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Best of 2018
When we started a weekly newspaper, we always knew we had to do a reader's poll, a staple of urban weeklies across the nation. On April 6, 1994, we published our first Best of the Inland Northwest issue — only our 25th issue, weighing in at a whopping 32 pages.

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Food

BEST OF 2018 | Food

Best Burgers WISCONSINBURGER

Food

Best New Restaurant Opened in 2017-18: Cascadia Public House

It didn't take Cascadia Public House long to establish itself as a favorite new spot for both North Spokane's Five Mile neighborhood residents and folks living a little further afield.

Food

Best Fine Dining, 1994-95 | PATSY CLARK'S RESTAURANT

Blast from the Past
In the 1980s and 1990s, Patsy Clark's Mansion was the place to be. Even President George H.W. Bush thought so, when he ordered a steak and wine at Patsy Clark's Restaurant with former House Speaker Tom Foley in 1989.

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Drink Local

BEST OF 2018 | Drink Local

Best Old Fashioned

Drink Local

Best Wine Shop: Vino!

On a gloomy, rainy day in Spokane, the glowing lamps from inside Vino! are a welcome sight from the wet streets.

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Best Locally Brewed Beer, 2000 | Ft. Spokane Brewery

Blast from the Past
It's safe to say a lot has changed in the Spokane beer scene since 2000. Roughly 17 years ago, Fort Spokane Brewery earned the Inlander's distinction of being the Best Locally Brewed Beer.

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Nightlife

BEST OF 2018 | Nightlife

Best Arcade GAMERS ARCADE BAR

Nightlife

Best Local Comedian: Casey Strain

His comedy career started seven years ago beneath the Tilt-A-Whirls of Spokane's meticulously curated junk bar, Zola. Casey Strain entered his first variety show as a comic, not knowing how excruciating 10 minutes on the stage is.

Nightlife

Best Place To Meet Your Cowboy, 1999 | KELLY'S

Blast from the Past
Back when Kelly's won our prize for Best Place to Meet Your Cowboy, we regaled the Stateline, Idaho, honkytonk with lines from "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" — a monster hit from that era by songstress Paula Cole.

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Recreation

BEST OF 2018 | Recreation

Best Lake PRIEST LAKE

Recreation

Best Family-Friendly Attraction: Riverfront Park

The amusement park rides are gone, at least for now. The Ferris wheel will be turned to scrap.

Recreation

Best Athlete, 1998 | RYAN LEAF

Blast from the Past
Twenty years ago, the early chapters of the Ryan Leaf story were still being written. At the time it appeared, when the story was complete, it would be one of triumph and greatness.

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Arts

BEST OF 2018 | Arts

Best Arts Festival ART ON THE GREEN

Arts

Best Paint-And-Drink Classes: Pinot's Palette

It is a truth universally acknowledged that wine helps people feel like they can master different feats. Even the non-artistic could find themselves feeling like Picasso took over their body.

Arts

Best Artist, 1994, 1996-99, 2005, 2010 | HAROLD BALAZS

Blast from the Past
The late Harold Balazs started a nearly unstoppable reign as Best Local Artist from the very first time Inlander readers weighed in for a Best Of poll back in 1994. In fact, after dipping to third place the next year, the sculptor and multimedia artist from Mead took first place as Best Artist every year from 1996 to 1999.

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Music

BEST OF 2018 | Music

Best Band, Covers DRAGONFLY

Music

Best Radio Station 2018: 92.9 KZZU-FM

It's easier than ever to listen to music on the go, to procure playlists and podcasts that make your morning and evening commutes a little less hellish. But some of us still appreciate the personality and unpredictability of live radio, and 92.9 KZZU-FM is the station most of Spokane appears to have programmed on their car stereos.

Music

Best Band, 1994 | BLACK HAPPY

Blast from the Past
In an era known for worshipping Kurt Cobain, crying over Radiohead's "Creep" and skanking to Rancid and Less Than Jake, Coeur d'Alene's Black Happy found a devoted audience by deliberately shirking genre labels. Their blend of grunge and ska, squelching electric guitars and dextrous bass lines punctuated by muscular brass licks, found a following with local music fans in the mid '90s (and, it must be said, were met with scorn by those who considered themselves true punks), making waves in the Inland Northwest and beyond.

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People

BEST OF 2018 | People

Best Elected Official

People

North Idaho's Best Bartender: Ryan Roberge of 315 Martinis and Tapas

Despite the name, martinis are only a sliver of what mixologist Ryan Roberge is asked to make at 315 Martinis and Tapas. Sure, he serves wine and beer, but what he makes the most of are cocktails, especially the classics.

People

Best Athlete: Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura

Usually, a fan favorite is a player who tantalizes with his talent or works hard to be a spark plug off the bench. Rui Hachimura is that rare bird who does both.

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Sandpoint

Best Of Sandpoint

Small but mighty — that's what Sandpoint is. When the votes are tallied for Best Of categories, smaller towns sometimes don't fare as well as others in the volume of votes or the variety of entries. But not Sandpoint.

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Shopping

Best Of 2018 | Shopping

Best Women's Clothes NORDSTROM

Shopping

North Idaho's Best Vintage Boutique: JUNK

There's nothing junky about JUNK on Fourth Street. The displays are ahh-dorable from floor-to-ceiling with stuff for your home or workspace, indoors and out, even clothing.

Shopping

Best Local Gaming Shop: Uncle's Games

Whether you're stopping in to pick up the hottest new party game to play on game night, a couple booster packs of Magic: The Gathering, or another Y-Wing for your Star Wars: X-Wing squad, Uncle's Games' two Spokane locations have you covered. For more than four decades, Uncle's has been serving the local community's needs for gaming fun of all types.

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The Palouse

Best Of The Palouse

Rows of golden loaves pack the cooling racks along the back wall of the bakery inside the Moscow Food Co-op in downtown Moscow. The four-person morning crew crowds around a butcher-block work station, prepping pizza dough and packing bread for the daily orders.

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