Local Cuisine in Spokane

While in Spokane, you’ll definitely want to check out the local restaurants showcasing the region’s cuisine in all its natural glory. The state’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and Spokane’s 76 regional lakes equate to fish and seafood as a constant on menus aiming to remain true to the area. With a nod to the farm-to-table movement, major emphasis is placed on fresh ingredients sourced as locally as possible.

Garden-to-Table

Clover is one such restaurant, thoughtfully considering each and every ingredient for an impressive dining experience. Set in a charming, restored craftsman-style house from 1910, the location houses a mini on-site greenhouse where herbs are grown in the outdoor patio area. The dedication to cooking from scratch extends to beef that is dry-aged and cured in-house, and breads and pastries made daily with local wheat. Known for award-winning cocktails and cozy, comfortable dining, the

restaurant features a seasonal menu with a daily seafood selection. Within walking distance of Gonzaga University and Mission Park, you can stop by Clover after playing on the lawn bowling green at the park or touring the university.

Try Something New

Push the boundaries of your dining repertoire and eat like a true foodie at The Wandering Table in Spokane’s Kendall Yards area. Owned by local chef Adam Hegsted, the chef-led concept comes through brightly in the form of small plates meant to be shared family style. Come with a group or partner and pick a few safe options, like spaghetti-stuffed meatballs or crispy miso-glazed steelhead, and then select a more adventurous option, like barbacoa jackfruit empanadas. Experiment with a dish outside of your comfort zone and you’ll be rewarded with expertly prepared dishes made from food sourced within a 500-mile radius. Afterwards, step outside and stroll along the paved Centennial Trail overlooking the Spokane River.

Upscale Comfort

Incorporate tasting all the local Northwest has to offer with a night on the town beginning at Wild Sage. Located in downtown Spokane, you can have dinner, take in a show at the nearby Bing Theater, Knitting Factory, or Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox; and then hit the bars for a night cap. Wild Sage offers fine dining that is neither stiff nor stuffy. Elegant plating lets you feast with your eyes before indulging in locally sourced ingredients cooked to perfection. Local staples make their way onto the menu in unexpected ways like the huckleberry bramble cocktail or Thai-style fish cakes made with Washington steelhead, the official state fish.
 
As the state’s second largest metro area, Spokane does not disappoint when it comes to representing Northwest foods in all their local glory. Complete your trip to the Lilac City with a visit to the restaurants making a name for Spokane.

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