Located in the historic Greenbriar Inn, 315 Martinis and Tapas is an elegant answer to happy hour. Open at 3:15 pm Tue-Sun, enjoy small plates and drink discounts until 6 pm, or settle in next to the cozy fireplace for dinner (or the candlelight patio in summer) and stay for a full dinner. This progressive Coeur d’Alene bar and restaurant makes its own simple syrups (lemon and rosemary, jalapeño), infusions (bacon vodka, horseradish vodka, ginger vodka) and an assortment of bitters (five-pepper, huckleberry, aromatic, ginger-pear and lemon). (July 2013)
Around since 1980, the family-owned Azar’s has brought a taste of Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine to the Inland Northwest. The family behind the delicious food have brought a piece of their culture to their new home, serving authentic meals such as hummus and gyros with the experience of a distant place. (July 2013)
The Black Cypress is dream-like, filled with mirrors and Edison lights, funky recycled metal fixtures against 100-year-old exposed brick. The menu tightropes between old world and new, reflecting the agricultural bounty of the Palouse while maintaining decidedly Mediterranean roots. With Greek-style meat sauce and mizithra cheese, the Kima is divinely aromatic. The Pasta pomodoro is light with fresh tomatoes and basil, olive oil and Parmesan. Traditional carbonara gets an upgrade with house-smoked bacon. (July 2013)
Relocated to Colville, Wash. as of Feb. 2015.
Middle Eastern cuisine enters the glass-and-wood modernity of the MAC cafe. The Lebanese salad comes dressed simply in lemon juice and olive oil, allowing the flavors to shine, and the hummus platter features four varieties: plain, chipotle, jalapeno and ginger. Afterwards, sip on dark, sweet Turkish coffee.
After 18 years on Northwest Boulevard, owner Mamdouh Zayed opened in
this new space in October 2010. Dining here is as much about the experience as it is about
the food. The menu (same at lunch and dinner) is a set $20 for a
five-course traditional Moroccan meal with your choice of entrees. Allow
at least an hour for a leisurely meal — longer if you want to relax
between courses and linger over the floral-scented herbal tea. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves. Moroccan food is traditionally
eaten with your hands. (I’ll admit: I used a fork for the couscous.) (Kirsten Harrington, March 2011)
This small, family-run Greek restaurant sits on a less-traveled corner of downtown Coeur d'Alene, but everything is made to order, and the flavors sparkle with Mediterranean freshness. (January 2013)
Despite its decidedly “domestic” name, The Oval Office serves Northwest cuisine with “foreign flair” — namely Mediterranean, Mexican and Moroccan influences. They have steak options, seasonal fish, a wide range of cocktails and two daily happy hours. (July 2013)
The world “garlic” appears no less than 20 times on the White House Grill’s medium-sized menu, sometimes even multiple times in the same sentence. That about sums up this Mediterranean restaurant’s m.o. — they’re open about their love for garlic. It will be the most delicious heartburn you’ve ever had. (July 2013)
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