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Breakfast Club  This place hasn't changed in years: vinyl booths, light wood tables, waitresses who call you "hon," and a line out the door, especially on weekends. All the usual breakfast and lunch suspects are here. Don't miss the huckleberry zucchini bread. 501 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-6481 • facebook.com/theBCFanPage

Chalet Restaurant The best-kept secret in Spokane (if you haven't lived on the South Hill for decades), the Chalet boasts old-fashioned charm and a hearty breakfast selection. The pancakes cover the entire surface of your plate, and the waitstaff never lets your coffee get below half full. For lunch or dinner, try the chicken-fried steak. 2918 S. Grand Blvd. • 747-6474

Cottage Café With its carefully designed English-cottage charm, this Valley breakfast-and-lunch spot serves fresh-squeezed OJ, tender biscuits with rich cream gravy, irresistible cottage fries, housemade freezer jam, and some of the best chicken-fried steak you'll find. Want a burger and a beer for breakfast? You can get it here. Extra hungry? Spring for the King's Omelet, made with half a dozen eggs, diced ham, green peppers and onions. Don't worry; they also have a special menu for those with smaller appetites. 6902 E. Appleway Blvd., Spokane Valley • 928-8888 • cottagecafespokane.com

Dolly's Cafe To call Dolly's "cozy" would be an understatement, but for more than a half-century, generations of truckers, church folk and hungover students alike have been squeezing into its booths, eager for a heaping plate of eggs and hash browns. Above all other menu items, customers can't get enough of the eggs Benedict. Lunch also draws quite the crowd, with the gut-busting burger that has to be held together with a steak knife. 1825 N. Washington St. • 326-0386 • facebook.com/dollyscafe

Di Luna's Café  Di Luna's takes its music and seasonal, locally sourced menus seriously. Breakfasts here feature farmers markets' scrambles, and Saturday nights frequently mean farm-to-table dinners with locally sourced produce, meats, and decadent desserts from their in-house bakery — all of this paired with live folk, blues, jazz or world-beat music. It's a harmonious combination that's made Di Luna's one of Sandpoint's most beloved restaurants. 207 Cedar St. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-0846 • dilunas.com

Garnet Café  The Garnet Café dishes up locally sourced, hearty fare. Breakfasts, like their Northwest omelet or corned beef hash, will leave you full all day. And the lunch specials, like the Garnet Cuban sandwich, made with McLane Farms' Berkshire pulled pork and smoked ham, pickles, Swiss, slaw and stoneground mustard on fresh ciabatta bread, are truly special. 315 Walnut Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-2729

Hogan's  Some call it a throwback. Others call it old-school. Whatever it is, it's working. With 1950s décor and attentive service, Hogan's is where you go for a burger, a shake and a breakfast big enough to fill you up for the whole day. Can't put away a couple of pancakes the size of dinner plates? They let grown-ups order off the kids' menu here. 2977 E. 29th Ave. • 535-7567

Little Euro Little Euro in the Valley is the Northside's Old European mini-me. Same owners, same (although reduced) menu, same breakfast and lunch favorites, but different style, different paint job and different features — most notably the outdoor patio, which is so popular, Old European is getting one for itself. You can have a mimosa or red beer with your German potato pancakes or Danish aebelskivers. 517 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 891-7662 • littleeurorestaurant.com

Maple Street Bistro In a mostly desolate stretch of your northbound commute, this cozy eatery offers hugs in mugs and homemade comforts. Pull up for a cinnamon latte (like a graham-crackery dessert in a cup) or stay for a freshly made breakfast wrap (try the homestyle wrap with eggs, ham, bacon, tomato and pepper jack cheese in a spinach tortilla) and creamy homemade soup. 5520 N. Maple St. • 443-3129 • maplestreetbistro.com

Michael D's  Michael D's Eatery is the place to go for breakfast in the Lake City — that's according to Inlander readers who voted this Coeur d'Alene icon their favorite breakfast spot. Go big, with an order of chicken-fried steak, or feel like you've skipped right to dessert with some paleo pancakes or waffles. Michael D's is only open for breakfast and lunch, but you can still get a Bloody Mary or Irish coffee. 203 E. Coeur d'Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d'Alene • 208-676-9049 • michaelds.com

Old European This breakfast-and-lunch house takes pride in their made-from-scratch goods. Whether you like your morning meal French, Scandinavian or German, Old European has you covered. Think Swedish crepes, Dutch babies and German pancakes. The orange juice is always fresh squeezed. And while breakfast is served all day, Old European has a nice, big lunch menu. 7640 N. Division St. • 467-5987 | 455 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 334-6381 | 1710 E. Schneidmiller Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-2017 • oldeuropean-restaurant.com

Waffles Plus Inspired by his kids, owner Dale Westhaver decided to get creative, which is why waffles from Waffles Plus come with candy, fruit and ice cream and are topped with their signature syrup and mounds of whipped cream. Westhaver also features bacon and sausage waffles — the meat is just baked right into the waffles. Simple, yet genius. 2625 N. Monroe St. • 326-2317


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