The 219 is one of those places you were scared to walk by as a kid. And there's a good reason for that. Last time we were there, a drunk (insanely so) woman accidentally burned us with her cigarette. We recoiled in pain and said, "Whoa, ha! Geez! No harm done!" At which point she flicked the thing -- still lit -- into our face. Which is awesome, in a way. And if you can handle it, the 219 is the best full bar dive in Sandpoint that isn't completely overrun with tourists. (LB)
When it comes to eating Italian in Sandpoint, Arlo’s has got you covered. The restaurant added flatbread pizzas to its offerings, as well as solidified a spot on the menu for its extremely popular mussels dish — an item that sold out every time it was on special. Kick back with a great meal and a glass of wine. (July 2013)
Art Works continues to be run by a cooperative group of artists whose talents run the gamut of the arts spectrum. The gallery displays co-op members' paintings, sculptures, blown glass, wood carvings, and even furniture.
Head over to Sandpoint when you need more than just another cheese pizza. New York-style, thin-crust pizza is the name of the game at this pizzeria, which offers specialties like the Village (pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, crumbled feta), the Little Italy (marinara, sweet sausage, green peppers, red onions) and the Hell’s Kitchen (spinach, roasted red peppers, mushrooms and chicken), which blend flavors that demand another visit. (October 2012)
Sandpoint’s Baxters offers inexpensive cuisine and great service in a relaxed setting. Boasting a full menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers made fresh every day with local ingredients, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a cozier eatery named after a puppy. Baxters also serves fresh seafood, wine and beer.
This popular wine bar (and occasional music venue) in Sandpoint has opened a small bistro featuring small plates created specifically to pair with their award-winning wines. (July 2013)
It looks and feels like an indoor, European market, sometimes bustling, other times timeless and peaceful. The cafe inside is the ideal place for a little nibble in between shopping the Bridge. Or check out the new gallery which overlooks the hubbub. Owner Shery Meekings was poised to open a printing business when artist Stephen Padgett approached her about the bridge location, which another artist, Dan Earle, had previously used to organize informal ArtWalk showings. With its abundant light and rustic-but-warm log interior, Meekings instantly saw the potential. This is one of the nicest places in town.
Located upstairs from the Coldwater Creek clothing store, this casually elegant wine bar is arguably Sandpoint’s most romantic nook to enjoy a snowy winter night. The exposed brick walls provide cubbies for dozens of votive candles that softly illuminate the room. Overstuffed leather couches by a huge central fireplace provide intimate seating areas, or meet someone at the serpentine wooden bar. (July 2013)
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