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There’s fun to be had with Northern Quest reopen

Masselow’s Steakhouse, pictured here in 2017, reopened at Northern Quest Casino in September.  (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review)
Masselow’s Steakhouse, pictured here in 2017, reopened at Northern Quest Casino in September. (Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review)

It doesn’t feel like Spokane while relaxing at the pool of the sun-splashed RV Park at Northern Quest Casino. It’s a quiet, late summer afternoon, and folks have chilled beers on a table as they sunbathe on lounge chairs. The destination crackles with life as pre-pubescents swim in the pool, and a pair of teenage boys battle ferociously at the ping pong table inside the neighboring activity room.

While the rest of Spokane sweats even during the beginning of autumn during the day, those on hiatus dream on in the warmth of the pool and the chill of their preferred libation. It’s not surprising that folks are flocking to the RV Resort since recreational vehicles couldn’t be more popular during the novel coronavirus. RVs are self-contained.

But even if you don’t drive an RV, feel free to park next to the cozy cottages. There’s no gamble when it comes to the pandemic in the park. However, if you would like to take a chance in another fashion, it’s a 60-second drive to the mothership, the Northern Quest Casino, where another type of fun is on tap. There’s gambling with slots, table games and off-track betting, and there’s an array of dining and bars.

For starters, Masselow’s Steakhouse reopened Sept. 2 and features a new menu. If you’re in the mood for Asian food, there’s Fai’s Noodle House, which offers a variety of dishes. It’s difficult to resist the staple, General Tso’s chicken, which comes alive courtesy of chili japones, onion and spicy garlic sauce. The tempura batter helps make it a standout. During a recent visit, the kung pao, with tangy duck substituting for chicken, was a winner. The crispy spring rolls, accompanied with sweet chili sauce, is a fine way to start.

Epic Sports Bar isn’t just the place to watch a game – score some tasty pub fare as well. It’s a burger bonanza with the Baja Burger, which features havarti cheese, bacon, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo and Epic burger sauce.

And then there’s the KO Burger, which is packed with bleu cheese crumbles, romaine, tomato, red onion, chipotle aioli and Epic burger sauce. Each burger is served with fries, or you can opt for garlic fries or tater tots. The meaty chicken wings are the way to kick off a memorable meal. The coconut breaded prawns are delicious.

Fat Burger, the California fast-food joint, is ideal for those looking for a quick bite. There’s the massive XXXL burger that is most likely an uncommon order. Stick with the regular-sized burger, which is a classic offering served with fries and preferably a shake. Qdoba, which is known for its “build your own burritos,” also offers street-style chicken tacos and a steak fajita quesadilla.

The night is incomplete without ice cream. If you also feel that way, stop by Ben & Jerry’s. The Jerry Garcia, black cherry, never gets old. The same can be said for the Phish food (chocolate ice cream with swirls of marshmallow and caramel), and not to be boring but the plain chocolate is well worth the experience.

If you want to get away from it all, albeit briefly, check out La Rive Spa. The sports-targeted muscle massage is perfect for triathletes to beer leaguers. The deep-muscle massage relieves tense and stressed muscles. The signature massage includes Swedish techniques. There also is a prenatal massage.

If you still need to relax after a massage, there are the bars. Liquid, which says it all, serves up handcrafted cocktails, top-shelf spirits, wine, beer and appetizers. If you’re in the mood for a premium cigar, visit Legends of Fire. Browse the massive walk-in humidor and kick back with a top-shelf selection of fine spirits and cocktails.

There’s room for the kids at Northern Quest. The Cyber Quest room is a blast. Children and parents can accumulate tickets playing pop a shot basketball, skeeball and air hockey, among many other games. Cash in tickets for prizes such as lava lamps, basketball nets and the ever-popular choice: candy!

And of course there are the rooms, which are comfortable, spacious and stylish. The triple-body jet shower is a great way to end the day at Northern Quest.

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