NEW PIZZA PLACE PLUS NEW CAFE
If you find yourself wanting to do the whole "grab a bite and catch a flick" thing, a new Montana-based pizza place opened across from Regal Cinemas in Coeur d'Alene's Village at Riverstone shopping center.
Bullman's Wood Fired Pizza, located at 2385 N. Old Mill Loop, opened last month as the first Bullman's in Idaho. The family-owned restaurant first opened in Helena in 2006, and then added two more locations in Montana.
Everything at Bullman's is made from scratch and a freezer doesn't even exist on the premises, says general manager Cindy Helgren.
Since the Montana locations serve Montana beer, the Coeur d'Alene spot carries Idaho favorites such as Laughing Dog, Grand Teton and Wallace. As for the menu, you'll find pizzas like the Bear Tooth with sausage, mushroom, green pepper and Gorgonzola along with the Bitterroot topped with pistachios, red onion, rosemary, olive oil and sea salt.
Over in Spokane, a new café was also started up last month by chef Jamie Lombardi (formerly of Huckleberry's 9th Street Bistro, Klink's Resort and Seasons Café). Flavor Café, in the Tapio Office Center at 104 S. Freya St. Suite 109, serves Roast House coffee along with lunch items like wraps and panini.
You can also get some of Lombardi's scratch-made granola — dark chocolate quinoa or honey cinnamon coconut — and there are daily specials on sandwiches and drinks happening each day.
Lombardi also just extended her hours and is now open an hour later from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday.
— JO MILLER
DON'T FEAR THE ALLERGIES
If you're a parent and you shudder at the mention of gluten, lactose or nuts because your child has a food allergy, Liz Williams is coming to help. Williams, an early childhood trainer and consultant, will be at Pilgrim's Market in Coeur d'Alene on Saturday at 2 pm talking about providing a safe environment for children with food allergies. When people find out they or someone they love has a food allergy, it can be overwhelming. Williams will address how to deal with that and how to eliminate the fear that comes with it. Gluten-free food samples from Namaste Foods, a local 100-percent allergen-free company, and recipe ideas will be available. RSVP by Friday so Pilgrim's Market doesn't run out of samples (208-676-9730). Cost to attend is $15 per person.
— JO MILLER
Scout Tavern — a downtown spot for not just food and drinks, but also trivia nights and slam poetry — served its last bunch of customers on June 2 and was officially closed the next day. The closing of Scout follows the closing of Catacombs Pub last month. Both restaurants were located inside the Montvale Hotel building and owned by Montvale owner Rob Brewster, who filed for bankruptcy protection for the building earlier this year.
— JO MILLER