New Beginning

New Beginning

After opening quietly last fall, Happiness Chinese Restaurant is turning heads on East Sprague
Great food at reasonable prices with generous portions: that's any diner's idea of happiness. At Happiness Chinese Restaurant, that's exactly what you'll be served: a bellyful of joy.

The View From There

Summit Cider is rising up in North Idaho
Even though they're not at the apex of their journey, Summit Cider's Davon Sjostrom and Jason Fletcher are well on their way. Already, Slate Creek Brewing, Capone's (downtown Coeur d'Alene and Hayden), Bardenay, Downdraft Brewing, 315 Martinis and Tapas, Paragon Brewing, Pucci's and Taps (both at Schweitzer), Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi Bar and Daft Badger Brewing carry Summit Cider.

Return To Nature

Liberty Naturals offers a place to shop for natural, organic and local essentials
The island had an abundance of farmers markets and health food stores, so when a couple moved back to the mainland from Oahu, they wanted to start a business that would create that option for Liberty Lake. "We really liked the easy availability of healthy, local foods," Kramer McNett says.

UPDATE | JAVA HAYDEN

New location, same soul
If something about Java's newest location in Hayden's Prairie Avenue Shopping Center seems familiar — foresty green paint is still visible along window frames — think Starbucks. Or maybe you remember the place as Caffe Capri.

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.

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.

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.

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