Inlander Restaurant Week is about halfway over, but there's still time to catch some of the delicious meals being served by more than 100 restaurants throughout the region.
916 W. Second (reservations recommended)
Menu served Sun-Thu, 4-9 pm; Fri-Sat, 4-10 pm
Wild Sage's $31 menu (a steal of a three-course meal for a place where an entree can run you more than that). If you're hankering for something rich and creamy to start, go with the sweet basil arancini for your first course, but for something a little lighter, I'd recommend the Wild Sage salad, which packs a deceptively large amount of greens into an artfully rolled slice of cucumber.
For the mains, we tried the creole shrimp arrabiata and the pork tenderloin au poivre, which was succulent and juicy, served on a bed of mashed Yukon potatoes with roasted garlic and broccolini.
Portion sizes were just about right to finish everything during the served meal, but by the end we had to (OK... wanted to) power through some very decadent desserts. The goat cheese ice cream caught my eye when I first flipped through all the restaurant menus, and it didn't disappoint. Tart and sweet, creamy and rich, the serving was perfectly sized and made me wish that all ice cream was made with goat cheese. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL, staff writer)
Honey Eatery & Social Club
317 Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene
Menu available Mon-Sun, 4-10 pm
Find comfort and respite from the frigid winter weather in the cozy basement of this Coeur d'Alene eatery opened last year by renowned regional chef Adam Hegsted. My partner and I made the trek from North Spokane out to Coeur d'Alene to sample Honey's $31 Restaurant Week menu this past weekend for an early Saturday evening meal as we learned the restaurant doesn't take reservations and thus we knew was bound to get busy (it did). That considered, service was a little delayed at times, but we also observed what appeared to be a short staffing issue that evening.
My guest, meanwhile, picked the super indulgent and perfectly breaded honey-fried chicken, twice-fried with mashed potatoes, a biscuit, coleslaw and pickled jalapenos. Unlike my fish, which was certainly not a small plate of food, this portion was enormous, and he definitely took about half home to enjoy later.
For dessert, we picked the banana bread, egg battered with a maple-peanut glaze and caramelized bananas and peanut butter ice cream ($2 extra). I picked the "candy bar," a homemade concoction of bacon nougat, pecan butterscotch, dark chocolate and sea salt — definitely not your average check-out line staple!
We made the 45 minute drive back to Spokane with full bellies and a pleasant impression of this new-to-us Coeur d'Alene spot. (CHEY SCOTT, food and listings editor)
Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar
14300 W. State Route 2, Airway Heights
Menu served Mon-Sun, 4 pm to close
$21 menu gems participating in Restaurant Week.
The portion sizes for most of our dishes were huge, meaning the already affordable three-course meal can wind up providing some leftovers for lunch the next day if you ask for a to-go box.
Between the four of us, we shared a couple servings of the delicious pork belly on watermelon, as tasty as it is beautiful. It sounds weird for something that's already topped with sweet hoisin sauce, but seriously, try a little piece of the cotton candy with your bite of pork and watermelon, and you'll see the sweet-salty genius of this dish. We also shared a plate of the calamari (cooked to perfection) and the Mediterranean salad (super flavorful with artichoke hearts, feta, olives and more), and that was just the first course.
As if that wasn't enough, out came the desserts: massive squares of chocolate torte and platters with three squares of cheesecake topped with different fruit sauces, each leaving enough for a little take-home treat for each of us. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL, staff writer)