Great Tap House & Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Where to Eat in Coeur d'Alene - Crafted Tap HouseWhen Bruce and I were in Coeur d’Alene Idaho looking for a good place to eat, we found it on Sherman Avenue, the main drag for interesting shops, restaurants and galleries in CDA.

The place is called Crafted Tap House & Kitchen. It’s located in a former muffler shop. Talk about great adaptive reuse of a building!

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Where to Eat in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Crafted Tap House in Coeur d'Alene IdahoCrafted Tap House is the first restaurant for Rob Berger, a former software developer whose contribution to the world includes the technology to order food and drinks from your table via iPad or other tablet. Not everyone loves these things, preferring personal interaction with servers. But they save restaurant operators a ton of labor costs and it really works in some settings. Crafted is one of those settings.

The food is good. I had a nice salad and Bruce had a burger, but we really liked what Rob Berger had done in designing the restaurant. He had a local craftsperson build all of the seats and tables using repurposed rebar and big industrial-sized coils.

Crafted Tap House - a great place to eat in Coeur d'Alene IdahoThe 50 taps for beer are made from cam shafts and pistons; the trash cans are defused, gutted 700 pound WWII-era bombs. The hostess stand is part of a pontoon bridge that once crossed the Spokane River. The bathroom stalls are handcrafted from 3/8 inch hot blown steel; the sinks made from car parts. Everything thing is repurposed, industrial and super creative.

What to Eat at Crafted Tap House in Coeur d’Alene

Repurposed fixtures at Crafted Tap House in Coeur d'Alene Idaho

Back to the menu – Entrees are named for those who excelled at their craft. For example, the “42” Hamburger, which Bruce had, is named for Jackie Robinson; Mama T’s chicken Parmesan is named for Mother Theresa; the best selling pork tacos named for Bono. The salad I had was “Audrey’s Adoration,” named for Audrey Hepburn.

Summer in Coeur d’Alene is just fabulous with little humidity, mild temps and perfect blue skies. Dining outside is indeed a treat. And dining at Crafted Tap House is a treat anytime of the year.

Tip: For another great place that serves just beer, head north to Hayden Idaho. Loved this place, too.

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