Thursday, May 12, 2016

Local farmers market season has arrived — where to find those fresh goods

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 4:30 PM

The 2016 market poster, by Sarah Edwards of Sarah Smiles Creations.
  • The 2016 market poster, by Sarah Edwards of Sarah Smiles Creations.
While some of us have yet to get our summer gardens started (me included), the fresh produce, flowers, vegetable starts and other locally grown/made/raised goods are already filling the vendor stalls of many regional farmers markets.

Several markets have already hosted their 2016 season kick-offs, and many others debut for the year in the coming weeks. We'll continue to update our online listings of farmers markets as more arrive; below is a round-up of those whose schedules we have so far. To find farmers market info in our online events calendar, head to this link.

Spokane area markets:

South Perry Thursday Market | Now open on Thursdays, from 3-7 pm, through October. Located at The Shop, 924 S. Perry. More info at and on Facebook: Thursday Market.

Spokane Farmers' Market | Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am-1 pm, starting May 14 and through October 29; Wednesday markets begin June 8. Located at 20 W. Fifth Ave. More info at and on Facebook: The Spokane Farmers' Market.

Kendall Yards Night Market | Open on Wednesdays from 4-7 pm, starting May 18 and through mid-October. Located on West Summit Parkway in Kendall Yards. More info at and on Facebook: Kendall Yards Night Market.

Emerson-Garfield Farmers' Market | Open on Fridays from 3-7 pm, starting June 10 and through September 30. Located at the SCC IEL Adult Education Center (new this year), at 2310 N. Monroe. More info at and on Facebook: Emerson-Garfield Farmers' Market.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

[UPDATED] Jones Radiator is no more

Posted By on Tue, May 10, 2016 at 4:40 PM


It appears Jones Radiator as we know it is no more.

A farewell Facebook post arrived on Tuesday afternoon, with co-owners Lucas McIntyre and Jocelyn Macklem writing that since they don't own the building or the name, there might be another Jones Radiator at some point, but it "will be without our involvement."

Jones Radiator is best known for packed-out trivia nights, live music, its "open mic of open-ness" and (at least in my house) Whiskey Wednesdays. It closed abruptly on April 22, and according to another Facebook post, it was "due to circumstances beyond our control." The bar was scheduled to be one of the venues for the Inlander's Volume music festival in early June, but had to drop out.

On Wednesday via a Facebook chat interview, McIntyre explained that the shuttering of Jones Radiator came through a series of financial setbacks that ultimately led to the state revoking their business license. 

The couple took over Jones Radiator at the beginning of 2015 knowing it would be a challenge as their first business, and it was all that and then some. Beyond the day-to-day things like meeting payroll, stocking the bar and booking live music, both kept their day jobs (she managing a veterinary office, he doing billing for a local firm) while trying to make Jones work, they said. 

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Goose Island Beer Co. migrates to Spokane next week

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 3:24 PM


Any excuse to bring tasty beers and food together — count me in. And next week, Spokane has the chance to join in a bunch of activities associated with Goose Island Beer Co.'s "Migration Week" that combine brews and grub. 

The festivities start on Tuesday night at the Washington Cracker Company building, where the Chefs + Art + Beer throwdown will have four chefs preparing one fat pig into some killer dishes. Two of the chefs are coming with Goose Island from Chicago, Matt Troost and Mitch Cavanah, and they'll be joined by locals Aaron Crumbaugh and Chad White, as well as artwork from Chicago's Mario Gonzalez, Jr. and Spokane's Jess Pierpont. 

The best part of the deal? It's only $10, and that gets you all the porky goodness and Goose Island beers (including Bourbon County Stout 2015, Bourbon County Stout Proprietors 2014, and Sofie infused with Anvil Coffee Beans) you can stomach. And all the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Chefs + Art + Beer event is Tuesday from 6 pm-10 pm, and you can buy tickets right here. 

The rest of the Migration Week festivities, which are free but require registration (so pay attention to those links), include: 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Happy Hour of the Week: Andy's Bar and Grill

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Andy's Bar and Grill has the requisite whiskeys and beer — but don't forget about the food
  • Andy's Bar and Grill has the requisite whiskeys and beer — but don't forget about the food
Sometimes, the happy hour is about happiness. Exuberance. Celebration 

Other times, it's conversational catharsis. It's about swinging by with coworkers as the exhaustion finally hits you after a whirlwind week at work. You slide into a chair on the patio, gaze up wearily into the sky, and mumble your frustrations into a whiskey glass. 

Andy's Bar and Grill, perched perfectly in between Browne's Addition and Downtown, works remarkably well for both roles of happy hour. 

Summer is the best Spokane gets — especially summer evenings. The afternoon slips into evening, and the sun get lower and the colors get more intense. On days like this, sitting on the patio isn't just an option at Andy's 

On Tuesdays at Andy's PBRs are a $1, coinciding nicely with those few hours in which the the Inlander's issue has been sent to print, but the work on the next week's issue hasn't quite begun. 

The usual drinks and cocktails, naturally, but the untold story of Andy's is the full-menu of food. The $12 burger that comes with all the typical burger fixings plus swiss plus cheddar plus ham plus bacon? And garlic parmesan fries on the side?

Yes, it was delicious. But, then again, I was expecting it to be delicious. 

I was a bit more nervous, on the other hand, about the Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites ($7 during Happy Hour.) After all, I've been betrayed by various cheese-filled foodstuffs in the "popper" genre before. 

Not this time. The bites have the perfect mix of breading and chicken and cheese. They come with honey mustard sauce and crumbled bacon bits and green onions. I'd promised I would share with my coworkers. That, in hindsight, was a mistake. 

Happy hour 
runs from 4-7 every day, and all days on Sundays. It features 
$1 off all draft beers, well-liquors and house wines, and $2 off appetizers. 

For information on more Happy Hours around town, download the Inlander's Drinkspotter app from your phone, or go right here
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Happy Hour of the Week: Laid back livin' on the North Side at Lost Boys' Garage

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 1:01 PM

With $3 wells and $3-off wine for Ladies' Night, an Old Fashioned and the house red were a sure bargain. - CHEY SCOTT
  • Chey Scott
  • With $3 wells and $3-off wine for Ladies' Night, an Old Fashioned and the house red were a sure bargain.

Up in North Spokane, where strip malls and the blinking neon lights of chain restaurants are plentiful, finding a locally owned spot to enjoy happy hour can be tough. Of course, neighborhood hangouts are always a good bet, like the diner-turned-pub Lost Boys' Garage Bar & Grill, which debuted on the Northside last summer.

Located on North Wall, less than a block from the busy Francis arterial, the former auto shop and then a burger joint has been transformed into an auto-shop themed bar and grill, with burgers still offered, amongst many other tasty options — sandwiches, salads, wraps and more.

Though the recent spate of warm weather had restaurants and bars across town dusting off their patio furniture, by midway through happy hour (at least this time of the year) Lost Boys' spacious, fenced patio was already engulfed in the building's shadow. A cool breeze that would otherwise feel delightful if sitting in direct sun was a tad too chilly, so back inside the high-window dining room we went. On a warmer day, however, Lost Boys' patio is a must.

Inside, the family-friendly dining room was filled with parents and kids, adult couples and girlfriends grabbing a drink together after work. It's Wednesday, which means Ladies' Night specials that add a little extra incentive to make it to Lost Boys' before happy hour ends at 6 pm. During the week, happy hour runs from 3-6 pm, and again all day Sunday from 11:30 am-10 pm. 

For Ladies' Night, these extra food and drink specials entice us to turn a few drinks into drinks plus dinner, and my guest and I split the steak bites ($6.95) and a "twisted Caprese sandwich" — essentially a Caprese salad + grilled cheese ($8.95). With tomatoes, mozzarella, basil pesto and a balsamic glaze, it's the kind of savory indulgence that makes you feel a little bit healthier than wolfing down a bunch of melted cheese on buttery, toasted bread. Also, get the fries with your sandwich. With Lost Boys' in-house "special seasoning" dusted onto the thin-cut, perfectly crisped straws of potato, these are some of the best pub fries I've had anywhere in a long time. 

Also on special just for Ladies' Night food are the coconut prawns ($7.95). On top of regular happy hour specials — $3 wells, $1 off all beer and wine and $1 cheeseburger sliders — the Ladies' Night special offers $3 off glasses of wine. 

Next time you're up on the North Side of town, remember Lost Boys'.

For information on more Happy Hours in the region, use your phone and go to to download the Inlander's Drinkspotter app, or go right here
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Friday, April 8, 2016

The LA Times gives Spokane's food and drink some serious love

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 1:51 PM


Today's Los Angeles Times has as a travel piece about Spokane. And guess what? The guy loved his time here last fall.

The piece mostly highlights Spokane's continuing-to-blow-up food scene, making stops at restaurants like The Wandering Table in Kendall Yards and Chaps just south of the city. He also remarked on the region's wine, most notably Barrister Winery.

Give it a read and enjoy all the nice things a major news outlet has to say about our fair city. 
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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Happy Hour of the Week: Getting crafty at Bon Bon

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 1:44 PM

This Old Fashioned at Bon Bon didn't last long after posing for this picture. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • This Old Fashioned at Bon Bon didn't last long after posing for this picture.

There are a lot of reasons to hit the Garland Theater, from the cheap movie tickets to the special events like Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings to the inherent coolness of seeing a flick in a single-screen, 70-year-old historical landmark instead of a newfangled mini-stadium at a mall. 

The top of my list is Bon Bon, the small bar adjacent to the theater's lobby where some of the first craft cocktails in Spokane were born, and where the vibe is consistently friendly and the decor decidedly funky thanks to a rotating art show on the walls mixing with the film-themed touches throughout. 

The tight curving bar makes maximum use of Bon Bon's space, and there are a few tables and a consistently busy patio just outside the door when the weather is nice. And while crowds show up later in the evening for trivia on Mondays or bingo on Wednesdays, the happy hour at Bon Bon is worth a visit whether you're sticking around for a movie next door or not. 

As the craft cocktail boom has found its way into many bars in Spokane, the prices of those drinks have risen to some uncomfortable heights. Not so at Bon Bon, and especially at happy hour, when a seasonally changing menu offers several craft cocktails for just $5 each, in addition to a dollar off all wine and beer

The current cocktail menu includes a Basil Collins (gin or vodka, lemon, lime, simple syrup, basil and seltzer), a Bon Bon Sour (bourbon, lemon, lime, simple syrup and bitters) among its offerings, as well as the Old Fashioned (rye or bourbon, sugar cube, bitters) that sticks on the happy hour menu even as other offerings rotate. Manager Cabby Barnard says "the Old Fashioned is probably the most popular cocktail" for Bon Bon's customers.

I can vouch for the fact they go down easy. Dangerously so at Happy Hour prices. The mix of rye, bitters, sugar and a little orange peel can be impossible to resist even with other tasty options filling the menu. 

Besides trivia and bingo, Bon Bon is now participating in First Friday each month, when they'll debut a new artist's work hanging in house, and also have a different craft brewery doing a tap takeover for a night. Bon Bon is also planning a party to celebrate the Kentucky Derby on May 7, so find a big hat or seersucker suit and get ready to down some mint juleps. 

Happy Hour at Bon Bon is every Monday-Thursday from 4-7 pm, and all day Sunday. The special Happy Hour cocktails are $5, and all beer and wine is $1 off.

For information on more Happy Hours in the region, use your phone and go to to download the Inlander's Drinkspotter app, or go right here
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Friday, April 1, 2016

Local eateries open patio doors for spring season

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 4:15 PM

No-Li Brewhouse recently added improvements to its patio on the bank of the Spokane River.
  • No-Li Brewhouse recently added improvements to its patio on the bank of the Spokane River.
It's T-shirt season again, which means you can actually enjoy a beer and dinner in the outdoor fresh air without you — or your beer — freezing. Here are several local spots that have opened their patios for spring and are ready to serve their libations and edible creations to you outside.

No-Li Brewhouse
Located on the Spokane River, No-Li's patio offers a cool and scenic spot to enjoy a beverage, appetizer or even just sit in the shade at a comfortable spring temperature. With new upgrades such as a water feature and lawn additions, the No-Li patio is now officially open for the season.

Veraci Pizza
Like No-Li, Veraci Pizza gives its visitors a front-row view of the Spokane River and city skyline from the comfort of the Kendall Yards area. With a patio overlooking the city, what better place to enjoy a dinner and a glass of wine on a Friday night?

Perry Street Brewing
This brewhouse has had its patio open for about a week now, but it is dependent on how the weather changes. Regardless, join the Perry Street patio goers and have a couple beers in the sun. 

Borracho Tacos & Tequileria
Another outdoor dining spot which has been bumpin' outside for about a week is Borracho. Complete with live music and trendy iron + wood furnishings, this patio is perfect for an afternoon of tequila and Mexican food.
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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Top Chef's Chad White to open a ceviche spot in conjunction with brewery collective

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Chef Chad White
  • Chef Chad White

The Steel Barrel Tap Room is hoping to open its doors in time for Bloomsday, and whenever the brewery-incubator space in the Luminaria Building launches, Chef Chad White will debut his new ceviche spot right alongside. 

Zona Blanca Ceviche bar will be a small counter-service raw bar that White says will specialize in the coastal flavors of Mexico. White, who recently moved back to his Spokane hometown after establishing himself in San Diego's dining scene and appearing on the most recent season of Top Chef, has traveled extensively throughout Mexico. The flavors he found will fill the menu of his first Spokane eatery. 

Most of the menu at Zona Blanca will be filled with ceviches representing different coastal regions of Mexico — Baja, Sinaloa, Veracruz and others — while also including other street snacks such as Carne Seca marinated in lime, chiles and cilantro, chicharrones with hot sauce and "possibly a torta or two."  

Spokane, White said via email, "still lacks in its offerings of non-watered down and over-Americanized ethnic food establishments, and with Zona Blanca I intend to help feed the appetite of those looking for just that."

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Happy Hour of the Week: The Lantern Taphouse has a welcoming atmosphere

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 3:00 PM

This room at The Lantern Taphouse used to be Perry Street Cafe - JENNIFER DEBARROS
  • Jennifer DeBarros
  • This room at The Lantern Taphouse used to be Perry Street Cafe

Usually, if I find myself alone at a restaurant waiting for my tardy friends to join me for a drink after work, I would start feeling a little anxious around the time I realized I'd gone through my entire Twitter feed and exhausted my only source of entertainment. Each minute the pressure would mount, and I'd feel the need to repeatedly explain to the waitress that there is, in fact, a reason I'm taking up this four-person table. 

At The Lantern Taphouse, however, I never felt that pressure. 

At 5 pm on a Friday, the Lantern feels less like a restaurant and more like a cafe that happens to have excellent food, beer and cocktails. That's probably because where I was sitting, away from the small bar, actually used to be the Perry Street Cafe before it closed a couple years ago and the Lantern snatched up the extra space. It's the kind of place where it's normal for a guy like me to sit at a table against the wall, sip a drink and not be questioned about when I'll order something else, or when those two other people are supposed to show up (they eventually did 20 minutes later, by the way, but I'm not bitter). 

The brick walls, the fireplace and the lanterns — actual lanterns! — on top of the mantle all made for a cozy atmosphere. Couples of all ages talked over food and drinks. As the night went on, Gonzaga fans, wearing their Gonzaga sweaters and blue jeans, trickled in with their kids. The men's basketball team was about to play Syracuse in the Sweet Sixteen — a game the Zags somehow lost in the final minutes. But this isn't a sports bar, and it doesn't have TVs in every corner. There's one screen above the fireplace, kind of like in a living room. 

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