7 New Restaurants in Spokane Participating in Inlander Restaurant Week 2021

Meet seven recently opened restaurants participating in Inlander Restaurant Week for the first time.

Pictured: Pulled pork tacos from Smokeridge BBQ

The beautiful thing about Inlander Restaurant Week is that there are sure to be newcomers, which keeps things fresh for diners and gives restaurants an opportunity to introduce themselves. Sometimes, it’s a re-introduction, as places cycle in and out of participating, depending on what else they’ve got going. This year, the new participants' list lets diners explore the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean and the Big Easy, get a taste of a westside superstar’s take on Italian cuisine, and — maybe — meet a new forever friend of the four-legged variety.

BABA

Many countries use the word “baba” as a term of endearment, especially for dad, so let’s just call Adam Hegsted of Eat Good Group the home-grown father of innovative restaurants. Try his mashup of Mediterranean-inspired comfort foods like the deviled eggs served in other Hegsted locales, this time with tahini and an Egyptian spice known as dukkah.

BARK, A RESCUE PUB

It’s a win-win for everyone on two legs or four at this unique pub, which allows diners to interact with dogs and cats in a separate but accessible area. “We are excited to introduce our menu and unique restaurant concept to Spokane and hopefully see a lot of animals find their forever homes,” says Josh Wade, who opened Bark with partner Katie Holmes last year.

BOSCO PASTA & PANINI

Head to the Wonder Building for house-made pasta that’s the heart of this charming new eatery from Seattle-based Ethan Stowell Restaurant Group. Never had gnocchi? Try that or a classic panini, a special kind of grilled sandwich that is all about the crispy exterior and ooey-gooey interior.

SMOKERIDGE BBQ

This Spokane Valley eatery is off the rails — literally. Dine in the vintage locomotive and enjoy their version of German sausage, pulled pork tacos or the unusual smoked chicken bowl with a choice of side and Texas toast.

SOUTH PERRY LANTERN

For fans of the Perry District, there are good vibes emanating from the South Perry Lantern just based on its long history as a café and taphouse. It’s great for people-watching, so park yourself near the window and try the smoked oysters and their version of a French dip using roasted duck breast. For the third course, you can go traditional — cookies and ice cream — or adult: a glass of wine or craft beer. Our kind of place!

TAVOLATA

To much fanfare, this celebrated westside eatery debuted in Spokane’s Old City Hall building recently and, by a stroke of luck, during this summer’s Inlander Restaurant Week diners can try a show-stopping Tavolata meal for a modest price. How about black cod with clams and caponata or scratch-made spaghetti known as tonnarelli? And you know the Italian-themed desserts are going to be heavenly.

VIEUX CARRE NOLA KITCHEN

New Orleans, aka the Big Easy, is the inspiration for this newly opened eatery, whose name translates to “old square.” With Mardi Gras months away still, here’s your opportunity to experience Cajun-country classics like crawfish, jambalaya, and grits with bacon-wrapped shrimp.

From the Inlander Restaurant Week Event Guide. To read more Inlander coverage of the Inland Northwest, visit inlander.com

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