dining Guide August
Allie’s Vegan Pizzeria & Cafe featured on page 102 photo by Rick Singer
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ASIAN AND INDIAN Aloha Island Grill. Hawaiian. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan serve up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount; the Francis location serves a creative breakfast concoction called the “Loco Moco.” Order it the way “Huff” (Patrick’s nickname) gets his. Open daily. 1724 N Monroe (509-443-1632) and 1220 W Francis (509) 413-2029. www.eataloha.com. $-$$ Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed is an amalgam of several Asian and Pacific cuisines created by Betty and Nancy Tokumoto who spent their formative years in Okinawa, Bangkok, and Hawaii. The unique mix of culinary origins lends itself to fresh, clean and mild flavors, making Mustard Seed a perennial favorite with Spokane diners. Over the years, our favorites have consistently been the Bong-Bong Chicken, chunks of white meat and vegetables stir-fried in wine, and the Chicken (or Shrimp) Osaka sautéed in butter, ginger, and lemon, served with a mustard sauce. We also enjoy their zippy take-out and delivery service. The Mustard Seed owners also serve quick-serve Asian out of a number of Noodle Express outlets around the NW. Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 128pm. Northtown Mall. (509) 483-1500. $$ Nudo. Asian-fusion. This new-age “ramen house” speaks urban cool in the heart of downtown Spokane. Try the Grilled Miso Chilean Sea Bass, Edamame, or Crisp Salt and Pepper Basil Chicken for appetizers, followed by a Tonkotsu Bowl featuring fresh ramen, barbecue pork, hard-boiled egg, corn, braised bamboo shoots and seaweed in a slow-boiled pork bone broth. Their signature Ramen Burger— a fresh-ground beef patty topped with arugula and tonkatsu sauce between two homemade rounds of “ramen bun” is a fun entrée. A well-selected drink menu, late hours, and modern lounge-feel makes it well set for lingering dates and après-event noshing. Vegetarian options also offered. Mon-Sat 11am-close. 818 West Sprague.
(509) 290-5763. www.nudoramen.com. $$ Shogun. Japanese. Shogun is really two restaurants. First are the familiar hibachi tables. Each table seats about eight and comes with a personal chef who prepares a selection of beef, chicken, and seafood in front of delighted guests. Trained in the art of hibachi cooking, chefs serve as impromptu performance artists, amazing diners with kitchen acrobatics, sleightof-hand and grill-assisted pyrotechnics. The other is the sushi bar, perhaps one of the largest and best equipped east of Seattle. Across the bamboo bridge, over a tranquil koi pond and past the waterfall and lounge, this is a quiet refuge and counterpoint to the frenetic atmosphere of the main dining room. Shogun is a perfect spot for either a special celebration or a quiet night out. Open seven days 5-10pm. 821 E 3rd. (509) 534-7777. $$-$$$ Sushi.com. Japanese. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious dot.com label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what’s fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent hot options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. Mon-Fri 11am-9:30pm, Sat 12 noon-9pm, Sun 12 noon-8pm. 430 West Main, Spokane. (509) 838-0630. $-$$$ Taste of India. Indian. A family-owned restaurant on the Division hill offering authentic cuisine emphasizing northern Indian flavors. Taste of India boasts a casual atmosphere with a soundtrack of traditional music and a popular lunch buffet during the week. Try the Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Curry, or Vegetarian Samosa. Mon-Thur 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am10pm, Sun 11am-9pm. 3110 N Division in Spokane. (509) 327-7313. $-$$ Thai Bamboo. Thai. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Inside each restaurant you’ll find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and
the namesake bamboo décor. Thai Bamboo continues to be #1 Best Thai in readers’ polls and both the newest location on North Division and the CdA restaurant feature a Tiki-Beach styled lounge and a striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with pad thai. All locations Mon-Thu 11:30-9pm, Fri 11:30pm-9:30pm, Sat 12-9:30pm, Sun 12-9pm. Delivery available. email@example.com, www. thaibamboorestaurant.com. $-$$ Top of India. Indian. A hidden gem serving up northern Indian dishes in a surprisingly chic space tucked into a tiny house off East Sprague. Owner and chef Manjit Kaur brings the specialties she learned to cook on the family farm in the Jalandhar district of Punjab to the Northwest. Don’t miss the garlic naan or the Chicken Tikka Masala, but order just about anything and expect it to be quite good. There is also a lunch buffet for $9.99. Open daily 11am-9:30pm. 11114 E Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley. (509) 9270500. www.thetopofindia.com. $-$$.
Longhorn BBQ. The Longhorn has defined BBQ in Spokane for decades. Their sauce straight from Texas is now a staple in every area supermarket condiment or butcher’s aisle. And what self-respecting native Spokanite’s mouth doesn’t water at the thought of Longhorn ribs, German sausage, or beef sandwiches? 7611 W US Highway 2, (509) 838-8372; 2315 N Argonne Rd, (509) 924-9600. Call for hours. www. thelonghornbbq.com. $-$$ The Bistro at William’s Lake (located at Klink’s Resort). From the comfortable restaurant to the secluded patio overlooking the lake, The Bistro has a lot to offer it’s dining guests. The menu hosts a variety of dishes including Pork Tenderloin Medallions with bacon onion jam and cranberry dressing and the Crab and Shrimp Topped Wild Alaskan Salmon. But don’t miss out on their steaks, primarily the coveted Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon or char grilled Rib Eye topped with Dungeness crab and browned butter. Follow it up with some of their famous Marion Berry Cobbler or crumbly Mud Pie and you’ve created an evening