BEST FOOD IN SPOKANE

BEST FOOD IN SPOKANE

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.

Franks Diner

(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.


Wild Sage

(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.


Boots Bakery

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.


 

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Sushiwa

(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.


Ephata Cafe

(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)


 

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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)


Central Food

(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.


 

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Nudo

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


 

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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.


 

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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.

 


 

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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.


 

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Stella’s

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.

Agree/ Disagree?

Tell me about YOUR favorites in the comments below!

50 Comments

  1. All these places look great!!! Now I am starving and it is only 5:30am here in Dallas… I hope to try some of these when I am in Spokane next month. Thanks Chandler!

  2. I love a lot of places you mentioned and some I have never tried and I grew up in Spokane! You have to try (if you haven’t already) Luna’s, Casper Fry (go there for brunch), Fire pizza, pho van, rancho Chico, sweet frostings (cupcakes), downriver grill…..

  3. Fantastic for breakfast is THe Yards in Kendall Yards – old favorites, yet innovative, fresh & delish!
    Methods cafe – located downtown, but 2nd location opening on north end on 18th or 20th – clean eating at its best!
    In the mood for Mexican? – Tecates on Wellesley – my New Mexican favorite!

  4. For real, you ought to try Molly’s, downtown, I think it’s on Monroe? It’s got a big green pointy roof. Also, head to Cheney and try Zentropa. Holy heck, both are so so soooo yummy! They make me miss Spokane so bad!

  5. You should try the Bulldog Pub on Gonzaga’s campus. Open to the public. They have 3 Chef’s that actually create amazing dishes, all the while being priced for a students budget!!!! Love it!

  6. I would definitely recommend The Onion (local business with to-die-for burgers), Cottage Cafe has the best breakfast in town (anticipate at least 15 minute wait time), and Thursday Globe is one of the best places for dinner. For good pizza, check out Fire or the Flying Goat.

  7. Excellent list! So many favorites here and some inspiration too. I second Sweet Frostings and Casper Fry (my neighborhood!). I’d add Chaps for brunch and Brain Freeze for ice cream.

  8. Another great choice is Ruins, which is on Monroe by the Courthouse. They offer small plates and a rotating menu, based on fresh, local ingedients, as well as craft cocktails made with fresh-squeezed juices.

  9. The best thai in town in the “thai kitchen ” on Pines and 8th in Spokane Valley. Family owned and operated, mom cooks, dad runs register, and daughters waitstaff. I’ve been to Thailand and this is the most authentic thai food outside of the country. Absolutely amazing, they get fresh produce daily so all the veggies are crisp and use only local nw grown food. I always get the cashew chicken stirfry, i dream of it and wake up drooling lol. Also have to throw in “vina” on maple and nw blvd. For pho “vina” is by far the best little hole in the wall in town, the calamari there is the best you will find anywhere.

  10. Great list but I have a couple of places that need to be on this list. Petit Chat on the north side is the most amazing breakfast bakery in Spokane and for Italian, Ferrante’s Market Place Cafe for chicken Parmesan, veno and gelato is hands down incredible!!

  11. While in Brown’s Edition you mentioned The Elk, which I feel is ok. You missed the best place right across the street from the Elk, called Italia Trattoria. Wow! It’s not your typical Italian restaurant, but more Mediteranian Italian. Chef Anna hasn’t met a fish she couldn’t cook that literally melts in your mouth with an explosion of flavors that delights every bite. Every thing on the menu is a treat. Sunday brunch is not to be missed either. You have to try it!

  12. Some of my favorite spots in town also. I love pho at Vien Dong, artisan pizza at the Flying Goat, sushi at Ginger Asian Bistro, breakfast at Chaps, curry at Linnie’s and coffee at Indaba. You’re right , life is too short for mediocre food. Food doesn’t have to be expensive to be tasty 🙂

  13. Have you eaten at the Melting Pot? It’s definitely pricey, but SO worth it! And Twigs is another one of our favourites. We visit Spokane often and have only been to 3 of the places on your list so I am VERY excited to try some of the others next trip:-) Thanks for sharing!!

  14. You have to try downriver grill! Their gorgonzola fries are to die for along with all the other food! We lived there a long time that was one of our favorites!

  15. My dear….how can you omit Hill’s on Main & Washington??? The chef is the brother of the owner, and has been trained all over the world…makes ALL the sauces…they cook their own bread…grow many of their own vegetables..people ask me “What’s good?”…I just tell them to pick something…a rare item on their menu I have not thoroughly enjoyed…wife works at the Marriott, and has referred hundreds of clients their who always come back with a great experience!

  16. Maggie’s and Hogan’s on the South Hill are good places for breakfast (We found them when the wait was just too long at Frank’s). Arturo’s Mexican food in Cheney and Sala Thai in Airway Heights are also good places to try 🙂

  17. Just pulled into town and intenet searched where to eat. Found your site and hit Central food. Great Korean pork sandwich, Thai salad and bibimbap. Thanks for the direction!

    1. Liberty Lake is right in between Spokane and CDA. There is a great fine dining spot called Hay J’s, or if you want something more casual Picollo Pizza is really great! Have a good trip

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