Dish

Eclectic | New American | Seafood | Vegetarian
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Dish, which is the commissary of a residential/rental resort on the shore of ravishing Lake Pend Oreille, is tough to categorize. It is casual enough to feel like a shorts-and-sandals waterside grill, which in some ways it is. You can come for a hamburger, tacos, or fish and chips. On the other hand, those burgers, tacos, and fish and chips are extraordinarily good. No doubt about it: there is serious kitchen wizardry going on. Of that there is no doubt when you savor the complex goodness of buffalo meat loaf with chipotle barbecue sauce or sweet chili-grilled prawns with wasabi crème fresh. Anyone looking for a big-deal culinary experience in the vicinity of Sandpoint won’t find a better opportunity.

This is Idaho, and potatoes star. Dinners of steak and salmon are accompanied by “smashed potatoes” – medium-size Idahos that get par-boiled, iced, semi-flattened, then fried until their soft insides are enveloped in a well-salted leathery coat. This is spud heaven, especially when supplemented by a few strips of what the menu bills as “world famous bacon” – mahogany ribbons that are smoky, peppery, and otherwise doctored up in undisclosed ways that give them succulence like the juiciest pork belly, but with all the crispy-chewy texture of thick-sliced bacon.

That same bacon also happens to be the unlikely star player in a lunch item that Dish offers, the vegetarian burger. Yes, according to proprietor Gary Peitz, three out of four veggie burgers served at Dish are ordered with bacon on top. Beefless they may be, but the bacon’s piggy virtue is an intensely pleasurable animal-fat complement to the thick patty of root vegetables in which finely-shredded beets do an amazing visual imitation of rare ground sirloin. The burgers come on pretzel rolls and are decorated with lettuce, tomato, onion, and jalapeno aioli.

Note: Dish is open in the winter only for dinner, Wednesday through Saturday. The rest of the year it is open daily from 11am to 9pm.

What to Eat
Dish, Huckleberry Mojito
Huckleberry Mojito
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If you come late summer, you can start the meal with a huckleberry mojito and finish it with ice cream blanketed with walnuts and freshly picked huckleberries.
Dish, Pad Thai
Pad Thai
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A gluten-free option, pad Thai is made of noodles, eggs, peanuts, onions, celery, carrots, sprouts, cilantro, lime and chili: a taste-buds kaleidoscope.
Dish, Bacon
Bacon
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The bacon at Dish may not be 'world famous,' as the menu describes it, but it ought to be. It is thick, succulent, smoky, peppery, and unbelievably satisfying.
Dish, Huckleberries
Huckleberries
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In late summer, huckleberries are an Idaho staple. Here they are atop ice cream with nuts -- a simple, unimprovable combo.
Dish, Chili Grilled Prawns
Chili Grilled Prawns
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Chili grilled prawns are huge and delicious, served with a pickled ginger-cilantro salad and abetted by wasabi creme fraiche.
Dish, Root Vegetable Burger with Bacon
Root Vegetable Burger with Bacon
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Served on a pretzel roll, the root vegetable burger is topped with wonderful jalapeno aioli and, pictured here, delicious Dish bacon.
Dish, Smashed Potato
Smashed Potato
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Idaho's finest. Dish's smashed potato is par-boiled, then fried until the inside is light and fluffy and the exterior becomes a chewy, savory coat.
Dish, Mahi Mahi Tacos
Mahi Mahi Tacos
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Mahi mahi tacos are adorned with Baja slaw and cilantro lime sour cream. On the side come avocado French fries.
Dish, Summer Berry Lemon Cake
Summer Berry Lemon Cake
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Dish's menu is seasonal. Here, at the peak of summer, is a lemon cake topped with fresh berries.
Directions and Hours
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 7 MILES | 22 min

Sandwiched between Montana and Washington state, Idaho’s panhandle stretches from the wheat-gold hills of a fertile table called the Palouse to the green timbered mountains of British Columbia. Ancestral home of the Nez Percé, it is pure paradise for souls who crave to get away from everything but nature. North of Coeur d'Alene, the town…

6 stops | 1289 MILES | 20 hr 1 min

A favorite snack among grizzly bears as well as humans, huckleberries grow in the high mountains of the Great Plains and ripen in late summer. They are similar to blueberries, but not quite as sweet, their wine-purple color hinting at a depth of flavor more satisfying than the richest chocolate. As a topping for ice…

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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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