Surrounded by Beauty and Pride While Dining in Idaho
Our contributor shares her recent experience at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
I read about the resort’s chef Adam Hegsted from an event he participated in at the James Beard Foundation along with competitions, therefore I wanted to meet him. I heard that he loved to walk around the resort and forage and I was hoping he would take me along during my trip, so I decided this was my location.
I didn’t have exact expectations but I wanted to check out the food, the spa, the golf course, and do a little gambling.
As my first trip to Idaho, and being a city girl, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. There are so many farms and it is country living, but I was looking forward to the experience ahead. The first thing most people think about are potatoes when talking about Idaho, but I experienced so much more!
I was starving after a long flight, but wanted to freshen up first. Since chef Hegsted knew I was arriving he had lunch ready for me and I was ready to eat!
I went in the Red Tail Bar and Grill and was looking over the menu. The first question he asked me was if I ever had fry bread, which of course I hadn’t — but I wanted to try it. We were quickly served an order, which came with several dipping choices. I went for the sweet and it was good, but chef Hegsted announced that we would be sampling a wide variety of food specialties from the menu.
Before the food came out I looked around the restaurant a bit. This is a typical bar and grill, but the manager and staff were attentive and friendly. I noticed that many guests were enjoying the Red Tail Reuben; I was hoping we were sampling that sandwich, and we did. After sampling, I can say you need to make sure it is the first dish you try at the Red Tail.
Next came the Red Tail Fish ‘n Chips, and the cod was cooked to perfection. Then we each enjoyed an individual serving of Man ‘n Cheese — oh boy! That was so yummy! Then we all had a piece of the signature BLT, which I passed on so I could go for more of the Reuben, so I grabbed the last piece on the table. Now, although I was pretty full, chef Hegsted looked over at me and said, "I want you to try the Indian Taco." My eyes came out of my head when it arrived. It is a large piece of fry bread with Montana buffalo chili, shredded lettuce, Cheddar, sour cream, olives, green onions and tomatoes. We all took a slice and I couldn’t’ believe how delicious it was. I had to ask, "How does one person eat this entire dish?" He just smiled and replied, "They do!" We all walked away happy and full.
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