Pin It
Favorite

UPDATE | Cafe Carambola 

click to enlarge The quesadilla con ensalada from Cafe Carambola. - CARRIE SCOZZARO
  • Carrie Scozzaro
  • The quesadilla con ensalada from Cafe Carambola.

Fresh, bright, tropical and yet prominent throughout Latin America, the carambola fruit is the inspiration for the Coeur d'Alene cafe of the same name. Run by Colomba Zavala-Aguilar, her father Juan and husband Carlos, Cafe Carambola serves lunch-only crowds in a cozy storefront along Northwest Boulevard.

Cafe Carambola's menu features salads, soups, drinks, quesadillas and tortas (sandwiches) that reflect chef Colomba's fusion cooking style. From-scratch French bread, for example, reflects French influences on Central Mexican cuisine, while the contents of Carambola's sandwiches run the cultural gamut from the El Cubanito (pulled pork and pineapple salsa) to El Argentino (with chimichurri).

Recipes blend travel experiences, family get-togethers, and Colomba's classic training at San Francisco's Le Cordon Bleu and its affiliate, the California Culinary Academy. Look for daily soup specials like the zesty sweet potato, as well as seasonally changing, Mexican-style fresh fruit coolers.

Related Locations

  • Pin It

Speaking of...

Latest in Food & Drink

  • Still Rocking
  • Still Rocking

    After leaving downtown, Rock City Grill has reopened on the South Hill
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Family Values
  • Family Values

    A North Idaho clan is making a triple impact on the local food scene
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Certain Spice
  • Certain Spice

    Cooking Indian food isn't as tricky as you'd think — just ask Max Manjit Mohan
    • Aug 18, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Pig Out in the Park

Pig Out in the Park @ Riverfront Park

Aug. 31-Sept. 5

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Carrie Scozzaro

  • Family Values
  • Family Values

    A North Idaho clan is making a triple impact on the local food scene
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • UPDATE | Floating Patio
  • UPDATE | Floating Patio

    Fish tacos are a highlight of the Bayview restaurant
    • Aug 4, 2016
  • The High Road
  • The High Road

    Spokane's Scottish Highland Games celebrate culture, community
    • Aug 4, 2016
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Float On

    To find an hour of glorious silence, I had to enclose myself in a tank full of salt water
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • Family Values

    A North Idaho clan is making a triple impact on the local food scene
    • Aug 25, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • A Taste of Tuscany
  • A Taste of Tuscany

    Vineyard Café and Coffee adds some brightness to its neighborhood
    • Aug 19, 2015
  • The Java Experience
  • The Java Experience

    Caffé Affogato brings Italian-style coffees to Saranac Commons
    • Mar 11, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation