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RESTAURANT REVIEW THE SARANAC PUBLIC HOUSE


Come Hungry... Leave Satisfied


Steaks • Wild Game • Seafood Omelettes • Country Breakfasts


I-90 Spokane St Exit Post Falls, ID 208-777-9388


Open Wed-Sun 6am-9pm


beer to sip at the end of their work day from the twelve on tap (one of which is always Guinness) and something on the menu that reminded them of home. The upscale but well-priced comfort food offered at the pub has a decidedly global bent with everything from shredded pork tacos and Chinese barbecued spareribs to a big soft pretzel. That Italian waiter who used to live up in Room 206 would have been delighted with the


course-ground Polenta ($8) among the starters. Johnsen and his kitchen crew pan-sear the polenta cake and then bake it off with a tomato sauce, sautéed mushrooms and cara- melized onions. The Swedish bridge mechanic from yesteryear in Room 310 would prob- ably opt for the house-made Sausage Plate ($8). The Japanese cook just down the hall from the Swede would love the fact that there is a Yaki Udon Stirfry ($12) on the menu. Being something of an American mutt myself, I confess delight at the Mac & Cheese


($9) that tops the list of pub favorites. I’ve come across several excellent examples on menus recently, but the creaminess of Johnsen’s five-white-cheese-sauce is the closest to my Platonic ideal of Mac & Cheese. It is achingly simple, no lobster or fire-roasted chiles, and it works with just a light dusting of toasted Panko breadcrumbs on top. Other menu standouts from around the globe include the Kalua Pork Sandwich ($10)


Best Japanese Silver Award 2007-2011


You don’t need to travel to the Far East for a taste of Japan. Suki Yaki Inn in downtown Spokane serves authentic Japanese cuisine and


offers and unforgettably unique dining experience.


119 N. BERNARD ST. SPOKANE, WA 509-624-0022


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with a spicy mustard coleslaw on an Alpine Bakery Kaiser Bun, the trio of slow-roasted Pork Tacos ($10), and the Chinese Barbecued Spareribs ($14) served with a subtle coco- nut rice and a side of slaw. If you just want something to munch alongside a beer, head straight for that soda-


boiled, house-baked Pretzel ($5). It comes with both a white cheese dipping sauce and house-made beer mustard. Blanchat and Johnsen hope, at some point, to serve only organic or locally sourced


food. Already much of their produce and proteins, like their beef and chicken, are organic, and the menu highlights local items like the garbanzo beans they get from the Spokane- based Pacific Northwest Farmers Co-Op. The staff on a half dozen visits has been consistently welcoming and attentive, but the


kitchen is still having some trouble with timing orders. Kirsten Harrington noted this in her Spokesman-Review article in January: “entrées arrived just moments after the appetiz-


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