Many American bistros differentiate themselves from their European counterparts by serving region-specific dishes and replacing waiters with Bruce Springsteen. Satisfy a hungry heart with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of bistro fare at Jupiter Bistro in Rocket Market.
Head chef Shilo Pierce—renowned for helming top-notch Spokane eateries—draws inspiration for Jupiter Bistro's daily-changing menu from locally sourced meats and produce found in Rocket Market. The aroma of artisan bread fills the air as paninis and quiches compete for attention in display cases. Ingredients plucked from local farms, ranches, and kindergarten lunch boxes also make their way into mouth-marinating soups ($2.99/12 oz.), breakfast burritos, and other grab-and-go fare available by the pound, a la carte, or in made-to-order entrees. Though the menu changes daily, some recently featured items include the coffee-barbecued chicken breast made with locally roasted coffee ($4.99) and citrus-roasted quinoa brussels sprouts ($8.99/lb.).
Since Jeff and Julie Postlewait first opened Rocket Bakery in 1991, their chain of Rocket stores have expanded into six more coffee shops and one natural and local food store, Rocket Market, with the additional help of Alan and Shanda Shepherd. At Rocket Market, chef Shilo Pierce, the former head chef of Luna, crafts a rotating menu of paninis, fresh salads, and gourmet mac ‘n’ cheeses, all assembled from his "pantry" of local, organic produce and freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, and roasted coffee beans from Rocket Bakery. Rocket Market also features an extensive collection of hand-selected malbecs, cabernets, and sparkling proseccos, which customers may sample at weekly wine tastings alongside flavorful cheeses and breads from La Brea Bakery. During the summer months, the market hosts outdoor concerts, where guests can sip craft brews or challenge the sun to a dance-off.