Spokane has a thriving foodie scene with African, Asian, and of course the classic American fare. This list of best restaurants in the city will guide you across town, allowing you to witness the history and character of Spokane whilst enjoying culinary experiences to suit all tastes!
1. Steam Plant
The Steam Plant serves New American cuisine in a unique industrial environment. Housed in an old steam plant, their kitchen provides a fascinating glimpse into Spokane’s industrial past perfectly paired with a contemporary menu of American favorites. The freshest ingredients go into a range of creative pizzas such as the apple and fig pizza with caramelized onion, and the expansive menu branches out into delicious salads and pasta dishes providing something for every taste.
A delightful restaurant in the city’s oldest district of Browne’s Addition, Italia Trattoria features an ever-changing menu based on seasonal produce. “Their focus is on the highest quality Italian food and with lamb ragu and wild boar frequenting the menu you know they mean business. But this hot spot can get busy so book ahead” says Edward Browne, a travel blogger at Writemyx and Next Coursework.
3. The Flying Goat
Pacific Northwest character is everywhere in this neighborhood pizza place, with wood accents and fire pits giving you that cozy Cascadian forest feeling. Neapolitan pizzas are the draw of the Flying Goat, paired by a solid selection of beers, but the menu branches out with wings and dumplings that are to die for.
4. Casper Fry
Transport yourself to the American South at Casper Fry from the heart of Spokane’s South Perry District. Casper Fry is a family-run restaurant and the Southern cuisine speaks to American roots, with an updated twist. Enjoy a Southern feast with buttermilk fried chicken or jalapeno smoked cheddar hush puppies, if you can resist the family-style mac ‘n’ cheese.
5. Manito Tap House
Established in 2011, Manito Tap House is a gastropub done to a tee. Naturally, in a place like this, you’ll start with the beers and the knowledgeable bar staff will gladly guide you through their huge draft menu to find the perfect pint for you. Outstanding pub food complements the tap list - the menu ranges from mouth-watering Kobe beef burgers to a plentiful vegan selection. A great place for a night out absorbing the bustling atmosphere.
6. Gordy's Sichuan Cafe
A stand-out Chinese restaurant with a relaxed, intimate feel, Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe has long been an establishment on the Spokane scene. You’ll find Gordy’s on South Hill, a leafy neighborhood perfect for a post-Chinese stroll. Gordy’s vast menu, helpfully sorted by spice, will easily lead you to the perfect choice and most dishes can be prepared vegan too.
7. Boot's Bakery & Lounge
Boot’s Bakery & Lounge is nestled in the corner of the beautiful Longbotham building, underneath the antique signage indicating Spokane’s long working history. This all-vegan eatery has a cozy DIY atmosphere and specializes in savory and sweet edibles, along with great coffee. Fare varies daily because they rely on local produce. Their innovative kitchen staff is always waiting to delight you.
8. Queen of Sheba
The authentic Ethiopian cuisine of the Queen of Sheba is a local favorite. “Truly traditional dining will find you reaching for the injera flatbread in lieu of cutlery, scooping up their perfectly spiced dishes. The kitfo, tender steak pieces marinated in their own spiced butter is sure to please, as well as a broad selection of vegetarian options coming with berbere sauce” comments Cathy Lang, a lifestyle writer at Brit Student and 1 Day 2 Write.
Wild Sage is an award-winning establishment with a focus on the freshest ingredients locally procured. American and Asian fusion combine on an appetizing menu and a long wine list will let you find the perfect pairing. Salads such as the irresistible Green Goddess Chop will leave you feeling good, and all dishes are made to order meaning customization and dietary accommodation is no problem. The whimsical atmosphere makes it a perfect date venue, but the delicious food might leave you lost for words.
Originating as a pop-up from chef Adam Hegsted, The Wandering Table found a permanent home in Kendall Yards in 2014. An ever-changing menu inspired by local produce and past favorites has included hoisin fried tofu with mushroom confit and candied and fried garlic and a sensational goat’s cheese cheesecake with berries. You’ll be happy that the Wandering Table has finally settled down.
Whether it’s a juicy burger washed down with a craft beer or a crunchy green salad you’re craving, Spokane’s got you covered. Enjoy!