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7.31.14

Summer Kale Salad at the Dam Bar and Grill

HAYDEN AND DOWNTOWN SPOKANE GET NEW EATERIES

Island-style hot dogs and New American grub are what you'll find at these two new eateries that opened in the last few weeks, one in Hayden and the other in Spokane near Riverfront Park.

Lavadog | 180 W. Hayden Ave., Hayden
We don't advise asking for simply a smattering of ketchup on your dog at this Hawaiian-style joint. They probably have it, but why go for the norm with a mustard list that includes guava, passion fruit and wasabi, plus relishes of mango, pineapple and coconut. You can dress up your quarter-pound, 100-percent beef hot dog ($3.50) in a whole slew of tropical and spicy flavors or pick one of their creations, like the Pipeline Dog with spicy lemon garlic sauce, pineapple relish and jalapeno mustard.

The Dam Bar and Grill | 303 W. North River Dr., Spokane
With a scenic view overlooking the dam on the Centennial Trail, this new bar and grill replaces what was formerly the Park Place Lounge in the same spot behind the Red Lion Hotel at the Park. The menu features small plates like Asian-infused calamari and wild mushroom risotto, and large plates like pan-seared king salmon and pappardelle pomodoro. You can also chow down on salads or handhelds like a Montana bison burger, vegetarian wrap or huckleberry barbeque pork sliders.

JO MILLER

PIZZA PLACE JOINS REGAL PLAZA

The new Target on the South Hill opened last week, and while the eateries slated to join the Regal Plaza — Café Rio and Anthony's Beach Café — have yet to open, another has been announced. Mod Pizza, a Seattle-based pizza chain, plans to open their first Spokane location at the new shopping center. The fast-casual restaurant has more than 20 locations in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona, with more opening soon in other western states. Mod's menu features several signature pizzas and a build-your-own option. Here's their angle: Every pizza costs the same no matter how many toppings you have or don't have. You can also fill up on salads, sweet and savory knots (similar to breadsticks) and milkshakes.

JO MILLER


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First Friday: Dinner with Sante

Riverfront Park | 750 N. Howard

Sante hosts a 6-course dinner in the park, benefiting the Salvation Army. Includes live music by Floating Crowbar, wine pairings by Overbluff and Treveri Cellars. Seating is along the Spokane River. | Fri, Aug. 1, from 5:30-8:30 pm | $100/person; with a limited number of premium tickets at $150. | 625-6601more...

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Food With Benefits

Perry Street Brewing Co. | 1025 S. Perry St.

An event benefiting Communities in Schools of Spokane County, with 20 percent of proceeds donated to the organization to help local students. | Mon, Aug. 4, from 5-7:30 pm | 413-1436more...

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Sunset Dessert Train Tour

Riverfront Park | 750 N. Howard

The annual, one-night event returns, featuring wine and desserts from Celebrations Bakery during a sunset tour of Riverfront Park aboard the park's train. | Tues, Aug, 5, from 7:30-9:30 pm | $35/person. Ages 21+ only; pre-registration required. | 625-6601more...

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Ruins

825 N. Monroe
tinyurl.com/RuinsSpokane

The tiny building on the corner of Monroe and Mallon was actually pretty close to ruins when local chef Tony Brown took on the task of reviving it earlier this year. But to those who stopped by Ruins during its quiet opening a couple of weekends ago, nothing would indicate the historic building's former deterioration.

Just as when Brown and mom Marti opened their nearby sandwich shop Stella's Café more than two years ago, word of Ruins' opening was spread quietly but quickly by friends, family and faithful followers of the Browns' concept at Stella's.

To dine at Ruins the way Brown intends, you'd order a dish from each section of the brief, continually changing menu. For now — Brown already has swapped a few items in and out — the menu is organized by salads, small plates, sides and dessert. Small plates, like Andouille sausage with toast and mustard ($7) and barbecued tofu with succotash ($6), offer heartier portions, but are small enough to not overfill with a complementary side — some sautéed kale ($4) or potato croquettes ($5). Save room for the day's featured dessert item ($5), too.

Skipping food would be regrettable here but not unwelcome, as Ruins operates during traditional bar hours. Its intricate craft cocktail menu ($8-$12) is just short enough to maintain variety and make ordering less indecisive. Three taps are set to rotate local brews and ciders, and bottled beer, wine and well drinks ($5) round out the bar offerings. more...

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Baxters on Cedar

109 S. Cedar St., Sandpoint
baxtersoncedar.com

You might say Baxters on Cedarhas been decades in the making. Owners Tommy Dageford and Richard Curtis picked up a few tips over the years spent working in restaurants, and other careers like construction and landscaping. They know what kind of bar towels work best, what sort of music to play, that great meatloaf will sell and that a bathroom can never be too clean.

"We are hands-on owners that really care about everything we do," says Curtis, who progressed from cooking school to restaurant owner/operator for 13 years before moving to Sandpoint in 2005. Prior to that, he worked at Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis, where he and Dageford met. Dageford also worked at Minneapolis' Zagat award-winning La Belle Vie.

High standards are a driving force at Baxters in Sandpoint, says Curtis. The turkey in the soup with rosemary and wild rice ($4.50/$6) or in the artisan-bread sandwich with cranberry, sweet onion and extra-sharp white cheddar ($8.50)? It's roasted in-house. They overnight seafood for the daily fresh catch and Dungeness crab cakes ($15), use local ingredients like Wood's bratwurst, which they serve with onions and peppers ($6). And they break down all their own meat, like in the duck confit sandwich with hoisin sauce ($9.50). more...

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