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Our picks for the most important meal of the day

click to enlarge The Verde Hash at Bruncheonette. - YOUNG KWAK
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Bruncheonette

The husband and wife team behind the Couple of Chefs catering and food truck have another project: a brick-and-mortar breakfast and brunch restaurant, open daily between 7 am and 3 pm. You'll find familiar breakfast favorites, as well as some new ones. Try the Tamale Waffle or the Smoked Brisket Hash. 1011 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 443-5968

Chaps

When you set off for breakfast at Chaps, it's best to be prepared for a line out the door, especially on the weekends (they also serve breakfast Tuesday through Thursday from 8 to 11 am). Once inside, you'll love all of the vintage décor touches, to say nothing of the generous, varied portions. Try the Blueberry Muffin French Toast, or the ever-popular Meat Lovers Scramble. 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd., Spokane • 624-4182

Cottage Café

We dare you to try to find better breakfast potatoes. Anywhere. The cottage fries here are worth the drive out to this charming English-themed breakfast-and-lunch spot that's isolated from virtually any housing or neighborhood and situated amongst a bunch of car dealerships. The OJ is always fresh-squeezed, the biscuits are tender, the freezer jam homemade and the parking lot is always full — so be prepared to wait. It's worth it. 6902 E. Appleway Blvd., Spokane Valley • 928-8888

Fleur De Sel Artisan Creperie

If you can't swing that trip to Paris this year, then console yourself with authentic crepes at Fleur De Sel on Spokane's South Hill. You can even try out your French when Chef Laurent Zirotti (a 2017 James Beard Finalist), is behind the traditional cast-iron crepe maker. The menu boasts more than a dozen varieties of savory and sweet crepes, including our favorites, the Fig, Gorgonzola and Ham ($7.50) and the House Made Spiced Rhubarb Compote sweet crepe ($5). 909 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 242-3725

Frank's Diner

Right up front, Frank's Diner gets the most important thing right about offering a great breakfast: at least one of its locations is inside a train car. And the food's great, too. Your average replacement-level diner will offer a decent eggs Benedict, sure. But Frank's? Frank's gives you not only the classic eggs Benedict, but a portobello-topped "bistro Benedict," a "spicy Creole" Benedict, and — our favorite — "Great Grandma Nana's Meatloaf Benedict." 1516 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane • 747-8798 | 10929 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 465-2464

The Garnet Cafe

If you're looking for a farm-to-table restaurant experience, it's hard to get much closer than this little Coeur d'Alene gem. The owners operate McLane Farms, miles away, which supplies the restaurant with high quality pork, lamb, beef, eggs, goat's milk and seasonal produce. Try the Stuffed French Toast or build your own omelette or scramble with a host of options. 315 Walnut Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2729

The Historic Davenport Hotel

Here in Spokane, you can't bring up the word "brunch" without someone saying "Davenport buffet" in the next breath. And for good reason. This decadent spread is a wonder to behold, with its artful platters of seafood, cascading chocolate fountain, petit fours, carving stations and of course, mimosas. Holiday seatings fill up fast, so plan ahead and budget accordingly. The Sunday Champagne Brunch buffet is $44.95 for adults, $21 for children 6 to 12. 10 S. Post St., Spokane • 455-8888

Little Euro

Pop into this Valley treasure any day of the week, beginning at 7 am, for classic Scandinavian favorites like Danish aebleskivers (made from an original family recipe) as well as offerings from other parts of the world (try the Hungarian Goulash and choose from seven different Benedicts). 517 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 891-7662

Michael D's Eatery

Brunch is a big deal at Michael D's. So 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, Idaho • 208-676-9049

Old European

Old European is a stalwart of Spokane's breakfast scene, beloved for its scratch-made goods made from recipes that crossed the Atlantic from France, Denmark, and Germany. Think crepes, Dutch babies, German pancakes and aebleskivers. The whipped cream is always real, the orange juice is always fresh-squeezed and breakfast is always served all day. 7640 N. Division St., Spokane • 467-5987 | 1710 E. Schneidmiller Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-2017 | 455 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 509-334-6381

The Yards Bruncheon

When you first walk into this Kendall Yards staple, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were walking into a diner from the past: the floors are black and white squares and it's almost always bustling with regulars. But a look at the menu will show you this isn't a throwback. Try the Huckleberry Pancakes, the Chick'n n' Waffles (with pickled peppers and maple syrup) and the Roasted Avocado Omelet. 1248 W. Summit Pkwy., Spokane • 290-5952 n


Also Try

The Blackbird, Downtown Spokane

Central Food, Kendall Yards

South Hill Grill, Spokane's South Hill

Clover, Central Spokane

The Safari Room, The Davenport Tower, Downtown Spokane

The CorkHouse, Liberty Lake

Hoot Owl, Sandpoint

Breakfast Club, Moscow

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