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Iron Goat Brewing

We never did make it to Iron Goat’s previous location, but are, of course, familiar with their brews. Now found downtown, its locale is both Northwest-y and beer-y, a combination most should approve of.

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I don’t know if the previous spot had much as far as food was concerned, but the bar menu here is largely what one would expect from any and all brewpubs. That’s neither a bad thing nor a good thing, really, though Iron Goat is likely not where you would go for a never-before experienced food orgy.

With that said, what they did manage to do was something we have been searching for a long time. It might not be a food orgy, but rather a friendly food hug.

Long time readers of the site1 will remember our taste for Deschutes’s pretzel. We even had a pertzel-throwdown between it and Saranac’s, where the Oregon brewpub came out on top. This is, of course, all the lead-up to the obvious: Iron Goat actually managed to one-up Deschutes with their pretzel bites. Really. Maybe we shouldn’t take pretzels this seriously, but you know what… Your mom takes pretzels seriously, and so do we.

It’s all in the balance. A good bite gives way to a soft crumb, all steamy and flavorful. You will know it when you taste it, and that is what you should go do right now.

The beer is what it is: Iron Goat-y, and we are quite OK with that. You get your regular selection, and you get the specials, all standard issue.

It’s nice to see downtown brewpubs. They add to the landscape. To be a Northwest-style city in the Northwest, you kinda need them. Iron Goat does its thing well, as long as its thing is pretzels and beer.

1 I mean, there must be like three or something of you?

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Fleur De Sel Artisan Creperie

Spokane is abuzz about Fleur de Sel, which probably says something about the lack of crepe places1 in town. That’s not to say Fleur de Sel is bad, it just sort of… is. Let me elaborate.

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The crepes themselves aren’t bad, just kind of on the dull side. Their flavors aren’t overly memorable, and even a spiced rhubarb compote add little more than a much needed baseline-oomph. This could have been so much more. I guess even an average crepe is pleasant enough, and there are those who might say it’s unfair to compare Fleur de Sel to something like Portland’s Snow White, a Team SpoCOOL favorite. But, you know what? I don’t really buy into that. There is no need to expect mere average in Spokane anymore.

Also affecting the experience was the thorough use of paper plates. I mean, seriously… A crepe place with Fleur de Sel’s reputation should feel like a step up from a chain restaurant. I’m sure somebody, somewhere could explain why they went the paper route, but that doesn’t lessen the hit the ambiance takes.

Wow, this really does sound negative, doesn’t it? I don’t really mean to be too harsh, but after all the buzz I was disappointed there wasn’t more to Fleur de Sel. It has its place, and I’m sure it’s a good dining option for nearby hospital workers. I’m not so sure it’s worth much of a trek, but that is of course only one (magnificent) man’s opinion.

1 Wait, is there more than one?

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