‘Restaurant Week Rejects’ band together to host their own special dining-out event

February 12, 2019 GMT

Eateries with walk-up counter service aren’t eligible to participate in the upcoming Inlander Restaurant Week. So a trio of top Spokane chefs with fast-casual restaurants have teamed up to host their own specialty event.

They’re calling it Restaurant Week Rejects.

Spokane chefs Travis Dicksinson, Chad White and Jeremy Hansen will be running three-course $19 menus at their quick-service downtown Spokane restaurants from Feb. 18 through March 2.

Dicksinson said the three chefs aren’t trying to disparage Restaurant Week, which runs Feb. 21 to March 2. But, he said, “if we do nothing, our businesses will suffer while restaurants in the guide are packed.”

His restaurant, Cochinito Taqueria, is offering a choice of chips and guacamole, corizo queso and chips, or elote (Mexican street corn) to start. For the second course, customers can select any two tacos with rice and beans. And, for the last course, there’s a choice of horchata panna cotta with chile mango coulis and candied almond or churros with chocolate or cajeta dipping sauce.

At Zona Blanca, choose from Dorilocos or guacamole and chips to start. For the second course, choose any ceviche tostada or torta. For the final course, there’s a choice of champurado ice cream or Jamaica and coco sorbet.

At Hansen’s Biscuit Wizard and Common Crumb, both located in the Saranac Commons building, guests can start with a burger and fries or another item from Biscuit Wizard, which specializes in hand-helds such as biscuits and biscuit sandwiches. For the second course, guests can select an item from the Common Crumb bake shop. The final course is a beer from Black Label Brew Co., owned by longtime friends Steve Wells and Dan Dvorak and also located in Saranac Commons.

Cochinito Taqueria is at 10 N. Post St. Call (509) 474-9618. On the web: cochinitotaqueria.com.

Zona Blanca is at 154 S. Madison St. Call (509) 443-5427.On the web: https://limefishsalt.com.

Biscuit Wizard, Common Crumb and Black Label are at 19 W. Main Ave. Call (509) 290-5927 for Biscuit Wizard. Call (509) 315-4948 for Common Crumb. Call (509) 822-7436 for Black Label.