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).
The Harvester Restaurant and Lounge offers a hearty collection of classic American grub in its convivial, diner-like setting. Those coveting monstrous, hunger-destroying entrees can explore Harvester’s menu: options include the 100% chopped sirloin cougar burger, triple-teamed with cheddar, monterey jack, and swiss cheese ($8.79), with the option to substitute a lean buffalo patty for $1.19. Reward yourself after a long day of herding Gila monsters with the cowboy steak ($17.99), a voluptuous 14 oz. sirloin that’s topped with onion straws. The meatloaf mountain ($11.49) dares taste buds to climb its mound of savory ground meat and mashed potatoes. Huckleberry shakes ($3.99), Kahlua cream pies ($2.79), and cherry-topped hot fudge sundaes ($3.59) end meals in decadent bliss.
Sala Thai’s aversion to commercial advertising may seem strange at first, but one step inside the restaurant’s bustling dining room shows that its word-of-mouth reputation for piquant curries, stir-fried noodle dishes, and artistic presentations has already spread. Aromatic plates of Thai cuisine arrive at tables still steaming from the heat of the kitchen, where a single chef remains hard at work through lunch and dinner, eschewing pre-packaged ingredients for fresh meats, veggies, and spices. Verdant basil leaves and piquant peppers add their colors to imaginative presentations of meat nestled in pineapple half-shells and tofu encased in the mouths of live dragons. Domestic and Thai beers and locally cultivated wines complement meals and douse the flames of accidental fire-breath.
The guitar-playing, sombrero-wearing chili pepper on El Comalon's front sign beckons passersby into the restaurant, where they can smell the intoxicating aroma of authentic Mexican dishes cooking in the kitchen. In cozy booths, families feast on a colorful spread of tacos, enchiladas, seafood, and generous helpings of rice and beans. El Comalon also attracts nighttime crowds with a fully stocked bar and flat-screen TVs.
Spokane House Hotel Restaurant & Lounge's menu of American fare echoes the simultaneously laid-back and elegant décor of its dining space. Parmesan-dusted calamari and lobster stifle their sneezes before slipping into a pool of fire-roasted tomato sauce, while tenderloin beef teriyaki, pineapple chicken and chipotle prawn saunter onto one plate to form the satay trio. As fettuccini pasta intermingles with steamed seasonal veggies in a creamy alfredo sauce, diners can slip on their running shoes before attempting to handstand walk a marathon. House made crème brûlée crumbles onto tongues, swigs of fountain drinks, coffee, or tea wash down solid grub, and a full bar mixes an assortment of cocktails perfect for pairing with the evening's sustenance.