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Joel’s Mexican Food, Sandpoint, ID

Joel’s Mexican Food, Sandpoint, ID

When we announced our pending road trip through Sandpoint, ID, our niece Alica and BF Tyler excitedly instructed, “You MUST go to Joel’s.  They have the best, authentic, Mexican food.” Hmmm.  Having a Canadian make pronouncements on the ‘authenticity’ of Mexican food is suspect.  That’s like relying on somebody who’s […]

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Frank’s Steak and Schnitzel Haus, Cranbrook, B.C.

Frank’s Steak and Schnitzel Haus, Cranbrook, B.C.

Frank’s is one of my favourite restaurants on the planet. After four years of raving about this family run schnitzel house to Ingrid, I finagled a road trip and took her there.  Ingrid typically likes nothing, but Frank’s schnitzels impressed mightily.  (And yes, Ingrid is of German origin.)  She agrees […]

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Friends Restaurant, Enterprise, Oregon

“What time do you open for breakfast?”, I ask the grey-haired, grandmotherly-looking woman who’s the sole server in this plain, small diner. “5:00 A.M.”, she replies. “5:00 A.M.?”, I ask, astonished.  “Five in the morning is darn early!  Who eats breakfast here at 5:00 A.M.?”  I’m an early riser, but […]

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Lan’s Asian Grill, Edmonton, Alberta

My chef friend, Hilary, says Lan’s makes the best green onion cakes in Edmonton.  After trying them, I’d have to agree.  They’re thicker and lighter than the traditional flat, dense onion cakes that are typically served in the city.  In fact, Lan’s version leans more towards the style of French […]

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Panhandler Pies Restaurant and Bakery, Sandpoint, Idaho

“The U.S. Border Patrol warned us to expect a big, Canadian biker gang”, laughed the hostess as our group of BMW club riders crowded into the Panhandler on Canada’s Victoria Day weekend.  Saturday morning, and the compact, rustically decorated Panhandler was packed and bustling. We ‘discovered’ the Panhandler more than […]

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Marv’s Classic Soda Shop, Black Diamond, Alberta

Walk into Marv’s Classic Soda Shop and you’re stepping back in time.  This retro-style restaurant oozes 1950-something, and it’s a charming place for lunch.  Burgers and fries (what else would you order?).  There’s no high-falutin’, fancy schmancy food here.  Be sure to order a malt.  (When’s the last time you […]

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Effie Burgers, Lewiston, Idaho

Effie Burgers, Lewiston, Idaho

You could easily drive past Effie’s without noticing it.  Effie’s is the classic, hole-in-the-wall diner.  Even if you found it and looked through the window, you’d likely think “pass” and keep walking.  Tiny, dark and showing decades of wear and tear, Effie’s is a local eatery legend that serves up […]

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The Montana Club Restaurant, Missoula, MT

Canadians want to know:  What is ‘chicken-fried steak’?  Is it chicken?  or is it steak? Chicken fried steak is a unique culinary piece of Americana that miraculously pops up on menus the instant you roll across the 49th parallel .  It’s a thin-ish piece of beef that’s battered (like deep […]

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Balfour Golf Club Restaurant, Balfour, BC

The Balfour Golf Club Restaurant is tucked away in the heart of the B.C. Kootenays a few minutes north of the Balfour ferry.  Breakfast at the club’s restaurant is spectacular, especially dining on the patio on a warm August morning. The view overlooks the course with the Kootenay Mountain range […]

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Jakers Bar and Grill, Idaho Falls, ID

A few years ago on a road trip to Great Falls, Montana, we’d heard stories about Jakers from locals. They told us that when actor Robert Redford was filming the movie “A River Runs Through It (1992)” in the wilds surrounding Great Falls, Redford had dined every day at Jakers. […]

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