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Gluten Free Spokane and Coeur d’Alene

by Karen on July 17th, 2013

Gluten Free Pizza at Twigs--Sausage, Mozza, and Pears

On a quick trip to Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene we dined at Twigs Wandermere and Scratch.  Both restaurants have GF identified items on their menus.

Twigs Wandermere

Our meal included:
Ahi Sashimi
Lightly seared sesame crusted yellow fin tuna served ‘rare’ with spring greens, tomato confit, wasabi paste, pickled ginger and soy sauce …15.99
Pear Italian Sausage
Italian sausage, sliced pears, goat cheese, roasted garlic, fresh basil, chives, garlic olive oil and mozzarella …15.99
The Ahi was perfect as was the confit as an accompaniment.  The pizza was light and flavorful and arrived just out of the wood fired pizza oven—gluten free pizza crust is always improved when cooked at such a high temperature.  It was a lovely sunny afternoon on the patio overlooking a small lake and waterfall and our waitstaff was excellent.
It was a great way to end the day following the drive from Seattle to Spokane.
Twigs has locations all over the Northwest with a new location at Northgate in the Seattle area.
The next day we went to Coeur d’ Alene for a 14 mile bike ride along the lake.  We took the route from town along the east side of the lake. Gorgeous vistas of the lake are visible most of the way as you ride on a smooth, newly paved path separate from a busy road.  It’s about 7 miles along the Centennial Trail from town and back again.

coeur d' alene bike trail (courtesy of CDA Parks Dept)


Scratch Restaurant

We brought some clothes to change into for a late lunch and found that Scratch had gluten free items on their menu.
The Crab Chowder was excellent!  My daughter ordered this and I had one bite as she was in complete bliss, I didn’t dare take another.
Both entrees were very good as well but I think I liked the Ahi at Twigs the best.

AHI TUNA (GF)    17
seared rare jasmine rice, mango coulis cilantro, crème fraiche , red pepper coulis, sesame salad, seasonal vegetable  

SALMON (GF)    15
simply seared; grilled lemon, huckleberry beurre blanc, chinese black rice, seasonal vegetable

I had the salmon paired with an Adelsheim Pinot Noir.  Scratch has multiple locations as well, some with a cocktail bar attached.

We invited a local friend to join us for lunch and that invitation turned into an afternoon on their boat instead and visits to friends along the lake.

John Elway's House

I didn’t take any pictures while on the lake except this one to show my husband, it was my favorite.

This was our first visit to Coeur d’ Alene.  The little town has a great main street with coffee shops, restaurants, various shops, bike and water sports rental shops,  a public beach, the Coeur d’ Alene Resort, and early 1900s homes on tree lined streets. 

I think I might like CDA even more than Chelan!



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