This list has been a long time coming. It is nearly impossible to pick my favorite restaurant in Spokane (which I am asked daily), but I do have favorites in each category. I put together this post so y’all can easily locate my list by the type of food you desire.
When making this list, I constantly found myself thinking, “I have someone special coming into town, where am I going to take them for_______________.” The list below is what I came up with. I try to update my “favorites” list every year as more and more local spots pop up around town, menus change, ownership/chefs change etc., so here it is for 2017!
When you want breakfast in town: Yards Bruncheon (1248 W Summit Pkwy. Spokane, WA // 509.290.5952)
When you want Breakfast for Lunch: Bruncheonette– Couple of Chefs Catering & Food Truck (1011 W Broadway Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.443.5968)
When you want a traditional Breakfast: Franks Diner (North Spokane. 10929 North Newport Highway // 509.465.2464)
When you want Fresh Baked Bread: Central Food (1335 W Summit Pkwy Spokane, WA // 509.315.8039)
When you want a cheap Lunch: Aloha Island Grill (1724 N Monroe Street // 509.327.4270)
When you want a Salad: Mizuna Restaurant & Wine Bar (214 N Howard St, Spokane, WA // 509.747.2004)
When you want Pizza: Flying Goat (3318 W Northwest Blvd, Spokane, WA // 509.327.8277)
When you want to meet up for lunch with your girlfriends: Luna (5620 S Perry St, Spokane, WA // 509.448.2383)
When you want some bomb Ceviche: Zona Blanca (154 S Madison St, Spokane, WA // 509.443.5427)
When it is Restaurant Week: The Wandering Table (1242 W. Summit Pkwy. Kendall Yards. Spokane // 509.443.4410)
When you are in the mood for a pub: Prohibition Gastropub ( 1914 N. Monroe St. Spokane // 509.474.9040)
When you are eating in Post Falls: Fleur De Sel (4365 Inverness Dr, Post Falls, ID / 208.777.7600)
When you want a unique Dining Experience: Inland Pacific Kitchen (310 W Pacific Ave, Spokane, WA 99201)
When you want to eat and drink on the Patio: Perry Street Brew (1025 S Perry St #2, Spokane, WA // 509.279.2820)
When you are looking for an outdoor Summer hangout: The Grand Terrace Bar (333 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA // 509.598.4200)
When it is Happy Hour: Great HH specials and they celebrate all day long on Wednesdays! Downriver Grill (3315 W Northwest Blvd Spokane, WA// 509.323.1600)
When you are craving Chicken Wings: Flaming Joes (7015 N Division St, Spokane, WA 99208 // 509.465.5052)
When you want some Fried Chicken/BBQ: Ezell’s Famous Chicken (4919 S Regal St, Spokane, WA // 509.448.4881)
When you are wanting something Healthy: Method (718 W Riverside Ave #101, Spokane, WA // 509.473.9579) & Wellness Tree Health Center & Juice Bar (1025 South Perry St. Spokane, WA //509.598.8558)
When you are Gluten Free: Cole’s Fine Foods (521 E. Holland, Suite 20 Spokane, WA / 509.413.1739)
When you want a great Burger: Durkins Liquor Bar (415 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.863.9501)/ Downriver Grill (3315 W Northwest Blvd // 509.323.1600) / Wisconsin Burger (916 S Hatch St, Spokane, WA // 509.241.3083)
When you are vegan: Boots Bakery & Lounge (24 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA // 509.703.7223)
When it is late at night but you are hungry: Gerrardo’s Mexican Food (2706 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA // 509.340.9905) Azar’s Greek Restaurant (2501 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA // 509.326.7171) Zips (1320 N Division St, Spokane, WA // 509.328.0380)
When you want a really special dessert: The Scoop (1001 W 25th Ave // 509.535.7171)
When you want Ice Cream: Brain Freeze Creamery (1238 W Summit Pkwy // 509.321.7569)
When you want Donuts: Casual Friday Donuts (3402 N Division St, Spokane, WA // 509.328.1764)
When you want a Milk Shake: Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle (802 W Garland Ave Spokane, WA // 509.325.1772)
When you want Cheesecake: Spokane Cheesecakes (1420 E Sprague Ave #104B, Spokane, WA // 509.570.0658)
When you need Cupcakes for a birthday: Sweet Frostings (15 S Washington St, Spokane, WA // 509.242.3845)
When you want Chinese Food: Gordy’s Sichuan (501 E 30th Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.747.1170) / Peking North (4120 N Division St, Spokane, WA // 509.484.4321)
When you want to eat with your hands: Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine (The Flour Mill, 621 W Mallon Ave #426, Spokane, WA // 509.328.3958)
When you want to feel like you aren’t in Spokane: Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie (404 West Main Street Spokane, WA // 509.315.4613)
When you want to go to a low-key hidden gem: Ephata Cafe (1908 W Northwest Blvd // 509.328.8888)
If you are feeling overwhelmed by this list, check out my instagram page @spokaneeats for a quick display of images. If this is just the list you were looking for, then great! If you are visiting, then I hope you have a wonderful trip and you fall in love with Spokane, as I have. If you are a local, then you know how great our city is and let’s keep it kind of a secret.
DISCLAIMER: This is my list. I’m sure I missed some of your favorites, but these are mine. I have been running this food blog for years now and I have tried a vast majority of the restaurants in Spokane. I’d love to hear your favorite places in the comments below.
Keep eating, Spokane.
And don’t forget to tell them we sent you!