Setting Sail

Setting Sail

Vessel Coffee Roasters thinks a lot about each cup
Some people think turning something you're passionate about into a job will make you hate it. Ike Bubna and Sean Tobin disagree.

On a Roll

New shop brings Thai-inspired ice cream rolls to Post Falls; plus, Steam Plant parties
At 15 degrees below zero, things freeze really fast. Milk, for example, turns icy as it solidifies, which is the premise for Freezia, a new ice cream shop in Post Falls.

Nature's Enigma

Huckleberries have yet to be successfully domesticated, but one North Idaho farmer may be on his way to unlocking the berries' secret
Joe Culbreth admits he's been out "huckleberryin'" only once in the past decade. Back in the day, he'd set lofty goals to harvest at least 10 gallons each summer, scouring the North Idaho mountainsides near Fourth of July Pass for the tiny purple gems.

Specialty Slices

Slice Pints & Pies brings a family feel to the Gonzaga area
When you're near Gonzaga's campus, a new spot with blue walls, bright-red stools and a signed basketball above the bar can only mean one thing — a new place to watch Zags games. Revolver Bar & Lounge owners Romeo Villaro and Amanda Haines are accustomed to heading into work when the bar opens at 5 pm, but having four kids, the couple wanted to open a place they could bring the kids in to visit.

Short Order

A new food truck on the scene serves up specialty burgers and fries in the Shadle Park area
The converted school bus just showed up one day in early June, and it hasn't left its parking spot near the corner of Rowan and Maple since, catching the eyes and tempting the hungry stomachs of northbound commuters with its mustard-yellow paint and a wooden sign along the top emblazoned with its name — Short Bus Bistro. The newly debuted burgers-and-fries food truck — or, rather, food bus — is the result of an ongoing project by four Spokane friends who spent more than two-and-a-half years retrofitting the bus they bought from a Tri-Cities church.

New Flavors, New Ideas

The Steel Barrel is home to Chad White's ceviche spot and a brewery incubator
There might come a time when people look back at the experiment happening at the Steel Barrel and consider its arrival an important moment for the Spokane food scene. In the meantime, the combination of brewing incubator, taproom and ceviche restaurant is already offering things the Inland Northwest has never seen.

Regal Flavor

King of Ramen aims for Japanese authenticity
Nick Weng and Terry Pan were visiting Pan's sister in Spokane last winter when they thought a hot bowl of ramen would be just the thing to help take the edge off a frigid night. Back home in Los Angeles, satisfying that craving would be easy.

Changes by the Lake

The Coeur d'Alene Resort's family of restaurants make some changes and upgrades
The culinary reach of the Coeur d'Alene Resort extends beyond the confines of its palatial hotel, home of the decorated fine-dining spot Beverly's. In fact, it's possible to dine in downtown Coeur d'Alene and not realize until the check arrives that you're actually eating at a resort-operated restaurant, given the varying design and ambience of the company's eateries.

Blossoming Business

One Tree Hard Cider unveils a new-and-improved tasting room
Head to One Tree Hard Cider's tasting room in Spokane Valley, and you may initially think you've gone off course. But tucked away in a nondescript commercial center is a gem of a cider house with a fresh, relaxed vibe and a steady stream of loyal customers.

Pearls of Joy

Boba tea is fun to drink in a variety of ways
We get excited when big-city food trends make their way to our neck of the woods, and boba tea is no exception. Also known as bubble or pearl tea for the edible "balls" of tapioca or similar jellied substance that line the bottom of a typical serving, boba was invented in the late '80s when a Taiwanese teahouse — stories vary as to which one — created the beverage.

Opening and Closing

New arrivals to (and recent departures from) the region's restaurant scene
OPENING • There's a new pizza place near Gonzaga that caters to both the college crowd and the neighborhood.

Perfect Pairing

Slice and Grind is ready to introduce you to Amish food
Oral Hamilton loves meats. Penny Hume, his fiancée, loves cheeses.

A Family Affair

Two sisters have returned home, hoping to leave their mark on the region's rising restaurant scene
Sisters Abby and Lynette Pflueger have spent the better part of the past decade cooking and baking their way across the United States. From Florida to Hawaii and up to the Northeast, the Spokane natives gradually moved up in the hospitality industry, working at retirement homes, grocery store bakeries and major chains.

Top Honors

No-Li Brewhouse and other regional breweries take home big awards
The annual Washington Beer Awards were given out Sunday, and while several Spokane brewers came home with medals, the big news was No-Li Brewhouse being recognized as the state's Large Brewery of the Year. No-Li and other Spokane breweries did well in the individual categories as well.

Unique Scoops

Brain Freeze Creamery expands to a new spot on the South Hill
Looking around at the bright orange walls of the newly opened South Hill Brain Freeze Creamery location, Tom Purdum can still easily recall how hot it could get inside the tiny room in the basement of an engineering firm where the business was located when he took ownership six years ago. Since then, Brain Freeze has outgrown multiple locations as more of its ice cream ingredients have been made in-house, including cookies, brownies, chocolate and caramel.

Savory Soul

Sandpoint's Loaf & Ladle emphasizes cooking from scratch and local ingredients
It's the perfect location for a restaurant: one block off Sandpoint's busy main thoroughfare in a converted house with a large, partially shaded porch and plenty of seating. In fact, at the corner of Second Avenue and Lake Street, the new Loaf & Ladle restaurant has been home to several prior restaurants, most recently the Neighborhood Pub.


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    • How long in business?

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