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Food, Fun, Drinks & MoreEnjoy the flavors of North Idaho

flavors of North Idaho

When the sun graces North Idaho with its warm embrace and clears the skies, it's an invitation to escape the ordinary and embark on a culinary voyage right here at home. While your neighborhood favorites beckon, consider venturing a little further to uncover the culinary treasures crafted by our local chefs.

Stretching across North Idaho, from Bonners Ferry to Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene and beyond, a wealth of locally owned dining establishments await, accompanied by familiar national chains. Both locals and visitors are treated to a delectable spectrum, ranging from the comfort of homegrown flavors to international tastes that could transport you halfway around the globe.

In this culinary landscape, menus reflect North Idaho’s cultural roots, championing local farmers and purveyors whenever possible. You can savor American classics, Southern comfort, Cajun spice and French finesse, or traverse Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese and Japanese cuisines. The options are as abundant as they are diverse.

Savor the Season

Embrace the summer season by venturing outdoors and exploring the enticing offerings at your favorite restaurant. With the warmer weather and abundant sunshine, refreshing menu options are sure to capture the essence of season. With the abundance of fresh, local produce available this time of year, chefs skillfully incorporate fresher ingredients into their creations, presenting dishes that embody the spirit of the season. Discover a culinary journey as menus evolve to showcase the vibrancy of the season’s flavors. Area farmers markets abound, offering their fresh produce, baked goods, artisan crafts and gifts, and so much more! Making a trip to the farmers market is a fun family affair during the summer months. 

Local Libations

Pair your meal with a glass of local wine or craft brew, as the region boasts an array of wineries and breweries—many award-winning. Pend d’Oreille Winery, Coeur d’Alene Cellars, Kootenai River Brewing, Mickduff's Brewing Co., Selkirk Abbey Brewing Company, Paragon Brewing, Mad Bomber Brewing … These are just a sample of all there is out there to explore.Many restaurants take pride in being able to carefully curate their drink lists to incorporate local, showing their unwavering support to other area businesses.

And you can’t forget about a hot cup of coffee to start your day or unwind with after a fantastic meal. With a number of North Idaho coffee roasters — Sprout Coffee Roasters in Hayden, Doma Coffee Roasting Company in Post Falls, Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters in Sandpoint and Lore Coffee Roasters in Bonners Ferry — coffee never tasted so good as when you know the people behind that cup o' Joe are passionate about what they do.

Show Grace to Restaurant Staff

Whether choosing to dine in, opt for takeout, or place a to-go order, local residents can look forward to an enchanting culinary experience at their favorite neighborhood eateries. Each dish is a testament to the chef's heartfelt dedication, promising a taste sensation that transcends mere sustenance.Accompanying these delectable creations is a service provided by a seasoned and devoted staff, despite the prevalent worker shortages affecting many local restaurants. In this challenging environment, patrons are encouraged to extend not only their palates but also their patience and gratitude to those diligently working to ensure every diner embarks on a memorable culinary journey.

Beyond the pleasure of dining, supporting these local establishments becomes a collective investment in community resilience, fostering a vibrant culinary landscape that withstands adversity and continues to enrich the lives of those who call North Idaho home.

It's Time to Take a Seat

Whether your craving leads you to a laid-back, cozy eatery or an opulent fine-dining establishment, your perfect dining destination awaits. Embrace the opportunity to relish the creativity and flavors that define the Inland Northwest. From one-of-a-kind culinary experiences to cherished favorites, our region is a culinary paradise waiting to be discovered.

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