You know those weeks where everything seems to be going just right and nothing is going to rain on your parade because things are just so perfect? Queue Inlander Restaurant Week, a 10-day stretch so special to me that it’s practically Christmas in February.
During Inlander Restaurant Week, over 100 of the most amazing restaurants in the area will be featuring 3-course prix fixe menus at either $21 or $31 dollars per person. Trust me when I say you won’t find deals this good until Restaurant Week 2019! I know that reviewing some 100+ menus and planning your meals out for over a week can be a bit daunting – lucky for ya’ll, I’ve done the hard work for you. Scroll down to see my top picks for Inlander Restaurant Week 2018, as well as some featured menu items from each spot.
Cascadia Public House – $21
Featuring some classic favorites, Cascadia’s menu is sure to satisfy. I plan to start out with their vegan roasted beet salad, make my way to the short rib and polenta and finish with the chocolate brownie, a vegan brownie with a light and fluffy raspberry whip. Yum!
The Lantern Taphouse – $21
Y’all know I love trying new restaurants and The Lantern Taphouse was the first place we tried during last years’ Restaurant Week festivities. With pub poutine, the beyond burger (made out of pea protein, but created to taste and look like a traditional beef patty) and sour orange pie, I’m sure you’ll be tapping out happy. (See what I did there??)
Tortilla Union – $21
One of my new favorite go-to sit down spots, Tortilla Union has been taking Spokane by storm lately. Conveniently located inside River Park Square, their Restaurant Week menu features delicacies like smoked watermelon salad, steak and sweet potato hash and ancho-agave crème brulee. Needless to say, I might need seconds.
A homegrown favorite serving a great American menu at four local locations including: Wandermere (North Spokane), Spokane Valley, South Hill, and River Park Square. Each location is unique but they all share the same upscale feel with a colorful bar tower, their signature lemon drop, and a fantastic happy hour! They went all out with their Restaurant Week menu and I am eyeing the Five-Spice Pork Belly, Crab-Shrimp-Pineapple Tower, Maple-Dijon Fried Chicken, and Maple Creme Brulee.
Casper Fry – $31
Casper Fry is taking me back to my Southern roots with a menu that features dishes like cracklins and pepper jelly, pimento paneed pork loin and bananas foster. If you are looking for an elevated menu that will leave you feeling all warm inside, Casper Fry is for you.
The Bluebird – $31
Shout out to my Coeur d’Alene followers, this one’s for you! The Bluebird is serving up some of my favorites including a seasonal scallop, Northwest bouillabaisse and chocolate torte. And for my friends in Spokane, trust me when I say it’s worth the drive!
Clover – $31
Ah, Clover. One of the cutest, coziest, yummiest spots in Spokane. This amazing team is doing Restaurant Week right with items like cream of mushroom soup, semolina crusted Oregon rockfish and caramel apple bread pudding.
Remedy – $31
Oh Remedy, how do I love you? Let me count the ways: 1) Tuna Poke, 2) Chile Verde, 3) Brookie. Boom. (Don’t know what a “brookie” is? Oh, it’s just a mix between a warm brownie and chocolate chip cookie with ice cream. You’re welcome.)
Durkin’s Liquor Bar – $31
With a cool speakeasy vibe and incredible craft cocktails, Durkin’s is a Spokane classic any day of the week. Throw in their special menu featuring parsnip and oca root salad, stuffed angolotti and Madeline’s double chocolate hazelnut tart and you’ll find a whole new reason to fall in love with the Downtown eatery all over again.
Inland Pacific Kitchen – $31
If you haven’t visited IPK, don’t walk – run! Featuring daring and eclectic flavors, this restaurant is sure to climb to the top of your favorites list. And their restaurant week menu? How does roasted yam, pork loin and cheesecake mouse sound? Bon appetit!
Italia Trattoria – $31
One of this earth’s greatest pleasures just might be Italian food. (I’m pretty convinced.) Italia is a hidden gem in the Browne’s District, and with a menu featuring grilled mackerel, “strata” savory break pudding, and Italian tiramisu, it will keep you coming back for more. Bonus: Their chef, Anna Vogel, was just nominated for a James Beard award!
Gilded Unicorn – $31
Eclectic in style and elevated in the kitchen, Gilded Unicorn takes some American comfort food classics and somehow turns them into incredible, upscale dishes. Tomato soup followed by unicorn mac n’ cheese and stout chocolate cake? I feel like I’m back in my mom’s kitchen!
Wild Sage – $31
Last but definitely not least, I turn my attention to Wild Sage, a Spokane classic. Showcasing curried butternut squash soup, Columbia River steelhead and callebaut chocolate hazelnut torte, how could you not be impressed? And don’t forget to try their lavender butter – it’s the definition of amazing.
We would love to hear the places you have tried or the one’s you have your eye this year!