For college students, having their families come to visit is a gift in many ways. You finally get to spend time with the people you love, go shopping (very important for broke college kids), and most importantly, not eat cafeteria food for a couple nights. This weekend, families from all over will be flooding into Spokane for Gonzaga’s annual Fall Family Weekend and dining all over Spokane. We wanted to present GU students and families with a guide for the weekend for some of the best dining options in the Gonzaga (and surrounding) area.
(1217 N Hamilton St/509.487.4630)
Ultimate Bagel, which is conventionally located right next to campus, is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite before a busy day. There is a variety of over fifteen bagels and cream cheeses that are made fresh daily. The bagels definitely live up to their “ultimate” reputation. They are big, fluffy and high carb…. Just how I like them! My favorite combo is the snicker doodle bagel with honey almond cream cheese. You can also get a variety of bagel sandwiches, salads and soups.
(2931 N Division St/509.326.7144)
No restaurant in Spokane supports Gonzaga more than Kalico Kitchen. The entire restaurant is covered with Gonzaga memorabilia. There is even a gigantic GU mural that add your own personal touch to while you are there! Kalico offers casual dining with extremely reasonable prices with a large selection of omelets, waffles, breakfast burritos, and most famously, Eggs Benedict.
(1248 Summit Way/509.290.5952)
Yard Bruncheon is the perfect place to stop and eat while enjoying a morning walk in Downtown Spokane. Located on the Centennial Trail about a mile and a half from campus, Yards is one of the best breakfast spots in the city. Serving contemporary comfort food, Yards sources its ingredients from local farms and producers in season. And oh boy, does it pay off. They have some of the best pancakes in the business- thin, crispy and melt in your mouth delicious. I recommend the huckleberry pancakes with huckleberry syrup while they are still in season!
(821 E. Sharp Ave/509.487.9795)
Pete’s Pizza has been a Gonzaga staple since the 1970s. Pete’s is famous for one thing and one thing only: calzones. Their calzones are made with “Pete’s Secret Recipe” homemade dough, marinara sauce, gooey mozzarella cheese and more toppings than I can count. The most popular calzone, The Original, comes loaded with pepperoni, fresh mushrooms and black olives. Come hungry or share with a friend because these pies are gigantic!
(3315 W Northwest Blvd/509.323.1600)
If you have never experienced the awesomeness that is Downriver Grill, you need to make it your number one priority. Just a short drive from Gonzaga, Downriver is a “uniquely Spokane fine dining restaurant” that serves a variety of delicious dishes from fresh pasta to tasty salads. Whatever you order, make sure to start with the Gorgonzola fries. Crisp waffle fries smothered in creamy Gorgonzola cheese… what’s not to love?
(1003 E Trent Ave/509.242.2739)
No-Li may be known for their locally crafted beers, but they have some dang good eats too. Boasting classic pub food with an upscale twist, No-Li is a great spot to grab a burger, nachos, sandwich, or my personal favorite, the shrimp mac n’cheese. Not only does No-Li have great brews and grub, they have a beautiful patio that sits right on the Spokane River, complete with corn-hole boards to play while you wait!
(905 N Washington St/509.381.2473)
If you’re looking for creative, fresh meal that is so delicious it should be illegal, The Blackbird is your place. One characteristic that makes Blackbird stand apart from other restaurants is their attention to detail. They meticulously plan all their dishes so nothing is left to chance. So regardless of what you order, it will be executed with near perfection. The Brisket Sandwich is one of my favorites. It comes with meat caramelized in palm sugar and topped with a pecan aioli, sweet onion and held together with a sticky bun.
(913 E Sharp/509.487.2937)
Located across the eastern side of campus is one of the best restaurants in Spokane. Nestled inside a renovated home, Clover has a quaint, cozy ambiance that instantly makes you feel relaxed. Every dish at Clover is prepared with high-quality ingredients, many of which are received from local farms. The Chili-Rubbed Tri-Tip is a stand out on a star-studded menu. It is spicy (but not overpowering), full of flavor and the meat is so tender you hardly need a knife to cut it. Also, don’t underestimate their Reuben Sandwich. They make their own pastrami and it is one-of-a-kind.
(928 S Perry St/509.535.0536)
Southern restaurants aren’t prominent in Spokane, but with a restaurant like Casper Fry, we really don’t need much else. Less than two miles from Gonzaga, Casper Fry is known for their southern big hitters like Jambalaya, Fried Chicken, and Hush Puppies. I am a sucker for a good plate of Shrimp & Grits, and Casper Fry blew my expectations out of the water. The grits were cheesy and creamy, and paired perfectly with succulent shrimp, salty ham and roasted veggies. Their menu also boasts several non-southern dishes so regardless of your culinary preferences, you can find something to love at Casper Fry.
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