Let the debate between Manhattan and New England clam chowder begin! Chef Travis Tveit’s long-awaited new spot Face-to-face (825 N. Monroe St.) is now open.
Tveit has been a rising star on the area’s culinary scene since winning the Chef Battle Spokane culinary competition in 2019 and earning diners’ approval for a few years as head of the kitchen at Iron Goat Brewing Co.
After a brief stint in charge of Tony Brown’s now-closed McRuins, Tveit fulfilled his dream of going it alone with Chowderhead. Look for breakfast with early dinner options at Chowderhead, which is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The menu continues to evolve and currently offers sandwiches and salads, as well as soups, including various chowders. Find updates at facebook.com/chowderhead.spokane.
It’s a trifecta from the owners of Poole’s Public House now that Mossuto’s Italian (415 W. Hastings Rd.) is open in North Spokane’s Fairwood neighborhood, less than a mile from Poole’s original location. This is the Poole family’s third restaurant, this time focusing on co-owner Lisa Poole’s Italian heritage.
Classics are in the spotlight at Mossuto’s, from caprese salad ($16) to minestrone soup ($6), and veal osso bucco ($30) to chicken saltimbocca ($28). Handmade pasta is another specialty, also with a gluten-free option. The Old World inspired interior and extensive wine list give Mossuto’s a special occasion feel. Definitely save room for dessert. Visit mossutositalian.com.
When it’s cold outside, stay warm inside in the new Fire and ice patio lounge (2912 E. Palouse Hwy.). And when it’s hot, there’s a huge patio. Enjoy American dishes such as burgers, pizzas, soups and salads, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, at this new restaurant in upper South Hill. With a full bar offering and a modest beer and wine list, Fire & Ice has the potential for a special dinner or celebration. Visit fireandicespokane.com.
If you like fast and cheap, Frugal burger joint is for you. As stated in a previous Interior article, Frugals’ first location (1229 N. Hamilton St.) in eastern Washington recently opened in the former home of Wolffy’s, and also features a drive-thru window. Look for a menu of affordable items: quarter-pound burgers $2.95-$4.25, plus fries ($2.25), cheese curds ($3.95), soda ($2. $.15) and milkshakes ($3.75). Visit facebook.com/frugalspokane.
Speaking of burgers, Schmidty’s Burgers (1524 E. Sherman Ave.) in Coeur d’Alene is finally open after having to relocate when a fire wiped out its Fourth Avenue home in early 2020. Find grilled and fried dishes here, along with classic burgers and innovative treats like campfire cake s’mores ($7). Go to facebook.com/Schmidtysburgers.
For some, Mondays are synonymous with meatless meals and Tuesdays with tacos, but in the new Coffee at the end of the trip (215 W. Third St., Moscow) in the old Red Bento site, days of the week are reserved for specific games. On Tuesdays, for example, a chess club meets and instead of tacos, Journey’s End offers burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and other pub fare, as well as beer or wine. Bring your own games or borrow from the cafe’s extensive library, including timeless classics like Monopolyas well as newer games like Catania and 7 Wonders. Visit journeysendmoscow.com.
Does the promise of temperatures in the 50s make you think of frozen treats? If yes, visit Tre Palline Gelato Napolitano inside the Steam Factory (159 S. Lincoln St.). Choose from dozens of rotating and standard flavors and ask about special dietary adaptations. Visit facebook.com/trepallinegelatonapolitano.
hidden bagels is closing in on the big official reveal at its South Hill store (1001 W. 25th Ave.), a space it shares with the Scoop Ice Cream.
Jennifer Davis, owner of both companies, launched Hidden Bagel Co. in December 2021 for pre-order only.
Bagels ($2 to $4) and different sizes of plain or flavored cream cheese ($1.50 to $8), called schmear, are available to pre-order for pickup Wednesday through Friday, 8 a.m. at noon, and on Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. at noon. Taste a rotating selection that includes flavors like rosemary garlic salt or blueberry French toast. Bagels may also be available for walk-in customers if daily inventory has not sold out. Order at hiddenbagel.com.
Don’t let the name fool you into thinking Good N cooked at cannabis in their treats (this is Idaho, after all). You can, however, find plenty of pastries to satisfy your cravings, like blueberry creme croissants, at the Good N Baked location in the Silver Lake Mall (200 W. Hanley Ave., Coeur d’Alene). To learn more, visit goodnbaked.org.
Idaho Farm Bakery is a new pop-up in Moscow offering baked goods like sweet and savory pretzels, bread, cookies and cakes. Phillip Kock runs the business, which takes orders via Facebook, and is expected to be at the Farmers Market this summer. Visit facebook.com/idahofarmhousebakery.
Over the past month, three local food businesses have announced via Facebook their impending closures: Abi’s ice cream (112 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene); Spokane’s favorite hot dog spot, wild dogs (102 N. Howard St.), and Austin’s Hot Grill (421 West Main Ave).
After 37 years of activity, Sandpoint’s Panhandler Pies Restaurant & Bakery (120 S. First Ave.) closed and its building was sold to an undisclosed buyer. The place was a favorite for pies, of course, but also for hearty breakfasts and comfort food classics. Panhandler Pies recipes and brand are still available for purchase (in case you want to acquire the secrets of treasured pies like Mounds of Joy or Razzleberry).
Sandpoint’s Beetroot and basil at the stream (105 S. First Ave.) had a tough time last year, with periodic closings and limited service. The popular restaurant is known for serving an eclectic range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. It plans to reopen later this spring, however, at 775 Bonner Mall Way in Ponderay, according to its Facebook page. Follow there (facebook.com/beetandbasil) for pop-up meal news, like a recent collaboration with Sandpoint’s Bluebird Bakery.
Mela (137 E. Second St., Moscow) disappeared from Moscow in December 2021, but don’t worry; the Bangladeshi restaurant plans to reopen in a new Pullman location later this year, according to its Facebook page. Mela started as a Moscow Farmer’s Market favorite in 2014 and morphed into a brick-and-mortar venue four years later. Visit facebook.com/mela.pullman for updates.
Nectar (120 N. Stevens St.) was recently renamed Party – A Nectar Co. and is now open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with plans to extend hours in the coming weeks), serving flatbreads, pastas, and several vegan meal options at noon. The venue, inside the historic 1889 building in downtown Spokane, is still available to rent for private events. Find details on fetespokane.com.
Tamarack Public House (912 W. Sprague Ave.) also reinvented itself as an event space and was renamed Tamarack Event House. Find more information at facebook.com/tamarackeventhouse.
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