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Sandwich Gardens back in business

Pat Matthews handed out more than a thousand free sandwich coupons in 1998, when he closed the doors on his downtown Spokane lunchtime eatery, Sandwich Gardens. “I expected I’d be back (in River Park Square mall) in about a year,” said Matthews.

Economy takes toll on local restaurants

The economy, weather and dwindling cash have led owners of Le Piastre in Coeur d’Alene to close the doors – at least temporarily. Chef Adam Hegsted says he and his partners are considering whether they can reopen the restaurant, which featured tapas-style small plates inspired by Parisian fare and made with local, seasonal ingredients.

A decade later, sandwich shop returns

Pat Matthews handed out more than a thousand free sandwich coupons in 1998, when he closed the doors on his downtown Spokane lunchtime eatery, Sandwich Gardens. This week, 10 years later, Matthews finally came back.

Sweetie Pie Cafe will treat you right

Find homemade meals, pies and sweets at a tiny little cafe near the corner of Ash and Northwest Boulevard. Mother-daughter team Marilyn Blair and Julie Becker recently opened The Sweetie Pie Cafe, 1724 W. Carlisle Ave. The cozy little cottage seats just 15 people at a time.

Mizuna serves up meatier experience

It was a welcome way to come in from the cold. Record snows had reduced the sidewalk to an uneven and narrow path. Parking might have been mistaken for abandoning the car in a snow berm. The thaw began as we walked into Mizuna’s small entry.

Interplayers serves up witty look at America

A.R. Gurney has always been one of Interplayers’ (and Spokane’s) favorite playwrights. This production of 1982’s “The Dining Room” shows us why. Gurney is funny, he’s creative, and he has a knack for speaking directly about the strange anthropological habits of modern Americans. Well, at least Americans of the upper-middle-class variety.

Wine Cellar, Moon Time Enrich Lake City’s Allure

I've got a crush on Coeur d'Alene. The spiffy downtown shops, the shimmering lake, that buoyant boardwalk are especially enticing this time of year. Sometimes, I dream of moving there. Right after I win the lottery and buy that pickup that's taller than my garage.

Natural Ambience Outdoor Dining Shows Off Naturally Beautiful Settings

1. Luna Restaurant on the South Hill features a large dock where diners can enjoy their meals in the open air. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review 2. The Cedars in Coeur d'Alene offers waterfront dining and access. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review

Toro Viejo Mixes Authentic, Americanized Styles

Let's face it, Mexican food, like Chinese cuisine in this chunk of the country, has been Americanized. The term authentic has been wrongly applied to cheese-covered enchiladas swimming in thick gravy and crisp corn tortillas stuffed with shredded lettuce and sour cream. Still, there's no denying the success of this tame style of south-of-the-border fare. Mexican restaurants are simply giving customers what they want.

Eat-Rite Is Strictly Vegetarian - With Mixed Success

Chances are, many people are still stuffed after Thursday's feast. If you're looking to atone for that day of gluttony, maybe you should visit Spokane's only completely vegetarian restaurant. Eat-Rite uses absolutely no animal products in its food. Instead of butter and cream, cashew milk gives a vegetable soup its creamy base. "Steaks" are made from veggies and are then smothered in mushroom gravy. Tofu gives the popular lasagna a stick-to-your-ribs quality and Jerusalem artichoke noodles are used in the pasta salads.