Pin It
Favorite

Home Comforts 

CorkHouse adds a casual fine-dining option to Liberty Lake

As an avid athlete and marathon runner, Keri Collins found herself with an unexpected amount of free time when she broke her foot. After driving past the "for sale" sign on the recently vacated space in Liberty Lake that housed Barlows restaurant before it moved, Collins decided to fill the building with the business she'd long been pondering.

"I had all this free time, so I thought I would do something challenging," she says.

Collins and her husband, who together own Premier Manufacturing in Liberty Lake, opened CorkHouse and gave the space a new, but still homey, feel.

"When you walk in, it's like a house," says Collins. "You feel comfy and cozy."

The stone fireplace, warmly lit chandeliers and dark wood tables and bar match the gourmet comfort food on the menu. Collins brought on executive chef Brian Hutchins, who previously cooked at several Spokane restaurants, including Luna, Mizuna, Latah Bistro and Clover. Over six weeks, Hutchins tested and wrote the recipes for the brunch, lunch and dinner menus.

Classic comfort foods feature a fine dining twist, like the enchiladas ($15) with pulled chicken, quinoa, summer squash, spinach and roasted poblano cream. The mac and cheese ($18) comes as a colorful, rich-tasting mixture of grilled chicken, applewood bacon, jalapeños, sharp cheddar and cotija, topped with a satisfying crunch and a cherry tomato. A page-long wine list offers abundant choices from champagne to white blends to cabernet, and there are plenty of signature cocktails and martinis to choose from.

On Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 am, the brunch menu presents items such as a veggie hash ($12), eggs Benedict ($13), triple-decker BLT ($13) and even a few desserts, including a chai-and-honey brûlée ($6).

CorkHouse also has a drive-thru coffee window — something not usually seen at a restaurant — that opens before the dining room at 6 am Mon-Fri and at 7 am Sat-Sun, with Thomas Hammer Coffee and pastries from Sweetwater Bakery. ♦

CorkHouse • 1400 N. Meadowwood Ln., Liberty Lake • Open Mon-Thu, 11 am-9 pm; Fri, 11 am-close; Sat, 9 am-close; Sun, 9 am-3 pm • corkhouse.net • 922-4210

Related Locations

  • Pin It

Latest in Food & Drink

  • Festival of Food
  • Festival of Food

    Summer in Sandpoint means several options for seasonal dining
    • Jul 29, 2015
  • Pop Art + Beer
  • Pop Art + Beer

    Filt bar is like an art gallery where you can drink with friends
    • Jul 29, 2015
  • Fruit Off the Vine
  • Fruit Off the Vine

    Sheppard Fruit Wines offers a refreshing viticultural alternative
    • Jul 22, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
59th Annual Spokane Highland Games

59th Annual Spokane Highland Games @ Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Sat., Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Jo Miller

Most Commented On

  • Cheap Eats: Burger Brawl

    We ate almost every burger on the Zip's menu, and you're probably jealous about that
    • Jul 15, 2015
  • Parallel Parking

    The drive in Spokane to build parks that fit into parking spaces
    • Jul 15, 2015
  • More »

Top Tags in
Culture & Food

marijuana


cheap eats


Culture


Distilled


Food


© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation