Garnet

Eclectic | New American
Memorable
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Lolling on the sun-dappled porch of this small café that once was a private home on a quiet street, we are informed by the waitress that “Everything you eat here is from the owner’s farm, except the salmon, which is wild.” While such local and natural sourcing doesn’t necessarily guarantee a good meal, in this place you can count on it. Garnet truly is a Coeur d’Alene gem.

The farm belongs to the McLane family. Ham, sausage, and bacon come from its well-fed hogs. Farm chickens lay the kitchen’s eggs. Chevre comes from McLane goats’ milk. They don’t cultivate mushrooms on the farm, but the ones you will eat here – morels, porcini, chanterelles – are foraged and delivered by locals.

About that wild-caught sockeye salmon. A big, thick, pink hunk of it, moist and heavy, comes glazed with marmalade atop a confetti of sautéed vegetables, sided by a couple of eggs and a slab of buttered toast (sourdough, rosemary, or whole wheat). To further enhance the toast (which needs no enhancement), there’s a ramekin of what looks like honey butter but turns out to be sunshiny lemon curd.

Like the salmon, Garnet’s signature spaghetti can be breakfast as well as lunch. It, too, comes with a pair of eggs. The noodles are perfectly al dente, festooned with sun-dried tomatoes, herbed goat cheese, roasted garlic, and parmesan.

There are omelets and scrambles of all kinds, green eggs and ham, house-made corned beef hash, Nutella and banana-stuffed French toast, and Spam and eggs. (That last one is described on the menu as “Everyone’s Favorite.”) Also, Garnet offers a full menu of soups and sandwiches available each day from 11 to 2. I want to come back for lunch next time, which I hope is very soon. It is hard to imagine any dish here is less than excellent.

What to Eat
Garnet, Sockeye Salmon
Sockeye Salmon
Must-Try
Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon, glazed with orange marmalade, perches atop a mound of farm-fresh vegetables and is accompanied by a pair of eggs and a large slab of buttered sourdough toast.
Garnet, Spaghetti
Spaghetti
Must-Try
Spaghetti for breakfast? This lovely plate is available first thing in the morning and through lunch hour until 2pm, when the restaurant closes.
Garnet, Vegetables
Vegetables
Must-Try
Vegetables that accompany main courses (that's the salmon in back) come from the McLane family farm.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 2pm
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday7am - 2pm
Wednesday7am - 2pm
Thursday7am - 2pm
Friday7am - 2pm
Saturday7am - 2pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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