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DINING GUIDE


Bar manager Jeff Gay has added flare with his signature drinks and specialty mojitos, and owners Scott and Kara Cook have added special touches such as live music on select Saturdays. No matter where you are, you feel like a neighbor here. Mon-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11, Sun 4-9. 9211 E Montgomery in Spokane Valley. (509) 928-3222 www.ambrosia-bistro.com $$-$$$


Bistro on Spruce. This neighborhood bistro offers high-quality fare in a casual, friendly atmosphere. It’s a great spot for a quiet dinner out, or weekend brunch with friends. The menu changes frequently, with tempting selections like Paella, Duck Confit and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Don’t miss the Peppered Chevré with Port-Poached Figs – a sweet, creamy, peppery slice of heaven. The Bistro’s Wine Bar is open in the afternoons for wine and $3.95 tapas. Enjoy outdoor seating in the summertime. If you don’t want to cook, and feel like very reasonably priced upscale food, try Bistro on Spruce. 1710 N Fourth St, Coeur d’Alene. Lunch 11am-2:30 and Wine Bar and Tapas 2:30-5, Mon – Sat. Dinner Mon- Sat 5-9. Weekend breakfast. 208-664-1774. www. bistroonspruce.com $-$$


Casper Fry. Reviewed February 2013. A modern take on Southern comfort food with a local twist, located in the South Perry neighborhood. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch in a hip space with a great bar at the back. For dinner, try some of Jama’s Fried Chicken with a classic cocktail, or the Low Country Shrimp and Grits for lunch. The maple-glazed Pork Belly is brilliant and a number of the hearty sides are vegetarian. Wednesday-Monday, 11:30 am - close. 928 S. Perry Street in Spokane. www.casperfry.com. $-$$$.


Hay J’s Bistro. This surprising Liberty Lake bistro located in a Conoco parking lot pulls off high end food in an intimate setting that is a delight given the asphalt and gas pumps fifty feet away. At lunch Hay J’s Bistro offers entrees like a Chicken Pesto Burger and a Blackened Steak Wrap. Several dinner favorites are the Crab Stuffed Chicken and the Bistro Medallions. Hay J’s also offers catering and has developed a loyal following of locals who feel they no longer need to drive into Spokane for an upscale meal. Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun 3-8. (509) 926-2310. 21706 E Mission Ave, Liberty Lake. www. dinelibertylake.com. $$-$$$


Herbal Essence Café. Northwest cuisine. This relaxed downtown restaurant tucked into the middle of a block on Washington serves Northwest bistro food and works hard to offer great service. The menu offers up baseball-cut sirloins, a whole stuffed Dungeness crab and a swordfish steak stuffed with pesto and baked off with a parmesan crust. Try the award-winning house salad, brilliant with sliced pears, crumbled Gorgonzola and a white truffle vinaigrette. 115 N Washington. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-close. (509) 838-4600. Lunch $-$$, dinner $$-$$$


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Laguna Café. This South Hill restaurant calls itself a café, but in actuality it is much more. Owners Dan and Debbie Barranti have created a sophisticated combination of gourmet food, great wines, and gifts, while still serving the same great coffee they inherited from the previous tenant, the Deluxe Coffee Company. The dinner menu features entrees such as Wild Pacific Salmon with fresh rosemary mango salsa and roasted rosemary potatoes or the Flat Iron Steak and Black Tiger Shrimp.” Live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in addition to monthly wine tastings. 4304 S Regal. Mon-Fri 7 am -9 pm, Sat 8 am -9 pm, and Sun 8 am- 9 pm. (509) 448-0887. $-$$


Santé. The Liberty Building is a perfect setting for the sophisticated French bistro food and charcuterie (in-house prepared and preserved meats) of local- boy-turned-chef, Jeremy Hansen. Throw in Hansen’s passion for sourcing as much of his food locally


as possible and you have a recipe for great dining. Santé serves breakfast and lunch daily off a shared brunch menu with several of the most creative egg dishes in the city (try the Shirred Eggs or the Weisswurst Blanquette). Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday off a separate menu and offers delicious food with bright flavors as well as great options for vegetarians. Gracious service and a seasonally changing menu at the draw.


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Main. (509) 315-4613. www.santespokane.com Daily 8 am - afternoon. Dinner, Thur – Sat, 5 pm - close. $$-$$$


Vintages @ 611. Vintages wine bar and restaurant offers eclectic American fare in a cozy, upscale atmosphere at the heart of Spokane’s South Hill. Choose an appetizer from the extensive selection (try the Toasted Hearts) and pair it with a glass of wine, or go straight for the Prime Rib or Succulent Scallops. Other choices include pasta dishes, seafood and salads. Outside patio dining coming soon. Late night menu on Friday and Saturdays until 12A.M. Open Tues-Thurs 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-12. 611 East 30th Avenue in Spokane. (509) 624-3203.


Wild Sage. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on 2nd


and Lincoln, Wild Sage offers an intimate


dining setting and memorable food with real flair. The atmosphere combines class and warmth. Executive Chef Charlie Connor presents regionally influenced Northwest cuisine using only the finest locally sourced products. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Crisp Bacon & Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the “Soon to be Famous” Coconut Cream layer cake with lilikoi sauce. This award-winning bistro is known for it’s in-house bakery and an amazing array of gluten free options. Also make a point to order something from their “scratch bar”


, either with or without alcohol. They use only fresh juices and house infused flavored liquors. Dinner seven nights a week, opening at 4 pm. 916 W Second Ave in Spokane. (509) 456- 7575. www.wildsagebistro.com. $$-$$$


The Wine Cellar. Reviewed April 2011. The door up on Coeur d’Alene’ main street to this intimate basement grotto is easy to miss, but don’t. This bistro, wine bar, and live music venue embodies generosity with hearty Italian and Mediterranean fare at incredibly reasonable prices, warm and welcoming staff, and a killer space that feels like a retreat from the time pressures of life outside. Don’t miss the amazing Mac and Cheese on the appetizer menu and factor in that every entrée comes with a salad and bread. 313 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d’ Alene. Mon to Thur 4:30 – 10 pm, Fri and Sat 4:30 to midnight. Closed Sun. (208) 664- 9463. www.coeurdalenewinecellar.com. $-$$.


BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SPECIALTIES


Chaps. Reviewed July 2012. This farmhouse turned restaurant is easy to fall in love with. Celeste Shaw is the genius and passion behind the eclectic restaurant and Gina Garcia runs the from-scratch bakery. Chaps is packed to the rafters for their weekend brunch and does brisk lunch (Tues-Sat) and dinner (Wed-Sat) business with live music on Friday evenings. Try the Blueberry Muffin French Toast or a Scramble for breakfast, or Apricot and Prune Stuffed Chicken for dinner. Open: Tuesday 11-3pm, Wednesday-Thursday 11-3pm, 4:30-close, Friday- Saturday 7:30-3:00pm, 4:30-close, Sunday 7:30-2pm. 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd in Spokane. $-$$.


Frankie Doodles. Open since 1981 just off of the I-90 Division Street exit, Frankie Doodles fits the time-honored genre of a greasy spoon. Say ‘hi’ to the stuffed deer in the entryway and take a seat at the counter or slip into a booth and order a big plate of traditional American fare like roast beef sandwiches and steak and eggs. Open Mon – Fri, 5 am – 10 pm; Sat – Sun, 5 am – 9 pm. 30 E 3rd Avenue in Spokane. (509) 747-9267. $-$$


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