Back in Business

The former EJ's opens as Browne's Tavern under a new chef

A list of food styles on the new Browne's Tavern Facebook business page includes 16 entries, ranging from German to Thai, Italian to Hawaiian.

The lack of a distinct theme is intentional. Browne's Tavern co-owner and executive chef Floyd Loomis, formerly of Asiagio's Ristorante in Boise, set out to create a menu representing many varieties of international cuisine, with a focus on comfort food-inspired entrées.

"People are more familiar now with cuisine from all over the world," Loomis says, adding, "there are food choices of various traditions that can come together on a menu at a tavern."

He mentions kraut flekken ($14), a buttery German pasta dish of gnocchi, braised red cabbage, bacon and parsley. Alongside that and several other Eurocentric pasta entrées ($13-$17), Loomis also created the Mobile, a shrimp and grits dish with spicy, Southern-style Tasso ham and au jus ($18). Just below that is the Thai, a red curry risotto with peppers, onion, spinach, basil and the choice to add chicken or shrimp ($16-$21). Other international dishes in the mix include a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich ($11) and a Hawaiian-inspired rice and chicken bowl ($13). Rounding out the menu are a half-dozen appetizers ($9-$13), salads ($5-$9), several housemade desserts ($7-$8), and an extensive cocktail and wine list.

And while "tavern" may not be the first word that comes to mind when describing the feel of the charming, brick-colored Victorian housing the new eatery, a steampunk-inspired decor inside — including a wall of open books attached by the cover framing a taxidermied bear head — lends to the menu's eclectic approach.

Browne's Tavern is co-owned by Mary Moltke, who also owns the adjacent EJ Roberts Mansion Bed & Breakfast and operated the defunct EJ's Garden Bistro, which lasted little more than a year before closing last fall.

For those who've missed the historic home's former occupant, the return of another outdoor patio to dine on all summer long is a welcome addition to the Browne's Addition neighborhood. ♦

Browne's Tavern • 1924 W. Pacific • Open Mon-Sat, 8:30 am-11:30 pm; Sun, 11 am-2 pm and 4-7 pm • 315-9934 •

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Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's food and listings editor. She compiles the weekly events calendar for the print and online editions of the Inlander, manages and edits the food section, and also writes about local arts and culture. Chey (pronounced Shay) is a lifelong Spokanite and a graduate of Washington State University...