Jack in the box

Jack in the Box
Anywhere in Eastern WA

Due to a friends love of fast food burgers, mainly Dick’s a local Spokane, Wa burger joint, decided to break my promise of not eating any of the chain fast food stuff and for the reason that a mass produced sandwich just doesn’t do it for me.

After being pummeled during the Mariner’s baseball games by a disguised ‘Jack’ serving his ‘bigger than the guys head’ Brewhouse Bacon Burger, i bit! Literally! After gassing up the Tundra and stopping by Costco for a few items i swung by an almost on my way home Jack’s and in the drive-thru picked up a sandwich, fries and diet coke for an amazing price of $7.40.

Because i had purchased eggs, cottage cheese and cold soup, I had to bring my sandwich home and eat it there, the fries were still pretty warm and salty, my icy pop was icy. My ‘cheesy-royals’ on the other had was not the one that they sold me during the Mariners game. Now i understand the rules of advertising, if it is in the ad in must be made from the same ingredients as the real deal. So while the box it came in was the size of the sandwich on tv, camera perspective sure made it look like something from my favorite brewpub.

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not the sandwich i was given!

While it did have a slice of tomato and slices of bacon, my bacon was about 1mm thick, that is almost thin enough to see through, it would take 40 slices to make an inch thick piece of meat so if it could of been at least 2mm or even 3 it would have looked like the cheap stuff we eat at home. My tomato slices were about 2/3 of what you see in this image and the patty was not nearly as juicy looking… aah photography!

The melted cheese sauce did run all over my fingers and hands and the single napkin was not enough to clean up the mess, luckily it was given to me in a paper bag that served that purpose nicely.  All in all the sandwich did have a good flavor, seemed juicy, small fries were adequate and the only thing i missed was an ice cold Stella to wash it down!




The Ref

The Ref Sports Bar
14208 E Sprague Ave
Spokane Valley 99216
Phone: 509.315.9637

Wife and I came back from the lake and had an appointment so we decided to catch an early dinner before going home. We have been to The Ref several times and not disappointed although a good friend went there and was treated poorly, so far only good reports.

Ck had the Chicken Caesar Wrap, her personal favorite, comes with several choices for sides, fries, salad, slaw or for a bit extra even onion rings. My fav of course is the ‘All-Star’  bacon cheeseburger and a side of fries. Usually chase with a Stella but today due to being out of my other fav i switched gears totally and did a Black Butte Porter instead.

While we waited we watched the Olympics on their big screen, the bike races were on, kinda like watching grass grow or Wade LeBlanc pitching for the Mariners. It seemed like thousands of laps that took about 13sec.s each and every ten laps or so they would claim winners of the heat…. harder to understand than the instructional booklet for my new camera.


The All-Star Bacon Cheeseburger

Our food did come quickly, the fries hot enough to scald, the burger juicy enough to run down both arms and my chin. Sweet red onion, tomato, lettuce served on a pretzel bun that was solid enough to hold together for the entire meal and chewy enough to make me think it was baked that morning.

The Ref, four and a half rashers in my book!



Twigs Spokane Valley Mall

Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar
Spokane Valley Mall
14728 E Indiana Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216


Lunch with Ck and Deb today as they met to settle their mom’s affairs. Been wanting to try different things here lately so today it was the Blackened Chicken Sandwich at Twigs @ Spokane Valley Mall.

We sat at the bar today and had a very friendly waiter, our regular ‘Bev’ was attending the tables so we did not get to talk to her very much. Ck and Deb both had the Turkey BLT Wrap and while i wanted a BLT, i do not enjoy wraps, don’t ask me why just not fond after a wrap disaster many moons ago.


Blackened Chicken Sandwich

My sandwich came with a generous portion of fries, they were not as hot as i would have wanted they were still edible and a great way to down a lot of catsup and mustard. My sandwich came with a nice filet of chicken that was not too thick and thus dry and not too thin like deli meat, they were nicely grilled and were plenty spicy for my appetite.

Would recommend this to any shoppers at the mall or anyone looking for a pleasant atmosphere, friendly and efficient wait staff along with a very satisfying meal. Also they have a fully stocked bar, they specialize in martinis but you can expect  a good choice, mine was a glass of Stella Artois which they keep on tap!







The Bistro @ Klinks

Formerly named Klinks, the restaurant fully deserving of its own moniker  changed its name to The Bistro, same great food and same great people. We had a chance to visit there recently after a brief scout trip and a decision to try it out. Only forty-five minutes from home with full hook-ups, boat rentals, toilets and showers, plus a small camp store that has everything you forgot including fishing licenses.

Our first visit here we spent the afternoon making friends at the Bistro’s small but friendly full service lounge/bar. It seems like almost as many people who visit over a weekend or holiday live there full time over the summer and work at the many tasks needed to run a small resort. At times it seemed like as many people were working as were staying. They keep the place cleaned up, raked up, picked up and the rooms were being cleaned constantly. They even came through and sifted out the ashes from the fire pits in the morning.

We did go out on the lake but came in after catching a few fish as we did not have any food or extra clothes and it turned out to be slightly cool. We came in to lunch at the Bistro, Ck had a Taco Salad that she thoroughly enjoyed and i the customary burger with bacon and fries.


Cheeseburger w/bacon and fries

My photo does not do the sandwich justice and thus we find ourselves in the position of having to return for a better photo.

We really enjoyed our time there, the place was well maintained the service was good all across the board. The wait staff at the Bistro were funny, friendly and truly interested in us and welcoming to a couple of newbies from the city.

We would truly recommend the whole experience to anyone who likes to cabin camp, trailer camp or even tent camp. If not a camper the restaurant was worth the drive from the Spokane Valley. We plan to visit there again soon!




The Ref Sports Bar

April 21, 2016

The Ref Sports Bar
14208 E Sprague Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 315-9637

Haven’t been out to a different restaurant for a bit but finally after a morning sawing down trees, bucking it up and splitting for firewood we had built up a pretty good appetite. Found this place and decided to give it a try.


All-Star Bacon & Cheeseburger

Decided to try their bacon cheese burger which came with a load of hot fries, also ordered a Stella to go with. The total bill with two drinks was on $22 fairly reasonable.

The restaurant is large with screens all around, we wanted to watch the Xfinity Race and the hostess gave the controller to me to change the big screen, very unusual at the least. There was a lot of places to sit and service was excellent.




Black Angus ~Spokane Valley

A neighbor gifted us with a card to Black Angus so we decided to take advantage of it on Christmas Eve instead of doing a meal at home we had early dinner.

Always an opportunity to try out a new burger the Angus Steakhouse Bacon Cheeseburger was the order of the day. The sandwich came with a small but sufficient order of ‘hot’ french fries and was topped with a couple of onion rings.

IMG_0598Added this image of the sandwich cross section to show just how well the ingredients looked and how the sandwich was prepared.

IMG_0601Ck ordered the Beer Battered Halibut Sandwich that also came with fries.  The Halibut piece was as big as a chicken breast and impossible to finish as was my burger, definitely on my list of places to return.

True Legends Grill

True Legends Grill
1803 N. Harvard Rd.
Liberty Lake, WA

It is the time of year when gathering firewood is our main way of exercising for the week, Last Thursday was no different save for getting a late start and then having a tree hang and having to get it down by pulley and truck. By the time it is bucked up, split and loaded for the trip home it is 2pm and we are both ready for lunch.

We decided on True Legends Grill in Liberty Lake as we could include a beer with our lunch since we were done working with our power tools, chain saws and splitter. They have a sandwich called the Burger Royal describe in the menu as;

“Flame broiled Angus beef patty topped with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and thousand island dressing.” Comes with a choice of white, wheat or Jalapeño & cheddar bun w/french fries to complete the plate.

It was a perfect lunch for a couple of hungry wood cutters.

Burger Royal