An Evening at the Tamarack

The Tamarack Public House

Last night my wife and I had a meal at the Tamarack Public House. It was hopping for a Wednesday evening in January. The atmosphere felt alive but it wasn't so noisy that we couldn't enjoy our conversation.

The Pub

The Tamarack Public House is a newer pub style restaurant in downtown Spokane. It is situated in the middle of the block on the north side of Sprague just east of Monroe. Located in a renovated old brick building with loads of charm, there was no expense spared in fixtures and building materials. While exploiting the rustic look of the original brick and mortar walls every other surface is new and very pleasing to the eye.

The Grub

Tamarack Burger and macarini salad

It is evident that there was a lot of thought put into the menu with a focus on farm to table fresh and made from scratch. I had the Tamarack burger on a recommendation. On the spectrum of gourmet burgers, the Tamarack rates quite high. It is made with a half-pound patty and features caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese, bacon, demi glaze, aioli, guacamole, tomato, lettuce on a toasted bun.

For my side I had their signature macaroni salad. I have come to realize that chili just needs to be in mac salad. There are a couple of pubs in town that our kind of famous for their corn macaroni salad and it is one of my favorites. Now I may have a new favorite. But the Tamarack puts bacon in theirs; that's like cheating.

The Brew

Ok, they have 32 taps of microbrews. Could I get a PBR? Just kidding. My first beer was an Abyss Barrel Aged Imperial Stout by Deschutes. This is one very rich beer full of complex flavors including molasses vanilla and bourbon. At 12.2% ABV it was a 12oz poor, though I would have preferred it to in a snifter glass. Next time I will have this as my second beer and pair it with my meal.

The second beer that I did have with my meal was the ultimately quaffable Peone Wheat Ale from Big Barn Brewing Company up in Green Bluff. Mine was served with a slice of orange in a pub glass. This is a nice refreshing well balanced American wheat beer. There is certainly no flavor overload here. This should have been my first beer.

The Crew

We were seated immediately at a pub-height table along the wall. As I mentioned before, it was hopping for a Wednesday and there was a birthday party up in the loft. We sat there for a bit before we got our menus. On second visit our server took our drink orders and our food order at the same time which helped to expedite things. She was very upbeat and helpful but just a little rushed. There was a cooperative synergy between the servers, they just really needed one more.

The Tamarack Public house has a very nice atmosphere, great food and an outstanding beer selection. Overall it was a good experience.

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