First Look city trek
by Julia Zurcher
he Five Mile Prairie neighborhood on Spokane’s north side offers all that you could want from a family friendly community 10 minutes from downtown. This area has been growing quickly as homebuyers rush to take advantage of good schools and a panoramic view that stretches from Spokane Valley to Airway Heights. And while just five short years ago the dining and entertainment options were limited, this area’s rapid growth is making one of Spokane’s new destinations for a night out.
TREK Five Mile Prairie
Eat. Anyone who has taken a disappointing bite of bland, soggy pizza knows not all pies are created equally. The people at the Boiler Room have taken this truth to heart, producing woodfired pizza that makes a fair claim at being, “The Best in Spokane.” Come hungry with your friends and order a selection of flavors (choosing just one would be too difficult). For mushroom lovers, the Criminilicious, with herb oil, crimini mushrooms, mozzarella, rosemary and white truffle oil, will be a hit. For those who like something more traditional, The Works will deliver with cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushroom, olives and red onions. 28
Indulge. The staff at Sprout Salon and Spa are dedicated to making you feel like your best self from head to toe. Conveniently located just off of Francis, this spa is a tranquil haven from the harried world outside. Besides offering haircuts and styling, Sprout also offers a variety of options so you can ease your tension and feel renewed. The Rosemary Mint Body Treatment revitalizes sore muscles and a fatigued mind with bracing aromatherapy and fullbody exfoliation and massage. If a massage is too much of a time commitment, you can stop in for a quick man-pedi. No matter why you visit, you’re sure to leave feeling refreshed and renewed.
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Tonicx Bar and Patio and Ash St. Tacos are welcome additions to an area that was previously better known for its selection of fast food restaurants than street-style tacos and cocktails. The owners of Ash St. Tacos and Tonicx Bar and Patio treat the two establishments as one restaurant. In one half, at Ash St. Tacos, you can choose from a line-up of traditional tacos or more eclectic options like the Hawaiian, a sweet and savory combination of pulled pork and grilled pineapple or the Greek, a vegetarian option with corns, garbanzo beans, tzatziki and cucumbers. Tacos aren’t your only option of course, and the nachos
and tamales can’t be beat. On the other side of the establishment, in Tonicx, you can enjoy a wide selections of wine, beer and cocktails. With tasty drinks and eats, this is the perfect place to go to have a relaxed date or watch the game.
Explore. Skyview Park offers a playground, picnic area and a paved path that weaves through pastoral natural landscaping. Tucked away in a quiet corner in Five Mile, this hidden gem is worth a side trip for a weekend spent outdoors.
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