First place: The Rusty Moose
By Amy Meyer
Located just over the freeway and into Airway Heights, the Rusty Moose has become synonymous with class and good taste since their arrival to the West Plains.
The restaurant is styled after a mountain lodge with comfortable booths and a roaring fire.
The walls sport a wide array of fish and game from mounted heads and racks to the prize catch.
From mushrooms to mozzarella sticks to waffle fries with gorgonzola crumbles, appetizers range from $7 to $12 and cater to those with eclectic tastes.
The menu includes angus and exotic burgers, wraps, salads, brick-oven pizzas and entrees with the mosst expensive item on their regular menu sitting at $18. For those with meatier tastes, the Rusty Moose has a Steak and Pasta menu that will not disappoint the hungriest of men.
EDITOR’S PICK: Try the chicken fried or the rib eye steak.
Second place: Elk Public House
By Kurt Olson
A staple of Browne’s Addition, The Elk Public House serves great food and offers an amazing selection of beer all while maintaining a neighborhood family environment.
After the success of the Moon Time, a Coeur d’Alene restaurant opened by John Grollmus, Brad Fosseen and Jeff Meagher, the three decided to open the Elk to offer a “ restaurant with a simple concept; delicious, creative food paired with a wide array of micro brews in a comfortable atmosphere.”
Patrons of the Elk enjoy a range of menu items that span the globe: from the traditional Thai dish “Swimming Angel,” to the Cajun-inspired “74th Street Gumbo.”
For beer lovers, the Elk has a rotating tap with several different regional microbrews that often features seasonal ales.
Located at 1931 West Pacific Ave. in Spokane, the Elk is right along three different STA bus routes, making it easy for those who live in Cheney to get to the restaurant.
If you decided to visit the Elk Public House, be sure to order the “Roasted Corn Pasta Salad” as your side.
If the general customer consensus is correct, you won’t be disappointed.
Third place: Sushi Maru
By Frank McNeilly
A long and winding conveyor belt featuring a variety of dishes brings in customers with an appetite for curiosity and sushi.
Sushi Maru was voted the third best among general restaurants by readers of The Easterner.
Ryan Chang, an assistant manager, feels that the conveyor belt helps draw in customers.
“The belt gets people in here,” Chang said. “It’s fast, efficient, … [people] can come in, sit down, grab something to eat real quick, be in-an-out in 15 minutes, only spend $20 and have a full stomach.”
According to Chang, a popular dish at Sushi Maru is “the playboy”. It is a spicy imitation crab shrimp tempura on the inside, tuna on top with panko flakes and four different kinds of spicy sauces.
Other popular dishes at Sushi Maru are orange chicken and the Las Vegas roll.
Color-coded dishes determine the price of entrees that cruise down the conveyor belt.
“There’s so much variety [of restaurants] out in Spokane,” Chang said. “If [a restaurant] is not a chain, it’s a small place that just opened and just to be considered third [most popular] is awesome.”
Sushi Maru opened in December 2010 and are located on the ground floor of Riverpark Square, across Spokane Falls Boulevard from Spokane’s City Hall.