You know that joke about the husband who asks his wife whats for dinner and she says “I don’t care, you pick” and then she proceeds to say no to everything he suggests? Yeah, that’s me. It’s hard enough to decide what to do for dinner, so I put together this list to try and make lunch decisions a little easier.
My criteria with lunch options include:
- It has to be close enough to the office.
- Service needs to be quick.
- I don’t want to eat something super heavy or greasy that leaves me sleepy, sick, or full of regret while I sit at my desk for the rest of the day.
So, here is a list of some of my favorite quick, light lunches in Spokane. Because no one should spend their whole lunch hour trying to make this brutally hard decision.
Madeline’s Cafe & Patisserie (415 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.624.2253)
Madeline’s Cafe & Patisserie had me feeling like I was sitting in a French Bakery in the middle of downtown Spokane. The indoor space is large with lots of seating and modern vibes, and they have a small outdoor patio with covered seating.
Their lunch menu only includes about 4 different sandwich options and they have great salad and side selections in their pre-made food case. They have a variety of pastries, including madeline’s of course.
I LOVED the cauliflower salad I ordered. The cauliflower was crunchy but cooked with a balsamic sauce with tomatoes and greens to add flavor and texture variety. Most of their lunch dishes cost around $10. The meat in the Reuben was thick and juicy and the open faced BLT was a great light brunch option, made better with their creamy tomato soup on the side. This soup definitely requires the word creamy in the title.
See more HERE
The Ivory Table (1822 E Sprague Ave, Spokane // 509.474.1300)
Sometimes you just need to eat crepe the size of your face. The Ivory Table makes them with buckwheat so they have more of a nutty flavor which works really well! The owner studied in Europe so she knows her crepes
I was really drawn to them by their pretty storefront. Its sky blue with a striped canopy. They have big, open windows and the interior, rustic feel is perfect for a cafe lunch.
The Smoked salmon crepe is made with herbed cream cheese, tomato, neufchatel, Parmesan, capers, red onion, chives, dill. It was creamy, had a great amount of filling, and the nutty crepe really complimented the salmon and capers.
Another popular menu item is their Ivory Chicken Sandwich with herb marinated chicken breast, house-made garlic and caper aioli and served with a side salad. Their fresh squeezed lemonade is the perfect compliment to this sandwich. It is light & fresh.
See more HERE
Ephata Cafe (1908 W Northwest Blvd // 509.328.8888)
Ephata Cafe. Think vegan, gluten free, juice bar, Korean, healthy, cafe. These are just some of the words that describe this unique cafe. They do it all. They have quick service, the most friendly owner, and great food.
I love their Mung bean pancake, stir-fry, avocado toast, hurricane smoothie… pretty much everything they serve here.
See more HERE.
Taste Cafe (180 S Howard St, Spokane, WA // 509.468.2929)
I really want to talk about their chocolate chip cookies but we’re keeping it “light”, so I’ll focus on their fresh sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, and super friendly staff. I’ve loved everything I’ve tried here.
Some of my favorite lunch items are their Asian Chicken Wrap and Super Club Baguette Sandwich.
And get a chocolate chip cookie… because you DESERVE IT, dang it!
Rocket Bakery (1325 West First Avenue Spokane, WA // 509.747.1834)
Rocket bakery has a wide variety of lunch options* (depending on location) but I keep coming back for their Lox Bagel. Best made on their everything bagel with cream cheese, salmon, red onion, capers, and tomato. You can add one of their sides and a drink and call it good. These bagels are my favorite in the city.
*The “1st and Cedar and Holley-Mason locations serve custom sandwiches and salads. All other locations serve pre-made sandwiches and a variety of salads. Bagels are served at all locations, and cream cheese availability varies per location.”
9th Street Bistro (Inside Huckleberries Natural Market)
9th Street Bistro has the largest selection of gourmet salads, fresh squeezed juices, and ready-made entrees in Spokane! Veggie wrap & broccoli salad. HIGHLY recommend you ask for a side of their homemade balsamic vinaigrette for dipping. Plenty of options here, and you can keep it to stay or take it to-go. Extremely convenient south hill lunch spot.
Boots Bakery & Lounge (24 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA // 509.703.7223)
Don’t be afraid to try boots if you aren’t vegan or gluten free. Their vegan dishes are so good you won’t even miss the meat. If you are vegan or gluten-free, this is your safe haven. Their menu selection changes daily based on ingredients that are brought to them from local farmers. You can follow them on Facebook for daily updates about what they are serving. Don’t leave without trying one of their no-bake cookies.
Petit Chat Bakery- NORTHSIDE (9910 N Waikiki Rd // 509.468.2720)
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.
We 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. See more HERE.
Main Market Co-op (44 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.458.2667)
Main Market Co-op is home to the only organic salad bar in Spokane. I thought I would miss having a Whole Foods nearby, but Main Market makes me forget Whole Foods even exists. They have a hot and cold salad bar with selections that change daily. Their salad dressings are BOMB. In the grocery section, you can find a wide variety of locally made/supplied products and goods.
So, if you are looking for a healthy, quick AND organic lunch, Main Market co-op is your place. Because what’s better than getting your grocery shopping done at the same place you get your lunch? Two birds… One stone.
Ask them how to become a member to support the community and local farmers. Look for updates on their Facebook page for daily specials.
See more HERE.
Little Garden Cafe (2901 W Northwest Blvd. Spokane, WA // 509.328.5500)
Awesome bagel sandwiches! You can customize them however you want, but make sure you add “the works”. They have a great area for kids so they will be entertained while you enjoy your lunch. Located right across from Audubon Park. I love the ambiance here. The building is small so if you go on the weekend, be prepared to wait a little. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
Soulful Soups & Spirits (117 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201 // 509.459.1190)
This is their chicken cheddar soup with beer bread. So many yummy smells, i wish this picture had the scratch and sniff option. Conveniently located in the middle of downtown. They have great lunch specials including this soup, salad and bread. You can get soup and beer bread for just $6.75. They also have a soup trio option so you can try three of their flavors, because like i said, decisions are too hard. 🙂 Side note- If you are a student and show them your Student ID they will give you a free slice of beer bread.
There you have it. Even though I could eat Chipotle every day for lunch and be perfectly content, it is WAY more fun to branch out, try something new, and support local business!
Where is your favorite quick lunch spot??
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