Helmed by Napa Valley Culinary Institute of America graduate Matt Irvin, Immix Fusion smelts international flavors into an eclectic menu and serves up a slew of complementary vinos and local beers. Raw-fish aficionados can belly flop into the ahi appetizer, made up of sweet and spicy raw tuna sidestroking in Thai soy sauce and garnished with fresh herbs, cucumber, and wasabi dressing ($9.95). Meanwhile, the roasted Danish brie is flavored with roasted garlic, tomatoes, a balsamic reduction, and fresh basil, making a mouthwatering first course or succulent lip balm ($9.95).
At Suan Thai Bistro, chefs introduce guests to the diverse and flavorful cuisine of Thailand, treating them to a spread of noodles, coconut-milk curries, and salads made with fresh veggies, pork, poultry, beef, and seafood. Nestled into cozy chairs of dark, varnished wood and black leather, guests feast on plates of papaya salad, pad thai noodles, or spicy red, green, and yellow curries. Paintings and statues of Buddha, leafy tropical plants, and lotus petals infuse the dining space with Southeast Asian accents, while walls colored in a dusty earth-toned orange and soft, warm light promote a sense of calm. Each dish is a blend of bright colors and rich textures, with slices of mango, morsels of duck, and steamed spinach and bell peppers peacefully cohabiting with lime garnishes, crushed peanuts, or scoops of rice noodles.
Froyo Earth's yogurt is packed with live and active cultures, which customers then pack into biodegradable cups, and then into their bellies. This health- and earthy-friendly snack comes in a rotating selection of flavors such as huckleberry, root-beer float, and kiwi-strawberry sorbet. After swirling their chosen flavors into the cups, customers can shower frozen peaks with toppings that range from fresh berries to candy, nuts, and Hershey's syrup. Then, the cashier weighs new creations to fill out an accurate birth certificate and determine the price based on its weight. Customers can take their treat to go or savor it amid Froyo Earth's local and global artwork.
At Rosa's Pizza, you'll find pies bearing all your favorite toppings like pepperoni, sausage, olives, and mushrooms. But the chefs here also create pizzas that are a little more creative. One might arrive bearing alfredo sauce and chicken or shrimp, while another sports classic taco ingredients, including seasoned meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, tortilla chips, and taco sauce. The chefs even build a breakfast pizza topped with ham, sausage, bacon, and scrambled eggs. But whether you decide to take the traditional route or branch out to try something new, you'll want to be sure to save room for the shop's popular cheesebread, or its boneless wings, which come in classic flavors such as barbecue.
When Spokane natives and Adelo’s Take-N-Bake Pizza owners Matt and Kim Howes decided to open their restaurant in 2008, they wanted to offer, in their own words, "great pizza at a great value." After four years and gaining a following in the community, Adelo’s Take-N-Bake Pizza continually strives to appease. Customers can construct their own pizzas, matching four types of crust, including their very own gluten-free, with six house-made sauces, hand-grated 100% whole-milk mozzarella, and more than 25 toppings. The gluten-free option came about when they discovered Kim’s gluten allergy, and, as a result, they knew they would have to adjust their approach to pizza. However, instead of simply declaring the pies off-limits, they spent their time in the kitchen tweaking recipes and researching alternative ingredients that would keep their slices both delicious and healthy. The result was a gluten-free dough derived from rice, potato, and tapioca flours that helped bring pizza back into the lives of celiac sufferers and earned the restaurant accreditation through the National Gluten Intolerance Group in 2011. Today, that dough forms the basis of their gluten-free specialty pies, which range from the pineapple-sprinkled Hawaiian and creamy garlic chicken to the jalapeno burn packed with peppers and spicy sausage. No matter what pie they choose, customers can also complete their meals with a six pack chosen from the shop's large selection of mix-and-match micro brews, which also include gluten-free beers from forward-thinking brewers such as Bard’s Tale Brewing Company.
When people walk into Little Euro or Old European Breakfast House for the first time, most of them couldn’t tell you what aebelskivers are. Unlike buttermilk pancakes, croissants, and other imported specialties, they haven’t become a common part of American breakfasts. But once diners sample the ball-shaped pancakes—served with toppings such as blackberry syrup or stuffed with sausage and havarti cheese—they most likely add them to their breakfast lexicons. Beyond their deliciousness, aebelskivers are significant to the restaurants’ staff for another reason. Tami and Dave Sevier own both Little Euro and Old European Breakfast House’s Spokane location. When Tami’s grandmother, Marie Mekkelsen, was 18 years old in 1906, she moved away from her poor family in Denmark to join her brother in America. Before leaving her homeland, Marie’s mother made one last dish for her—her favorite Danish aebelskivers. Marie carried the memory of these unique pastries with her, passing it down through the family. To this day, the chefs use the same recipe Tami’s great-grandmother used in Denmark, crafting them from scratch alongside crepes, belgian waffles, and hungarian goulash with red potatoes. To heighten the authenticity, they squeeze their orange juice in-house rather than buying it from the store. Lunchtime diners also have their pick of sandwiches and housemade soups. Little Euro also has an espresso drive-thru for drivers to grab an on-the-go pick-me-up before sitting through a business meeting or Wagner’s entire Ring Cycle.