Queen City Grill's chefs seek out culinary inspiration on land and in the sea, creating a menu that earned praise from the Seattle Times in 2007 and garnered a rating of "very good to excellent" from Zagat. Fillets of Alaskan king salmon and Oaxacan prawns line the grill tops alongside dry-aged new york steaks, slowly roasting over the flames. The chefs embrace northwestern flavors by sourcing local greens for the house salads and topping hand-packed burger patties with Beecher's cheeses. To accompany each meal, servers can recommend wines from the restaurant's 500-bottle selection, which features an extensive spread of crisp whites and bold reds from Washington, Oregon, and beyond.
Opposite the dining room's immense wooden bar, booths line the wall of brick-lined windows, illuminated by sconces and small windowsill lamps. The tables on the outdoor patio area, however, rely on the romantic light of the restaurant's staff of indentured fireflies.
With Rocky Mountain granite and natural logs softly lit by rustic chandeliers, Prospectors Bar & Grill has the feel of a historic miner's lodge. So when servers slide an entree onto the table, diners might feel as hungry as if they'd been swinging pickaxes all day. Guests in the dining room can admire the mining memorabilia, which includes a life-sized bear carved with a chainsaw, as chefs in the kitchen prepare aged filet mignon, sautéed-mushroom burgers, and shrimp scampi from scratch. Although they whip up traditional American comfort food, such as po' boy sandwiches and St. Louis–style barbecued pork ribs, chefs aren’t afraid to put their own progressive twists on classic dishes. For instance, they pile the cheesy Thai Pie pizza with roasted chicken, mushrooms, red pepper, and green onion, lending it some additional spice with Thai-style chili sauce and teriyaki.
Set in Rosebud, a 19th-century mining town, Boom Town takes audiences 145 years back in time on a whimsical Old West adventure. World-class circus performers, including many drawn from the ranks of Cirque du Soleil, use mining equipment and other colorful props to execute a variety of stunts and maneuvers worthy of double, triple, and quadruple takes. The acrobatic action takes place within the fittingly historical walls of the venerable Pantages Theater, a former vaudeville venue and movie house. Before or after the show, head down the street to Pacific Grill, where chef/owner Gordon Naccarato oversees a menu rich in nautical delicacies such as weathervane scallops ($30) and turf-based tastes including grilled lamb T-bone chops ($32).
Thoreau might have lasted longer than two years in the woods if he’d been within walking distance of Lapellah, a restaurant that draws strongly on the deep-woods vibe of the Pacific Northwest, with dark wood furnishings, comfy booths, warm brick walls, and plenty of roaring fire—Lapellah features a wood-oven stove and a flaming grill. The elemental atmosphere of wood and flames is reflected in the name: Lapellah comes from the trading language used by natives of the region and means “roast.” And like any good citizen of the woods, Lapellah endeavors to minimize its footprints in the soil. The restaurant works with area farmers to obtain sustainable, local ingredients and recycles or composts 80% of its waste. This locally owned, do-gooder restaurant also gives back to the community, donating turkey dinners over the holidays.
Subsiding solely on pickled ginger and expired Werther's is a proven tactic to embody a starving artist's lifestyle. However, escaping the chains of cash-strapped bondage only requires one freshly minted Groupon and a trip to Louisa's Café and Bakery. Louisa's combination of creative American cuisine and cozy artisan atmosphere has the mythical power to lure even the most stoic bohemian away from the co-op. Hop aboard today's deal to get $30 worth of robust eats and accompanying drinks for you and a friend at this Seattle staple for $15. Those using this Groupon toward dinner will receive a complimentary dessert, further sweetening the pot.
Located little more than one block from the INB Performing Arts Center, Herbal Essence Cafe surrounds theater-goers and other guests in an elegant atmosphere. Inside its historical brick building, flickering candlelight offsets gourmet dinner entrees such as bacon- and date-stuffed pork chops and baked Alaskan salmon. Vegetarian-friendly options range from a hummus-and-avocado sandwich at lunch to tofu napoleon at dinner. More than 35 wines, many of which are made in the state of Washington, can also be plucked from the dark-wood racks of bottles. After their meals, patrons can wander the streets of downtown Spokane, or head to the INB Performing Arts Center and apologize to the audience before continuing their soliloquy.