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Spokane question

Sante', Isabella's, Mizuna and Luna all get high marks. No, Spokane hasn't become a food town yet, but it's on the cusp. I'm seeing the same stirrings in restaurants and grocers here that I saw in Seattle and Portland decades ago, the same advent of a dedicated indoor farmer's market, the same influx of foodies and professional people fleeing more expensive cities. Spokane Community College's culinary program is gaining momentum. Good signs...but the local scene does have miles to go. It's still an underpaid town that loses its best and brightest.

Great grocers are the biggest need here, IMHO. Give us a Metropolitan Market or Whole Foods or New Seasons. Hell, give us a Trader Joe's...Please!

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Sante
404 West Main, Spokane, WA 99201

Mizuna
214 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201

Jun 29, 2010
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Looking for the best burger in WA

I've lived and traveled all over the region for some decades, and I'm a burgerholic, so I've been to every joint mentioned here. However, for my money, the best burger I've ever had sent me into a temporary state of burger-nirvana just a couple of weeks ago.

The holy shrine where this blessed event took place? The new Sante' Bistro in downtown Spokane. A perfect 1/2 pound burger on a perfect bun, with homemade pickles, ketchup and cheese. Savory. Fresh. Rich but not greasy. Amazing.

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Sante
404 West Main, Spokane, WA 99201

Jun 29, 2010
Splenda in Pacific Northwest

Ongoing Spokane reviews

The reason Trader Joe's won't come to Spokane has nothing to do with Spokane's size, which meets TJ's metrics; it has a lot to do with Spokane's caveman politics and attitudes, which definitely do not meet Trader Joe's standards. TJ's explicitly targets overeducated, underemployed, world-traveling liberals. How many of those are in Spokane these days?

Jun 24, 2010
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New Asian Market in Spokane

Finally, a reasonably good Asian grocer in Spokane--and way closer to us than the little joint way out on Trent that we used to trek out to!

Jun 24, 2010
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Spokane - Fine Dining Recs?

Spokane still isn't much of a foodie town, but improvements continue. Isabella's and Wild Sage are two good downtown dinner houses that have opened in the past two years (the braised lamb shank at Isabella's is a must). Sante' Bistro just opened downtown by Auntie's Books, and it's possibly the best lunch bistro in town (the burger is the best I've ever had, complete with a homemade ketchup and homemade soft cheese to die for).

The Steelhead is probably the best downtown bar, with consistently good pub food. And I'm surprised that no one mentioned the wine list at Nikko's, which is both voluminous and reasonably priced. (One local wine definitely worth its high price; Townsend T3, a meritage heavy on Cab Franc, but let it breathe.)

Thai? Opinions vary, but my fave is A Taste of Thai, up in the suburban north. Just the kind of high-quality 15-table cafe' you fined everywhere in larger cities, but rarely in Spokane.

Steak is great at Spencer's and Churchill's; aged prime beef and all that.

Still missing: Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Lebanese, great breakfast joints and first rate Northern Italian dining.

Avoid Clinkerdagger's, Tomato Street and all Chinese but Gordy's.

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A Taste of Thai
419 W Hastings Rd, Spokane, WA 99218

Sante
404 West Main, Spokane, WA 99201

Clinkerdagger
West 621 Mallon Street, Spokane, WA 99201

Tomato Street
6220 N Division St, Spokane, WA 99208

Jun 24, 2010
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