We have so many wonderful, cozy places to dine in this chilly weather, and I often sit at work dreaming about where we can go as a family to enjoy a great meal. The bonus of not having to do the dishes really helps. If you want the experts to take the lead and give you a dinner worth braving the cold, look no further. Here are a few of our family favorites that are sure to make you realize just how good it can be to eat out in our city.
There are dozens of classic Spokane favorites that we drive past every day, but you should make it a priority to stop by this one. It’s shabby on the outside, but full of character and some really, really great food. This long-standing business has withstood recessions, wars and social upheaval—feeding Spokanites and leaving its mark on their lives. As one of the last remaining drive-in burger joints in the area, Burger Royal is still standing tall on Trent Avenue, and has an especially tasty sandwich: the Mike’s Original Stromboli. It features a toasted Italian sandwich roll, a spicy tomato sauce laden with sausage, melty mozzarella cheese, and capicola ham. Their burgers are equally delicious, as are their sinfully crunchy and stretchy mozzarella sticks with house-made sauce. Created by Mike Aquino in 1954, it is still just as delicious today. It is nothing short of legendary. Once you stop in, you won’t be able to go to a chain restaurant for a burger again.
One of the seven jewels in the Eat Good Group crown, Wandering Table is a favorite of locals and, according to frequent diners, if the items on the menu change, there would be a small riot. One of those familiar classics is the spaghetti stuffed meatball, which features the pasta inside instead of surrounding them. Other favorites at this Kendall Yards hotspot are the buffalo cauliflower, crispy duck wings, the decadent deviled eggs, and for dessert—the olive oil ice cream with candied orange. I’m also partial to the harissa spiced carrots. Executive Chef Adam Hegsted has Chef Ian Wingate at the helm of this dynamic dining space, and the creativity that comes out of this kitchen is sure to give your tastebuds the warmth you crave in this chilly weather.
The Perry District has become a center of funky dining options that have a neighborhood appeal and a unique personality. The history in this part of town intertwines seamlessly with the new. My husband’s grandfather, Laverne Peterson, built and owned the auto shop next door (now aptly named “The Shop” featuring coffee, wine and quick bites). Next door, Casper Fry is named after the Great-Great Grandfather of the current proprietors, who was a Southern-born minister. He preached in the church across the street, and now this space reflects the food he would have known and loved at home. The hush puppies, fried chicken, chicken and waffles and other Southern-inspired favorites are nothing short of decadent, and their specials rotate with what is in season and inspires the chef. You’ll be sure to have a mouth-watering meal in this quaint part of our city.