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DINING GUIDE


CATEGORIES: ASIAN AND INDIAN, BARBECUE, BISTROS, BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SPECIALTIES, BURGERS, CASUAL DINING, FINE DINING, ITALIAN, MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN, MEXICAN, PIZZA, PUB FARE, SEAFOOD, STEAK HOUSES, OTHER


ASIAN AND INDIAN


Aloha Island Grill. Hawaiian. Signature Dish in March 2011. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan are serving up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back even without much inside seating. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount and the Francis location serves an amazing breakfast concoction called Loco Moco. Order it the way “Huff” (Patrick’s nickname) gets his. Open daily. 1724 North Monroe (509) 327-4270 and 1220 West Francis (509) 413-2029. www.alohagrindz.com. $-$$


Beyond Belt Sushi & Roll. Japanese.


September of 2010 to offer conveyor belt sushi plates as well as a full off-the-belt menu, Beyond Belt Sushi & Roll offers great lunch specials and a less-slick, homier feel than Maru downtown but offers the same advantages of kaiten-zushi: healthy food fast (sit down and start to eat), reasonable prices, and a visual introduction to one of the great cuisines of the world. 11 am – 3 pm for lunch; 5 pm – 9 pm for dinner. Saturday 11 – 10. Sunday noon – 8. 7458 North Division in Spokane. (509) 483-4000. $-$$


Cathay Inn. Chinese. The Cathay Inn, basked in neon glory, stands out among the string of other Chinese establishments on Division for more than its roofline. Established in 1950 at its present location by Tom Eng, the Cathay Inn has rebuilt and expanded over the years, still run by the Engs. Our sources tell us that among the combos, #6 is king, offering the Cathay’s special chow mein, almond fried chicken, prawns, barbeque pork, and fried rice. Strong mentions are also given to the almond chicken and Cathay’s version of beef and broccoli. Plan to arrive for dinner near 8 p.m. and you might get the addi- tional treat of seeing the koi fish leap out of the water in the aquarium for their dinner while you eat yours. 3714 N Division Street. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri & Sat until Midnight. (509) 326-2226. $$


Ding How. Specializing in Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Korean dishes, Ding How has plenty of variety. After being open only 15 months, this restaurant has already become the place for sushi and other Asian cuisine with regular customers coming from Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and other areas. Ding How offers over 100 sushi items including their special Lobster Roll and Yellowstone Roll. 1332 N Liberty Lake Rd, Liberty Lake.


11-2:30, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-9, Fri 4-10, Sat 12-9, Sun 12-9. (509) 921-1901. $-$$


Hula Hut Grill. Hawaiian. Reviewed June 2011. Tucked into a retail complex and surrounded by the chains that dominate the north end of Spokane is this local take on the Pacific island ‘plate lunch’ tradition that serves up the likes of Teriyaki Chicken or Flame Grilled Short Ribs over rice with several great sides. Make sure you try the Kalua Pork and Grilled Salmon. Owners Ron and Tanya Riordan also have a fine macaroni salad (the classic Hawaiian side), a fine Hula Burger, and several unexpected good dishes featuring another island favorite: Spam.


Brain Freeze ice cream or deep-fried donut balls for dessert. Open daily from 11 am to 8 pm. 12210 North Division Street in Spokane. (509) 466-2336. www.hula- hutgrill.com. $-$$


Local Lunch Mon-Fri Reopened in


Mustard Seed. The Mustard Seed is an amal- gam of several Asian and Pacific cuisines, which derives from the background of the owners, Betty and Nancy Tokumoto, who grew up in Okinawa, Bangkok, and Hawaii, successively. The somewhat eclectic yet harmonious blending of fresh, clean, mild flavors in the dishes that spring from this mix of culinary origins is what has made the Mustard Seed a perennial favor- ite with Spokane diners. Over the years, our favorites have consistently been Bong-Bong Chicken, chunks of breast and vegetables stir- fried in wine, and Chicken (or Shrimp) Osaka, sautéed in butter, ginger, and lemon, served with a mustard sauce. We also enjoy their zippy take-out and delivery service. The Mus- tard Seed owners also serve quality quick-serve Asian out of a number of Noodle Express outlets around the NW. Northtown Mall: Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri & Sat 11-10, Sun Noon-8, (509) 483-1500. $$


P.F. Chang’s. A chain restaurant that raises the bar for local chefs. Most of the dishes are prepared with Mandarin wok-style cooking and reflect the restaurant’s stated goal of representing the “emerging influence of Southeast Asia on modern Chinese cuisine.” Chang’s Chicken in Soothing Lettuce Wraps present a savory, crispy, lightly spiced mixture of chicken that you wrap at the table into accompanying lettuce leaves. Entrees include Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, Cantonese Roasted Duck, and Crispy Honey Chicken. Try the Great Wall of Chocolate if you dare for desert.


Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thurs 11-11, Fri & Sat 11am- Midnight. (509) 456-2166. $$


Pho Van. Vietnamese. Henry Cao and his wife Thuy now have two Pho Van locations in Spo- kane. The original spot on Hamilton where price and quality conscious Gonzaga students are often found and a new spot at the base of the Division hill that raises the bar on ambi- ance with great décor. Try the Spring Rolls and Pho Ga. Several classic Chinese dishes are also on the menu for those hopeful for something exceedingly familiar. 1212 N. Hamilton. (509) 483-8136. 2909 N Division. (509) 326-6470. Mon - Thur 10 – 9, Fri – Sat 10 – 10, Sun 10 – 8. $


Phonthip Style Thai Restau- rant.


space next to Hair Etc. on the north Spokane cor- ner of Nevada and Francis, Phonthip Style offers a straightforward family take on food from central Thai- land thanks to owner and cook Phonthip and her two daughters Song and June. One of the two daughters most likely will be the one to serve up what their moth- er prepares in the tiny kitchen. Try Phonthip’s version of Pad Thai, Drunken Noodles,


Thai Basil or Tucked into a small 801 W Main.


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