What’s the most asked question I field when fans and families start rolling in to Lewiston, Idaho for the Avista NAIA World Series? From across the nation, here it is:
“Where do we find Fazzari’s, Efffie’s and Strike & Spare?”
Apparently, they’ve all got directions to Harris Field before they get here.
These three local restaurants have risen to legendary heights with officials, players and traveling baseball fans. What’s all the fuss about? Half the draw is that these are foods you just can’t get anywhere else; oh sure, other towns have pizza, burgers and sandwiches, but not like these. The other half must have its roots in competition because there’s an awful lot of “I ate the whole thing” boasting going on when I catch up with those who’ve ventured into these wilds of LC Valley cuisine and emerged victorious.
- Fazarri’s Finest Pizza
Pizza. From top to bottom, Fazzari’s has got it going on when it comes to pizza. Hand-tossed crust made daily to homemade sauces, and toppings loaded on in signature combinations – we hear it’s not a just a pizza. We hear it’s a pie to die for. Fazzari’s is located at 1281 Bridge Street in Clarkston, Washington; Directions.
- Effie’s Tavern
The Effie Burger. It’s big. Really, really big. A full pound burger on an 8” bun with all the trimmings – lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese, pickles. Word on the street is that every baseball player through the door is on a mission to eat a whole burger, on his own. Many have tried, few have succeeded. Effie’s Tavern is located at 1120 Main Street in Lewiston, Idaho; Directions.
- Strike & Spare
The Cock & Bull Sandwich. Every day, the Strike & Spare roasts enough turkey and prime rib to feed a small army. Then, they do their best to pile all of it between two slices of Texas Toast and serve it up with homemade curly fries. This is not a sandwich for the faint of appetite but it’s worth every delicious bite – we suggest you consider splitting one with a friend. Strike & Spare is located at 244 Thain Road in Lewiston, Idaho; Directions.
Scott McClure, Manager of Championship Sports at NAIA says, “Much like baseball, hot dogs and apple pie (which gets “played” up big time on Memorial Day at Harris Field), it’s become tradition … to go to Fazzari’s for pizza and Effie’s for the burger. I also make at least one trip to the Main Street Grill each year for great food and to look at all of the World Series stuff on the walls – it’s like a baseball museum at the Main Street. Oh, don’t forget the ‘fry sauce.’ It must be an Idaho thing. I like it. We recently added a chain restaurant in Lawrence that has French fry sauce…it made me think of Lewiston and the Series! I can’t wait to get back this week for a slice of Schotzy pizza, an Effie Burger, some fry sauce…and a trip to the Strike & Spare!”
We’d love to hear about where you “must eat” during the 2012 Avista NAIA World Series in the LC Valley this year –share your story with us on Facebook and while you’re at the games, give a shout to@HellsCanyon on Twitter, I’d love to say hi!