Building an Appetite

Building an Appetite

Take in some of Spokane's best food in the city's newest houses
After wrapping up a long shift as executive chef at Clinkerdagger, Matthew Dircks rarely wants to whip something up when he gets home. There's an excellent kitchen in his house; he even helped design it.

Burritos on Wheels

A new Mexican food truck hits the Spokane streets
For nine months out of the year, Sean Campbell was away from home and his fiancée, Ana Silva, while he worked offshore as a commercial diver on Louisiana oil platforms.

Play Beer!

The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival heads to the ballpark
You can drink beer without watching baseball, but I'm not so sure you can watch baseball without drinking beer. Well, you can, but what's the fun in that?


As you enter Brooklyn Deli & Lounge in the late afternoon, you're presented with a choice. To your left: a full menu of hot and cold deli sandwiches, soups and salads.

Wine and...

Patit Creek Cellars can get you the cheese you've been looking for
Less than two weeks ago, Patit Creek Cellars elevated their charming West Sprague wine-tasting room to new heights. Under the attentive eye of Rachel Mace-Crum, the tasting room debuted a 900-pound cheese case featuring local, national and international cheeses made from sheep, goat and cow's milk, and in varying combinations of the three.

A Different Take

Order one-of-a-kind cakes or eat cake from a jar at Lake's Cakes
After seven years working for the Department of Corrections, Ryan Lake quit to pursue something he'd been thinking of doing for a long time. "A cake shop has always been on the radar," Lake says.

Rolling Dinner

The Spokane Party Trolley lets you pedal your appetite around downtown
Sitting atop stools, two rows of people pedal down Main Street. As they begin to pick up speed, the giggles start to flow freely and out come the party horns.

Familiar Flavor

Pacific Avenue Pizza owner opens a downtown spot for pizza and cocktails
If you order pizza at downtown's newest bar, Whisk, your mouth might recognize it. The spongy-crust, juicy slices are the same as the pies served at Pacific Avenue Pizza in Browne's Addition, whose owner, Darin Talotti, opened Whisk last month.

Catch the Game

Open just in time for football season, 24 Taps serves sports and beer for the real fans
The Cougars are gradually watching their lead over Rutgers evaporate in their first game of the season on seven television screens. On seven other TVs, the Seahawks' third- or fourth-stringers are winding down the final meaningless quarter of the preseason.

Food Update | Luigi's

As a 10-time Inlander Best Of winner, with recipes published in Gourmet and Bon Appétit, it would seem Luigi's food speaks for this downtown Italian staple.

The Pit Master

LeRoy Payne takes his barbecuing from competition to market
Day one: Get your meat ready.

Glass Overflowing

Big things are happening at Sandpoint's watering holes
If Sandpoint's bar scene looks a little different and maybe a little bigger, don't adjust your beer goggles.

From the Woodland

A landmark Hauser eatery returns to its roots with Embers by the Lake
Tell Jane Hammons that Embers by the Lake in Hauser, Idaho, reminds you of the Catskills resort from the movie Dirty Dancing and she'd be pleased, says her husband Chris.

Tasty History

Pig Out in the Park celebrates 35 years of chowing down
When Pig Out in the Park began in 1979, it wasn't the sort of sprawling, downtown-Spokane-dominating event that you'll see on display this week in Riverfront Park.

Brew and a View

End your summer on Schweitzer with 60-plus beers
Maybe the never-ending switchbacks on the road up the hill make beer just taste better on Schweitzer. Whatever the reason, the beer component of Schweitzer Mountain Resort's Fall Fest has blown up in popularity in recent years, turning it into a must-taste event for the region's beer fans.

Back to School

Porch Light Pizza builds a good pizza for the college kids
College kids love nothing more than trendy, fast, cheap food.


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    • For $8 these burritos must be exceptional. Patty's sells them for under $6 and Atilano's,…

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    • Even though I compete against Leroy in the PNWBA Competitions, when I want Great BBQ…

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    • Great food. And I grew up on some of the best BBQ in Kansas City

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