“If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony.” —Fernand Point
Chef Adam Hegsted has become a household name in the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene restaurant community during recent years with the success of Kendall Yards’ The Wandering Table and The Yards Bruncheon, and the Gilded Unicorn in Downtown Spokane.
Most recently, two North Idaho towns became home to the enticing flavors and beautifully plated cuisine of Chef Adam and his Eat Good Group team. This past April, just north of Sandpoint in Ponderay—near Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort and Ruby Suites—Eat Good Group’s fourth restaurant made its debut—Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar. The unique building is not hard to miss with its beautiful rustic yet modern appearance. Once inside, you’ll find a warm and inviting space where the food, once again, takes center stage. At Farmhouse, everything is made from scratch; they even smoke their own meats in house. Brunch is served daily 7am to 3:30pm, with items like caramelized banana pancakes, fresh apple donuts, chicken and waffles, breakfast poutine and smoked trout frittata to delight your taste buds. Dinner, served 4pm to close, offers reasonably priced comfort food—with a twist—and features grilled meatloaf, country-fried NY strip, blackened Alaskan cod tostadas, and who can pass up their breakfast for dinner entrée? A smaller dinner menu is available inside the adjacent Silo Bar.
The Post Falls community has warmly embraced Eat Good Groups latest venture—Republic Kitchen + Taphouse—where the motto is: “Sharing the craft foods we love to eat and the local brews we love to drink.” Opened in August and housed in a 1910 Post Falls home on the National Historic Registry, the European gasthaus-meets-Seattle pub welcomes diners with its spacious, garden-framed deck—ideal for outdoor dining during the warmer months. At Republic, you’ll dine and imbibe on more of Adam’s distinct creations. Begin your dining adventure with startups like the popcorn cauliflower or bacon-wrapped jalapenos, moving on to which’wiches like the bacon Monte Cristo, house bratwurst sliders and avocado sando. Or if you’d prefer one of the goods, there’s duck confit carnitas, crispy salmon and chimichurri steak asada.
When it comes to the brews, anyone can see that Adam and his Republic partners Tom and Mark Latham have an insatiable appetite for quality local craft beers; this is why all beers on tap are always 100 percent local or Northwest brewed. This is truly a “brewery to table” experience.
There’s no wrong choice when it comes to dining at each of these distinct Inland Northwest restaurants. The Wandering Table, Yards Bruncheon, Gilded Unicorn, Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar or Republic Kitchen + Tahouse … Where will you be headed next?
Farmhouse Kitchen and Silo Bar
477227 Highway 95 N.
Republic Kitchen + Taphouse
120 E. Fourth Ave.
310 S. Monroe St.
The Wandering Table
1242 W. Summit Parkway
The Yards Bruncheon
1248 W. Summit Parkway