If you’re in the vicinity of Post Falls, Idaho, and looking for a breakfast or lunch stop, may I recommend Side Street Place? There are half a dozen “diner” style restaurants along a several-block strip of Schneidmiller Avenue, all visible from I-90. When we saw the sign proclaiming grass-fed meat, we knew we wanted to give it a try.
Inside, the decor interested us. Booths with green padded benches (some in need of repair) lined the space, linked by intricate black and white mosaic floor tiling. More tiles above the windows led the eye up to a decorative tin ceiling.
We didn’t look closely at the breakfast menu as it was early afternoon when we sat down. We noticed organic bread on the menu as well as gluten-free options. There was a good selection of burgers and sandwiches, much what we expected to see, with most in the $8-$10 range.
A brochure in the table rack introduced us to the source of the grass-fed beef: Painted Hills in central Oregon. Ketchup bottles on the table were labeled “high fructose corn syrup free.” As folks who appreciate local, real food, we felt we were in good hands.
Jim ordered a Frisco-style burger (on sourdough bread) with onion rings and I had a bacon and cheddar burger with French fries. The plates were large and loaded as seems typical in the USA.
We both enjoyed our meals very much, though we were unable to finish due to sheer volume. The French fries ware probably the best I’ve ever eaten. They were a hundred times better than fast-food fries, and it’s not just because I’ve cut way back on potato (carbs in general) consumption in the past few months. They really were *that* good. The burger was loaded with flavor–a slightly smokey huckleberry barbecue sauce, real bacon crisped to perfection, and excellent cheese.
Mmm. I’m hungry again, just thinking about it!
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