911 E. Sharp Ave.
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.
6415 E. Broadway Ave.
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.