You might not expect to find many gourmet choices in a small town like Post Falls, Idaho
, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its cosmopolitan options, representing culinary styles from all over the world and often at very good prices. Whether you’re here by design or just passing through, check out our list of 10 great restaurants to check out while you’re in town.
Fleur De Sel
Restaurant, French, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Fleur De Sel
Named after a particularly fine variety of sea salt harvested in France, Fleur de Sel (which translates to ‘flower of salt’) is a particularly fine example of a French restaurant. Once you take a look at the menu and some of the delicacies that it has to offer, you won’t be surprised that it was selected by a regional magazine as the best restaurant in the whole northern Idaho region. The owners have years of experience cooking with the best of the best back in France, and it shows in each one of their splendid creations. You’ll get the feel of fine dining, and the prices are very reasonable.
Fleur de Sel, 4365 Inverness Dr, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 777 7600
The Old European
Restaurant, Hungarian, American, German, European, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
The Old European
Although the owners of The Old European may be several generations removed from their European roots, it wouldn’t appear that way when you have a look at the menu. They have direct connections to Poland and Denmark, but that doesn’t limit the food that guests can taste. Hungarian goulash, for example, is a soul-warming, savory treat, but come for breakfast to see where The Old European really shines. The pancakes, crêpes, omelets, and country-specific specialties like Danish æbelskivers (think puff pastry with delicious sauce to go with it) all make the trip well worth it.
The Old European Restaurant, 1710 E Schneidmiller Ave, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 777 2017
The Oval Office Bistro & Martini
The Oval Office Bistro & Martini is the perfect stop for a classy night out. You might expect to find only American food given the name, but its menu actually has quite a broad range of meat and seafood prepared in all sorts of international styles. The martini menu is where you’re going to find the American touches, largely in the form of funny political names for each of the drinks. Who wouldn’t like to try Palin’s Panties or Obama’s Mama?
Oval Office, 620 N Spokane St, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 777 2102
Big Bear Deli
Big Bear Deli is a cozy, welcoming place, and its large selection of comfort food only adds to that pleasant feeling. This is the perfect lunchtime stop, it has daily specials of soups, quiches, and sandwiches, so you can make your choice easier by just picking whatever they’ve got for the day. You’ll find plenty of your old favorites, but usually with an interesting twist, a pastrami and swiss panini, for example, but with Sriracha mayo. Big Bear also has a lot of fun with regular recurring special days, like Meatloaf Mondays.
Big Bear Deli, 700 E 8th Ave, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 457 8465
Ricardo’s Baja Tacos
Ricardo’s Baja Tacos is well-loved in the community, and you’ll know why as soon as you walk into the bright, colorful interior. The menu is short, sweet, and cheap, but the plates that arrive are chock full of fresh and delicious food. The style is Mexican street food,with friendly, fast service, so this is a great place to come if you’re looking for a quick, tasty bite. One thing that the locals know is that the burritos are huge, if you don’t have a huge appetite, one can be plenty for two people.
Ricardo’s Baja Tacos, 504 E Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 620 0132
Fu-ki Japanese Steakhouse
If you want the full Japanese experience, Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse is the place to go. It has both an extensive sushi menu and separate lunch and dinner Teppan menus, so there’s really something for everyone. The Teppan menu involves the entertainment of seeing the chef cook everything in front of you. If you’re a fan of sushi, be prepared for a decision that will take a while, in addition to all the sushi and sashimi you expect to see on a good menu, the selection of special rolls is vast, and each one seems even more inviting than the one before.
Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse, 1500 E Seltice Way, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 457 7077
The White House Grill
Restaurant, Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
The White House Grill
When you walk up to the White House Grill, the name and the presidential façade might make you believe that you’re going for burgers and steaks. Once you get a little closer, though, you’ll see that the columns take on more of a Grecian air, which makes sense, because The White House Grill is actually a Mediterranean restaurant, with specialties from all around the region. The two main influences you’ll find are Turkish and Greek, so you can expect that all the food you get will be fresh and healthy, and seasoned with just the right amount of garlic.
The White House Grill, 712 N Spokane St, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 777 9672
Famous Willie’s BBQ
There are few states in the US farther from the South than Idaho, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get great barbecue and Cajun food. Famous Willie’s BBQ has you covered in Post Falls. Come here for juicy meat, chicken, brisket, and pork spareribs are just a few of the options, all seasoned to a T with either Cajun spices or the house barbecue sauce, which is, of course, made from a secret family recipe. This is a place where you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert, the pie chef recently took home three first-place ribbons in the county fair.
Famous Willie’s BBQ, 107 E 7th Ave, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 773 0000
Dueling Irons is another breakfast joint of choice in Post Falls. You’ll want to come hungry, because the plates are huge and full of everything you could possibly want to start your day with. All the ingredients are sourced locally, so you can trust that the food will be very fresh. The egg scrambles always contain great flavor combinations, and you can even find biscuits here, which is not always true outside of the South. Lunch does not disappoint, Dueling Irons has great burgers in all the old classic varieties, in addition to all the sandwich choices that you know and love.
Dueling Irons Restaurant, 1780 E Schneidmiller Ave, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 262 9716
Nate’s New York Pizza
Nate’s New York Pizza has fresh salads, hearty pasta bowls, and meaty sandwiches, but you know that what you’re coming for are the delicious pizzas. Nate’s goes off the build-your-own pizza principle, so the menu is open for you to make of it what you will and leave totally satisfied. If you’d rather trust Nate’s judgement, just have a look at the house specialty pizza menu for a great list of choices, all with New York-themed names. For something with a little local flavor, try the Idaho Spud, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that you’ll actually find sliced potatoes along with the bacon and other veggies on the pizza.
Nate’s New York Pizza, 920 ID-41 #1, Post Falls, ID, USA +1 208 773 6697