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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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. I try to update this list every couple of months as more and more local spots pop up around town, menus change, ownership/chefs change.
When you want a savory breakfast: Yards Bruncheon (1248 W Summit Pkwy. Spokane, WA // 509.290.5952) Yards Bruncheon is 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!
When you want a sweet breakfast: Chaps Coffee Co (4237 Cheney Spokane Rd 99224 // 509.624.4182) 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!
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) Franks is a Spokane staple. Enjoy your classic diner breakfast from the inside of an old train car. My favorite dish is the fried green tomato!
When you want a bagel: Ultimate Bagel (1217 N Hamilton St # B // 509. 487.4630) The Ultimate Bagel is baeGOALS. 🌟 Their bagels are big, fluffy, and made in house every day! Our faves are the toasted snickerdoodle with honey almond cream cheese & The Zegg- your choice of bagel with egg, sausage, cheddar and avocado! Pro tip: ask to have the middle of your bagel cut out because, like I said they are huge and this provides a better bagel to inside ratio.
When you want a burger on a Monday: Ruins (825 N Monroe St, Spokane, WA // 509.443.5606) Mondays mean McRuins at Ruins, so even though it’s the start of a work week, everyone has something to get excited about.
When you want lunch with a view: Central Food (1335 W Summit Pkwy Spokane, WA // 509.315.8039) 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.
When you’re craving teriyaki: Haha’s Teriyaki Grill (9331 N Division St // 509.340.9098) There’s nothing funny about Haha’s Teriyaki Grill. All their food is fresh, made to order, and bursting with flavor. My favorites are the Korean Garlic Chicken and Beef Bulgogi.
When you want a Salad: Mizuna Restaurant & Wine Bar (214 N Howard St, Spokane, WA // 509.747.2004)
When you want Pizza: Veraci Pizza (1333 W Summit Pkwy // 509. 389.0029)
When you want to meet up for lunch with your girlfriends: Luna (5620 S Perry St, Spokane, WA // 509.448.2383) Luna is one of the most gorgeous fine-dining spots in Spokane.
When you want great drinks and even better grub: Steel Barrel Taproom / 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. Come for the ceviche, stay for the local drinks and good times. Located in the same building as Steel Barrel Taproom, you can enjoy a variety of local beers and other craft cocktails while enjoying some fun games with friends!
When you’re looking for a fine-dining experience: Park Lodge (411 N Nettleton St, Spokane, WA // 509.340.9347) I like my fries with a side of steak. If you haven’t been to park lodge spokane, you’re truly missing out!
When you’re celebrating a special occasion: Wild Sage (916 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.456.7575) If I had to choose my last meal… the first course would definitely be these Yukon Taquitos from @wildsagebistro. I can’t even find the words to describe how amazing they are! Learn more about what we loved along with some brand new Spring Menu items, on our site!
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 Brewing (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, When you have the kids, when it’s your birthday, pretty much whenever… Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar. At Twigs, they have something for everyone! Great Happy hour specials, drool-worthy appetizers, pizza, pasta, salads, steak, seafood, chicken, the infamous lemon drop, local beer, and don’t even get me started on dessert. Join their loyalty program for a free bday dessert and order the sticky cookie or drunken donuts. Thank me later. With 4 locations around town, they’re always nearby when you need them. North Spokane, South Hill, River Park Square, and Spokane Valley. Oh, and did we mention they’re also great for groups?
When you want to hang out at a Winery: Arbor Crest Winery. (4705 N Fruit Hill Rd // 509.927.9463). Perched 450 ft above the Spokane River sits @arborcrestwine Family-run, open daily, perfect for your next special event or evening hangout.
When you’re wanting something totally different: Tarascon Empanadas (9222 N Newport Hwy) Scratch made, seasoned to perfection, authentic, Argentinan empanadas now available at @tarasconargempanadas . Flavors include Beef, Chicken, Ham & Cheese, Chorizo, Humita, Spinach, and Mushroom $3.25 each. Also, don’t sleep on their chimichurri fries!
When you’re on the hunt for a local brewery: No-Li Brewhouse (1003 E Trent Ave #170 // 509.242.2739) Skee ball tournaments now happening Tuesday nights at @nolibrewhouse . Sign up starts at 6pm so show up and bring your squad and your ‘A’ Game! Brewery offering IPAs & ales with locally inspired names, plus a pub menu & riverfront seating.
When you’re looking for a great local Coffee Shop: Indaba Coffee (518 W Riverside Ave // 509.822.7182) Community coffee shop roasting its own beans & sourcing beans from local roasters.
Ladder Coffee (1516 W Riverside Ave // 509.598.8097) Also, make sure you get some of their amazing avocado toast, made with bread from their next door neighbor, Life Made Glorious Bakery.
When you only have time for drive-thru coffee: Wake Up Call (1814 N Division St // 509.290.5580)
When you want a really good Sandwich: (We couldn’t choose just one)
Domini (703 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.747.2324) 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.
Smacky’s on Broadway (6415 E Broadway Ave // 509.535.4230)
Madeleines Cafe & Patisserie (415 W Main Ave // 509.624.2253) Order the Reuben!
Stellas Cafe (19 W Main Ave // 509.290.5927) Absence makes the heart grow fonder 💕 And that’s why I’m thrilled to report that @_stellascafe is back and better than ever! Find them inside the Saranac Commons and order this Reuben. 👌 Really order anything but this was extra perfect paired with their tomato soup on a chilly day.
When you’re craving Ramen: King of Ramen (1601 N Division St. // 509.321.7050) It takes some confidence to call yourself @kingoframenspokane but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t agree. What to order? Spicy Tonkotsu Bowl.
When you want some Fried Chicken: Chicken-N-More (414 1/2 Sprague Ave // 509.838.5071) 27 years of perfecting Fried Chicken in Spokane… and counting!! Chicken-N-Mo is an institution. Be prepared to eat with your hands and get greasy/ messy, just as fried chicken is meant to be eaten. They’re also known for their fried catfish, ribs, and jojos!
When you want avocado toast or really any kind of toast: The Grain Shed (1026 E Newark Ave #2346 // 509.241.3853) If you want avocado toast, this is your place. This is also your place if you’re wanting any kind of bread, pastry, pizza (Monday’s only), brownies, etc. “We focus on an ingredient that most people don’t find very interesting: wheat. Most people do not talk about wheat, in fact their eyes start to glaze over if you do. But we think it is very interesting, and what sets us apart is that we are growing it and milling it ourselves. Lots of other bakeries buy flour, and the flour they buy has basically one note, one flavor. The grain that we mill has flavor profiles and that is the most interesting thing. “
When it’s Taco Tuesday, or you just want a Taco on another day: Cochinito Taqueria (10 N Post St Spokane, Washington // 509.474.9618) While i’m a sucker for their tacos, I also love the Karina’s Bowl: Any taco meat (my favorite is the 20 hr Carne Asada) beans, rice, gucacamole, cotija, crema, xni pec with a side of chips or tortilla- go with the tortillas! Find it and other deliciousness at @cochinitotaqueria.
When you are wanting a smoothie: Method Juice Cafe (718 W Riverside Ave #101, Spokane, WA // 509.473.9579) For those wanting a snack or something healthy… Look no further than @methodjuicecafe! Smoothies, Acai Bowls (Berry Bowl is pictured), Cold Pressed Juice, Rice Bowls, and Curry.
Wellness Tree Health Center & Juice Bar (1025 South Perry St. Spokane, WA //509.598.8558) / Pathfinder Cafe
When BBQ is your thing: TT’s Old Iron Brewery – Where Beer meets BBQ (4110 S Bowdish Rd // 509.919.4798)
When you only want Appetizers/ Tapas: Table 13 (333 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201 // 509.598.4300)
When you’re looking for a neighborhood gathering place: Downriver Grill (3315 W Northwest Blvd // 509.323.1600) 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.” 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.
When you’re looking for a fun night out: Lucky You Lounge (1801 W Sunset Blvd // 509.474.0511) Amazing food (tons of gluten free/vegan options) meets bar/lounge, meets concert venue, meets night club… that’s what you get at the brand new @luckyyoulounge 🌤🤞✨ Pictured is the Spaghetti & Bean Balls – roasted red pepper, pickled kale, parmesan and it was so good I truly didn’t even miss the meat! Enjoy a DJ & free live music in the basement every Thursday- Saturday 🕺🏽
When you’re looking for great food in Cheney: Bene’s AM Fixe (24 W 1st St. Cheney, WA // 509.951.5207)
The Mason Jar (101 F St, Cheney, WA // 509.359.8052) The Mason Jar focuses on sustainable, seasonal and local. In addition, they are passionate about education. They hold various forums and events to help teach local about food ethics, economic policy, etc.
When you are Gluten Free: Cole’s Fine Foods (521 E. Holland, Suite 20 Spokane, WA / 509.413.1739) I think it’s pretty clear that I’m not gluten-free BUT I still frequent @colesbakeryandcafe! Their food is that good. Chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, cheeseburgers, donuts, the list goes on.. and on… and on. They are the only dedicated gluten free restaurant in Spokane and I love that they have a ton of “Keto Friendly” options too! Give it a try and let us know what you think 😜
When you want a greasy fast food burger: D.Lish’s Hamburgers (1625 N Division St // 509.323.7130) Don’t forget to get their special sauce.
When you are vegan and want a snack: Boots Bakery & Lounge (24 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA // 509.703.7223)
When you are vegan and want a meal: Rut (901 W 14th Ave // 509.241.3165) A vegan restaurant with a rustic vibe, hearty portions, and food that is good for the soul and for the earth… meet Rüt Bar & Kitchen. As meat-eaters, it was especially enjoyable to experience the creativity weaved into this menu. A must order? Ginger Cauliflower Wings. If you’re really wanting something meaty, the Jalapeno Mushroom Burger (made with an impossible patty) is the way to go. It will can fool any meat lover into thinking it’s actually beef. Oh, and don’t forget about the Lava Brownie Sundae.
When it’s cold outside: Soulful Soups (117 N Howard St // 509.459.1190) We come for the beer bread and we stay for the soup 🍵! As the weather is cooling down, we’re prepping for all the comfort food. One of our favorites… 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.
When it is late at night but you are hungry: Atilanos Mexican Food ( 3624 E Sprague Ave) Park Inn Bar & Grill (103 W 9th Ave) Satellite Diner (425 W Sprague Ave // 509.624.3952)
When you’re in search of a salad bar or a typical cafe lunch: Clark’s Fork (1028 N Hamilton St #100 // 509.960.8962)
When you want Ice Cream: The Scoop (1001 W 25th Ave // 509.535.7171) 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!
When you want mini Donuts: Hello Sugar (11205 E Dishman Mica Rd #104-c // 509.413.2178) Roll up to the new @hellosugar location in the valley, order your drink of choice and say ‘Make it a Unicorn’. 🦄 The rest is history. Drink pictured is their signature hello sugar drink which is house-made strawberry milk blended. Their original location is at Kendall Yards.
When you want regular sized donuts: Amy’s Donuts (11519 E Sprague Ave // 509.862.4391) Open early & stays open late! Kid-friendly.
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 it is National Pie Day: Rockwood Bakery (315 E 18th Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.747.8691) Rockwood Bakery is also a fantastic place to just take a break from the hustle & bustle. They have plenty of comfortable seating, and amazing almond croissant, and no wifi so you’re forced to connect, slow down, and breathe.
When you need Cupcakes for a birthday: Sweet Frostings (15 S Washington St, Spokane, WA // 509.242.3845) SATURDAY DEAL… ½ price cupcakes from 5-6pm
When you need a birthday cake: Mi Flavour- Modern French Bakery (3403 E Sprague Ave // 509.315.4516)
When you want Chinese Food: Gordy’s Sichuan (501 E 30th Ave, Spokane, WA // 509.747.1170) / Mr. Wok (9222 N Newport Hwy C // 509.468.1922)
Itallia Trattoria (144 S Cannon St // 509.459.6000)
When you want to enjoy your meal and drinks on the roof: Remedy (3809 S Grand Blvd // 509.443.3730) WEDNESDAY DEAL $7 famous drunken clams appetizer from @remedyspokane. Y’all, these clams are 🔥 and they’re especially delish when enjoyed on their roof-top patio (when the weather is a smidge warmer than this).
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 feel like you’ve tried it all and you’re looking for an authentic culinary experience… this is our go-to! Queen of Sheba (located inside the Flour Mill). We love to order the three meat plate for two, which comes with two beef dishes, one chicken, and two sides of potatoes and carrots. You eat the entire meal with your hands, using their injera bread to pinch the entrees. Oh, and they have mancala on each table to keep you entertained.
When you want Mexican food: De Leon’s Taco & Bar (10208 N Division St Ste 110 // 509.822.7907)
When you want really really great steak: Churchills Steakhouse (165 S Post St. // 509.474.9888) Spencer’s Spokane (322 N Spokane Falls Ct // 509.744.2372) Pictures don’t do it justice. Not even close! Honestly, I don’t think I’d believe this meal was real if I didn’t have pictures. It was THAT good! Moral of the story, next time you’re looking for a five-star fine dining experience (valentine’s day is coming up) @spencers_spokane won’t disappoint! Make sure you try the table-side baked potato 🥔
Golf & Dinner: 1898 Public House at Kalispel Golf & Country Club (2010 W Waikiki Rd #2712 // 509.466.2121) They also have a fantastic weekend brunch and great happy hour specials.
When you want Sushi: North Side: SushiWa Teriyaki (509.466.3436) – My favorite food group… 🍣. @sushiwateriyaki has outdone themselves once again!
Sushi: Downtown: Umi Kitchen & Sushi Bar (1309 W Summit Pkwy // 509.368.9372) Nigiri & Sashimi Bento Box.
When you’re looking for an ooey gooey cookie: My Fresh Basket – Signature Cookie (1030 W Summit Pkwy // 509.558.2100)
When you’re visiting Coeur d’Alene: The Wellness Bar (312 N 4th St // 208.665.9098) My favorite is called “Bomb.com” and I truly couldn’t have said it better myself! Açaí + Cacao blended with banana and topped with almond butter, banana, almond slivers, coconut flakes, berries, hemp hearts & honey 🍯
Las Chavelas Mexican Restaurant (296 W Sunset Ave #23, Coeur d’Alene, ID / 208.664.3767) I’ve tried just about every Mexican restaurant in Spokane so I ventured over to Coeur d’Alene and found this hidden gem that’s been in business for over 27 years! (For obvious reasons). The first of which is the fact that they truly care about their customers and remember their names. The second reason they have been able to stay in business so long is their fried tacos. And the third, the Plato el Patron.
Cafe Carambola (610 Hubbard Ave #110 // 208.676.8784) Family-owned nook offering homemade Latin American sandwiches, soups & salads, plus outdoor seating. This is one of the greatest hidden gems in the Pacific Northwest. Go early because when they run out, they are out! Only open Monday – Friday.
CDA Resort (115 S 2nd St // 208.209.5031) Beverly’s for dinner and Dockside for dessert: Gooey – Object in photo is MUCH larger than it appears. The Gooey’s at @docksidecda are works of art! I’m partial to the cheesecake & butterfinger flavors. (We split 2 between 9 people and couldn’t finish them) #NoRegrets
Hudson’s Hamburgers (207 Sherman Ave // 208.664.5444) This historic small joint draws crowds for its old-school simple burgers & down-to-earth atmosphere.
When you’re visiting Sandpoint: Spuds Waterfront Grill (102 N First Ave // 208.265.4311) Mellow counter serve featuring baked potatoes, breakfast & deck seating with marina views. If your weekend plans include a trip through Sandpoint, I HIGHLY recommend stopping at @spudswaterfrontgrill for a Loaded (and we mean loaded) Baked Potato, Capistrano Sandwich, and Fiesta Vegan Salad. If your weekend plans don’t include a trip through Sandpoint… change that.
Pucci Pub (124 Village Ln // 208.255.7508) Meet the infamous Totchos from Pucci’s Pub at @schweitzer_mountain. They’re everything you love about nachos, but with tater tots and it’s truly the best post ⛷ meal.
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.
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