EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH COEUR D’ALENE
BREAKFAST: The Garnet Cafe
The Garnet Cafe is the true farm-to-table breakfast experience.
“The owners of The Garnet Cafe also operate McLane Farms, located just a few miles away in Cougar Gulch. McLane Farms provides The Garnet Café with pastured Berkshire Pork, grass fed Lamb and Beef as well as truly free range duck and chicken eggs and freshly made Raw Goat Milk Products. In the summer months McLane Farms supplies The Garnet with farm fresh vegetables. We use organic methods to raise livestock with only the best natural, local feed. We don’t use pesticides, hormones or antibiotics in your food. All the animals lead a pampered and care‐free life on the farm.”
When you first walk in to The Garnet Cafe, it looks as if it may be a greasy-spoon type diner. But it’s kind of the opposite. It’s gourmet.
The Garnet Cafe (315 E Walnut Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID //208.667.2729)
For more info: Spokaneeats- The Garnet Cafe
LUNCH: Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese
You guys… I had SUPER high expectations for Meltz… and my expectations were exceeded! We were greeted by everyone in the kitchen as soon as we entered the front door. If they know it’s your first time the cashier will give you a FULL rundown of the menu, favorite sandwiches, soups, chip & dip samples and friendly conversation! He introduced me to the owner who was SO nice and passionate about what he does. He was in the kitchen working hard like all of his employees. If you are in the area or even not… drive to Meltz and show them some LOVE. They have something on their menu for everyone and some bomb chips- full of flavor. I can’t wait to try some more of their concoctions including their mac & cheese soup!
After our amazing experience today, I’m a Meltz fan for life!
Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese (1735 W Kathleen Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID //208. 664.1717)
For more information: Spokaneeats- Meltz
Crafted was highly recommended by a lot of my instagram followers. Y’all never let me down. The menu was scattered with novel specialty items, none of the usual staples of a typical brew pub. They call their menu “sophisticated gastropub”. Crafted is designed with beautiful, industrial furniture all the way down to the restrooms. They have a large turtle aquarium by the entrance and they hold turtle races every Friday at 10pm. If you guess the winner you get $1 beer. Crafted is a super fun environment full of young, knowledgable servers and bartenders. They seem excited to be there, sharing their little space of Coeur d’Alene with us.
I can’t wait to come back here when it is warmer outside and enjoy their outdoor seating by one of their fire pits. This is prime hang-out spot to meet up with friends on the weekend and enjoy some great food and drinks. It’s not quite a bar scene, but better.
Crafted Tap House & Kitchen (523 Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID // 208.292.4813)
For more information: Spokaneeats- Crafted
Dockside has the view you hope to see when you visit Coeur D’Alene Resort. Along with a stunning view, you get unique food (seafood is most impressive), beautifully presented, friendly environment (restaurant & resort staff), and a “gooey”. Located on the first floor of Coeur D’Alene Resort, Dockside is easily accessible through the main lobby and they offer free parking in the covered garage.
This is what we call a “gooey” and they are world famous for a reason. We ordered their “Coeur D’Alene Anniversary Gooey” with cake batter ice cream, chunks of brownies and blondies, strawberry, hot fudge and huckleberry sauces, huckleberry white chocolate bark, chopped nuts and a jumbo chocolate dipped strawberry on top. Every bite was different and unique to the last. Their peanut butter cup “gooey” was calling my name but life is about compromise.. so now we have to come back for more. They have a dirt & worms dessert that kids go crazy for, too. The food was fantastic, but the dessert is such a spectacle (not to mention incredibly filling). I think next time we will come to Dockside just for a gooey. We could only take a couple bites before we were full so it is definitely enough for a big group to share. You can’t quite tell… but this gooey is gigantic. Let’s just say we waddled out of there and will be hiking all day tomorrow to work it off.
Dockside Restaurant (115 S 2nd St, Coeur d’Alene, ID //208.765.4000)
For more information: Spokaneeats- Dockside