From a girl who loves food.
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I moved to Spokane in 2014 without a rain coat and with extremely low expectations. I am a city girl from Dallas who grew up on Tex-Mex and smoked BBQ. I like sunshine, warm weather, skyscrapers, and huge malls with designer stores I could never afford. While Washington is nothing like Texas, the scenery in Spokane constantly takes my breath away and the food… Let’s just say Spokane has A LOT to offer.
Whether you are in town for the weekend or you have lived here for 20 years. These restaurants are MUSTS!
(4237 Cheney Spokane Rd 99224 // 509.624.4182)
Chaps is a “brunchers” paradise. With an easy ordering system, a perfect outdoor patio, and a timeless brunch menu, there is no way you won’t leave satisfied!
Being a firm believer in eating dessert first, we started with a maple scone. With pecan bits baked inside the pastry and a maple glaze on the outside it’s obvious that this Chaps family recipe has been passed down and perfected. For the main course, we tried three dishes to Chaps menu and to make sure we tasted the sweet (Blueberry French Toast), the savory (Eggs Benedict), and the Salmon (Salmon Asparagus Dish). Also, their oatmeal is top notch.
The owner, Celeste, is a gem. You can find her hard at work with a big smile on her face greeting customers, taking orders, bussing tables, she does it all. And, she does it all while enjoying herself- or she’s really good at faking it! With an owner like Celeste, it’s no wonder Chaps is such a success.
(825 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA // 509.443.5606)
Their lunch menu offers around 10 sandwich options with a couple different sides. We ordered the Ahi tuna and the cold fried chicken sandwich with the brussels sprouts and french fries as sides. You guys… this was the best Ahi I have ever had. It literally melted in my mouth. The fish was so flaky and warm. The cold fried chicken sandwich comes with pickled onions and a spicy sriracha sauce. Both sandwiches are served on toasted, soft buns. The french fry portion was huge and the brussels sprouts were shredded which made them a lot easier to eat and each bite was smothered with flavor. No salt or pepper necessary.
Another great feature about Ruins is their drink menu. They have a fantastic assortment of fresh made sodas, sparkling water, lemonade, tea, etc. We tried the fresh squeezed lemonade and the pomegranate soda. The lemonade was VERY tart without much sugar, and I couldn’t get enough.
They offer a rotating menu that changes with the seasons so you are sure to always get to try something different.
(3315 W Northwest Blvd // 509.323.1600)
Downriver Grill is the restaurant I send people to when they are looking for a great casual lunch/dinner in Spokane. The staff and owners at Downriver Grill really care about their customers and the Spokane community as a whole. They love being a hot spot for many “Spokanites.”
Downriver Grill has something for everyone. It’s nice, clean, comfortable, conveniently located, and incredibly delicious. They are unique in that they offer a new fresh sheet menu about every two weeks. In addition, their menu changes seasonally. They focus on the words “local/ seasonal/ and fresh.” The staff and owners are true advocates of Spokane, and it shows through the care and love they put into their food.
They are known for their gorgonzola fries appetizer and it’s pretty clear why. Their pork was some of the best I have ever had, the salads are fresh and unique and the burgers meat is top quality and plentiful. Don’t forget dessert, I’d come back again just for another bite of their tiramisu.
(3318 W. Northwest Blvd Spokane, WA // 509.327.8277)
“Neapolitan pies plus myruad beers and wine served in an idustrial-cool spot with an outdoor pation and fire pit.” This place gets packed on weekends but you can order takeout if you want to beat the crowd, or grab a drink and hang out while you wait. I love their pretzel appetizer and they have great chicken wing deals. My favorite pizzas include their Waikiki, Kiernan, Cora, D-Street, and Dalton. The Flying Goat is very centrally located so it is pretty easy to get to regardless of which part of town you are in.
(1001 W 25th Ave // 509.535.7171)
The Scoop is a small ice cream & waffle shop, locally owned and loved by its neighbors. The owner creates all the flavors and works hard to make her business a success. They make new flavors almost hourly in their store. It a pretty cool sight if you catch them at a time they are mixing the liquid nitrogen. This is a great place to bring the kids. They have a kid corner and kid cones for only $1!
The Scoop offers about 16 flavors at all times and it only takes them about 15 min to whip up a new batch (assuming the ingredients are prepped). I love their Berries & Biscoff Liege Waffle. It’s made with Berries, Biscoff cookie butter & whipped cream. They can also make you a variety of waffle sandwiches like the ham & cheese with cream cheese, and jalapenos, sprinkled with powdered sugar.
(154 S Madison St, Spokane, WA // 509.443.5427)
Zona Blanca is Chef Chad White’s Ceviche Bar opened in 2016. His idea revolved around “counter service, simplicity, low brow” and that’s exactly what he has achieved. He emphasizes sustainability and using local ingredients. Zona Blanca is passion driven. It is about so much more than the dollars and cents.
Enter through “Steel Barrel Taproom” and go straight back. Zona Blanca it is tucked away in the back with brick walls and eclectic drawings of fish. The way that the building is set up doesn’t allow for Zona Blanca to have a hood which means no grease, no oven, no nothing. All they use is a small toaster oven to toast one of their Chorizo Torta. This really limited them when they were trying to figure out how to fill this space. Chef Chad White came up with the great idea of opening up a Ceviche bar. The ceviche method is all about preservation. They soak the fish in lime juice which prevents bacteria growth and kills parasites in the fish. Zona Blanca is fine dining food in a fast-casual environment.
How to eat a ceviche tostada.
Step 1: Pick it up with your hands.
Step 2: Dive in, face first.
(703 W Sprague Ave Spokane, WA // 509.747.2324)
Choose your meat, choose your cheese, choose your spread, choose your bread. That is all. The menu is simple and the ingredients are pure. Their meat is freshly sliced and the bread is soft and thick. They give you fresh popcorn with your meal and the staff is friendly and proud of what they do, as they should be.
This is a small shop, family owned and they serve popcorn complimentary with each sandwich. I always add one of their giant pickles to my order for the full experience.
(1248 W Summit Pkwy. Spokane, WA // 509.290.5952)
This is my favorite breakfast spot in Spokane. It’s a great spot for out-of-towners to grab breakfast then see the beautiful Spokane River on a walk along the Centennial Trail. I like to start the trail at Kendall Yards (Yards Bruncheon) and do a loop headed east to the Monroe Bridge, pass division, pass Gonzaga, and turn by the River Point Campus, back through Riverfront Park, ending at Kendall Yards for brunch at Yards Bruncheon! You can walk, run, ride your bike, anything really. The trail follows the Spokane River and leads all the way to Coeur D’Alene. It follows a nicely paved road full of friendly people and beautiful scenery. My favorite things at Yards are their Irish Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Avocado Toast, Breakfast Tacos, and the pancakes are thin with crispy edges.
(1914 N. Monroe St. Spokane // 509.474.9040)
The jalapeño poppers are a house staple at Prohibition Gastropub. These jalapenos are stuffed with mixed cheese and roasted garlic then wrapped with their famous candy-coated bacon. The jalapenos are roasted and sweeten up a bit then melt in your mouth with each gooey, cheesy bite. The Al Capone burger is a burger game-changer. Always add the two jalapeño poppers, trust me. This handmade beef patty is made with secret ingredients including fresh coffee grounds that keep the burger extra juicy. They offer a Chef Special on Friday if you are looking for a quality dish with a more upscale feel than gastropub food. They serve the best Cheesecake in town from Spokane Cheesecakes. It is infused with Pendleton Whiskey and served in an Amaretto Sauce.
Friday night is Fresh Oyster night at Prohibition Gastropub. You can get a dozen for $19 or a half dozen for $11. These fresh oysters are flowing in by Pacific Seafood on the half shell every Thursday or Friday. They begin the oyster serving at 6pm and there are limited quantities so get in early to make sure they don’t run out. The chef takes extra care and effort to ensure these oysters are quality and fresh. He smells each one before it is served.
(5620 S Perry St, Spokane, WA // 509.448.2383)
Luna makes me want to get married again so I can have a bridal shower on their patio. This venue is absolutely STUNNING. From their front entrance covered in greenery, their light blue colors, their Wisteria tree in perfect bloom, their open terrace, garden room, chicken coop, you get the picture… Luna is one of the most gorgeous fine-dining spots in Spokane.
They are very popular during their weekend brunch hours, as well as during dinner hours. I prefer Luna for lunch date with the girls. You can host parties and events in their private rooms. I always order seafood at Luna because Chef Joe makes some seafood that is out of this world.
Now for my favorite part: dessert. The pastry chef is well trained and looks at his pastry making as an art form. His Madeleine’s looked as madelines should look. The ambiance, flavor, and presentation had me feeling like I was sitting in a French cafe…. if only. They are always innovating and trying new things to make themselves more unique and special.
(404 West Main Street Spokane, WA // 509.315.4613)
Sante is a pleasant escape from Spokane. There is nothing quite like it in the city. Located on main street next to Aunties Bookstore, Sante is a Parisian restaurant in a classy space with a menu that will refine your palette and make you savor each bite.
The Shirred Eggs dish is sure to “wow”. I’m also a huge fan of their girlled cheese. They add bacon and egg to provolone, tomatoes, greens, and mustard aioli and it is fantastic. You can’t go wrong with their butchers sandwich of the week. This is always changing and I have yet to be disappointed. If you’re wanting something a little different, go with their gnocchi. It is pillowy and light in a perfect lunch portion.
Sante is owned by the same people that own Common Crumb Artisan Bakery and most of their breads and pastries served are baked fresh at Common Crumb. The service is extremely polite and helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask questions when you see that a lot of their menu is in French. They are happy to accommodate special meal requests, just ask!
(9910 N Waikiki Rd Spokane, WA // 509.468.2720)
Fresh granola, bread, pastries, etc. These baker know what they are doing and they are consistent. Every time you come here you can be sure it will taste the same as the time before.
My favorite menu item is by far their turkey cranberry sandwich. This Thanksgiving staple should be celebrated year round and Petit Chat makes that possible. The flavor combination is perfect. Stuff some chips under the bread and this sandwich is sweet and salty, with an added crunch.
I also got a loaf of Rosemary bread with sea salt. After smelling this bag, we couldn’t resist. It had just the right amount of rosemary and the sea salt was a great addition. Their chocolate chip cookie was also really good. You have to dig through their selection to find a soft one, but it is well worth it.
There is a big seating area with a ton of room to chat with friends, hold study groups, or grab a good book and make yourself comfortable on one of their couches.
(24 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA // 509.703.7223)
Hands down the tastiest no-bake cookie I have EVER had. EVER. They are chilled and moist with nuts and dried fruit. So. Dang. Good. Boots is a completely vegan & mostly gluten-free bakery. Their menu changes daily based the ingredients that are brought to them by local farmers. Stay and chill on your computer, chat with other locals, or read a book. You’ll fit right in.
(1335 West Summit Pkwy Spokane, WA / 509.313.8036)
Delicious lunch menu, with a spectacular patio view. Located in Kendall Yards, right on the river. You get a great view of the water and downtown Spokane. I love watching people run on the Centennial Trail while I consume large amounts of calories. Their lunch menu is made up of a couple sandwiches, salads, and soups. They keep it pretty simple for lunch, and you can try more options if you stop in for their breakfast or dinner. They use fresh, local ingredients and the portions are just the right size. Their bread steals the show and you can buy it by the loaf, made fresh each day.
Aloha Island Grill
(1724 N Monroe Street Spokane, WA / 509.327.4270)
This is authentic Hawaiian food for a good price. Aloha is best enjoyed on a beautiful, sunny day. They don’t have an indoor seating area but there are picnic tables outside. It’s packaged to-go, so it’s a great place if you are in a hurry and can’t eat there. Their teriyaki flavoring is like nothing else. Sweet and savory. They must marinate the meat for days to pack in that much flavor. Eat, enjoy, and pretend that you are in Hawaii.
Tell me about YOUR favorites in the comments below!