Best Of

Best of the Inland Northwest Reader's Choice - Food

Best Sandwich


"That's the best fricking sandwich you can get. I just love their roast beef sandwich — and the French bread is awesome. I work out by Felts Field, but I'll drive into downtown just to get that sandwich." — Mark E.

2nd: Subway; 3rd: High Nooner

Best Bakery

The Rocket

"Barista Jarrott Moonitz makes an awesome soy chai tea espresso and is super nice." — Julie O.

2nd: Rockwood Bakery; 3rd: Great Harvest

Best Thai Food

Thai Bamboo

"I love Thai food, and Thai Bamboo is very healthy." — Matavee B.

2nd: Linnie's; 3rd: Thai on First

Best Seafood

Anthony's Homeport

"I'm so glad somebody came in to that space — the view is unbelievable. And Anthony's is first-class." — Steven R.

2nd: Milford's; 3rd: Red Lobster

Best Steakhouse


"Have never had a bad meal — and the most delicious deep-fried Aussie mushrooms. My 8-year-old daughter's favorite place." — Verna S.

2nd: Wolf Lodge Inn; 3rd: Spencer's

Best TakeOut

Noodle Express

"Fast food that's good for you — what a concept! I am totally addicted to their Osaka sauce." — Rochelle D.

2nd: Dick's; 3rd: Panda Express

Best Espresso, Best Drive-Thru Espresso and Best Late-Night Coffeehouse


"Starbucks was the first coffee I ever had, and so I just kept going back. I love the medium caramel frappuccino." — Laurie L.

Best Espresso 2nd: The Rocket; 3rd: Brews Bros.; North Idaho Best: Cafe Doma

Drive-Thru Espresso 2nd: Jacob's Java; 3rd: Brews Bros.

Late-Night Coffeehouse 2nd: Service Station; 3rd: Rock Coffee

Best Vegetarian Cuisine


"Intimate atmosphere, live music, great food and great wine." — Bill Z.

2nd: Huckleberry's; 3rd: Lindaman's

Best Asian Food

The Mustard Seed

"I have been eating here for 30 years, and I have always had excellent food. We followed them from downtown — a class act." — Patty P.

2nd: China Dragon; 3rd: Gordy's; North Idaho's Best: Bonsai Bistro

Best Outdoor Dining

C.I. Shenanigan's

"I really like sitting there watching the geese and swans. We like the whiskey chicken. We've been going there for years, even during the recent construction. And the service is great." — Dana F.

2nd: The Elk; 3rd: Anthony's Homeport; North Idaho's Best: The Beachouse

Best New Restaurant


"Bluefish provides that elusive "escape" quality that sets a restaurant apart from the crowd. The innovative menu and uber-cool atmosphere combine to create a unique experience." — Lauren M.

2nd: Picabo Bistro; 3rd: Latah Bistro; North Idaho's Best: All-American Cheesecake Cafe

Best Italian Food

The Olive Garden

"I like their chicken marsala best of all. And their salads and their soups. They have breadsticks that are marvelous, and they have a white soup with sausage in it that's really good. The atmosphere is just wonderful and their service is always good." — Jackie C.

2nd: Luigi's; 3rd: The Italian Kitchen

Best Breakfast

Frank's Diner

"One of the best places for what's just like a home-cooked meal. It's one of Spokane's gems. I'm a music promoter, and when I have guests here from Seattle or Portland, Frank's is where I take them for breakfast." — Kelly L.

2nd: Old European; 3rd: Denny's

Best Burger

Red Robin

"They season everything with that Red Robin seasoning, and I love that, so I buy the seasoning every time I'm in. They have a burger for whatever kind of mood you're in — I love the teriyaki one with the pineapple, and the Country Fare Burger with the sweet onions." — Heather E.

2nd: The Onion; 3rd: Zip's

Best Pizza


"Because they have such unusual things — artichoke hearts and other bizarre things on their vegetarian pizza. We order that when we're trying to get the kids to eat something other than pepperoni. The art on the walls in there is very unique, too." — Deb G.

2nd: Pizza Hut; 3rd: Bennedito's

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