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We spent three days in Sandpoint ID. I would sum it up by saying we had some very nice meals at incredibly reasonable prices.

Ivano's...very good Italian. We were in the mood for a good red sauce place and this fit the bill. They also had some great sounding fish specials that if we had been staying longer we would have returned for. I had the eggplant...my husband had a pasta dish. Both were excellent. The pastas are offered full or half size. The half size was very generous. The table next to us ordered the antipasti platter that they remarked was better than many they had in Italy. The service was friendly and efficient. They had a variety of good sounding desserts...we shared the spumoni ice cream and pecan cookies...very good. There is a courtyard filled with plants and waterfall that was a great place to dine on a summer evening.

Trinity...We stayed next door to this restaurant so it was very convenient. Fortunately the food was very good. We had breakfast there twice...good pancakes flavored with orange zest, my husband loved their breakfast potatoes and eggs, and they offered a variety of other dishes. Lunch was even better. Their corn chowder topped with crayfish and bacon was very good. We also had the grilled Caeser salad and the spinach salad. Both were very tasty. We also had dinner...prime rib and halibut. The fish was fresh and perfectly cooked. It was stuffed with crab. My husband loved the prime rib. The generous cut was enough for leftover sandwiches the next day. The restaurant overlooks the lake and has several decks and open spaces so it is easy to snag a water view table. The service was good...the wait staff was prompt and efficient. They employ some really young looking kids as bus boys who do a good job of keeping your water filled. They may not be the most polished servers...but they were hardworking and dedicated.

Little Olive...excellent. Went there for lunch. Had a nice bottle of wine for half price (all day Monday) and two excellent sandwiches. The gyros and falafel sandwiches were so good. We really like middle eastern food having lived many years in Detroit where they have some excellent restaurants. I would be a regular there if I lived in Sandpoint.

Finally we had two misses. Bankok Cuisine was very poor. The good: cute restaurant with good service. Unfortunately the food was terrible. We ordered an appetizer, noodle dish, rice dish and Thai beer. We asked if the noodle dish could be made spicy. The noodles were clumped together and tasteless. The rice dish was slightly spicy...but over all pretty bland. It had a few pieces of basil but not enough to provide any real flavor. The appetizer arrived just as we were finishing our entrees. This was really a disappointment. The second place I cannot recommend was Panhandlers Pies. Went there for breakfast. The waffle was good but overall Trinity had much better eggs, potatoes and toast. Not terrible...but there are better options.

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