The Safari Room: Lions and Elephants, Oh, My!
This is a great place for lunch—the décor is fun, and they have 5 lunch specials--mostly sandwiches--that are just $5 each. (They also have a more extensive regular menu.) After you eat your meal, they will bring out the $2 dessert tray, and they are irresistible. Each creamy dessert is served in a small glass, and I haven’t managed to pick a favorite—they are all delicious.
They also have a $15 dinner special (salad, choice of 5 entrees, and one of the little desserts) but I haven’t been there for dinner yet.
The African theme is everywhere—leopard print booths, lions and giraffes marching around the chandeliers, a large mural in the bar area, etc.
Favorite Dish: The Lunch Special I like best is a Thai chicken with peanut sauce on flatbread.
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Hacienda Las Flores: Mom & Pop Mexican
Hacienda Las Flores is a family-run restaurant east of downtown. It isn't anything fancy, but the food is very good. The owners will be in there working, and the baby might be tucked into a corner.
If you find yourself in this neighborhood, it's worth a try.
Froyo Earth: Self-Serve Yogurt
Froyo Earth is a self-serve frozen yogurt place. They have 8-10 flavors of frozen yogurt and 2 sorbets, plus about 20 toppings--everything from hot fudge to cereal; fresh fruit to crushed cookies and candies.
You get a paper bowl, fill it with whatever flavors and toppings you want, and place it on a scale. It costs 39¢ per ounce (with a discount for cash.) They have little free sample cups so you can check out flavors before buying them.
Open daily--10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (closing extended to 11 p.m. on Friday& Saturday)
There is a hallway between this shop and the Starbucks next door, so you can indulge in both if you like.
Their parking lot isn't very big, but there is quite a bit of street parking available on Second St. (not metered)
Favorite Dish: I didn't sample everything, but I filled my bowl with a combination of pistachio and cheesecake flavors. Delicious!
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Queen of Sheba: Something different
Queen of Sheba is a small, pleasant restaurant on the entrance level of the Flour Mill complex. The food is served in large baskets (with a plate inside) and eaten with the fingers. Thin, spongy bread covers the plate, and the entree goes on top of the bread. You tear off the bread to scoop up the food.
They have many different dishes available, including a number of vegetarian options. The waitress is happy to explain what things are, and which ones have hot spices.
Favorite Dish: My friend and I had appetizers (samosas--1 chicken, 1 beef) for $5 each, and an entree (shared) of 4 vegetarian specialties ($12 or 13.) Servings are large--our veggie dish was intended for one person, but was enough for both of us after our samosa snack.
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Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe: Outstanding Pizza
Best pizza in town—authentic Italian style with thin crust.
It's really an Italian restaurant--They also have calzones, pasta, paninis, salads and gelato.
Pizzas – $12-$16 for 12”; $7-$9 for the smaller 7”
Calzones - $13
Panini - $8-$9
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Favorite Dish: The Margherita pizza. Their other food looks very good also, but I'm hooked on this pizza.
On any given day they have about 10 gelato flavors. My favorites so far are limoncello gelato and dark roast coffee gelato.
Hill's Someplace Else: The Best Food in Town
This is a fabulous place to eat! The Chef is a master. There are Weekly Specials that are so good I rarely get to order from the menu. This is the only place in town to get home made pasta.
Favorite Dish: When I do order from the menu, as opposed to the Special Sheet, I get the NY Steak and Blue. At lunch, try the Pastrami!!
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Thai Bamboo: Awesome Thai Food
Great restuarant, excellant service, awesome food, and an overall good atmosphere. Easily affordable. Anybody in the mood for some spicy Thai Food has to check this place out.
Favorite Dish: Pad Thai with a Thai Iced Tea
Rosauer's: Food at a supermarket?
Rosauer's is a regional, but Spokane-based supermarket and absolutely the best in town. Here you'll not only find competitve deals on groceries, but some things that you won't find at other supermarkets, most notably Great Northern Lights Beer (Spokane's best brewery).
If you're looking for a cheap meal, head to Rosauer's flagship on 29th Avenue in the South Hills between Grand Blvd and Freya. They have the typical supermarket fare like fried chicken, potato wedges and buffalo wings, but they also cafeteria type food, as well as seven different kinds of coffee (self-serve, so unlimited refills) and other various items, all at the deli. Plus, they have a beautiful restaurant area for you sit down to eat and, the best part for me, free wi-fi!
The store is also huge and deserves some exploration, but this little cafe area just blew me away.
Favorite Dish: There's a chicken dinner for $3 where you get two pieces of fried chicken, a side dish (mash, mac n' cheese, swedish meatballs, etc.), a roll and a "salad" (no leafs - potato, macaroni, etc.). It's a good deal.
Prago Argentine Cafe: A wannabee Argentine
There is nothing argentine about this place. The owner has an interest in Argentina and thus the name. This is a local joint, with a few argentine wines thrown and not even the best of its Mendoza selections. Norton mainly.
But the lady behind the bar was so friendly. She unflinchingly directed us to Vien Dong Restaurant when we said we wanted to eat viet food.
genuinely friendly person
Favorite Dish: Had a glass of Norton Chardonnay. Empanadas were available but was not in a mood to try them. Bit disappointed as I had thought I would encounter something argentina. Even the music was not argentine, but very local
Vien Dong Restaurant: Viet Chinese Food
basic decor as one expects and very friendly owner and her husband
she was about to close when we arrived but kept the place open to prepare dinner
Favorite Dish: Bun Ga Xao
Bun Bo Hue
Cafe Sua Nong
Suki Yaki Inn at Downtown: American Japanese Restaurnat
Sushi is becoming the ethnic food of a health conscious USA. This is a very american restaurant with some concession to the japanese culture. The owner who greeted us had a japanese face weathered by snow and cigarette smoke. The waitress was amazonic in size and here sweetness was as big as her physical shape and size (comely and shapely,not obese)
Favorite Dish: Salmon Teriyaki
Bento with beef teriyaki and california roll
Riverview Thai: Authentic enough Thai Food
Tucked away near the riverwalk in a small strip mall which houses a brewery, a real estate agent and a fishing outfit, this thai restaurant was the best choice for my first meal in Spokane. The view is of the river and animals which looked like large squirrels were running around the yard. the decor of the place is pleasing and the chef was from Udon Thani in Thailand, whcih is reflected in her food.
the waitress was half asian something and as it is customary was eager to deny her heritage and proclaim her americanness, which takes away any charm at all. but helpful. the white drink waiter was more amenable, saying he knew a few thai words
Favorite Dish: Boonsen thin noodles in a clay pot/coconut curry
shoe shee salmon/ delicious coconut sauce
two glasses of washington state sauvignon blanc
53 usd for the above
Latah Bistro: AWESOME!
We were directed to this little bistro by some fellow golfers at Qualchan and were glad we listened. What a find! The quintessential quaint restaurant reminded us of places we have seen in San Fransisco or even Europe. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. The kitchen is placed front and center to the room and the chefs say hi when you come in. I was so intrigued I chatted with the head chef and was offered tastes of the special to cinch my dinner choice. We ordered a Spokane wine that was delicious and sat outside on the front patio. They have gardens in front and back with herbs and vegetables they grow for the restaurant. We picked some small tomatoes and they appeared on our salad - talk about fresh! The steak, asparagus, morel mushroom pasta I ordered was fantastic; lightly flavored with garlic, olive oil and asiago cheese with tender strips of tenderloin. It reminded me of a meal we had in Tuscany. Not kidding! This is the real deal. The prices were surprisingly cheap and I can't say enough about the cool attitude of the staff. A must if you are in Spokane.
Favorite Dish: Even though my steak pasta main dish was to die for, I have to say the tiramisu mousse dessert was delicious.
Also, my wife said her halibut dish was the best she has ever had.
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Okane On the Hill: Okane On the Hill
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Spokane. The service and food are always great. I take out-of-town visitors here often, and they are always impressed that a place like this can be found in Spokane! It has much more in common with similar restaurants in Seattle than anything else in Spokane. The ambience is relaxed and hip. The decor is modern, colorful and very pleasing. The food has been described as Japanese/Hawaiian fusion. The restaurant is known for sushi, but non-sushi items are available for the squeamish. Highly recommended!
Favorite Dish: I forget the names of the dishes I've tried, but I really enjoyed a Hawaiian dish featuring chicken baked with apple. Their signature sushi roll (which I believe is called the Northwest Roll) features salmon and huckleberry.
A Taste of India: Excellent Butter Chicken!
The wonderful smell of spices is the first of our senses to be seduced when we enter the restaurant. Service is good and not pushy. The staff is very knowledgable and very willing to answer your questions. The lunch buffet offers a nice selection of the staples found on the dinner menu so if you have never tried Indian food before, this would be a safe way to enter into it.
It is definately not a high end eating establishment, but if you are looking for a delicious meal at a reasonable price, this is the place.
Favorite Dish: I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. The Naan is perfect and the Butter Chicken is sublime. The Butter Chicken is creamy, spicy sensual experience for the mouth while the Naan adds another layer of texture.
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