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THE KITCHEN AS THE HEART OF THE HOME Today’s family gathering place

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RENOVATION BRINGS REVITALIZATION Developers and owners opting to renovate instead of raze older buildings

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THE FINEST EATS OF THE NORTHWEST Eat your heart out - seriously

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WINE TIME

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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HEAL YOUR BODY WITH FOOD

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A short drive will lead you to these culinary delights Trails and activities to try this winter

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– WELCOME – THE LEAVES HAVE FALLEN and the cold air has set in. That’s the Inland Northwest. Yes, we all enjoyed the summer months, basking in the sun, playing in the sand on the many lake beaches that surround us, hiking, boating, swimming, and whatever else contented our hearts.

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But now it’s time to take joy in the fall and winter months. Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho are home to insurmountable activities year round, but now is the time to relish what these colder months have in store for us. Whether it’s snowshoeing, skiing or building snowmen with our littles, we enjoy and are thankful for what each season brings. Here at Sizzle, we know how fortunate we are to live in this paradise we call home. Many travel from all over the world to taste a minute of what we are blessed with each and every day throughout the year; the mountains, the prairies, the lakes and rivers. We truly live in paradise. Add in the locally renowned cuisine, wineries and breweries, art galleries, specialty shopping, superb businesses and entertainment; these add the finishing touch to making the Inland Northwest a soughtafter destination.

explore what makes our area unique. From Sandpoint to Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls to Spokane, the options are endless when it comes to dining and recreating. Our lifestyle is reflected in everything from our food and hospitality, to our businesses and local philanthropies. We strive to make our home unique and welcoming, and we hope that you find our generosity here warm and inviting. Be sure to check out our calendar of events at the back of the issue, which features some of the biggest and best annual area happenings that await you. They’re sure to make you forget the cold and wet—at least for a little while. We are proud to present you with the Sizzle 2017 Fall/Winter issue. It’s time to get exploring. Enjoy. “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

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Builder Showcase The Kitchen as the Heart of the Home Today’s family gathering place

A KITCHEN IS DESCRIBED by many as the heart of the home, and it’s where most families hang out as they enjoy breakfast. It is a place that fuels minds, bodies and souls of friends and families all over the world. If you cast your mind back to the old days, you will agree with me that the cooking space has transformed from a dark and sooty place into an admirable setting. Can you remember a day that ended without spending time in there? I bet you can’t. Cooking spaces are magnetic, and you will always find yourself drawn to them. You will always find a reason to be there. “We believe the kitchen area is the core, or heart, of the modern home,” says Brandon Johnson, owner of Affordable Custom Builders in Coeur d’Alene. “Recent surveys show that some families now spend up to 90 percent of their waking time at home in the kitchen area. The Transformation The significance of the cooking space seems to depend on the size of the room, the family size and the lifestyle. In the old days, they were largely a woman’s domain. They were smaller, significantly different and reserved from the rest of the house. It was an isolated place where mothers would spend hours preparing meals for their families. No one cared about the food preparation room. More importance was given to the living and dining rooms while cookhouses were for cooking and nothing more. In the 1990s, they became more than just a place for cooking and eating. Food preparation programs and new cooking techniques inspired people to reconnect with the joy that comes with delicious meals. Newer homes were designed with cooking spaces large enough to accommodate family and friends. They became living spaces, and much more thought was given to the design and functionality. “The NAHB says the average kitchen size in a new construction home has grown to a whopping 300 square feet—which is a record high,” says Brandon. “The bigger kitchen trend is a sign that we’re spending more time entertaining in the kitchen. For many of them, it’s about preparing food with our friends and family nearby to watch or help. To really create thoughtful kitchen design, we want to know how large of a family NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM

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will be using the kitchen, are they active, are they short or tall, what type of meals they typically prepare, how frequently they entertain in their home and how large of gatherings. This gets us started on initial design concepts that we can begin to tweak from there.” Today’s cooking spaces are well-built and are more welcoming. They are rooms filled with aroma, texture and energy. The idea of this rooms transforming into living spaces are becoming more and more popular. As a result, homeowners started to rebuild their cookhouse spaces to follow the fad for lifestyle and resale purposes. Size Is King To ensure your cooking space is a comfortable and effective, you have to ensure it is large enough. Most home buyers believe that it is the heart of the home, and realtors know this. Your homes resale value depends greatly on your cooking space after taking functionality and location into consideration. A custom renovation can make your cooking space look newer, more beautiful and modern. Many buyers focus on legacy building and consider innovative facelift possibilities, which may include expansion, remodeling or blowing out walls to create open cooking spaces. The Modern Trends When compared to old designs, modern cooking spaces are well-built, more sophisticated and quite attractive. They seem to be today’s family living space. Most modern cooking spaces are large and house several important sections within. There is an area where the cooking takes place. Then there is a dining area normally large enough to accommodate a big table that can hold about six seats. There is also a sitting area where the family can hang out together while preparing food, working or relaxing. The real-estate world is embracing the fact that today’s generations enjoys spending time in kitchens and are building houses that don’t have dining rooms or formal living areas. Do you have an outdated cooking space? Find a reputable construction company to help you come up with a cooking space that speaks of beauty and uniqueness. Transform your cooking space into a great living space. Choosing the right designer is the first step toward a legacy building for the coming generations. Here are more reasons why you should engage competent designers. Saving Time Figuring out which materials and technologies to use takes time, and it may take you forever to make structural choices. Hiring an experienced designer will help you save time. They have the experience and knowledge about other options that are cheaper, durable or more appropriate than what you have in mind. Guiding You Through The Whole Process The basic function of a kitchen designer is evaluating your needs and coming up with a professional plan to ensure the building process goes off without a hitch. Although 22

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you may hire him or her only for this task, the designer can guide you through the relevant research planning legislation, building application process and manage the project on your behalf to ensure your needs are met. Get Their Design Sense And Love For Beauty Good builders are consummate three-dimensional thinkers and can use their skills to identify opportunities that are hard to find using two-dimensional drawings. They will always make your cooking space look beautiful. Additionally, they always know the latest trends in local and international design.

"Light and bright kitchen spaces are the definite trend."

“Light and bright kitchen spaces are the definite trend. Adding as much natural light as possible into the space and by offering views from the kitchen makes it a natural location that we don’t want to leave,” according to Brandon. “Direct access to an outdoor patio also increases the summertime pleasure of time spent in the kitchen. Fire, water, food, comfort, entertainment … it doesn’t get much better than a well thought-out kitchen area and why it truly is the heart of the home.”

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Hiring a good designer will help you to come up with a cooking space that has a lasting appeal and adds to the value of your home. You should be careful and go for a construction company with experienced designers who will help you design a space in which you and your family will want to spend time.


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RANDY STONE AND DARLA WILHELMSEN are passionate about their work and the community in which they live. As trusted realtors in Sandpoint, the two have nearly 40 years combined experience working with Coldwell Banker Resort Realty. So when the previous owners decided to retire, the couple knew they wanted to purchase the business. “We love where we work and could not imagine going anywhere else,” says Randy. “It made perfect sense to purchase the agency.” Randy and Darla purchased the business in early 2017 and are enthusiastic about the opportunities for not only their clients, but their agents as well. “We are very involved with our agents and look forward to continuing to help them grow,” says Randy, adding that many of the realtors have been with the agency for many years. “Our selective team of experts works together to serve our clients,” adds Darla. “It has to be the right fit.” The secret to their success has been to conduct business with three guiding principles— honesty, integrity and knowledge. “We believe in treating everyone like family,” says Darla. With offices in Downtown Sandpoint and in the heart of Schweitzer Village, a total of 13 agents work closely with their clients to help them make their buying or selling experience seamless. They are members of both the Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint MLS, so they have a far reach when it comes to listing properties and helping buyers find the perfect home to fit their needs. Sandpoint has been touted in several national publications over the last decade as one of the most beautiful places to live, and the publicity is paying off. Over the last few years, there have been more and more people discovering North Idaho and choosing to call it home. According to Randy, people are coming from Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, California and even from the East Coast. “It’s not just people looking to retire either,” he says. “There are a lot of young couples moving into the area as well.” Randy and Darla live at Schweitzer and say the activity in their office in the heart of Schweitzer Village has seen a great deal of action. With new townhouses and condominiums being built, the development is drawing people from near and far who are seeking the perfect weekend getaway year round to enjoy both the mountain and the lake. “We have a lot of pull from Spokane who are seeking second homes,” says Darla.

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While the economic downturn affected real estate for a period of time, it seems that is over, at least for the time being. “We have had an extremely busy year,” says Randy of the 2017 real estate market. “And all signals point to next year being even busier.” With an emphasis on providing superior customer service, Randy and Darla refer to their agency as small and strong. “Most of our agents have lived here for many years and have a great knowledge of Sandpoint and what it has to offer,” says Randy, and adds that even one of their receptionists has been with the agency 30 years, a testament to the type of company that Coldwell Banker Resort Realty is. “We will always retain a small group


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RESORT REALTY of agents, focusing on the quality of customer service.” Each of their agents can provide a unique perspective on Sandpoint and enjoy providing clients with tours of the area. “We recently spent three days with a client who was here from Alaska,” says Darla. “It’s exciting to be able to share our beautiful town with others.” Much of their business comes from referrals from past clients, and many of those clients have become lifelong friends. “We love people and enjoy being able to introduce them to the wonderful community of Sandpoint,” says Darla, who moved here from Jackson Hole and was drawn by the abundance of opportunities that Sandpoint has to offer to enjoy the outdoors. With a great desire to give back to the community that has supported them throughout the years, those at Coldwell Banker Resort Realty give regularly to the Bonner Community Food Bank, the Coats for Kids campaign and other worthwhile local causes.

The Downtown Sandpoint location is unique in that it has off-street parking, something most downtown businesses do not have. Conveniently located on the corner of First Avenue and Lake Street, it’s the first real estate agency you see coming into town and the last one you pass going out of town, headed to Coeur d’Alene. Darla and Randy agree that there is something for everyone in Sandpoint, whether it is the arts, outdoor recreation or a desire to become involved in giving back to the community. It is a melting pot of people from literally all over the world with diverse interests. “We really enjoy meeting people from all walks of life,” says Randy. “It’s a very eclectic town.” Darla emphasizes that the service they give at Coldwell Banker Resort Realty does not end with the sale of home. “We take care of our people and continue to be a resource for them long after they move here,” she says. It is that kind of caring that has made Randy and Darla and the entire team at Coldwell Banker Resort Realty successful. “We love what we do and where we do it,” says Randy. NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM

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FOR THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES, older buildings were simply being torn down and replaced with new more modern versions. After all, it was easier than dealing with faulty infrastructure and working with multiple contractors only to discover hidden surprises that required repair. But in recent years, the tear-down trend has given way to the renovation of older buildings that hold a place in history. Now owners and developers are choosing to restore buildings, preserving much of the original character while also updating them to conform to the current desired use.

The Steam Plant One such building is the Steam Plant in Downtown Spokane. An icon that has towered over the city for more than 100 years, the Steam Plant is undergoing a renovation that will delight locals and visitors alike. Before shutting down the final boiler in December of 1986, the Steam Plant supplied steam heat to Downtown Spokane for nearly 70 years. The dreary industrial building sat vacant for 10 years before Washington Water Power (now Avista) formed Steam Plant Square, LLC. They assembled a team that included a local firm that specialized in historic renovations and transformed the building into what has become a popular spot for locals and tourists to shop, dine and enjoy a craft beer. It also is home to various offices for local businesses.

THE SMOKESTACKS The Steam Plant’s twin 225-foot high smokestacks have been Downtown Spokane’s most striking and familiar landmark since 1916 and have served as an icon of Spokane’s rich industrial history. More than a century later, these smokestacks contin ue to remain an important feature in the Spokane landscape and skyline. Though steam no longer bellows out from these large noticea ble structures—and hasn’t since 1986—instead the building is alive and buzzing with retail and office spaces, along with the fullservice Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery with private dining areas and ingenious displays and cutouts of the equipment, pipes and boilers that once operated there.

Preserving the original character

THE TEAR-DOWN TREND HAS GIVEN WAY TO THE RENOVATION OF OLDER BUILDINGS THAT HOLD A PLACE IN HISTORY Since spring, the popular restaurant, Stacks at Steam Plant, and the Steam Plant Brewing Company have both been closed to undergo extensive renovations. According to Linda Anderson of Helveticka who is working with the Steam Plant, the restaurant will have a brand new and expanded exposed kitchen, and the aesthetic nature of the restaurant and pub area will be completely different and will re-open as Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery. There will also be a rooftop area that will be available for events.

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MAKING A TRANSFORMATION e Get a special peek into Spokan and Coeur d’Alene’s history with these beautiful downtown building renovations.

While much will change, Anderson said that it was important to those involved in the renovation to keep the historical nature of the building and utilize the same materials as the original structure. Located at 159 South Lincoln Street in Downtown Spokane, be sure to check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen Another building that has undergone extensive changes in recent years is The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen, located in the Broadview Dairy Building at 905 North Washington Street in Downtown Spokane. After the Dairy shut down in 1996, Caterina Winery occupied the space before it was taken over by the owners of The Blackbird. “We used the original floors, except in the kitchen, and found the original Holophane lights from the dairy hidden up in the ceiling,” said Patrick McPherson of The Blackbird, who added that they had the lights refurbished by Revival Lighting. “The

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wood on our ceiling was original to the dairy as well. We took it down and put it back up after our contractor upgraded the utilities. The metal panels in our bar area were found in the old ice cream cooling room, so we repurposed those as well.”

Barrister Winery Barrister Winery, located at 1213 West Railroad Avenue in Downtown Spokane, is located in a building constructed more than 100 years ago. When the winery began in 2004, the owners worked hard to bring it back to life. “It was very rustic,” said Tyler Walters, winemaker and part owner of Barrister Winery. They gutted the building down to the original brick and wood and updated it to fit the needs of the winery. The building is located near the railroad tracks and was originally used to house cars that were brought in by rail. And while some may find the gentle vibrations from passing trains to be less than ideal, Walters said it has suited the winery perfectly. “We have about 550 barrels in our lower level, and the vibration

NOW OWNERS AND DEVELOPERS ARE CHOOSING TO RESTORE BUILDINGS, PRESERVING MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL CHARACTER WHILE ALSO UPDATING THEM TO CONFORM TO THE CURRENT DESIRED USE.

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The Innovation Den

Barrister Winery

IT WAS IMPORTANT TO THOSE INVOLVED IN THE RENOVATION TO KEEP THE HISTORICAL NATURE OF THE BUILDING AND UTILIZE THE SAME MATERIALS AS THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE.

from the trains helps rotate the barrels,” he said. Barrister Winery is not only a tasting room but also hosts weddings, corporate events and concerts. With seating for up to 200 people, it provides not only a great place to taste wine but a peek into Spokane’s history as well.

The Innovation Den

When it comes to being innovative, Nick Smoot sees potential where many do not. As owner of Innovation Collective, Smoot was looking for a place to house his company in Coeur d’Alene, and being in the heart of the community was important. Innovation Collective works with citizens, local governments, businesses, nonprofits and schools to gain an understanding of the town’s past industries and economic success, determine a profitable niche around an exponential technology and helps to create legislation to enable the success of this technology. So when Smoot saw the building on East Lakeside Avenue in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, he saw not only a place to house his business as well as other tenants, but an opportunity to revive a historic building that had graced the streets of Coeur d’Alene for more than a century. Earlier this year, Smoot opened the Innovation Den, and to the delight of many, the renovations revealed that they maintained much of the historic nature of the building. With exposed brick and flooring scuffed to look old, the structure’s décor is industrial and is home to co-working space that includes dozens of offices and a handful of office suites as well as a coffee shop and barber shop. The basement of the 34,000-square-foot building houses a private club and cigar room, which was renovated but still has a feel for the days gone past with the original bar being restored. When you find yourself in Downtown Spokane or Coeur d’Alene, be sure to explore these and other historical buildings. You may uncover a part of your community you never knew existed!

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he beautiful Inland Northwest offers a bevy of dining experiences, with food and drink unique to this ruggedly charming area of the country. If you plan to visit Washington and Idaho, and quality food is high on your hit parade (especially when traveling), then you should be made aware of the excellent options available here. The picturesque town of Sandpoint, Idaho, for example, is chock-full of restaurants that combine a pleasant dining atmosphere with local flair. It’s common to find the words “catch of the day” on restaurant menus, as well as huckleberry cobbler made from Idaho berries or deepfried fish tacos. Coeur d’Alene, another charming town, takes advantage of unique food options influenced by the region. One example is grilled cheese with poutine, braised beef and mushrooms, all sandwiched between freshly baked bread.

You’ll also find distilleries that feature cocktails made with house-made spirits and local herbs. Bustling Spokane, Washington, is the place to go for a city dining experience without losing that down-home feel. There are dining atmospheres to suit every taste, from the rustic to the cosmopolitan. One specialty of the region is house-made sausage and charcuterie; you’ll find places that smoke and cure their own meats, serving them on everything from eggs Benedict at breakfast, to paninis at lunch, to tempting pastas at dinner. No matter where you go in Spokane, you’ll find unique food with exceptional taste and quality. So, when you visit Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene or Spokane, come with a strong appetite for quality food. Along with the splendid scenery and pleasant folks, you’ll find food and drink that wouldn’t taste the same anywhere else.

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s you cross the Long Bridge into Sandpoint, you will quickly discover why this quaint town has been recognized as the most beautiful small town in America. Situated on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, Sandpoint is home to an eclectic mix of individuals from around the globe and offers an abundance of opportunity to get out and enjoy the beauty of the Inland Northwest. Add to that the collection of distinctive and delicious dining opportunities, Sandpoint is unmatched. If you want to enjoy a meal overlooking the water, Trinity at City Beach in Downtown Sandpoint is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Offering an array of locally sourced food, the atmosphere is always fun and festive. South of the Long Bridge is Forty-One South, also situated on the water’s edge. Whether it is summer on the patio or cozying up to the wood-burning fireplace in the chill of winter, Forty-One South offers incredible food as well as breathtaking sunsets year round. Next door to Forty-One South you will find Shoga Sushi Bar, which is extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. This town of approximately 8,000 is active throughout the year with everything from its annual Winter Carnival each February, which includes fireworks on Schweitzer Mountain, to the Lost in the 50s Car Show where you’ll find some of the most impressive classics in the Northwest on display.

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For more than three decades, the Festival at Sandpoint, which takes place each August, has brought thousands to War Memorial Field to enjoy eight nights of music. With names such as Ziggy Marley, Ben Harper, The Avett Brother, Counting Crows and Kenny Loggins, the organizers of this event bring a vast array of talent to this town to the delight of many. Schweitzer Mountain Resort is a year-round playground and offers several opportunities to go downhill skiing or boarding, tubing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Summertime brings a chance for mountain biking, huckleberry picking and enjoying a cold beer on a sunny deck. When you leave Schweitzer, you will want to be sure and make Sweet Lou’s in Ponderay one of your stops. A sports bar and restaurant with multiple TVs, Sweet Lou’s offers something for the entire family. Sandpoint also offers an opportunity to enjoy some fine wine and craft beer at Sandpoint’s newest wine bar, The Back Door. Adjacent to and owned by the same owners as the popular restaurant Baxters on Cedar, The Back Door offers music, tapas, wine and beer, as well as bigscreen TVs where you can take in your favorite game. Come and experience Sandpoint for yourself. If you want to stay more than a day, be sure to check out GoSandpoint.com for vacation rentals!

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Evans Brother Coffee Roasters Sandpoint 524 Church St. 208.265.5553 Downtown Coeur d’Alene 504 E. Sherman Ave. EvansBrothersCoffee.com

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some of the world’s best teas and chocolates. “Everything we offer will be high quality. But we want to serve it in a way that is very approachable and welcoming to all,” says Rick. A big part of the success of Evans Brothers is in the passion they bring into their craft. They travel regularly to coffee origin, often with their baristas. In the past year they have gone to Brazil and Colombia as part of Café Imports’ Best Cup program to financially reward the producers of the best quality coffee in a particular region. The top coffees are selected out of more than 700 submissions, with the best offered at a live auction. Evans Brothers has secured top-10 lots on each of these three trips and has seen firsthand the difference this makes in the lives of the producers and their families. This focus has also paid off for Evans Brothers, as they are the only Idaho company to have won not one but two Good Food Awards. Evans Brothers also offers a wholesale relationship with quality-oriented cafes and restaurants. They are the exclusive roaster for Big Blue Coffee (Kootenai Health) along with Schweitzer Mountain Resort. For more information, you can follow their active Instagram and Facebook pages, visit their website or call the café.


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Offering an unforgettable dining experience — B Y PAT T Y H U T C H E N S —

A TASTE OF SOMETHING local. That is what you will experience when you visit Trinity at City Beach in Sandpoint. For the past 13 years, Trinity at City Beach, owned by Justin and Shaunavee Dick, has been one of the premier restaurants in the community offering a variety of timeless food, a beautiful view and superior customer service.

not only its customers but local purveyors as well. Several years ago, Justin became connected with many of the local farmers and has increasingly gone to them for fresh lettuce, vegetables and more, allowing Trinity at City Beach to offer the freshest local ingredients while supporting the local economy at the same time.

Located inside the Best Western Edgewater Hotel since it moved there from First Avenue in 2009, Trinity at City Beach is open year round for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the exception of Christmas day.

In addition to using local purveyors for much of its food, Justin says they also offer wine from local wineries including Pend d’Oreille Winery and Small House Winery, as well as beer from Laughing Dog Brewery and MickDuffs, coffee from Evan’s Brothers Coffee and spirits from Mill Town Distillery.

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“One can really feel the thriving community aspect of using local purveyors at our restaurant,” Justin says. Described as modern-American cuisine that is heavily French based, he says both his executive and sous chefs are classically French trained and put a modern spin on the classic dishes. “They are very open to new ideas,” says Justin of his chefs, who can also accommodate dietary restrictions. “You can get as trendy as you want [in the restaurant business], but a few years down the road, it’ll be passé,” Justin says of his desire to offer timeless and consistent food while still being able to change it up with the seasons.


In addition to a wide selection of wine and craft beer, Trinity at City Beach also offers a full bar. They often partner with local wineries to host wine dinners, pairing fine wine with each course of one’s meal—just one of many special events hosted by Trinity at City Beach throughout the year.

While it is clear that Justin and his staff are great supporters of the local economy with their choice of local purveyors, they also open their hearts and donate much back to the community they call home. As a supporter of the arts and education, Justin and his staff at Trinity at City Beach enjoy working with Pend Oreille Arts Council and Panhandle Alliance for Education. Some of the many events they support throughout the year include the Scenic Half Marathon, the Long Bridge Swim and the Chafe 150, which raises money for children in the school district on the autism spectrum. “We also work closely with other restaurants such as Tango to put on events such as the Heart Ball for Bonner General Health Foundation,” says Justin. And while many locals attend these events, many of them have tourists returning time and time again, something Justin and his staff look forward to, like reconnecting with old friends.

“One can really feel the thriving community aspect of using local pur veyors at our restaurant.”

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With the quality of food and the breathtaking views, Trinity at City Beach is a perfect venue for holiday parties. If you have a large group, the bar or dining area is available to rent.

One of the many things that add to the ambiance at Trinity at City Beach is the musical entertainment they offer. In the summer months, diners are treated to live music Thursday through Sunday, and during the winter they can enjoy Bruce Bishop each Friday evening from 6 to 9pm. Justin, who moved to Sandpoint several years ago from Colorado, said he could not think of a better place to follow his passion. “We have an eclectic Inland Northwest cuisine among Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene and Spokane,” he says, adding that customer service, fine cuisine and music are all intertwined to create a one-of-a-kind experience. “Food is only one part of a restaurant experience.” Trinity at City Beach is open Sunday through Thursday from 7:30am to 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 7:30am to 10pm.

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Forty-One South is North Idaho’s premier upscale dining restaurant with breathtaking views from the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. Located at the south end of the Long Bridge in Sandpoint, FortyOne South has become a popular spot for locals, tourists and business travelers. A relaxed lodge setting and exceptionally friendly service paired with innovative modern-American cuisine makes for one of North Idaho’s premier dining experiences. Enjoy mouthwatering cuisine, drinks by the fire, outdoor seating and gorgeous sunset views. Located right next door to The Lodge at Sandpoint and Shoga Sushi. Hours vary by season. Reservations are recommended. 41SouthSandpoint.com

Sagle 41 Lakeshore Dr. 208.265.2000 Modern-American Cuisine $$-$$$ SHOGA SUSHI BAR

Shoga Sushi is a Sandpoint favorite for locals and tourists alike. Offering the finest in sushi and Japanese cuisine—nigiri, sashimi, specialty rolls and plenty of non-sushi appetizers and entrées to choose from! Entrées feature popular hot items such as orange chicken, beef and broccoli, grilled salmon and an American Kobe burger. Whether you sit out on the patio or right up at the sushi bar, you can’t miss the breathtaking sunset cascading over Lake Pend Oreille. Located next to Forty-One South and the Lodge at Sandpoint. Hours vary by season. ShogaSushi.com

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND BAR

Join Chad, Meggie and their sweet son Lou at Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Bar. Enjoy Manny’s beer-battered onion rings, hand-cut top sirloin or the crowd favorite—grilled PB&J with locally made huckleberry jam. With dedication toward strong service and quality ingredients, you won’t be disappointed. There is also a full bar featuring 16 draft beers. Add to that the 20 4K TVs, and it’s the perfect place to enjoy the game. Free Wi-Fi is available. Come hungry, stay late and eat well. Open daily 11am - 10pm, with happy hour 4 - 6pm. Find them on Facebook.com/SweetLousPonderay. SweetLousIdaho.com - sweet Lou sayS -

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Enjoy farm-fresh food, seasonally inspired. At the Farmhouse Kitchen, they offer brunch served daily 7am - 3pm. Menu items include fresh apple donuts, deviled eggs, corned beef hash, the BNG (buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy), caramelized banana pancakes, chicken and waffles and much more! Dinner is served daily 4pm - close and features items that are sure to impress! From the

grilled meatloaf, smoked steelhead trout and the bacon-wrapped halibut, to the roasted mushroom burger, clam chowder and slow-cooked brisket, all can delight in this flavorful menu. Silo Bar, open daily 11am - close, features poutine, fish and chips and the beer-battered onion, to name a few. FarmhouseKitchenAndSiloBar.com

Ponderay 477227 Highway 95 N. 208.255.2603 Farm Fresh & Seasonally Inspired $-$$ TRINITY AT CITY BEACH

With a breathtaking view of Lake Pend Oreille and the surrounding mountains, Trinity at City Beach offers not only a great atmosphere but a menu that has people coming back for more. They locally source much of their produce and serve coffee, wine, beer and alcohol from local purveyors as well. Their menu of American cuisine offers a modern spin on many classic dishes and changes with the seasons, offering something for everyone. To add to the atmosphere is musical entertainment each Friday and Saturday evenings in the winter from 6 to 9pm and Thursday - Sunday during summer. TrinityAtCityBeach.com

Sandpoint 58 Bridge St. 208.255.7558 Fresh Seafood, Steaks & Salads $$ BAXTERS ON CEDAR

With a warm and intimate atmosphere, Baxters on Cedar offers a wonderful menu of everything from Maine lobster roll to pasta, steak, half-pound burgers, fresh fish and homemade meatloaf. Enjoy happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 5pm or stop in for lunch and enjoy a farm-fresh salad. Open Monday – Saturday 11am - 9pm. BaxtersOnCedar.com

Sandpoint 109 Cedar St. 208.229.8377 Fresh Seafood, Steaks, Pasta & Salads $$ THE BACK DOOR

The Back Door, adjacent to Baxters on Cedar and owned by the same owners as the restaurant, is Sandpoint’s newest bar. Featuring craft beer and fine wine along with tapas, The Back Door is a great place to gather in the early evening or for an after-dinner glass of wine. Featuring musical entertainment and TVs to catch your favorite game, The Back Door will quickly become your favorite gathering spot. Open Monday - Saturday 3pm - midnight. BaxtersBackDoor.com

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“We wanted to offer the community a new option for a tapas-style menu,” says Rich Curtis, who is a local full-time realtor with Tomlinson Sotheby’s and is co-owner of Baxters on Cedar with Tommy Dageford. “My motto is list with me and eat for free.” Located adjacent to Baxters and one level below, The Back Door offers wine, craft beer and tapas and is accessible from Cedar Street or Second Avenue. It opened in early October and has already become a new favorite spot for many. “We were waiting to find the right person to manage The Back Door, and we found that with Brandon Emch,” says Rich. Brandon is a natural fit as he has a passion and knowledge for wine and beer and managed Tagaris Winery in the Tri-Cities for the last 10 years.

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Both venues take pride in using locally sourced food whenever possible. “We try to support as many local businesses as possible,” he says. The coffee is from Evans Brothers; their meat from Wood’s Meats; fresh produce is purchased from the Farmers Market during the market season; and they have fresh flowers from Petal Talk. And for many of their kitchen needs, they only have to step next door to Weekends & Company to fulfill their order. It’s that sense of community that both Rich and Tommy say is important to them. For the craft beer fans, both Baxters and The Back Door offer beer from throughout the Pacific Northwest. “We have a variety of wines available from throughout the region as well as some great South American wines,” adds Brandon.

Baxters has always been known for its classic décor, friendly staff, excellent food and great prices, and The Back Door is no different. With seating for up to 42 people, the warm and intimate atmosphere offers a great place to go for a glass of wine or beer prior to dinner or to enjoy an after-dinner port. There is also a menu of unique and delicious appetizers including lobster mac and cheese, duck quesadillas, sliders and a cheese and cured-meat platter.

The Back Door is home to some great musical entertainment and provides an opportunity to see the work of local artists. And it’s not just art on the walls. The unique historic building has been renovated to display the brick that had been covered with drywall for decades. “From the studs out we totally changed the look; it’s all about the space,” says Rich. They utilized barn wood for the panels on the bar and the walls in Baxters and repurposed old church pews to serve as the countertop for the bar, offering a green design.

The Back Door offers a tasteful venue for holiday parties and other gatherings, whether for business or pleasure. They also have big-screen TVs where you can gather to watch various sporting events.

Whether it’s date night or a night out with friends, make it a point to come check out The Back Door, Sandpoint’s newest wine bar. And while you are there, why not stay for a delicious meal from Baxters on Cedar.

As for Baxters, Tommy says, “It’s a place where you can have a burger and beer one night and grilled fresh halibut and bottle of wine another.” The more popular dishes include Maine lobster roll, sweet-and-sour crab salad and Moroccan lamb sliders. “We

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219 Reveals a Piece of Sandpoint History

RESTORATION BRINGS HIDDEN GEMS — B Y PAT T Y H U T C H E N S —

WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING for a sports bar, a cocktail lounge, a place for a cold beer, somewhere to enjoy live entertainment or to just chill out with friends, The 219 Lounge on First Avenue in Sandpoint has it all. The 219 has undergone extensive restoration over the last three years and reveals a unique part of Sandpoint’s history. Not only that, it is now smoke free.

With large windows in front (discovered when the front façade was removed during the renovation) and a beautiful outdoor patio in the back adorned with murals of Sandpoint—Lake Pend Oreille and Schweitzer Mountain painted by local artists Maria Larson and Nannette Cooper—The 219 has become a melting pot of locals and tourists coming to see what’s new (or old) in this historic building.

“The character of the bar has changed multiple times over its 83-year history,” said Mel Dick, who along with his wife Claudia own the “Niner,” as it has come to be known over the years. “In the early 1950s it was a Las Vegas-style lounge complete with one-arm bandit gaming machines.”

As with any successful business, The 219 has changed with the times. Twelve years ago, the only beer on tap was Pabst Blue Ribbon; now The 219 features the most craft beer handles in Sandpoint with 20 beer taps inside and six taps on its outside patio bar. The 219 offers a list of classic cocktails including Manhattans, Cosmopolitans, Dirty Martinis and an extensive menu of the increasingly popular Moscow Mule.

The original bar was located on Pine Street and was moved to its current location in 1934 and was called the Diamond, with the original diamond logo still visible on the Lounge’s façade. But a fire destroyed the building, and it was rebuilt in late 1934 and early 1935 with the front and back exterior walls constructed in solid concrete with an art deco style. The beams in the newly exposed ceiling show signs of the fire from over 80 years ago. One of the treasures that was discovered in the restoration was a 40-foot mural painted by “Cowboy Joe” in 1935 that was hidden under multiple walls. It has since been restored by local artist Diana Schuppel. Other smaller murals near the entrance were also uncovered. Those were painted by locally renowned artist Gene Hayes in 1967. One of the additions includes a one-of-a-kind back bar, weighing more than 2,000 pounds when fully stocked, designed and constructed by Jim Reese of Kokanee Ironworks. “There is nothing like this anywhere,” said Mel. “It includes a custom-built system for the hinged wire-mesh doors which lock the liquor in the cabinets.” So how did it become the 219? When the previous owners applied for a liquor license, they put the address in the space where the business name was to be written, and the license was issued to the now iconic 219. 52

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With seven large screen TVs, The 219 is the perfect place to play host to the KPND Monday night football parties. There is also live music every Friday and Saturday nights featuring local and regional musicians and bands. Several times a year, nationally known comedians perform as they love the intimate “comedy club” atmosphere of the main bar with its brick walls and exposed large ceiling beams. “We love local musicians and also have bands from around the Pacific Northwest,” said Mel. “It’s everything from rock ‘n roll, Americana, the blues and more.” Whether you are a local looking for a fun and smoke-free place to meet up with friends or a visitor coming to check out Sandpoint for the first time, stop by The 219 Lounge on North First Avenue in Sandpoint. Be sure and ask for Mel; if he’s around he would love to show you the historic nature of this Sandpoint icon.

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MUCH OF THE GROWTH in the Coeur d’Alene area has been in Hayden and Hayden Lake, and it is understandable just why that is! With a small-town feel, there are many who have come to call this area home. But it’s not just the population that is growing; so is the culinary scene, which is a mixture of family friendly, casual and fine dining. Not only that, there are many opportunities to enjoy some specialty shopping in the Hayden area as well. Near Honeysuckle and Government Way is where you’ll find Hayden’s main street and the long-established Hayden hang out, Sargents Restaurant and Lounge. Mexican delights are offered at Rancho Viejo and Toro Viejo. A bit further north on Miles Avenue sits The Porch Public House, which offers beautiful views of the golf course and delicious menu items prepared from scratch as well as fine wines, craft beer and a full bar. The Hayden Lake Country Club and The Grill at Avondale—which is open to the public—at the Avondale Golf Club keep the golfers and the neighborhood happily well fed. The world-famous Clark House is a stunning beautifully restored elegant country inn overlooking Hayden Lake. This is the place to reserve for a truly special event. 54

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Idaho city of Hayden Lake welcomed a new chef in the summer of 2017. Troy Louis Chandler is bringing his extensive culinary background to the table, where guests can now enjoy a diverse and delicious menu, with everything from Mediterranean, Cajun and Mexican to French cuisine to Pan Asian. Nestled among the greens of the Avondale Golf Course, guests— both members and non-members alike—are treated to an upscale yet casual restaurant where the food, atmosphere and service all come first. This is executed through Avondale’s new manager, Nick Mahin, formerly of The Cellar, and Chef Troy working closely together. They have elevated food and service while maintaining “neighborhood” friendly pricing. The available-anytime “Pub” menu is designed for fun and casual cuisine. You can enjoy lighter fare or shareable appetizers to full entrees. The “After Five” dinner menu allows the chef to be creative. This is where you will find ever-changing creations from wild shark to lamb to fried chicken. During football season, they offer their plated Sunday Brunch that is gaining huge popularity. And rumor has it that Chef Troy is going to start doing sushi on Thursday nights! “We are unique as we have various menus due to our growing diversity,” says Chef Troy. There’s something for everyone. Sometimes I feel that we should have a menu for our menus.” Troy, Nick and the rest of the Avondale crew want their guests to trust and enjoy their food. Since taking over the kitchen in June, Chef Troy has retooled the menus, moving away from any premade and frozen products to fresh house-made items. This has brought excitement to the staff, from cooks learning and growing to servers being proud to describe and deliver dishes to their guests. “I am surprised at all of the people I meet in town who think that we are a private golf club and restaurant. Well … I’m not that surprised because before I took the job, I thought that, too! Diners also benefit as we keep pricing low while maintaining great quality for our members. Some quickly sign up for the extremely affordable golf membership after only a few visits!

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Looking where to book your next party? The Grill at Avondale is a fun and inexpensive venue to house holiday parties, wedding events, class reunions, birthdays, anniversaries and, not to mention, golf tournaments. If you haven’t stopped in lately, now’s the time. With its beautiful location close to most neighborhoods, and ample parking, what are you waiting for? And as Chef Troy adds: “If you take a picture of the lake, you can have waterfront dining, too!”


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A beautiful golf-course view without the cost of joining the country club makes The Porch an ideal setting for a delicious meal any time of year. They offer a full menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and specialties prepared from scratch without the high price of fine dining, and the region’s finest cocktails, microbrews and wines to accompany your meal. Feel at home in the comfortable pub-style dining room or the fantastic outdoor dining area. Open daily at 11am year round, The Porch keeps the kitchen cooking up delicious food late every night. For more information including specials, menu, photos and directions, please visit their website. WeDontHaveOne.com

Hayden 1658 E. Miles Ave. 208.772.7711 Pub & Grill $-$$

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The Grill at Avondale Golf Club is open to the public and offers casual pub fair as well as an “After 5” menu where the new chef showcases seasonal dishes. Appetizers like Asian lettuce wraps, Mediterranean clams, soft-shell crab sliders and smoky tri-tip steak bites can be found on this menu along with entrees like grilled thresher shark, venison stew, steaks, pasta dishes and even the classic beef liver and onions. Stop in for slow-roasted prime rib every Friday and Saturday night, and the Sunday plated brunch, 9:30am - 1pm, is not to be missed! Dine in the newly renovated dining room or relax in the bar or out on the patio where the pours are generous and the prices are low. AvondaleGolfCourse.com

Hayden 10745 N. Avondale Loop 208.772.5963 Contemporary, Steaks, Comfort Food & Brunch $-$$

CANDLE IN THE WOODS

As seen on Food Network, Candle in the Woods’ memorable and delectable wine dinners are held by reservation only or can be booked for private group parties. Each course is paired with a different wine from their hand-selected 4,000 bottle award-winning wine cellar. Many of the 1,800-plus label wines are unique and rare, and in addition, the cellar houses many local and regional wines from Idaho and Washington as well. Visit their website and sign up for updates and invitations or send an email to dave@ candleinthewoods.com. CandleInTheWoods.com

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JUNIORS BARBECUE

Enjoy North Idaho’s best barbecue at Junior’s, where guests are treated to real smoke and big and bold backyard flavor. Whether you dine in, take out or need catering, you will not be disappointed, and ordering is simple. Choose a sandwich (ciabatta, two mini pretzel buns or traditional pub roll), taco or salad. Next choose your meat (beef brisket, beef deep pit, beef tritip, pulled pork or chicken), then your choice of fixin’s, from Granny’s baked beans, Mamma’s mashed taters, smothered green beans, coleslaw or pig-tail fries. Top it all off with Hillbilly Habanero or Junior’s Original sauce. JuniorsBarbecue.com

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PRIVATE DINING EXCELLENCE

OUT IN THE WOODS IN ATHOL, Idaho, just 20 minutes from Coeur d’Alene, lucky food and wine enthusiasts will find a beautiful log home; light beaming through the windows like a candle in the woods. Step in, and you will be greeted with friendly hospitality and an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

evening. Though there are some signature appetizers and dishes that have been created at Candle in the Woods over the years, not one meal has been duplicated in its entirety in the 10 years since they first started hosting these private dinners. Even the table settings are unique for each event.

Owner and chef Dave Adlard, as seen on Food Network, along with his wife and business partner Lisa, are the couple behind this private-dining establishment. Unlike a walk-in restaurant, the pair hosts reservation-only dinners and take reservations for private group dinners for four to 10 people. Guests will be treated to an original, high-end, eight- to 10-course small-plate menu, with each course perfectly paired with a wine to complement that specific dish.

Wines for the dinners come from their diverse 4,000-bottle wine cellar, in which each wine has been hand selected. Many of the 1,800-plus label wines are unique and rare or from small, little-known wineries from around the world, allowing for a variety of interesting options to serve guests. The cellar also houses many local and regional wines from Idaho and Washington. Candle in the Woods received one of only two “Best of Wine Spectator” awards in Idaho, and one of only a small handful in the entire Northwest. It has been featured in Wine Spectator and several newspapers regionally and nationally.

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“There are inexpensive wines that have become guests’ favorites because they pair so well with the food, and then there are some high-end treats,” says Dave. “And I love using local wines. Every dinner always has local wines on the list, as well as well-known favorites from California, Bordeaux, Italy and Spain, to name a few.” In between courses, guests can get up from the table and watch and interact with the chef in the open kitchen while he prepares the next course, or they can entertain themselves in the game room, where they can play pool, foosball and darts, and their famous house game “BATC.” (You have to experience it for yourself to understand the fun!) Once the dinner is over, guests are welcome to head outside by the fire pit, or even take a dip in the hot tub to finish off the evening, if they so choose. “This is an experience they’ll never forget,” says Dave. “It’s a very memorable dining


A Taste of Our Menu STEAK S’MORES Tender filet mignon over Ginger snaps and chocolate with homemade chipotle marshmallow BLUE FIN TUNA TARTARE Super fresh tuna with avocado and mango salsa BRAISED SHORT RIBS With wasabi foam and sautéed asparagus

LOBSTER RAVIOLI IN SAMBUCA CREAM Delicious, mouthwatering! LAMBSCICLES With butternut squash risotto and huckleberry balsamic sauce

For a Dinner to Remember

CREME BRULEE-STUFFED POACHED PEAR In crème Anglais sauce

Candle In The Woods Athol 11805 E. Nunn Rd. 208.664.0135 CandleInTheWoods.com experience, and we have never received less than a five-star review. We are honored and humbled by it.” For guests who want to take advantage of the whole evening, they have a limited “Dinner and Bed” option, where guests can spend the night in one of the beautiful cabin bedrooms and be treated to a wonderful brunch the next morning. So how does one get invited to such an incredible evening? People can sign up to be part of Candle in the Woods’ emailing list. Approximately every four weeks, Candle in the Woods sends out an invite to those on the list. The first 10 people to respond reserve their seat at the chef ’s table. It’s that simple. Candle in the Woods also posts upcoming dates on their website, and folks can phone in to secure their spot.

Those interested in having their own private dining event at Candle in the Woods can make reservations, and a special menu will be created and catered to them. To add to the special night, Candle in the Woods now offers its own limousine service to and from the event, for a minimal fee, which guests can reserve. Dave is also available for off-site catering, private meals and personal cooking classes at your home. The chef truly has a gift for pairing food and wine, all while creating a fun, interactive atmosphere for his guests. Treat yourself to this exceptional food and wine experience at Candle in the Woods. It will be an evening to remember.

Fine Private Dining for Individuals or small groups

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WALKING DOWN SHERMAN AVENUE in Coeur d’Alene, it is easy to get lost in the magic of this town. People are drawn to this community in part because of its beauty, but also because of the friendliness of the people. And then there is the diversity of mouthwatering culinary experiences—simply amazing. On Lakeside Avenue, just one block off Sherman Avenue, one can stop in and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and a bite to eat at Calypsos Coffee & Creamery. The friendly owner, Todd Jenicek, will greet you, and here you can enjoy breakfast, which is served all day long, and freshly made soups, sandwiches and salads. Just up the block from Calypsos, you will find Uva Italian, where you can enjoy hearty authentic Italian food prepared from scratch.

One of the newest additions to the downtown area is Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Tap House. Like its sister restaurant in Sandpoint, Sweet Lou’s offers great food, a wide variety of beers on tap and TVs visible from every seat to enjoy your favorite game. Coeur d’Alene’s midtown also offers some places not to miss. 315 Restaurant at the historic Greenbriar Inn on Wallace Avenue offers martinis, tapas and dinner, as well as rooms for a special overnight stay. Head north on Fourth Street to find midtown favorites The Bluebird and Angelo’s Ristoranté. Riverstone, a luxury development near the intersection of Interstate 90 and Northwest Boulevard, offers a variety of restaurants, unique shops and Regal Cinemas. While there, be sure and stop by The Culinary

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f Calypsos Coffee & Creamery  @calypsoscoffee Stone gourmet food and kitchen mecca. Along with their boutique deli and cafe, they offer tastings, cooking demos and classes with local chefs. Restaurants eager to entertain you here include Anthony’s Restaurant, Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery, Azteca, Sushi I and Grille from Ipanema, just to name a few. In the mood to shop? Riverstone offers a variety of boutiques and stores for your enjoyment.

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If you make your way to North Coeur d’Alene, you’ll want to make a stop at Fisherman’s Market, where you’ll find the freshest in seafood available, as well as a delicious menu of food including sushi. Grabbagreen® is also located here if you’re looking for fresh, healthy, clean food.

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The beauty of Coeur d’Alene draws people outdoors and entices them to enjoy all the recreational opportunities. With Silver Mountain Resort just a short drive away, people can ski or board in the winter and hike and mountain bike in the summer. You can even enjoy an indoor waterpark year round, making it a perfect family getaway.

But there is much more to enjoy on your visit to Coeur d’Alene. If you enjoy the arts, then Coeur d’Alene will leave you fulfilled. Since

What are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Coeur d’Alene soon!

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SWEET LOU’S RESTAURANT AND TAP HOUSE

Locally owned and operated and a local favorite since 1972, The Iron Horse is open for lunch and dinner daily, with breakfast served Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the best in food and spirits in the restaurant, lounge or out on the patio. They offer entertainment all week long, with a DJ on Tuesday and Thursday, and live music Friday and Saturday. Enjoy downtown, the lake, City Park, Tubbs Hill and the Iron Horse. Tradition counts, so when in Coeur d’Alene, join the locals at the Iron Horse; a great place to drink, eat and have fun!

Downtown Coeur d’Alene 407 Sherman Ave. 208.667.7314 American Fare & Cocktails $-$$$

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1967, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre has been delighting audiences with full-scale Broadway shows. Art on the Green, held on the campus of North Idaho College, is a favorite of artists and visitors alike. For nearly 50 years, this is a much-loved tradition for many in this area. With art walks and music walks throughout the year, there is always something to explore.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene got a lot sweeter last year with the addition of Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Tap House. Featuring the same great food and service as their Sandpoint location, guests will be treated to family recipes focusing on familiar American-fare entrees with a twist. Try the ribs (pork or bison) that are smoked in house. The unique burger menu features 10 different burgers that are made from freshly ground top sirloin and topped with decadent eats such as smoked pulled pork, hand-battered onion rings or fresh jalapenos. Along with an extensive menu and casual atmosphere, Sweet Lou’s has 32 beers on tap (16 of which are dedicated to local brews) to enjoy while you are watching your favorite game on one of their 24 4K TVs. Come hungry, stay late and eat well. Find them on Facebook.com/ SweetLousCdA. SweetLousIdaho.com

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Calypsos Coffee & Creamery — B Y PAT T Y H U T C H E N S —

WITH A PASSION what they do and the amazing support of the community, Calypsos Coffee and Creamery on East Lakeside Avenue in Downtown Coeur d’Alene has been a favorite spot of both locals and tourists for a decade—they celebrated their one-year anniversary this November! Voted one of the top 10 Coolest Coffee Shops to visit in Idaho, along with No. 1 Coffee Shop by both the Inlander and Coeur d’Alene/Spokane Living magazine, if you are looking for one of the best cups of coffee around, Calypsos has it. The menu offerings include more than they’re carefully crafted coffee beverages. Incredible breakfasts and locally made pastries are served all day long, and Calypsos also dishes up freshly made soups, salad and sandwiches. Owned by Todd Jenicek, along with his wife Maria-Cristina, Calypsos is the only coffee shop in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Hayden Lake area that roasts their own coffee in house, which allows them to control their product. “We currently roast beans from 10 different countries, and we offer several single-origin and coffee blends for retail purchase,” says Todd. “We can also roast specifically for your business or event and private label.” Their signature espresso blend is made up of coffee from four different countries, and they rotate different countries and

blends that they serve as their daily drip. “That’s so people can find out what might make their taste buds dance,” says Todd. Calypsos does not roast their coffee for as long as others typically do, with the end result a smooth product with a little more caffeine. The large family friendly space is like a living room, perfect to come relax and stay for a while. There is a small play area for the kids. And with an on-site meeting room and catering available, it is the perfect place to host meetings or events. They also offer a stage and sound system perfect for entertainment. On Monday evenings one can enjoy an open mic night, and there are several times throughout the year when various musicians perform. Part of Calypsos’ charm is their desire to give back to the community. They are eager to support and promote local artists and nonprofits, even displaying some local artists’ creations for sale. And many nonprofits have hosted fundraisers at Calypsos. “We feel that is one of the best ways we can give back to the community,” says Todd. Todd and Maria-Cristina credit Calypsos’ 10 years of success to their incredible staff and patrons. As Todd says, “We just want our customers to know how much we really appreciate them. They have so many choices, and we are enthused that they continue to choose us!”

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SAMPLE MENU ROASTED GARLIC & ONION BREAD French bread slices loaded with ovenroasted garlic, onion and butter served hot; add melted gorgonzola cheese KALE & BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD Thinly sliced fresh kale and Brussels sprouts tossed with Parmesan cheese, almonds and a classic vinaigrette

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SANTA FE CHICKEN SANDWICH A 6 oz. breaded chicken breast topped with roasted poblano peppers and melted Monterey jack cheese, served on a grilled bun with mayo, honey cream cheese, red onion and lettuce IDAHO RUBY RED TROUT Lightly breaded, pan-seared and ovenfinished trout topped with a lemon cream sauce, served with bacon/smoked cheddar potato cakes, garnished with fresh parsley and a lemon wedge

SPICY CURRIED CASHEWS Oven-roasted cashews tossed with yellow curry and other spices. Goes great with a pint of cold beer!

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CHICKEN CAESAR SOFT TACO Tender grilled chicken breast tossed with romaine lettuce, fresh tomatoes and their famous Caesar dressing stuffed into a warm flour tortilla, served with roasted corn pasta salad CLASSIC REUBEN This delicious favorite features corned beef, house-made sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing on grilled rye bread CRANBERRY SALAD Crisp romaine lettuce tossed with apples, walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, red onions and The Porch's own cranberry vinaigrette dressing SALMON CAKES Two hand-formed Coho salmon cakes pan seared, oven finished and drizzled with lemon/dill sour cream, accompanied by bacon/smoked cheddar potato cakes and a cucumber salad

BAHN MI TACOS Thinly sliced marinated pork seared, stuffed into two warm flour tortillas with quickpickled carrot and cucumber, cilantro and jalapenos, served with jasmine rice and cucumber salad MOON BURGER A 6 oz. lean, hand-formed patty, chargrilled and topped with melted cheddar and caramelized onions, served with mayo, lettuce and tomato on a toasted bun MEDITERRANEAN LAMB BURGER A rosemary-infused lamb burger char-grilled and served on a grilled bun with melted goat cheese, oregano pesto mayo and grilled vegetable relish CAESAR SALAD House-made dressing, made without raw eggs, tossed with crisp romaine, parmesan cheese and croutons SMOKED TURKEY SANDWICH Thinly sliced smoked turkey breast piled high on a grilled hoagie roll with lettuce, tomato, red onion and pesto mayo SUN DRIED TOMATO RAVIOLI Three-cheese stuffed raviolis topped with a sun-dried tomato cream sauce and basil pesto, garnished with parmesan cheese and served with sliced French bread ANASAZI BEAN BURGER A hand-formed bean burger pan-seared, topped with cheddar cheese and served on a toasted bun with mayo, lettuce, tomato and red onions

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PORCH E H T MOON TIME SE U O H C I L B U P Valuing their employees has led to longtime success — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

ANY LOCAL WILL TELL YOU Moon Time is a very casual, comfortable place to hang out. It’s like its own community. There are customers who have been going there for 20 years, who are still seeing the same staff who has been working there nearly or just as long.

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Friends and owners John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen have seen to it, since day one, that Moon Time gives their guests consistency. Offering great food at a reasonable price, paired with excellent service and a familiar face has always been their goal. Guests get what they have come to expect. The menu, from the start, has featured unique and upscale pub food bringing a variety of items from many different cultures together, paired with a carefully selected 19 beer handles and a wide variety of wines, which complement the food. John and Brad care about the success of their restaurants, but even more importantly, they care about their employees. They are not blind to the realities of life, and it is important to them to take care of those who work for them. That is just one reason they try to pay better than any other restaurant in the area. “I think it’s important that both Brad and myself spent our whole lives working in restaurants. That experience helps us to make the kinds of decisions which employees appreciate as they come from a perspective which understands the employee,” says John. “We value each employee personally, not just taking the time to say thanks every day, but also to know about their families, friends and significant others, and ask questions to know what is happening in their personal lives.” In addition, they offer health insurance and retirement to their employees, even before the government mandated that they do so! Managers get paid vacation, and all employees who have been with the company for at least one full year receive an annual bonus at the holidays. Longtime Moon Time employees include: Chris Schultz (chef/general manager, 21 years), Phil Messner (cook, 20 years), Adam Roth (cook, 18 years), Brandon Hills (server/bartender, 14 years), LeeJa Junker (server/bartender, 13 years), Liz Smith (server/bartender, 14 years), Lark Patton (server/bartender, 12 years) and Michelle Hall (server/ bartender, 12 years).

Chris has been invaluable to the restaurant almost since its inception. He was hired when Moon Time was just three months young and has been with them ever since. As John says, “Chris is an essential asset. He runs the show.” As Chris says, “It’s very nice to have that tight-knit group of awesome people [to work with] for laughter and support. It means a lot to me. Also, the pay isn’t too bad either.” With Moon Time being a neighborhood favorite for Coeur d’Alene diners, John and Brad decided to bring a similar concept to the Hayden community and opened The Porch Public House in 2003. The Porch features many similar menu items to Moon Time, with some that are distinct to its locale. One big difference is that it offers a full bar and cocktails.

A NEIGHBORHOOD F A V O R I T E WITH C O N S I S T E N T VA L U E S At The Porch, the values are consistent with those implemented at Moon Time. The owners and staff have a relationship built on mutual respect and friendship. At The Porch, guests have seen many of the same faces for more than a decade: Lucas Tracey (chef, 13 years), Josh DeSomma (general manager, 15 years), Nicole VanSlate (server/bartender, 14 years), Sara Edge (server/bartender, 10 years), Eric Smith (cook, 17 years), Kevin Wynne (cook, 14 years), Troy Roland (cook, 11 years), Blake Williams (cook, 12 years) and Ashley Stainbrook (cook, 12 years). With all of the success these friends and business partners have secured in the restaurant business, Brad says what makes him truly proud is that guests keep coming back and have become friends, and he has a staff that sees to it. When in Coeur d’Alene or Hayden and looking for a great neighborhood pub, pull up a chair at Moon Time or The Porch, where the staff is ready to serve you the best!

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Bistro on Spruce Midtown Coeur d’Alene 1710 N. Fourth St. 208.664.1774 BistroOnSpruce.com

BISTRO ON SPRUCE A Midtown Favorite — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

SERVING COEUR D’ALENE’S midtown community since 2007, Bistro on Spruce is a delightful retreat to all who enter, and it’s just a short drive north from downtown on the corner of Fourth Street and Spruce Avenue.

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The restaurant scene has seen remarkable change during the past 10 years, and owner Chris Mueller strives to continue to appeal to his guests by continually offering them what they’re looking for: personal service, delicious comforting food and a sense of community. And that is exactly what you will discover at Bistro on Spruce. The restaurant features an ever-evolving menu featuring Northwest fresh and modern-American fusion cuisine by Chef Jesse Nickerson and the Bistro culinary team. This is complemented by the warm, cozy environment, with its natural light, wood finishes, large private booths, wine bar that offers views of the chefs in the kitchen, an indoor fireplace and beautifully landscaped outdoor patio. And unlike downtown, there’s no need to stress about finding a place to park; there’s ample parking available in their large private parking lot. Monday through Saturday, 2:30 to 5:30pm, happy hour offers half-price wine by glass

and $1 off draft beers. There’s plenty of tapas selections to mix and match. On the Tapas menu—or as Chris would say, Terrifically Affordable Pleasingly Appetizing Snacks— you’ll be treated to choices like the tempura calamari, Bistro onion rings or frites, beef and fungi polenta and pretzel bun slider. Every Tuesday, stop in for dinner and enjoy 40-percent off bottled wines. And for all of you wine lovers, don’t forget to ask about the Bistro Wine Club. Weekend breakfast offerings range from the crepes, hotcakes and French toast to the Idaho Benedict, smothered breakfast burrito, corned beef hash, and biscuits and gravy. On the lunch menu, be sure to try the Spruce Street Reuben, hotcake sliders, mahi mahi tacos or beer-battered halibut tacos, shrimp and grits, and linguini and clams. If it’s dinner you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the port-braised lamb shank, fresh halibut, wild Alaskan salmon, mushroom ravioli, shrimp and grits or gumbo. Delicious food, a happy hour unlike any other and the best wine prices in town, all complemented by a staff who is always ready and willing to serve you with excellence … what are you waiting for?


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at t n a r u a t s e R 315 nn I r a i r b n e e r G The Coeur d’Alene’s unique bed and breakfast and restaurant — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

THE GREENBRIAR INN opened its doors back in 1985 in a beautiful historic 1908 building just a few blocks from Downtown Coeur d’Alene. For more than three decades, owners Bob and Kris McIlvenna have welcomed their guests into their warm and inviting inn offering six suites, each with its own distinct look, mixed with antique and replica furnishings. “We have strived to remain as true to its original structure as possible, with a nod to modern conveniences,” says Kris. There are many antiques mixed with more modern comforts, providing guests a cozy and eclectic atmosphere. What started as a bed and breakfast added catering to the mix in 1986. Greenbriar Catering is the largest independent caterer in North Idaho and has won many awards over the years. Greenbriar has gone through three major remodels, the latest being the 315 Restaurant, which Bob and Kris opened in 2008 with a martini and tapas bar. Today, the 109-year-old inn greets you with its simplicity and elegance the moment you walk through the door. The restaurant sits on the main floor, featuring a flavorful and diverse menu of starters, tapas and entrées. In addition, you can choose from a selection of hand-crafted martinis and cocktails, beer and wine, and nonalcoholic beverages and cocktails. Take a seat at the stylish bar and order from the modestly priced wine list, or dine at a table near one of the two fireplaces. During the warmer months, there is an option to dine under umbrella tables outside on the deck that surrounds the dining room with garden view, or the brick patios in the front of the house. The shady porch is ideal for fair-weather dining. To add to the ambiance, live soft music plays every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening. For those looking to enjoy a night at the inn, Greenbriar has several overnight packages to choose from. From the One-Night Getaway to the two-night Romance Weekend packages, both including roses, champagne or wine, movie tickets, dessert and a dining credit at the restaurant, to the Elopement Package providing the guests with one-hour use of the facility, an on-site minister, champagne toast and $50 dinner credit. Overnight visitors are provided with a second-floor lounge and deck and all of the things one would expect from an upscale hotel. Looking for dinner and a romantic overnight stay? Look no further than the Greenbriar Inn.

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A taste of our menu SALMON FISHWICH Grilled salmon, lettuce, tomato, red onion and traditional tartar on a sesame-seed bun OYSTER OR CATFISH PO’ BOY Lettuce, tomato, red onion and Cajun mayo served on a hoagie roll FRESH CRAB SANDWICH Fresh Dungeness crab, lettuce, egg and Louis sauce served on a hoagie roll FISH AND CHIPS Choices include Alaskan cod, mahi-mahi, wild salmon, catfish, Alaskan halibut, black tiger shrimp, small oysters, clam strips or calamari strips, served with traditional coleslaw and your choice of two tartars POKI TUNA Raw ahi and julienne vegetables tossed in a spicy Asian dressing 1 LB. STEAMER Manila clams, beer, butter and choice of garlic or Cajun spices POSEIDON ADVENTURE Fried cod, prawns and calamari atop baby spinach, sundried tomatoes, capers and lemon-pesto dressing SHRIMP OR CRAB LOUIS Chopped romaine, tomato, cucumber, egg, croutons and Louis dressing TASTE OF BAJA Fish or shrimp taco plate with two tacos topped with shredded cabbage, cilantro, salsa, cotija and jalapeño cream, served with rice and beans 72

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Enjoy the freshest seafood in town WHEN YOU FIRST ENTER Fisherman’s Market, Grill and Sushi Bar, you feel like you’ve been transported to the Pike Street Market in Seattle. Conveniently located at 215 West Kathleen Avenue makes Fisherman’s Market the easy and smart choice for finding high-quality seafood; sure beats a drive to the coast! This is the only place in Coeur d’Alene where you can sit down, enjoy a fresh seafood meal with a cold beer or glass of wine, and then bring home the freshest seafood and prepare it at home for yourself or a dinner party later. A huge glass cooler displays the wide selection of wild-caught fish, shellfish and in-house smoked fish, with fresh fish overnighted from Hawaii. Restaurant menu items feature fresh catches, and among the most popular are fish tacos and the crowd-pleasing sellout—the coconutcrusted snapper special. From calamari and eel to salmon, tuna and shellfish, Fisherman’s Market has it all. Shop, dine and take out, all at Fisherman’s Market.

With their full sushi bar, the freshest wild-caught fish at the counter has drawn fans from around North Idaho offering a quick sushi lunch, perfect on a shopping excursion or during a busy work day. The sushi menu has all the regular favorites and a few local creations such as the Idaho roll—containing salmon, green onion, avocado and cucumber. Not only can you enjoy sushi in the restaurant, but you can call ahead and have them build a custom platter to take home as well! Skip the six-hour drive to Seattle and enjoy the same fresh fish right in town. Stop by the Fisherman’s Market, Grill and Sushi Bar, open Monday through Saturday 11am to 8pm, to fulfill your seafood and sushi fix!

Fisherman’s Market North Coeur d’Alene 215 W. Kathleen Ave. 208.664.4800 FishermansMarketCdA.com


Palate Pleasers PILGRIM’S MARKET

Locally owned and operated since opening in 1999, Pilgrim’s Market is the Inland Northwest’s hot spot for the finest natural and organic foods, local products, health education and more. For the healthseeking “green” consumer wanting to support local food growers and retailers, Pilgrim’s is a homegrown, locally owned alternative to massive foreign-owned national chains. Pilgrim’s 25,000-square-foot store offers everything from organic produce to gourmet cheese, beer and wine, bulk foods, bakery, meat, deli, supplements, and an education and event center. Located just minutes off I-90, Pilgrim’s is a frequent destination for locals and a must see for the healthconscious traveler. PilgrimsMarket.com

Midtown Coeur d’Alene 1316 N. Fourth St. 208.676.9730 Organic Shopping, Deli, Wine & Beer GRABBAGREEN®

At Grabbagreen®, you’ll find 100-percent gluten free, 100-percent non-GMO with lots of organic food, juice, smoothie and Acai cup options. Food is locally sourced whenever possible as well as grown in house. Grass-fed beef, wild salmon, cage-free chicken, freerange eggs and coming soon wild-caught shrimp adorn your rice, quinoa, quinoa noodle or kale/ spinach bowls. Everything is loaded with fresh veggies and topped with a variety of sauces and fresh herbs; perfect for those with dietary restrictions. And there are many vegan options as well. Juice cleanses, breakfast and meal plans are also available. A new menu is coming this fall to include soups, wraps and catering. Eating healthy has never been easier! Eat clean, Grabbagreen®. Grabbagreen.com

North Coeur d’Alene 405 W. Neider Ave. Ste. 108 208.277.9700 Fresh Organic Salads, Wraps & Smoothies $$ FISHERMAN’S MARKET, GRILL AND SUSHI BAR

At Fisherman’s Market and Grill, you can dine in or take out. Find fresh fish and shellfish, as well as smoked fish on their market side. The grill offers you a fun menu of seafood: everything from eight choices of fish and chips, eight choices of specialty tartars, fish tacos, salads, steamers, catfish and oyster po’ boys, and much more! And don’t forget about the sushi bar! They offer a selection of beer, wine and sake, too. Seasonal outdoor dining is available. Open Monday - Saturday 11am - 8pm. FishermansMarketCdA.com

North Coeur d’Alene 215 W. Kathleen Ave. Ste. A 208.664.4800 Seafood, Sushi & Fish Market $-$$ MOON TIME

Established in 1996, Moon Time quickly became a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Serving some of the best food around in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere, you’ll want to visit as often as possible. The menu offers soups, sandwiches, pastas, salads and other specialties prepared from scratch daily, along with a fantastic selection of

micro-brewed beers and fine wines by the glass and bottle. Open daily at 11am, the kitchen is open late every night. Be sure to stop in Thursday night for live music featuring national and local artists. For more information including photos, menu, specials and directions, make sure to visit their website. WeDontHaveOne.com

East Coeur d’Alene 1602 Sherman Ave. 208.667.2331 Pub & Grill $-$$

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CHINOOK STEAK, PASTA AND SPIRITS

Experience the best of the Northwest at the Chinook Steak, Pasta and Spirits located in the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho. Enjoy the authentic taste of the wild Nisqually King Salmon, Northwest Cattle Company Premium Angus beef, Makah halibut and local wild huckleberries. The menu caters to a variety of tastes, with offerings of elk stew, lobster tail dinner and Old-World rusticstyle pastas, all with thought given to affordability and five-star quality. Open Thursday - Sunday 5 8:30pm, with the Lounge open Thursday - Sunday starting at 4pm CdACasino.com

Worley 37914 S. Nukwalqw 800.523.2464 American Fine Dining $-$$$ 315 RESTAURANT AT THE GREENBRIAR INN

315 is an exciting and unique concept for North Idaho offering a full dinner menu and tapas using fresh and seasonal food. With more than 50 handcrafted martinis, they use the best natural ingredients for flavors that really pop! Also find great wine, beer and a variety of non-alcoholic drinks. Guests can choose to dine in the large dining room, comfortable lounge or at the bar. During the warmer months, deck and patio garden seating is abundant. They offer specials nightly and food and drink pairings weekly. Stop in to enjoy live music on Tuesday night! The Greenbriar Inn also offers getaway and elopement packages. Open Tuesday - Saturday 3:15pm - close. 315MartinisandTapas.com

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SYRINGA JAPANESE CAFE AND SUSHI BAR

Located on the corner of Fourth and Walnut, Syringa hits the spot for a cozy lunch or dinner. Using organic produce, choice meats and wild seafood whenever available (and no MSG), enjoy sushi, Japanese entrees, salads and soups. Open Tuesday - Thursday 11:30am - 9pm , Friday 11:30am - 10pm, Saturday 4 - 10pm. Reservations are recommended. Find them on Facebook or visit their website. SyringaSushi.com

Midtown Coeur d’Alene 1401 N. Fourth St. 208.664.2718 Japanese & Sushi Bar $$-$$$

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Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi Bar and The Bluebird OFFERING MIDTOWN DINERS TWO DISTINCT DINING EXPERIENCES — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Husband-and-wife team Viljo and Autumn Basso knew they wanted to open another restaurant “to create and do something different,” according to Viljo. And when it came to location, there was no question that midtown continues to be the place for them, as it is home to their first restaurant, Syringa. “We have always been attracted to the area,” says Autumn. “We love the neighborhood with its fun eclectic shops and various thrift stores all around us, plus the neighboring local restaurants like Capone’s and Angelo’s, it seemed like a perfect fit.” When it comes to what makes both Syringa and The Bluebird distinct, Viljo says, “At each place, we’ve had the ability to create, in our small place, a friendly local neighborhood vibe. The food is unique, the customers are unique and the employees are unique.” At Syringa, patrons will find modern Japanese cuisine on the menu, whereas The Bluebird is an eclectic Northwest bistro—the menu inspired by the couple’s 20 years of culinary travels and adventures. Seasonal as much as possible, the menu items change frequently with specials offered weekly, allowing diners to try something new each time they visit. The big hit thus far has been the wild parmesan-crusted halibut with ratatouille. To accompany the deliciously unique menu, Krista French, The Bluebird’s sommelier, has put together an outstanding wine list with amazing selections from all over the world. Combined with the talents of Jamie McIntosh, the beer program manager, who has compiled and continues to bring in a great selection of beers, ciders and sours, guests can’t go wrong with their selection. The Bluebird has found its home. And the neighborhood has welcomed it with open arms. “Our goal was to open the kind of restaurant we like to dine at and bring more dining variety to Coeur d’Alene,” says Autumn. And guests are eating it up. Whether you take a seat at Syringa or The Bluebird, Viljo, Autumn and their staff are ready to serve you and help create a memorable—and delicious—dining experience.

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The Bluebird Midtown Coeur d’Alene 816 N. Fourth St. 208.665.3777 MidtownBluebird.com

CREATE A MEMORABLE AND DELICIOUS DINING EXPERIENCE!

THE BLUEBIRD, a midtown eatery, opened its doors in May of 2016, yet it has already gained a large following that is bound to grow. The owners of Syringa Japanese Café and Sushi Bar, and former owners of the Garnet Café, have delivered a casual neighborhood bistro-style restaurant offering a cozy rustic interior, with reclaimed warm rustic wood and metal, with vintage pictures adorning the walls. It can seat 42 patrons and an additional 10 at the bar. During the summer months, diners can enjoy the outdoor patio, which seats more than a dozen.


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The Culinary Stone — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Gather and engage

This is the humble—yet essential—foundation that The Culinary Stone was built on—getting people back to the table. In 2014, Brad and Sandra Gunn partnered with Sandy Volkar and introduced their Culinary lifestyle marketplace to the Coeur d’Alene community. Here they invite you to come to the table with the hope of inspiring you to cook and share a meal with those most important to you. Eating together, and eating well, should be a daily activity—not just for special occasions. As Sandra says, “Conversations at the table with family and friends has gotten lost. Here, we want you to feel like you are walking into our kitchen—into our home.” Those who enter will encounter an experience that cannot be found anywhere else. The largest kitchen supply store in the area, discover specialty foods, cheese and Italian meats, and wines from around the region—and world—in the 5,500-square-foot space. Explore new flavor combinations at the Spice Bar, or be introduced to The

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nouveau Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil Co. olive oils such as the tomatobasil balsamic glaze and their newly introduced truffle oil. Stop by their neighborhood boutique deli for artisan deli meats and cheeses, and homemade sausages, and don’t forget about their café featuring artisan breads, European pastries and cakes. Stop by the deli any time of day, take a seat, and enjoy great food. Each table is accompanied with its own distinctive chairs, and as Sandra says, “Every chair has a different story.” Sit down with someone and share yours—or create a new one—over a meal together. In addition, The Culinary Stone has everything you need to outfit your kitchen with the greatest in unique and handy kitchen gadgets, cutlery and dinnerware, pots and pans, and cookbooks, perfect for the home chef and entertaining company. Each week, area chefs invite you to pull up a seat “At the Table,” where you will learn to create new delicious meals that you can share with others, all while engaging with new friends. They also hold weekly wine tastings, so you can explore new wines to pair with your meals at home. Life’s never tasted better. Take the time to enjoy The Culinary Stone.

The Culinary Stone Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone 2129 Main St. 208.277.4116 CulinaryStone.com

LIFE’S NEVER TASTED BETTER!

IN TODAY’S WORLD, we are constantly busy trying to accomplish what needs to be done by the time each day comes to an end. With the hustle and bustle of life, it is important not to forget to slow down and take time to appreciate those around us. Enjoy your family and friends by gathering for a meal, spending uninterrupted time conversing and connecting.


Fun Food CALYPSOS COFFEE AND CREAMERY

At Calypsos you’ll find a combination of amazing coffee, which they roast on site, ice cream, fantastic food and live music on a regular basis. They display artwork from local artists, have a play area for the kids and offer free Wi-Fi and a Smart Room for meeting rentals! Calypsos was recently listed as one of the top 10 Coolest Coffee Shops to visit in Idaho! Located in Downtown Coeur d’Alene just one block from City Beach, Calypsos is open daily, Monday Thursday 7am - 8:30pm, Friday 7am - 9pm, Saturday 8am - 9pm, Sunday 8am - 4pm. CalypsosCoffee.com

Downtown Coeur d’Alene 116 E. Lakeside Ave. 208.665.0591 Cafe & Coffee House $ ANGELO’S RISTORANTÉ

Only eight blocks from Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade, authentic Italian cuisine! Join them for a fresh organic hand-crafted menu of veal, steak, chicken, seafood, pasta and gluten-free offerings They also offer an extensive wine selection and warm romantic décor. Full-service catering and private dining rooms are available, as well as seasonal outdoor dining. Reservations are highly recommended. Stop in for Dinner for Two and a Bottle of Wine, where you can choose from 15 entrées and 10 bottles of wine for only $65. Open Tuesday - Saturday 4 - 10pm. AngelosRistorante.net

Midtown Coeur d’Alene 846 N. Fourth St. 208.765.2850 Authentic Italian & Organic $$ MARTINO TUSCAN GRILL

Chef Angelo Brunson of the famed Angelo’s Ristoranté opened his second restaurant this summer—Martino Tuscan Grill in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone. Chef Jeremy Regnere has been hand picked by Angelo to oversee the kitchen and ensure authentic yet innovative flavors, techniques and presentations. At Martino, steak is grass fed from a local sustainable source, and ingredients are organic, non-GMO and sustainable. From the crab cakes, veal chops, shellfish and Tuscan-style pasta and gnocchi, diners can expect nothing but the best. Combined with an outstanding wine list and friendly service, enjoy a taste of Tuscany in Coeur d’Alene. Open for lunch Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm, dinner Tuesday - Saturday 4 - 10pm. MartinoTuscanGrill.com

Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone 2360 N. Old Mill Loop 208.930.1464 Tuscan Steak, Seafood & Pasta $$-$$$ THE CULINARY STONE

Welcome to the Culinary lifestyle marketplace, where gourmet living meets everyday prices. Discover specialty foods from around the world and the region, outfit your kitchen and learn how to “live to eat.” Located at the Riverstone Shopping Center, they offer everything from gourmet foods, cheeses and Italian meats, wine tastings, cooking classes and kitchen supply. Be sure to take advantage of the

gourmet cheese shop as well as the café featuring European pastries, cakes and artisan breads. Open Monday - Saturday 10:30am - 6pm, Sunday noon 5pm. CulinaryStone.com

Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone 2129 Main St. 208.277.4116 Specialty Shopping & Wine

EVANS BROTHERS COFFEE ROASTERS

With a goal to bring a new experience around coffee to the region, to create deep connections throughout the supply chain and to bring value to the communities where they work, brothers Rick and Randy Evans founded Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters in Sandpoint in 2009. This November, they opened their second location in the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene. The new location has the same focus on quality and outstanding, friendly service. The new bar features a Marco SP9 automated single-cup brewer which will offer unique tasting experiences. In addition to great coffee, the team is sourcing some of the world’s best teas and chocolates. EvansBrothersCoffee.com

Downtown Coeur d’Alene 504 E. Sherman Ave. Coffee Cafe $ THE BLUEBIRD

The owners of Syringa Japanese Café and Sushi Bar bring you The Bluebird, a midtown eatery. Highquality ingredients and locally sourced products are used in every dish, from the pickle plate, pork belly, and Cougar Gold macaroni and cheese, to the duck confit sandwich, wild-caught Pacific halibut and Northwest bouillabaisse. The menu is unique, enticing and delicious. Stay local. Support local. Eat and drink local. Live local. Open Tuesday - Thursday 4 - 9pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 10pm, Sunday 11am - 9pm; closed Monday. Find them at Facebook. com/MidtownBluebird or visit their website. MidtownBluebird.com

LARGEST KITCHEN SUPPLY STORE IN NORTHWEST FULL DELI COOKING CLASSES CORPORATE GIFTS SPECIALTY CAKES SPECIALTY COFFEE EUROPEAN PASTRIES

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Midtown Coeur d’Alene 816 N. Fourth St. 208.665.3777 Eclectic $$ BISTRO ON SPRUCE

Located in north midtown at the corner of Fourth and Spruce, Bistro on Spruce offers fabulous wine selections at excellent prices, and owner Chris Mueller and his staff deliver sensational food and service. The ever-evolving menu is something to keep you coming back for more. Opt for a wonderful lunch, weekend breakfast and dinner menu, or stop by for the best happy hour/tapas menu served weekdays and Saturday 2:30 - 5:30pm. Take advantage of Tuesday’s 40-percent off Bottled Wine Night. During the warmer months, enjoy alfresco dining on the beautifully landscaped patio. Large private parking lot. BistroOnSpruce.com

Midtown Coeur d’Alene 1710 N. Fourth St. 208.664.1774 Northwest Fusion $$

2129 MAIN STREET | CDA 208.277.4116

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Eat Locally and Clean — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Organic fast casual restaurant offering 100% gluten free, non-gmo, organic and local whole foods.

Grabbagreen® CHRISTINA HORTON has always enjoyed preparing and eating good foods, but it wasn’t until a series of events that her passion for quality food and clean eating manifested itself, not only into her home life, but professionally as well. It began when her father was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly after, Christina’s young son received an Autism diagnosis. With all of the treatment advice she was given, Christina decided to start researching on her own and was surprised to find that most diseases begin in the gut, which in turn needs to be healed in order for these conditions to begin their own healing process. Christina immediately put her family on a very restrictive diet, spending hours in the natural grocers and specialty stores searching for the right ingredients, then preparing and cooking healthful meals at home. She soon realized the limited options available when it came to dining out while trying to maintain their healthful diet. “I was looking to pick up something to eat for my family that was comparable to the same quality ingredients I might get at home; where I didn’t have to worry about what was hiding in our food.”

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Then she discovered Grabbagreen®. “I knew it was something I needed. It is something we all need; healthy food on the go that can accommodate our modern lifestyle.” This was the beginning of a new endeavor. Christina and her husband and partner Ben opened Coeur d’Alene’s Grabbagreen®

November 2016. A national franchise with deep roots invested in each local community it inhabits, the restaurant incorporates locally sourced food whenever possible. Ben and Christina have been inspired to fix the broken food system and connect people with their local farmers. Grabbagreen® is enabling them to do just that. And the local community is eating it up. “There is a wonderful awareness in this area of the way we need to eat for healing or maintenance. It seems Grabbagreen® is a perfect fit to Coeur d’Alene.” She adds: “Grabbagreen® has been incredibly wellreceived by those who have found us. We are a healthy alternative to fast food with no bad choices on the menu, and we can accommodate many dietary restrictions.” And, she and Ben are excited to be the first Grabbagreen® with a hydroponic system to grow their own food on site! The menu features 100-percent whole foods, which are prepared fresh daily in house. Items are gluten-free using non-GMO ingredients. A majority of their offerings are organic—70 percent of their signature dishes are designed to be organic. “I am honored to be part of the change in making fast food healthy,” says Christina.

Grabbagreen® North Coeur d’Alene 405 W. Neider Ave. Ste. 108 208.277.9700 Grabbagreen.com


THE HOTTEST NEW RESTAURANT AND CHEF IN COEUR D’ALENE

ITALIAN STEAK, SEAFOOD AND PASTA

GNOCCHI CANNOLI VEAL CHOPS STEAKS AMAZING APPETIZERS

208.930.1464 LUNCH TUES-SAT 11AM-3PM DINNER TUES-SAT 4PM-10PM 2360 OLD MILL RD, COEUR D’ALENE MARTINOTUSCANGRILL.COM

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Organic Fine Dining in Coeur d'Alene!

MIDTOWN COEUR D’ALENE • 846 N. Fourth St. • 208.765.2850 • AngelosRistrante.net

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Adam Hegsted’s

EAT GOOD GROUP Two new dining establishments added to their family of restaurants

“IF THE DIVINE CREATOR has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony.” —Fernand Point Chef Adam Hegsted has become a household name in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene restaurant community during recent years with the success of Kendall Yards’ The Wandering Table and The Yards Bruncheon, and the Gilded Unicorn in Downtown Spokane. Most recently, two North Idaho towns became home to the enticing flavors and beautifully plated cuisine of Chef Adam and his Eat Good Group team. This past April, just north of Sandpoint in Ponderay—near Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort and Ruby Suites—Eat Good Group’s fourth restaurant made its debut— Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar. The unique building is not hard to miss with its beautiful rustic yet modern appearance. Once inside, you’ll find a warm and inviting space where the food, once again, takes center stage. At Farmhouse, everything is made from scratch; they even smoke their own meats in house. Brunch is served daily 7am to 3:30pm, with items like caramelized banana pancakes, fresh apple donuts, chicken and waffles, breakfast poutine and smoked trout frittata to delight your taste buds. Dinner, served 4pm to close, offers reasonably priced comfort food—with a twist—and features grilled meatloaf, country-fried NY strip, blackened Alaskan cod tostadas, and who can pass up their breakfast for dinner entrée? A smaller dinner menu is available inside the adjacent Silo Bar.

The Post Falls community has warmly embraced Eat Good Groups latest venture—Republic Kitchen + Taphouse— where the motto is: “Sharing the craft foods we love to eat and the local brews we love to drink.” Opened in August and housed in a 1910 Post Falls home on the National Historic Registry, the European gasthausmeets-Seattle pub welcomes diners with its spacious, garden-framed deck—ideal for outdoor dining during the warmer months. At Republic, you’ll dine and imbibe on more of Adam’s distinct creations. Begin your dining adventure with startups like the popcorn cauliflower or bacon-wrapped jalapenos, moving on to which’wiches like the bacon Monte Cristo, house bratwurst sliders and avocado sando. Or if you’d prefer one of the goods, there’s duck confit carnitas, crispy salmon and chimichurri steak asada. When it comes to the brews, anyone can see that Adam and his Republic partners Tom and Mark Latham have an insatiable appetite for quality local craft beers; this is why all beers on tap are always 100 percent local or Northwest brewed. This is truly a “brewery to table” experience. There’s no wrong choice when it comes to dining at each of these distinct Inland Northwest restaurants. The Wandering Table, Yards Bruncheon, Gilded Unicorn, Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar or Republic Kitchen + Tahouse … Where will you be headed next?

WHERE WILL YOU BE HEADED NEXT?

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Republic Kitchen + Taphouse Post Falls 120 E. Fourth Ave. 208.457.3610 RepublicIdaho.com

Gilded Unicorn Downtown Spokane 310 S. Monroe St. 509.309.3698 GildedUnicorn.com

The Wandering Table Kendall Yards 1242 W. Summit Parkway 509.449.4410 TheWanderingTable.com

The Yards Bruncheon Kendall Yards 1248 W. Summit Parkway 509.290.5952 TheYardsBruncheon.com


SMALL TOWN DINING. BIG CITY CUISINE.

SMALL TOWN DINING, big city cuisine. That is what you will find in Post Falls located just across the border from Spokane. With restaurants that feature dishes from around the world, you can enjoy everything from French cuisine at Fleur de Sel to Mediterranean dishes served at The White House Grill and Northwest cuisine at The Oval Office. If Mexican is what you crave, visit La Cabana Mexican Restaurant or Ricardo’s Baja Tacos. For those who have a craving for Asian food, Fu-Ki Japanese Teppanyaki will be beckoning you. Some of the hometown favorites include Old European, Moon’s Mongolian Grill and Rancho Viejo.

If you enjoy waterfront dining, you won’t want to miss Mallards Restaurant at Templin’s Resort on the Spokane River. Located in The Highlands Day Spa is Fleur de Sel that offers a hillside view overlooking the beautiful city lights. Looking to warm up with a tasty cup of coffee? Try Post Falls Coffee Co. For later in the day, stop by Enoteca for some of the rarest bottles of beer and wine available in the region. With craft beer becoming increasingly popular, visit Selkirk Abbey Brewing on Seltice Avenue just east of Post Falls or Downdraft Brewing Co.

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French dining at it's finest! Private Room Available Nominated Best Chef in the Northwest by the James Beard Foundation

POST FALLS Tuesday - Saturday at 5pm until close Closed Sundays and Mondays Reservations are recommended

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With so much to do in this increasingly popular town, it is no wonder people are flocking to Post Falls. Over the course of the year, Q’emiln Riverside Park hosts free outdoor concerts and is a family friendly venue. If you are looking to take in some of the arts, check out The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center at the Old Church, a community center offering an art gallery and a community hall available for special events and celebrations. During summer you’ll find locals boating the Spokane River into Lake Coeur d’Alene, taking in exciting racing at Stateline Speedway, and enjoying Post Falls Days during July. Headlining rock bands stop off for a massive summer concert at the Greyhound Events Center, and people are always out running or riding their bikes on the popular Idaho Centennial Trail. Come and experience all that Post Falls has to offer!

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La Cabana — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Authentic Mexican Cuisine

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WHEN IT COMES TO MEXICAN restaurants, they can all seem the same. But at La Cabana, fresh ingredients and attention to detail are important to keeping their loyal fans coming back for more. With three locations in Post Falls, Rathdrum and Spokane Valley, owner Felix Cabrera is dishing out the love for authentic Mexican cuisine! The freshly sizzled fajitas, grilled pollo, carne asada and shrimp, and fresh guacamole will make you think you were south of the border! Menu offerings include an array of Mexican specialties, from house-made tamales, chile rellenos and chimichangas, to burritos, tacos, tostadas, chorizo con huevos and a variety of house specialties. There’s even a fun kids’ menu that is sure to make any kid happy. If you don’t have time to dine in, you can order to go.

The causal, warm, fun and festive atmosphere is perfect for families, lunches with business associates or friends, and celebrations of any kind! The grande margaritas and coronaritas are so delicious, you’ll want another! With a combination of delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine and sincere Mexican hospitality, La Cabana is one of a kind.

Three Convenient Locations! Post Falls 604 E. Seltice Way 208.773.4325 Rathdrum 15837 Westwood St. 208.687.4900 Spokane Valley 6915 E. Sprague Ave. 509.922.2632

ARROZ CON CAMARONES Shrimp, garlic, bacon, tomatoes, bell peppers and onions, sautéed in our signature Cabana sauce, all on a bed of rice with cheese on top and served with tortillas on the side TAMALE AND CHILE RELLENO Pork cooked in red sauce, rolled in cornmeal, topped with a red enchilada sauce and cheese, served with an Anaheim pepper stuffed with cheese, rolled in an egg batter and topped with our signature Cabana sauce and cheese CHIMICHANGA A large deep-fried fl our tortilla stuffed with your choice of beef or chicken, served with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream and guacamole CAMARONES LA CABANA Shrimp, mushrooms and red potatoes sautéed in a green sauce and topped with melted cheese, served with three tortillas SUPER CABANA BURRITO A 12-inch fl our tortilla filled with your choice of beef, chicken or pork, beans, cheese, lettuce and mild salsa, topped with enchilada sauce and cheese, served with beans, guacamole and sour cream MI CASITA TACOS Three soft corn tortillas with carne asada, fresh pico de gallo and cheese, served with two peppers and guacamole ACAPULCO SHRIMP Shrimp, Anaheim peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic sautéed with mild salsa, melted cheese on top, served with three tortillas POLLO EN SALSA An 8 oz. sliced chicken breast, tomatoes, onions, green bell peppers, mushrooms, cilantro and garlic sautéed in our signature Cabana sauce, topped with cheese, served with three tortillas STEAK TIJUANA Sliced steak, onions, bacon, mushrooms, bell peppers and cilantro smothered in our red enchilada sauce, serve with three tortillas on the side

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REPUBLIC KITCHEN + TAPHOUSE

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AUTHENTIC NEW YORK PIZZA

Sharing the craft foods they love to eat and the local brews they love to drink, Executive Chef Adam Hegsted is the one behind the flavorful menu, which features appetizers like the roasted avocado nachos, popcorn cauliflower and fried pork belly, duck confit carnitas, bleu cheese and beer burger and chimichurri steak asada. Serving lunch, dinner and drinks, Republic Kitchen + Taphouse is a great stop for the entire family and offers seasonal outdoor dining. Don’t miss happy hour daily 3:30 - 5:30pm. Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 10pm. RepublicIdaho.com

Post Falls 120 E. Fourth Ave. 208.457.3610 New American $$

NATE’S NEW YORK PIZZA

Locally owned and operated, Nate’s New York Pizza has something for the entire family. Guests will find a variety of options on the menu featuring house specialties, pizza (including build your own), calzones, strombolis and foot-long sandwiches (Philly, chicken parmesan, combination and meatball). Even better, they offer a rotating craft beer selection on tap, bottled beers and a nice wine selection. If you’re hungry, they have 24-inch pizzas available to satisfy the heartiest appetites! Nate’s is available for pick up and catering. Open Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 8pm, Sunday noon - 7pm. Find them online at Facebook.com/NatesPizza.

Post Falls 920 N. Highway 41 Ste. 1 208.773.6697 Pizza, House Specialties, Beer & Wine $-$$ LA CABANA

Post Falls’ original and favorite authentic Mexican fresh-made food served in a friendly and festive south-of-the-border restaurant. Diners will find all of their favorites on the menu, from burritos and tacos, tostadas and fajitas, to specialty Mexican entrees such as the camarones la cabana and tamale and chile relleno. There is also a menu just for the kids! A warm and casual atmosphere with friendly service, La Cabana awaits you. Stop in and taste for yourself! Or order to go! Open Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 9pm, Friday - Saturday 11:30am - 10pm, Sunday noon - 9pm.

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Located at the Highlands Day Spa, treat yourself to a little piece of dining heaven, as Fleur de Sel brings a taste of France to its guests in Post Falls. From snails in puff pastry and rillette, to duck confit and chicken and truffles, Chef Laurent (a 2017 semifinalist nominee for the James Beard award) creates exquisite dishes both in taste and sight, while wife and co-owner Patricia greets guests with a smile and open arms. A glass of wine from the beautifully chosen wine list, or an elegant cocktail, is the perfect accompaniment to any dish. A private dining room is available for business meeting and parties. Open Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - close. Visit their website for upcoming wine dinners. Fleur-de-Sel.weebly.com

SHARING THE CRAFT FOODS WE LOVE TO EAT

Post Falls 4365 Inverness Dr. 208.777.7600 French Fine Dining $-$$$

THE WHITE HOUSE GRILL

A Post Falls favorite for 21 years! If you want to feel like you’re in the Mediterranean drinking Ouzo and eating a crazy amount of garlic, just drive to the White House Grill in Post Falls and join in the fun of their crazy and noisy—but at the same time romantic— restaurant. They offer a full bar with 12 beers on tap, and guests can enjoy seasonal outdoor dining on the patio. “You love garlic; we love you!” Find them on the corner of Spokane Street and Seltice Way off I-90 Exit 5. Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 10pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 11pm. WhiteHouseGrill.com

Post Falls 712 N. Spokane St. 208.777.9672 Mediterranean $-$$

THE OVAL OFFICE BISTRO & MARTINI BAR

The owner of White House Grill brings you a quaint bistro that makes delicious Northwest cuisine with a foreigner flair. Come enjoy the Oval Office’s famous martinis like the Dirty Monica and Cosmopolitician, and enjoy great steaks, seafood and pastas they know you will love! Check out the fine scotch and wine lists, and take advantage of happy hour 3 - 6pm and 9pm - close, with awesome martinis and tasty appetizers. Find them on Spokane Street off I-90 Exit 5. Open Monday - Friday 11am - 11pm, Saturday Sunday 3 - 11pm. WhiteHouseGrill.com

Post Falls 620 N. Spokane St. 208.777.2102 Bistro & Martini Bar $-$$$

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BAHCE ground beef) grilled and Traditional köfte (seasoned ped with feta, tzatziki and set over seasoned rice, top with green beans lemon onion relish, served DEEP-FRIED FETA fried, served with Beer battered and lightly atoes and toasted tom s, ber um cuc marinated baguettes VEGETARIAN GYRO d vegetables tossed in Humus and fresh choppe e, served on a pita with feta light balsamic vinaigrett cheese BÜFTEK h d, grilled and served wit A flat-iron steak marinate ns bea en gre lic gar patates kizartma and MIXED GRILL tiger prawns and curry Grilled Chilean sea bass, house rice, served with chicken placed over their garlic green beans

Serving the post falls community for 21 years, Raci Erdem, chef and owner, has been bringing the flavors of the Mediterranean— and its garlicky goodness—to eager diners for more than two decades, and guests continue to fill restaurant seats to partake in the cuisine. The White House Grill offers a comfortable and relaxed family friendly environment, where patrons of all ages are invited to take a seat at this fun and loud—but by no means obnoxious—restaurant. Mediterranean music fills the air, as does the aroma of garlic. Seafood, vegetables, pasta and lamb dishes fill the menu, complemented by a full bar featuring handcrafted cocktails, 12 beers on tap, an extensive wine list featuring many wines from Walla Walla, and a beautiful scotch list, hand selected by Raci himself. Raci looks forward to guests coming into the restaurant, not just for the food and drink, but to enjoy the overall experience The White House has to offer. “Our job is to put you in a great mood with some cool music, delicious food and awesome drinks, all for a great value that you won’t find at any chain restaurant,” he says. From day one, The White House Grill has offered the same freshness, quality of food, good prices and fun environment. And every year since first opening, the seats continue to be filled. “Our goal is to continue just that and have another beautiful 21 years,” says Raci. The White House Grill Post Falls 712 N. Spokane St. 208.777.9672 The Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar Post Falls 620 N. Spokane St. 208.777.2102

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With the success of The White House Grill, Raci decided it was time to open a second restaurant, and The Oval Office was born in 2006. Here, the cozy, romantic bistro-style eatery is loud and busy, bustling like a big-city restaurant with an upscale appeal. Here, patrons can appreciate flavors from around the world with the small plate and entrée offerings. Start your night off right with the baked brie in filo with spicy basil honey; the Mediterranean-style clams are a must! Combined with the great steaks, seafood and ever-changing fresh fish selection, there’s something to appeal to any taste, and guests keep coming back for more. The menu stays consistent throughout the year, so guests know that the next time they return, they will always find the same great food. Don’t be surprised though … you may just find a few new item or two on the menu. When it comes to libations, guests will be treated to a full bar featuring great beer, wine and specialty cocktails. They offer a varying cocktail list, introducing new martinis regularly. Unlike any other martini list, it features politically inspired specialty martinis. From the Master Debater—don’t debate, just do it!—a traditional lemon drop with fresh muddled basil, to the decadent Godiva White Chocolate with vanilla vodka and Crème De

Menthe—perfect to partake in as an afterdinner delight, there’s something on the menu for anyone looking for a good martini … and a good time! The Oval Office is known for its happiest of happy hours in the Northwest, offered twice daily: 3 to 6pm and 8 to 11pm. With all martinis and appetizers offered at a fraction of the price, it’s the best time to head over to The Oval Office. The community fireplace on the large outside patio can seat 12 around it. As long as it’s not raining outside, guests have the option to dine and imbibe outside. Plans are in the works to add a European-style awning, so guests can enjoy patio dining year round. This American bistro with a foreigner chef touch is reason alone to take a drive to Post Falls and make a visit to The Oval Office. Martini anyone?

A taste of our menu BACON CHEESE BURGER House-ground burger topped with Tillamook cheddar cheese, served on a brioche bun with jalapeno bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo INDIAN PIZZA Naan bread topped with curry sauce, chopped walnuts, parmesan cheese and grilled chicken, then finished off with a drizzle of spicy honey sauce

This is why locals drive from Spokane and Coeur d’Alene to Post Falls ! THAI COCONUT SEAFOOD SOUP Prawns, scallops and calamari simmered in coconut milk, topped with cilantro and cumin THE TURK Grilled and sliced leg of lamb seasoned with chimichurri, topped with roasted garlic

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wine storage Upright, downright happy all the time — BY LINDY PETERSEN —

WHETHER YOU’RE A COLLECTOR of fine wines or an amateur wine enthusiast, the question of storing wine is of the utmost important. The issue seems to become further complicated, when seeking the proper preservation of both red wine and white wine. While it’s generally agreed that a temperature of 55°F is optimal for both reds and whites, serving the wines is a different matter. Below we’ll look at the best qualities to look for in establishing your own system for wine storage.

Maintain a proper atmosphere There’s no question that climate plays a key component in ensuring your wines will retain their flavor and aroma, whenever you choose to serve them. A climate-controlled storage unit is probably the best choice because even a dark basement can get humid or frigid, and neither extreme is healthy for your wines. The ideal is to keep wine temperatures below 70°F, but no lower than 45°F, though, as mentioned above, 55°F creates the preferred environment. Avoid sudden shifts in the temperature Even where you may have a climatecontrolled device for your wine storage needs, a sudden rise or drop can cause severe damage to your wines. Cooking the flavor is one danger with an abrupt exposure to hotter climates, but a drop can be equally disastrous. Climate extremes can cause the liquid to expand and contract excessively, which can force the cork out of the neck or cause seeping. Keep your wines in the dark Additionally, both red wine and white wine can be affected by too much exposure to sunlight. The sun’s UV rays are especially

harmful, causing the wine to age prematurely. This is why most wine bottles are made from colored glass, deflecting the sun’s harmful rays in much the same way sunglasses protect our eyes.

Upright or set on its side? Today, many wine producers opt for more modern forms of wine-bottle closures, such as screw-on caps or plastic corks. If this is the case with your preferred wine brands, by all means, stand them upright. There’s no reason to worry about preservation in these instances. However, traditional corks require greater care. Wine bottles of this type are set down on their sides to ensure the wine stays flush against the cork to keep it wet. In cases of long-term storage, a dried-out cork can result in the cork cracking or becoming dislodged. This method of storage can also be used to conserve space and store more bottles in a confined area. Shaking the contents There’s a long-held belief that allowing wine to be shaken, even moderately so, can have a negative impact on the quality of the wine. Though this belief is without evidence to back up the claims, many wine collectors remain meticulous about ensuring their wines experience a calm and peaceful existence. Certainly, much older wines may be unsettled by moderate vibrations, creating an unsavory texture and flavor by stirring up the sediment. Otherwise, most wines don’t need to be handled with that much care. Overall, keeping your wines in a moderately controlled climate and ensuring the corks remain moist and healthy goes a long way to preserving the flavor of each wine. Proper care is important, whether you serve your wines shortly after the purchase or prefer to age fine wines over time.

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Spring Barrel Release, Walla Walla, Washington

Those wanting to get in on one of the more popular Walla Walla weekends will want to fortify their plans this winter. Held May 4 through 6, this is a great time to meet and greet with the winemakers who are often on site for the release of new vintages. There are special tastings, live music and winemakers dinners, and you’ll have the first chance to purchase the newly unveiled wines each season. WallaWallaWine.com

Fireside Music Series, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, Spokane Valley, Washington

Each Friday and Saturday evening, Arbor Crest hosts live music at its beautiful estate above the Spokane Valley. These 21 and older shows are free, and there are wine and beer tastings and a seasonal food menu. Music goes from 5:30 to 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings with the winery staying open until 8pm. Artists vary week to week, so stop by often! ArborCrest.com

Taste Spokane, Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights, Washington

Held February 16, 2018, this is a benefit for the local chapter of Wishing Star. The event brings together the area’s finest vintners, brewers, chefs and dessert purveyors for an amazing night of food and drink. General admission is $60 for the event, which includes a commemorative glass and unlimited food and beverage tastes. Live and silent auctions, live music and other surprises are also in store. All proceeds go toward granting the wishes of local children battling life-threatening illness. WishingStar.org

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TASTERS FOR THOSE NEW TO WINE TASTING — BY COLIN ANDERSON —

We spoke with boutique winery owner Mary Ellen Houston of Olalla Winery and Vineyards on some of the most frequently asked questions for those new to wine tasting. Q. What is the proper sequence in which to sample a wine both red and white? A. Tastings usually start with whites and then move on to medium-bodied reds, saving the biggest reds for last. To taste, start by holding the glass by the stem and note the color and clarity of the wine. Swirl the wine to allow for aeration and for the bouquet to “spring” from the glass, taking in the aroma. Finally, take a sip and roll it around in your mouth to make sure you are covering your entire palate, noticing the flavor and texture of the wine. Take a second sip and confirm your thoughts on the wine. Water and/or crackers can help to cleanse your palate in between tastings. Remember that wine tasting is a personal experience—what one person likes, another may not. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to personal taste in wine. Q. What should newcomers to tasting rooms know before they embark on a wine tasting tour?


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A. The best advice is to have an open mind (and palate) to trying new wines. If you are more of a red wine fan, don’t be afraid to try the whites available for tasting. If you are brand new to wine tasting, here are some basics to follow: Avoid wearing perfume or cologne when wine tasting, as the heavy scents can ruin the experience (for everyone). Don’t be afraid to “spit” or “dump” wine (really, it’s OK). And most tasting fees are refunded with a minimum bottle purchase. Q. Why should some wines “breathe” for a few minutes while others can be consumed as soon as the bottle is opened? A. It really depends upon the type of wine. For example, if you are opening a bottle of young red wine, then you would preferably want to decant it for about 30 minutes before enjoying it. Decanting allows more surface area of the wine to come in contact with the air. This allows the wine to “breathe,” which is basically exposing the wine to oxygen. Oxygen allows the tannins and acid in the wine to mellow and soften, making the wine more enjoyable. Most white wines do not need to breathe since

tannin levels are lower (the juice doesn’t sit in the skins for as long as red wine). Q. What types of wine are generally better being cellared? And is it worth it to wait a couple of years when purchasing these bottles? A. Wines worthy of aging tend to have higher, well-balanced tannin levels, higher acidity and lower alcohol levels, although some wines with an ABV (alcohol by volume) above 13.5 percent are still worth cellaring. Medium to full-bodied reds like Grenache, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and just about any Bordeaux blend are best for cellaring because of the characteristics mentioned above. Of course, port and fortified wines age very well. Aging (or cellaring) wine gives the wine time for the acidity to smooth out and tannin levels to break down and soften, making the winetasting experience much more enjoyable. The complexities of texture, flavor and aromas of fine wine only become magnified after proper aging.

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Castaway Cellars

D OW N T OW N C O E U R D ’A L E N E WELCOMES IT S FIRST WINERY

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his fall, Downtown Coeur d’Alene became home to Castaway Cellars. The tasting room and wine bar opened up in the Resort Plaza Shops on bustling Sherman Avenue in the heart of downtown. The couple behind Castaway Cellars is Shelly and Scott Crawford, who have been ardent lovers of wine for nearly two decades, and due to their passion for wine and learning, they began making wine in 2014—and Castaway Cellars was born. This August, they realized their dream of opening their own tasting room. The mission for this small family owned business is to provide their customers with well-crafted, quality wines from a variety of exceptional vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. It is equally important to the Crawfords to provide their guests with a warm and friendly tasting room atmosphere where they can taste and enjoy those wines. When visiting Castaway Cellars’ tasting room and wine bar, the atmosphere is sophisticated and classy, yet relaxed. You’ll be treated to quality wines that showcase some of the great varietals being produced in the Columbia Valley. In addition, they have a seasonal small plate menu; everything is prepared from fresh ingredients and made in house. When it came to the decision on where to open their tasting room, they knew they had chosen the perfect location. “We really love the energy of Downtown Coeur d’Alene,” says Shelly, who holds both Viticulture and Enology Certificates from Washington State University. “The benefits of being downtown have been that we get great exposure to not only Coeur d’Alene area locals, but to the large amount of tourists who come through the downtown area as well.” Stop in each Friday, when live music fills the tasting room. They hold Wine Release Parties regularly, and they host catered wine and dinner pairing events. You can visit CastawayCellars.com or Facebook.com/cdawine to find out about upcoming events. The facility is available to book for private tastings and events and can accommodate nearly 100 guests. Shelly and her staff are happy to work with their clients on customized catering options as well. With a limited number of wineries in Northern Idaho, local wine enthusiasts are excited that Shelly and Scott chose to bring their passion for wine to Coeur d’Alene and share it with the community.

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Though they have only been open a few months, Shelly is truly grateful that she has the opportunity to do what she loves. “I feel like the most rewarding aspect has been turning our passion into a business,” she says. “I am so fortunate to be doing something that I love and being able to share our wines with family, friends and the people in our community.” Castaway Cellars is open Monday through Thursday 11am to 6pm, and Friday through Saturday 11am to 9pm. Stop in, taste and stay for a while.


NORTHSTAR WINERY

Welcome to Northstar Winery, where they focus on Bordeaux wines blended to perfection. Visit them to taste their incredible wines, or join the Wine Club—a perfect way to explore these highly rated Washington wines while enjoying exclusive events and experiences. Sign up for the Northstar Blending Experience, a unique hands-on opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the art and craft of blending Northstar wines. Open Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4pm. NorthstarWinery.com

Walla Walla, Washington | 1736 J.B. George Rd. 509.525.6100

COLTER’S CREEK WINERY AND VINEYARD

Visit Colter’s Creek and sample wines made from Lewis-Clark Valley grapes. Featuring wines from their estate vineyard as well as other Idaho vineyards, at Colter’s Creek they craft several wines to engage a wide range of wine drinkers. Stop by the tasting room where you’ll find local wines, wines on tap, refillable bottles, local microbrews and a small-plate menu. Come to taste, stay to eat. For current hours, visit their website. ColtersCreek.com

Juliaetta, Idaho | 308 Main St. 208.276.3342

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For more than 35 years, it’s been the Conways’ commitment to delight wine lovers with the best of Washington State, while making their award-winning wines affordable. Two generations later, the father/ daughter winemaking team continues to deliver a unique experience with each and every bottle. Every time a bottle is uncorked or a glass is poured, they promise love at first sip. Located just minutes from Downtown Spokane, visitors are offered the chance to sample Latah Creek’s award-winning and reserve wines while browsing through one of the most unique gift shops in the area. The winery is open daily 9am - 5pm. LatahCreek.com

Spokane Valley, Washington | 13030 E. Indiana Ave. 509.926.0164 CASTAWAY CELLARS

Castaway Cellars Wine Bar and Tasting Room is a small family owned business located in the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Owners Scott and Shelly Crawford seek to provide their customers with well-crafted, quality wines from a variety of exceptional vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to join their wine club to receive special discounts. Open Monday - Thursday 11am - 6pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 9pm. CastawayCellars.com

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ARBOR CREST WINERY

Located atop a 450-foot cliff with exquisite views of the city, the Arbor Crest Winery Cliff House Estate has become a destination for exceptional wines and memorable public events. Arbor Crest offers award-winning wines made using the best of Washington State fruit sourced from some of the oldest and most respected vines in the state. Their family values, wonderful wines and beautiful surroundings have remained unchanged since the winery’s founding nearly 30 years ago. Join the Wine Club and enjoy specials deals off wines, along with invitations to exclusive events, free concert tickets, complimentary tastings and other special privileges. Open Monday - Sunday noon 5pm. ArborCrest.com

Spokane Valley, Washington | 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. 509.927.9463

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Latah Creek WINE CELLARS

35 Years of Award-Winning Winemaking in the Spokane Valley — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

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n 1982, Mike and Ellena Conway established Latah Creek Wine Cellars with a goal to bring affordable, awardwinning wines to the Inland Northwest. Thirty-six harvests and 35 years later, they, along with their winemaker daughter Natalie Barnes, continue that mission. As Natalie says, “We continue to strive for that same goal, which allows people to drink award-winning wine every day, not just on special occasions. To us, every day is special.”

Over the years, the winery has continually been acknowledged through various prestigious awards; Natalie’s most exciting? When Wine Enthusiast rated their 2004 Riesling at 90 points, which was Natalie’s first year as winemaker. Another unforgettable recognition was more recent, when Latah Creek’s current Moscato was awarded Best of Class and the Chairman’s Award at an international competition, competing with hundreds of wines from all across the world!

a marvelously, refreshing wine that is unique, which is something I very much enjoy.”

When Latah Creek first opened, it was only the 35th winery in Washington State; today there are more than 900!

Natalie’s favorite wines currently at the winery are their Reserve Tempranillo and Rosé of Malbec. “I have loved every moment of making our Reserve Red Wines because it has allowed me to work with varieties that aren’t well-known to most people; Tempranillo being one of these. This wine tastes ancient, like it is from Old-World Europe, and I just love it,” she says. “Our Rosé of Malbec is new for us this year; something I’ve wanted to do for some time. I love the intensity of the fruit and flavors in our Malbec, but I wanted something to enjoy on a hot summer day on my back deck. I looked in the market and found only a few Rosés that use Malbec, so my dad and I decided to devote part of our 2016 vintage Malbec grapes to Rosé. The result is

Natalie, Mike and Ellena are not slowing down anytime soon. Grab a glass and be ready to enjoy more award-winning, affordable wines, with additional unique varietals, from Latah Creek for years to come.

“I love being part of a longstanding family winery. When I actually take the time to reflect on this, I am deeply honored that I get to carry on my parents’ legacy,” says Natalie. At Latah Creek, Natalie, Ellena and Mike never compromise their standards. Threeplus decades later, they continue to make remarkable wines. What Natalie finds most rewarding is “to know that I have created something that not only makes people smile; but it is also something they can enjoy for years to come.” 96

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Each year, Latah Creek participates in ValenWine Weekend (February), Spring Release Weekend (May) and Holiday Wine Fest (November). In addition, they hold four annual events exclusive to the winery: February Case Sale, Anniversary Celebration in July, Harvest Open House in October and 12 Days of Gifting in December.

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ROBERT KARL CELLARS

JOIN US FOR THE BLENDING EXPERIENCE! A unique experience in Washington wine country, the Northstar Blending Experience will give you a hands-on opportunity to immerse yourself in the art of blending world-class wine and take home your own custom blend.

Physician-winemaker Joe Gunselman and wife Rebecca, while nestled in an old fire station in the Historic Warehouse District, focus on Bordeaux-style wines using grapes grown in Horse Heaven Hills. The pair has received national recognition for their Claret and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Robert Karl has been rated one of the Best New American Wineries. Open Thursday - Friday 2 - 5pm, Saturday noon - 4pm. RobertKarl.com

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One of two Idaho restaurants to win the prestigious Best of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2016-17! Candle in the Woods wine cellar boasts one of the largest wine collections in the Pacific Northwest, with some of the finest, rarest wines in the world with almost 1,800 different labels, 4,200 bottles and more than 200 international varietals. Whether it’s a 1961 Bordeaux or a rare Lafite, a 1994 Cabernet from Napa Valley, a Walla Walla Chard, an Australian Shiraz (including several vintages of the amazing Grange), a Moldovan sherry or a vintage port, they have the wine for you. Visit their website and sign up for updates and invitations or send an email to dave@candleinthewoods.com. CandleInTheWoods.com

Athol, Idaho | 11805 E. Nunn Rd. 208.664.0135

ANGELO’S RISTORANTÉ

Only eight blocks from Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Angelo’s is the local favorite with a taste of homemade, authentic Italian cuisine and is complemented by a vast wine selection and warm romantic décor! Their extensive wine list includes a large selection of reds and whites featuring wines from Italy, California and Washington. They even offer a small offering of organic wines to choose from. Stop in for Dinner for Two and a Bottle of Wine, where you can choose from 15 entrées and 10 bottles of wine for only $65. Open Monday - Thursday 4 - 9pm, Friday - Sunday 4 - 10pm. AngelosRistorante.net

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho | 846 N. Fourth St. 208.765.2850


Robert Karl Cellars — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

CREATING WINES is more than just a job for husband-andwife team Joe and Rebecca Gunselman. It is their passion and a lifestyle that they love. In 1998, Joe and Rebecca were living in Virginia when they made the decision to start the winery. And when it came to where they would establish Robert Karl Cellars, they chose a location where some of the best grapes in the world are. “We believe it is right here … specifically in Horse Heaven Hills,” says Rebecca. “We moved to Spokane in 1998; it’s where the day job is!” as Joe is a physician. At Robert Karl Cellars, they believe the best wines require the best grapes, which is why they chose the Horse Heaven Hills AVA—where the terroir, climate and the Colombia Valley’s angled slopes come together to create the most ideal growing conditions in the world. The pair has been making wines since 1999, receiving accolades from their very first vintage. When it comes to what they find most rewarding, Rebecca says, “Handcrafting the very best wine we can and having folks acknowledge it by ordering it in restaurants or joining the wine club.” Rebecca attributes their success to their passion for the business and the finished wine. Out of all of the accolades

Robert Karl Cellars has received over the years, the most meaningful to the couple was in 2004. “The 2001 Claret (our first effort) received the Best Red Wine and Best of Show at the Washington Wine Competition,” states Rebecca. Most recently, their 2014 Malbec received Gold at the Cascadia Wine Competition. When it comes to all of the wines Robert Karl Cellars has made over the years, Rebecca says her favorite to drink is the Gunselman Bench Cabernet Sauvignon. “It’s a great expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills.” Now that the colder months have arrived, the 2014 Claret and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon are the couple’s top picks to warm up any meal and are ideal for the holidays. When people visit the winery, they will usually be greeted and lead through the tasting by Rebecca herself. She invites you to visit the tasting room Thursday and Friday 2 to 5pm and Saturday noon to 4pm.

TIME TO CLEANSE THOSE PALATES

Making Superb Washington Wines

Stay tuned for more vintages of great Washington wines from Robert Karl Cellars as they advance into their 20th vintage in 2018.

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Explore Spokane WITH SO MUCH TO DO in this Inland Northwest city, visitors to Spokane are often surprised at not only the amount of culture that takes place here, but the beauty and the friendliness of the city as well. With 100 acres devoted to Riverfront Park in the heart of downtown, it is a beautiful place for a walk, a picnic or a bike ride. Originally built for Expo in 1974, Riverfront Park is situated along the Spokane River and provides a spectacular view of the Spokane Falls, especially during the spring thaw. After 40 years, Riverfront Park’s attractions are undergoing extensive renovation and will reopen in 2018. Spokane is also home to the world’s largest three-onthree basketball tournament in the world, Hoopfest. Each summer people come from all over the country and take over the downtown streets in what has become a tradition for many. It is not only a great event, but it also provides a huge boost to the local economy. One of the great things about Spokane is the opportunity to take in visual and performing arts. The Best of Broadway series takes place at the INB Performing Arts Center, and this year’s lineup, which includes The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, Motown: The Musical, just to name a few, is sure to bring in many locals as well as visitors. Travel from downtown and you can find many hidden treasures, such as Manito Park on the South Hill. With gardens that fill your senses, it is a perfect place to go

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and relax, take a walk and just enjoy the sights and smells of the breathtaking flowers. Wintertime brings ice hockey fans to the Spokane Arena to watch the local Spokane Chiefs hockey team take the ice. A major junior ice hockey team, the Chiefs are a part of the Western Hockey League and draw fans from all over the Inland Northwest. The culinary scene in Spokane is amazing no matter what part of town you find yourself. From quaint neighborhood bistros to large steak and seafood restaurants, there is always something new to discover. Whether you are a local or a visitor, take time to explore Spokane and all that it has to offer. Enjoy the discovery!

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VISITORS TO THE SPOKANE VALLEY can expect to find the same wide range of food choices as just about any other region in and around Spokane. The Spokane Valley Mall encapsulates many of these choices. Hop Jacks serves up burgers and sandwiches paired with beer in an icy cold mug. One of several Azteca locations is situated in the mall and serves up authentic Southwestern-style dishes. Chain restaurants dot the area offering shoppers a quick bite during a day of heavy shopping. Across Interstate 90 and inside the Mirabeau Park Hotel you’ll find one of Spokane Valley’s most talked about restaurants. MAX at Mirabeau serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is a very popular happy-hour spot, also offering live music and dancing starting at 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. A cruise down Sprague or Broadway and you are inundated with food choices from all over the world. Hungry enough for a buffet but not looking for the standard fare? HuHot Mongolian Grill lets you build your own noodle dishes mixed with meats and fresh-cut veggies as well as mild to extra spicy sauce, and go back for more as many times as you’d like! Flamin’ Joe’s wings are a Spokane staple, and if you’re an Oakland Raiders fan, this is your sports bar during football Sundays. Ron’s is a local quick burger favorite; nothing fancy here, just good old all-American standards.

A cruise down Sprague or Broadway and you are inundated with food choices from all over the world. Across the freeway along Trent Avenue, a number of bars cater to the railroad and manufacturing workers of the area. If you’re looking for inexpensive strong drinks and bar bites, this is the spot for you. Off the Argonne Exit you’ll find Longhorn Barbecue’s Valley location as well as Timber Creek Buffet. A trip up to Arbor Crest Winery offers sweeping views of the city and, not to mention, great wine. English Setter, Twelve String and Hopped Up are a few of the micro breweries with tasting rooms throughout the Spokane Valley. Heading a little further east you will come to Liberty Lake. Located halfway between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, this city surrounding a small lake has one of the best Asian restaurants (Ding How), Meat Markets (The Butcher Block at Hay J’s) and sports bar (True Legends). The area is large, but the drive is short to experience all that Spokane Valley has to offer.

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SPOKANE VALLEY’S

AWARD WINNING RESTAURANT

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• Weekend Brunch Menu • Happy Hours Daily 3-6pm & 9pm-Close • Late-Night Dining • 50% off Bottles of Wine Wednesdays & Sundays

• Ladies’ Night Every Thursday • Live Rockin’ Blues Music Fridays & Saturdays • Private Dining / Banquets • Courtyard Patio Dining

1100 N. Sullivan Rd. - Spokane Valley - (509) 922-6252 OPEN MON - THURS 6AM - 1AM / FRI & SAT 6AM - 2AM / SUN 6AM - MIDNIGHT MAXatMirabeau.com

Multiple Time Epicurean Delight Award Winner

Washington Restaurant Association Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 2014 Sizzle Fork-in-Cork Award Winner Favorite Wine List 2014, Power Lunch for Making Deals 2006, 2008, 2009, For a Cocktail and a Bite to Eat 2010

Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017

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MAX

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Excellence in food, wine, service and the best happy hour in town! THIRTEEN YEARS OF AWARD-WINNING excellence is no surprise when talking about MAX at Mirabeau. This Spokane Valley restaurant has been catering to diners with its extraordinary breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert for more than a decade, offering nothing less than an unforgettable experience that keeps bringing locals and visitors back for more. Whether it’s an informal lunch, drinks after a round of golf with friends, or that once-a-year birthday or anniversary date night with the love of your life, MAX will cater to you. The entire staff strives for guest satisfaction, doing all in its power to offer up an unforgettable experience. MAX is known for its extensive offerings, with five menus offering more than 100 menu items served 20 hours a day, all scratch made in house. Everything is made from raw ingredients, eliminating pre-packaged, pre-made ingredients, allowing them to more easily accommodate guests’ dietary needs and preferences. Starting with raw ingredients allows for the chefs to

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deconstruct and reconstruct existing dishes to cater to those needs. MAX can tailor itself to any type of person who comes in ... the doors are open to everyone, and the restaurant can accustom itself to anybody and everybody. To keep the menu bright, MAX chefs are constantly exploring new flavors and experimenting with new dishes and ingredients, along with perfecting existing menu items. And the chefs and cooks don’t stop there; once the food is prepared, each dish is plated so that it is visually appealing before the guest ever tastes it. As General Manager Andy Rooney says, “From recipe conception to plate presentation, the staff and management have to be passionate about the product they are presenting to the customer.” The MAX staff is sure to bring its passion to each plate that is prepared and served. Joining the team at MAX is their new chef de cuisine, Michael Durbin. He has an extensive background in menu creation, plating design and a commitment to bringing

only the best product to every single guest while developing the team from within. More than just great food, it is complemented by its bar program, which has blossomed over time, and includes new fresh cocktails with their own handmade syrups. MAX offers cocktail specials every day of the week. You may find yourself stopping in on Wednesday for halfoff bottles of wine, and then joining friends Saturday and Sunday for a chance to build your own Bloody Mary at the Inland Northwest’s Biggest Bloody Mary Bar. The atmosphere at MAX is another draw. When you sit down and look around at environment and décor, you feel comfortable; it is what you make it. Happy hour at MAX is bar none. Offered daily 3 to 6pm and again from 9pm to close in the lounge, patio and outside courtyard, guests are sure to be delighted with a great food and drink menu. Besides happy hour, there is a special each day of the week: Maxed Out Monday, Tap Beer Tuesday,

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Whether it is the food, the service or just for doing good business, they have repeatedly stood as a symbol of excellence. Biggest Bloody Mary Bar

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USDA Prime Huckleberry Ribeye Steak

Half-off Appetizers during Happy Hour


MENU PREVIEW TENDERLOIN TIPS Tender beef sauté, mango, lychee nut, toasted sesame MEDITERRANEAN SEA SCALLOP Oregano, tomato, capers, feta, lemon zest, garlic butter SAUTÉED MEDLEY OF MUSHROOMS Oyster, crimini, shimeji and shiitake with garlic, shallots and Madeira, herb butter CIOPPINO Prawns, king crab, scallops, clams, mussels and aromatic tomato broth, served with Kalamata olive toast

Wine Wednesday (and Sunday), Thursday is Ladies’ Night and Martini Friday. Don’t miss the Bloody Mary Bar during Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 9am to 2pm – also featuring Mimosas galore! And of course, every Friday and Saturday night they have live music featuring rockin’ blues from 9pm to close each night with no cover charge.

GRILLED SEA BASS WITH THAI 9-SPICE Butternut squash puree, coconut lime nage, citrus zest, charred asparagus

Whether it is the food, atmosphere, the service or just for doing good business, they have repeatedly stood as a symbol of excellence. MAX has won The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 10 years running, consistently winning the Spokane Sizzle Fork-in-Cork Award, Spokane Living’s Spokane Valley Best Restaurant of the Year, nabbing The Washington Restaurant Association’s Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year and the multiple Epicurean Delight Awards for various dishes through the years.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH & TOASTED HAZELNUT RISOTTO Fresh thyme, mushrooms, sundried tomato, cougar gold cheeses

No matter if you are a local, a traveler or a family getting away for a vacation, there are more than enough reasons to be drawn to MAX. It’s a concept; it’s a uniquely different concept. Dining at MAX is an experience you must try for yourself.

PUMPKIN GINGER SNAP CHEESECAKE Spiced pumpkin seed brittle, fresh whip, ginger reduction, pumpkin spice AUTUMN STONE FRUIT COBBLER Peaches, huckleberries, cranberries, sweet spice, shortbread, vanilla bean ice cream

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VANILLA HOT BUTTERED RUM Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and cream with Captain Morgan spiced rum

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CHAI SPICED APPLE CIDER Cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, orange zest with “lairds” applejack brandy

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UNLIKE MOST major metropolitan areas, you won’t need an Uber or cab to get everywhere you want to go in Downtown Spokane. Traffic is moderate, and with so many restaurants, cafes, the arena and live music venues, you don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for. For dinner with a view of the Spokane Falls, you can’t beat Anthony’s, and down the street you’ll find gourmet dining at Clinkerdagger as well as unique local shops inside the historic Flour Mill, right across from the Spokane Arena. Looking for your favorite team, a burger and a beer? Try 24 Taps, where it’s all about uniquely crafted brews. Fast Eddie’s, The Globe, Borracho

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Tacos and Tequileria and The Post Street Ale House will all have your team on multiple screens. Classic downtown restaurants include the newly renovated Restaurant at Hotel RL and its creative and enticing new menu; O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, where you’ll have trouble finding a spot to tack your dollar on the wall; and Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, where you’ll find steaks that are aged, hand cut and seared to perfection. If you’ve heard about the surge in wineries located in Spokane, download “The Cork District” app, and let the map guide you to more than a dozen downtown tasting rooms and several more outside of town.

You won’t go two blocks in downtown before you find somewhere to quench your thirst or satisfy your hunger.


Sure, it’s all pipes and valves and gauges now, thought Walt. But some day, it’ll be a destination dining experience. And it’ll be spectacular.

Re-Opening January 2018 Kitchen + Brewery | Event Space steamplantspokane.com Book your event now: 509-777-3900 159 S. Lincoln St, Spokane

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Chef Chad White of “Top Chef ” fame returned to his Spokane roots to open Zona Blanca, the city’s first ceviche bar located in the same building with a pair of up-andcoming microbrewers. Speaking of beer, Orlison Brewing, Iron Goat Brewing and River City Brewing are all within walking distance of each other for those who enjoy sampling. You’ll find riverfront seating at No-Li, Spokane’s most famous brewery, and a trip into the newly renovated Steam Plant for dinner or a drink puts you inside the building that once powered all of downtown,

with much of its history still preserved. After a concert, show, Chiefs or Empire game, grab a late-night bite at the Satellite Diner and Lounge or one of the many food trucks that stay open until the wee hours of the morning. You won’t go two blocks in downtown before you find somewhere to quench your thirst or satisfy your hunger.


Celebrating 10 years, in the heart of downtown Spokane 415 W. Main Ave. (509) 624-2253 Breakfast, Lunch, Pastries, Coffee, Beer & Wine Mon.-Fri. 7:45am - 4pm Saturday 8:30am - 4pm Sunday 8:30am - 2pm

Natty upscale diner and liquor bar serving a curated menu of american fare, above a swank and sultry basement bar.

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S T EA M PL A NT The Encore Performance

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Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery Downtown 159 S. Lincoln St. 509.777.3900 SteamPlantSpokane.com

NOWHERE ELSE in the region—and rare in the U.S.—is there a facility that so artfully exposes the inner workings of an industrial plant while providing an experience that is truly unmatched in its vitality and energy. Spokane’s Steam Plant is both historic and contemporary; a visual icon that typically results in a one-word reaction from visitors: “Wow.”

is honoring those efforts while revealing even more of the building’s soul.

The Steam Plant has been in its current mixeduse state since 2000, the result of a remarkable vision to repurpose one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. In 2001, it was the first historic building in Spokane to receive the prestigious National Preservation Honor Award. Sixteen years later, a new renovation

Industrial Roots with a Contemporary Twist This latest renovation is possible only by virtue of the Herculean effort by Wells & Company, a Spokane design-build firm, who, starting in 1996, transformed a dirty, drab industrial behemoth into a cathedral-bright architectural showcase. Building on their work, the new

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As owner Avista Development continues to invest in one of the city’s crown jewels, the focus remains on paying homage to the Steam Plant’s important role in Spokane’s past while creating a unique destination experience for locals and visitors alike.

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space not only preserves the integrity of the original Steam Plant, which began operations in 1916, but also celebrates that history more than ever before. Incorporating materials that hark back to the early 20th century—but with a contemporary twist—patrons will be able to both connect with the building’s industrial roots and experience a new level of comfort. The interiors, designed by Spokane firm HDG Architecture, create a bold ambience that begins with an oversized steel door welcoming guests into the restaurant from the Central Steam Plant lobby. New flooring combines hexagonal tile and accented wood in the seating and lounging areas; complementary wood is featured on the ceilings above.


For visual interest, large murals showcase the plant’s historic roots, while patterns of steam pipe lines snake through the ceiling, providing a creative way to hang lighting that washes beams and columns. The plant’s boilers are brought into the forefront with a fresh coat of paint and a splash of color. “What I’m most excited about,” says John Lockhart, Steam Plant general manager, “is not only the amazing space this renovation has created, but also the energy of our staff. They come to work every day ready to deliver hospitality in a way Spokane hasn’t seen before. They’re genuinely committed to earning that ‘Wow’ reaction from every one of our guests.” John, who joined the Steam Plant team in July, has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, primarily in the Chicago and Seattle markets. He’s operated restaurants in the Spokane area for the last 10 years. Along with the physical transformation—brought to completion by Vandervert Construction, Associated Construction, and Synergy Restaurant Consultants—the Steam Plant brand was reimagined by Spokane creative firm helveticka.

New rooftop Event Space with outdoor patio ready to book special events.

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The main-level restaurant, now called Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery, is an open design overlooking the new bar area. It features comfortable, tufted seating in the built-in booths next to steel-cladded walls. The bar offers a mixture of large community tables, semi-private and private booth seating.

Bold Flavors, Regional Favorites The enlarged kitchen includes a wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie, char-broiler and smoker. The menu has been completely recreated with a focus on handcrafted, authentic foods. Specialties include housesmoked salmon carbonara, a rotisserie porchetta sandwich and a “woodkissed Caesar” with grilled romaine, along with generous-pour signature cocktails and a regional wine list. “The attraction for me,” says Executive Chef Steve Leonard, “is to create fresh, authentic foods that live up to this majestic space; to use bold flavors to enhance regional favorites.” Chef Steve, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, comes to the Steam Plant from Illinois, where he served as executive chef at several restaurants in the Chicago area—including Levy Restaurants at Wrigley Field. Meanwhile, the brewery has continued to create craft brews throughout the summer for distribution and keg sales. In addition to a variety of permanent taps and inventive seasonals in the new space, they offer barrel-aged limited release brews. And a new rooftop Event Space, on the third level of the Seehorn building right off Lincoln Street, will be ready to book events in December. The space can accommodate up to 150 people, includes a bridal suite and a patio, and offers a unique view of the plant’s smokestacks and the Spokane skyline. The Kitchen + Brewery is slated to open in early January 2018.

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Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales s e r v i cWe h, ef or eo dg raenadt — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

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GENO’S SAMPLE MENU GENO'S CHICKEN WINGS Half pound of wings tossed with your choice of Buffalo or Vietnamese sauce and served with a side of blue cheese or ranch KALE & BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD Thinly sliced fresh kale and Brussels sprouts tossed with Parmesan cheese, almonds and a classic vinaigrette

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IN OCTOBER 2013, the University District icon Geno’s changed ownership and became part of the popular family of pubs that include The Elk and Two Seven in Spokane, Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch in Hayden. Geno’s is continuing its long tradition of good food and friendly service where guests are welcomed by a casual feels-likehome atmosphere. The menu includes some of the same favorites known in their other pubs, like The Elk’s famous Reuben sandwich (guests have the choice of a gluten-free bun for all sandwiches) and Moon Time’s 74th St. gumbo, but the menu is adorned with items that are unique to Geno's, such as the Cuban pork sandwich and Geno's chicken wings with your choice of three sauces. For a twist on this menu, Geno’s has french fries—which none of the other restaurant locations have—in addition to the ever-popular, and addicting, roasted corn pasta. Staying in tradition with the other pubs, Geno’s menu appeals to the masses not

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BUFFALO CHICKEN SANDWICH A lightly breaded chicken breast topped with Geno's own hot sauce, melted mozzarella cheese and a carrot/cabbage slaw, served on a toasted bun with blue cheese dressing

only in taste but in price. No one leaves Geno’s hungry—or broke. It’s a perfect place to unwind and support the Gonzaga Bulldogs, with plenty of TVs to watch the games, great tap selections, cocktails, and of course, the tasty food and good company they are known for. The kitchen stays open late, until 10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 11pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Geno's is a great spot to meet up after the game, or for that matter, any event taking place at the Spokane Arena, thanks to its close proximity. With the success its sister restaurants have seen over the years, in just four years, Geno’s has already established itself as another neighborhood gem the community is quickly embracing.

Geno’s Traditional Food & Ales Downtown 1414 N Hamilton St. 509.368.9087 WeDontHaveOne.com

BANH MI TACOS Thinly sliced marinated pork seared, stuffed into two warm flour tortillas with quick-pickled carrot and cucumber, cilantro and jalapeños, served with Jasmine rice and cucumber salad FISH & CHIPS Tempura-battered cod fried crisp and served with Geno's famous french fries, a side of tartar and a lemon wedge SMASH BURGER Two hand-smashed 3 oz. beef patties grilled, topped with American cheese and served on a toasted bun with iceberg lettuce, onion, diced dill pickle and 1000 Island dressing BLACK BEAN BURGER Gluten-free black bean patty topped with caramelized onions and jack cheese, served on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato and a sweet and spicy jalapeño mayo TACOS DE PESCADO Your choice of beer-battered and fried or blackened and grilled cod stuffed into two warm flour tortillas with diced cabbage, garnished with Mexican cream sauce, cilantro and lime, served with roasted corn pasta


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Manito Tap House and The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen DEDICATION TO QUALITY BEER AND FOOD — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

MANITO TAP HOUSE, located in the South Hill, just celebrated their sixth anniversary this fall. Opened by owners Patrick McPherson and Denise Hanson, this 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant has been treating patrons to the best beers paired with a food menu featuring elevated pub fare, all while aiming to maintain an eco-friendly gastropub. Guests will find 50 tap handles, more than 70 bottles of rare beer, an entire serving staff of Certified Beer Servers and a Certified Cicerone. Beer is taken seriously at Manito Tap House. In 2017 CraftBeer.com (the Brewers Association’s website) named Manito Tap House the Best Beer Bar in Washington State. Manito offers patrons a relaxed neighborhood vibe while serving upscale pub food, made from scratch, utilizing local and regional purveyors whenever possible. The menu changes seasonally, with a new fresh sheet offered every two weeks. Patrick and Denise decided to open a second restaurant, The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen, which offers a more upscale feel than Manito, in summer of 2015. The Blackbird is also a Certified Green Restaurant with a 4 Star rating. Everything on the menu is from scratch using local and regional ingredients as much as possible. The food is primarily based on Chef Molly Patrick’s Southern-Georgian roots, with traditional Southern food menu items and Southern-fusion creations. To complement the food, guests can choose from more than 150 rare and imported bottled beers, with the same standards for beer service as Manito. “WE GET PEOPLE FROM PORTLAND, SEATTLE AND FARTHER AWAY WHO CAN’T BELIEVE THE SELECTION OF BOTTLED BEERS WE CARRY,” PATRICK SAYS. Beers are cellared at both locations as well as an off-site temperature-controlled cellar. According to Patrick, “The offsite cellar has about $15,000 of beer in it. The Blackbird has a dedicated cellar that’s as large as our keg cooler. We have about another $15,000 of beer in it as well. At Manito Tap House we cellar kegs in the keg cooler, and we have about $7,000 worth of beer.” Patrick, a certified cicerone and publican, is in charge of the cellar as well as writing the beer menus. Beers are thoughtfully selected for the cellar and are chosen first and foremost on their “cellarability.” And while some wild ales can get away with lower ABV (alcohol by volume), most beers require a higher ABV to cellar well, according to Patrick. Close to 80 percent of The Blackbird’s menu items include something that is cooked with wood, on a NorCal Ovenworks Santa Maria Grill and Cookshack wood pellet smoker, to complement the beer! Depending on the dish, you’ll be treated to the flavors of mesquite, cherry, Applewood or pecan, with “a rich smokiness the most pervasive flavor,” Patrick says. “Our knowledgeable staff and our beer selection certainly sets the Manito Tap House apart. At both locations, we require all of our servers and bartenders to be Cicerone® Certified Beer Servers. At the Blackbird, some of the things that help differentiate us are our cocktail program and our wood-fired cuisine. Our bartenders infuse about 20 different liquors, anything from strawberries to cardamom.” He adds, “We’re most proud of the fact that we try to not cut corners, whether it’s with food or beer. Integrity is paramount to everything we do.” When it comes to what Patrick is most proud of when it comes to his beer cellars, he says, “We’re most proud of the quality of beers we have. We have so many great beers—some of which we had to drive to the breweries to pick up. We also are cellaring a firkin (cask beer) from Great Britain that will be 10 years old on Manito Tap House’s 10th birthday. We can’t wait to crack that in four years!”

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What’s On The Menu? SATELLITE SCRAMBLE

STEAK GORGONZOLA SALAD

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SATELLITE BURGER

Three eggs, diced ham and German sausage scrambled together with hash browns and served with choice of toast and cheese, gravy or both English muffin with thinly sliced ham and two eggs, smothered in hollandaise sauce and served with hash browns; vegetarian option with sautéed spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes

HOT MESS

Chopped bacon, sautéed mushrooms and onions on a bed of hash browns, covered with hollandaise sauce and topped off with two perfectly seasoned eggs

BISCUITS AND GRAVY BREAKFAST

One large homemade biscuit smothered in sausage gravy, served with two eggs and choice of patty sausage, links or bacon

REUBEN SANDWICH

Corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut grilled to perfection, served on thick marbled rye

Six-ounce sirloin charbroiled and served on mixed greens with roasted red peppers and green onions, with creamy gorgonzola dressing on the side Double meat, double cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and red onion

NANA’S MEATLOAF SANDWICH

Thick slices of homemade meatloaf on a grilled hoagie roll and melted cheddar, mayo, lettuce and tomato

PHILLY STEAK SANDWICH

Thinly sliced sirloin sautéed with red onion, topped with melted provolone cheese and served on a grilled baguette

CHICKEN FRIED STEAK BREAKFAST

Served with a loaded baked potato and Texas toast

BACON CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE

Yes, bacon! Also serving locally roasted Roast House Coffee and a great selection of pies and other homemade delights

Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Late Night Anything you’re looking for, it’s all here!

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THE HANGOVER BISCUIT SANDWICH Cheddar-chive biscuit with pimento cheese, chorizo hash and a sunny-side up egg

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HONEY SRIRACHA BRUSSELS SPROUTS With lime, candied almonds and cilantro TURNER DUCK GRAVY FRIES (POUTINE) Duck confit, pickled scallion and cheddar cheese curds

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PNW SALMON Seared organic king salmon, hazelnut gremolata and crispy smashed herb fingerling potatoes

FENNEL AND ARUGULA GREEN GODDESS SALAD Winter citrus, avocado and herbs WA COOKIE SKILLET Cherries, chocolate and hazelnut cookie baked in a skillet with Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle ice cream


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OVER THE YEARS, SPOKANE has continued to change with time, and this evolution is reflected in the dining and entertainment scene more than ever before. 2017 has marked big changes for Hotel RL by Red Lion Spokane at the Park, which has been focusing on rebranding its name, hotel and restaurant to offer Spokane locals and visitors alike an unforgettable experience starting with the moment a guest walks through their doors. With more than 30 years in hotel management with Hilton Hotels—and three years right here in Downtown Spokane— Michael Fear, RL Spokane’s general manager, has been steadfast in fashioning the food and beverage offerings at the hotel and expanding guests’ options when it comes to menu choices. The newly renovated restaurant and bar overlooks the updated communal lobby and Riverfront Park, offering guests a rustic casual feel. The patio allows guests to sit back and relax as they take in views of the Spokane River and Centennial Trail. With the addition of a fireplace and outdoor heaters, patrons can enjoy outdoor dining more than ever before. In addition to the renovation, Hotel RL has introduced a new chef to its team—Ricky Webster, corporate executive chef. A native to California with an impressive 15-year restaurant resume, Ricky is bringing his flavorful and creative style to the table; and guests are eagerly taking a seat. Ricky relocated from Los Angeles to Spokane just this past February for this incredible job opportunity. And it was easy to say yes. As someone who enjoys the outdoors, Ricky was impressed with all the area has to offer. “I’m very outdoorsy and love hiking, camping and fishing. Add to that the quality of life here that I could not achieve in L.A. as far as being able to purchase a home and grasp the local environment,” he says. “I wanted a vegetable garden and chickens for eggs. Here, I can do the things I’m passionate about.” And Ricky’s No. 1 passion is food; providing good, wholesome, flavorful foods, sourcing ingredients as locally as possible to serve his guests. During the winter months, he explains the difficulties he encountered sourcing locally, but in turn, discovered local purveyors not just in the Spokane area, but Idaho, Oregon and Montana.

“ I E N J O Y T E A C H I N G P E O P L E , E X PA N D I N G THEIR MINDS AND CULINARY HORIZONS, A L L W H I L E G E T T I N G T O D O W H AT I L O V E . ”

Hotel RL Spokane at the Park: Bringing a new look … and flavor … to Spokane Lou’s. “It’s a wonderful iconic ice cream shop, and this gives them the opportunity to represent us and vice versa,” says Ricky. The Pacific Northwest steak frites has been well-received, and at an incredible price, it’s an approachable option for any guest. At the restaurant, Ricky celebrates the smaller plates, as well as shared plates. “We fill the table with food, and everyone can pick and choose and enjoy a little bit of everything,” he says. From the Thai beef lettuce wraps and street tacos, to the Epic mac n’ cheese bacon burger and Pacific Northwest salmon, the menu is diverse and bright, incorporating that Mediterranean flavor into many of the dishes. When it comes to what Chef Ricky enjoys most about his job, he says, “It is really about taking care of people—both those who work with me in the back of the house to our front-of-the-house guests—and getting to be creative and showcasing what people

TAKE A LOOK A T O U R W I N T E R MENU haven’t yet seen. I enjoy teaching people, expanding their minds and culinary horizons, all while getting to do what I love.” To add to the experience at Hotel RL, this holiday season (November 24, 2017 to January 1, 2018) the hotel lobby will feature a whimsical life-sized Gingerbread House. The kitchen has been well underway making gingerbread since September to accommodate for the building of this walk-through structure. Along with a nightly warm beverage and sweets menu offered from inside the lobby’s Sugar Shack, they will also be selling raffle tickets with proceeds supporting Blessings Under The Bridge. Winners will receive a trip for four to Disneyland! Relax, dine and stay a while at Hotel RL Spokane.

The Restaurant at Hotel RL features regionally inspired menu items from the more standard fare to the adventurous. “This is trout country, so I created a play on fish and chips using trout,” says Ricky. The fish is paired with Old Bayseasoned house-made kettle chips, a perfect pairing. All of their eggs are Wilcox organic and free-range, and all meat is Pacific Northwest beef, which Ricky is proud to serve and celebrates what our area has to offer. For desserts, he has chosen local ice cream made right here in Spokane at Mary NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM

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Europa Restaurant and Bakery — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

SOMETIMES YOU FIND that the most incredible experiences take place in those least expected places, and that is what you will find at Europa Restaurant and Bakery. Hidden beneath the railroad viaduct in Downtown Spokane’s historic Atrium Building, your first impression will be a classic, nondescript façade, but once inside, you will find exposed brick walls, timber beams and charming furnishings in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Diners have been treated to this locally owned unique restaurant that serves up fresh-made food in a casual, homey environment for the past 35 years—at the same location! Purchased by Jeff and Aja Engels in 2013, guests can find Jeff in the kitchen, pouring his heart and soul into preparing fresh, authentic food for their guests, while Aja leads in welcoming guests with attentive and friendly service. “We feel lucky to be taking care of Europa,” says Aja. “It’s a legacy.” It’s nothing out of the ordinary when native Italians remark how authentic the food is, especially the fresh-made pasta and staples like gnocchi and risotto. Guests can choose from items like the crab spaghetti, pork cheek ravioli and goat cheese gnocchi, and Europa staples for 35 years to include the sweet red pepper tortellini, baked spaghetti with meat sauce and chicken marsala. And don’t forget about the on-site bakery, led by Pastry Chef Christie Sutton, who has been serving up

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her baked delights for the past 18 years. Fresh pizza dough, bread and amazing desserts, like the raspberry white chocolate cheesecake, cookie dough pie and double chocolate mousse are all prepared and baked in house. In addition to the great food, Europa is warm and engaging, allowing guests a relaxing dining experience. “When guests tell us how comfortable they are at Europa—that it feels like home—that’s the best compliment we can ask for,” says Aja. “We are a family at Europa, and we want our guests to feel a part of that.” Top that with a dedicated restaurant staff that is attentive and friendly, and you have a recipe for success. A fun little surprise—for those who don’t already know—is the secret notes, adding a unique touch to one’s Europa dining experience. “There are several drawers filled with hundreds of notes on napkins that our guests have been writing and leaving for almost 20 years,” says Aja. Europa was recently named Best Hole-in-the Wall Restaurant by All About Your States – Washington List. According to Aja, “Jeff ’s nephew from Olympia saw the list online and told us! We knew absolutely nothing about it, so we were very pleasantly surprised. I feel like this list captures who we are. We may not be flashy and trendy, but we make great food and treat you like family.”

Europa Restaurant & Bakery Downtown 125 S.Wall St. 509.455.4051 EuropaSpokane.com

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An experience unlike any other in Spokane


Delicious Delights THE RESTAURANT BY HOTEL RL

Discover regionally inspired entrees, desserts, salads and drink specials as you dine at this newly renovated restaurant. The onsite restaurant at Hotel RL Spokane at the Park presents you local dining favorites with a twist. With breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings, you can quell your craving any time of day. Make sure you try some of the staff favorites like the new duck gravy fries (poutine), cheesy potato dip, trout fish and chips, and the hangover biscuit sandwich. You can’t go wrong with any of the choices offered on their Pacific Northwest-inspired menu. Open daily 6am to midnight. RedLion.com/Park-Spokane

Downtown 303 W. North River Dr. 509.326.8000 Pacific Northwest Inspired $$

EUROPA RESTAURANT AND BAKERY

Tucked beneath the railway trestle between First and Second avenues on Wall Street, Europa has been a downtown destination for more than 35 years. Their on-site bakery provides fresh bread, desserts and pizza crust. The menu offers a selection of gluten-free items and diverse and extensive wine and martini lists. Happy hour is offered twice daily and all day Sunday with live music 6 - 8pm. Enjoy $7 weekday lunches! The banquet room is perfect for parties, rehearsal dinners and meetings, and catering and delivery are available. A great date spot, ask about the restaurant’s “secret notes.” Open daily at 11am. EuropaSpokane.com

Downtown 125 S. Wall St. 509.455.4051 Italian, European, Specialty Pizza & Bakery $-$$

GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD AND ALES

Geno’s joined the family of pubs that include The Elk and Two Seven in Spokane, Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch in Hayden in 2014. The menu includes favorites like The Elk’s famous traditional Reuben sandwich and Moon Time’s 74th St. gumbo, but additional items include the Cuban pork sandwich and the Geno’s chicken wings. French fries are offered as a side item, along with the everpopular and addicting roasted corn pasta. Open Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 11pm, Thursday Saturday 11am - midnight. Check out the full menu online. WeDontHaveOne.com

Downtown 1414 N. Hamilton Ave. 509.368-9087 Pub & Grill $-$$

SCRATCH RESTAURANT AND RAIN LOUNGE

Since 2007, Scratch has been wining and dining Spokane with locally sourced cuisine, spirits and wines. Scratch strives on providing extensive food and drink menus that are ever evolving. The seasonal menu features locally sourced ingredients including fresh fish and high-quality meats. Let the friendly and well-educated staff take care of you. For something more casual with the same incredible

dining experience, Rain Lounge next door offers 30 signature cocktails plus the Scratch food menu. Onsite catering is offered in the banquet room or off site at your desired location. Open Monday - Friday 11am - close, Saturday 4pm - close. Check out the menu online. ScratchSpokane.com

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Downtown 1007 W. First Ave. 509.456.5656 Contemporary & Fine Dining $-$$$ SATELLITE DINER AND LOUNGE

This friendly, fun and experienced staff is waiting to serve you! Located downtown, walking distance from Riverfront Park, the Convention Center and many hotels, the Satellite offers a full menu 21 hours a day from 7am - 4am daily, with a great home-style cooking menu and a full cocktail lounge with TVs for enjoying games and more! Come in and see why they were voted Best Casual Dining by the Washington Restaurant Association, Best Late-Night Dining by the Inlander and Irish Business of the Year, as well as the Spokane Sizzle Fork-in-Cork Award for Diner Worth its Salt. SatelliteDiner.com

Downtown 425 W. Sprague Ave. 509.624.3952 Diner Casual $-$$

THE BLACKBIRD TAVERN + KITCHEN

Discover an eclectic menu with Southern influences. The restaurant features a wood-fired grill and smoker and in-house charcuterie, along with a full bar with four wines on draft, 34 beers on tap and a selection of more than 155 bottled beers. They serve brunch on the weekends. The outdoor patio seats more than 100, and the banquet rooms are perfect for that special occasion. The Blackbird is a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant. Open Monday - Thursday 11am - 9pm, Friday 11am - 10pm, Saturday 8am - 10pm, Sunday 8am - 9pm. Find The Blackbird at Facebook.com/BlackbirdSpokane, @ TheBlackbirdGEG on Twitter or visit their website. TheBlackbirdSpokane.com

Downtown 905 N. Washington St. 509.392.4000 New American $$ WILD SAGE BISTRO

Newly opened in May 2017, the second floor Loft dining room offers more seating and versatility. Featuring the timeless cuisine of Executive Chef Charles Connor, this cozy award-winning bistro has been a local favorite for more than 10 years. Discover a fine selection of handmade cocktails, regional wines and beers to enhance your meal. Wild Sage is known for their gluten-free dining. Open daily at 4pm, with reservations welcomed and recommended. See what people are saying about Wild Sage on TripAdvisor, and visit their website for their current menu selections. WildSageBistro.com

125 S. Wall St. Spokane, WA 99201 (509) 455-4051 Sun. - Thurs. 11am - 10pm Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11 pm

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LUNCH BACON CHEDDAR BURGER The best burger in town! Half-pound angus beef, hickory bacon and cheddar cheese

SEAFOOD TACOS Fresh fish of the day, crème fraiche, pico, guacamole and jalapeno cilantro slaw PULLED PORK WRAP Basmati rice, salsa, onions, peppers, black beans, guacamole, cheddar and sour cream SIGNATURE SALAD Baby spinach, bacon, brie, apples and candied walnuts with house-made pomegranate vinaigrette GROWN-UP GRILLED CHEESE Focaccia, bacon, mozzarella, boursin, basil and pears, served with fries DINNER ULTIMATE SEAFOOD TRIO 7 oz. Atlantic lobster tail, seared scallops and prawns served with lemon cream sauce, parmesan risotto and seasonal vegetable CALAMARI Flash fried, spices, pickled cabbage and three dipping sauces SMOKED DUCK 10 oz. smoked duck breast, wild mushroom risotto, port wine reduction, spiced pecans and seasonal vegetable HOT POT Scallops, prawns, clams, langostino, andouille sausage, red bell peppers, onions, garlic, basil and fingerling potatoes in savory spicy tomato broth with parmesan garlic toast points TENDERLOIN 7 oz. beef tenderloin, huckleberry port wine demi-glace, baked mac and cheese, Mt. Townsend seastack cheese, finished with truffle-infused salt, served with seasonal vegetable 122

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R E S TA U R A N T Celebrating 10 successful years in Spokane — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

A DECADE AGO, First Avenue in Downtown Spokane became home to Scratch restaurant, when it opened its doors to enthusiastic diners in November 2017, and it has been serving up delicious cuisine and an incredible experience ever since. Connie Nacarrato is at the helm of the fine-dining restaurant with a “big city” feel, offering an intimate space featuring a beautiful menu filled with fresh, local scratch-made cuisine unlike any other in town. The inventive and creative ideas continue to flourish 10 years later. As the name indicates, all items on the menu are made from scratch. Diners will find signature dishes including the calamari, Scratch’s signature salad, hot pot and the seafood trio, as well as hand-cut steaks and fresh fish. Don’t leave without trying the lemonade cocktail. As Connie says, “I am very proud of the fact that we have a great product, along with an amazing staff, and that we are still thriving along with all the new restaurants.” Connie’s desire for bringing her guests an unmatched dining experience is shared by her employees, who are just as proud and passionate about Scratch as she is. The staff cares about the restaurant and each other;

they are like family and treat their guests like family. There is a core group of staff members who have been longstanding Scratch employees. Executive Chef Owen Cruz has been at Scratch for 10 years and has been wowing guests with his culinary expertise since Scratch first opened. Sous Chef Silvano Hernandez has worked personally with Connie for the past 17 years, transitioning with her from Mamma Mia’s to Scratch, having been with the Scratch team from the beginning. Richard Gomez and Penny Harper, both dishwashers, have been with the restaurant 10 years; General Manager Steve Kessler, 10 years; Mari Bork, bar manager, nine years; Kayce Loman, assistant manager, eight years; and Heather Parm, bartender, seven years. Connie believes that the success of Scratch over the years is due to her—and her staff ’s—passion. “I truly believe it is because we love what we do, and it reflects in all aspects [of the restaurant],” she says. Connie and her team have a table set and are ready to serve you.

Scratch Restaurant Downtown 1007 W. First Ave. 509.456.5656 ScratchSpokane.com


Tasty Selections FRANK’S DINER

Proudly serving Travelers since 1906 - Voted Best Breakfast for decades! Enjoy Frank’s 120-year-old family hot cake recipe, extra thick Daily’s bacon, legendary chicken-fried steak, and five fresh gravies and grilled onions to choose from each day at no charge. Enjoy giant malted waffles, quarter-pound sausage links, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, artisan bread bowl soups and chowders, and more. Their chefs cook whole turkeys and choice top rounds of beef daily to make their amazing sandwiches. Open daily 6am - 9pm. FranksDiners.com

Downtown 1516 W. Second Ave. 509.747.8798 Casual Dining $-$$

THE ONION TAPHOUSE AND GRILL

The Onion was honored by being voted Best Taphouse in 2016. The Onion was honored by being voted Best Taphouse in 2016. The Onion chefs cook whole turkeys and choice top rounds of beef daily to make their legendary sandwiches. They only purchase fresh local beef for the amazing burgers served on handmade Brioche rolls. Enjoy artisan pizza, fresh pasta, center-cut steaks, fresh seafood and kid friendly. Open Sunday - Thursday 11am -11pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - midnight. Visit their website. TheOnion.biz

Downtown 302 W. Riverside Ave. 509.747.3852 Casual Dining $-$$ GILDED UNICORN

Gilded Unicorn is a modern-American classic restaurant featuring handcrafted foods and drinks located in the historic Montvale Hotel in Downtown Spokane. The restaurant showcases local, seasonal food and drinks from the Northwest and beyond created into new-fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. The food is fashioned from nostalgic comfort foods everyone has enjoyed but with a slightly modern twist, brought back to life using fresh ingredients and an explosion of flavors. Open Sunday - Thursday 4 - 11pm, Friday - Saturday 3pm to midnight. GildedUnicorn.com

Downtown 310 S. Monroe St. 509.309.3698 Modern-American Comfort $-$$

STEAM PLANT KITCHEN + BREWERY

The historic Steam Plant offers a full-service, oneof-a-kind dining experience with 80-foot ceilings, catwalks and pipes retained from the original plant. The menu has been completely recreated with a focus on handcrafted, authentic foods using a woodfired pizza oven, rotisserie, char-broiler and smoker. Specialties include house-smoked salmon carbonara, a rotisserie porchetta sandwich and a “wood-kissed

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Caesar” with grilled romaine, along with generouspour signature cocktails. The onsite brewery produces more than 10 handcrafted microbrews, including inventive seasonals, that are also available in kegs and growlers. Private dining and event space is available for groups. SteamPlantSpokane.com

Downtown 159 S. Lincoln St. 509.777.3900 Contemporary American $$ DURKIN’S LIQUOR BAR

Dine and imbibe at the swank and hip Durkin’s Liquor Bar, the newest restaurant from the family that brought you Madeleine’s and Casper Fry, and recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of six vital and contemporary restaurants to dine at in Spokane. It offers a thoughtfully curated vibe, lunch and dinner menus reflecting upscale American diner fare, and a well-appointed main bar, with a cocktail menu that pays homage to the classic craft cocktail. Tucked below the dining room, a second, dimly lit and sultry basement bar extols an intimate and nostalgic tribute to the bygone prohibition era. An extensive collection of the finest whiskeys, bourbon and gin are the perfect basis for vintage cocktails crafted by knowledgeable bartenders, considered the stewards of these fine liquors. Just steps away from the Davenport Grand Hotel, Durkin’s is open for lunch, dinner and late night; closed Sundays. DurkinsLiquorBar.com

Downtown 415 W. Main Ave. 509.863.9501 Finer Dining $-$$

MADELEINE’S CAFE AND PÂTISSERIE

Madeleine’s reopened their iconic cafe in its charming new location in 2015, and this past year celebrated their 10th anniversary. Located beside the owner’s newest endeavor, Durkin’s Liquor Bar, and just a few steps from the Davenport Grand Hotel, Madeleine’s is pleased to offer their high-quality, award-winning, handcrafted French pastry, savories and espresso drinks, created using only the freshest ingredients and traditional methods. Beer, wine and a sunny private courtyard make this the ideal spot to gather. Open seven days a week for full cookedto-order breakfast menu, savory lunch specials and everything in between.

Downtown 415 W. Main Ave. 509.624.2253 French Pastries, Breakfast & Lunch $

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TRAVELING NORTH out of downtown, you can encounter everything from quaint old neighborhoods to sparkling new commercial subdivisions and just about every variety of food as well. Along bustling Division Street, you’ll notice a large number of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Mexican choices. Go a little further and you’ll end up at Tomato Street, where family style Italian is on the menu. Just behind Tomato Street on Francis is DeLeon’s Foods. Here you will find hardto-find Mexican specialties for your home, handmade chips, salsa and guacamole to go, and a deli. DeLeon’s has a Cinco de Mayo parking lot party in the spring and a Hatch Chile festival at the end of summer. If you’re looking for something different than the standard pepperoni pizza, try the Flying Goat, where ingredients like truffle oil, softcooked egg, bratwurst and kale find their way onto your pizza. Across the street is Downriver Grill, offering great scratch-made food in a casual environment. A popular neighborhood with locals is the Garland District. Here there is an eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants and, at the center of it all, the Garland Theater. The historic theater shows digital movies, hosts weddings and events, and does a series of old thrillers leading up to Halloween. Attached is Bon Bon, a tiny bar serving up unique 124

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creations that you can bring into the theater with you. Despite a fire in 2011, the Milk Bottle and Ferguson’s Café are as popular as ever with lines forming for brunch each weekend. In the Five Mile Shopping Plaza west of Division off Francis, you’ll find longtime favorites and a couple new popular destinations. Five Mile Pizza has been serving up pies to families and birthday parties for years. Across the street, The Boiler Room brings a hip modern look to the neighborhood, and Waddell’s expansion to a north side location brings sports fans out for their favorite game and a pint of Waddell’s brew made on site. Further north, Poole’s Public House is the watch-party destination for many local college teams. North of the “Y” and near Whitworth University, you’ll find excellent sushi at Wasabi Bistro and the north side O’Doherty’s location. The Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest Resort & Casino recently purchased the Spokane Country Club. Guests of the resort can now play at the Country Club, but you don’t need to be a guest or member to dine at 1898 Public House. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beautiful course. North Spokane is thriving with its local hotspots.

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S P O K A N E ’ S L A N D M A R K R E S TA U R A N T S Celebrating 40 Years Serving Spokane OVER THE PAST FOUR decades, Spokane has welcomed, and said its goodbyes, to dozens, if not hundreds, of restaurants. But during that time, there has been one locally owned, longstanding restaurant group that has stood the test of time—Spokane’s Landmark Restaurant Group. The company behind the Onion Taphouse and Grills and Franks Restaurants has been catering to locals and visitors alike since 1978, and they’re stronger and more successful than ever. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Ken Belisle, president and co-owner of Landmark Restaurant Group, to find out more about how these restaurants came to be … and where they see the future of these “landmark” restaurants. Q. When did each of the restaurants open their doors to Spokane? A. The first Onion menu actually debuted at 302 W. Riverside in 1975, and that is when the old sign was changed from the Union to the Onion. Founder Larry Brown didn’t have the money to change the sign at the time when the painter recommended changing the U to an

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O, and the Onion brand was created. In 1978, Larry got a large loan from US Bank and truly did a beautiful remodel. That is when the Onion everyone knows today was born. In 2018 we celebrate our 40th year in business, but the original 1975 Onion menu still hangs in the restaurant today as a reminder of our humble tavern roots.

in a warehouse hanger being restored to its beautiful original condition. After $1 million and thousands of man hours, we were then ready to set it in its new home in North Spokane. With the help of two huge cranes and a massive semi haul with police escort ,our beautifully restored railcar was moved to its final home, and [Frank’s Diner] opened in 2005 on Newport Highway.

DOWNTOWN FRANK’S DINER A lost ground lease in Seattle was Spokane’s gain, and Frank’s Diner railcar came to 1516 W. Second Ave. in the fall of 1991. This original beautiful 1906 railcar was actually the private car for the president of that time and is as beautiful today as when it was first built.

Q. How does it feel to reach this milestone of 40 years in business?

NORTH DIVISION ONION TAPHOUSE Built in 1982 by Bargreen Ellington, this beautiful taphouse has been a north side hangout for large parties and family gatherings for 36 years. In 2015, the new Area 51 lounge became an instant north side favorite. After six months, we finally found a transport route to bring this 80-foot, 100-ton railcar over from the coast. It then spent two years

A. We recognize the enormous obligation to keep finding ways to exceed our guests’ expectations. We love Spokane and its people. Our managers and crew are family. Our love of great craft food and beverage, and the honor it is to share with our friends and neighbors, has never been more important than today. We know time is valuable, and when you can get away for a meal, the experience truly has to be wonderful. Our guests’ desire for craft, locally sourced food and beverage prepared fresh when they order is our passion. Q. How do you continue to keep your guests happy and coming back for more?

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A. Our chefs at Franks Diners and the Onion Taphouse and Grills take full advantage of all the fresh, natural local and sustainable products in the Northwest. Ninety percent of our products come from within a 300-mile radius. This much fresh rotating perishable product is a lot to manage, but we can tell the difference. [And] with the explosion of local craft breweries, it seemed only natural for the Onion to take advantage of all the great craft local products, and Area 51 Taphouse at the Onion was born. To accommodate the enormous amount of rotating inventory a 51-tap facility would require, and to deliver it adhering to the high standards that have made the Onion so successful for 40 years, an extensive remodel was mandatory at both Onion locations. Q. Landmark Restaurants lives up to its name by being Spokane’s longest running locally owned and operated full-service restaurant company. After 40 years, how have you managed to keep the quality up all these years?

WE LOVE SPOKANE AND ITS PEOPLE. OUR MANAGERS AND CREW ARE FAMILY. OUR LOVE OF GREAT CRAFT FOOD AND BEVERAGE, AND THE HONOR IT IS TO SHARE WITH OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS, HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN TODAY.

A. Our company is blessed to have so many great leaders. These wonderful passionate people bring stability, confidence and trustworthiness to our management organization. We are a team consisting of 26 managers and crew leaders and over 210 employees at Landmark. It’s a responsibility we take seriously. We truly value that so many trust us as their employer of choice. For 40 years our mission has been to exceed our employees’ expectations. We know our crew will then exceed our guests’ expectations and company success is automatic. Taking great care of our employees is not only the right thing to do, but it’s a sound business philosophy. Ken and has crew view their 40th year in business as just the beginning. The entire team continues to carry the banner of Landmark’s mission. To bring an honest genuine food experience to their friends, family and neighbors who dine with them each day.

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A great place to explore year-round!

— BY JESSICA HERBIG —

INTRODUCING KENDALL YARDS, the lesser known but fast-growing premier urban neighborhood. This awesome, quaint little section of town features scenic views, diverse businesses, quality homes and walking-friendly streets. It’s fast becoming a favorite hangout among locals. Explore the wild beauty of the Spokane River Gorge and some of the area’s best local restaurants when you visit Kendall Yards. A sampling of the local fare includes heavy hitters

such as Veraci Pizza, with their wood-fired Neapolitanstyle pizza, that can be found at the Kendall Yards Night Market from May through October. The Wandering Table and Yards Bruncheon also make their home in Kendall Yards. Both are part of the Eat Good Group, and their constantly evolving menus always hit the perfect spot when you choose a night out with them.

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When you want to truly experience the area that is Kendall Yards, you can stop in at the Yards Bruncheon any time of day, because you’ll never be late for Brunch there! You’ll experience home with their selection of carefully curated comfort foods and leave ready to tackle the rest of your adventure on the run! Like many communities, public art has become a focal point of the local architecture. The Welcome Center offers a map of a self-guided walking tour that will bring you to painted murals, and bronze and steel sculptures that adorn the landscape.

VERACI PIZZA

At Veraci Pizza in Kendall Yards, you’ll find gourmet pizzas fired with apple wood from Yakima Valley baked in oven temperatures around 1,000 degrees! This means each pizza pie is cooked in fewer than two minutes! Veraci Pizza features a delicious ultrathin artisan crust made from their secret recipe. Each batch of dough is hand prepared and topped with only the freshest and highest quality natural ingredients. Put these all together, and you’ll discover the most delicious pizza you’ll ever experience. You can also find them at various farmers markets throughout the region during the summer months. They cater too! Open daily 11am - 9pm. VeraciSpokane.com

Kendall Yards 1333 W. Summit Parkway 509.389.0029 Artisan Pizza $-$$ WANDERING TABLE

At Wandering Table, the chefs have an insatiable appetite for cooking and creating food and use a variety of techniques from around the globe. Enjoy meals inspired by the season using local ingredients, still warm from the sun, from the farmer you work with or from a day of foraging. They seek the best products and honor those who grew them by serving them to people in a way that makes food memorable, creating great experiences, traditions

With more than 25 acres of this community dedicated to parks and open spaces, it is a great place to explore year-round. You will want to be sure to stop along the several spots overlooking the Spokane River Gorge for some of the most breathtaking views of the city. Make Kendall Yards your next stop when you’re out exploring Spokane. You won’t be disappointed and you’re guaranteed to leave fulfilled.

and communities. You’re invited to one of the most interesting and unique dining experiences in the Inland Northwest. Open Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 11:30pm, Sunday - Monday 4 - 11:30pm. TheWanderingTable.com

Kendall Yards 1242 W. Summit Parkway 509.443.4410 Modern-American $$-$$$

THE YARDS BRUNCHEON

At The Yards Bruncheon, they have extended the weekend to all week by offering brunch every day! The menu features comfort food from all over using local farms and producers in the season. They have fun and want their passion for good ingredients to shine without too much fuss. Most of the foods are made in house including their pastries, which are some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees and teas from around the world. Don’t miss out and come enjoy the eatertainment! Open daily 7am - 3:30pm. TheYardsBruncheon.com

Kendall Yards 1248 W. Summit Parkway 509.290.5952 Brunch $-$$


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DISHING UP DELICIOUS WOOD-FIRED PIZZA IN KENDALL YARDS — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

OWNERS SETH AND LAURA CAREY are dishing up delicious pizzas to the Kendall Yards Neighborhood in Spokane. They started out in July 2009 serving up tasty pizza delights from their mobile oven at The Liberty Lake Farmers Market, Downtown Coeur d’Alene market and South Perry Farmers Market, and within five years added additional events including the Green Bluff Fall Fest, frequent outings at the Hop Shop on the South Hill, as well as many private events. After years of a successful restaurant on wheels, it was time to go big and find a permanent restaurant location. Without the advantage of prior restaurant experience, the couple was in for the challenge. “We knew going from a mobile business to a brick and mortar would be challenging, but I’m not sure there’s any way to truly prepare for such a jump,” says Laura. “Add on to that, we had a ‘surprise’ third child who arrived three months prior to opening, and we were a bit overwhelmed for most of 2014.“ Despite the setbacks, the couple opened their brick and mortar location in Kendall Yards that same year. The family friendly casual space is perfect for big sports fans, as there’s always a game on one of their TVs. From prom groups and sports enthusiasts, to concert goers, couples and families, Veraci caters to all. The menu consists of appetizers, salads, wood-fired thin-crust pizzas with vegetarian and gluten-free options and desserts. The six rotating draft beers— often from local breweries—as well as the wide selection of bottled beer and wine are a perfect match with the cuisine. The most popular items are the Caesar salad and Spicy Tony pizza with their spicy red sauce topped with Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, provolone and Veraci’s three-cheese blend. Those looking for a delicious gluten-free dough option are in luck! They make their own in house. House specials are rotated every two weeks, and various menu changes are made seasonally, incorporating seasonal items purchased from local farmers markets. The restaurant seats 80 inside, with an additional 40 seats outdoors on the patio. “We have a beautiful view of Downtown Spokane and the Spokane River from our patio, which is in high demand during the warmer seasons,” says Laura. “We really feel that our view belongs to the citizens of this community, so we love that we get to share it with everyone!” Stop by Veraci Pizza, and you will see that Kendall Yards has a vibe unlike any neighborhood in the area. “There is truly something special that is happening here,” Laura says.

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WHETHER AT THE BOTTOM or the top of Spokane’s South Hill, you’ll find an amazing variety of cafes and casual dining all within a 15-minute drive of each other. Below 14th Avenue, many of the restaurants cater to staff and visitors at the two largest hospitals in Spokane. Quick bites include Qdoba and Subway, but there is also Lindaman’s, which has been providing gourmet-to-go meals that change daily for more than 30 years! Great sushi can be found at Ginger Asian Bistro, and the Park Inn is a favorite local watering hole. To the west, Perry Street, which 10 years ago consisted mainly of mini-marts and rundown auto shops, is now a thriving foodie community that draws guests from all over the region. During summer, weekly farmers markets bring fresh food to the surrounding neighborhood. Grab a pizza for two at South Perry Pizza, authentic Southern cuisine and cocktails at Casper Fry, or a craft beer at Perry Street Brewing Company. Street fairs and events happen here year round. On South Hatch is Wisconsin Burger, the unofficial home of Green Bay Packer Fans on Sundays during the fall months. Heading further south up and along 29th Avenue, the options become almost too numerous to count. The Two Seven, a sister restaurant of the Elk in Brown’s Addition and Moon Time and The Porch in North Idaho, is famous for fantastic sandwiches. Hogan’s Diner offers nostalgia and hearty breakfasts, and Linnie’s Thai will make it as spicy as you want.

a thriving foodie community that draws guests from all over the region. If you want to dine at any of the immensely popular restaurants at 29th and Grand, be sure to get there early. Manito Tap House features an impressive array of tap beers to complement food made from scratch. Called the best Asian food in Spokane by many, Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe seats only a couple dozen, but those who get in are treated to a menu of mild, medium and hot traditional Sichuan cooking. The dumplings are out of this world. Between 37th and 57th avenues, the scene has continued to evolve since the new Target shopping complex opened. Mainstays like Twigs and Waddell’s continue to produce excellent food while Poole’s Public House opened a second location, and Rock City Grill moved out of the mall and into the space Famous Ed’s once occupied. New chains like Mod Pizza, Ezell’s Famous Chicken and Jersey Mike’s Subs offer lunches on the go. From top to bottom, you’ll find just about any flavor on Spokane’s south side.

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MADELEINE’S CAFÉ & PÂTISSERIE, CASPER FRY AND DURKIN’S LIQUOR BAR — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

A FAMILY OF RESTAURANTS RIGHT HERE IN SPOKANE: INTERVIEW WITH CO-OWNER DEB GREEN When did each restaurant open its doors? My daughter Megan and I opened Madeleine’s in the summer of 2007. The concept, a French café and pâtisserie, came about as Meg attended French pastry school. We celebrated our 10-year anniversary last summer, and are grateful we’ve made so many friends along the way. Open just over five years, Casper Fry was conceived out of a desire to do more, to keep challenging ourselves and design a concept unlike other restaurants in Spokane, at the time. We love the process and are committed to building happy gathering places that bring people together through food. Durkin’s opened in 2014. The location is rich with history, and after taking a look at it, and doing our homework, we knew that Durkin’s Liquor Bar was just begging to be built. Again, we felt the tug of the challenge and were truly all about building a space so upbeat, and big-city, that when guests walked through the doors they’d feel they’d been transported to New York City. What was the inspiration behind each? We were inspired by our favorite bakeries in Paris and other cities. The name Madeleine was Meg’s French name in high school. Eleven years ago, there were very few bakeries in Spokane, and none downtown, so there was a lot of local anticipation as we prepared to open our doors. With an historic family tie to the South Perry neighborhood, it just seemed right to build a Southern-inspired restaurant paying homage to Casper Fry, my great grandfather, a Southern-born Baptist minister. My mother can spend hours recounting childhood stories of time spent with this friendly gentle man. Our journey was visceral, and it became important that we honor him by building a restaurant named for him that would be a place where guests were treated neighborly and greeted with Southern hospitality. My son Ben’s contribution to every aspect of building, and running this restaurant, has been priceless. Jimmy Durkin was a local liquor tycoon during the turn of the century and an honest-to-goodness local legend. He owned Durkin’s Liquor Company and three Bars downtown; coincidentally, one in our exact location. During prohibition, what is now our Basement Bar, was a private Speakeasy, or “card room,” for guests in the know. When we decided to build Durkin’s Liquor Bar, we really wanted it to be a place that was fun. A swank upscale diner and bar, a vibrant, positive energy, easyto-understand food, knowledgeable staff and natty interior. We’re very detail oriented and dedicated ourselves to creating and curating a hip but vintage vibe, and making sure even the tiniest of details were accounted for. What is your favorite aspect of each? Madeleine’s has steadfastly withstood the test of time. My son calls her “the mother ship.” Without Madeleine’s, we would never have had the courage or ambition to create and build the other two. Casper Fry has a special place in my heart. For me, it’s the one most about family. Built for and about family, and as a place for any family to gather, it just feels like home. When it’s full of happy, chattering guests, dining on shrimp and grits, and drinking whiskey, it always has, and always will, feel like magic to me. At Durkin’s it’s a busy, loud Friday night, when the hip-hop is blaring from the speakers in the dining room, guests are trying interesting food, excited by the cocktails, and the basement bar is full to overflowing with young energetic people. The place is just plain cool. It’s exactly what we built it to be. What are you most proud of when it comes to your family of restaurants? I’m quite proud of the number of jobs we’ve created and that our restaurants support other local businesses, but mostly I’m proud of my kids. When it comes to the success of all three, what do you attribute it to? Without a doubt, family. We wouldn’t be here doing this if we weren’t doing it together. We’re fortunate to have staff who invest in us, and we feel blessed to be here. The restaurants were built with intent and purpose, and we’re humbled that Spokane has been gracious enough to understand that and reward us with their support.

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Madeleine’s Cafe & Patisserie Downtown 415 W. Main Ave. 509.624.2253

Casper Fry South Hill 928 S. Perry St. 509.535.0536 CasperFry.com

Durkin’s Liquor Bar Downtown 416 W. Main Avenue 509.863.9501 DurkinsLiquorBar.com


For the Foodie MANITO TAP HOUSE

You won’t find just any ordinary pub food here. Creative house-made from-scratch appetizers, soups and salads are on the menu, as well as burgers, wraps, steaks and vegetarian fare, and desserts such as the ancho chile brulee round out the menu. To accompany the great food, they offer 50 beers on tap, 60-plus beer bottles, wines and full cocktail menu. They were named Best Beer Bar in Washington for 2017 by the Brewers Association. MTH is a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant. Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 10pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - midnight. Find them at Facebook.com/ManitoTapHouse or visit their website. ManitoTapHouse.com

South Hill 3011 S. Grand Blvd. 509.279.2671 Gastropub $$

culinary experience have gone into the Southerninspired menu and carefully curated, familiar and hospitable vibe. Skilled and knowledgable bartenders are known for their classically crafted cocktails, barrel-aging program and a whiskey list as long as your arm. Meals are prepared in a solid-fuel burning Josper oven which infuses the food with a rich and distinctive smokey flavor. The weekend brunch menu and Bloody Mary will cure your most regrettable hangover and send you home for your Sunday nap. CasperFry.com

South Hill 928 S. Perry St. 509.535.0536 Southern Classic & Comfort $-$ HUGO’S ON THE HILL

CASPER FRY

Named for Great Grandfather, Southern-born Baptist Minister Casper Fry, the restaurant pays homage to the generation and an era when folks gathered for hearty meals and friendly conversation over a glass of good, aged whiskey. Praised by The Wall Street Journal as one of six restaurants to dine at in Spokane, much thought and years of Southern

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Hugo’s on the Hill is an upscale bowling alley and restaurant, with 16 bowling lanes featuring laser lights and projectors with music videos, 50-seat dining room, three private lounges and a game room. Choose from the huge selection of appetizers, entrees, pizza, soups and salads, snacks and sliders. Beer, wine and cocktails are available as well. Looking to book a party? Hugo’s has got you covered. This is the South Hill’s one-stop fun place. Open Monday Thursday 11:30am - midnight, Friday 11:30am - 2am,

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Saturday 9:30am - 2am, Sunday 9:30am - midnight. HugosOnTheHill.com

South Hill 3023 E. 28th Ave. 509. 822.7149 Inventive Pub Fare $-$$

FLEUR DE SEL ARTISAN CRÊPERIE

From the owners behind Fleur de Sel French restaurant in Post Falls, owners Laurent and Patricia Zirotti have brought a piece of France right here to Spokane. Fleur de Sel Artisan Crêperie offers guests a variety of delectable French crepes served all day. Guests can select from an assortment of sweet or savory crepes, such as the Monte Cristo, bison meatloaf and horseradish, salmon and capers, and lemon curd. All of their crepes are made with non-GMO flour, buckwheat and milk, with glutenfree and vegan options available. Open Monday Friday 7am - 3pm, Saturday - Sunday 9am - 3pm. FleurdeSelCreperie.com

South Hill 909 S. Grand Blvd. 509.242.3725 French Crepes $

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16 Vintage bowling Lanes “Suite-style” with leather couches full bar & 3 PRIVATE LOUNGES

Hugo’s on the Hill a perfect pair: upscale bowling and dining

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dining room seats 50 people

game room with billiards, big buck hunter, arcade power putt, golden tee, pinball & skeeball

scratch-made menu SPECIALTY BURGERS INCLUDING THE BIG SMOKE & THE GREAT BLUE BUFFALO SPECIALTY PIZZAS INCLUDING THE BIG KAHUNA AND THE PERFECT CARNIVORE

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HUGO’S ON THE HILL originally opened back in the 1950s. This one-of-a-kind establishment on the South Hill offers patrons a fun experience they won’t find anywhere else in Spokane. With a remodel in 2009 and owners Chris and Alex Schwartz at the helm, they’ve created the recipe for a successful business to play and dine.

You can’t forget the specialty pizzas and burgers: pizzas like the Big Kahuna (ham, bacon, pineapple, pineapple teriyaki drizzle and red sauce) and burgers including The Great Bleu Buffalo (made with a half pound kobe patty with bleu cheese crumbles, Applewood-smoked bacon, house buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion).

The space houses a 16-lane upscale bowling alley with modern décor, offering a bowling alley unlike any other in the area. Cosmic-lit lanes, four 16-foot projectors that play your requested music videos, a game room with pool, skee ball and arcade games, and to top it all off, a full-service restaurant and bar round out Hugo’s. Be prepared to wine and dine in comfort with the suite-style leather couches. This will be the most luxurious bowling experience you will ever encounter.

What is bowling without beer? Hugo’s has stepped up its game, with 20 beers on tap to choose from, with choices rotating almost daily. They also offer a seasonal drink menu, drink specials, happy hour every day and all day on Sunday.

The recently updated menu offers a variety of specialty drinks and scratch-made American fare, but this isn’t just any other bowling alley cuisine. Appetizers include Alaskan crab cakes, smokehouse wings and fried ravioli. Entrée items like top sirloin steak, green curry prawns and mac and cheese royale are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger and your palate after a game of bowling.

All ages are welcome. Experience the fun and food at Hugo’s Monday through Thursday 11:30am to midnight, Friday 11:30am to 2am, Saturday 9:30am to 2am and Sunday 9:30am to midnight. What are you waiting for?

Hugo’s also features a game room with four TVs—with a total of 25 throughout the building! They also have three private rooms available, perfect for big events and parties.

Hugo’s on the Hill South Hill 3023 E. 28th Ave. 509.822.7149 HugosOnTheHill.com


AS YOU HEAD WEST out of Downtown Spokane, your food choices definitely don’t end. Start your day off at Frank’s Diner where you’ll be seated inside a more than 100-year-old Union Pacific Railcar. As a testament to its popularity, Frank’s goes through 30,000 eggs each month! Continuing west you’ll find the eclectic vibe of Browne’s Addition. The narrow neighborhood is a mixed bag of new apartments and beautiful turn-of-the-century homes. Each summer, Artfest takes over nearby Coeur d’Alene Park, and Elkfest closes down a couple of blocks for several days of live music. The intersection of Pacific and Cannon is where you will find food and drink. The Elk serves up scratch-made sandwiches and rotating specialties, and right behind it the El Que has a more Mexican-focused menu. Italia Trattoria boasts an impressive menu of traditional Italian dishes, Pacific Avenue Pizza offers a quick bite, and Browne’s Tavern has patio and multi-level seating inside the converted old home. About five minutes from the Spokane Airport you will find Airway Heights, a community largely supported by the servicemen and women at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base. Many have traveled the world and developed a taste for different foods, and restaurant owners have built several options that cater to those tastes. Sala Thai serves up traditional Thai dishes with traditional Thai spice, meaning hot! “Charlie” owns

Sushiyama restaurants in Airway Heights and Downtown Spokane, and although the décor won’t take your breath away, the fish will. Charlie drives to Seattle weekly to purchase his fish himself, and there is always something you won’t find on any other menu in town. You can’t miss Northern Quest Resort & Casino as you drive along Highway 2. Besides a massive casino with slots, tables and off-track horse wagers, Northern Quest offers several food options. The buffet features different themes each night, a food court offers quick bites, and Epic has a 30-foot by 10-foot screen which is always showing the game of the day. Northern Quest’s flagship restaurant, Masselow’s Steakhouse, is at the top of the Spokane restaurant hierarchy serving only the best cuts of steak and fresh seafood. For those needing a bite before hopping on their flight out, Longhorn Barbecue is one of the oldest barbecue joints in town and famous for its smoked sausages. The Rusty Moose is located just outside the Hilton Garden Inn and is a favorite for business travelers. West of Spokane, the scenery might flatten out, but your taste buds won’t!

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The Elk Public House — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

Every neighborhood should be so lucky

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CONSISTENTLY GOOD FOOD and atmosphere along with friendly service and menu items offered at a reasonable price; these things appeal to everybody, no matter what their age or financial status. The Elk Public House offers a comfortable and inviting welcome-to-myhouse environment, which is laid back, not pretentious. What keeps people coming back for more you ask? In addition to the traditional Reuben, thanks to the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show, which featured the Elk back in 2010, the Sante Fe chicken sandwich, Mediterranean grilled lamb sandwich and legendary roasted corn pasta our favorites. And at The Elk you’ll find a staff that truly cares about their guests. This is something owners John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen value: “Caring about their job, the people they work with, the appearance of the food, the type of service they provide,” John says. “Keeping them happy helps with this, but ultimately it takes a certain type of individual who cares about what they do.” And at The Elk, their employees most certainly care about the restaurant and their guests as is reflected by the many longtime staff members it employees. Chef Kevin Russell has been at The Elk for 17 years; Marshall Powell, general manager, 14 years; Dale Ringquist, server, 16 years; Joe Vitt, cook, 10 years;

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Leroy Ransom, cook, 10 years; and Lance Hostetter, cook, 10 years. “I think the reasons I have worked for John and Brad for so long is because of them and also my co-workers. It really feels like a family more than a job,” says Kevin. “John and Brad are really good to their employees, and I appreciate all they have done for me. From ownership down through management and staff, it really does feel more like a family than a job.” When it comes to what has kept him loyal to The Elk all of these years, Dale says, “Well other than the obvious, that John and Brad take care of us, health care, retirement and bonuses, and the kick-ass crew in the front and back of the house, I would say our customers. … We have some of the most loyal customers of any place I have worked.” John and Brad are also the duo behind Two Seven Public House, El Que and Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales in Spokane, Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch Public House in Hayden. Their common philosophy at each location is to make food from scratch, price it affordably and serve it with a smile. And this is exactly what you will find at The Elk.

The Elk Public House West Side 1931 W. Pacific Ave. 509.363.1973 WeDontHaveOne.com

GRILLED LAMB SANDWICH Lamb thinly sliced, marinated, then grilled with red onions, served with tzatziki and mayo on a French roll TRADITIONAL REUBEN Slow-cooked corned beef, melted Swiss, housemade sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing all piled on toasted rye bread BULGOGI BEEF TACOS Thinly sliced Korean-marinated beef seared and stuffed into two warm flour tortillas, topped with cabbage, cilantro and a spicy pickled-ginger sauce, served with a side of jasmine rice and a quick cucumber kimchi SWIMMING ANGEL A traditional Thai dish of steamed spinach and char-grilled chicken breast served over rice and topped with spicy peanut sauce, served with sweet and sour cucumber salad and toasted bread 74TH ST. GUMBO Inspired by Seattle’s finest Ale House. Chicken, sausage, shrimp and vegetables in a traditional sauce served over rice. It’s hot! BBQ CHICKEN QUESADILLA Oven-roasted chicken, red onions, fresh cilantro, mozzarella cheese and The Elk’s own BBQ sauce stuffed into a flour tortilla and grilled, served with a smoked onion sauce for dipping


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OCTOBER 28: MASQUERADE CHARITY BALL Opulent. Elegant. Mysterious. North Idaho Life hosted a classic and epic, oneon-a-kind Hollywood costume party / masquerade ball Saturday, October 28. The evening included a red carpet arrival, complimentary champagne, dinner with interactive entertainment, live music, DJ and dancing. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind North Idaho Life event next year. More information can be found online at CdAMask.com.

AbisIceCream.com 112 N. 4th St. - CDA 208.930.0699

Open 7 days a week!

OCTOBER 21: THE PUMPKIN BALL Held at the Spokane Convention Center, 5:30 to 11pm, this magical evening featured a gourmet three-course meal, specialty dessert, live music and dancing, Fairytale Totes full of gourmet goodies, competitive pumpkin carving, live and silent auctions, raffles and other games. Last year’s event raised more than $206,000 for Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. Don’t miss out on the 2018 event. Visit ThePumpkinBall.org and stay tuned.

OKTOBERFEST

Time to get out and about and enjoy beer, German foods and so much more!

OCTOBER 28: FALL FEST AND APPLE PALOOZA

Small batch ice creams & sorbets, shakes, espresso, gourmet hot chocolate, & fresh baked cookies.

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Each year, the last Saturday in October, Sherman Avenue in Downtown Coeur d’Alene is home to the annual Fall Fest and Apple Palooza, which concludes the Kootenai County Farmers Market 2017 season. This family friendly event features local produce, specialty foods, food trucks, hayrides, music, apple tasting even and much more! To find out more about this fun family event, call 208.667.5986 or visit KootenaiFarmersMarkets.org.


Music under the stars, on the lake,

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It’s the world class concert series in your own back yard

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NOVEMBER 4: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER All are welcome to attend A Night to Remember, a fundraiser for Community Cancer Services in partnership with Ponderay Rotary, held at 5:30pm at the Bonner County Fairgrounds in Sandpoint. The evening includes a wine tasting, a wine dinner featuring wines from several local wineries, live and silent auctions and more. Cost to attend the event is $95 per person or $1,500 per sponsor table. Find out more about the event on Facebook, visit CommunityCancerServices.com or call 208.255.2301.

NOVEMBER 24: TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY A Sandpoint tradition, bundle up the kids and head to Jeff Jones Town Square for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and visit from good ol’ St. Nick himself. The event takes place from 5:30 to 7pm, with the tree lighting and Santa’s arrival at 6pm. Holiday carolers, cookies and hot cider round out this festive holiday event, which is free and open to all. If you are looking to find out more about this event, you can call 208.255.1876.

NOVEMBER 10: 36TH ANNUAL EPICUREAN DELIGHT An annual black-tie event held at the Spokane Convention Center, Epicurean Delight features 30 restaurants and 30 libations showcasing some of the most amazing food and drink the region has to offer. All proceeds raised from Epicurean Delight 2017 will go toward expanding INBC’s automation for transfusion services, enabling INBC to improve patient care and quality of service. Doors open at 6pm with festivities and dancing until 11pm. Tickets are $175 each. If you’re interested in attending this year’s event, call 509.232.4567 or visit EpicureanDelight.org, as tickets sell out each year.

NOVEMBER 24: COEUR D’ALENE LIGHTING CEREMONY PARADE Each year, the day after Thanksgiving, locals and visitors alike head to Sherman Avenue in Downtown Coeur d’Alene for the Lighting Ceremony and Parade. All ages will enjoy the Christmas parade followed by the incredible fireworks display. The event starts at 5pm, with the sky illuminated by the bright lights of fireworks at 6:15pm. This is truly a magical evening worth making an annual family event. CdADowntown.com

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DECEMBER 1-31: JOURNEY TO THE NORTH POLE CRUISES Kids 5 and younger ride free on this magical Journey to see 1.5 million lights, with a visit to the North Pole to meet Santa and his Elves, The Grinch, Rudolph, the Giant Animated Christmas Tree… and much more! Children will be amazed to find that Santa calls them out by name! The North Pole also has dancing elves and prancing reindeer. The 40-minute Journey to the North Pole cruise departs every night from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Please call 208.765.4000 for cruise times or visit CdAResort.com for more information.

DECEMBER 2: HAYDEN LIGHTS PARADE AND CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Presented by P1FCU, the event starts at 5pm with the parade, which heads south along Government Way from Hayden Avenue to Honeysuckle Avenue, immediately followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Bring the whole family and enjoy all the festivities during this annual Hayden Lights holiday celebration! Head to McIntire Family Park for free cookies, and hot chocolate is available for purchase. Be sure to watch for the arrival of a very special guest. CityOfHaydenId.us

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with First Night Spokane, which continues to be the only winter festival on New Year’s Eve in Downtown Spokane. Celebrating 17 years hosting the largest visual and performing arts festival in the downtown core of Spokane, this is a spectacular event for all! With Family and Adult Zones, there is something for all ages. This year’s Renaissance theme is “Be a Hero.” ​Join forces with the 1st Knights of Spokane on their quest to keep the arts alive. Dress up or come as you are! FirstNightSpokane.org

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DECEMBER 2: HOLIDAY CRAB FEED & BENEFIT AUCTION 2017 marks the 51st Annual Holiday Crab Feed and Benefit Auction, with proceeds going to support the prevention of child abuse. Held in the Integra Telecom Ballroom at the Spokane Convention Center, tickets are $75 per person; attendees must be 21 or older. Doors open at 4:30pm with social hour and silent auction, followed by dinner, live auction and live music by the Cronkites. Hurry, registration ends Monday, November 27, 2017 at 1pm! For more information, email crabfeed@dsxc.org or visit DowntownSpokaneExchangeClub.org

DECEMBER 10: CHRIST KITCHEN GINGERBREAD BUILD-OFF Held at The Davenport Hotel, the annual Gingerbread BuildOff features teams of the region’s finest bakers and architects competing to build the most beautiful and imaginative gingerbread houses. These teams will decorate under a three hour time limit. It’s free to watch the teams in action 10am to 1pm in the Hall of Doges! Tickets to vote can be purchased at the event. In the Grand Pennington Ballroom, kids and families can decorate their own gingerbread houses from 10am to 4pm. Kits are $7 each with all proceeds benefiting Christ Kitchen. ChristKitchen.org NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM

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Looking for a thrilling—yet freezing—way to start off the New Year? Then head down to Sander’s Beach in Coeur d’Alene and take part in the annual Polar Bear Plunge. The “plunge” may last but a few seconds, but the adrenaline rush and accomplishment you get from dipping your body into the frigid waters will get your year off to a great start. Grab a group of friends, or family, and mark this on your calendars. It could become an annual tradition of your own. The plunge happens at noon.

JANUARY 13: NORTHERN LIGHTS AT SCHWEITZER

The Schweitzer Mountain Community Association has a Northern Lights show for you, North Idaho style! They’re starting it off with a torchlight parade down Jam Session at 6pm, followed by a massive fireworks show in the village, then music and partying up in Taps afterward! For more information, call 208.263.9555 or visit Schweitzer.com.

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JANUARY 27: CHEFS CULINARY CLASSIC This event is a true culinary experience featuring six exquisite courses paired with amazing wines. Unleash your inner foodie and experience a distinct evening of dining while helping children treated at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital. This exclusive premier dining event is presented by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy and held at The Historic Davenport Hotel. Visit Sacred-Heart. ChildrensMiracleNetworkHospitals.org to purchase tickets and learn more about the work Children’s Miracle Network Hospital is doing to impact patients at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

FEBRUARY 2-9: SPOKANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

This year marks the 20th year of The Spokane International Film Festival, full of celebration and cinema! SpIFF is an intimate festival where filmmakers and audiences engage the art of cinema, bringing a small, selective offering of world-class films all screened in the heart of Downtown Spokane. These are the very best features, documentaries and shorts that have been made around the world during the past year but have not yet been commercially released for wide distribution. SpIFF hosts a variety of parties, events and filmmaker panels that are open to the public and encourage lively and educational interactions between filmmakers and their audiences. SpokaneFilmFestival.org

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FEBRUARY 9: A TASTE OF HOPE BENEFIT FOR THE ISAAC FOUNDATION The Taste of Hope auction benefit is an evening of acclaimed food, brews, wines and spirits that features a silent and live auction with plenty of entertainment sprinkled throughout the event. Proceeds from this event provide critical funding for The ISAAC Foundation’s educational, emotional and financial support programs for families in our area impacted by autism. Find out more about this event, and The ISAAC Foundation, by calling 509.325.1515 or visiting TheISAACFoundation.org.

FEBRUARY 10-11: VALENWINE WEEKEND

Looking for something to do with you sweetie to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Saturday, February 10, and Sunday, February 11, head to Spokane’s Cork District for an afternoon wine tour and tasting, where you’ll be treated to the best in wine and company. Fifteen tasting rooms, walking tours and new releases—what could be better? Every Cork District Winery is open both days noon to 5pm; some offer extended hours. If you’re looking to find out more, call 888.776.5263 or go online to VisitSpokane.com/cork-district.

Wintertime Carnivals, tastings, balls and more!

Every year in the dead of winter since 1973, Sandpoint, Idaho, cooks up a sure antidote to cabin fever. It’s the Sandpoint Winter Carnival, pure fun celebrating the best of the snowy season. Sandpoint’s annual Winter Carnival includes fireworks and fun at Schweitzer, live music all over town, parties galore plus other traditional favorites including the Parade of Lights and the K9 Keg Pull. Call 208.263.2161 or visit SandpointWinterCarnival.com. Photo by Tides of Life Photography

FEBRUARY 27: KIDS AT HEART BENEFIT

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With your participation, this year’s event can be better than ever. Have lunch at the Spokane Convention Center and be a Kid at Heart! Whether you want to host a table and invite nine other “Kids at Heart” or join an open table and meet new friends, there will be plenty of treats and fun awaiting you. There are also opportunities for those interested in volunteering or hosting a table for the event. For those unable to attend the annual luncheon, you can still donate to the children’s hospital. Call 509.474.2819 or visit KidsAtHeartCharityLunch.org to find out more.

Feed Spokane provides food for more than 65,000 free meals to those in need each month! But they need community support to make this happen. One way you can contribute is just by dining out! Feed Spokane holds its annual Dine Out to Feed Spokane during the entire month of March. This benefit raises money to feed the hungry in the Spokane community and brings awareness to Feed Spokane. All month long, a percentage of your meal cost at participating restaurants will be donated to Feed Spokane to help fight hunger in the area. Call 509.216.7364 or visit FeedSpokane.com.

MARCH 3: WINE, STEIN & DINE This annual event is an evening filled with tastings from more than 85 vendors of microbrews and hard ciders from local breweries, wine from area wineries, with an array of foods from local restaurants, live music, wine tree raffle, photo booth and silent auction. Held at the Greyhound Park and Event Center, this annual fundraiser of the Post Falls Education Foundation funds innovative classroom grants for Post Falls School District educators in grades K-12. For more information, find them on Facebook or call 208.691.4675. PFEFWSD.org

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MARCH 10: ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE SPOKANE Each year on the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick put together one of the most fun and entertaining parades in the region. Using proceeds from the parade, the Friendly Sons’ passion for this event extends beyond the parade route each year when they provide donations to several area nonprofit organizations to support the community. FriendlySonsOfStPatrick.com

MARCH 3: BARTENDERS’ BALL Enjoy cocktails and appetizers from Coeur d’Alene’s finest bars, restaurants and caterers and support H.E.L.P (Help Every Little Paw). Vote for your favorites! Silent and live auctions, tons of giveaways, snack bar and live music round out the event. The Bartenders’ Ball will be held at the Coeur d’Alene Plaza Shops on Sherman Avenue in Downtown Coeur d’Alene 6 to 9pm. For more information, go to HelpEveryLittlePaw.org.


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The top-five fruits and vegetables to incorporate into your diet today WHETHER YOUR GOAL is reversing chronic problems or simply making sure your body stays as healthy as possible, the best thing you can do for yourself is eating healthy food. Nutrition affects how you feel every day, and if you’re dealing with a condition that has you in pain or discomfort, eating right could be a key part of healing your body. Of course, medicine can help you with that, as well, but sometimes eating foods that heal allow you to improve your health without traditional medicine. Or, you could eat the right food in conjunction with any medication your doctor recommends for better results. Wondering what you should be eating to aid in reversing chronic problems? This list of the top foods that heal will help you on your journey to health. Beans Beans are packed full of protein, which is one of the reasons vegans often opt for beans as a protein source. But considering their health benefits, beans are something that everyone should eat at least a couple times per week. Health benefits include reducing cholesterol, improving digestive health and regulating blood sugar. Thanks to the phytochemicals found in beans, this food can even reduce your cancer risk. Beans also provide plenty of

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antioxidants, iron and fiber. Since they contain tryptophan, an amino acid, they keep your appetite in check and help you get to sleep more easily. Cherries Cherries offer substantial nutrients while being fairly low in calories, making them an easy addition to your diet without causing you to pack on the pounds. They contain ellagic acid and quercetin, two compounds that have demonstrated cancer-fighting properties. They also have a compound called anthocyanin, which can reduce your uric acid levels and help with gout. If you eat cherries regularly, it can reduce your heart-attack and stroke risk. They are also a natural painkiller and help with inflammation. Aim for at least two to three servings per week, although eating cherries every day is even better. When they’re not in season, opt for frozen cherries for smoothies or to add to your meals. They’ll still have all the same nutrients. Spinach Any vegetable is good for you, but spinach has high values in many different nutrients such as calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium and iron. It boosts your bone health because it has both calcium, a building block of strong bones, and vitamin K, which aids calcium in adhering to your bones.

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Find the strong and weak points in your current diet. Do you eat four to five cups of fruits and vegetables every day? Do you get enough calcium? Do you eat whole grain, highfiber foods? If so, you’re on the right track! Keep it up. If not, add more of these foods to your daily diet.

Spinach is another one of those foods that heal, literally, due to its antiinflammatory properties. Since it lowers your blood pressure, it decreases your heart-attack and stroke risk in the process. It’s great for your eyes and your brain, guarding against age-related macular degeneration and dementia.

Carrots For proper nutrition, it’s recommended that you eat a variety of different colors when it comes to fruits and vegetables, because varying colors mean the food provides different antioxidants. Carrots have antioxidants called carotenoids, and these are a crucial part of your diet. An insufficient amount of carotenoids is associated with heart disease and various types of cancers, but people who get plenty of carotenoids have a much lower risk of cancer. In addition to carotenoids, carrots also have plenty of potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, fiber and vitamin A, to name just a few of their nutrients. Like spinach, carrots are readily available any time of year at any grocery store, no matter the season. Eat at least one large carrot per day for the best results. You can cook carrots or eat them raw, but stick to whole carrots, as these are the most nutritious. Kiwi When you’re looking for a healthy food that packs plenty of nutrients into a small package, it’s hard to beat the kiwi. You’ve probably heard that oranges are great for vitamin C, bananas have plenty of potassium and apples have quite a bit of fiber. Kiwi beat all of them, boasting over twice as much vitamin C as you’d get in an orange, and surpassing apples in fiber content and bananas when it comes to potassium. The vitamins and minerals you get from kiwis can reduce your risk of stroke, heart disease and several types of cancer. This fruit can also lower your blood pressure and your LDL cholesterol, which is the bad type of cholesterol. Kiwi are in season from about April until November, and this is when they’ll taste best. They’re a delicious snack, and you should eat them at least a couple times per week. These are just five of the most nutritious, healthy foods that you can add to your diet for healing your body and ensuring that you’re getting the right nutrients every day. It’s best to use a variety of different items so that you can put together a diverse eating plan. If you’re having trouble working all the right fruits and vegetables in, don’t forget that you can always blend your favorites into a smoothie for a nutrient-dense drink. It’s all about finding the plan that works for you. Cheers to your health!

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EXPLORE CULINARY DELIGHTS FOUND OFF THE BEATEN PATH There are times when the good old standbys just aren’t enough. You don’t want the same old thing in the same old place. Have you ever said, “I just don’t know what I feel like. You pick.” We’ve rounded up a handful of places you may have never heard about before. They’re shrouded in mystery, either because they are so good they don’t need a website, or it’s a place the locals know about and keep a closely guarded secret. Whatever the reason, they’re delicious and deserve to be noted.

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ometimes you can’t find a sitter, and sometimes you just don’t want to. At Embers by the Lake, families are always welcome. On their starters menu, they include tricolor fish crackers, which are always a hit with the kids! But that’s not all, and it’s not even the star! Embers is known for their wood-fired artisan pizza, served with love to enjoy with your neighbors, family and friends. General Managers Chris and Jane Hammons make sure that a casual atmosphere is maintained where the whole family will be welcomed. If you’re looking for a tasting map through the menu, here it is: Start with the garlic knots. These wonderful doughy bites are made from the same scratch-made dough as the pizza, tied into a knot, baked and topped with delicious garlic butter, parmesan cheese and parsley flakes in just the right amounts. You can add a side of alfredo or marinara to complete it. I know many people who make this a meal all on its own, but don’t do it, because there’s still pizza!

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Pick your crust, either a traditional or their gluten-free option, with regular or vegan cheese if necessary. There’ are so many different delicious topping combos available that it’s hard to write about just one, so go to their Facebook page to see the full menu. My favorite is the sweet and smoky chipotle barbecue chicken with crumbled hickory-smoked bacon, red onions, mozzarella, provolone, cheddar and pepper jack cheese, topped with fresh cilantro. Don’t forget dessert! The locals know they have personal sized make-your-own s’mores! It’s the best way to end a night at Embers. Embers by the Lake Hauser, Idaho 12008 N. Woodland Beach Dr. 208.262.8219 Facebook.com/Embersbythelake Hay J’s Bistro in Liberty Lake is another low flyer on the radar. This American bistro is as artisan as it can get! As you pull up to this unpretentious building, just be prepared to have your socks knocked off. Their full menu includes tasty appetizers such as steamed clams and lobster Louis, salads with names like butterhead & bleu and ‘rocket salad,’ scratch-made soups, and full lunch and dinner offerings. The mother-and-son team of Patrick Fechser and Rhonda Entner started Hay J’s with a vision of simple yet amazing food, hospitable service and a wine and cocktail selection that would cater to all. They’ve certainly hit the mark in Liberty Lake, running a restaurant founded on family ideals. Hay J’s Bistro Liberty Lake, Washington 21706 E. Mission Ave. 509.926.2310 HayJsBistro.com

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Nestled along the banks of the Pack River, this hidden gem of a little general store has some amazingly tasty creations coming out of the kitchen! Whether you have a need for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this is a place you need to check out! They’re open seven days a week, and you’ll always be greeted with a smile when you walk through the door. What would you be hungry for if you’re spending a day away from civilization? The Pack River General Store boasts a monthly menu on their Facebook page that spans from Szechuan pork and veggie stirfry to artichoke- and feta-stuffed chicken breast with risotto. Don’t miss their prime rib nights, because that’s a taste explosion in your mouth that no one should ever miss out on! Their shredded pork enchiladas are one of my personal favorites, but when I go for lunch I’m sure to get either one of their pizzas or street tacos. They serve beer and wine and are very kid friendly. When you stop by, tell them I sent you. Pack River General Store Sandpoint, Idaho 1587 Rapid Lightning Rd. 208.263.2409 Facebook.com/PackRiverStore Get ready for the surprise of your life when you visit Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen. This hidden gem serves up spicy with a smile! I stopped by for a visit with a friend and my son and couldn’t have been more pleased with the service, food and atmosphere. They offer up comfort food, reimagined, with twists on some of your favorite Mexican foods. Their mango habanero salsa is the best, and the stacked enchiladas should be what my dreams are made of. My favorite burrito, the smoked brisket, is perfect every time, but I recommend getting it smothered in some of their house-made red sauce. Wash it all down with your beverage of choice, and don’t forget to tip your waitress! Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen Rathdrum, Idaho 8016 W. Main St. 208.687.6441 Facebook.com/NadinesMexicanKitchen If you wanted a completely private family dining-style evening complete with some of the best wine pairings to be had in the area, all prepared in a home setting with a multi-course gourmet menu and time between courses to relax, converse, play games or sit by a fire pit, do you know where you would go? Athol of course. The little town is home to an amazing culinary experience prepared by Chef David Adlard. It’s a true treat from start to finish. Candle in the Woods offers limo service from your home to the venue and back again so that you’re free to enjoy the meal,

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After you’re whisked away and arrive at Candle in the Woods, you’ll find a personalized name tag at your seat at the table, and you’ll be greeted by the chef himself as he invites you in to start your evening of relaxation. The open kitchen allows you to see the foods that he’s preparing for you, and if you ask you might get a tour of the wine cellar, which won the very prestigious “Best of Wine Spectator Award of Excellence” for 2016-2017. Their reservations are normally booked months in advance, but if you’re lucky, they’ll have a few cancellations and you could get a table on very short notice. Call early and call often to make this a regular dining experience! Candle in the Woods Athol, Idaho 11805 E. Nunn Rd. 208.664.0135 CandleInTheWoods.com This is just a small sampling of restaurants and experiences off the beaten path. We’re hoping that you’ve discovered a new one, or rediscovered an old favorite! It’s worth it in our area to get off the main road and explore. That sense of adventure is what fuels our lives here in the Inland Northwest.

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Off The Beaten Path TRAILS AND ACTIVITIES TO TRY THIS WINTER! — BY COLIN ANDERSON —

WHILE THERE MIGHT not always be snow on the ground in town, the mountains that surround our Inland Northwest communities always offer plenty of deep stuff from Thanksgiving through the spring thaw. You’ve more than likely tackled at least a few of the ski hills within 90 minutes of Downtown Spokane and perhaps taken snowshoes out on some of the area trails where bikes are usually found. These are just the tip of the iceberg for outdoor recreation across Eastern Washington and North Idaho. While there are posted and unmarked trails all over the region, below are some of our favorites. Nordic – Trails along Priest Lake, Idaho Many in our area flock to this beautiful body of water for summertime fun and relaxation, but it’s just as beautiful and even more peaceful once the snow falls. There are several great trails for beginners and children along the lake. Priest Lake State Park’s Indian Creek Unit provides 8.7 kilometers of groomed terrain and circles the park’s visitor center area. There are picturesque views of the lake and surrounding mountains, and The Park’s visitor center and store are open on weekends for fresh coffee or hot chocolate. Hanna Flats is another beginner to moderate area with 10 additional kilometers of single-track trail. The Hanna Grove Nature Trail offers views of old growth forest and information placards along the trail. Those looking for a bit more of a challenge can go off trail up some of the hillsides for a few additional calories burned.

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Snowshoeing – Gold Hill Trail No. 3, Sandpoint, Idaho Not far from Downtown Sandpoint, this moderate hike is the perfect day trip, whether it’s your first time on snowshoes or you’re a seasoned pro. The trailhead is easy to find by taking Bottle Bay Road off of Highway 95. The trail is used heavily in the summer but is less visited in the winter time. You’ll find an elevation gain of 1,200 feet as you make your way up through pine forest. You’ll find panoramic views of Sandpoint, the Selkirk Mountains and Lake Pend Oreille as you ascend, and the best views are from the top. The trail measures about 3.7 miles in length, so plan on starting early so you can finish off your day with a hot chocolate or bite to eat and local craft beer in nearby Downtown Sandpoint. Downhill – Red Mountain Resort, Rossland, British Columbia The secret is only beginning to get out about this gem of a mountain located a stone’s throw across the border in British Columbia. Part of the famous ‘Powder Highway’ Red added nearly 1,000 new skiable acres in 2013, bringing the total ski boundary area to 4,200 acres. There are 110 marked runs with a nearly even split of beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert terrain, giving every skill level plenty to explore. Its relatively isolated location keeps lift lines to a minimum. There is a wide range of ski-in/ski-out condos for rent on the mountain, but you can also find additional hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation


rentals large and small in nearby Rossland, just a five-minute drive to the hill. The old town is charming with an easily walkable downtown with restaurants and a few local watering holes as well. The mountain receives 300 inches of snow annually, so be prepared for some deep powder and an unforgettable trip.

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Comfort. Class. Style. Stay & Play Minutes from Schweitzer! bike that can go almost anywhere? The popularity of fat biking continues to swell as more people discover the versatility of these specially designed bikes with all-terrain tires that give the rider exceptional grip on packed snow and ice and winter access they never had before. These models are available to rent from several retailers in the area, and the hiking trails along Riverside State Park are a great place to gain your balance before tackling tougher terrain. Many have hiked here before, which makes choosing a route and difficulty level easier for first timers. Bundle up, gear up and experience these offthe-beaten-path favorites to create some new memories this winter season.

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Ic e C l im b in g in t h e P a c if ic N o r t h w e s t ARE YOU LOOKING FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE?

— — BY LINDY PETERSEN

MAYBE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD of ice climbing before and want to get a feel for this novel sport. Maybe you’re into mountain climbing and want to take the challenge to the next level by trying your hand with ice. Maybe you’re already a pro and are used to the thrill of the adventure; the cold biting into your body, the sheer adrenaline rush that comes with being dizzyingly high above the horizon and relying on your picks and ropes for survival. Regardless of your experience level or where you’ve been able to travel for the ultimate climb, it’s about time for you to check out some of the superb ice climbing locations that can be found in the Pacific Northwest. The mountains offer the best of the best in terms of spectacular views and unique challenges. Many of the treks discussed in this article are known for both their alpine beauty and their challenging aspects, especially given the unpredictable and sometimes dangerous weather that can circulate around the Cascadian region. The Pacific Northwest, or Cascadia, can be defined as the stretch of land in North America bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Rocky Mountains, spanning far Northern California all the way up to British Columbia in Canada. If you’re willing to put in the travel time to get to some of these remote locations, the region boasts some amazing peaks for independent ice climbers looking for an adventure, as well as top-quality guided climbs for those just starting out or looking to get a little more experience. Equipment For Cascadian Mountaineering Although there is a certain set of tools that every ice climber must have in his or her arsenal, climbing in the Cascadian regions requires a double check of your toolkit. Some equipment that will come in handy or even essential includes the following. (If you are new to climbing and not sure about the terms used here, please look them up and find the necessary equipment to ensure that your ice climb remains enjoyable and safe.) Guided Programs • Multiple different types of pitons, or steel spikes. Angled pitons as well as the regular kind are both good to have on hand. • Cams of sizes ranging from .5 to 4

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• At least six to eight single slings, configured as alpine draws • Ice screws, mostly short with a few long ones configured for v-threads • At least 20 meters of tat for rappel anchor creation For those who have little to no experience with mountain climbing or ice climbing, a guided tour can be a great place to start. There are many programs offered in Cascadia that are highly regarded. Some of these include: The American Alpine Institute, The Mountaineers, Northwest Mountain School, Helmcken Falls in British Columbia. • The American Alpine Institute. Located in Washington, the Institute offers a fully equipped gear shop and training programs aimed at all levels from beginner to advanced. • The Mountaineers. The Mountaineers program offers highly rated introductory classes to vertical climbing and mixed climbing in the Seattle area. • Northwest Mountain School. The Northwest Mountain School offers climbing trips all over the world but focused on the Northern Cascadian

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Mount Buckner, Washington During the months of March to October, the icy slopes of Mount Buckner become open to climbers. Named after an early Cascadian pioneer, this technically difficult climb is not for the faint of heart and is best done with some previous experience, but offers some of the best views out there. At its highest point, it stands close to 1,000 feet of elevation and can take up to three or four days to fully climb and explore due to the challenging technical aspects and unpredictable weather.

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states. Based out of Washington, they are fully certified as climbing instructors and offer different levels of guided tours and trips. • Helmcken Falls in British Columbia. Here boasts some of the most rigorous and difficult climbing courses in the world, so is best suited to pro-level ice mountaineers. These incredibly steep and gorgeous climbs include one that features a hole that reaches 100 feet in depth. Although few professional climbers have ever completed these legendary climbs, there are plenty of easier routes as well. It is still recommended only for at least intermediate level climbers, however.

Mount Fury, Washington Mount Fury is also a very technically challenging climb but has been called one of the most beautiful and scenic in the area. Located in North Cascades National Park, the mountain has two equally steep peaks and many glaciers known for their natural beauty and climbing challenges. Definitely have your ice axe sharpened and rope skills triple checked before attempting to take on this multi-day excursion. Mount St. Helens The renowned Mount St. Helens is one of the lower and more technically easy ice climbs for beginners in the region yet still offers its own challenges, so caution is recommended for those new to climbing. Exposure and low visibility due to snow, fog and cloud cover are things to watch out for here. In order to climb this gorgeous peak, you need a permit that is available from May to October each year. All said and done, ice climbers are some of the most adventurous sportsmen and women out there, with the opportunity to experience thrilling climbs and witness beautiful alpine views that few others get the chance to do. Whether you’re just starting out or have many years of climbing under your belt, the Pacific Northwest offers peaks that are sure to leave you satisfied.


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One of our fan favorites, and the winner of the Judge’s Choice and the People’s Choice awards at the North Idaho Culinary Competition, this is a whimsical take on the ever-popular sandwich.

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Fill a deep cast-iron or heavy-bottom pan with 2 inches vegetable oil and heat on medium until ready to fry. Wash whole leek (kept fully intact) and slice thin rings from white end. Separate into individual rings and dredge in whole beaten egg then follow by dredging in a mixture of flour, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Increase heat to high until oil is very hot and bubbles rapidly when a test leek ring is gently placed in oil. Fry in small batches, turning once, until golden brown. Remove to paper towel, and while still hot, lightly season with salt to taste.

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