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9.12.13

Spokane Cheesecakes

REOPENING OF SPOKANE CHEESECAKES

The Spokane Public Market used to be home for Spokane Cheesecakes, a local vendor specializing in delectable mini cheesecakes, but after being open for only a year starting in 2011, it shut down.

Owners Thomas and Gillian decided to close when Gillian was pregnant with their daughter. But now the couple is implementing their long-term goal of having their own kitchen space and reopening Spokane Cheesecakes in a new location at 1420 E. Sprague Ave.

The array of cheesecakes will be largely the same as the former location - about 26 to 30 flavors that come in small and large (9-10 inches) sizes. Huckleberry, Pendleton whiskey, spicy Mayan chocolate and cherry jubilee are just some of the flavors coming back.

"There are some other surprises in the works, too," Gillian says. "We’ll have our own kitchen so we’ll be able to surprise our customers."

Thomas and Gillian make the crusts for the cheesecakes themselves - no commercially processed graham cracker crusts - all from handmade cookie crumbles with differing types depending on the cheesecake flavor.

"One of the things we try to do is bring a product that is a very rich product, but not heavy American-style on sugar," Thomas says. "What you end up having is a much better product because it’s not about sugar, but about the mixture and texture of the ingredients."

Gillian says the hope is to have Spokane Cheesecakes reopened by the end of October.

JO MILLER

SOUTH HILL GETS PITA PIT

Pita Pit pretty much had Spokane covered, with a north, downtown and Gonzaga-area location. But now the South Hill gets to join the club. Last month the South Hill location opened its doors at 2916 S. Regal St., where Regal and 29th Avenue. intersect. They serve beer and have an all-day special of any pita and a 16-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon for $8. And in case you tend to get late-night pita cravings, Pita Pit stays open until midnight from Sunday through Thursday and until 3 am on Friday and Saturday. They even deliver, too.

JO MILLER

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Food Forest Workshop

The MAC | 2316 W. First Ave.

Workshop with Toby Hemenway, author of "Gaia's Garden" on creating an edible forest garden. | Sept. 13 from 9 am-4 pm | $75-$85 | Register at sccd.org | 535-7274more...

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Ales for Trails

Silver Beach Marina | 3204 E. Lake Coeur d'Alene Dr.

Outdoor microbrew festival featuring regional breweries, live music and food, benefiting the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. | Sept. 14 from 1-7 pm | 208-292-1634more...

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Drink Local at the Fair

Spokane County Interstate Fair | 404 N. Havana St.

Three Spokane-based breweries are featured at the Lions Club Beer Garden: River City, No-Li and Trickster's Brewing. | Sept. 15 10 am-10 pm. | $6/full beer, two half beers or four samples | spokanecounty.org/Fairmore...

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Clover

911 E. Sharp Ave.
487-2937

Fall is back, and Clover restaurant and bar in the Logan neighborhood is overhauling its menu.

Although customer favorites like the grilled 12-ounce rib eye ($34) and pine nut and panko-crusted halibut ($28) will remain, they’re adding new seasonal items, bar manager Kristi Gamble says. In addition, they’re creating new cocktail and bar options. The menu isn’t finalized, but will be by Oct. 1.

"We try to use the highest quality ingredients, but we really try to use things that are local," Gamble says. "We take the extra time."

They also stay as local as they can. Gamble says they buy as much of their produce as possible from Green Bluff, their beef from Snake River Farms and their beer from 12 String Brewing Company.

The restaurant and bar, in a 1910-era house, has seasonal patio seating which doubles capacity. Live music Friday and Saturday nights will continue on the patio while the weather is nice and move inside once it gets colder. more...

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Smacky's On Broadway

6415 E. Broadway Ave.
535-4230

If you’re the first one to do something at Smacky’s On Broadway, you get to put a dollar bill on the wall. Say you ask for a fork to eat your French dip sandwich and no one has ever done that - dollar on the wall. Or if you’re the first customer to be referred to the Spokane Valley sandwich shop by a health department employee because of the eatery’s spotless record - bam, staple a George Washington next to the door.

It’s just part of the offbeat - but not off-putting - vibe that owner Mike Ackermann has cultivated during his seven years running Smacky’s, located among the auto repair shops, truck stops and industrial plants just a couple blocks from where Broadway Avenue meets Interstate 90. Ackermann banters with regulars while welcoming newbies into the Smacky’s universe, a world in which every truth you hold dear about the sandwich is challenged.

A veteran of the Spokane restaurant scene and son of parents who were in the business, Ackermann is into variety. He offers an array of deli sandwiches, but also six different French dips, a full slate of panini, wraps, and a few Smack Attack sandwiches, including the massive Napoleon. For $11.95, you’re served three-quarters of a pound of turkey, ham and roast beef with pepper jack cheese. If that’s not enough options, there are daily specials ranging from pulled pork to specialty Monte Cristo tortes on Thursdays - ham, turkey, Swiss and cheddar between two puff pastries, drizzled with raspberry sauce and dusted with powdered sugar. more...

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