Pig Out in the Park earns its name. Over 50 vendors are converging on Spokane’s Riverfront Park this week from as far as Utah and Texas to dish out diverse, digestible delights for your face-filling pleasure. But 31 of these places are local, and seven of them are first-year greenhorns. Stop by and check out what the newbies have to offer while enjoying your other favorites.
CIAO MAMBO recently opened a restaurant in downtown Spokane. Specializing in Italian cuisine of all sorts, they’re selling pizza by the slice this weekend. Sample the Rustica made with grilled vegetables, goat cheese, and their homemade tomato sauce. Or try the Con Pollo with grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and Gorgonzola cheese. But if you crave something more traditional, their gourmet pepperoni will make you plenty happy. Find them just west of the Rotary Fountain.
COUPLE OF CHEFS CATERING is run out of both Spokane and Airway Heights by Allen Skelton and Joile Forral, who successfully mix traditional dishes with more inventive ones. Try the chipotle barbecue pulled-pork sandwich, served with a honey cumin slaw, or their Korean pulled-pork sandwich, with a wasabi coleslaw. They describe their Grit Frites as a “cross between mozzarella sticks and french fries,” and they’ll dish out ice cream sandwiches with banana ice cream between homemade chocolate chip cookies to finish it off. Find them north of the Bloomsday statues.
FROYO EARTH, which operates stores in downtown Spokane, at Wandermere and in the Valley, allows patrons to dispense and top their own frozen yogurt, creating original masterpieces. The booth at Pig Out is no different, offering red velvet, cake batter, and vanilla yogurt, with key lime sorbet and pomegranate raspberry rotating. Sprinkle your concoction with their generous supply of various fruits and candies. Spot them along the river, east of the gondola station.
JUPITER JANE TRAVELING CAFE originates in Sandpoint but takes its decked-out kitchen/school bus anywhere it’s needed. Try the shrimp or chicken tacos with a mango salsa, and complement them with the JFK salad (mixed greens, cranberries, walnuts, apricot, mozzarella, and a huckleberry vinaigrette dressing). Complete the meal with traditional profiteroles drizzled with chocolate and whipped cream. All this and more, south of the gondola station.
LASAGNA’S ON YA opened its doors in north Spokane last October, delivering hand-mixed meats and homemade sauces at its family-owned establishment. They’ll be serving rolls alongside a classic lasagna with ground beef and Italian sausage; a Tuscan chicken lasagna with artichokes, olives, bacon, and a creamy pesto; and a vegetarian lasagna with fresh veggies and a hearty red sauce. Top it off with their tiramisu, all to be found north of the Bloomsday statues.
MARIA’S ORIGINAL MEXICAN FOOD hails from Medical Lake and invites you to peruse a menu consisting entirely of fresh and handmade Mexican dishes. Maria will be plating beef, chicken, and pork combos with rice and beans. Accompany it with corn tortilla taquitos, her Torto- American Sandwich, or try the deep-fried flour tortilla with ice cream for dessert. Visit her west of the Rotary Fountain.
MOMMY G’S GRILLED CHEESE is a trailer-vendor selling amazing, gourmet grilled-cheese sandwiches with a side of tomato basil soup in downtown Spokane. Indulge in the French onion melt with gruyere, caramelized onion, and sauteed mushrooms. Or Sammy’s Sammich, with cheddar, smoked bacon, and avocado. Or Le Frommage, with fontina cheese, sun-dried tomato pesto, and baby spinach. Try the Challah Berry (mascarpone on challah topped with fresh berries and fruit) for an incomparable dessert. Seek them out north of the Bloomsday runners.