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The Snake Pit, Kingston, ID

Featured in the movie, Dante’s Peak, starring Pierce Brosnan, The Snake Pit, at the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River was built in 1880, and is Idaho’s oldest restaurant.

The Snake Pit is adorned with everything from deer and bear head trophies, bumper stickers and signs, photos and hunting and fishing gear as well as memorabilia from the last century of mining and logging.

Notorious for their Rocky Mountain Oysters, the owners also smoke all their meats and feature a large salad bar.

Located at the fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, it has served as a boom-town bar, railroad layover, hotel, house of ill repute and starting point for loggers and miners of yesteryear.

The Snake Pit
North of Kingston Exit on Interstate 90
1480 Coeur d’Alene River Road
Enaville, Idaho

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North Idaho Recipes

Check out our latest user-submitted recipes or feel free to submit your own!

Easy Summer Picnic Salad

5 cups bow-tie pasta (or bite-sized pasta of choice)
8 oz Italian dressing (half a regular-sized bottle)
3 cups summer sausage (diced in thick quarter chunks)
3 cups pepper jack cheese (diced in thick chunks)
3 tbs olive oil
1 1/2 cups sliced pepperoncini *optional
8 oz can sliced black olives *optional

Boil pasta according to pasta directions. Drain. Add olive oil and toss. Cool in fridge about 30-45 minutes (depending on yield). Add summer sausage, cheese, and other ingredients then toss with Italian dressing. Refrigerate and store in fridge until ready to serve!

Serves 8-15

-- submitted by Julie D
Shrimp Pasta Salad

2 cups small seashell pasta
1 4 oz can small or medium shrimp
1 2 oz can black olives, drained
1 cup frozen sweet petite green peas
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup mayo
2 tbsp dried or fresh dill
2 cloves fresh garlic, diced *optional

Boil pasta according to directions. Drain and transfer to plastic container to cool in freezer, stirring every five minutes until warm (until no longer hot enough to melt mayo). While still warm, add shrimp and onions and toss. Toss every five minutes as it cools in freezer two or three times. Remove from freezer. Add dill, olives, fresh garlic, and mayo when completely cooled. Refrigerate and store in fridge until ready to serve!

Serves 8-10

-- submitted by Beverly D


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North Idaho-area restaurants are OPEN FOR BUSINESS:

Angelo’s Ristoranté
Midtown CdA 846 N 4th St. Only 8 blocks from downtown Coeur d’Alene, Angelo’s is a taste of homemade, authentic Italian cuisine! Join us for fresh, organic handcrafted food, an extensive wine selection and our warm romantic décor. "Best Steak in Town" Seasonal outdoor dining!
Reservations are recommended.
208.765.2850 www.AngelosRistorante.net

Restaurant & Distillery

Enjoy the nation's first restaurant distillery offering handcrafted cocktails and an innovative menu featuring delicious Northwest cuisine. At Bardenay, it all comes together in a uniquely Idaho atmosphere, overlooking the Riverstone Park and Lake, creating an experience worth coming back for.
Hours: Mon-Sat Open at 11:00 am
Sun: Open for Brunch at 10:00 am

Blue Diamond Marina and Resort
958 Blue Diamond Rd.
Priest Lake Idaho 83821
Family friendly Blue Diamond Marina is located on Cavanaugh Bay at Priest Lake, Idaho and features The Waterfront Restaurant offering Italian and Vegetarian cuisine, deep water moorage, storage, boat rentals, and guest accommodations.
Website: www.bluediamondmarina.comPhone: (208) 443-2240
Toll Free Phone: (800) 337-4537
Fax: (208) 443-7104
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Hwy 95 & Bosanko Ave. Come experience Chili’s Grill! We’re famous for our 14 different Margaritas and great service. Have a unique salad, or one of our big mouth burgers. Choose from a variety of steaks, fajitas, and mouth watering chicken platters. Party Platters and TO-GO orders takes our restaurant to your location. Chili’s, LIKE NO PLACE ELSE! 208.676.1826

Fisherman’s Market Grill & Sushi Bar
215 W. Kathleen, Coeur d’Alene
A local favorite. Friendly staff, unbeatable atmosphere and phenomenal food. Multiple award-winner for best seafood in Coeur d’Alene. The menu includes salads, fishwiches, taste of Baja, 12 different kinds of fish and chips, smoked fish, fresh sushi bar and fresh fish market with live shell fish and lobster. 208.664.4800  

Grille from Ipanema
Riverstone Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Are you ready for the ULTIMATE Brazilian Experience?
Welcome to the first and only Brazilian Steak House in Coeur d’Alene. Enjoy the best authentic Brazilian cuisine in all of Idaho. Having a variety of tropical fruits and signature salads, made fresh daily, and our delicious hot side dishes, including our traditional black beans and rice, are a source of comfort food that is just the beginning of your Brazilian experience.

Brought to you, our signature dish of top sirloin is just one of more than 10 different types of meat that you will enjoy at the Grille from Ipanema. Don’t forget to try our in house specially seasoned grilled vegetables and our world famous grilled pineapple!
website: www.thegrillefromipanema.com 208.676.1122

Hill’s Resort
On Luby Bay. The Hill family and staff will create a unique experience complemented by our award-winning dining room and homemade specialties, including our famous Huckleberry pie, pancakes and daiquiris, wild Morel and Chanterelle mushrooms, hand-cut beef grilled over mesquite and Baby Back Ribs. Enjoy our air conditioned lodge or outside deck offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come casual; bring the kids and family for a wonderful dining experience. The Place to Play! website: www.hillsresort.com 208.443.2551

Iron Horse Bar & Grill
Downtown CdA 407 E. Sherman Ave. The local favorite since 1972, the Ironhorse is open every day. Steaks, Seafood, Pasta, Salads, Burgers and Sandwiches. Tradition counts so remember when in Coeur d’Alene, go where the locals go. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. DJ on Thursday. Live music on Friday and Saturday and Sunday is country music. 208.667.7314 www.ironhorsecda.com

La Cabana
Post Falls
604 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls
15837 Westwood St. R
Spokane Valley
6915 E Sprague Ave

Mexican Food Factory
1032 N. 4th St – Midtown, Coeur d’Alene Serving Coeur d’Alene with authentic Mexican food since 1982. Family owned, serving the freshest ingredients, prepared daily. A local favorite. Outside seating. Click for the menu 208.664.0079 www.mexicanfoodfactory.net

The Oval Office
612 N. Spokane St. in Post Falls The Oval Office, an elegant bistro and martini bar offers 25 delightful varieties. Cocktails and brews are also available. Chef Raci, our crazy foreigner, has outdone himself with the menu. From the deliciously addictive honey brie phyllo cups appetizers to the legendary Mango Swordfish, this beautiful, cozy Bistro is to die for! The place is bustling, so reservations are recommended. Opened Tues.-Sat. 11-11, Sun. 11-8 208.777.2102

Pilgrim’s Gourmet Deli & Bakery
1316 N. 4th St – Midtown, Coeur d’Alene
The gourmet deli boasts a self-serve hot and soup bar, a juice and smoothie bar, handcrafted ice cream, grab-n-go sandwiches and salads, and a made-to-order grill menu featuring their famous Yak burger. Healthy food prepared with organic ingredients and local meats, as well as vegan and vegetarian options. Open every day 9am-9pm. Hot bar serving 11am-5pm.
208.676.9730 www.pilgrimsmarket.com

Rancho Viejo
2525 E Seltice Way, Post Falls
The restaurant's amazing success story owes much to family recipes, but even more to a tried-and-true formula of great food, great service and a welcoming, enjoyable atmosphere. Family-owned and locally-operated with a focus on fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine, Rancho Viejo blends them into delicious signature recipes and delivers each meal with unmatched hospitality. Full Bar and Seasonal Outdoor Patio. Open Mon-Sun 11am to close

Satay Bistro
2501 N. 4th Coeur d’Alene
Northwest foods prepared with infused flavors & sauces. Tapas, Satays, Steaks, Salads, Sandwiches, Desserts, Homemade Pasta, Soups & Seafood. American Fusion menu. Catering, take-out and private parties. Featuring an extensive menu for lunch, dinner, wine cellar, live acoustical music, exotic decor. Wine Bar and Outdoor Patio. Open Mon-Sun 11am to close

Toro Viejo
locations: Post Falls , Coeur d’Alene, Rathdrum, Hayden and banquet facilities in Cd’A. Orders to go. 208.667.7676 • Cd’A 208.772.0291 • Hayden 208.773.5037 • PF 208.687.3723

The White House Grill
712 N. Spokane St., Post Falls If you like garlic you will love our cozy romantic restaurant. You feel you are in the Mediterranean without paying top prices! Our entrées are priced $8.95 to $14.95. Choose from over 110 wine selections and good seasonal beers that make you wante to come back again. Dress casual or butt naked.
The White House Grill
Open Sun.-Sat. 11am-10pm Fri. & Sat. 11am-11pm. 208.777.9672

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