The Copa’s hand-crafted menu explodes with down-home cooking from spaghetti and meatballs in red sauce to macaroni noodles submerged in four golden cheeses and truffle oil. The chefs also dip halibut in a microbrew batter and tempura-batter clusters of avocado, cashews, and pepper jack cheese. Pops of color in the dishes, such as red pepper alfredo slathered onto butternut squash raviolis, reflect the vibrant dining room with orange- and yellow-hued walls, blue tablecloths, and a glow from the fireplace that illuminates people roasting chestnuts from nearby couches.
Moose Creek Neighborhood Pub & Grill ingratiates itself with diners by serving up American favorites in a relaxed atmosphere where local beers flow freely from the taps. A recent profile by CDAPress.com describes the spacious 4,500-square-foot spot—whose 90 seats are spread across tables, booths, and a bar—as "diverse" and aiming for a friendly neighborhood vibe. Waiters navigate the indoor space, as well as an outdoor patio, with trays of familiar eats including pizzas, seafood, and burgers, which, like the statues at Madame Tussauds, are made of ground chuck and brisket. Augmenting the eats, bartenders mix a slew of spirited beverages, including discounted ones each weekday during happy hour and each Thursday night during Ladies' Night.
Spinning mad amounts of dough above one's head is an amusing way to display a coin collection, but it requires superhuman stamina to maintain. Rest your triceps and leave the dough-spinning to the pros with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare at Valentino’s Pizza, located in Coeur d'Alene. This deal is good for dine-in, carryout, or take-n-bake.
Retro Shot Espresso stocks its caffeine-filling station with creative coffee and drinks served amid 1950s-themed décor. A salty-caramel macchiato ($3 for 16 oz.) can perk up groggy office workers when sipped or splashed into hair, whereas a double buttercup ups the espresso ante by fusing white mocha and peanut butter ($3.25 for 16 oz.). Signature coffee drinks with nostalgia-evoking names include Americano Graffiti and Jitterbug and are made exclusively with organic and fair-trade Avion coffees. Customers nosh on croissant breakfast sandwiches ($2), bagels with cream cheese, and muffins ($1.50) amid the cozy coffee stand setting and vintage wall hangings, depicting a pouty Marilyn Monroe and a triumphant President Eisenhower posing with his beloved whoopee cushion. Each month, the staff holds a nonprofit Sunday to support a different charitable cause.
Since 1992, the kitchen crew at each locally-owned The High Nooner locale has mastered the art of adding flair to its gourmet sandwiches by mixing savory flavors—such as stuffing, horseradish, avocado, and bacon—with proteins to create signature creations. Each sandwich and salad is created from scratch to order, ensuring no reuben, cheesesteak, nor grinder holds a grudge from when you accidentally called it “Mom” yesterday. Those who wish to build their own sandwiches can choose from seven proteins and six types of bread before pairing them with sides and desserts.
Garlic Jim's menu was handcrafted with nothing more than a dream and an incredible reserve of pizza-making expertise. Open an order with some gourmet chicken wings, available in barbecue, garlic, and buffalo hot, before moving on to pizza territory. Put an end to eating Legos by piecing together a custom pie. Choose from the hand-thrown thick, garlic thin, or gluten-free crusts, slathered in one of seven sauces (from classic red to zesty chipotle pesto) or olive oil, and then slap on any of 15 standard and 11 gourmet toppings (14-inch large pizzas start at $11.99, gluten-free crust $14.99, each additional topping $1.50). To achieve customization without the stress of having to choose, turn to one of the pre-determined specialties. Meat-maul hunger with the Hercules (salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, spicy Italian sausage, and bacon, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free), or discover the secret of pizza-temperature fusion in your head with Jim's bacon-cheeseburger pizza (beef, bacon, red onions, tomatoes, mozzarella, and cheddar, $18.99 for large thick crust, $21.99 for gluten-free).
Mulligan’s Bar & Grille comforts bellies with hearty, home-style fare. Nestled inside the Best Western Coeur d’Alene Inn, the restaurant’s blond-wood booths host groups of hungry hotel guests, and a fireplace warms sippers under the beige fabric awning of the full bar. The breakfast menu awakens erstwhile dreamers with the scents of jumbo cinnamon rolls, huckleberry pancakes, and six types of omelets. Meaty viands such as burgers and chicken-fried steaks pal around with lighter fare such as chicken-spinach wraps and candied-walnut salads on the lunch and dinner menus, and the prime-rib buffet on Friday and Saturday nights challenges the traditional notion that prime rib should only be eaten on Sundays from a Stetson hat.