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  • Delicious Details
  • Delicious Details

    Savory is more than just a pretty face in Spokane's dining scene.
      My companion and I stopped in with a couple of friends on a recent weekend evening. Although we were dining a little later than normal (due to a rigorous basketball-watching schedule), the restaurant was still crowded. Our reservation paid off with a nice table by the windows that was ready when we arrived.
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  • No Crumb in Sight
  • No Crumb in Sight

    How good Italian food can turn your mood inside out.
      On a recent abysmally rainy evening, my companion and I stopped in for dinner. Moods were not great. Was it the unrelenting “wintry mix”? Kids who seem to never stop fighting? My companion’s ridiculous — he’ll dispute this — driving? My helpful (or so I thought) critiques? All of the above?.
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  • Old-World Escape
  • Old-World Escape

    Europa has been pulling diners into its home below the train tracks for nearly 30 years.
      The “basil romas” — Roma tomatoes with basil, feta and olive oil drizzled with a delightfully sweet balsamic reduction — were served in a bowl. I liked the feta standing in for the more common fresh mozzarella. And in spite of the fact that it’s January, the to matoes.
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  • Best Sellers
  • Best Sellers

    The menu at Bistro on Spruce is full of popular favorites. And there's a good reason why.
      I just love the fact the Coeur d'Alene thinks it's big enough to have a "midtown" - and even better, it's the area where you'll find some quirky shops and more than a handful of thriving little restaurants.
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  • Pie Hole
  • Pie Hole

    South Perry Pizza keeps it wonderfully simple.
  • Fresh Fish
  • Fresh Fish

    The only real problem with the delightful Ginger is the crush of people waiting to eat there
      I admit to being a little alarmed when I saw “Monkey — $8” on the appetizer menu. There’s still enough trepidation in these parts about sushi in general without adding exotic m
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  • Executive Menu

      Don't worry -- Dick Cheney isn't in ch
  • Pillaging Your Hunger

      The HuHot Mongolian Grill looks a little incongruous on East Sprague. In an area of indistinct little strip malls interspersed with big-box retailers, the HuHot commands a second look. The entry is framed by big, funky stainless steel
  • Maggie for the Masses

      Maggie's is one of several new little neighborhood restaurants to open on the South Hill's busy 29th Avenue. The concept is designed to fill a unique niche -- good food served quickly, prices kept reasonable by having self-serve seatin
  • New Tastes for a New Neighborhood

      More and more independent restaurants are elbowing their way into Spokane's neighborhoods. Last week, we ventured south of downtown into an area that has been the scene of furious development over the past few years. Houses have appea
  • Found in Translation

      What I remember most about the film Lost in Translation was the dreamy quality of the nightspots, with the flashing lights and pulsating music. While Aki's isn't perhaps as big as the restaurants featured in the movie, it manages to b
  • A Place of Their Own

      Some spaces don't seem to be able to hold onto a restaurant. You know the ones that seem to have a fairly regular parade of new owners. Such is the case with the somewhat hidden space in the rear lower story of a strip mall on 29th Av
  • Best View in Town

      If location is everything, then Anthony's Homeport has it made. The new seafood restaurant occupies what must surely be one of the most amazing locations to be found in any city. From the panoramic windows lining the east end of the d
  • Asian Tour

      Duane Hagadone has decided to bring a little of the Orient to little Coeur d'Alene in the form of the new Bonsai Bistro. The restaurant is a Coeur d'Alene Resort property, housed in a renovated '70s concrete building just across the s
  • Moxie Moves In

      Moxie had its first home in a humble strip mall at Liberty Lake. The tiny restaurant closed (the space is now home to Solstice) when Chef Ian Wingate was hired to take over the brand-new Palm Court at the Davenport Hotel. Wingate left
  • Wine Lovers' Underground

      A visit to downtown Coeur d'Alene is always a delight on a warm summer day. Maybe you don't need a souvenir, but surely someone you know does. And the creative shops along Sherman Avenue offer ample reason to browse. Stop for a paper
  • Old, Familiar Place

      The thrill of the road trip never lessens for me, even if the trip isn't very far. So on a sunny evening, setting out for Cheney via the Cheney-Spokane Road made me almost giddy. I've been hearing about Lenny's for a while and decided
  • Rockin' On

      I really want to like Rock City Grill. It's locally owned. It started about the same time that The Inlander came on the scene. It has held out in downtown through the lean years. Hey, they even want to "rock" me! Rock City -- An Itali
  • Hallowed Ground

      JoeCo Brazils fills the spot that housed the venerable Travos restaurant for many years, and later the highly popular but short-lived Quinn's. It's in a primo location, across the street from the Davenport and the Met. We stopped by
  • Pumping Out the Pasta

      The Old Spaghetti Factory has been serving up steaming plates of pasta in Spokane for 34 years. Lots of steaming plates -- on any given Friday or Saturday night, servers rush more than 600 dinners to hungry patrons. The crowd resembles
  • Mystery Ship

      In my post as The Inlander's intrepid dinner restaurant reviewer, I was a bit surprised to hear of a "new" restaurant that actually has been around for more than 25 years. That is the case with the S. S. Beryl. The North Side restaura
  • Elegant Again

      Finding a more charming place for dinner than Hayden Lake's Clark House would be a difficult task. The mansion springs into view around one of the tight curves on the road along the lakeshore, and at this time of year, decked in hundr
  • Down Home At Down River

      There has been a gathering buzz about the Downriver Grill for the last few months, with people mentioning that there's a new restaurant on the North Side. While there are certainly a lot of restaurants on the North Side of Spokane, th
  • Small Space, Big Food

      With the restaurant shake-up underway in downtown Spokane, it might seem like a scary time to be the owner and chef of a small restaurant in a downtown that still has a tendency to roll up the sidewalks when the sun goes down. But Wil
  • Mmm, Mmm Good

      From my table at Paprika, I could see the majestic bell tower of St. John's Cathedral as we awaited the arrival of our appetizers on a recent warm summer evening. It had seemed a shame to come indoors on such a lovely evening, but wit

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