For Sourcing Local Food, Organic and High Quality Ingredients--These are the folks that come to Farmers Market with backpacks, wagons, baskets and a list every week, every week--with that I'm on a mission look and familiarity with the farmers--all these have Veggie Options
Red Bird Restaurant--Jim and Laura--oh my--you're exceptional--Wine, Experimentation, Flavors--they warm my heart
Silk Road--Abe and Sam--creative, professional, nice and fun--my daughter's favorite for a night out with surprises and oh those spices! Attentive
Iza--Cambodian Monks Curry
The Buttercup Cafe--Molly is sooo passionate about food--homey atmosphere---shiny, sweet faces in the kitchen--such a comfortable environment for tea or coffee with a friend--great space for business meetings--some exceptional soups and pastries too.
James Bar--Especially in Summer--Fresh Oysters and Local Mushrooms (must be Charlies?) Love those Sweet Potato Fries
Scotty's Table- amazing mussels--al fresco dining
Butterfly Herbs--for the Arty folks hanging out or taking a shopping break downtown--pots of tea--the rose peppermint is lovely, bagels, soup, salad--comfy booths
Other favorites--they buy local too.
The Catalyst--their salads make me happy--arugula, beet root and goat cheese--not in season now so I'm yearning for Summer
For coffee, bread, pastries--Le Petite Outre--no indoor seating--sit on the bench just outside the door (Even or Especially in Winter) with a cup of their coffee and a palmier watching the weather and people go by--so good. In summer, sidewalk umbrellas and lazy Sunday mornings with the dog--you'll see somebody from the neighborhood.
Clark Fork Market Food--Kim West in the Edgy Retro Turquoise Food Trailer--locally sourced, artsy, complex Monte Cristo Sandwiches but I do believe she's contemplating Tamales for this coming season
The Waffle Guy--Raspberry and Lemon Curd--I'm addicted and they set up right behind me--I get giddy
Thai Food--Sa Wa Dee--some Raw Choices--love their Crispy Rice Salad, Raw Carrot Salad and the Green Curry-and those fruity Thai beers-I'm so delighted when I end up in the "Elephant Booth"
Cafe Dolce' (the one on Brooks--not the Mall) for Sunday Brunch or Everyday Business Lunch-love how people are "dressed up" for lunch-nice atmosphere, salads, coffee--I'm fond of their French Press Service, smoked salmon, salads, desserts
Nara--Sushi and Tempura--lots of experimentation a possibility
Biga Pizza--I do love the Pizza but prefer to take it home rather than eating in--very creative choices--love the caramelized onion/goat cheese
Ice Cream--Big Dipper--love that social line in Summer and eating ice cream while it Snows in Winter--doggie cones too:)
Good Food Store--I have to mention them because I eat there more than occasionally--While I appreciate so much about this store, I'd be happier with them if their dealings with farmers were more in line with their promotional jargon--salad bar--and a million choices--something for everyone so if you have a group with diverse tastes, this is where you'll all be satisfied