You wouldn’t think that a city in northern Idaho would have some of the best food in the United States. But I am here to tell you it does. Surprisingly two of the restaurants are owned by The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Resort restaurants are not typically known for memorable food. I am delighted one resort found it’s way to culinary superiority. For those of you that follow my reviews, you know about my exclusive list of restaurants.
For those of you who are new to my reviews, I have one rule for a restaurant to make Lea’s List of Deliciousness; every diner in my dinner party has to agree it is list worthy. If one diner has a mediocre or lousy experience, it does not make the List. Here are four restaurants that make my List in Coeur d’Alene Idaho.
Enjoy this culinary gem and the panoramic lake view from the 7th floor of The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Beverly’s is one of my favorite restaurants. I have dined with parties as few as four and as many as sixteen. No matter how many people dine with me there, it always makes the List! Wine lovers will delight in one of the most extensive wine cellars in the Pacific Northwest. (It has a two million dollar inventory!) Let me highlight a few of their most mouth-watering dishes.
If you like to start with soup, you must have the French Onion Gratin. Sherry sauteéd onions, aged gruyere, and sourdough crostini. O.M.G. I challenge you to find a better French Onion soup.
If you are a salad kind of person, go for the Fall Harvest Salad with organic greens, honey crisp apples, dried cranberries, candied pecans, red onion, smoked bacon, feta cheese and an apple chipotle dressing. My, oh my!
Want some seafood? Try the Ahi Tuna with jasmine rice, baby bok choy, ginger, wasabi, and soy. I have had this several times. I love it.
The Chilean Seabass and Prawns won’t steer you wrong either with Yukon mashed, asparagus, spinach and lemon beurre blanc.
For the meat lovers, I have four suggestions.
The half-pound Bison Burger with house smoked bacon and cougar gold white cheddar on a brioche bun;
Or the 12-ounce double bone Pork Tomahawk Chop with crème fraîche mashed, crispy Brussel sprouts and apple bacon sauce;
Or the Elk Chop, 8oz pan seared bone-in elk chop with sweet potato & spinach barley risotto and port fig sauce;
Or the New Zealand Lamb with Mediterranean couscous salad, crispy artichokes in a balsamic glace and tzatziki sauce. The steaks are also delicious but c’mon, try something new!
To finish, try their signature Huckleberry Soufflé. Only two people can share this dessert so order more if you have more than two people.
Dining and live music are provided in The lounge. It has an excellent menu. I recommend the house-made e charcuterie plate or the Snake River Farms Kobe Beef Carpaccio. The house musician will make you want to stay for hours. Robert Vaughn is a soulful jazz guitarist. I have been a fan of his for years. He entertains requests, and I love his take on classic pop/rock favorites. Try the Huckleberry Lemon drop or the Apple Pie Martini as you sit back and enjoy Robert’s music.
4 out of 4, 8 out of 8, 10 out of 10, 12 out of 12, 16 out of 16, no matter how many diners, Beverly’s always makes the List. Beware, although it is super delicious, Beverly’s is a little on the pricey side.
Beverly’s | 101 Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 | (208.765.2300
The Floating Cedars
The Floating Cedars is an off property restaurant owned by The Coeur d’Alene Resort. I have eaten here several times with many people. The Cedars, founded in 1965, floats at the confluence of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the Spokane River. Buoyed by 600,000 pounds of concrete encased styrofoam, The Floating Cedars offers breathtaking views of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
I suggest the House Smoked Trout served on a cedar plank with lemon-dill cream cheese, red onions, capers and toasted crostini as a starter.
The Floating Cedars is famous for its steaks marinated in their secret savory Biergarten sauce. Try the 14 ounce Biergarten hand cut grilled ribeye with Idaho baked potato, roasted garlic Yukon mashed and broccolini.
They are also well known for the grilled Cedar-Planked Salmon with tri-color baby potatoes, garlic broccolini and, honey-chipotle sauce.
I also like the pan-seared Sea Scallops with roasted garlic Yukon mashed, tarragon baby carrots, broccolini in a pancetta cream sauce.
This restaurant makes the List, my diners vote so everytime.
The Floating Cedars | 1514 S Marina Dr., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 | 208.664.2922
Tony’s On The Lake
Tony’s on the Lake is an Italian inspired restaurant with a lovely view of the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene. This cozy restaurant offers delicious Italian comfort food and excellent service. Make sure to check the hours because this restaurant is often closed for the winter.
My party of 8 started with the Bruschetta and the Carpaccio. As a horseradish fan, I spent most of my time in the Carpaccio. It was so delicate and spicy! I know I had it before, what can I say, I am a fan of Carpaccio.
Two diners had the Fettuccini con Pollo alla Marsala e Mascarpone. Chicken and mushrooms in a Marsala Mascarpone sauce, topped with Parmigiano.
My gnocchi connaisseur had the Gnocchi con Gorgonzola; House-made Potato Dumpling in a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce topped with Parmigiano. He relished his dish in no uncertain terms.
One eater had the Linguini con Vongole. Clams, pancetta and spinach in a white wine garlic sauce with cherry tomatoes. I’d like to kiss the inventor of white wine garlic sauce.
Another diner had the Ravioli d’Aragosta. Scrumptious lobster ravioli topped with a wine Santo butter Sauce and cherry tomatoes. I feel bad for anyone one with a seafood allergy.
I had the Spaghetti Pescatore, scallops, shrimp, mussels and, fish in a tomato vodka sauce. It’s vodka sauce! Of course, I had to have it.
One of our party had the Osso Buco. A delicious veal shank braised in a rich demi-glace served over risotto Milanese topped with Gremolata served with seasonal vegetables.
The last diner had Saltimbocca di Maiale alla Marsala. Thinly pounded pork topped with fresh sage, prosciutto di Parma, sautéed mushrooms and Marsala Sauce served with Tuscan potatoes and seasonal vegetables. This poor guy almost didn’t get to eat his own dish, so many people wanted to try it.
Although they offer steak, no one came for the steak. I have been to Tony’s with four of the diners, three other times. It has made the List all three times.
Tony’s On The Lake | 6823 Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 |208.667.9885
Wolf Lodge Steakhouse
(Vegetarians/Vegans, don’t read this review. This restaurant is nothing but a meat-eaters clubhouse, reveling in the carnage.) Dust off those boots and set off for the rustic Wolf Lodge Steakhouse. This restaurant is patronized by locals and tourists alike. What was once a convenience store in the 1930s has been turned into a steakhouse with character. It’s a nod to the old Wild West with its heavy creaky front door and country decor. The servers wear jeans, cowboy boots and hats. The inside and outside of this establishment are tacky as hell but don’t be fooled by its appearance. Wolf Lodge Steakhouse grills up some “off the hook” steaks. You can get everything from deep-fried pickles to rocky mountain oysters (bull calf balls).
All of the steaks are grilled over tamarack firewood. Dinner is served with the soup of the day or salad, choice of potato or vegetable, Idaho “buckaroo” beans and Krebel bread. I have used this venue for two Board of Directors dinners, with about 40-50 diners each time. 95% of them order the steaks. That is why you come to the Wolf Lodge Steakhouse, for the juicy steak! They have cuts of meat sized for every appetite. Although everyone enjoyed their meals, The Filet Minion, Porterhouse, Ribeye and Ranch Hand were the most popular.
Even when I host a dinner this large, I survey the diners to see if the restaurant is worthy of my List. (They all know about my list and are happy to participate with their opinions.) Both successful events voted that Wolf Lodge Steakhouse should make the List. This isn’t just a place to eat, it’s an experience.
Wolf Lodge Steakhouse | 11741 E Frontage Rd, Coeur D Alene, ID 83814 |208.664.6665
If you are in Coeur d’Alene Idaho and need a place to stay check out my review on The Coeur d’Alene Resort on Finediningondiscourse.com.