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Blackbird Kitchen + Tavern The folks who created the beloved Manito Tap House have turned a one-time garage for Broadview Dairy's horses and buggies into Spokane's latest and hippest gastropub. Aimed at a more refined taste than the "pubby" tap-house food, the menu has a Southern twang to it, including a chorizo corn dog, roasted spaghetti, smoked salmon salad, and the "Mi Mi" sandwich — which includes two types of bacon. 905 N. Washington St. • 392-4000 •

Crafted Tap House + Kitchen A stylish gastropub in downtown Coeur d'Alene, Crafted takes HDG's iconic local architecture and adds rotating special menus with fresh ingredients. Mainstays have funky names like the "#42" (ground beef burger with bacon jam and arugula) and the "Rockefella Ya'll" (chicken and vanilla waffles with bacon and huckleberry syrup). 523 Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-292-4813 •

The Lantern Tap House  The Lantern Tap House first opened it's doors in the Perry Neighborhood in 2009. The Lantern welcomes everyone with an inviting and relaxed environment with plenty of seating and a full menu to compliment the draft craft beers, local wines and spirits. The menu's inspiration comes from the desire to offer all scratch-made food that elevates the quality and experience from typical pubs. 1004 S. Perry St. • 509-315-9531 •

Manito Tap House Manito Tap House burst on the scene and was instantly voted Best New Restaurant by Inlander readers; the bloom has not come off this South Hill rose. Booths, tables, a single stool tucked away at the end of the bar — they're all still consistently packed. The Tap House went gastropub and hit their mark, providing high-end comfort food with good ingredients at reasonable prices. Get the yam chips, for God's sake. 3011 S. Grand Blvd. • 279-2671 •

Saranac Public House Friday night. You're downtown, on Main Avenue. The solution? Attack the 'nac! The Saranac Public House, that is. This is the type of restaurant that does it all, and does it well. Need a place for a quiet lunch? Done. Cultured spot next to an art gallery and independent movie theater? That too. A place to start a raucous night of partying? Covered. Their buffalo chicken sandwich is killer, as is their beer selection. And there's nothing wrong with staying there all night, if that's your scene. 21 W. Main Ave. • 473-9455 •

Stacks At Steam Plant You could argue that Stacks at Steam Plant is Spokane's most iconic restaurant: what other eatery has giant smokestacks sprouting from its top? There's a range of steak, fish, poultry and pasta dishes on the menu and, of course, lots of beer-infused recipes, inspired by its on-site craft brewing operation, Steam Plant Brewing Co. 159 S. Lincoln St. • 777-3900 •

Tamarack Public House Owners Teresa and Leo Gonder spent the better part of a year renovating this historic downtown building to turn it into their farm-to-table-focused restaurant, with two bars inside that highlight the region's ever-growing local brewery and distillery offerings. Local ingredients can be found in nearly every dish, from appetizers like a steak Bianca pizza and entrées such as the classic Tamarack burger, a braised leg of lamb, and seafood over gnocchi. Come for the regular live music from musicians like Carli Osika as well. 912 W. Sprague Ave. • 315-4846 •

Timber Gastro Pub Timber isn't just a name. The walls are festooned with sepia-toned photographs of rugged logging operations and rough-cut wood slats, and the servers wear red suspenders and jeans. The menu, designed by executive chef Jeff Chatigny, is an extension of the level of detail throughout Timber. There's the Steak House burger, with crispy onion, blue cheese and housemade pickles on a mix of pork belly and Angus beef. Their pizza is wood-fired to order, including the Hawaiian-inspired Da Kine, with Spam, kalua pork, and diced mango and pineapple. 1610 E. Schneidmiller Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-262-9593 •

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