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DINING GUIDE


2013 March 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. $-$$


Bangkok Thai. Thai. A relative newcomer to Spokane, Bangkok Thai took over there former Linnie’s Thai location on Grand Avenue and the former Riverview Thai location near Gonzaga. The South Hill location offers combination lunch plates that allow you smaller portions of several popular Thai dishes for one price and the Gonzaga location has the best Thai lunch buffet in town for $12 a person. There is also a Bangkok Thai stretch limo and a night’s rental includes two dinners. 1325 S Grand Blvd (509-838-8424) and 1003 E Trent Avenue (509-325-8370). Mon – Thur 11 – 9, Fri 11 – 10, Sat 12 – 10, Sun 12 – 9. $$


Beyond Belt Sushi & Roll. Japanese. Reopened in 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 advatages 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. $-$$


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Suggestions for Dining Guide additions or corrections can be sent to blythe@spokanecda.com


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


China Garden. Chinese. With no shortage of bad Chinese food in Spokane, China Garden is a brilliant and refreshing departure hidden in a strip mall on the South Hill. Chef/owner Raymond Kong takes great care with sauces, all based on a special pork stock. The vegetables in each dish, which are fresh and flash-cooked with a wonderful crunch, almost steal the show, and the kitchen uses no MSG. Show up regularly and you end up treated like family. While the Cashew Chicken, Honey Walnut Prawns, and the Moo Shu Pork are not to be missed, we’ve never had a disappointing dish at the Garden. 4410 S Regal. Seven days, 11-10. (509) 448-6282. $$-$$$


Ginger Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar. Japanese and Chinese. Owner Jingou Sun has put together a brilliant team with Tong Lui in charge of an LA-style sushi bar and Jay Jay Lu turning out brilliant traditional Chinese hot entrées. The Steamed Dumplings Szechwan Style are amazingly like the dumplings in China. The portions are generous and the there is plenty of creativity tucked into the massive menu. 11 am – 9 pm on Tue to Thur and Sun, 11 am – 10 pm Fri and Sat, Closed Mon. 1228 S Grand Blvd in Spokane. (509) 315-5201. $-$$$


Pho Van. Vietnamese. Henry Cao and his wife Thuy now have two Pho Van locations in Spokane. 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 ambiance 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. $


Sushi.com. Japanese. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious dot.com label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what is fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura.


11 am –


9:30 pm weekdays. Noon – 9 Sat. Noon – 8 Sun. 430 West Main, Spokane. (509) 838-0630. $-$$$


Syringa. Japanese. Chef Viljo Basso serves up Japanese dishes with some creative French touches out of a small storefront on North 4th


Street in Coeur d’Alene. The sushi from


Kenta Nishmori and his brother Hiroshi is fresh and sweet and the house has some fun with vegetarian dishes and a series of “saketinis.” Under no circumstances should you miss Basso’s Chilean Sea Bass Misozuke ($16) that marinates in a white miso past for three days before Basso’s puts it on the grill. 11:30 – 9 Mon - Thur. 11:30 – 10 Fri. 4-10 Sat. Closed Sunday. 1401 North 4th


in CDA (208) 664-2718. www.syringasushi. com $-$$$


Taste of India. A family-owned restaurant on the Division hill offering authentic cuisine emphasizing northern Indian flavors. Taste of India boasts a casual atmosphere with a soundtrack of traditional music and a popular lunch buffet during the week. Try Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Curry, or


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