Second Helping

Second Helping

The folks from Manito Tap House go refined with the Blackbird
There's not much that Patrick McPherson hasn't thought about when it comes to his new Blackbird Tavern & Kitchen. Not only are shards of beer bottles mixed in with the concrete of the sink, but the sink itself is shaped like a bottle of beer.

Tasty Connections

Growing community through the Inland Northwest Food Network
When Country Comfort Assisted Living owners Kimberlee and George Ciccone brought hungry, weed-eating goats onto their property, they got an unexpected side benefit: their residents loved the furry critters. This year, the facility wanted to add a garden to the goat-groomed land, but lacked resources.

Moving and Shaking

Some changes in the restaurant scene near Gonzaga
There are some changes happening near the Gonzaga campus when it comes to restaurant options. In the space of a couple of blocks, three shakeups are underway.

Sea Change

Williams Seafood Market adds options for customers fishing for a quick bite
Mike Offield resisted the idea of adding a restaurant aspect to his seafood-focused market, but his wife kept working on him after he moved Williams Seafood Market & Wines to Spokane from the valley four years ago. His resistance proved futile.

It's Hoppin'!

Accolades abound, baseball gets its own beer and more brewery expansion news
I really hope you didn't wait until June 21 and the official start of summer to begin your summer beer-drinking regimen. But even if you made that ill-advised decision, there are a couple of months to play catch-up, so let's bring you up to speed on the very busy Inland Northwest craft beer industry.

New to the Bridge

Kyoko Sushi in Sandpoint reflects its chef's big personality
Everyone calls him Junior, but when it comes to his cuisine — especially sushi — Gary Lee Solis Jr. doesn't do anything in a small way. Take Kyoko Sushi, for example, which Solis recently opened in Sandpoint's Cedar Street Bridge complex.

Another Option

Caruso's expands its reach to Spokane with a new location
Booths lining the back walls, rows of tall tables taking up a majority of the indoor floor space and umbrella-covered tables on the patio surrounding an elevated fire pit are filled with people excitedly reaching onto each other's plates to try bites of different pizza slices. After working on a rebranding for the past two years, Caruso's has expanded from Spokane Valley and Coeur d'Alene to its new location in a renovated pocket of downtown Spokane's U District.

A Good Dog

When did the phrase "hot dog" come to mean so many different things?
The hot dog is cool again, and it has been for quite some time. As a country, we bought $2.5 billion worth of hot dogs last year, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (no word on if they're currently hiring) and there's no sign that we're easing up.

New Growth

History is served with beer at Timber Gastro Pub in Post Falls
Timber Gastro Pub joins a bevy of places honoring early Inland Northwest history in a big way with a prime location, top-notch design and a well-versed restaurant team. Located in the former Hot Rod Cafe, Timber is highly visible and easily accessible from Highway 90 in Post Falls, which gets a new Greensferry Road freeway exit later this year.

UPDATE | The Cedars Floating Restaurant

Lakeside dining is now a year-round proposition
Just in time for the summer tourist season, the Lake City's most authentic lakeside dining experience — because it's literally floating on the water — has debuted an entirely new outdoor deck to allow for year-round, open-air dining. The year-round element comes into play with heating options and enclosures to protect diners from the weather during the cooler months.

Games and Grub

A new, board-game-themed café offers all-ages fun, snacks and a place to recruit extra players for any game
During the day, the street-level windows fill the space with cheerful, natural light. Later, after dusk has passed, the joviality of casual fun is illuminated from the inside out to passersby on the street, offering a firsthand sampling of the fun to be had at Around the Board.

Sights and Sips

A killer patio and ample beer and wine offerings make Nectar the place to sip in Kendall Yards
There's no music on the patio at Nectar Wine and Beer. Nectar's management, and that of the adjoining Veraci Pizza, don't plan on adding a sound system any time soon.

UPDATE | Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie's Brunch

New morning flavors at an old favorite
It should be no surprise, with the approaching opening of the nearby Davenport Grand Hotel, that Santé decided to start doing breakfast. The restaurant's expertise in meats and cheeses certainly translates to "The Most Important Meal of the Day," and there are bound to be many new visitors downtown wandering aimlessly looking for a bite.

Fresh Squeezed

BIJA organic juicery brings some sweet elegance to South Perry
Brandi Elder and John Gardner, owners of the mobile juice bar BEET It Up, know that people like to drink beer. And coffee.

Pedaling for Pints

Unchained offers a new place to cut loose in CdA
When the Coeur d'Alene Resort's former Splash nightclub dried up, the Resort Plaza Shop space was retooled into Coeur d'Alene Taphouse - Unchained. Following the trends toward craft brewing and industrial motifs, Unchained is equal parts novelty and nostalgia.

A Cut Above

How Masselow's learned to love its steaks
Chef Bob Rogers doesn't care about grill marks on his steaks. He knows other chefs might obsess about those parallel lines burned deep into the cut of beef, but he can't buy into that school of thinking.

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