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, check out the best food in Spokane.

Whether you are in town for the weekend or you have lived here for 20 years. These restaurants are MUSTS!

From a girl who loves food.

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Chaps Coffee Co

(4237 Cheney Spokane Rd 99224 // 509.624.4182)

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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.

Downriver Grill

(3315 W Northwest Blvd // 509.323.1600)

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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.

Flying Goat

(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.

The Scoop

(1001 W 25th Ave // 509.535.7171)

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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.

Zona Blanca

(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.

Domini Sandwich

(703 W Sprague Ave Spokane, WA // 509.747.2324)

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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.

Yards Bruncheon

(1248 W Summit Pkwy. Spokane, WA // 509.290.5952)

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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.


(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.

Boots Bakery

(24 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA // 509.703.7223)

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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.

Central Food

(1335 West Summit Pkwy Spokane, WA / 509.313.8036)

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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!


  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

    1. Hi Rick,
      I haven’t tried The Whitehouse Grill yet, but their menu looks really good. I LOVE Mediterranean food and there aren’t very many restaurants like that around. If you go, let me know what you think!

  18. […] Ruins has been invading my dreams since we came last time for lunch on a cold, rainy day. It seems like I always end up here on dull, dreary days when I am in desperate need of a ray of sunshine. Ruins is just that. With their bright blue exterior, they turn a day from drab to fab. Whenever people ask me for some of my top recommendations for Spokane restaurants, Ruins is always on that list. […]

  19. Awesome list, all in my top places to eat in Spokane. I would mention veraci pizza in Kendal yards. Best per slice Italian experience I’ve had. There salads make you want and believe that you are in the Mediterranean

  20. Wolffys has the Best burger I’ve ever tasted, they are like a dessert they are so good! I also highly recommend Monkey Business Cafe – and the Garland Sandwich shop for lunch – limited hours, great sandwiches! Their bread and other ingredients are so tasty and fresh you can’t go wrong. Monkey Business is a hidden gem 🙂

    1. Wolffy’s is a spokane burger staple! I’m also a big fan on Garland Sandwich shop and will try to visit Monkey Business soon! Thank you for sharing Ela

  21. Really, what a joke, no mention of Italia Trattoria, best pasta in the nation and no mention on your part.? Are you for real? Have the rest paid to be mentioned?

    1. Woah, no need to be so hostile Milou. As you can see, this list is almost 4 years old and these are my opinions. Thank you for the reminder that it is likely time for an update. I am a big fan of Italia Trattoria, but let’s try to be a little more kind next time you’re making a suggestion.

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