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Better Together

Main Market Co-op celebrates five years with changes, but the same mission
The thick wood table features the words of Joy Harjo's "Perhaps the World Ends Here": The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.

The Food Guru

The timing couldn't be better for food expert Alton Brown to check out Spokane's dining scene
The way Spokane eats has changed in the past several years. Look no further than the proliferation of award-winning chefs, the way our food is sourced, prepared and eaten, and the explosion of Inlander Restaurant Week.

Restaurant Week Takes Off

Local eateries find value in teaming up
Last Friday, Inlander Restaurant Week kicked off throughout the region, making for full dining rooms at the 97 participating eateries in Spokane and North Idaho. We spent some time wandering through restaurants to get a feel for how things were going, chatting up restaurateurs to get their take on the event and its impact.

Going Viral

Daft Badger Brewing joins Coeur d'Alene's booming craft beer scene
Don't be fooled by the playfulness of the name; Daft Badger Brewing is serious about craft brewing. And like the "Honey Badger" video that partially inspired its moniker, Daft Badger is quickly going viral.

Beer Buddies

How two childhood friends realized a dream with Black Label Brewing
S teve Wells and Dan Dvorak have been friends since the seventh grade. Now they’re business partners with their own brewery.

Local Cultures

How one Spokane woman gave yogurt a personal touch
Tangy. Lemony.

Nutritious Blends

Ephata Cafe offers a healthy combination of juice, smoothies and Korean fare
The bibimbap tastes just as delicious as it is fun to say. The vibrant mixture of soybean sprouts, zucchini, cucumber, carrots and spinach comes flavored with red chili paste, paired with bulgogi beef and brown rice, and crowned with a sunny-side-up egg.

Bread Science

Bouzies Bakery's new head baker is taking breadmaking back to its ancient roots
For the first few weeks, Shaun Thompson Duffy wouldn't leave Rusty alone at the bakery overnight. He'd pack her back and forth each day, arriving around 4 in the morning for a day's work stretching into mid-afternoon.

Pushing Tin

Tinbender Craft Distillery is focused on a modern approach to classic spirits
Looking around his newly opened distillery in downtown Spokane, Paul Ziegman makes one thing clear: "If it's metal in here, I built it. I made it."

The Crêpe Mobile

Coeur de Breizh brings French crêpes to the Inland Northwest
The journey from Coeur d'Alene to Paris would be quite the endeavor, but what's coming off the griddles at Coeur de Breizh Crêpes brings part of that faraway experience (4,837 miles, to be exact) to North Idaho. Heather Rivière has made it her mission to help Americans get to know what the French eat, and she's starting with her crêpe truck that she opened in May.

Flavor Quest

Adventures in Deliciousness brings homemade flavors to food truck cuisine
He swivels from task to task in the narrow aisle of his food truck, placing the patty on the grill and beer-battered onions rings in the fryer, slathering the toasted bun with barbecue sauce, setting the bacon to sizzle and spurting the melting cheese and meat with liquid smoke. DJ Megow is cooking up his BBQ Bliss Burger — a juicy and carefully assembled pile of the abovementioned ingredients — inside Adventures in Deliciousness, the food truck he launched in November.

By the Handful

We investigate complimentary bar popcorn for its finest qualities
This popcorn is free, and when food is free you can't exactly be picky. But we figured it was important to finally determine which complimentary bar or restaurant popcorn offerings are better than just a substance to soak up a boozed-up belly.

Pride in Workmanship

Dueling Irons in Post Falls features handcrafted classics
Don't be surprised to see chef Thomas Didra come out from behind the stove with a screwdriver in hand. "Either I was going to open up my own 'do everything' shop or find a restaurant to buy," says Didra, a self-described handyman whose Dueling Irons restaurant honors both cooking competitions (à la Iron Chef) and his longstanding interest in gunsmithing.

Drink On

How one liquor store survives on creativity — and a great Bloody Mary recipe
Front and center of Egger's South Hill Liquor is the Pallet Table. It hosts small runs of innovative liquors, such as fresh cut grass vodka and gin distilled from Washington-grown apples.

Clear Skies Ahead

Downdraft Brewing is a testimony to friendship, cooperation and perseverance
The clichés are too obvious to resist. After more than a year's delay, Downdraft Brewery's founding members have "weathered the storm."

UPDATE | Chairs Public House

More than just a coffee shop
The Chairs brand has grown from an intimate coffee shop to a versatile modern pub in a transformation that spanned two locations over the past four years. After the recent remodel, Chairs Public House near the Gonzaga campus is back with a cozy-industrial ambience, more local beer and liquor options, and a larger entrée menu.

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