Best Of: Food

Inlander readers have spoken, and these are among their favorite places to eat

Best Of: Food
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Gordy's Sichuan Cafe

Best Asian Food

Gordy's Sichuan Cafe

If you ask around about good Asian food in Spokane, you'll hear a lot about Gordy's. Tucked away just off Grand, it's worth seeking out. If it's been awhile since you've been there, you'll want to say "Hi" to new owners (and longtime chefs) Dan Burns and Casey Riendeau. Rest assured, they've kept the menu just the same. 501 E 30th Ave., Spokane • 747-1170

2nd PLACE: The Mustard Seed

3rd PLACE: Red Dragon

NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Bonsai Bistro, Coeur d'Alene

Best Mexican Food

1st Place: Azteca

2nd Place: Atilano's

3rd Place: Rancho Chico

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Tomato Street

Best Italian Food

Tomato Street

The welcome starts with the complimentary play-dough for the young (and young at heart) members of your party. From there, your server will make sure your meal is fun and memorable at this locally owned and operated Spokane staple. Tomato Street prides themselves on cuisine from scratch, open kitchens and brick pizza ovens.

2nd PLACE: Luigi's

3rd PLACE: Italian Kitchen, Italia Trattoria (tie) NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Tito's Italian Grill, Coeur d'Alene

Best Sandwiches

1st Place: Domini Sandwiches

2nd Place: The High Nooner

3rd Place: Caruso's

Best Burrito

1st Place: sweEto burrito

2nd Place: Atilano's

3rd Place: Neato Burrito

Best Appetizers


The sophisticated atmosphere of any of the four local Twigs locations is the perfect backdrop for an appetizer (or two) along with a signature cocktail. Whether you're a fan of the Gorgonzola fondue with your fries, or one of several decked-out flatbreads, you're clearly not alone.

2nd PLACE: The Safari Room; 3rd PLACE: Clinkerdagger; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: The White House Grill, Post Falls

Best Food Truck

3 Ninjas

Founded by a group of three friends (ninjas) in 2014, this food truck emphasizes fresh ingredients. While they'll make any style of food when they cater, they describe their menu as "where health meets heat."

2nd PLACE: Couple of Chefs

3rd PLACE: Tacos del Sol

NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Taco Works, Coeur d'Alene

Best Sushi

What downtown bistro lacks in inventiveness of name and ambience (one Zomato reviewer calls it "American dive meets the East") it compensates for in creativity in the kitchen and on the plate. Recurring praise for the Harley-Davidson, Kyle and Oh! Kevin rolls (the latter, a kind of shrimp tempura topped with deep-fried salmon, bears the name of its creator, the restaurant's owner) is warranted: it's again the top choice in town.

2nd PLACE: QQ Sushi & Kitchen; 3rd PLACE: Ginger Asian Bistro; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Bonsai Bistro, Coeur d'Alene

Best Bakery

Rocket Bakery

With an empire that stretches from the South Hill (in a newly renovated and expanded space) north through two locations downtown to Garland and east to Millwood, chances are you've seen a Rocket Bakery. Their baked goodies (scones, muffins, breakfast bagels, quiche, etc.) are all made locally, as is their coffee, usually with the roasts of Post Falls' DOMA. As one Facebook follower puts it: "Awesome people! Awesome place! Awesome food!"

2nd PLACE: Boots Bakery 3rd PLACE: Petit Chat Bakery NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Bakery by the Lake, Coeur d'Alene


Brain Freeze Creamery

With two permanent locations and an ice cream truck, Brain Freeze Creamery serves up the best scoopfuls one could ask for. With a couple of dozen flavors to choose from, they also offer breakfast and lunch options and a delicious affogato — a cup of ice cream drowned in a shot of hot espresso.

2nd PLACE: The Scoop; 3rd PLACE: Mary Lou's Milk Bottle; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Roger's Ice Cream & Burgers, Coeur d'Alene

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Best Patio Dining

Best Seafood

Anthony's at Spokane Falls

Seafood tastes better when you can hear gushing water and catch a misty breeze on your skin. Anthony's offers just that; an unbelievably breezy dining experience, best enjoyed on the patio overlooking the Spokane Falls. The seafood is seasonal and sustainable, offering mouth-watering plates of Dungeness crab, steak and prawns, and pan-fried oysters.

Best Patio Dining

2nd PLACE: Clinkerdagger

3rd PLACE: Central Food

NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Bardenay, Coeur d'Alene

Best Seafood

2nd PLACE: Milford's Fish House; 3rd PLACE: Zona Blanca; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Cedars Floating Restaurant, Coeur d'Alene