Family Values

Family Values

A North Idaho clan is making a triple impact on the local food scene
If any of the Potter children want to go into the family business, they'll have plenty of options from which to choose, although given the example set by their elders, they're likely to open their own places. The patriarch, Travis Potter, started Tractor Soda Company (, an organic, non-GMO fountain soda business, after a lifetime in the food industry that included ranching, farming and owning both meat stores and yogurt shops.

Still Rocking

After leaving downtown, Rock City Grill has reopened on the South Hill
Imagining Spokane's food scene without pizza is nearly impossible, given the recent explosion of pizza joints in the city, but when Jim and Rose Rhoades opened Rock City Grill in 1992, pizza is exactly what they thought Spokane was missing. "We fell in love with this gourmet-ingredients-on-wood-fired, thin-crust pizza concept in 1990," says Jim Rhoades.

A Well of Options

Liberty Lake's newest cafe has all the tools to meet its lofty ambitions
The Well is a passion project. That much is apparent even if one hasn't talked to its owner, Natalie Gauvin.

Certain Spice

Cooking Indian food isn't as tricky as you'd think — just ask Max Manjit Mohan
Max Manjit Mohan lifts the lids of three canisters, letting the fragrance of cumin, pepper, cardamom and other spices escape into the room. He unloads smaller canisters and jars filled with whole and ground spices in vibrant orange, yellow and brown shades.

Beer, Right Here

Do the inaugural Spokane Brewers Festival your way
The beer festival is a lot of things to a lot of people. For one, it's a place to drink beer with other people who really enjoy beer.

Tex and Mex

A successful restaurant chain takes a spicier direction with Tortilla Union
You'll notice something new on the ground floor of River Park Square, and it's tough to miss. It's the 2-foot flame that marks the entrance to Tortilla Union, the latest culinary addition to the downtown shopping center. The space at the indoor entrance to Nordstrom, formerly occupied by a clothing retailer, features a steel and wood-finish decorating scheme.

Feasting at the Festival

The food lineup at Sandpoint's annual music event offers something for everyone
Around mid-May, Festival at Sandpoint fans anxiously drum their fingers for the upcoming season's musical lineup to be announced. Will Ben Harper be back again?

Fine-Dining Burgers

Classy restaurants are serving them, and they're serious business
If you're the sort of person who doesn't end up seated at a white-linen-tablecloth restaurant too often, you have to be careful with your order because it's probably a special occasion. If you're a fan of excellent hamburgers, this is problematic.

UPDATE | Floating Patio

Fish tacos are a highlight of the Bayview restaurant
At the Floating Patio, you never have to leave the water. As the name implies, the restaurant floats, providing views of Lake Pend Oreille as you sway to the gentle wake of incoming boats along Bayview's waterfront.

Crafted Coffee

Coffee Roboto is anything but factory-issue
When drinking coffee from Coeur d'Alene-based Coffee Roboto, it's OK to hum Styx's "Mr. Roboto." After all, the song helped inspire the name of the company, run by husband-and-wife team Young and Michal Bennett.

New Neighbors

As one Moscow brewery shuts down, two others take its place
With two new breweries in Moscow, the Palouse just doubled its local beer options. The long-awaited Hunga Dunga Brewing Company opened this week, following Rants & Raves, which started serving its own brews in April.

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.

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.

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.


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