarian sandwich, taking all of the elements of any other sandwich and heating it on the grill. Though you won’t find it on the menu, the vegetarian sandwich holds its own with the burgers, hot dogs, Phillies, steak and chicken offerings. Some may call Gary crazy, but we call him crazy good! Crazy G’s is located at 821 N Division Street, Spokane, and is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (509) 3158943,


Spokane Coeur d' Alene Living Magazine issue 99

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