written by Cara Strickland
For more than twenty years, Mizuna has been a fixture in downtown Spokane, offering beautifully prepared, seasonal food in an intimate and romantic setting. Originally, the restaurant was entirely vegetarian, serving the best of the region without ever considering meat an option. The result was the sort of vegetarian food you’d want to write home about. Although Mizuna added meat to the menu a few years ago, it still prints separate, color-coded menus to differentiate between vegetarian and carnivorous offerings, and one thing hasn’t changed: the vegetarian meals are still something to write home about. Don’t miss the spinach arancini. Be sure to save room for dessert, because you’ll want to try the amaretto-roasted pear with coconut ice cream, and the flourless dark chocolate and crystallized ginger torte (with blood orange sauce) just to be safe. Add a great wine list and attentive service, and you have the makings of a wonderful night out.