When I tell people that I'm from Spokane, Washington, I'm always surprised by the number of folks who respond, "Oh, I was there once." It's not exactly a hot spot - but it is one of the only dense population centers between Seattle and Minneapolis-St. Paul, so it's a jumping off place for folks to access the outdoorsy activities of northern Idaho and eastern Montana, as well as a shopping hub for folks throughout that part of the U.S. and Canada.
I have a recommendation for you, if you're ever in Spokane: a new restaurant called "Clover."
Of course, I'm biased. The executive chef is my brother-in-law, Scott.
It's a great place, even if you're not related to the chef.
Many of the drinks were created by
Paul Harrington, the author of Cocktail.
We ate dinner there one night, and breakfast a few days later (the fluffy pancakes with Tahitian vanilla syrup, mocha scones, and powdery biscuits were all out of this world).
Here are a few pics from the Clover dinner experience:
|My sister and nephew peruse the menu,|
though they both knew
what they were having before they
|The chef himself ate with us - beef|
Wellington. They dry age the beef in-house.
|My dinner - halibut with pineapple salsa.|
|My sister had chicken breast stuffed with fontina cheese, red peppers, and|
pesto, all wrapped in bacon.
|The evening's special: a caprese salad with toasts. The tomatoes were|
candy-sweet and locally-grown. Even my nephew, a "meatafatarian" tried a tomato.
|Here's the chef! He's showing us the habanero|
plants that they grow in their on-site greenhouse.
It doesn't get fresher than that!