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Chasing Awesome Sushi - Sushi Maru

Quick hand/eye reflexes are important when eating at a conveyor belt style sushi restaurant. Once you see something that looks good, you need to be able to grab it as soon as possible, otherwise it will pass you by. Then you either have to chase it down (which I have found myself doing once or twice) or wait until it comes around again (just hoping that no one else decides they want it instead). Luckily a restaurant like Sushi Maru has lots of yummy items traveling through the dining room on their conveyor belt, so even if you miss out on one thing, another thing will come along shortly after that looks just as good. This was my first visit to Spokane's own conveyor belt sushi restaurant and I was not disappointed, as the large pile of plates at the counter in front of me could easily attest too. The orange chicken was sweet, the gyoza were crispy, the Godzilla roll was spicy, and the crab/mayo salad things (whose names I can't remember) were giant mouthfuls of goodness. Watching the food go by on the belt was relaxing and a bit hypnotizing; I could have sat all evening just watching it.

Posted by: Just Mia on 05/21/11


Its All About the Pad Thai - Linnie's II Thai Cuisine

The first Thai food I ever ate was at Linnie's in downtown Spokane, and it was awesome. When I moved up the South Hill I fully intended to try some of the other Thai restaurants in the area, but lucked into finding Linnie's II in a shopping center near Hastings. While much smaller in size and much less busy than its counterpart, Linnie's II has the same great food I'd come to know and love. When we went to dinner that Friday night it was busier than I'd seen it before, between a large group taking up multiple tables for a party and a steady stream of take out customers. I ordered my Pad Thai, this time with beef (as I like to alternate between that and chicken) and no stars for spiciness. I don't do well with spiciness. I also had a glass of Fu-ki Plum wine, chilled. It was super sweet and went well with the tamarind sauce on my noodles. The boyfriend had some sort of peanut concoction, four stars on the spicy scale, with white rice and a Asahi beer. He seemed as pleased as usual with his entree. In regular life he hates peanuts and peanut butter, but in the world of Thai food he loves them. Go figure. The service at this little gem of a restaurant is made up of only a single guy most of the time, so when its busy it can be a little slow. But the food is always excellent, the prices are very reasonable, and usually the wait isn't too bad, so its totally worth it to stop by for dinner.

Posted by: Just Mia on 04/08/11


Celebrating Another Successfully Filed Tax Return! - Wolf Lodge Inn Steakhouse

Every year I help my dad file his tax return (which basically means I file it for him through TurboTax and he stands to the side and prays his mere existence won't make the computer blow up) and every year he thanks me by giving me a small percentage of the money or taking me out to dinner. This year he got back more than the usual amount and decided to take me and my boyfriend out for a nice steak dinner, so we headed to Wolf Lodge. It was early enough in the evening that the restaurant wasn't very busy yet so we immediately got a table and ordered our drinks. While the men had glasses of a Stout that was on tap, I chose a fruity drink with pomegranate and citrus liqueur that was really tasty. We had the crab and artichoke dip to start and then for dinner I had the teriyaki chicken with mashed garlic potatoes which is my fave thing on their menu, while the guys had steaks. The boys just managed to finish their dinners and then wimped out, but I managed to finish my meal off with a large piece of cheesecake drizzled in raspberries. The cost of a dinner for three that included an appetizer as well as three alcoholic drinks and dessert was higher than we normally spend on an evening out, but that was expected and it was worth it. Everything tasted great, the service was top notch, and the atmosphere was inviting. It was a great way to celebrate another tax return finished!

Posted by: on 03/05/11


Hungry - Moon Time

Eating here won't make you better looking...but it will make you less hungry.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 02/23/11


2 AM Breakfast

I have said it before and I'll say it again. After a great night of drinking with friends there is nothing better then a huge breakfast at the Satellite Diner. We closed down the PI and drove down and ate a ton. I really think that this food and lots of water counter-act the hangover experience for the next morning.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 01/08/11


The Birthday Party Place to Be - Five Mile Heights Pizza Parlor

It was my nephew's 2nd birthday and my sister wanted to do it up right, so she booked some tables at Five Mile Heights Pizza Parlor. We weren't the only ones who had that idea, either. The Saturday night we were there, at least four other birthday parties were going on at the same time. The more the merrier, I guess, as all of the kids present were having a great time playing in the ball pit and running around and making as much noise as possible. Our group had two tables as well as a "cottage" area reserved just for us to spread out in. We ordered several pizzas with a variety of toppings, from a simple cheese and pepperoni to a Hawaiian style with pineapple, ham, and shrimp. While soda and water were on the menu for the kids, some of us adults shared a few pitchers of beer while we chatted about life, the universe, and everything. It was a fun (and noisy) experience that I'm not sure I would want to repeat too often, but once a year probably wouldn't be too much of a hardship.

Posted by: on 11/20/10


Osco Busco - Downriver Grill

My lady and I decided to head to Downriver Grill to enjoy some wine and the Gorgonzola Cheese Fries. We found both and were very happy. We decided to get more food even though we were not really that hungry. I ordered the Osco Busco (I think that is how it is spelled) and I was upset that I did not have enough room in my stomach to keep eating. It was so good and tender. If that is a meal you like then I suggest heading on over and checking it out for yourself.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 11/19/10


New Menus but Same Great Food - Sushi.Com and Sake Bar

I hadn't realized how long it had been since I'd had sushi at my favorite Japanese restaurant until we were seated at our table and I realized the menus had been completely redesigned and there was a new log on the windows. Sushi Day was a regular monthly date between I and a co-worker for almost a year, but since we stopped working together I've let the tradition fall away and I've missed it. And I've really missed Not only do they have some of the best sushi in town, their selection of cooked Japanese dishes is also spectacular. On this visit I had the yakiniku, which is marinated beef, and it came with miso soup, green salad, and rice. My boyfriend ordered the beef yakisoba along with and Asahi Black beer. I must admit that, though I'm not a fan of beer normally, even I liked the Asahi Black. It had a very mellow, relaxed flavor and went perfectly with the food. For starters we had the gyoza which were almost addictively good, as well as an order of cuttlefish sushi. I must admit that I enjoy trying new things, and the cuttlefish certainly looked fascinating, but I won't be ordering it again. It had little flavor but alot of chewy/crunchy texture that just didn't sit well with me. The rest of the meal was fabulous, however, and I'll be making it a point to not stay away from for so long again.

Posted by: on 11/19/10


Skip the Pumpkin Picking and Just Get Lunch - Rancho Chico (Northside)

We were supposed to be up at Greenbluff pumpkin picking. My sister, nephew and I had planned it all week. But when we arrived at the pumpkin patch it was chaotic and confusing and we suddenly realized we didn't even like outside that much. So we headed over to Rancho Chico's to have lunch instead. It was around 3pm so between meal times and easy to get a table, though we were a bit bummed to find out we had just missed the Lunch Specials Menu (which ends at 3pm, oh well). My sister and I ate ourselves silly on tortilla chips and salsa while my nephew yelled and slammed silverware on the table and ate a few chips. He's two so I guess this kind of behavior in public isn't frowned on too much. Because it was still early afternoon and we had the toddler with us, neither my sister or I got anything more than soda to drink. To eat I had to Rancho Chico Burrito which was enormous and stuffed full of rice, beans, beef, cheese, sour cream, and sauce. I didn't plan on eating the whole thing but it was too delicious to stop and the next thing I knew my plate was empty. I suffered a stomach ache for the next few hours but what a tasty way to go!

Posted by: on 10/16/10


I'd Like Some Pie With That, Please - Cyrus O'Leary's

I have never been disappointed with a meal at Cyrus O'Leary's, but I've also never managed to have room after dinner for their (locally) famous pie. On my most recent visit to the restaurant I was accompanied by my father and four of his friends. We had a nice, adult evening with lots of conversation (some a little risque) and some great drinks. I started with something fruity and creamy with cherry vodka that I can't remember the name of but it tasted like dessert. It even had chocolate sauce in it. After that I had an amaretto sour, my go-to drink as it tastes like candy. To eat I ordered a chicken cesaer salad, one of my favorite things to eat at any restaurant. I had just enough room left over after dinner to feel like I could handle a dessert and ordered one of their sundaes. It was the size of my head. Needless to say I had to have some help eating it but it was worth it. My dad got a slice of pie with ice cream that he was supposed to share with his friends but I could tell he didn't want to. The dining room was busy as it has been every time I've eaten there, but the staff seemed to keep up well. We had two different waiters as well as two different people to bus the table throughout our visit. It was a little confusing but at least we didn't have to wait too long for service.

Posted by: on 10/03/10


Northside Pizza - Fat Daddy's

I took the whole family to Fat Daddy's today and we all had a great time. We ordered pizza, pasta and even one of their famous PB & J Pizzas. We decided to get Strawberry this time instead of Grape jelly.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 09/26/10


A Birthday Tradition - Olive Garden Italian Restaurant (Downtown)

In my family its tradition to go to Olive Garden on birthdays, so this year as I turned 29 (eep!) I celebrated with my father, boyfriend, and a pomegranate margarita martini. It also happened to be never-ending pasta bowl time so I went ahead and ordered angel hair pasta with pizziola sauce (which was full of marinara, cheese, and meats). We also shared the salad and breadsticks which are always super tasty. Going to Olive Garden isn't anything new or different, but that doesn't make it any less worth it to have dinner there. Its a great tradition that I will be partaking of for years to come.

Posted by: on 09/09/10


Fun Little bar - Tonicx

If you have not been to Tonicx you should check it out. It is on the north side just north of Fancis off of Maple Street. It shares a space with Pita Pit so that is where the food comes from. The bar is fully stocked and they have a great selection of beer. The patio is fun but fills up quickly so get there early.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 08/17/10


A Grown Up Girl's Night - Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar (South Hill)

Sometimes there is no better way to end a busy shopping day with one of your closest friends then having a grown-up style girl's night at a place like Twigs. After Ani and I went on a Hastings/Value Village crawl through Spokane (where we did our best to hit up every Hastings and Value Village in the area) we decided we were desperate for food and Twigs sounded like the ideal place to remedy the situation. It was early enough that the place wasn't too busy yet and we were shown to a table immediately, followed by our waitress showing up to take our drink orders. I had the Grand Berry Martini, a lovely mix of citrus, Grand Marnier, and Finlandia Wildberry. Unfortunately we were a bit too late for Happy Hour (daily 3-6pm and 9pm-close) so I went ahead and splurged on dinner and dessert. For the main course I had a yummy Teriyaki Chicken Pita and afterwards a Sticky Cookie - a delightful combination of warm chocolate chip cookie and vanilla ice cream. In all it was a great evening filled with tasty beverages, great food, and lots of girl talk.

Posted by: on 08/14/10


Really not that far out

Many of you are familiar of an area known as 9 Mile Falls. To those of us living here in Spokane it seems like we may as well call it Ritzville. I am here to tell you that it is really not that far out, only 12 miles from the Indian Trail turn on Francis.

Enough about distance, now let's talk about food. There is a new Italian Restaurant located in Nine Mile Falls that is worth the drive. This is Italiano at it's best. Home made lasagna and spaghetti and meatballs. And that is just the start. If you are looking for some great Italian food then head on out to Sabellos and see what all the fuss is about.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 08/07/10


Happy Spokane Party! - Cyrus O'Leary's

Thursday July 8th!
Time: 7:00 to 10:00
516 West Main Avenue
Amazing food and drink specials!

$3 Lemondrops
$3 Cosmopolitans
$3 Kamikazee
$3 Manhatten Martinis
50% off all Appetizers

Prizes and great music. Bring your friends and have a great time at a Spokane's Downtown icon.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 07/06/10


Hidden Gem - Morty's Tap and Grille

A while back there use to be a place called "The Wild Weasel." It is now called Morty's Tap and Grille. The place is basically the same except for a remodel done a couple of years ago that had the most noticeable effect on the bathrooms. Morty's is just past Twigs on the south hill and next to Hanger 57 and Oz Fitness. Very convenient for those of you in this area. If you have not already take a chance and visit the place. The food is great and their are plenty of TV's and a nice relaxed atmosphere.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 04/28/10


Need Happy Hour - Downriver Grill

Went to the Downriver Grill last night and had a glass of wine. This is a great place but they don't have a happy hour. The house wine was a little bit spendy as well. I love the food and they have great drinks but House wines should be about $6 at the most. Hopefully some of you feel the same way I do.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 04/28/10


After Sports Drinking - Spitfire Pub and Eatery

Can any of you tell me what is better then drinking with friends after a sporting event? The Spitfire Pub is a great place to go after a baseball game or softball game or even after soccer. Great drinks and bar food. And they even have that little game they call beer pong. Head on down and hang with some cool people.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 04/18/10


Good Food and People - Morty's Tap and Grille

Many of you have probably heard of Morty's on the south hill. But have you actually gone there. You may even remember it as the "Wild Weasel." Well, I am here to tell you that it is a great place. Their food is wonderful and they have great drink specials all the time. Next time you are looking for a place to go out on the south hill give them a try.

Posted by: Lord of Libations on 04/15/10


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