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Knife & Fork 2.09

Eat Your HEART Out


By Tricia Jo Webster | Photo by Josh Smith

Even in the dead of winter there are butterflies. Googly-eyes flash with extra sparkle. And happy little bluebirds cavort with cartoon hearts, right there around your swimming head. My dear, you are in love. Might as well make the best of it.

Here in Spokane we live to celebrate L-O-V-E. Widely acknowledged as the hospitality industry’s busiest day, many couples also recognize Valentine’s Day as equal parts pressure and potential. Do yourselves a favor–make reservations … now! Then settle in for a sumptuous supper of sweet secrets, good wine and by all means a sinful dessert.

Come Valentine’s Day, this downtown landmark becomes the place for pairs. Cozy tables made for two encourage canoodling over Clinkerdagger’s special holiday menu that includes tongue-teasing red wines, succulent seafood and a distinctive heart-shaped chocolate decadence dessert.

From first dates to proposals and anniversaries, many duos have long histories of celebrating momentous occasions here. The always-elegant ambiance takes on touches of frilly festivity for Valentine’s Day, but shadowy corners still abound–perfect for plotting futures and kissing regrets goodbye. In the Flour Mill, 621 Mallon; 509.328.5965. Lunch Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday noon-2:30 p.m.; Sunday noon-2 p.m.; Dinner Mon.-Thurs., 4:30-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 4-10 p.m.; Sunday 2-9 p.m.

If you’re one of those couples who ekes every possible moment from a night on the town, MAX at Mirabeau is where you’ll want to be Valentine’s weekend. The Mirabeau Park Hotel’s “Romance Package” includes a three-course dinner for two at MAX, a premium room and breakfast in the morning.

Located inside one of Spokane Valley’s hottest hotels, this popular restaurant and lounge serves award-winning fare in a sophisticated, sexy setting. Your every desire is catered to here, from enticing appetizers and choice-cut meats to intricate desserts and signature cocktails.

Intimate seating makes for stimulating conversation. The fact that your room is ready and waiting–just down the hall–stimulates the imagination. 1100 N. Sullivan; 509.922.6252; Mon.-Thurs., 6 a.m.-1 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 6 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday 6 a.m.-midnight.

If it’s passion you crave, Latah Bistro is your place. Each year Chef David Blaine and the creative crew at this favorite west Spokane dining destination experiment with a long list of aphrodisiacs, then include the tastiest creations on the Valentine’s menu. We all know that oysters do the trick, but what about eggplant, caviar or fresh figs? Here the sensual qualities of food are paramount, so consider the shape, texture and extravagance of foods when you order. (Latah ensures culinary seduction by italicizing their va-va-voom vittles.) And don’t end the evening without Latah’s Fonduta–a silky, chocolate-dipped experience that’ll leave you craving more. 4241 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd., Suite C; 509.838.8338; Open daily, 11:30 a.m.-close.


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