Second Coming

Second Coming

How a longtime pizza shop owner and a veteran brewer gave birth to Bennidito's Brewpub
Chris Bennett took the long road to establishing a brewery. The longtime owner of Bennidito's Pizza on the South Hill, Bennett was toying with the notion of brewing his own beer after more than a decade of selling a well-curated tap list in his pizza shop.

Fruit Off the Vine

Sheppard Fruit Wines offers a refreshing viticultural alternative
Fruit wine may have gotten a bum rap with cheap, cloyingly sweet brands like Boone's Farm, but wine from something other than grapes offers an interesting alternative with almost limitless possibilities. And it's somewhat easy.

A Smooth Move

The Foxhole brings the Garland Drinkery fans across town
When Bill and Deb Weisgerber leased an old building on Garland Avenue in 2011, they planned to open a coffee shop. They also wanted to serve beer and wine for customers to enjoy while listening to live music at night, and after realizing it wouldn't cost too much more to get a liquor license that included spirits, they dropped the whole coffee thing to focus on creating their first bar — the Garland Avenue Drinkery.

Update | Sushi Sakai

Fresh fish found in the Logan neighborhood
After five years in Spokane Valley, Sushi Sakai moved to Clementine Square this spring, trading in an old, run-down building for an airy new space better suited to showcase the fresh, colorful traditional Asian fare. Sushi is the obvious attraction, and a recent visit featured a remarkably tasty Rainbow Roll that balanced salmon, shrimp, white tuna, ahi tuna and crab.

Cheap Eats: New and Cheap

A sampling of affordable places that opened since our last Cheap Eats issue
24 TAPS BURGERS AND BREWS 825 W. Riverside | 868-5657

Cheap Eats: Burger Brawl

We ate almost every burger on the Zip's menu, and you're probably jealous about that
Spokanites have a weird relationship with Zip's Drive-Ins. First off, folks seem to be largely divided into two camps: those who love the local fast-food chain and those who don't, with the former mostly outnumbering the latter.

Cheap Eats: Rolling Goodies

A few particularly tasty (and affordable) bites from the region's food trucks
CURRY CHICKEN ($6) Jamaican Jerk Pan, 1925 W. Fourth

Cheap Eats: Just Desserts

Five must-try local treats for those not looking to break the bank
Eating sweets in moderation can be the perfect way to celebrate and enhance life's flavor — no matter what all of the sugar-hating documentaries, books and websites are saying right now. Ignore the naysayers, grab your favorite people and check out some of the most delicious and inexpensive (nothing above $4.50) treats in the Inland Northwest.

Cheap Eats: The Nicest Price

Some local drinking spots know the true meaning of "added value"
You know what's better than cheap, tasty grub? Free, tasty grub.

Cheap Eats: Hot and Cold

Deli counters offer just as many choices as any sit-down spot, and they're friendlier to your wallet and waistline
EEach year as Inlander staff sit down to brainstorm ideas for this annual special section, there's always one fervent request that arises — make sure to include some healthy food options among all the mentions of indulgent, greasy fast food.

Cheap Eats: Keeping It Classic. Or Not.

How the time-tested favorites around the region compare to the newcomers
Ever notice that as soon as you sit down to eat in a social setting you invariably end up talking about food? Some people get all misty over memories of past meals, while others debate whether Timber Gastro Pub's pork belly-steak mix actually qualifies as a "burger," or does it have to be all beef, like Hudson's Hamburgers and Dick's?Whatever.

Bottle Bounty

Vintage Spokane returns to celebrate a big boom in Washington wines
You could call it a comeback. After a year on hiatus, Vintage Spokane — the city's largest summer wine and food event — is back this weekend at the Spokane Convention Center.

Five Mile Secret

Since QQ Sushi & Kitchen opened last fall, it's gained a loyal following of Northside residents
The Five Mile Shopping Center in North Spokane might be hiding one of the city's best spots for sushi. Quietly opening last November, QQ Sushi & Kitchen hasn't sought much attention.

Farm to Tea Cup

Slowing down with Winterwoods Tea Company founder Tirza Wibel
Insects buzzing in the distance, trees and tall grass bending in the summer breeze, ice clinking in a perspiring glass of handcrafted mint tea — these are the sounds Tirza Wibel drinks in while relaxing on the Green Bluff Grange front porch two weeks ago, a place of shady refuge from the oppressive heat. Sitting on a hard wooden bench, the tea entrepreneur explains her philosophy regarding the beverage: it shouldn't be gulped down in a minute.

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.

Second Helping

The folks from Manito Tap House go refined with Spokane's Blackbird Tavern & Kitchen
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.


Recent Comments

  • Re: Cheap Eats: New and Cheap

    • I visited Spokane just last weekend,I was very disappointed to see 12 of the 24…

    • on July 21, 2015
  • Re: Cheap Eats: New and Cheap

    • Happiness is pretty good. Please don't eat there as it's easier to get a table…

    • on July 20, 2015
  • Re: Cheap Eats: Keeping It Classic. Or Not.

    • You can also find lower cost gourmet burgers at Penny's Pit in Rathdrum!

    • on July 20, 2015
  • Re: Cheap Eats: Burger Brawl

    • You want a good burger? Try a Penny's Pit burger in Rathdrum!

    • on July 20, 2015
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    • There are people who don't like Zips? They are lying to themselves.

    • on July 17, 2015
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