Sometimes big surprises show up in small packages. When I stumbled onto this cool little lounge in Spokane, Washington called the Baby Bar, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. When I first heard about the place, my imagination ran wild. I wondered if I’d find toddlers sitting at the bar requesting apple juice fizzies with little cherries floating on top. Or perhaps the owner, Patty Tully, would serve my Cabernet in a Sippy cup—then offer me a bib since I have a history of spilling wine. Neither happened, but I still enjoyed sipping Cab from the stemless wine glass while Tully kept me company with her undeniable sense of humor. For those who prefer regular wine glasses, just ask, they have that too. You know you’ve got the right place when you see the unmistakable artistic rendition of the man who resembles Jesus—whether it’s him or not–I have no idea. But it’s just one more quirky little find at the Baby Bar.
While I’m no fan of bucket lists, (they’ve become too cliché) if I had to recommend a novel spot to enjoy drinks , I’d say, hit the Baby Bar. But leave the kids and the pacifers at home. Tully has you more than covered with her big smile and warm hospitality.
Want a melt in your mouth meal? I found just that when I recently ate a decadent meal at Beverly’s, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, just 30 miles from Spokane, Washington.Layered in flavor and carefully prepared, the Diver Sea Scallops entre sent my taste buds into overdrive. With earthy notes, the pan seared scallops swim in a white wine and lemony drizzle that delivers a burst of satisfying flavor. I more than enjoyed my pleasantly plump scallops that left me feeling like the well fed traveler. And the side offered just as much excitement. Polenta–with its savory, unexpected hints of Rosemary, bacon and mushrooms transported me to Thanksgiving Day.
Eric Cook, Sommelier
Paired with a white wine, this dish lends itself to a near perfect meal. Not sure which wine to select? Just ask the sommelier for a few suggestions. And don’t forget to ask for a window seat. That way you can enjoy a pleasant meal with views of Lake Coeur d’Alene–where the soft clouds and rolling hills blend into the lake to create stunning views.