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Pre- Or Post-Game Dining Abounds In Cougar Hometown

You can work up a fair appetite rooting for the old crimson and gray. Fortunately, there are loads of interesting restaurants in Pullman so fans can refuel after the big game. (The Cougs tangle with the Beavers from Oregon State this weekend at Martin Stadium.)

For post-game grub, I like Swilly’s, which offers a bit of everything from pizza to salads, soups and pasta dishes. And don’t forget dessert. Veg-heads should definitely indulge in the meatless burger made with lentils.

Swilly’s is located at 200 N.E. Kamiaken in downtown Pullman.

Though the popular Alex’s is closed, if you’re in the mood for Mex, try Rancho Viejo at 107 S. Grand or the friendly, authentic Nuevo Vallarta at 1110 S. Grand.

There are several choice chow mein purveyors including Lotus (1005 E. Main), Ron’s Gourmet Wok (115 N. Grand), the New Garden (400 S. Grand) and The Emerald (1140 N. Grand).

For upscale cuisine, the Seasons is a longtime favorite. It’s in downtown Pullman at 215 S.E. Paradise. Reservations are recommended. Call (509) 334-1410 to save a spot.

Exotic curries are among the featured items at Banjara Indian restaurant. It’s located near campus at 950 S.E. Main.

Prime rib lovers will find plenty to cheer about at Shermer’s (300 S. Grand) and the Hilltop on Davis Way.

If the Cougs lose and you’re looking for a place to dull the pain, Rico’s is a legendary spot for suds. It has a short list of munchies, too.

Or, if you need a shot of espresso to keep you alert for the trip home, stop in at The Combine at 215 E. Main St. It also has deli-type stuff.

Now, that’s Italian

Fans of the just-closed Mamma Mia’s have reason to celebrate.

The owners of Rodolfo’s have stepped in and taken over that spot using the same recipes and serving the same dishes as Mamma Mia’s.

Rodolfo’s North will serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week at 7706 N. Division. Rodolfo’s in the Valley will remain open.

Same view, new menu

Salty’s has again massaged its menu - the third time by my count since it opened a little more than a year ago. The kitchen is obviously hoping to appeal to a broad range of tastes and budgets.

On its latest version, look for a couple of sections that cater to smaller appetites. Of the new appetizers - or, as they’re called on the menu, small plates - I’ve heard raves about the oven-roasted shrimp and avocado pockets served with a spicy sauce made with chipotles (smoked jalapeno peppers) and a lukewarm review of the blackened tenderloin strips - great steak, but funky-tasting sauce made with goat cheese.

New “medium” plates include a tasty chicken and black bean quesadilla, a wonderful filet mignon sandwich and soft fish tacos, which sound better than they taste, according to my sources, who thought the fish was dry. The medium plates have medium-sized price tags, ranging from $8.50 to $12.50 for the crab cakes with fries.

The seafood entrees remain largely unchanged with items that include salmon, halibut and lobster. Additions include a 12-ounce slab of ahi tuna. Prices on these meals range from $21.50 to $36.95 for an Australian lobster tail and portions are gigantic, so splitting a dinner might be an option for a couple of light eaters.

Call 327-8888 for reservations.

At Cannon St. Grill, several items have been added to the menu. Most notable, for choco-aholics, anyway, is the new decadent dessert souffles.

Among the new dinner entrees are a rib eye steak with a green peppercorn sauce, a mixed grill with chicken, German sausage and flank steak, a pasta dish with crispy duck, grilled prawns and pasta and an affordable ($7.95) linguine with marinara sauce.

The Cannon St. Grill’s wine list has also been beefed up and includes such hard-to-find selections as Leonetti Cellars’ red table wine and a Silver Oak cabernet.

The restaurant is located in Browne’s Addition at 144 S. Cannon St. For reservations, call 456-8660.

Small bites

The folks at Travo’s told me to check back in a month on a possible opening date. Renovation has been under way since former tenants, Marco Polo, went out of business.

Barbecue experts at Finnerty’s Red Lion have expanded their offerings and are now offering breakfast. Along with standard breakfast fare, there’s also an unusual old-time favorite: corned beef hash. Everything’s under $5.

The Rocket Bakery will open a location on Garland at the old Pasta, Pastry.

Look for a new burrito joint on the South Hill. Sonic Burritos will open soon in the shopping center near Rosauer’s on 29th.

Au Croissant Bakery on Second Avenue in Spokane will not be affected by the closing of Fery’s restaurant, formerly known as Au Croissant. The businesses are owned by different people.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: Hot off the grill Most servers instruct diners to “say when” as they crank on those pillar-sized pepper grinders. Does anybody ever say “when”? Couldn’t they just advise you to say “hold up”, “whoa” or “stop already?”

This sidebar appeared with the story: Hot off the grill Most servers instruct diners to “say when” as they crank on those pillar-sized pepper grinders. Does anybody ever say “when”? Couldn’t they just advise you to say “hold up”, “whoa” or “stop already?”