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DARE TO DREAM Making your custom home a reality

THE TIDE HAS TURNED Real Estate market takes on new life as Idaho is the fastest growing state in the country

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– WELCOME – SUMMER HAS ARRIVED in the Inland Northwest, and with it, the hustle and bustle of locals and visitors getting out enjoying the warm weather, sunshine and blue skies, and...all that the area has to offer this time of year. From incredibly unique and delicious dining and wining destinations, shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities, there is an abundance of things to do and places to see from North Idaho to Spokane, Washington. We, at Sizzle, want to share with you all that is great in our local communities and give you a taste of our way of life.

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In this, our Summer 2018 issue of Sizzle magazine, we have once again compiled all that’s great in the Inland Northwest—from Sandpoint to Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls to greater Spokane—and have beautifully displayed it all in one attractive publication for you to have at your fingertips. Now it is easier than ever to find not only area restaurants, wineries and specialty shops, but premier businesses and entertainment, as well as the plethora of activities that are at our disposal. It’s time to get exploring. The mountains, trees, lakes and rivers of the area welcome both locals and visitors alike. For those of us who live in these parts and who call this home, we are grateful for this splendor and serenity that surrounds us each and every day. This is truly Northwest living, and why we choose to make our

homes here. And this is the time of year so many of us look forward to, especially after the long cold, wet winter months. It’s a breath of fresh air. Hiking, camping, boating, swimming, summertime sports, marathons and triathlons, outdoor festivals, summer concerts, fairs, amusement and water park...they’re all right here! Be sure to check out this issue’s calendar of events, featuring some of the biggest and best annual area happenings that await you. We are truly blessed as Sizzle continues to grow, and with it, our distribution, which now covers all of Spokane, Washington, through Bonners Ferry, Idaho. With this growth, Sizzle has brought on our new public relations manager, Keith Boe, and we’ve partnered with influential social groups including North Idaho Life, North Idaho Life Foodies and Spokane Life Foodies. As the local food scene is exploding with new restaurants and flavors, Sizzle is excited to be a part of this growth and help spread the word, along with our partners, to highlight the best in the local culinary scene. 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 inviting, and we hope that you find our generosity here warm and inviting. Stay a while, explore, won’t be disappointed.

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COEUR D’ALENE Honey Eatery and Social Club Cosmic Cowboy Calypsos Coffee & Creamery The Porch Public House Moon Time Bistro on Spruce Pilgrim’s Market 315 Restaurant at The Greenbriar Inn Fisherman’s Market, Grill & Sushi Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi Bar The Bluebird The Culinary Stone Vine & Olive Eatery & Wine Bar Angelo’s Ristoranté Martino Tuscan Grill Eat Good Group Iron Horse

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DREAM Making Your Custom Home A Reality BY PATTY HUTCHENS If you are planning to build a custom home in the Inland Northwest, you could be wondering what steps you can take to make your home stand out in a way that will grab attention, all while making it fit your lifestyle—no matter how crazy it may be! Contacting a contractor who specializes in custom home building will get you moving in the right direction, but taking a look at current trends in custom homes will also help. Designing a home to your lifestyle is one of the top ways to get the most from the house you intend to build. Whether you would like to have a unique wine cellar or customized outdoor living space, you can reach your goal in no time.





“I think the availability of Houzz, Pinterest and Google searches can turn one interesting idea into a trend in less than twelve months,” says Brandon.


First Steps to Take Taking a few steps before you decide on custom home features is vital and will prevent you from making mistakes along the way. No matter what trends in custom homes you want to follow, you should first consider your budget and how much you will need to spend. Also, do some research and meet with architects and builders specializing in custom homes in the Inland Northwest. As you move forward with the research phase, consider how the choices you make now will impact your life in the future. Thinking about the weather patterns of our area and how they will affect your custom home features will work wonders. Indoor-Outdoor Pool The summers may be short, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the luxury of a pool, if your budget allows. To get the most of your love of the outdoors, indoor-outdoor pools are an excellent choice you will want to consider. The construction team will place this pool on the ground level, and it will have an entrance inside your home and another one on the outside. You can use your entire pool during the warm summer months, but you can close the outside section and still enjoy the indoor pool during the winter. Beach-Themed Fire Pit Opting for outdoor living spaces that you can enjoy with your friends and family is a smart step in the right direction when your goal is to get the most from your new home. If you are among the many people who enjoy spending time outside, a beach-themed fire pit could be perfect for you. The construction crew can dig the fire pit into the ground and add marble surfaces, using sand as the finishing touch. Themed Bedrooms When designing a home to reflect your lifestyle is at the front of your mind, you can’t go wrong when you opt for themed bedrooms. You can give your children’s bedrooms themes that match their favorite sport, game, movie or television show, and they will thank you for your creativity. Theming your bedroom after your favorite vacation spot is another option worth considering if you want your home to have a unique appeal you won’t find anywhere else. Installing themed bedrooms is sure to put a smile on your face no matter what it is you are interested in. 22



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AFFORDABLE CUSTOM BUILDERS Indoor Slide Are you a child at heart? Do your kids have endless energy? Use your custom home to keep your sense of fun and adventure alive if you don’t want to lose touch of your inner child. You can reach that goal by installing an indoor slide in the custom home you design, and you will be glad you did once you see it for the first time. When the weather turns bad, it will help keep the kids entertained and allow them a chance to get rid of that pent-up energy! Spiral Wine Cellars Although you can do many things when your mission is to create a custom home of which you can be proud, opting for a custom wine cellar is a great idea that will take your results to the next level. You can create a wine cellar under your kitchen that uses a spiral staircase, and you can even use a glass door on your kitchen floor for easy access. If you want to get even more creative with your idea, create a hidden wine cellar behind a bookcase. Thinking about the methods allowing you to control your wine cellar’s climate will help you avoid future complications, and you will know you have done the right thing. Installing vents and using insulation will keep your wine at the perfect temperature throughout the year. Vertical Garden People who enjoy growing gardens are often disappointed that they can’t do so during the cold months of winter, but some of them have found a solution that overcomes 24


the issue without stress. Rather than only growing fruits and vegetables outside, they install vertical gardens in their homes, and you can follow in their footsteps. Placing a vertical garden in your staircase or another part of your home allows you to grow food at controlled temperatures. The size of your garden depends on the amount of space you have available. Your indoor garden will attract positive attention and let you work on your hobby whenever you want. Thoughts from Those at the Heart of Custom Homes Brandon Johnson of Affordable Custom Builders in Coeur d’Alene has been a general contractor since 2001. He has built homes in every state in the Western United States and has been licensed in multiple states for more than a decade, working on a variety of homes. When it comes to unique requests from his clients, he shares that what at one time was considered unique is becoming increasingly

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common. “I think the availability of Houzz, Pinterest and Google searches can turn one interesting idea into a trend in less than 12 months,” says Brandon. “For instance, I thought it was fairly revolutionary to use concrete floors in conjunction with exposed concrete walls in a bathroom and include the shower as part of the concrete mono-pour. Now I get that request once per month.” Brandon goes on to say that over the past decade, buyers are wanting a change from the predominantly craftsman, heavy wood look to something that is bright and clean. “Lower maintenance is also a major driver of design and product selections,” he says. The demand for higher-end custom homes has definitely increased in recent years, locally and nationally. “I think that is due to the baby-boomer surge as they reach a financial level to justify those purchases,” says Brandon. “However, I think the ‘high-end’ may be a little more attainable as many of the choices in design have been reduced—particularly when it comes to house size—since the previous build cycle through 2008.” As an interior designer for Selkirk Glass and Cabinets, a division of Ponderay Design Center in Sandpoint, Idaho, Annie Nye sees a variety of unique requests from those either building or redesigning their home. In homes that have interior fireplaces or are heated by wood stoves, Annie suggests placing a firewood storage pass through the door from the exterior to the interior. Another feature that is being used in more and more homes is vacuums built into the toe kicks of cabinets for easy cleanup of your kitchen floor. “People are also having lights built into the toe kicks for nightlights,” adds Annie. A similar feature can be found in the bathroom where glass vanity sinks have lighting around them so they glow as nightlights. “It is very cool if done correctly,” she says. Sean Gavin, owner of Mountain View Construction in Sandpoint for the past 11 years, has had many unique requests over the years including movie theaters, elevators and indoor swimming pools. And while the trend in the past was “the bigger the better,” Sean says today most people want a house under 2,500 square feet. “Houses have definitely gotten smaller,” he says. Todd and Zetta Stam have lived in Coeur d’Alene for nearly 30 years. Together they started Aspen Homes in the early 1990s and have been working with families to help build their dream home. Zetta, who is also an interior designer, said they have done much with unique and fun requests from clients. Among those requests include home theaters, elevators, elaborate wine cellars and more! According to Zetta, high-end custom homes are currently very much in demand. “During a good economy, we

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building industry for far longer. He worked for Alpine Lumber for 16 years and reviewed up to five home plans each week. “I’ve literally seen over 3,000 home plans in my life,” he says.

Both Todd and Zetta take pride in not only the work they do, but also in providing unique and custom home designs that allow them to be as creative as possible, catering to any whim their client may have. With inspiration from the beauty of North Idaho, they want their clients to feel that same feeling of “awe” when they enter their home as when they step outside and take in the picturesque mountain views.

John has built many beautiful custom homes over the years, ranging from 1,000 square feet to more than 6,000 and has fielded all kinds of requests for unique features. His latest project, a 4,900-square-foot home with an additional 3,000 square feet of patio and decking is located in Martin Bay on Lake Pend Oreille and is one of which he is especially proud.

John Dana of Dana Construction in Sandpoint has been a general contractor for more than 10 years, although he has been in the home

“It is a custom timber-frame home,” says John. “It’s more traditional with mortise-and-tenon jointery.” In addition, it has custom doors and windows with high-end hickory floors and

ceilings that are all tongue and groove. While people don’t always request it, when John builds homes he tends to build the main floor living for wheelchair accessibility, making door entries wider than the standard size. “I do it because I know most of my clients are going to live in these homes for at least the next 20 years,” says John, who works closely with his clients to build a home that will meet their needs for years to come. Another feature he has installed for people, which he says is becoming more and more common in the homes that are over $1 million and are multi-floor living, is an elevator shaft. “Installing things like that after the fact is when it gets expensive,” according to John. “There is

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CREEKSIDE CONSTRUCTION really no added expense to have it all wired and the shaft built when constructing the house.” Until the homeowner is ready to install an actual elevator, the space is used on each floor for storage. Another unique request that he has done over the years is to install hidden rooms. “I did one for a client that was used as his gun safe,” recalls John. The room was hidden in cabinetry and was climate controlled for temperature and humidity for the guns. Others have used hidden rooms to store their valuables for when they are out of town. And then there is the coveted wine cellar. John shares that this feature is becoming increasingly popular and there can be very creative ways to integrate this into the home. This, too, should be climate controlled for storage of wine. “The racks and the doors can be quite extensive,” he says. John shares that timber-frame homes are deemed “the new log home.” While log and timberframe homes run about the same in cost, there is more upkeep and maintenance with log homes, and timber frame is much easier to work with when it comes to putting in wiring and other infrastructure. “In Europe, the homes that you see that are over 600 years old are typically timber-frame homes. They last a long time,” says John. Creekside Construction & Restoration has been in business in the Hayden and Coeur d’Alene area for more than 30 years. Paula Merk, business development coordinator for Creekside, says there has been a significant shift in the style of homes they are building in recent years. “People are wanting a more contemporary look as opposed to a rustic North Idaho feel,” she says. “A lot more paint and less stain, painted millwork and doors and clean white walls.”


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You can create a wine cellar under your kitchen that uses a spiral staircase, and you can even use a glass door on your kitchen floor for easy access.

They recently completed a “Hangar Home” over Carlin Bay. The hangar is 5,600 square feet that is attached to a 2,500-square-foot custom home. The garage doors were 65 feet by 18 feet six inches tall. “We also just completed a historical renovation in Downtown Coeur d’Alene,” says Paula. “A lot of people downtown are getting into restorations. It’s been a really fun experience.”

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With the economy getting stronger, those at Creekside Construction & Restoration have seen a trend where people are more willing to spend extra to upgrade their homes than in previous years. “Going above and beyond their budget on finish items and upgrades is trending,” Paula says. “Between the interest rates and incoming traffic from California, we are definitely seeing people willing to invest more money in building their dream homes.” Final Thoughts



While designing a home is always a fun and memorable experience, you can make it even better by adding custom features that match your taste and lifestyle. Meeting with architects and your builder will get you started, but you will then want to consider what path makes the most sense for you and your family. The home you have been dreaming about is much closer than you once thought, and you won’t want to miss your chance to craft a home that will provide you with positive memories for years to come. Rather than using these ideas as they are, find creative ways to make them your own, and you will be thrilled when you turn your dream home into a reality.

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Rather than only growing fruits and vegetables outside, they install vertical gardens in their homes, and you can follow in their footsteps. IMPORTANT TO NOTE: According to John Dana of Dana Construction, being a general contractor is much more than just running the job and overseeing the sub-contractors. “The general is the customer’s advocate,” he says. He and other successful contractors take ownership in the job and help guide their customers through the entire process, ensuring they stay within budget and have a home of which they can be proud. It’s important to be aware of the time it takes between saying “I want to build” and the actual start date. There are a lot of things to be done including budget, design, permitting and more. John advises that it is important to first pick the contractor and have them involved from the outset. “Just because an architect can draw it does not mean it can be built here,” he says. John cites examples of a plan that may work great down south, but it may not be suitable where heavy snow is common. It’s also important in places like Bonner County, which does not have a building code or building inspector, to make sure your contractor always builds to code. Allow the contractor to work for you to get the house you want for your budget. Communication is key. Can you have a good working relationship with him or her? It can make a world of difference in your homebuilding experience. Ask to see the contractors’ past and present work and contact the references given by the contractors. After all, this is probably the largest investment one will make in their lives. Dare to dream! It just may become a reality! 34



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house in 1927. In 1985 there was a large fundraising effort that saved the theater, and today it is on the National Register of Historic Places and home to year-round entertainment including plays, films and concerts.

Visit Beautiful Downtown There is no doubt that Downtown Sandpoint has something for everyone. With a multitude of restaurants, including a local winery and brewery, and many locally owned and unique stores, it’s easy to see why Sandpoint was voted the Most Beautiful Small Town in America.

Pend Oreille Scenic Byway Enjoy a breathtaking drive along the Scenic Byway taking you from Sandpoint along Highway 200 to the Montana state line. Enjoy wildlife, views of Lake Pend Oreille and, while you’re at it, take a small detour and visit the Cabinet Gorge Fish Hatchery.

The Festival at Sandpoint A favorite of visitors and locals alike, The Festival at Sandpoint is an eight-day music festival at the beginning of August each year. It has drawn many big names over the years, and this year is no different!

Sandpoint City Beach It’s more than a beach, it’s a place to relax, recreate and take in the beauty of Lake Pend Oreille. At City Beach, you will discover basketball courts, tennis courts, a playground for the kiddos and more! You can rent one the gazebo for a family gathering or bring your own picnic to enjoy. If you have a boat, this is one of the many areas in and around Sandpoint from which you can launch for a fun day on the water!

The Panida Theater A visit to Sandpoint is not complete without a visit to the historic Panida Theater downtown. It was first opened as a vaudeville and movie



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ention 2007 to a Realtor, and you are likely to see them cringe. After all, it has been just over 10 years since the nation experienced a real estate crash that was abruptly followed by the Great Recession. But there is good news. The economy, particularly real estate, is back and continues to grow. Chris Chambers moved to Sandpoint in 1976 and has been a Realtor with Tomlinson Sotheby’s International for the last 17 years. Seeing the many ups and downs over nearly two decades, Chambers is pleased with the steady growth in recent years. “Two years ago, we were just starting to feel some positive growth across the board,” says Chambers. “Sometimes that market strength fades in the early summer, but in 2016, it stayed steady all year. The same thing continued into 2017, and currently, we are short on reasonably priced, quality inventory.” Chamber says for his clients, as well as the market in general, there is a definite shortage of inventory in the $750,000 to the $1.2 million range. So just what age group is driving the current market? According to Chambers, baby boomers are a very strong driving metric in both Bonner and Boundary counties. “The state population statics support that trend over the past 10 years and expect it to continue for several more years,” he says. Heading into the second half of 2018, Chambers anticipates that buyers are going to be more patient and thoughtful with their decisions considering the lack of inventory. “The last recession left a strong imprint on buyers, and many feel that no decision is better than a compromise,” states Chambers. When listing a home for sale, he advises that the pricing must be spot on or the seller’s home could be passed over and face a series of price reductions before finding the right buyer. And for those seeking to purchase a home,



Understanding the future and the market

Chambers stresses the importance of hiring a highly networked agent. “The last three homes I sold never made it to the MLS,” he says. With the Great Recession over and real estate on the rebound, there are also new agents seeking to share their love of the Inland Northwest with potential home buyers. Tom and Lisa Davies relocated to Sandpoint from Southern California about seven years ago. They recently opened a real estate office in Downtown Sandpoint on the corner of First Avenue and Superior Street. The Davies Real Estate Team will work with their broker, NextHome Living The Northwest. Tom and Lisa have observed that while North Idaho has typically leaned to being more of a retirement community, their experience is that is changing quickly. “Millennials have been quite attracted to Idaho,” says Lisa, pointing out that the newer industries headquartered in Sandpoint are also bringing the younger generation to the area. “Sandpoint is home to many tech-savvy companies.” One encouraging statistic (or not, depending upon whether you want Idaho to remain one of the best-kept secrets) is that the Census Bureau reports that Idaho leads the U.S. as the fastest growing state. This growth is especially evident in Coeur d’Alene, which has seen a consistent spike in out-of-state residents moving to the area for much of the past two decades. People from larger communities in California, Colorado, Washington and Oregon are drawn to the smalltown feel, relative affordability and outdoor recreation, and as a safe place to raise a family. “Since mid-2011, home prices in all of North Idaho are up 67 percent and 83 percent since the bottom,” says Raniel Diaz of Professional Realty Services in Coeur d’Alene. “This would be our seventh year of beyond healthy growth— an average of 11 percent year over year. The most common question I get on a daily basis is, ‘Are things slowing down?’ Short answer … nope.”

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So just exactly what is driving the housing market? According to a report on, unemployment hit a 17-year low in October of 2017, and in 30 of the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, unemployment is less than half of 2010 levels. Also, employment is particularly strong among millennials with employment reaching 79 percent in the 25 to 34 age bracket last September. While national forecasters believe there will be only small growth in prices for 2018, professionals in the Northwest aren’t seeing too many signs of the market slowing down. One factor that could cause a slowdown is the Federal Reserve raising interest rates. A rise in rates would likely slow home values down, especially if there’s an uptick in available inventory. Realtor Jackie Suarez with Century 21 RiverStone in Sandpoint has been in the real estate business since 1988, first as a paralegal for a real estate attorney and then managing a branch for a title insurance company in North Carolina. She moved to Sandpoint in 1999 and obtained her Real Estate license in 2000; she, too, has witnessed many ups and downs of the market over the past two decades. “The pace of today’s market is faster than previous years. Buyer demand is high, and inventory is relatively low,” says Suarez. “While the market has shifted to a seller’s market, buyers are continually more aware and informed, and lenders are still taking a conservative approach with their underwriting and appraisals.” Suarez says that currently the single-family market on a neighborhood lot in the $250,000 to $350,000 range is the target price for many buyers. “For a home on small acreage, expect to look in the range of $400,000 to $500,000,” she says, adding that demand for waterfront properties is on the rise this year. There has also been a shift in demographics in North Idaho as well. Suarez states that approximately 75 percent of her clients are either retired or close to retirement. “These include owners who are downsizing or selling a larger estate in exchange for a more low-maintenance lifestyle,” she says. “We’re also seeing many of our local homeowners trading up to make room for their growing families. Our local employers are able to draw full-time workers who are buying and selling properties. This translates into a healthy mix for our market.” Looking forward, Suarez says the current trend in terms of buyer demand is likely to continue. “Interest rates are on the increase, and this will likely fuel buyers’ needs to move quickly.” So given all this information, just when is the right time to buy or sell? Suarez says her response to those inquiries is simple: “When the time is right for you!” 42




Finest Eats Northwest SUMMER 2018

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he beautiful Inland Northwest offers a multitude of dining experiences, with inspired food and drink unique to this charming part of the country. There’s no denying that locals know they are privy to an unmatched culinary scene at their fingertips, but for those visiting Eastern Washington and North Idaho—and superb food is high on your to-do list—then it only makes sense that it’s time to explore the excellent options you’ll find here. It’s time to make your taste buds dance!


It’s not uncommon for local chefs to forage for their own mushrooms or go hiking to pick fresh huckleberries—Idaho’s state fruit! With a variety of area farmers markets open May through October, many restaurants source their fresh produce, along with other specialty items, directly from farmers, creating a true farm-totable experience. Wild game can be found on menus throughout the region, from deer to moose and elk! No menu is complete without a fish entrée, and with easy access to Steelhead trout and Chinook salmon, and Seattle just a short drive away, fresh fish and seafood isn’t a specialty—it’s a staple at area restaurants. The picturesque town of Sandpoint, Idaho, is home to a variety of restaurants that combine a pleasant dining atmosphere, many offering breathtaking views, with local flair. You won’t have a difficult time finding something to please your palate with everything from Italian to sushi to exquisite cuts of meat. Sandpoint restaurants also take pride in using locally sourced food whenever possible, ensuring you will have the freshest and most flavorful food available. Coeur d’Alene, another North Idaho town offering impressive views of the lake and mountains, takes advantage of distinctive food options influenced by the region. Though the variety of cuisine is distinct, you’ll find that restaurants here offer menus that are Northwest inspired, incorporating as much local product as possible. Whether you’re in the mood for an evening of fine dining or a stop at one of the multiple food trucks for a quick—yet delicious—bite to eat, you’re in for a treat.


Bustling Spokane, Washington, is the place to go for a big-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 housemade 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. In addition to the food offerings, your dining experience wouldn’t be complete without a glass of wine from one of the many award-winning wineries that call the Inland Northwest home. Local distilleries can also be found here, with restaurants featuring specialty cocktails made with house-made spirits and local herbs. And don’t forget the abundance of beers from the local breweries. For those blessed to call this area home, and for those who are just visiting for a while, the splendid scenery and generous hospitality, combined with one-of-akind dining experiences, is truly matchless. Bon appétit! FLIP FOR FA BU LOU S FOO D



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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. While in Sandpoint, Pend d’Oreille Winery is a must-stop destination. From the impeccable wine, live music and event happenings, it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax. 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, especially during the summer months with its Lost in the ‘50s Car show, where you’ll find some of the most impressive classics in the Northwest on display. 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 Brothers, 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. 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. Additional events to enjoy during the warmer months include Artwalk, Sandpoint Farmers Market held each Wednesday and Saturday at Farmin Park, Bonner County Fair and Rodeo, The Long Bridge Swim and Wooden Boat Show. Wake up and enjoy a great cup of ethically sourced coffee from Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters. If it’s fine wine and craft beer you’re looking for, head to 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 big-screen 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 for vacation rentals!


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EVANS BROTHERS MOVED INTO DOWNTOWN Coeur d’Alene with the opening of their second café at Fifth and Sherman in November 2017. The Coeur d’Alene expansion had been on the horizon for some time, just awaiting the perfect location. If you have visited the Roastery and Café in Sandpoint’s Granary Arts District, you will have an idea of the community hub and destination café that the brothers now bring to the Coeur d’Alene community. “Our goal has always been to deliver a special experience around a cup of coffee,” says Randy Evans, owner. “We want to create ‘aha’ moments, which connect people with how special the journey is from seed to cup in true specialty coffee.” Along with the quality emphasis, the company is driven by a desire to create meaningful connection and a sense of community. As his brother and partner Rick Evans says, “We also love Coeur d’Alene and are so excited to connect with the community here, to be involved and to bring value to the neighborhood!” In their Coeur d’Alene shop, you will find the same focus on quality and outstanding, friendly service that helped the Sandpoint café place Top 3 in America’s Best CoffeeHouse. In addition to several espresso options on a three-group La Marzocco Linea PB, the bar features a Marco SP9 automated single-cup brewer, which offers unique tasting experiences. Along with great 48


coffee, the team is sourcing some of the world’s best teas and chocolates. “Everything we offer is 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 to 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 cafés 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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A TASTE OF SOMETHING local. That is what you will experience when you visit Trinity at City Beach in Sandpoint. For the past 10 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. Located inside the Best Western Edgewater Hotel, Trinity at City Beach is open year round for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the exception of Christmas day. And when tourist season is over, Trinity is still thriving with locals and numerous community events. With a menu driven by their loyal customers, 50


Trinity at City Beach is a place in tune with 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. 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 Evans Brothers Coffee and spirits from Mill Town Distillery.

“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. Justin’s desire is to offer timeless and consistent food while still being able to change it up with the seasons. The menu at Trinity at City Beach is not only full of variety and consistently delicious, but it is

also accommodating to special diets including those who suffer from allergies, are gluten free, vegetarian or vegan.

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With the quality of food and the breathtaking views, Trinity at City Beach is a perfect venue for parties. If you have a large group, the bar or dining area is available to rent, and they will also do both on- and off-site catering. 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 the most community-active restaurant in Sandpoint over the last decade, Trinity at City Beach has worked with and supported every major nonprofit throughout the Sandpoint area including CHAFE 150, Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce’s Beerfest, Ride Idaho, Spokane to Sandpoint Relay, Scenic Half Marathon, Leadership Sandpoint’s Cinco de Mayo, Sandpoint Rotary’s WaCanID Bicycle Ride, Mountain States Chili Cook-Off, Shriners Club of Sandpoint Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast, Community Assistance League Wine Pairing

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

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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.

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 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 from 6 to 9pm. Justin considers it a privilege to work in such a wonderful community and is grateful to all who have supported him throughout the years. “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.



Dine Happy THE 219 LOUNGE

Sandpoint’s hometown bar for more than 80 years and recently selected as the “Best Small Town Bar in Idaho,” you’ll find a friendly atmosphere with folks from all walks of life at The 219. Recently renovated back to its historic 1930’s roots, the 219 offers a fullservice bar with classic cocktails, 20 craft beers on tap and a unique wine list. There’s always something to do at the “Niner.” Play pool, karaoke on Tuesday evenings, Wind Down Wednesdays and live music every Friday and Saturday. Enjoy the fire pit during the fall, winter and spring and the outdoor patio and bar in the summer with live music and food trucks on weekends. The best place in town to just relax or dance the night away with your favorite beverage.

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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 hand-crafted 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.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene 315 Wallace Ave. 208.667.9660 Tapas, Dinner, Martini & Wine Bar $-$$ 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.

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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.

Sandpoint 113 Cedar St. 208.610.7359 Craft Beer, Fine Wine, Tapas $$ 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.

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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.

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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 tap, 34 beers on draft 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 BlackbirdSpokane, @TheBlackbirdGEG on Twitter or visit their website.

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Baxters on Cedar & THE BACK DOOR Popular restaurant opens wine bar — B Y PAT T Y H U T C H E N S —

“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 2017 and has quickly 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.


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

The Back Door is open Monday through Saturday 3pm to midnight, and Baxters on Cedar is open Monday through Saturday 11am to 9pm.

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include Maine lobster roll, sweet-and-sour crab salad and Moroccan lamb sliders. “We are also known for our signature key lime pie,” says Rich of the popular dessert.

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NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR as one of Downtown Sandpoint’s most popular dining spots, Baxters on Cedar is seeing great success with The Back Door, Sandpoint’s newest wine and craft beer bar, which opened last fall.

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Revealing a Piece of Sandpoint History


WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING for a sports bar, a cocktail lounge, a place for a cold beer, a glass of unique wine, 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 and was recently named the best small-town bar in Idaho. “The character of the bar has changed multiple times over its 84-year history,” says 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.” The original bar was located on Pine Street in Sandpoint 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,” says 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. 56


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. 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, a small but unique wine list and an extensive menu of the increasingly popular Moscow mule. During the summer months, the outside patio is a favorite of many. There you can find food trucks providing something for everyone each Friday and Saturday evening. 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,” says 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. Be sure and ask for Mel; if he’s around he would love to show you the historic nature of this Sandpoint icon.

The 219 Lounge 219 N. First Ave. Sandpoint 208.263.5673

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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 its 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 and one-of-a-kind events in Hayden as well. In the Prairie Shopping Center on Prairie Avenue, Junior’s Barbecue is a go-to for some of the best barbecue in North Idaho, available for dine in, take out and catering. What goes better with summer than smokey big and bold backyard flavor? Near Honeysuckle and Government Way is where you’ll find Hayden’s main street and several long-standing restaurants. 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. Hayden Lake is also home to the Hayden Lake Country Club as well as The Grill at Avondale—which is open to the public—at the Avondale Golf Club. Both keep the golfers and the neighborhood happily well fed.

for the whole family, with laser tag, bowling, go karts, an indoor waterpark and more! If you are looking to get outside and enjoy the sun, there’s family friendly Honeysuckle Beach on Hayden Lake, ideal for swimming, boating and fishing. Farragut State Park is just a short drive away and a great place to hike and camp! There is no shortage of fun events the City of Hayden is host to. From the annual Kite Festival held the end of April, the Bike Rodeo in June, Hayden Triathlon and Hayden Days in July, you can also enjoy the weekly Hayden Summer Concert Series all summer long, free to the public and held at McIntire Family Park. Saturdays, May through September, you won’t want to miss the weekly Kootenai Farmers Market, held 8am to 1pm on the corner of Prairie Avenue and Highway 95; a great way to spend time with family and friends while helping to support the local community. Additional community events include the Memorial Day Ceremonies at Honeysuckle Beach, Hayden Bike Rodeo, Hayden Movies in the Park at McIntire Family Park, Princess Pedalfest, Hope 4.5k Orphan Run and Hayden Lake Marathon. Hayden is making a name for itself, and it is just another of the great cities you will find in North Idaho!

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Palate Pleasers THE BLUEBIRD

The owners of Syringa Japanese Café and Sushi Bar bring you The Bluebird, a midtown eatery. High-quality 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 and Saturday 11am - 10pm, Sunday 11am - 9pm; closed Monday. Find them at or visit their website.

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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.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene 116 E. Lakeside Ave. 208.665.0591 Cafe & Coffee House $ 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 culinary experience have gone into the Southerninspired menu and carefully curated, familiar and hospitable vibe. Skilled and knowledgeable 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 solidfuel burning Josper oven which infuses the food with a rich and distinctive smoky flavor. The weekend brunch menu and Bloody Mary will cure your most regrettable hangover and send you home for your Sunday nap.

South Hill Spokane 928 S. Perry St. 509.535.0536 Southern Classic & Comfort $-$$


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 rustic-style pastas, all with thought given to affordability and five-star quality. Open Thursday - Sunday 5 - 9pm, with the Lounge open Thursday - Sunday starting at 4pm.

Worley 37914 S. Nukwalqw 800.523.2464 American Fine Dining $-$$$ COSMIC COWBOY GRILL

Do you eat like a fresh healthy cosmic or do you eat like a hearty cowboy? You get the best of both at Cosmic Cowboy Grill. Pair their delicious grilled meats like the marinated tri-tip steak or half-pound burgers with incredible gourmet sides like charred Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and quinoa or their crowd-pleasing thick-cut steak fries. They make their food from scratch using fresh ingredients including locally sourced and organic ingredients. Enjoy a local beer or regional wine and save room for their scrumptious desserts. Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am - 10pm.

North Coeur d’Alene 412 W. Haycraft Ave. 208.277.0000 Fast & Fresh Gourmet $-$$ 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.

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If you’re looking for the best breakfast in town, look no further! Dueling Irons offers its guests a traditional American menu of breakfast and burgers. From the biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak and eggs benedict to the burgers, sandwiches and salads, you’ll enjoy great food served in generous portions, complemented by fast and friendly service. They offer a senior menu and children’s menu as well. Open Monday - Saturday 6am - 2pm, Sunday 7am 2pm. Find them on Facebook.

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Course, The Grill at Avondale is open to the public and offers casual lunch and dinner pub fare as well as nightly specials. Since taking over the kitchen last summer, Chef Troy Louis Chandler has retooled the menus, eliminating premade and frozen products and using only fresh house-made items, even down to the ranch dressing. This has brought excitement to the staff, from cooks learning and growing to servers being proud to describe and deliver dishes to their guests. The Grill is becoming known for its classic liver and onions dish along with specialty pizzas, seafood and burgers. Chef Troy says he is proud to announce a line of great steaks on the summer menu that will be “almost free!” He is able to do this because of his deep ties with local vendors and farmers. Stop in every Friday night for great prime rib! The available-anytime pub menu is designed for fun and casual cuisine, where you can enjoy lighter fare or shareable appetizers to full entrees. Nightly higher-end specials allow Troy and his sous chefs to flex their creativity. This is where you will find everchanging creations featuring dishes from around the globe—from modern-American to Mediterranean, Caribbean and even sushi! “Over the past 12 months, I’ve learned what our guests want, but I can’t help cheffing it up,” says Troy. “If I’m going to make Salisbury steak, it’s going to be the best Salisbury steak on the planet!” In addition to the great food, the bar has a fun lively sports feel where everyone knows your name. The full bar features great cocktails, eight beers on tap with your favorite staples and local brews, as well as a small yet crisp wine list. There are also six HDTVs in the bar area and restaurant. Guests—both members and non-members alike—are treated to an upscale yet casual restaurant where the food, atmosphere and service all come first. Chef Troy works closely with both the kitchen and front-of-the-house staff to accomplish this. They have elevated food and service while maintaining neighborhood-friendly pricing. “Diners benefit as we keep pricing low while maintaining great quality for our guests,” says Troy. “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 wedding events, class reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, holiday parties and, not to forget, golf tournaments. If you haven’t stopped in lately, now’s the time. With its beautiful location close to your neighborhood, and ample parking, what are you waiting for?


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.

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Spokane’s not-so-secret neighborhood restaurant located in the heart of Historic Browne’s Addition, the Elk Public House features fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and pastas all made from scratch. Find a great selection of microbrewed beers, wines by the glass and original cocktails served in a comfortable pub-style atmosphere. They also feature some of the region’s best outdoor seating. Open daily at 11am. For menu, specials and more, visit their website.

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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.

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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 past 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 offers unique tasting experiences. In addition to great coffee, the team is sourcing some of the world’s best teas and chocolates.

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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.

Ponderay 477227 Highway 95 N. 208.255.2603 Farm Fresh & Seasonally Inspired $-$$ FISHERMAN’S MARKET, GRILL AND SUSHI

At Fisherman’s Market, 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.

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The beauty of Coeur d’Alene draws people outdoors and entices them to enjoy all the recreational opportunities.

WALKING DOWN SHERMAN AVENUE in Downtown 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. Art galleries and local shops and boutiques adorn the streets of this lake and mountain town, and then there is the diversity of mouthwatering culinary experiences to top it all off—simply amazing. A world of flavors abound with everything from coffee cafes and American fare to Pan-Asian, Italian and Greek cuisine and more! Shoppers can find specialty foods and wines, sweet treats and ice cream. Wednesday evenings during the summer months, you won’t want to miss the local Farmers Market on Sherman Avenue, where shoppers will be treated to the tastes and smells of North Idaho, along with artisan crafts and live music. The morning scene is casual, and coffee shops are filled with the aroma of fresh brewed Joe. Local favorites include



Calypsos Coffee and Creamery on Lakeside Avenue and the recently opened Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters on Sherman Avenue. When it comes where to grab a bite to eat downtown while out enjoying the sun, there’s no shortage of great restaurants to grab a seat! From Iron Horse Bar and Grill and Moon Time, Calypsos and Sweet Lou’s Restaurant and Taphouse, you’re sure to satisfy your body and your soul. And if you’re looking to enjoy a glass of wine and small plate offerings, don’t pass up Castaway Cellars on Sherman. Headed north leads you to midtown, where staple restaurants stand strong thanks to the great food and loyal patrons. Here you will find 315 Restaurant at the Greenbriar Inn, Syringa Japanese Cafe and Sushi, The Bluebird, Angelo’s Ristorante and Bistro on Spruce. Pilgrim’s Market is the place to shop for organic foods, deli items, nutritional items and more! Farther north is where

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you will discover the tastes of Fisherman’s Market, Grill and Sushi, where you can grab fresh seafood to prepare at home or enjoy 12 different fish and chips or sushi! Riverstone, a luxury development near the intersection of Interstate 90 and Northwest Boulevard, offers a variety of restaurants, unique shops and Regal Cinemas. It’s a great place to wine, dine and shop! From The Culinary Stone, a gourmet food and kitchen mecca, to Martino Tuscan Grill and the new Vine & Olive Eatery, you are truly in for a treat!

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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 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. That same weekend, enjoy the Downtown Street Fair and Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes as well. The annual Car d’Lane, Ironman 70.3, Coeur d’Alene Marathon and North Idaho Fair and Rodeo draw thousands to the area, and with several weekly outdoor music concerts throughout the summer, and art and music walks throughout the year, there is always something to explore. The beauty of Coeur d’Alene draws people outdoors and entices them to enjoy all the recreational opportunities. The beaches, the lake, the river, the parks and variety of recreational opportunities are sure to delight you, whether just visiting or if you call Coeur d’Alene home. Coeur d’Alene is truly a destination not to pass up!

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Calypsos Coffee & Creamery Still Brewing Up the Best a Decade Later WITH A PASSION for 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 10-year anniversary this past 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’s even 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, as 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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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.

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


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 8am - 2pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 3pm.

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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.

Sagle 41 Lakeshore Dr. 208.265.2000 Modern-American Cuisine $$-$$$


Proudly serving travelers since 1906 and voted Best Breakfast for decades! Enjoy Frank’s 120-year-old family hot cake recipe, extra thick Daily’s bacon, legendary chicken-fried steak, 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.

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Frank’s Diner Downtown Spokane 1516 W. Second Ave. 509.747.8798 Casual Dining $-$$ 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 ever-popular and addicting roasted corn pasta. Open Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 11pm, Thursday - Saturday 11am - midnight. Check out the full menu online.

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

Gilded Unicorn is a modern-American classic restaurant featuring handcrafted food and drinks located in the historic Montvale Hotel in Downtown Spokane. The restaurant showcases local, seasonal ingredients from the Northwest and beyond created into new-fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. The food is created 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 and Saturday 3pm - midnight.

• Coffee Roasted On Site • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner • Meeting Room Available • Live Music • Free Wi-Fi

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

116 East Lakeside Avenue





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


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!



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 SOUTHWESTERN TACO Crisp romaine lettuce tossed with black beans, tortilla chips, red onions, fire-roasted corn, Monterey jack cheese and a creamy barbecue/chipotle pepper 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

SWIMMING ANGEL A traditional Thai dish featuring steamed spinach, a grilled chicken breast and Moon Time’s spicy peanut sauce served over rice; accompanied by toasted bread and a sweet and sour 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 ROASTED GARLIC & ONION BREAD French bread slices loaded with oven-roasted onion, roasted garlic and butter and served hot; add melted gorgonzola cheese SANTA FE CHICKEN A 6 oz. breaded pan-seared chicken breast topped with roasted poblano peppers and Monterey Jack cheese, served on a grilled bun with honey cream cheese, mayo and red onion 74TH ST. GUMBO Inspired by Seattle’s finest Ale House. Chicken, sausage, shrimp and vegetables in a traditional sauce served over rice. It’s spicy!!!

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The Porch Public House Hayden 1658 E. Miles Ave. 208.772.7711


PORCH E H T MOON TIME SE PUBLIC HOU Valuing Their Employees and the Communities They Serve

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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 more than 20 years who are still seeing the same staff who has been working there nearly or just as long. 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 adds, “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. 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),

F R I E N D S A N D OWNERS JOHN GROLLMUS AND BRAD F O S S E E N H AV E S E E N T O I T , SINCE DAY ONE, T H A T M O O N TIME GIVES THEIR GUESTS C O N S I S T E NC Y. 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 who 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!



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

BISTRO ON SPRUCE Delighting Diners for More Than a Decade — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

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? Just a short drive north from downtown on the corner of Fourth Street and Spruce Avenue, Bistro on Spruce has been serving Coeur d’Alene’s midtown community since 2007; a delightful retreat to all who enter.

Inventive Fare, Tapas, Draft Beer, and Fine Wines Lunch, Dinner, & Weekend Breakfast 1710 N. 4th St. at Spruce Ave. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Off I-90 Exit 13 (208) 664-1774 f/BistroOnSpruce 72


The restaurant scene has seen remarkable change during the past 10 years, and owner Chris Mueller strives continually to appeal to his guests by consistently 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 the 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 spicy Asian wings. 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, Bistro gumbo, mahi mahi tacos or beer-battered halibut tacos, and linguini and clams. If it’s dinner you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the port-braised lamb shank, sea scallops, wild Alaskan salmon, house-made ravioli or shrimp and grits. Chris and his staff invite you to dine with them.




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Century-Old Inn offers Coeur d’Alene a truly unique experience — 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 seven suites, each with its own distinct look mixed with antique and replica furnishings. There are many antiques mixed with more modern comforts, providing guests a cozy and eclectic atmosphere. “We have strived to remain as true to its original structure as possible, with a nod to modern conveniences,” says Kris. 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 most recent being the 315 Restaurant, which Bob and Kris opened in 2008 with a martini and tapas bar. Today, the 110-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.

Casual Fine Dining at the Greenbriar



315 Restaurant at the Greenbriar Inn Midtown Coeur d’Alene 315 Wallace Ave. 208.667.9660

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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 76


Look No Further for the Freshest Fish in Town! 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—that’s Fisherman’s Market, Grill and Sushi. As you walk through the doors, you feel like you’ve been transported to the Pike Street Market in Seattle. Its convenient location 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! 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 coconut-crusted 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.

A full sushi bar and the freshest wildcaught 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, open Monday through Saturday 11am to 8pm, to fulfill your seafood and sushi fix!

Fisherman’s Market, Grill and Sushi North Coeur d’Alene 215 W. Kathleen Ave. 208.664.4800


Open to the public, The Grill at Avondale offers casual lunch and dinner pub fair as well as nightly specials. Chef Troy Louis Chandler has brought on a new staff, and together they have overhauled the menu creating everything in house down to the ranch dressing. The Grill is becoming known for its classic liver and onions dish along with pizzas, seafood and burgers, plus a great line of steaks! Stop in Friday nights for great prime rib! The bar has a fun, lively sports feel where everyone knows your name. Call for reservations or to book tee times, events, functions or weddings in a great setting on a beautiful little lake and amazing golf course. Find them across the street from The Porch.

Hayden 10745 N. Avondale Loop 208.772.5963 Contemporary, Steaks, Comfort Food & Brunch $-$$ HONEY EATERY AND SOCIAL CLUB

Opening Early Summer 2018! The latest concept of chef and restaurateur Adam Hegsted, Honey Eatery and Social Club is inspired by and pays homage to a favorite local ingredient—honey! Offering an eclectic, artistic feeling with modern industrial decor to the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene and located in what was previously The Cellar, Honey Eatery will treat its guests to an all-day menu featuring local foods and producers. Honey Social Club downstairs is where guests will want to head to enjoy live music and concerts, craft cocktails, American-style tapas and Inland Northwest-inspired small plates, a selfservice wine bar and more!

Downtown Coeur d’Alene 317 Sherman Ave. Contemporary Fare $-$$$ HUGO’S ON THE HILL

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

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


One of Chef Adam Hegsted’s latest additions to his family of restaurants, Incrediburger and Eggs offers just that—incredibly unique upscale burgers and a variety of inspired egg concoctions. This upper fastcasual dining experience features all types of burgers (including the Earth and Turf with its mushroom and beef blend, the Steelhead made with a blackened steelhead patty and the Lil Greeky featuring a

chickpea patty), a variety of egg sandwiches, breakfast bowls, fries, sweet potato tots and adult beverages created using local producers and farmers as much as possible. Be sure to keep an eye out for their second Incrediburger and Eggs location, opening soon in Coeur d’Alene!

Downtown Spokane 909 W. 1st Ave., Ste. A 509.443.4215 Upscale Burgers & Egg Creations $-$$ IRON HORSE BAR AND GRILL

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 and be entertained all week long with a DJ on Tuesday and Thursday, live music Friday and Saturday, and live music Sundays during the summer months. 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 $-$$$ 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.

Post Falls 604 E. Seltice Way 208.773.4325 Mexican $ LE CATERING

Le Catering features the best Inland Northwest producers and products cooked by award-winning chefs who strive to create a great experience for each and every guest. Le Catering’s goal is to serve their guests beyond their expectations. Le Catering Co. is locally owned by Chef Adam Hegsted as part of the Eat Good Group. Their restaurants include Wandering Table, Yards Bruncheon, Gilded Unicorn, Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar, Republic Kitchen + Taphouse, Incrediburger & Eggs and Eat Good Café. With a combination of the best chefs and managers from across the Northwest and beyond, they create a unique experience and build memories for a lifetime. Call to set up your special event.

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The Bluebird, a midtown eatery, opened its doors in May of 2016 and quickly gained a large following that continues to grow. Viljo and Autumn have delivered a casual neighborhood bistro-style restaurant offering a cozy rustic interior, with reclaimed warm rustic wood and metal, and vintage pictures adorning the walls. It can seat 42 patrons and an additional 10 at the bar. During the summer months, diners can enjoy a meal or drink on the outdoor patio, which seats more than a dozen. 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.

Syringa Japanese Cafe & Sushi Bar Midtown Coeur d’Alene 1401 N. Fourth St. 208.664.2718 78


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


HUSBAND-AND-WIFE TEAM Viljo and Autumn Basso knew they wanted to open another restaurant “to create and do something different,” and when it came to location, there was no question that midtown continues to be the place for them. Home to their first restaurant, Syringa Japanese Café and Sushi Bar, a local favorite for its fresh fish and flavors, the couple has always been attracted to the area. As Autumn says, “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.”

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The Culinary Stone A Place to Gather and Engage 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. 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 have 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




Enjoy an array of dishes that are always flavorful and fresh, served up in heaping portions. The acclaimed gourmet pizzas are offered on a variety of crusts—original, thin and gluten free—with toppings from classic pepperoni to pesto, ricotta and sun-dried tomatoes. Other popular menu offerings include hearty sandwiches, fresh salads with housemade dressings, pastas that will wow your taste buds, juicy all-beef burgers and a savory homestyle entrée selection. To complement the menu, select from a variety of craft beers, fine wines and spirits. Open daily 11am - close for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Online ordering now available on their website and in the River Rewards App.

Mackenzie River Pizza, Grill and Pub North Coeur d’Alene 405 W. Canfield Ave. 208.772.5111 American Family Casual & Pizza $-$$ Mackenzie River Pizza, Grill and Pub North Side Spokane 9225 N. Nevada St. 509.413.1043 American Family Casual & Pizza $-$$ Mackenzie River Pizza, Grill and Pub South Hill Spokane 2910 E. 57th Ave. 509.315.9466 American Family Casual & Pizza $-$$ 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 highquality, 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 cooked-to-order breakfast menu, savory lunch specials and everything in between.

Downtown Spokane 415 W. Main Ave. 509.624.2253 French Pastries, Breakfast & Lunch $ 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 and Saturday 11am - midnight. Find them at or visit their website.

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


Chef Angelo Brunson of the famed Angelo’s Ristorante opened his second restaurant last summer—Martino Tuscan Grill in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone. Chef Terry Alexander 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 Tuesday - Saturday 4 - 10pm.


Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone 2360 N. Old Mill Loop 208.930.1464 Tuscan Steak, Seafood & Pasta $$-$$$ MASSELOW’S STEAKHOUSE

Masselow’s Steakhouse features an impressive variety of prime-grade Midwestern steaks, fresh seafood and an expansive wine selection. Much like their wine list, all ingredients are personally sought, sourced and tasted to meet the chef ’s highest standards so that you get only the best of the best on every plate and in every glass. Open for breakfast daily 7am noon, dinner Monday - Saturday 5 - 10pm, Sunday 5 - 9pm.


West Side Spokane 100 N. Hayford Rd. 509.481.6020 Steak & Northwest $-$$$ MAX AT MIRABEAU

Find eclectic cuisine, an award-winning menu including steaks, chops, seafood, salads, burgers and more than 100 other menu items at MAX, along with a wine list that boasts more than 500 labels; a perfect match for everything on the menu. The lounge menu features more than 75 of the most eclectic and innovative cocktails and martinis from Retro to Nouveau. Enjoy two happy hours daily, an award-winning a la carte brunch featuring multiple Benedicts, fabulous Bloody Marys and Mimosa specials every day, live Rockin’ Blues weekends, private dining rooms, courtyard dining and more! Late-night dining with a full menu is offered until close. Open daily at 6am.

Spokane Valley 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. 509.922.6252 Eclectic $-$$$



Vine & Olive Eatery and Wine Bar — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

where passion is plated and poured

After working for incredible people over the years—including Jim Duncan and Adam Hegsted—Naomi knew it was time to pursue her dream of opening her own place. “I started jotting down ideas in 2015; everything from décor, to menu ideas, silly names for wine flights or categories, guiding principles for the handbook, you name it. Two notebooks were full by the time I actually opened.” As you walk through the doors of Vine & Olive, you’ll discover a perfect balance of industrial and chic with barn wood on the walls, warm lighting and a floor-to-ceiling black and white world map mural in the pub. The restaurant seats 94 indoors, and during the summer months, six outdoor tables allow patrons to dine outside. The seasonally rotating menu—inspired by Naomi’s travels through Italy and France and the simplicity of their dishes—features many European influences made with Northwest flair. The chef behind the enticing cuisine is Paul Mason, a Chicago transplant with a degree in philosophy who holds an impressive resume that includes working in restaurants such as Girl and the Goat, Next and Boeufhaus. Vine & Olive embraces the small-plate concept but offers regular sized entrées as well. Acorn squash frites served with spicy aioli has already become the most popular menu item, according to Naomi,



and customers are coming in specifically for the escargot, done in a classic French style of garlic butter and herbs served with baguette. They also offer a dynamic and thoughtful wine program that’s committed to showcasing Northwest producers and interesting imports. As Naomi says, “Our food is created with the idea that it will be paired with the wine we offer.” Naomi’s goal is for every person who steps foot into Vine & Olive to feel welcome and to experience simple yet thoughtful food with soulful service. She commends her team for the amount of ownership they have taken, keeping the energy high and the guest experience consistent. And the community has already embraced Naomi and her staff. “This community’s support has exceeded my highest expectations. I couldn’t be more grateful for the locals in North Idaho and Eastern Washington,” says Naomi. “We were named North Idaho Business Journal’s Best New Business. Every day somebody new thanks me for opening something like this in Coeur d’Alene. It’s both humbling and overwhelming.” Guests are invited to dine and imbibe at the eatery and wine bar daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30am.

Vine & Olive Eatery and Wine Bar Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone 2037 N. Main St. 208.758.7770


THIS PAST NOVEMBER, Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone became home to a new dining experience—Vine & Olive Eatery and Wine Bar. The woman behind the concept is Naomi Boutz, who has been a staple in the area’s wine and food scene for more than a decade. At Vine & Olive, she brings her experience and passion for food and wine, to the table for all to enjoy.



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Adam Hegsted’s

EAT GOOD GROUP 2018 Welcomes Two New Additions!

Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar Ponderay | 477227 Highway 95 N. 208.255.2603

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

Incrediburger and Eggs Downtown Spokane | 909 W. 1st Ave. Suite A 509.443.4215

The Yards Bruncheon Kendall Yards | 1248 W. Summit Parkway 509.290.5952

The Wandering Table Kendall Yards | 1242 W. Summit Parkway 509.449.4410

CHEF ADAM HEGSTED has become a household name in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene restaurant community during recent years with the success of The Wandering Table and Yards Bruncheon in Kendall Yards and the Gilded Unicorn in Downtown Spokane.

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 like the popcorn cauliflower or bacon-wrapped jalapenos, house bratwurst sliders or crispy salmon.

Last year, he and his Eat Good Group team introduced North Idaho to the enticing flavors and beautifully plated cuisine like that of their sister locations in Spokane. Just north of Sandpoint in Ponderay—near Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort and Ruby Suites—Eat Good Group’s fourth restaurant made its debut April of 2017—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.

And 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.

The Post Falls community quickly embraced Eat Good Group’s 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 2017 and housed in a 1910 Post Falls home on the National Historic Registry, the European gasthausmeets-Seattle pub welcomes diners with its



Gilded Unicorn Downtown Spokane | 310 S. Monroe St. 509.309.3698



Honey Eatery and Social Club Downtown Coeur d’Alene 317 Sherman Ave.

2018, and Spokane, welcomed yet another Eat Good Group venture—Incrediburger and Eggs in Downtown Spokane. Though just recently opened, it looks like success is already in store for Adam’s newest dining establishment offering mouth-watering selection of burgers, sandwiches, eggs, tater tots, sides, and adult beverages including boozy shakes and local beer! Hungry yet? And there’s more exciting news! Just in time for summer, Honey Eatery and Social Club, a name for which Adam chose in tribute to a favorite local ingredient, is opening in the former Cellar location in Downtown Coeur d’Alene. Rumor has it there will be a social club downstairs while an eclectic eatery will be upstairs serving up contemporary comfort foods. 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, Republic Kitchen + Tahouse, Incrediburger and Eggs or Honey Eatery and Social Club. … where will you be headed next?




407 East Sherman Avenue Downtown Coeur d’Alene




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. 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 pairs fine French cuisine with a hillside view overlooking the beautiful city lights. You’ll want to grab a table on the large patio during the summer months. Specialty wine shopping, local breweries and great coffee shops can be found in Post Falls. And whatever flavors you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to find a restaurant to suit your needs, from French to Mediterranean, Japanese, American, steak and seafood, Mexican and more. With so much to do in this increasingly popular town, it is no wonder people are flocking to Post Falls. During the warmer months, Q’emiln Riverside Park hosts free outdoor concerts and is a family friendly venue right on the water. 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. The Greyhound Park and Event Center is central to many of the event happenings that make Post Falls a destination for fun! Frontier Ice 86


Arena hosts classes on ice skating, playing hockey and more. There are also open skate sessions where you can come with the family and enjoy a day on the ice. And the Links Golf Course offers golfers a great green to practice their par. 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. And people are always out running or riding their bikes on the popular Idaho Centennial Trail. Heading North on Highway 41 will lead you to the quaint town of Rathdrum. Here, the small community will treat you like family and the food will warm your soul! Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen has made a name for itself with authentic—and comforting—south-of-theborder Mexican delights. At Westwood Brewing Co., owned by two brothers and their wives, they, too, make their guests feel at home while they dine on unique and delicious pub food, from smoked bacon mac ‘n’ cheese egg rolls and pub poutine to a variety of burgers, entrees and much more! Pair your meal with a Northwest craft beer or spirit. And … a bit farther north takes you to Spirit Lake, home of Messy’s Burgers. It’s not called “Messy’s” for nothing! Offering the best and biggest burgers around, you’ll go in hungry and leave satisfied—and maybe a bit messy. Come and experience all that Post Falls, Rathdrum and Spirit Lake have to offer!

Comfort Food. Reimagined.

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Westwood Brewing Co.

Pairing Rich History with Delicious Tastes — BY COLIN ANDERSON —


f you look closely inside Westwood Brewing in Rathdrum, you’ll still see remnants of a fire that could have leveled the building. Instead, it stands tall today and is where you’ll find one of the more unique menus in the area. The building that is now home to a thriving restaurant—named in honor of the original town name—was built in 1887, and at times housed a bank and a hardware store. When the building came up for sale, brothers Spencer and Shaun Howell and their wives Danielle and Jenny saw a place to build their dream. “We all instantly fell in love with the building from first sight,” says Danielle. “The arched windows, rustic brickwork and mountain views are stunning. Once inside, the historic bar, old bank vault and woodwork had so much character.” While renovating a 130-year-old building presents unique challenges, the Howells were able to get their restaurant and bar up and running in less than a year, and it’s living history and signature dishes have fast made it a local favorite. “Each wall and piece of décor has some sort



of focal point or historical aspect. We love visiting with our patrons and sharing the building and town history,” says Danielle.

fully submerged in the deep fryer. Salmon, cod and certified aged Angus steaks and prime rib are mainstays on the dinner menu.

While creating a relaxed and historic atmosphere to their restaurant was paramount, the Howells knew that providing high-quality dishes at reasonable prices would be key to seeing sustained success. As self-described foodies, they expected quality when they went out to eat before opening Westwood Brewing. This means you’ll find only prime, choice and certified Angus meats, many of which are smoked in house. Salad dressings, dips and sauces are also all made from scratch, and each includes a unique twist to classic recipes.

The bar includes 16 rotating and regional drafts that include seasonal offerings, a cider and something on silky smooth nitro. With a name like Westwood Brewing it was only a matter of time until namesake beers would be appearing as well. The Howells have been working with a local brewery on custom beers that will be featured this summer and only available at Westwood. They also hope to have their own micro system up and running in the fall and pouring house-made ales shortly thereafter.

For starters, try the Smoked Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese Egg Roll, topped with chipotle aioli sauce and green onion and served with house barbecue sauce. If you like a potato stuffed to the gills, the Westwood Potato is smothered with cheddar ale sauce and jicama corn relish, topped with smoked pulled pork, pickled jalapeños and cotija cheese and garnished with bacon crumbles, sour cream and cilantro.

“We want to restore and expose every historic and unique aspect of the building, so this had taken longer than expected. However, the plans are moving along nicely, and we cannot wait to unveil the brewery on site,” Danielle says.

Burgers each weigh in at a half pound and are served with everything from brown whisky sauce and ghost-pepper aioli to a burger that’s

Westwood Brewing is relaxed and casual, filled with living history, and the meal is one you won’t soon forget.

Westwood Brewing Co. Rathdrum 8162 W. Main St. 208.712.3423


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Messy’s is a quick food restaurant in beautiful Spirit Lake. Serving up big messy burgers, their signature burgers are half-pounders made of fresh Angus beef. From the Southwestern Mess and Spirit Lake Fire Burger to the Drunken Cowboy served with housemade bourbon barbecue sauce, diners are in for a treat! They even serve up chicken strips, sandwiches, salads, fries, onion rings and rippers (deep fried hot dogs), and don’t forget the milkshake and floats. What are you waiting for? It’s time to get messy! Open daily at 11am. Find them on Facebook.

Spirit Lake 6285 W. Maine St. 208.623.4298 Burgers & More $-$$ 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.

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


Discover comfort food re-imagined at Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen in Rathdrum. Influenced by the bold, delicious flavors of Mexico, this family friendly restaurant is serving up delicious scratch-made food daily featuring everything from traditional favorites to Mexican poutine, house-smoked brisket burritos and bowls, stacked enchiladas, mac and cheese, shepherd’s pie and chicken fried steak with green chile gravy. There’s no need to travel far to enjoy the authentic taste of Mexico in your favorite comfort food at Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen. Open Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 9pm, Sunday 11am - 8pm.

Rathdrum 8016 Main St. 208.687.6441 Authentic Mexican Comfort Food $-$$

208-773-6697 920 N Hwy 41 - Post Falls, Idaho 90



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

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



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 atmosphere. Open Sunday Thursday 11am -11pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - midnight. Visit their website.

The Onion Taphouse and Grill Downtown Spokane 302 W. Riverside Ave. 509.747.3852 Casual Dining $-$$ The Onion Taphouse and Grill North Side Spokane 7522 N. Division St. 509.482.6100 Casual Dining $-$$ THE OVAL OFFICE

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 and Sunday 3 - 11pm.

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

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine; Three Convenient Locations



WHEN IT COMES TO MEXICAN restaurants, they can all seem the same, but at La Cabana, fresh ingredients and attention to details 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 his love for authentic Mexican cuisine! The freshly sizzled fajitas, grilled pollo, carne asada and shrimp and fresh guacamole will make you think your are 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 kinds’ menu that is sure to make any little one smile. If you don’t have time to dine in, you can order to go.

The casual, 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 flour 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 flour 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, served with three tortillas on the side

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POST FALLS’ FOOD a nd DR INK A taste of our menu

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 VIOLI CURRIED CHICKEN RA ntine ravioli in a rich ore fl Chicken, spinach and sauce curried parmesan cream VEGETARIAN GYRO d vegetables tossed in Humus and fresh choppe served on a pita with feta e, rett aig vin light balsamic cheese BÜFTEK h d, grilled and served wit A flat-iron steak marinate ns bea en lic gre patates kizartma and gar MIXED GRILL tiger prawns and curry Grilled Chilean sea bass, se rice, served with garlic chicken placed over hou green beans

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. Serving the Post Falls community for 21 years, 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. Since 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 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 New Yorker, a classic Manhattan made with Maker’s Mark premium Kentucky bourbon, to the President, a Bombay Sapphire gin shaken and served with olives—a perfect fit for the Oval Office, 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, where guests have the option to dine and imbibe outside. A new European-style awning was recently added to allow 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 NAUGHTY SEA BASS Marinated Chilean sea bass drizzled with caramelized Frangelico walnut glaze

CIOPPINO An Oval Office classic! Prawns, scallops, swordfish, mussels and white beans simmered in spicy tomato-basil broth, served with grilled rustic bread for dipping PRESIDENTS MAC & CHEESE Penne pasta smothered in our rich and creamy cheese sauce with diced chicken, tender pieces of bacon and garlic, baked until golden

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 BACON CHEESEBURGER Yes! We finally have bacon on our menu! House-ground burger topped with Tillamook cheddar cheese, served on a brioche bun with jalapeno bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo

This is why locals drive from Spokane and Coeur d’Alene to Post Falls ! WHITE HOUSE 712 N. Spokane St. (208) 777-9672


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HE WINE SCENE in the Inland Northwest is one to be envied. Spokane is home to more than 30 wineries, with a handful across the border in North Idaho. Whether you live in this beautiful part of the country, or are just in town for a visit, if you have a palate for wine, a stop at one—or more—of the tasting rooms will be sure to delight your taste buds and only validate the passion behind the magnificent wines the area is home to. If you are someone who enjoys fine wine, you no longer have to travel far to experience them while enjoying the unique and inviting tasting rooms found here. In Sandpoint, many come from near and far to experience Pend d’Oreille Winery. Now in its 23rd year, the winery is dedicated to making award-winning wine and providing visitors with the best experience possible, which includes musical entertainment weekly and their specialty gift shop. It is a destination many enjoy.

Head west to Liberty Lake Wine Cellars and enjoy an unforgettable tasting experience in their new space in the heart of Liberty Lake. This boutique winery hosts First Friday art events, as well as paint classes and their book club. Nearby in Spokane Valley is where you will be treated to Latah Creek Winery, offering wine tastings daily and one-of-a-kind gift shop. When it comes to musical events, no winery does it better than Arbor Crest Winery at the Cliff House Estate. Situated high above and overlooking the Spokane River and valley below, it is a beautiful place to drink in the view—and wine—all while enjoying one of their summer concerts. This is one of Spokane’s premier winery experiences. In Spokane, wineries are plentiful and the wines they produce unique. One winery not to pass up is Robert Karl Cellars in Downtown Spokane, where winemaker-physician Joe Gunselman and his wife Rebecca produce handcrafted, premium cabernet sauvignon, claret, merlot, sauvignon blanc, malbec and a dry cabernet franc rosé. After just one taste, you’ll discover why these wineries are making a big splash not only in the local, regional and national wine scene, but internationally as well.

A short drive south takes you to Coeur d’Alene, home to two wineries—Coeur d’Alene Cellars and CastAway Cellars. With a passion for wine for more than two decades, husbandand-wife team Scott and Shelly Crawford opened CastAway Cellar in Downtown Coeur d’Alene in 2017, allowing them to share their love of wine with others. Stop in and join their wine club, listen to live music or partake in one of their wine dinners. NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM



Tas ting Events JUNE 16, 2018 The Pour - A Wine Event

Held on the beautiful grounds of Arbor Crest Winery in Spokane, Washington, The Pour is a spectacular evening with gourmet wine dinner and auction featuring some of the region’s finest vintages. The event includes a pre-dinner grand tasting as well as a selection of wines that are perfectly paired with four delectable courses. The wine will be flowing at 5:30 to 9pm. Proceeds benefit Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital to ensure quality health care in our community. For more information, visit or call 509.474.4917.

Arbor Crest Winery Spokane, Washington 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd.

JULY 21 & 22, 2018 Schweitzer Mountain Northwest WineFest

Join Schweitzer in Sandpoint, Idaho, at their fourth annual Northwest WineFest! Purchase your souvenir wine glass with tasting tickets and get tasting at “Wine Valley”! The two-day festival is held on the Schweitzer Village Lawn and features multiple bands playing throughout the weekend paired with more than a dozen regional wineries offering dozens of wines, a craft beer tent, barbeque, arts and crafts vendors and activities for the entire family. Wine tastings take place Saturday 11am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm. To find out more, visit or call 208.263.9555.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort Sandpoint, Idaho 10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd.



WITH DOZENS OF WINERIES and tasting rooms between Spokane and Sandpoint, it’s always “wine tasting time” somewhere. If you are new to the tasting experience, here are some tips to help you while you explore new wines. First, before leaving your house to enjoy an afternoon or evening of tasting, avoid spraying any cologne or perfume, or using scented lotions, as the artificial scent can overpower the unique fragrance of the wine. Also steer clear of lipstick, lip gloss or balms, as they will taint the flavors of the wines. In addition, it’s important to skip the gum and mints before a tasting, as their flavors will detract from your ability to taste the wine. Now, it’s time to get tasting. You arrive at the tasting room, and you’re excited—and maybe a bit nervous if it’s your first time—to explore the wines the winemaker has to offer. After your glass has received its pour, be sure to pick up and hold your glass correctly. This is done by holding the stem, rather than the bowl, as that will warm the glass, which you want to avoid. As you prepare to sip your wine, you will first want to smell it. This is done by first swirling the wine in a gentle motion, which lets oxygen enter the wine, allowing it to become more fragrant. You will then smell it with quick, short sniffs, hovering over the glass. Inhaling the wine before tasting primes your palate for what flavors you will expect—fruity, flowery, herbal, earthy, etc. Take a sip, swish it around your tongue, which aerates the wine and circulates it through your mouth. You may choose to swallow or spit the wine, as either is acceptable. As you move through the tasting, be sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water, as this also allows your taste buds a chance to rest up before the next tasting. Also take advantage of the small bites, such as cheese, crackers and nuts, they have to offer. Lastly, during the tasting, do not be afraid to ask questions. The winemaker is more than happy to answer any question you may have. Wine is their passion, and they want to share their love of wine with you.


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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 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon won a gold medal at the 2018 Cascadia International 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 summer has arrived, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is an ideal choice to enjoy while the sun is shining and the air is warm. The wine is crisp with vibrant lemon zest, gooseberry and citrus finishing with cleansing lively acidity. And the Rosé of Cabernet Franc, lightly chilled, will complement almost anything. 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. 2018 will mark Joe and Rebecca’s 20th vintage, so be sure to stay tuned for more vintages of great Washington wines from Robert Karl Cellars.


2018 Marks 20th Vintage of Superb Washington Wines

Robert Karl Cellars Downtown Spokane 115 W. Pacific Ave. 509.363.1353 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


Castaway Cellars



pened in the fall of 2017, 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. Last 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, you’ll find the atmosphere 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 or 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.

Castaway Cellars Downtown Coeur d’Alene 210 Sherman Avenue, Ste 161 208.819.1296

With their one-year anniversary just around the corner, 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.” Stop in, taste and stay for a while.




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 from Italy, California and Washington. They have 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 Tuesday - Saturday at 4pm.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene 846 N. Fourth St. 208.765.2850


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 awardwinning 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 special deals off wines along with invitations to exclusive events, free concert tickets, complimentary tastings and other special privileges. Open Monday Sunday noon - 5pm.

Spokane Valley 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd. 509.927.9463


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 wellcrafted, quality wines from a variety of exceptional vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. Be sure to join their wine club to receive special discounts. Open Tuesday - Thursday 11:30am - 6:30pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am - 9:30pm, Sunday 1 - 6pm.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene 210 Sherman Ave., Suite 161 208.819.1296


For more than 35 years, it’s been the Conways’ commitment to delight wine lovers with the best of Washington state while making their awardwinning 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 awardwinning and reserve wines while browsing through one of the most unique gift shops in the area. The winery is open daily 9am - 5pm.

Spokane Valley 13030 E. Indiana Ave. 509.926.0164


Find them at their new location in the heart of Liberty Lake! Owners Mark and Sarah Lathrop invite you to taste their award-winning bold red varietals and blends made from grapes sourced from the highly acclaimed Red Mountain AVA in Washington state. The new 4,000-square-foot winery is home to a larger tasting room, production space and barrel storage, with all wine production taking place on site from crush, to fermentation, to barrel aging, to bottling and storage. The larger space is ideal for both public and private events. Don’t forget to ask about joining one of their wine clubs! Open Wednesday - Friday 4 - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday noon - 5pm.

Liberty Lake 23110 E. Knox Ave. 509.255.9205


Sandpoint’s own award-winning winery has pleased palates for more than 20 years using select vineyards from Idaho and Washington. Visit the winery for a tasting and tour, sip and shop their unique gift shop and enjoy a small bite. You can also take advantage of their Bistro Rouge refill program. Purchase a 1.5L bottle and return time and time again to have it refilled with either a Bistro Rouge or Bistro Blanc house-blended wine. You can relax and unwind to live music every Friday night or Trivia Takeover the last Thursday of every month. Take in the artwork of local artists at their Feature Artist Saturdays, which are the second Saturday of each month. Pend d’Oreille wines are available at most area restaurants and wine markets or at their Downtown Sandpoint store. Open daily.


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Sandpoint 301 Cedar St. 208.265.8545


Physician-winemaker Joe Gunselman and wife Rebecca, while nestled in an old fire station in the Historic Warehouse District, focus on Bordeauxstyle 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 and Friday 2 - 5pm, Saturday noon - 4pm.

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Downtown Spokane 115 W. Pacific Ave. 509.363.1353


Opened November 2017, Vine and Olive has made itself known as Coeur d’Alene’s new “it” spot. Located on Main Street in Riverstone, this eatery and wine bar is a destination for great food, unique wine and a dynamic social scene. In the industrial chic space, guests will be treated to European-inspired small plates executed with Northwest flair, charcuteries and desserts, a full wine bar serving thoughtful wines by the glass and eight local taps. You are invited to dine and imbibe Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am - 11pm, Sunday Brunch 9:30am - close.

Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone 2037 N. Main St. 208.758.7770

208-819-1296 210 Sherman Ave., Ste 161 Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


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


n 1982, Mike and Ellena Conway established Latah Creek Wine Cellars with a goal to bring affordable, awardwinning wines to the Inland Northwest. Thirty-seven harvests and 36 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!

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 was new for us last 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 a marvelously

Natalie, Mike and Ellena are not slowing down anytime soon. Grab a glass and be ready to enjoy more affordable, award-winning 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.” 104


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.

Latah Creek Wine Cellars Spokane Valley 13030 E. Indiana Ave. 509.926.0164

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Pend d’Oreille Winery Downtown Sandpoint 301 Cedar Street 208.265.8545

A Passion for Perfection — B Y PAT T Y H U T C H E N S —


ver the last two decades, Pend d’Oreille Winery has been a gathering place for locals and tourists alike. Whether one is listening to music, meeting up with friends or having a romantic night out, it’s the perfect venue to enjoy fine wine and create special memories. The unique Downtown Sandpoint winery was acquired by Jim Bopp and Kylie Presta in December of 2017. The pair purchased the business from founders Steve and Julie Meyer, who were also responsible for purchasing and renovating the beautiful space that is home to the winery. “Steve and Julie set the foundation and created this beautiful space,” says Kylie. Kylie and Jim have been part of the Pend d’Oreille Winery team for several years—Jim for 10 and Kylie for five. Both have a passion for winemaking and the creativity that goes into the process. “I’m an artist, and you have to be to do what I do,” says Jim. Kylie started out as a chemist analyzing the wine and quickly became involved in the winemaking process. Both agree that it is important to maintain the consistency and quality that has earned Pend d’Oreille Winery countless awards and the respect of many wine drinkers over the past two decades but also look forward to bringing new things to the palates of their customers. The refillable wine bottles remain popular, with approximately 600 refilled on a monthly basis. And while they have customers throughout the country to whom they ship, they are grateful to those in their hometown that support them on a regular basis. To show their appreciation, they do as much as they can to support many causes throughout the community either through their Sip ‘n Shop events or donating to certain fundraisers.



In addition to live music each Friday evening, the winery is host to Trivia Night the last Thursday of the month beginning at 5:30pm. They also offer monthly Paint ‘n Sip classes and recently introduced the Second Saturday Artist Feature. “We typically also have music for this event,” Kylie says of the increasingly popular event that features a different local artist each month. Both Kylie and Jim were raised in the area and are grateful for the opportunity to pursue their passion in such a wonderful community. They are joined by a staff of eight, who they say make the perfect team. The music provided at the winery on Fridays and an occasional Saturday draws performers from all over the Northwest including Seattle and Missoula, as well as many local performing artists. In addition to the opportunity to taste a variety of incredible wine, the Tasting Room also has small bites available including a charcuterie board. And for those who prefer, there is locally crafted beer available. Pend d’Oreille Winery’s gift shop features many wine-related items and accessories, perfect gifts for that wine lover in your life, as well as creations by local craftsmen. Jim and Kylie express deep gratitude to their families for the support they have shown them in taking on their new venture, and they look forward to connecting even more with their customers as time goes on. “It’s very humbling to see people returning again and again,” says Jim. “It’s a gift to not only be able to own and operate this winery but to be able to live in Sandpoint as well.”

Celebrating More Than 20 Years of Vinting Excellence!

• Enjoy award-winning wine, locally crafted beer and small bites. • Browse our gift shop of wine-related gifts and accessories. • Live music every Friday evening!

Noon to 7pm Sunday through Thursday Noon to 8pm Friday and Saturday




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.

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.

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 soon.

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.

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 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 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 108

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Whether you are a local or a visitor, take time to explore Spokane and all that it has to offer. Enjoy the discovery!

The culinary scene in Spokane is amazing no matter what part of town you find yourself.

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Located in the Historic Montvale Hotel 110 S. Monroe St., Spokane WA

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IncrediGood Foods and Drinks Our restaurant features all types of hand pressed, umami seasoned burgers and egg sandwiches accompanied by side dishes, adult beverages and as much local products and producers as possible.


909 W. 1st Ave Spokane, WA 99201



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. From locally owned to a multitude of chain restaurants, there’s something to suit every taste and budget. 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 along with various events throughout the year. 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. In addition to the food, wine continues to flow in the area as well. Latah Creek Wine Cellars has been creating award-winning wines for more than 35 years right here in the Spokane Valley. Plan a trip to their tasting room and gift shop on East Indiana Avenue and be prepared to be impressed! A trip up to Arbor Crest Winery offers sweeping views of the city and, not to mention, great wine. Several micro breweries with tasting rooms can be found throughout the Spokane Valley as well—a great stop for a cold beer to cool you down on a hot summer’s day!

From locally owned to a multitude of chain restaurants, there's something to suit every taste and budget. 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 some great restaurants that are well worth the drive from Spokane or North Idaho. Liberty Lake Wine Cellars, which recently moved locations, can now be found in the heart of Liberty Lake on East Knox Avenue, where they host both public and private events at the new 4,000-square-foot site. One of the biggest events the Spokane Valley is home to is CRAVE! 2018 marks the second annual food and wine festival featuring four days of food exploration, chef demonstrations and tastings! Mark your calendar for July 12 through 15 for a taste of the Northwest! ValleyFest, a community-wide celebration held each September at Mirabeau Point Park and CenterPlace Regional Event Center, offers live entertainment for the entire family. The area is large, but the drive is short to experience all that Spokane Valley—and Liberty Lake—have to offer.





take it to the MAX

• Weekend Brunch • 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 • Eclectic Menu

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

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




at Mirabeau

The Best in Food, Wine and Service: 14 Years of Award-Winning Excellence


MAX AT MIRABEAU in the Spokane Valley has been catering to diners with its extraordinary breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert for 14 years, offering nothing less than award-winning service year after year and an unforgettable experience that keeps bringing locals and visitors back for more.

guests’ dietary needs and preferences. Starting with raw ingredients allows for the chefs to 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.

Whether it’s an informal lunch, drinks after a round of golf with friends or that once-ayear 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 a memorable experience. When you sit down and look around at environment and décor, you feel comfortable; it is what you make it.

Chef de cuisine, Michael Durbin, and executive chef/food and beverage director, Shawn Matlock, are serving up eclectic cuisine at MAX. Shawn joined the MAX team in June 2015, having an extensive background in culinary management. Michael was hired at the restaurant in July 2017, bringing his widespread background in menu creation and plating design to the table. Both bring an overabundance of commitment to create only the best product to serve each and every single guest while developing the team from within.

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 fresh ingredients, eliminating pre-packaged, pre-made products, allowing them to more easily accommodate

To keep the menu bright, Michael, Shawn and the rest of the MAX culinary team are constantly exploring new flavors and experimenting


with new dishes and ingredients, along with perfecting existing menu items. And they 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. More than just great food, it is complemented by its bar program, which has blossomed over time and includes fresh new cocktails with their own handmade syrups. 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, Wine Wednesday (and Sunday), Ladies’ Night Thursday and Martini Friday.

The entire staff for guest satisfaction, doing all in its power to offer up a memorable experience.



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 GRILLED SEA BASS WITH THAI 9-SPICE Butternut squash puree, coconut lime nage, citrus zest, charred asparagus BUTTERNUT SQUASH & TOASTED HAZELNUT RISOTTO Fresh thyme, mushrooms, sundried tomato, cougar gold cheeses

Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss the chance to build your own Bloody Mary at the Inland Northwest’s Biggest Bloody Mary Bar from 9am to 2pm—also featuring mimosas galore! Every Friday and Saturday night, MAX offers live music featuring rockin’ blues from 9pm to close with no cover charge. And don’t forget to join them for their First Wednesday Wine Tastings featuring a different winery every month. 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, Spokane Living’s Spokane Valley Best Restaurant of the Year, The Washington Restaurant Association’s Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year and the multiple Epicurean Delight Awards for various dishes through the years. 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


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


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

MAX at Mirabeau Park Hotel Spokane Valley 1100 N. Sullivan Rd. 509.922.6252 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


UNLIKE MOST major metropolitan areas, you won’t need an Uber or cab to get everywhere you want to go in Downtown Spokane. An admirable selection of restaurants coupled with a distinctive array of late-night hangouts, music and theatre venues make downtown a welcome diversion for those looking to have some fun out on the town. And you don’t have to go far to find what you’re looking for.

than a dozen downtown tasting rooms, including the award-winning Robert Karl Cellars, and several more outside of town.

The Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center are the center of entertainment and convention happenings downtown. Spokane has become a great destination for musicians and performers over the years, and with all the fantastic music venues the city has to offer, it’s no wonder. The Bing Crosby Theater, Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, The Knitting Factory and Spokane Civic Theatre prove there is no shortage of venues for live entertainment.

Mark your calendar for the largest three-on-three basketball tournament, Hoopfest, which takes place for two days each June, drawing thousands to the Lilac City.

There have been some recent facelifts happening as well. A trip into the newly renovated Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery for dinner or a drink puts you inside the building that once powered all of downtown, with much of its history still preserved. Here you will also find great events happening all year long, including their summer music series.

After a concert, show or Indians baseball 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. What are you waiting for? West of downtown will take you to Kendall Yards, which has been making itself known for having some of the best restaurants in town. Featuring scenic views, diverse businesses, quality homes and walkingfriendly streets, Kendall Yards is fast becoming a favorite hangout among locals.

Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales, The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen, Europa Restaurant and Bakery, Scratch Restaurant, Wild Sage Bistro, Frank’s Diner, The Onion Taphouse and Grill, Durkin’s Liquor Bar, Madeleine’s Cafe and Patisserie and Gilded Unicorn and Incrediburger & Eggs all offer their own unique flavors that add to Spokane’s unique and fresh culinary scene.

Explore the wild beauty of the Spokane River Gorge while enjoying some of the area’s best local restaurants, wines, brews and coffee! A sampling of the local fare includes Veraci Pizza, with their wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza. 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 with them.

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

Make Kendall Yards your next stop when you’re out exploring Spokane. You won’t be disappointed, and you’re guaranteed to leave fulfilled.

Spokane has become a great destination for musicians and performers over the years, and with all the fantastic music venues the city has to offer, it’s no wonder. 114




S T EA M PL A NT Great New Taste and a Little Industrial Magic IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE RESULTS of the Steam Plant’s major renovation yet, well … why not? 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.”



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

Using materials that provide warmth to the expansive four-story space, the interiors are the perfect blend of industrial and contemporary. The main-level restaurant, now called Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery, is an open design overlooking the new bar area and features comfortable, tufted seating in the built-in booths next to steel-cladded walls. The bar offers a mixture of large community tables as well as both semi-private and private booth seating. 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. Lunch service is back, meaning diners can now enjoy the spacious atmosphere in the light of day. And the new Rooftop Event Space, on the third level of the Seehorn building right off Lincoln Street, is booking a wide range of events from Beer & Yoga Nights to wedding receptions to corporate retreats. The space can accommodate up to 150 people,

“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. 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 house-smoked salmon carbonara, a rotisserie porchetta sandwich and a “wood-kissed Caesar” with grilled romaine, along with generous-pour signature cocktails and a regional wine list.

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includes a bridal suite and a patio, and offers a unique view of the plant’s smokestacks and the Spokane skyline.

“There’s something special happening here at the Steam Plant,” says Executive Chef Paul Taylor. “During my almost 30 years in the industry, I’ve been a part of some truly great kitchens, but nothing is quite as unique as this space.” Paul, who trained at Northwest Culinary Institute, has worked at several restaurants in Oregon and Washington, including Hall Street Grill in the Portland area and with Bon Appetit and their “farm to fork” program at Evergreen State College. Meanwhile, the brewery continues to create craft brews on site. In addition to a variety of permanent taps and inventive seasonals, they offer barrelaged limited release brews and are finding new ways to use their creations in the kitchen’s recipes for a twist on traditional favorites. New space, new menu items and a rotating selection of handcrafted brews: The Steam Plant’s transformation will definitely keep you coming back for more.

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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 bleu cheese or ranch KALE & BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD Thinly sliced fresh kale and Brussels sprouts tossed with Parmesan cheese, almonds and a classic vinaigrette


GENO’S TRADITIONAL FOOD and Ales celebrated its four-year anniversary this past October, and it’s no surprise that it continues to be a local favorite. A University District icon, Geno’s changed ownership in 2013 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 carrying its long tradition of good food and friendly service where guests are welcomed by a casual feels-like-home 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



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

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 CUBAN PORK SANDWICH Seasoned pulled pork, sliced ham, mayo, yellow mustard, Swiss cheese and a pineapple/pickle relish served warm on a smashed French roll 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 SCOTCH EGG A soft-cooked egg wrapped in sausage then deep fried and served with spicy mustard 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, located on the South Hill, celebrated their sixth anniversary this past 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 to meet the quality and standard of the beer, all while aiming to maintain an eco-friendly gastropub. Guests will find 50 tap handles of which 80 percent are rotating, 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, (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. With the success of Manito Tap House, Patrick and Denise decided to open a second restaurant in the summer of 2015, The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen. Like its sister restaurant, The Blackbird is a Certified Green Restaurant with a 4 Star rating. After nearly three years in business, The Blackbird is reinventing the atmosphere and cuisine to offer Spokane a truly traditional taste of the South. “We said from the start we wanted to change concepts every few years,” says Patrick. “[We] have the energy and expertise with our team that we want to take [The Blackbird] to another place and try something different.” With a love and passion for barbecue, both Patrick and Executive Chef Molly Patrick, a native of Macon, Georgia, the new menu will offer traditional smokehouse barbecue from the South (including brisket, pork, jackfruit, hot links, spare ribs, chicken and more), and wood-fired smokers will run at The Blackbird 24 hours a day. To complement the new menu, guests will still be treated to more than 150 rare and imported bottled beers, with the same standards for beer service as Manito. In addition, guests will walk into a louder, less formal, casual and fun restaurant. Patrick, who is a certified cicerone and publican, is in charge of the cellar as well as writing the beer menus at both locations. Beers are cellared at both locations as well as an off-site temperature-controlled cellar. “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!” “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 new woodfired Southern 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.” What are you waiting for? Head to Manito Tap House or The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen for the best beer—and food—in town.

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The Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen Downtown 905 N. Washington St. 509.381.2473

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Smoking Daily, when it’s gone, it’s gone. - Brisket - Spare Ribs - Pulled Pork - Chicken - Hot Links - Pulled Jackfruit


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Celebrating 20 years!

Experience downtown’s best in food, friends and fun at the Satellite Diner & Lounge!



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Celebrating 11 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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Europa Restaurant and Bakery Spokane’s Hidden Treasure SOMETIMES YOU FIND that the most unforgettable experiences occur in those least expected places, and that is what you will find after a visit to Europa Restaurant and Bakery. Hidden beneath the railroad viaduct in Downtown Spokane’s historic Atrium Building, an incredible surprise awaits you. 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 36 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.”

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.

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 36 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,

Last year, Europa was 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.”


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led by Pastry Chef Christie Sutton, who has been serving up her baked delights for the past 19 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.




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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 health-conscious traveler.

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


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.

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


If you haven’t made your way to Hayden lately, it’s time. Opened March 2018, Radicci is a family owned Italian bistro dishing up authentic scratch-made pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, salads and more using delicious family recipes with a modern twist. Radicci’s prides itself on their ability to accommodate vegetarian and gluten-free diners as well with nearly all menu selections. Soups and sauces, such as the marinara, are made fresh, and their pizzas are made with a sourdough crust. If you are looking to find a true taste of Italy in your own back yard, you will find it at Radicci. Buon Appetito!

Hayden 8049 N. Wayne Dr. 208.635.5821 Fresh, Scratch-Made Italian $-$$$


Restaurant & Bakery

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, and entree items including the Brush Creek blue 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 4 - 6pm. Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9pm, Friday and Saturday 11am - 10pm.

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


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 cooked 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.

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


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.

Downtown Spokane 1007 W. First Ave. 509.456.5656 Contemporary & Fine Dining $-$$$

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LUNCH BBLT Braised pork belly, romaine lettuce, cured bacon, roasted garlic aioli FISH TACOS Fish of the day, crème fraiche, pico, guacamole, jalapeno cilantro slaw, fried corn tortilla

FRIED OYSTER PO BOY Fried oysters, shredded romaine lettuce, roma tomatoes and remoulade, served on a hoagie roll SIGNATURE SALAD Baby spinach, bacon, brie, apples and candied walnuts with house-made pomegranate vinaigrette GROWN-UP GRILLED CHEESE Fresh mozzarella, boursin, brie, parmesan, pears, hickory bacon, fresh basil DINNER GNOCCHI House-made potato dumplings, Italian sausage, marinara, bell peppers, onions, spinach and mushrooms CEDAR PLANK SALMON Wild-caught salmon, cilantro lime honey, heirloom tomato and mango salsa, pea shoots, ginger beer-infused basmati rice with seasonal vegetable OSSO BUCCO Braised pork shank, horseradish mashed potato, blackberry demi-glace and seasonal vegetable ULTIMATE SEAFOOD TRIO 7 oz. Atlantic lobster tail, seared scallops and prawns served with lemon cream sauce, parmesan risotto, served with seasonal vegetable TENDERLOIN 7 oz. filet, blackberry demi-glace, rosemary butter, macerated blackberries, served with seasonal vegetable



R E S TA U R A N T Passion for Fresh Fine Dining Shines Through — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

IT’S BEEN MORE THAN a decade since First Avenue in Downtown Spokane became home to Scratch Restaurant, when it opened its doors to enthusiastic diners in November 2017. And to the delight of its guests, Scratch 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 long-standing Scratch employees. Executive Chef Owen Cruz has been at Scratch and 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

Tasty Selections 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.

Sagle 41 Lakeshore Dr. 208.265.2001 Asian & Sushi $-$$


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 wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie, char-broiler and smoker. Specialties include house-smoked salmon carbonara, a rotisserie porchetta sandwich and a “wood-kissed Caesar” with grilled romaine, along with generous-pour 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. Open Monday - Thursday, 11:30am - 10pm; Friday and Saturday, 11:30am - 11pm; and Sunday 11:30am 9pm. While you dine, park free in their north lot or use their car drop service.

Downtown Spokane 159 S. Lincoln St. 509.777.3900 Contemporary American $$


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

Ponderay 477272 Highway 95 208.263.1381 Inventive American Fare $-$$


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 Americanfare 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, handbattered 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

Downtown Coeur d’Alene 601 E. Front St. Ste. 101 208.667.1170 Inventive American Fare $-$$ 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 11:30am - 9pm Tuesday - Thursday, 11:30am - 10pm Friday, 4 - 10pm Saturday. Reservations are recommended. Find them on Facebook or visit their website.

Midtown Coeur d’Alene 1401 N. Fourth St. 208.664.2718 Japanese & Sushi Bar $$-$$$ 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 Thursday - Sunday during the summer months and each Friday and Saturday evening in the winter, 6 - 9pm.

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

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For the Foodie 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.

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


Opened November 2017, Vine and Olive has made itself known as Coeur d’Alene’s new “it” spot. Located on Main Street in Riverstone, this eatery and wine bar is a destination for great food, unique wine and a dynamic social scene. In the industrial chic space, guests will be treated to European-inspired small plates executed with Northwest flair, charcuteries and desserts, a full wine bar serving thoughtful wines by the glass and eight local taps. You are invited to dine and imbibe Monday - Thursday 11:30am - 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am - 11pm, Sunday Brunch 9:30am - close.


11am - 9pm 7 days a week

a little about us... Veraci Pizza features a delicious ultra-thin artisan crust made from our secret recipe. Each batch of dough is hand prepared in a mixing bowl, never by machine.

509.389.0029 1333 West Summit Pkwy Spokane, WA in Kendall Yards

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Coeur d’Alene at Riverstone 2037 N. Main St. 208.758.7770 European-Inspired Cuisine & Wine Bar $$$$$ 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 and communities. You’re invited to one of the most interesting and unique dining experiences in the Inland Northwest. Open Tuesday - Thursday 11:30am - 10pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30am - 11pm, Sunday and Monday 4 -10pm.

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


Westwood Brewing Co, is driven to provide exceptional beers and delicious flavorful food in a casual setting. Housed in a historic late-1800s building, Westwood is a full-service brewpub serving craft beers from the Pacific Northwest, domestics,

wine and cocktails, paired with delicious pub food artfully crafted by their chef in house. Guests will quickly discover the passion the owners have for both incredible beer and incredible food! Families, friends and neighbors will be greeted by friendly faces, experience consistent quality and feel at home. Open daily 11am - close.

Rathdrum 8162 W. Main St. 208.712.3423 Inventive Pub Fare $-$$ 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 and Saturday 11am - 11pm.

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


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. Opened May 2017, the second floor loft dining room offers more seating and versatility. 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.

Downtown Spokane 916 W. 2nd Ave. 509.456.7575 Contemporary $$-$$$


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.

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

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AFTER YEARS OF A SUCCESSFUL RESTAURANT on wheels, owners Seth and Laura Carey decided it was time to go big and find a permanent restaurant location in which to serve their delicious wood-fired pizzas. The idea was simple yet challenging from the start, as the couple did not have the advantage of prior restaurant experience. “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 Veraci Pizza 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. House specials are rotated every two weeks, and various menu changes are made seasonally, incorporating seasonal items purchased from local farmers markets. 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. New must-try items include the Spicy Portobello pizza, which includes caramelized onions, portobello mushrooms sautéed in spicy oil, chevre cheese on their three-cheese blend and savory red sauce, and the Spinach Salad with organic spinach, hard-boiled egg, fresh mushrooms, bacon and sunflower seeds served with Veraci’s house-made sweet vinaigrette. Also new to the menu are the root beer float and wood-fired salted caramel walnut brownies, both served with Brain Freeze ice cream! Perfect on a hot summer’s day! Veraci is housed in a prime location for tourists and visitors to enjoy the outdoors and stop in for a bite. “Having the Centennial Trail right behind our business really adds to the environment and allows runners, bikers and walkers immediate access and creates a feeling of connection with the community,” says Laura. “We also have free 90-minute street parking and two hours of free parking in the parking lot across the street, which allows for a quick stop in or a long meal with friends. Of course, the possibility of dinner on our patio, overlooking the city and the river, is always enticing!” 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.

Veraci Pizza Kendall Yards 1333 W. Summit Pkwy 509.389.0029 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM





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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. On Garland Avenue lies a neighborhood full of charm and ambiance; like walking downtown in one of Norman Rockwell’s paintings. The popular Garland District is where you’ll find 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 creations that you can bring into the theater with you. Just down the street, The Blue Door Theatre performances are every Friday night, offering improv and sketch comedy suitable for all ages. Shopping in quaint shops in this little district is an appetite builder. Whether you’re in the mood for family style, sandwich shops, cupcakes, coffee cafes, diners or pub and bars, you’ll find them here. Two local favorites that can be found in Spokane’s north side include Landmark Restaurant’s Onion Grill and Taphouse and Frank’s Diner. At the Onion, they’re ready to serve you the best in burgers, artisan pizzas, steaks and seafood seven days a week! At Frank’s Diner, which has been voted Best

Breakfast for decades, their malted waffles, buttermilk biscuits, fresh gravies and bread bowl soups and chowders are sure to fill you up. There are several great places for getting outside. Bowl and Pitcher at Riverside State Park provides easy walking and hiking trails along the Spokane River. Cool down at the splash pads at Audubon Park or opt for a round of traditional or disc golf at Downriver Golf Course. There is also a par 3 course for beginners and young children, a bowling center, a zoological park, and family fun center with arcade, batting cages, laser tag and more. A trip up to Green Bluff is fun any time of year. Picking fresh fruit off the trees or your own pumpkin in the fall is what brings many people in, but the wide range of seasonal produce, jams, fresh foods and family fun as well as several wineries, microbreweries, a cidery and even a meadery make Green Bluff a great day for all. 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.

Cool down at the splash pads at Audubon Park or opt for a round of traditional or disc golf at Downriver Golf Course.

North Spokane is thriving with its local hotspots and is most certainly worth the stop. NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


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 Frank’s Diners 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. Downtown Onion Taphouse and Grill 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 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. 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. North Side Onion Taphouse and Grill 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.


North Side Frank’s Diner 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 in a warehouse hangar 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. Q. How does it feel to reach this milestone of 40 years in business? 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

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The Onion Taphouse and Grill The Onion Taphouse and Grill Downtown North Side 7522 N. Division St. 302 W. Riverside Ave. 509.747.3852 509.483.3300

Frank’s Diner Frank’s Diner Downtown North Side 1516 W. 2nd Ave. 10929 N. Newport Highway 509.747.8798 509.465.2464 - Open 6am-9pm Daily NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


ATMOSPHERE beverage prepared fresh when they order is our passion. Q. How do you continue to keep your guests happy and coming back for more? A. Our chefs at Frank’s 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? 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.

The Onion Taphouse & Grill Downtown - 302 W. Riverside Ave. 509.747.3852 North Side - 7522 N. Division St. 509.482.6100 Frank’s Diner North Side - 10929 N. Newport Hwy 509.465.2464 Downtown - 1516 W. Second Ave. 509.747.8798




From the smoked brisket hash and eggs benny to the smoked steelhead omelet and our build-your-own bloody Mary bar, we’re shaking up breakfast in all the right ways. After all, the most important meal of the day should taste like it.

Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 9am-2pm | Happy Hour: Daily 4-6pm

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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. Looking for an unforgettable breakfast? From the couple that brought you Fleur de Sel at Highlands in Post Falls, Fleur de Sel Artisan Creperie on Grand is a must for both savory and sweet crepes like no other! Heading up the hill to 18th Street between Bernard and Grand will reveal one of the most beautiful attractions in Spokane—Manito Park. This 90-acre park features five picturesque gardens, manicured lawns, flowers, topiary shrubs, a greenhouse conservatory and duck pond, playgrounds and walking and biking paths. 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. While here, you’ll want to grab authentic Southern cuisine and cocktails at Casper Fry. Heading south up and along 29th Avenue, the options become almost too numerous to count. Here is where you’ll find The Two Seven, a sister restaurant of the Elk in Browne’s Addition and Moon Time and The Porch in North Idaho, which is famous for its fantastic sandwiches. Nearby Hugo’s on the Hill offers a food and fun



This 90-acre park features five picturesque gardens, manicured lawns, flowers, topiary shrubs, a greenhouse conservatory and duck pond, playgrounds and walking and biking paths.

experience that won’t be had anywhere else! This upscale bowling alley offers a game room, private booths and 50-seat dining room paired with a huge selection of great food and brews!

French dining at its 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

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, a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant, features an impressive array of tap beers (50!) to complement their seasonally inspired upscale pub food made from scratch.

4365 Inverness Dr. Post Falls, ID 83854 (208) 777-7600

Casual, warm, friendly, quick-serve restaurant

Between 37th and 57th avenues, the scene has continued to evolve since the new Target shopping complex opened. From pub fare, pizza and subs to chicken and Northwest fine dining, there’s a variety of restaurants to dine and imbibe at here. From top to bottom, you’ll find just about any flavor on Spokane’s south side.

SPOKANE Open Every Day

909 S Grand Blvd. Spokane, WA 99202 (509) 242-3725 NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM



ALL IN THE FAMILY: INTERVIEW WITH DEB GREEN, CO-OWNER 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 celebrate our 11th anniversary this summer and are grateful we’ve made so many friends along the way. Open for six years now, 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. Twelve 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 a historic family tie to the South Perry neighborhood, it just seemed right to build a Southerninspired 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, easy-tounderstand 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.



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

Casper Fry South Hill 928 S. Perry St. 509.535.0536

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

SOUTHERN INSPIRED MENU CLASSIC VINTAGE COCKTAILS DOWN-HOME HOSPITALITY Lunch | Dinner | Weekend Brunch | 509.535.0536 | 928 S Perry St, Spokane, WA



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

Hugo’s on the Hill Play and Dine on the South Hill


dining room seats 50 people

game room with billiards, big buck hunter, 2 pool tables, 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 3023 E. 28th Avenue Spokane, WA 99223 Located in the Lincoln Heights Center Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-12am Friday: 11:30am-2am Saturday: 10:30am-2am Sunday: 10:30am-12am 140


ORIGINALLY OPENED in the 1950s on the South Hill, Hugo’s on the Hill is a one-ofa-kind establishment offering 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 the onion haystack, 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 and Saturday 11:30am 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

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. Held the first weekend in June, this three-day event of art, art-making and performances by local musicians is fun for the entire family! The following weekend welcomes Elkfest, which closes down a couple of blocks for several days of live music and merriment. The intersection of Pacific and Cannon is where you will find food and drink. The Elk Public House serves up scratch-made sandwiches and rotating specialties, and right behind it the El Que has a more Mexican-focused menu. You’ll also find delicious Italian food and pizza in the area as well.

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. 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. West of Spokane, the scenery might flatten out, but your taste buds won’t!

Spokane’s West Side is home to the beautiful Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC), one of Spokane’s must-visit treasures featuring art, history and cultural exhibits along with family focused activities.

One of Spokane’s must-visit treasures. NORTHWESTSIZZLE.COM


The Elk Public House — BY JILLIAN CHANDLER —

A Caring Staff and Loyal Customers Keeps Restaurant Going Strong



NO MATTER ONE’S AGE or financial status, consistently good food and atmosphere along with friendly service and menu items offered at a reasonable price appeal to everybody. And this is what The Elk Public House has delivered year after year. In addition, the restaurant offers a comfortable and inviting welcome-to-my-house 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 Santa Fe chicken sandwich, Mediterranean grilled lamb sandwich and legendary roasted corn pasta are 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 employs. 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; 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. Every neighborhood should be so lucky. Mark your calendars for Elkfest, which takes place the weekend of June 8-10!

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

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 MARINATED PORK SOFT TACOS Thinly sliced marinated pork seared and stuffed into two warm flour tortillas with Monterey jack cheese and coleslaw, then topped with mango/ pineapple chutney and fresh cilantro; served with Mexican-style charro beans 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!








MAY 17 - 20 LOST IN THE ‘50S


Each year, Spokane is host to the beautiful Bloomsday Run, presented by the Lilac Bloomsday Association. This year marks the 42nd year of this event, taking place 9am to 1:30pm. The 7.46-mile course is family friendly and open to all runners, walkers, wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs and strollers.

This is a community favorite not to be missed! Sandpoint’s 33rd Annual Lost in the ‘50s features terrific musical acts each night with concerts and dances. The fourday event includes Rock n’ Roll Heaven, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, a vintage car parade, street dances, show and dance, car show and more! Don’t miss all the action!

Known as the “race with a view,” the Coeur d’Alene Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run offers one of the most spectacular events in the country. The race starts and finishes downtown in McEuen Park located at Front Street and Fourth Avenue. The Coeur d’Alene Marathon is USATF Sanctioned and a Boston Qualifier.


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More than 150 of the most talented artists from around the Northwest will gather in Coeur d’Alene Park in Browne’s Addition for the 33rd annual ArtFest. This three-day community event offers fun for the entire family, from handcrafted works of art, live music, great food, Make it Art Kids Fair and more.

Elkfest is unlike many area music festivals with its grassroots approach, very little outside sponsorship and a reputation for being Spokane’s best—and only—real neighborhood party each summer on the streets of the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood in Spokane. Elkfest is free to enjoy from the street, with a $2 cover to come in their beer gardens or restaurants.

JUNE 15 & 16 CAR D’LANE 28TH ANNIVERSARY This is a classic car weekend—just in time for Father’s Day—featuring pre ’75 cars and trucks in the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene. To kick off the weekend fun, there’s the Car d’Lane Cruise Friday evening, 6 to 9pm, so head out to Sherman Avenue to enjoy the show. Saturday, 8am to 4pm, cars will be lining Sherman Avenue and on display for all ages to enjoy. Check out the beauties, talk to the owners, enjoy vendors and more!


JULY 12th-15th at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley For more event details visit




CHAFE 150 treats riders to seven fully stocked break stops, professional ride support, a larger-than-life after-ride party and prizes for top fundraisers. The ride starts and finishes in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille after winding into Montana through lush river valleys of the Cabinet Mountains. This event is staged by the Sandpoint Rotary Club to assist students in the Lake Pend Oreille School District on the autism spectrum.

JUNE 24 IRONMAN 70.3 COEUR D’ALENE Held in scenic Coeur d’Alene, athletes begin their day with 1.2-mile swim in the clear waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Next, athletes take on the challenging 56-mile bike course boasting with turns, followed by the run that loops along the shores of the lake. The race finish is in the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene, as hundreds of spectators cheer on the tri-athletes.

JULY 4 FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS There’s no better way to end Independence Day celebrations than with fireworks. Fourth of July events abound in the Inland Northwest, with awe-inspiring fireworks displays in various towns from Northern Idaho to Spokane, Washington. Some of the best show can be found at Spokane’s Riverfront Park, Downtown Coeur d’Alene on the waterfront off of Sherman Avenue, Sandpoint’s City Beach, Harrison on the waterfront, Bayview’s Marina and Resort and Silverwood Theme Park in Athol. With so many to choose from, how do you decide? Visit to find out more about these events in our events calendar.

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JULY 12 - 15 CRAVE! FOOD AND DRINK CELEBRATION Crave Northwest is the Inland Northwest’s premier food and drink celebration. Held at CenterPlace at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley, Crave is a unique culinary event showcasing the creative talents of visionary chefs from around the Northwest. 2018 marks the second annual event where guests are invited to savor the creative talents of award-winning chefs, specialty food purveyors, winemakers and craft drink providers. Culinary highlights include a grand tasting tent, foods from around the world, seafood bash, fire and smoke fare and Father’s Day brunch.


Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament in the world, where you’ll find more than 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks! Whether you are a player, a volunteer or a fan, Spokane Hoopfest has a place for you to enjoy the energy of more than 14,000 games played throughout the weekend.

JULY 14 HAYDEN TRIATHLON The City of Hayden is proud to host the eighth Annual Hayden Sprint Triathlon, with its 1/2-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and finished off with a 3.1-mile run. The race venue features breathtaking scenery with a challenging but friendly course. After the race, unwind at beautiful Honeysuckle Beach on Hayden Lake. All proceeds from the race are donated to worthy area charities that include kids’ sports, music and theatre, educational programs and any worthy recipient in need of funding.



Sandpoint puts on one heck of a live music experience and has for the past 35 years. Each year, a variety of popular musicians, from country and rock to blues and orchestra, play in a beautiful outdoor setting. Already announced for 2018 are Amos Lee, ZZ Top, Sublime, and Phillip Phillips + Gavin Degraw. Attendees can buy a season pass to see all shows or choose to attend one or more of the events. Ticketed guests are also allowed to bring in their own food and beverages into the venue, adding to the feel of a backyard gettogether.

AUGUST 5 POST FALLS SPRINT TRIATHLON & DUATHLON Held at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls, the annual Post Falls Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon is a USAT sanctioned event and includes a 5k swim, 19k bike and 5k run. Chip timing provided, snacks and an award ceremony will follow the race. Race begins at 8am. Call Traci Stevenson at 208.773.0539 for more information.


The 2018 Julyamsh will be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene. Admission is just $10 for this incredible event and free for children 12 and younger. This three-day cultural event is filled with Native-American activities for all to enjoy, bringing people together and signifying the spirit of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in celebration of heritage, diversity and culture. This is a rare opportunity to view the beauty of these diverse native cultures through their traditional crafts and performances of tribal dancing and music.

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AUGUST 3 - 5 ART ON THE GREEN For 50 seasons, artists from all across the Northwest have been flocking to Coeur d’Alene for a spectacular weekend of arts and crafts. Held on the beautiful campus of North Idaho College, adjacent to Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River, this is a summer favorite for the artsy and creative types. Paired with the Taste of the Coeur d’Alenes at City Park and the Coeur d’Alene Street Fair on Sherman Avenue, you’ll find more than 250 booths of artistry, food, crafts, home decoration and inspiration. All three celebrations are connected to each other and easily walkable.


Bringing together local, regional and international musicians from Mexico, this youth orchestra reaches across borders. The Music Conservatory of Sandpoint is delighted to welcome back guest conductor Dr. Philip Baldwin, director of the Spokane Youth Symphony. This accomplished camp for children ages 8 through 18 features daily practice, advanced ensembles and master classes. Enroll today. For more information, call 208.265.4444.

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AUGUST.September. AUGUST 10 GALACTIC JOURNEY ORCHESTRA CONCERT Join with the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint as they present a Star Warsthemed musical adventure starring local youth and visiting musicians from the Auka El Sistema Orchestra in Mexico. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Uryadi’s Village in Ethiopia. Tickets are available at MCS, located at 110 Main St. in Sandpoint, or at the door. For more information, call 208.265.4444.



There’s nothing that says family fun quite like a carnival. Each August, the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene is host to the annual North Idaho State Fair, a five-day event with rides, food and fun! Featured attractions this year include the largest carnival in the state, All-Aboard Express Train, Washboard Willy, XPOGO Stunt Team, Fables of the West, Remote Control Speedway, High Dive, illusionist and comic magician Jared Sherlock and more! And don’t forget about the grandstand shows and the animals!

Held during Labor Day Weekend at Riverfront Park, 2018 marks the 39th annual Pig Out in the Park! Open daily 11am to 10pm, this favorite six-day food and free music festival offers a tasty menu of food and fun, with 47 food booths, 225 menu items, great food, cheap prices, three adult beverage gardens, special hours with $4 bites (3 to 5pm and 9 to10pm daily), dozens of free concerts on three stages featuring national, regional and local artists, and the Pig Out’s arts and crafts fair and public market under the Pavillion. Fun for the whole family.



Held at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane, the annual Spokane County Interstate Fair is a perfect way to end the summer in grand style. The 10-day event begins the Friday after Labor Day each year, and as one of Spokane’s largest annual events, strives to be a place where one can visit the past, explore the future and enjoy the wonders of the present in a single location. Attendees will enjoy amusement rides, live music, animals, exhibits, food, grandstand entertainment and much more!


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ValleyFest offers events at three locations: CenterPlace Regional Event Center and Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley, and Plantes Ferry Sports Complex in Spokane. The weekend festivities include a 5k and 10k run, hot air balloon launches, pancake breakfast, car show, astronomy, fishing at the falls, outdoor movie, wine and food garden, live music and entertainment, outdoor movie, TotFest and more!

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By Patty Hutchens LIVING IN THE NORTHWEST, it is easy to be inspired by the beautiful surroundings. Fortunately, we live in an area where artists, both visual and performing, love to take that inspiration and create beautiful things for us to enjoy. With an abundance of things to choose from, from concerts to art shows, here are just a few ways to take in all there is to see and do. Sandpoint is home to an up-and-coming country music performer who just recently released a new album, “Game Over.” Devon Wade has performed all over the Pacific Northwest, from Sandpoint to Post Falls to the Knitting Factory in Spokane where he has opened for stars such as Kip Moore. Devon has also performed in Seattle and just

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recently finished up a three-city tour in Texas and Louisiana. Check him out on Facebook and be sure in take in one of his many shows. You won’t be disappointed! Pend Oreille Arts Council in Sandpoint hosts many wonderful events throughout the year, one of which is the Arts and Crafts Fair in August. For the last 45 years the event has been held at City Beach, but this year it will move to downtown on 2nd and Main. This year’s event is August 11 and 12, which is also the second weekend of the popular Festival at Sandpoint. It’s one of the busiest—not to mention one of the most fun—weekends in this beautiful town. Speaking of the Festival at Sandpoint, this event



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draws people from all over to enjoy eight days of delightful music of various genres. It takes place at Memorial Field overlooking the Pend Oreille River. The Festival welcomes 25,000 people each year and has been providing top-notch entertainment since 1983, making it a destination vacation for many in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Year-round musical entertainment can be found in many Sandpoint venues, include the recently renovated iconic 219 Lounge. Located in Downtown Sandpoint, the “Niner” has live musical entertainment from bands throughout the Pacific Northwest. But it’s not just music you’ll find here; they also have comedians, karaoke and more. In the summertime, 154


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enjoy the outdoor patio and beautiful murals depicting life in North Idaho. Be sure to check out their website at for the latest acts happening at the 219 Lounge. Head south to Coeur d’Alene and you will be delighted by another “arts” town. From August 3 through 5, don’t miss Art on the Green in Coeur d’Alene on the campus of North Idaho College. This annual event will celebrate its 50th year this summer and is host to more than 190 artists, including musicians and performers. And it is no small feat to put together, with more than 500 volunteers participating to make this a memorable event. While you are there, be sure and enjoy the beer and wine garden for some refreshments.



Throughout the summer, you can enjoy a variety of weekly outdoor concert series, from Riverstone to City Park, to the always fun Live after 5 at McEuen Park.

From April through December in Coeur d’Alene, you can enjoy locally and nationally acclaimed artists the second Friday of the month from 5 to 8pm during Artwalk. With galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses displaying beautiful pieces of art, it is a great way to enjoy beautiful Downtown Coeur d’Alene. The Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is something you won’t want to miss. With performances this summer such as Guys and Dolls and Legally Blonde, you will want to keep coming back to experience more of this amazing talent. Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is Idaho’s oldest performing arts organization, first established in 1967.

If you are looking for a bit of history, stop by the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Here you will find exhibits that showcase the history and art of the region including the culture of Native Americans.

In addition, throughout the summer, you can enjoy a variety of weekly outdoor concert series, from Riverstone to City Park, to the always fun Live after 5 at McEuen Park. You can also find live music Thursdays in Hayden at McIntire Family Park.

You’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to go to Seattle or New York to enjoy first-class Broadway shows. The INB Performing Arts Center, which is currently under renovation, hosts some of the greatest musicals that Broadway has to offer.

Spokane is also proudly home to a multitude of cultural events to keep you busy year-round. From art galleries to museums to performing arts, there is a wide variety of events and activities to inspire your soul.

For those who enjoy a great concert, Northern Quest Casino in nearby Airway Heights is an excellent venue to enjoy some great names. Some of this summer’s concerts include Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Huey Lewis, Rascal Flatts and Train. While you are at it, you may want to check out their latest renovation, a smoke-free gambling area!

The art galleries include a wide variety of disciplines. If photography is what you enjoy, visit Brick Wall Photographic Gallery. This unique gallery located on Main Street in Downtown Spokane features color and black and white photography including everything from landscapes to abstract. Each month a different photographer’s work is displayed, and you can peruse the past exhibits on their website. 156

You can also head on over to Gonzaga University and visit the Jundt Art Museum. Its permanent collection features a vast variety of genres and artists including the impressive Old Master prints by Rembrandt as well as contemporary artist Andy Warhol. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum also is host to traveling exhibitions.


Whether you want to explore your own hometown, or you want to get away for a day trip or overnight, there is plenty to do in the Inland Northwest!







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e all have those family and date-night staples where we know exactly what to expect when we walk through the doors. We have that favorite table or booth, know exactly what we are going to order without even looking at the menu and in many cases the server even knows our name! But … there are times when our taste buds begin to get bored and are in desperate need of a pick me up. Well, we have the answer for you! Towns in the Inland Northwest are filled with those well-known establishments that see constant foot traffic, and rightfully so—these restaurants offer great food and do not disappoint! But just like in life, there are times when we need to get out of our comfort zone and expand our horizons. It’s time to explore those not-so-well-known establishments that are ready and willing to serve you the best! If you have kids, families are always welcome at Embers by the Lake in Hauser, Idaho. Known for their wood-fired artisan pizza, general managers Chris and Jane Hammons make sure that a casual atmosphere is maintained where the entire family will be welcomed. To start, the doughy garlic knots are in order, 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. Add a side of alfredo or marinara for dipping, and this could be a meal all its own! But, you have to leave room because there’s still pizza! Pick your crust, either a traditional or their glutenfree option, with regular or vegan cheese if that’s your preference. They offer a variety of delicious topping combos to choose from, so pick what suits you best. The Papa’s Special is something, both young and old, are sure to enjoy. Their most popular pizza, it’s topped with sausage, pepperoni, salami, crumbled hickory-smoked bacon, marinara sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheese. Other options include the Far East Pizza, South of the Border and Sweet and Smoky Chipotle BBQ Chicken. What are you waiting for?






Though the menu changes often, you won’t want to miss their prime rib nights. Their shredded pork enchiladas are a must try, and their pizzas or street tacos are ideal for a quick and satisfying lunch. The restaurant is kid friendly, and offer beer and wine for the grownups. And … they have take-and-bake meals for you to make at home! Pack River General Store Sandpoint, Idaho 1587 Rapid Lightning Rd. 208.263.2409 If you’ve been desiring a trip to Mexico but it just can’t happen soon enough, we have a solution for you! The answer ... Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen. Serving up authentic Mexican cuisine with a smile, you are sure to be impressed with the food paired with the hospitality, top-notch service and atmosphere, all creating a delightful culinary experience. Here they offer up comfort food, reimagined, where you’ll find twists on some of your favorite Mexican foods. Start off with the pork belly and pineapple skewers (skewers of ancho-rubbed pork belly, pineapple and roasted red bell pepper with maple glaze) and Mexican poutine (house fries smothered in green chili gravy with crema, their house-blend cheese and cotija cheese) and top it all off with one of their specialty dishes like their stacked enchiladas, shepherd’s pie and brisket chimichanga, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t stop in sooner!

Embers by the Lake Hauser, Idaho 12008 N. Woodland Beach Dr. 208.262.8219 Hay J’s Bistro in Liberty Lake is another restaurant that can easily be missed but is worth the trip. Housed in an unassuming location, you’ll soon discover what you’ve been missing! Their full menu includes delectable appetizers such as steamed clams and risotto croquettes, salads with names like Butterhead & Bleu and Rocket Salad, scratch-made soups and full lunch and dinner offerings. Parmesan-crusted halibut, Chilean sea bass, rack of lamb, pork chops and more, oh my! The mother-and-son team of Rhonda Entner and Patrick Fechser started Hay J’s with a vision of simple yet amazing food, hospitable service and a wine and cocktail selection that caters to all. Hay J’s Bistro Liberty Lake, Washington 21706 E. Mission Ave. 509.926.2310 Nestled along the banks of the Pack River, Pack River General Store most certainly has some tasty dishes coming out of their kitchen! No matter the time of day, their breakfast, lunch and dinner creations are sure to satisfy. Open daily, guests are treated to hearty cuisine served with a smile. 160



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Nadine’s Mexican Kitchen Rathdrum, Idaho 8016 W. Main St. 208.687.6441 If you are getting tired of the usual dining scene, we have found the answer. Offering a private dining-style evening paired with the best wines from around the world, you’ll find it all, and more, at Candle in the Woods. Prepared in a home setting, enjoy a multicourse gourmet menu while also taking time to relax, converse, play games or sit by a fire pit. Athol, Idaho, is where you will find this one-of-akind retreat thanks to Chef David Adlard. A true treat from start to finish, Candle in the Woods even offers limo service from your home to the venue and back again so that you’re free to enjoy the meal, drinks and company without worry. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the chef himself as he invites you in to start your evening of relaxation and culinary delights. The open kitchen allows you to see the foods that he’s preparing for you, and, if you’re lucky, you may even get a tour of the wine cellar. Candle in the Woods Athol, Idaho 11805 E. Nunn Rd. 208.664.0135

With so many dining options right here in the Inland Northwest, we have barely touched on all of the dining experiences that can be found off the beaten path. We hope you’ve discovered something new to explore and delight in—and maybe, just maybe, your taste buds will dance.



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OUTDOORS Try these unique water experiences this summer — BY COLIN ANDERSON —

SUMMER IS A FLEETING SEASON here in the Inland Northwest. Just as the water warms enough to finally plunge in headfirst in late June, the days begin to get shorter. Plenty of folks enjoy swimming, fishing, a ride in a canoe or kayak, boating, wakeboarding and waterskiing, or just dipping their toes in as the sun begins to set. There is so much to do on our rivers, lakes and streams, including a few experiences that are a bit more adventurous. Give one of these more unique activities a try for an even more memorable summer on the water.



Flyboarding The progression of playing on the water surface is ever changing. From the first few who figured out water skiing, to dropping a ski, going barefoot, air chairs and progressing to flips and spins on a wakeboard, adrenaline junkies are always looking for more. One of the latest and greatest forms or surface play

There is so much to do on our rivers, lakes and streams, including a few experiences that are a bit more adventurous. isn’t being dragged behind a boat but being shot up into the sky with the power of water. Flyboarding combines the elements of wakeboarding, snowboarding and skateboarding while launching riders some 40 feet up in the air. Utilizing the thrust from a Jet

Ski, water is sent shooting through a long hose and up to a small board to which the rider is strapped in, allowing the pressure to lift the rider from the water. The amount of pressure can be controlled from the Jet Ski throttle or with a component given to the rider. While it might look complicated, many riders are up and hovering after just five to 10 minutes of practice, and those with previous boarding experience also get the hang of it rather quickly. If you don’t have your own personal watercraft, companies like Northwest Extreme Sports book 20-minute sessions on Lake Coeur d’Alene with all the gear supplied. You’ll receive helpful pointers and safe, top-of-the line equipment. Once users get down the basics, spins, flips and dives are all possible with this revolutionary system. Houseboating Lake Roosevelt Why spend a summer weekend at the lake when you can spend it on the lake? With 630 miles of shoreline to explore, a houseboat vacation is a great way to slow life down, take in the scenery and relax in both style and comfort.

The modern houseboats of today come with all the amenities you would expect from a vacation rental or upscale cabin while allowing you the freedom to move from place to place without having to pack up and drive. Houseboat rentals are available at the Kettle Falls Marina at the north end or at the Seven Bays Marina located in the central portion of the lake. Couples or small families can look into the Explorer Class boats, which are 35-feet long, have a bathroom and queen bedroom, and also a couch and table that convert to full-size beds. Need a lot more space for a big group? The Galaxy Class and Supercruiser models check in at over 60 feet in length, have up to five bedrooms and can accommodate as many as 14 guests. Some models feature outdoor wet bars, waterslides and even hot tubs. Each comes with full-size kitchens, living and dining room areas, barbecue grills, radios and TVs, ensuring you’ll have everything you’ll need for a relaxing cruise up and down the lake. Smaller boats can also be rented and towed behind for those who want to explore a little faster or try their luck fishing. Houseboat rentals are available June through the end of September and can vary greatly based on size and proximity to holiday weekends or prime summer weather. SUP Yoga The benefits to yoga are plentiful. The flowing stretches and balancing movements lengthen and strengthen muscles while holding poses helps bring the body greater flexibility and core stability. Focusing on breathing and

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clearing the mind helps reduce stress and takes us away from our busy daily commitments. If you’re looking for a twist on your yoga routine, find yourself a standup paddleboard (SUP), leave land behind and really challenge your balance while maintaining poses floating on the lake. A common misconception about performing yoga on a SUP is that you need to be advanced in both paddle boarding and yoga. Basic moves and positions such as seated, downward facing dog, child’s pose, lunges, planks and bridge pose are all very achievable once you’ve found the center of the board and your body adapts to the natural motions in the water. That being said, those who feel they’ve mastered more advanced poses will truly be tested when trying to achieve these moves while maintaining proper balance and breathing on the water. There are several instructors who lead weekly group classes on the Spokane River, Lake Pend Oreille and Lake Coeur d’Alene. Most will bring the paddleboards with them, but in some cases you will need to bring your own or rent from a local outfit. Inflatable models have come a long way in the last few years and roll up into the size of a camping backpack, allowing easy transportation for those who don’t have a vehicle large enough to transfer a large traditional board. Balancing on the water forces you to be completely in the moment, slow down between movements and appreciation of your natural surroundings, and you have a natural cool down below you when you’re all finished.






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Leading the Local Culinary Scene in Creativity and Flavor By Jillian Chandler


ward-winning chef and restaurateur Adam Hegsted has been a mainstay in the Inland Northwest culinary scene for nearly two decades. Anyone who knows his name—and I’m pretty sure most everyone in North Idaho and the Spokane area do— correlates it directly to his distinctive restaurants and unbelievable food and drink. Adam attended the culinary program at Spokane Community College. He then completed his culinary degree at the Art Institute of Seattle. Adam’s early career included time as a saucier and line cook at the Space Needle in Seattle, followed by chef de cuisine of the now-closed Ridpath Hotel in Downtown Spokane, executive chef positions at Cedars in Coeur d’Alene, the Club at Black Rock, Brix (which closed and was more recently known as The Cellar at 317 and is soon to be home to the new Honey Eatery and Social Club) in Coeur d’Alene and the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho. In 2013, he started his company Eat Good Group LLC. Adam had the honor of being invited to the James Beard House in New York in 2012. Three years later, he was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Regional Chef. 2014 brought much excitement to the culinary scene in Spokane when Adam introduced not one but two new restaurants to the blooming Kendall Yards neighborhood—Wandering Table and Yards Bruncheon. Both have been successful since day one. Although he had two successful restaurants under his belt, Adam wasn’t done spreading his culinary magic for local communities



to partake in. The Gilded Unicorn introduced itself to Downtown Spokane in late 2015, and in 2017, two North Idaho towns became home to the enticing flavors of Adam and his team with Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar in Ponderay and Republic Kitchen + Taphouse in Post Falls. 2018 has been another busy year for Adam and his team, as they opened another restaurant in Downtown Spokane—Incrediburger and Eggs— which made its debut earlier this year. In addition, Honey Eatery and Social Club, which is housed in the former Cellar location, is set to open early this summer. And let’s not forget … word on the street is that Adam is bringing Incrediburger and Eggs to Coeur d’Alene later this year! Though running his family of restaurants keeps Adam plenty busy, he still had time to create and introduce the food and drink celebration event of the year—CRAVE—in the summer of 2017! CRAVE 2018, which takes place July 12 through 15 at CenterPlace in Spokane Valley, will treat guests to a truly unique culinary experience showcasing the talents of visionary chefs and culinary professionals from across the country. From the looks of it, there’s no slowing down any time soon for this chef. So … what’s next?


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t a time when meat and potatoes was the norm on most menus here in North Idaho, two friends and business partners decided it was time to make a change and introduce unique menus, paired with great brews, to Coeur d’Alene. It was 1996. John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen introduced Moon Time, the original gastro pub of the Inland Northwest. They opened at a time when bar food was rarely more than a fatty, fried or salty snack. The neighborhood bistro and pub, locally owned and operated, wasn’t the trend here at the time. The public house hangout was a new concept to North Idaho; a new place to be connected to your neighbors, servers who know you, familiar faces, exceptional food and great selection of beer. And this is what they created. From the start, John and Brad made it a goal to offer upscale though reasonably priced pub fare, introducing a whole new genre the community hadn’t experienced before. Three years later, in 1999, Moon Time would be joined by its sister pub in Spokane—The Elk Public House. Hadyen Lake, Idaho, was next on the list for John and Brad. In 2003, they opened The Porch Public House, where guests are treated to the same great pub fare, brews and cocktails. 2008 brought with it the opening of Two Seven Public House on the South Hill, and lastly, the University District welcomed Geno’s Traditional Food and Ales in 2013. Walking into any of their pubs, you will notice that the food and atmosphere appeal to all. An 85-year-old couple seated near a 21-year-old who’s sitting across from a group of businessmen. Consistently good food and atmosphere, friendly service and menu items offered at a reasonable price, these things appeal to everyone, no matter age or financial status. From their Mediterranean Lamb Burger (yes, they were the first to feature a lamb burger in the area) and spicy 74th St. Gumbo to their Roasted Corn Pasta they’re famously known for, the flavors of their food continue to draw guests to dine with them. f @spokanesizzles @spokanesizzles





One successful restaurant after the other, and 22 years later, North Idaho and Spokane diners have six establishments to choose from. John and Brad definitely have discovered a winning recipe, and their top-notch managers, chefs and servers are loyal to their formula. From day one, John and Brad’s motto has been: “Every neighborhood should be so lucky.” And thanks to them and the rest of their team, we can all agree that yes, we are lucky.

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