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My boyfriend and I will be visiting Spokane and Coeur D'Alene over the Fourth of July week. Any restaurant recommendations in both/either city? We would like to go out for a fine dining dinner in each city and like a variety of different foods seafood, ethnic, steak, etc.

Also, we would welcome any other recommendations for breakfast and lunch. We will be arriving Sunday afternoon and will be leaving Saturday afternoon. Oh, and we love local family owned restaurants. Thanks :)

The hotel in Spokane gave us a list of the following restaurants:

The Davenport Hotel Palm Court Grill - thedavenporthotel.com -
Moxie - moxiemoxie.com - 456-3594
Wild Sage Bistro - wildsagebistro.com - 456-7575
Niko's Greek Restaurant and Wine Bar - nikosspokane.com - 624-7444
Luna - lunaspokane.com - 448-2383
Latah Bistro - latahbistro.com - 838-8338

any thoughts?

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  1. I am staying in Spokane tonight on my way to Missoula. We will be eating at River Thai on Trent. I would skip the Davenport Palm Court (although the Sunday Brunch is a winner!) and they serve a good, but not extraordinary, breakfast. Are you staying at the The Davenport? I have not been to Wild Sage, but have heard good reports. I love Niko's and Luna. In CDA our favorite stop is Takara, a block north of the Resort. Food inside the resort is also good, particularly Beverly's. We also like Floating Cedars, but I understand it has changed hands since we last ate there.

    In Spokane for lunch, try the Onion. There are a couple of locations. I am not sure where you are coming from, but Spokane has a PJ Chang's across from the mall, which is always a hit for us that come from the Boonies.

    The big dinner standards are Anthony's, Shenanigan's, Clickendaggers.

    Post Falls has a restaurant called The White House. I am not sure if it is still open, but I have heard very good reports.

    Have fun!

    Jane

    1. Moxie is a great fine dining option. For Coeur d'Alene, I highly suggest Bonzai. The best asian/fusian and sushi in the area.

      For lunch or breakfast, Post Falls has a yummy place called Blue Bay - it's on Seltice and Greensferry. Good food, good service.

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      1. re: NorthIdaho

        Wow, thanks for the suggestions and comments. Is River Thai in Spokane then? How far away is Post Falls from Spokane or Coeur D'Alene?

        We live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota so we live in an urban area and love to eats all different types of food. Thanks for you replys.

        Anne

        1. re: mnfoodie1

          Post Falls is only minutes from CdA, about 15 to 25 minutes from Spokane(depending on construction and where you start).
          If you don't mind mom & pop type places there is a small Korean Rest in Airway Heights (7 minutes from downtown Spokane) called House of Seoul. It's on the South East corner of Hiway 2 and Lawson.
          There are also several Pho places scattered around Spokane and one located in the Northern Quest Casino on Hayford Road.

      2. Rather than the Palm Court, go to the bar. It's beautiful, and it's good food.
        But if you want a really good steak, Spensers in the Doubletree downtown: the ribeye is to die for.
        You'll find many, many Thai restaurants in Spokane, driving down most major streets.
        Best general meal for fine dining downtown: Anthony's, with a magnificent view of the falls and very good food, good bar...specialty in fresh seafood but a lot of other offerings. The sunset special is a very good deal. Ask to sit near the windows, and you may need reservations for that, unlike most places in town.
        If you want Italian, I'd go to Tomato Street on Division...they're family-oriented, but the bar, with its long tables, is cozy, one of those 'Cheers' type places where they get to know you, and it's of course instant seating in there.
        And if you *really* want to go to a just plain no-atmosphere noisy sports bar near I-90, Scotty's on Argonne has a well-kept secret: if you happen to luck into the right cook, the food's really great. I've never had better chicken piccata. If it's one of the other cooks, it's not a good night.

        1. Do not miss the burgers at Hudson's. It is a casual lunch counter right across from the Coeur d'Alene resort and it is so popular that when McDonalds tried to move in next door, Hudsons drove them out of business. The Hudson burgers come with any combination of pickles, onions & cheese. Since Hudson's doesn't serve fries, I can easily eat 2 of these burgers. I look forward to every opportunity I can to get a Huddie burger!

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          1. re: savorlicious

            There is a great hoagie place in Coeur D'Alene called Franklin's. It is on 4th. I also highly recommend Scott Ja-Mama BBQ on 4th in CDA. I had a birthday party for my husband catered from there and the food was fabulous.