This is my first posting to Chow.
I just moved to Spokane about a couple of months ago from Los Angeles. Of course, living in LA leaves a guy pretty spoiled for good food. So I'm exploring Spokane and finding good food to eat.
The previous threads on Chow about Spokane are filled with occasional praise, lots of middling, blah reports, and even some really ugly insults here and there. The threads are also not terribly recent.
So! Here's what I've found so far that stands out as pretty darn tasty. I'm not aiming for fancy places. My budget's pretty limited.
In no particular order:
Bennedito's on South Hill.
Service was great. Had fettuccine bolognese. Lots of very tasty meat and sausage and even veggies. Pasta just right. Portion large and affordably priced. Came with a side of garlic cheese bread, which was actually their pizza dough instead of a sliced italian sub. Very very tasty. The garden salad was also a notch above normal: dark leafy greens that were fresh, with substantial veggies and an excellent pesto ranch. Salad, pasta, and soda came to about $14, and I had had a second meal out of it.
In the west-central neighborhood, with a view of the Spokane River and downtown. I've had three meals here so far and everything is mostly delicious (the chicken in the chicken salad sandwich was a bit too gamey for me). They bake their own bread. Service is always friendly and prompt. Food is western bistro/gastropub. Breakfast is especially good, with homemade chorizo and jams for the bread. A standout so far.
Greek and Middle-Eastern food. I saw this also in another thread. I had the buffet yesterday. Gyros meat was very tender. Vegetable stews were a bit overcooked but still flavourful. Attentive and helpful staff. Spokane has virtually nil for mediterranean food, but this one is decent. The chef offered to make me a certain yogurt drink not on the menu I like if I let her know when I arrive that I'd like some.
White House Grill (Post Falls).
I saw some brutal take down of this place, which didn't jive with my experience. Had lamb kofta with excellent green beans. Another had lamb kabob; also tasty. Of course, their schtick is to be ridiculously heavy-handed on the garlic. A little pricey for me. The food was nothing earth-changing, but nothing insulting either. I lived in Little Armenia in Hollywood for a few years so I'm very experienced with similar cuisine. This was decent.
DeLeon's (Francis and Division
Also covered in other posts. Very good Mexican deli. Huge burritos. Pork and nopalitos was good. They make their tortillas in house, so this is a great place to buy tortillas and chips for home, as well as a killer salsa verde. The market half of the store is not so impressive, but for Spokane, it's the only game in town.
South Perry Pizza
This was very good. An attractive space full of bustle and crowds even on a Wednesday night. Came here because their gluten-free crust was recommended and my friend is celiac. An asparagus and pesto pizza was really very fine. Decent beers. Good homemade caesar dressing.
More of a cafe with bistro grub. Open air space with a good mix of comfy chairs and tables. They have concerts and movies here during the summer. Coffee is good (I'm certainly no snob with my coffee, so your mileage may vary). They have a grain bowl that's quinoa and rice mixed with fresh veggies and a sauce (spicy chili, tahini, or something else) for $5. Probably the best value for health and portion and taste in town. Breakfast sandwiches and other food is good as well. Nothing disappointing yet. Makes this a good spot to park for several hours to work or read. The frequent buyer discount (10% off after 10 visits) is middling-to-poor.
Most of the menu looks like over-priced american-ish mexican, but the tacos are really GOOD and really CHEAP. Everyone I've met so far loves Tacos Tumbras.
Okay, I'm getting really hungry now. I'll write more later, and keep adding to this thread as I explore. And if I find some place horrible, I'll post that too.