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  • Destined  to Succeed
  • Destined to Succeed

    A savvy businessman brings pizza and beer to the Gonzaga district
      Matt Rai’s path to a mini restaurant empire may be a bit serendipitous, but his newest venture in the Gonzaga district’s newly installed neo-strip mall is pure, calculated genius. Located
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  • A Brownie for Everyone
  • A Brownie for Everyone

    Boots serves up a grown-up, sophisticated update of a childhood classic that will make you swoon
      Growing up in a middle-class American family with an American meat-and-potatoes diet, Nestle, Duncan Hines and Hershey’s essentially ruled my chocolate universe. As far as I was concerned,
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  • Garden Party
  • Garden Party

    EJ’s joins the culinary party in Browne’s Addition
      It’s been a decade since Patsy Clark’s restaurant shuttered its doors, years before the corner of Cannon and Pacific in Browne’s Addition became a culinary force, yet former customer
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  • UPDATE — Rocky Rococo
  • UPDATE — Rocky Rococo

      It’s been a quarter of a century since Wisconsin-based franchise Rocky Rococo began serving beastly rectangle-shaped pies in Spokane, and not much has changed since. Same photos on the wall, sam
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  • A New Original
  • A New Original

    After closing, the Viking Bar returns with new ownership, but the same sea of beer
      When the lights went out all too suddenly at the Viking Bar and Grill, it was shocking to say the least. After 30 seemingly strong years as Spokane’s go-to post-game hangout, it had a following
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  • Return of a Classic
  • Return of a Classic

    Back in business after a devastating fire, Ferguson’s Café continues to bring Americana to Garland
      Dave Jones hasn’t had a day off since July 30. Ever since the reopening of his Garland landmark, Ferguson’s Café, Jones has seen hundreds of eager patrons flock in to support him an
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  • SoCal on Sprague
  • SoCal on Sprague

    Abelardo’s brings enormous burritos and more to Spokane Valley
      From Southern California come stories of transcendent cuisine that could bring even the heftiest of appetites to its knees. Humbly served on a thin paper plate that bows under its sheer weight, SoCal
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  • Just Add Zs
  • Just Add Zs

    Ideal locale and simple menu could spell success for Bowl’z Bitez and Spiritz
      The future has a lot in store for Bowl’z Bitez and Spiritz on Riverside Avenue. “We’re technically still in our soft opening phase,” says owner Aron Larson, s
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  • UPDATE — Brooklyn Deli
  • UPDATE — Brooklyn Deli

      Set off of downtown Spokane’s core in a building partially covered in concrete, Brooklyn Deli is an unlikely spot for a successful restaurant. “We still get people in who don&r
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  • Be Happy
  • Be Happy

    C.I. Shenanigans and a few other places with tempting happy hours
      If your idea of happiness is a cold beer in hand and a few dollars in the pocket, then C.I. Shenanigans might be one of your best bets to loosen the tie and take your medicine. Hidden away behind the sprawling monstrosity that is the Spokane Convention Center, Shenanigans celebrates happy hour not once, but twice a day, seven days a week.
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  • UPDATE — Vintages @ 611
  • UPDATE — Vintages @ 611

      A perfect combination of wine, nibbles and excellent service has kept this South Hill gem going strong for three years. As with other neighborhood joints, Vintages sustains itself on a steady flow of dedicated followers. And owner Tana Rekofke knows how to treat them right.
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  • Hot And Cold
  • Hot And Cold

    Cannon Coffee and Cone gets a little help in bringing caffeine and sugar to Browne’s
      Every hip neighborhood needs a sweet local coffee shop, and Cannon Coffee and Cone fills that niche for Browne’s Addition. Better yet, it also occupies one of the most recognized buildings in th
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  • A Return to Curry
  • A Return to Curry

    Swagat brings a much-welcomed dose of Indian cuisine to the Valley
      Pargat Singh’s delectable dishes had been sitting dormant for far too long, but as of last month, our area is able to enjoy his recipes and techniques once again. Five years after selling his share of the now-defunct Bombay Palace in downtown Spokane, Singh opened Swagat Indian Cuisine in Spokane Valley.
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  • Update: South Perry Pizza
  • Update: South Perry Pizza

      It’s hard to believe. Less than three years ago, South Perry Pizza became the first full-service dinner restaurant in the neighborhood, spearheading its transformation into a destination spot. From the minimalist interior to a menu that covers the basics, simplicity is their mantra.
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  • Confections and Concoctions
  • Confections and Concoctions

    Boots Bakery and Lounge plans to marry cocktails and cupcakes.
      Boots Bakery and Lounge plans to marry cocktails and cupcakes.
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  • Update: Beverly's
  • Update: Beverly's

    Cosmopolitan feel, classy menu and a lake view to write home about
      They’re rated the number-one fine dining restaurant in Coeur D’Alene on Urbanspoon, and it’s no wonder. Beverly’s has it all: cosmopolitan feel, classy menu and a lake view to
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  • Update: Scratch
  • Update: Scratch

    With restaurants in Coeur d'Alene and downtown Spokane, Connie Naccarato and Jason Rex's invention is still going strong.
      With restaurants in Coeur d'Alene and downtown Spokane, Connie Naccarato and Jason Rex's invention is still going strong.
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  • Update: Lindaman's
  • Update: Lindaman's

    Still going strong after 28 years on the South Hill
      Lindaman's still going strong after 28 years on Spokane's South Hill
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  • Update: Latah Bistro
  • Update: Latah Bistro

    Checking in on a constantly changing experiment in food.
      Checking in on a constantly changing experiment in food.
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  • Downriver Grill
  • Downriver Grill

    Checking in with the Audobon Park favorite.
      Since its inception in 2003, Downriver Grill has gained a hardcore following of foodie regulars. Every weekend the house is packed to the gills, often with familiar faces seen the weekend prior.
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  • Update: The White House Grill
  • Update: The White House Grill

    Still making happy customers reek of garlic.
      For almost 16 years, guests have left the White House Grill satisfied, and smelling like garlic. Manager Kathy Kmiees has been there for 15 of those years and attributes the restaurant’s long-standing success to “consistent food, good service and good prices.
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  • Deutsche Goods
  • Deutsche Goods

    In Kettle Falls, Uphaus Bakery brings German baking stateside.
      In Kettle Falls, Uphaus Bakery brings German baking stateside.
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  • Downtown Spokane (East)
  • Downtown Spokane (East)

    Drinking, diving and getting inked in the heart of downtown.
      Downtown Spokane has many faces. Venture into the core and experience a picturesque cosmopolitan shopping Mecca. Turn another corner and hunt down the galleries and wineries hidden in an ill-lit, laby
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  • Warm and Fuzzy
  • Warm and Fuzzy

    The weather, family visits, the economy: all great excuses to get your booze on
      holidays can be magical and all, but the bitter cold and lack of sunlight coupled with a crappy economy and an in-law invasion could easily drive anyone to drink. And thatâeuro;™s no lie: The Distilled Spirits Company of the United States reports that a quarter of liquor companiesâeuro;™ profits is made in the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Yearâeuro;™s alone.
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