Taxidermy buffalo and deer heads oversee GW Hunters Steakhouse's rustic wood-paneled dining room, where tables strain beneath the load of hefty steaks, seafood, and pasta. In addition to the traditional hearty steak-house fare, the chefs at the family-owned establishment dish out a wide range of unusual meats, including elk, buffalo, and alligator—each of which are personally wrestled into submission by the head chef, Rex Shank. Every Sunday, a country breakfast buffet spans the restaurant's event hall with a smorgasbord of skillets and steaks. The steak house also opens its elegant, 50-year-old banquet facility for private events, where parties of up to 50 folks can feast amid gold-stained floors, golden walls, and a sophisticated absence of chimpanzee waiters.
Cooking with family recipes that trace back to Sicily, the staff at Rosa’s Italian Market and Deli whips up Italian deli fare in addition to selling gourmet groceries and pulling prime Caffe Umbria java from the espresso bar. The market’s familial embrace also extends to cooking classes, which imbue eager students with a wealth of practical knowledge straight from Rosa’s rich lineage of kitchen-dwelling Sicilians.
Food has a way of helping people forget about their daily stress. At Side Street Place, they craft comfort food with extra touches that makes it warmer than putting a down comforter in the microwave. Buttermilk-fried chicken partners with garlic mashed potatoes and corn bread daubed with honey butter, and spiced apples and sausage lend a dulcet finish to stuffed-crusted pork chops.
During President's Day weekend, the Best Western Coeur d'Alene rattles with uproarious guffaws as a hysterical trio of funny people cracks up audiences with their gut-busting standup comedy. Instead of sneaking into the show beneath a bellhop's cap, ticketholders can relax with a favorite drink and grant laughs permission to flow freely. Quick-witted jester Alvin Williams, touring on the heels of his new rollicking DVD, Alvin Williams Live and Unplugged at Washington State, headlines the evening with dissections of politics, celebrities, and relationships. Former Last Comic Standing contestant Ryan Wingfield splits sides with a repertoire of clean humor, which surprises ears with curse-free punch lines and leaves the stage smelling like a freshly opened bottle of Windex. Seattle-bred banterer Jen Seaman rounds out the lineup with a set of quirky quips, drawing from an extensive resumé that includes appearances on America's Got Talent and Comedy Central's ATOM TV.
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).