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“Over 100years of North Idaho Hospitality”
Review of The Snake Pit

The Snake Pit
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Kingston
Price range: US$9 - US$25
Cuisines: American
Description: The Snake Pit, built in 1880, is Idaho's oldest restaurant. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week all year long. Our ribs, pork, brisket and salmon are all smoked in-house, and we are notorious for the best Rocky Mountain Oysters in the area. The historic building is full of memorabilia from the last century of mining and logging. Finish this all off with house-baked pie or wild Idaho huckleberry ice cream and you have a perfect day. We are on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River in an ideal spot for fly-fishing, bicycling, hunting, floating and camping.
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Description: The Snake Pit, built in 1880, is Idaho's oldest restaurant. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week all year long. Our ribs, pork, brisket and salmon are all smoked in-house, and we are notorious for the best Rocky Mountain Oysters in the area. The historic building is full of memorabilia from the last century of mining and logging. Finish this all off with house-baked pie or wild Idaho huckleberry ice cream and you have a perfect day. We are on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River in an ideal spot for fly-fishing, bicycling, hunting, floating and camping.
Post Falls, Idaho
Level 6 Contributor
662 reviews
421 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“Over 100years of North Idaho Hospitality”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

Established in 1880 The Enaville resort,affectionately known as the Snake Pt, was in danger of being lost when to owner Joe Peak and his Wife Mary passed away this last spring. Thankfully Kim and Joanee Giddle took the place over and the tradition of hospitality continues. They scrubbed the place up, added some interior lights, and rearranged some of the fun collectables that have adorned the place from every wall,shelf and ceiling. Open for breakfast ,lunch and dinner, with a full bar, and good old fashioned cooking this place will make a great place to start your day adventure in north Idaho, or end it with a hearty meal and a drink. Family friendly you will enjoy your visit. My wife and I ate here often over our eight years in Idaho, and after a hearty lunch of buffalo burger, and chips we were relieved to see the food is as good as it ever was. Come dine in a place of history.

  • Visited November 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
251 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“A year too late to enjoy this local 100 year old establishment”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

After reading countless reviews about this restaurant we couldn't wait to check it out. Turns out the place is only open Saturday and Sunday 12-7 ;they only serve liquor, beer and milkshakes. We talked to someone from the area and it sounded like the community has lost two great people who ran The Snake Pit. Not only did they run the restaurant but contributed to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene that runs right in front of the restaurant (nee brothel) and wrote for the local newspaper. The restaurant is allegedly trying to keep the liquor license for the potential new owners so they keep the place open minimal hours. My condolences to the family.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Lynn A
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Heron, Montana
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Go For The History”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Very interesting building, boring food. Its called the Snake Pit, so they aren't bragging about their cuisines. The top floor was reputed to be a cathouse, and you can almost imagine the girls with their legs hanging over the railing. Fun stuff to look at, far more so than a fast food joint, who collectively also don't have food to write home about. Lots of gnarly wood.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Amber B
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Post Falls, Idaho
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Waiting to be Sold”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

The estate of the last owner who passed away recently has the Snake Pit up for sale. They are doing the minimum amount of work to keep it open.

Visited June 2013
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Whitefish, Montana
Level 6 Contributor
253 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“You need to check it out”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

This place it worth the stop just to see and experience it. It has been a bar since i don't know when and has lots of interesting stuff on the walls. The breakfast buffet was great. The prime rib not so prime.

Visited June 2013
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Thank soloman9993
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