From a girl who loves food.
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I moved to Spokane in 2014 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. Spokane has A LOT to offer.
Let’s talk about the food.
(North Spokane. 10929 North Newport Highway / 509.465.2464)
Franks is one of Spokane’s most famous Diners. They have been voted best breakfast for 14 years and counting. I mean, there is something to be said about a restaurant that has been around for 80+ years. My favorites are their egg white/veggie omelet, extra special french toast, and purple oatmeal. They are true to their motto “FARM TO TABLE – FIELD TO FORK”. The purple oatmeal is made from Snoqualmie Falls oats & Priest Lake Huckleberries. Two locations, one up North and the other downtown. They are both styled after a vintage train car. Plan to wait outside for at least half an hour on a weekend morning.
(916 W. 2nd Ave. Spokane, WA 99201 / 509.456.7575)
This is one of our favorites for a special occasion. You get such a unique dining experience! They start you out with fresh popovers and, if you let them know you are celebrating a special occasion, they’ll send you home with fresh chocolate truffles. Excellent flavor pairings and presentation. You know you are eating quality here and the ambiance is so warm and inviting.
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.
(603 W Hastings Rd. Spokane, WA / 509.466.3436)
I am all about discovering underrated, hidden gems. This is one of those. It is tucked away on the north side, near Mead High School, so not many people know it exists. Sushiwa is run by a husband and wife- wife is the server, husband makes the sushi. They are such a nice pair. The sushi always comes wrapped tight so it doesn’t fall apart and the sashimi is fresh and flavorful.
(1908 W NW Blvd. Spokane, WA / 509.328.8888)
Another hidden gem. Fantastic, authentic Korean dishes with simple, healthy ingredients. They have fresh pressed juices and smoothies that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. I have tried so many menu items and each one is better than the last. Their green smoothie & chicken and veggie rice bowl are favorites. If you’re still not convinced, you can call in your order and pick up at their drive through window. You don’t even have to get your lazy butt out of the car. (speaking from experience)
Donuts to go
(7009 N Division St Spokane, WA / 509.467.6403)
I don’t mess around when it comes to donuts. I would so much rather have a dozen simple, sugary, donuts than some of the “fru fru” gourmet donuts that cost twice as much, but never taste as fresh. Donut’s To Go is a bit temperamental in that they open early and they close when they run out of donuts. I have also found this is the only place you can find a traditional Kolache in this area. If you want donuts, come here. If you want to impress people with your pretty donuts, go to Casual Friday’s. (The process is easier here if you pay with cash, and they are closed on Monday’s)
(1335 West Summit Pkwy Spokane, WA / 509.313.8036)
Best brunch with a 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. They use fresh, local ingredients and their meals are just the right size for my belly. I love trying new foods here. This is where I learned to love brussel sprouts, and for that, it holds a special place in my heart.
818 West Sprague – (509) 290-5763
Why is ramen suddenly all the rage? I’m not complaining, just confused. I mean, we all know how to make it ourselves for about 10 cents, yet we love to have it made for us with an egg, some pork, imitation crab flower, etc. Nudo is fantastic. Their ramen is flavorful, consistent, with just the right amount of spice. They also have a ramen burger (bun is made of ramen). Modern design, friendly staff, and good prices/portions. Poor college students, UNITE! http://www.nudoramen.com
Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle
802 W Garland Ave – (509) 325-1772
When the restaurant has a literal milk bottle constructed into the exterior, you can’t resist stopping in to have a milkshake. Oreo is my preference. They only take cash or check. We always order one milkshake and ask them to split it. It fits perfectly in two glasses and it’s just the right size to leave you room for a burger and fries. They have a great lunch special where you can get a burger, side, and shake for $8.50.
Aloha Island Grill
(1724 N Monroe Street Spokane, WA / 509.327.4270)
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… I wont judge.
Saranac Public House
(21 West Main Ave Spokane, WA / 509.473.9455)
I will no longer be able to eat regular rice. It must be soaked in coconut milk from now on. Thanks Saranac. I was licking their thai rice bowl clean. Don’t even get me started on their Mac & Cheese. And it’s right next to Common Crumb Bakery so you can stop in for some French Pastries to cleanse your palette after lunch… Yes, I cleanse my palette with dessert. Thanks for teaching me that technique, Mom.
Finally, (I told you I like to eat),“this is the best pulled-pork sandwich I have ever tasted”. Direct quote from my meat-picky husband. He begs me to come here with him weekly. Dim lighting, open front, and there is something for every type of eater. Love their space and design. It’s modern, and like many other local Spokane spots downtown, it’s hipster-ville.
Tell me about YOUR favorites in the comments below!