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Bucket List Meals

Indulge your inner adventurer by discovering (or rediscovering) these must-have meals and meal makers in Coeur d’Alene

Earlier this month, MSN released its bucket list of restaurants by state, singling out BEVERLY’S’ as the restaurant in North Idaho that’s “more than worth the trip” for its Northwest cuisine, lake views and enormous wine menu (14,000 bottles!). The view, the vibe — elegant, understated, festive — and the food definitely combine for a memorable meal. Beverly’s is definitely worthy of the praise and the designation. But so are some other North Idaho eateries.

There’s something extra special about a restaurant that has endured through several generations. HUDSON’S HAMBURGERS is that kind of place, where people perch happily on age-old swivel stools, tucked into a juicy “Huddy” burger. Or two. Or four. Founded in 1907 and having attained a mythic reputation for their all-natural, bona fide burgers and sandwiches — ham, egg or both, but no fries or frills — Hudson’s is where you go for a nostalgic and delicious bite of the past.

For that classic ’40s vibe, remember ROGER’S ICE CREAM AND BURGERS another local fave like cheeseburgers piled high with onions, crispy fries and old-fashioned malts and shakes.

Would you rather your beef arrive in slab form? Head to WOLF LODGE STEAKHOUSE, where everything about this rustic 1930s-era building looks and feels like the Old West. And taste? How about a prime cut of beef — from 10-26 ounces — wet-aged for up to 60 days and cooked “cowboy style” over a tamarack wood fire.Inlander

Have a sweet tooth? The Coeur d’Alene Resort’s signature Gooey dessert served at the DOCKSIDE is a shareable extravaganza of ice cream and assorted add-ons like cookies, candies, cakes, syrups and sauces. They even have one with huckleberries — another Idaho local must-have — which you can find in abundance throughout the resort, from the dessert menu to the beverage list (huckleberry mojitos!). Who says you have to wait for a special occasion to treat yourself?

If the views are as important to you as the meal, then CEDARS FLOATING RESTAURANT should make your list. Inlander readers voted it the best patio dining in North Idaho in 2018.

Year, after year, Inlander readers also vote the GARNET CAFE, their favorite place to grab breakfast, which makes it worthy of putting on your list. While it doesn’t sound like a breakfast dish, the Spaghetti and Eggs is their signature dish. Check your doubts and order it. Really.

And if being on top of the world makes you feel the same way, no bucket list is complete without a trip to SKY HOUSE at Schweitzer Mountain for a gourmet meal — try prime rib sliders — and a view down the mountain, across the lake and even to Canada that you just can’t get elsewhere.

Sky House at Schweitzer Mountain














Special Events

Hospice Wine Taste: The Heart of It All
Enjoy gourmet food, samples of specialty wines and bid on live auction packages including unbelievable global ventures all to benefit Hospice of North Idaho. $115-$125; 5-9 pm; Hospice of North Idaho Campus. More details at

Robert Vaughn at Beverly’s
Unwind with the mello music of jazz guitarist Robert Vaughn while indulging in distinctive drinks and appetizers. Thursday, 7-11 pm; Friday-Saturday 8 pm-12 am; Beverly’s.
(208) 664-3194
105 N. First Street
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

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