A Palouse couple is making a snack cheese that packs quite the punch
The ghost pepper boasts a rating of 1 million heat units on the Scoville scale. The Indian pepper, also known as bhut jolokia, held the "world's hottest pepper" title until it was bumped down the list by even hotter hybrid peppers.
The Local Deli opens in the former Caruso's sandwich location
There's something familiar about the Local Deli, even though the sandwich shop just opened this fall in Hayden's Prairie Center. Maybe it's the smell of fresh-baked bread or friendly greeting when you walk in the door.
Happy Hour offers martini deals and then some
When it comes to happy hour, Bistango Martini Lounge keeps it simple — virtually everything in the swank, charming little lounge on Post Street can be had for a deal from 4 to 6 pm daily. Chances are you'll find the atmosphere and friendly service a good reason to stick around.
Local winter beers are breaking into new territory
For a long time, a craft beer drinker didn't need to read the description of anything on the tap list called a "winter beer." They'd expect a malty, sweet ale, dark in color, with a high enough alcohol content to put the sound of jingle bells ringing in their ears after a couple of pints.
Two new additions to Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone development bring together books, food and drinks
Forget meat or fish: what really goes well with merlot is a nice, juicy murder mystery. Or maybe a mocha.
Spokandy preps year-round to handle an influx of orders during the holiday season
Decades of sweets-making at Spokandy's downtown factory have left their mark. Around its many melting kettles, dried drizzles of chocolate stain the 75-year-old building's hardwood floor.
The Red Lion Hotel expands its offerings with a new bar and grill
At the back of the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, the Park Place Lounge used to be just a hotel lounge catering to adults.
Breakfast and lunch are done like you remember at Jeffrey's
Jeffrey's Restaurant in Coeur d'Alene is not just a breakfast place, though they have everything you'd expect from a breakfast menu for everyone from early birds to late sleepers. Wake up to homemade biscuits and bacony gravy ($3.10 half/$4.15 full), French toast ($4.85) or a mushroom omelet ($8.55).
Durkin's Liquor Bar evokes the spirit of Spokane's most famous booze vendor
Legendarily classy James "Jimmie" Durkin wasn't the only booze-slinger in pre-Prohibition Spokane, but he definitely was the most successful. Though Prohibition marked the end of an era for Durkin, his legend lives on at Durkin's Liquor Bar, launched last week by Deb Green, Ben Poffenroth and Megan VanStone, the restaurateurs — and family — known for Madeleine's and Casper Fry.
Tierra Madre brings food for the whole person to Sandpoint
Tierra Madre Cafe & Juicery is exactly the kind of place you'd expect outside of a yoga studio run by a longtime Sandpoint chef and former owner of a health-oriented restaurant: good food and good vibes in equal measure. On the menu are vegan and vegetarian smoothies, juices, wraps, salads, sandwiches, teas and a smattering of desserts, including raw and gluten-free, like the pumpkin pie ($5) with whipped cashew milk cream.
Swilly's, a Pullman classic, reopens in a new spot
Swilly's, a popular upscale restaurant in the Pullman community since the 1980s, reopened at the end of September after a nine-month closure to relocate and revamp. The transcontinental bistro returns with the same owners, the mother-and-daughter team of Joan and Liza Swensen, but with a new home on the ground floor of the BellTower, a renovated historic church and event center just a short walk through downtown from the old building.
It might get overlooked, but Korean cuisine is making inroads in Spokane
Though Korean food joined the local culinary scene later than most Asian cuisines, its popularity has swelled in recent years. Traditional Korean fare is based on rice, grilled, stir-fried and stewed meats, and fish and vegetables pickled and fermented as kimchi.
Anthony's Beach Café dishes up fresh seafood on the South Hill
Perched overlooking the river, Anthony's at Spokane Falls has been serving fresh seafood with a memorable view for more than a decade. It recently had a relative arrive in town.
The Backyard brings a cozy bar to West Central
If you're a longtime West Central denizen who spent some nights in the Broadway Bar and Grill, you'll be pleased to know that the spot has reopened again as a bar. But you probably won't recognize a thing once you open the door.
Kitchen Spokane is a food industry incubator giving startups a place to experiment
Businesses are often created to fill a void — to give the community something it lacks, supply people with what they're looking for, and of course make money where it's not already being made. In Jayme Cozzetto's case, he worked in the restaurant industry as co-owner of Bangkok Thai and had friends calling him, asking if he knew of an incubator for small food businesses.
Santé takes yet another culinary step with the opening of Common Crumb
In a few short weeks, Jeremy and Kate Hansen, co-owners of Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie, will add to the West Main Avenue renaissance with the opening of Common Crumb Artisan Bakery in the Saranac Commons. "It's kind of the next progression in our food journey.