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  • Bay Gelldawg Oct 31, 2005 04:49 PM

I will be staying at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane. I'm looking for a casual good place for dinner, a good place for breakfast, and someplace to satisfy my sweet tooth, all within walking distance of the hotel.

I'm not especially interested in eating in the hotel itself.

Thanks for any tips. This is my first visit to Spokane.

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  1. Bay, Don't miss dining at Patsy Clark's Mansion. It's a Spokane institution with excellent food.

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    1. re: Leper

      Hasn't Patsy Clark's been closed for many years? My recommendations for Spokane would be Clinkendaggers, Shenanigans, Mizuna, or Anthony's. It is not a real chowhound town, but you can get a decent meal.

      1. re: Jane

        I recommend a little neighborhood place called "The Elk" Great food...lousy service. Ella's supper club is nice also.

        I would have to say...NO to Clinkendaggers.

      2. re: Leper

        closed about a year ago. The mansion now holds a corporate law firm. No eats!

      3. We were there on business a few weeks ago, and enjoyed the town very much. Especially the wonderful Riverfront Park. We didn't eat downtown (drove out to the Elk Ale House, very good) but we did notice that the Steamplant Brewery (I think that's the right name) has a great looking happy hour, with half price appetizers and $1.75 pints of what we've heard is very good beer. I think it's walking distance to the Ridpath. Susan C.

        1. Mizuna, Herbal Essence, Fugazzi, Moxie's, Niko's all fit the bill for dinner within walking distance.

          1. We'll be visiting for a friend's wedding over Labor Day and also staying at the Davenport (or nearby)...
            Any suggestions for a fun place for a group to go for margaritas and affordable food NOT A CHAIN? A local place would be preferred. thanks!

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            1. re: aaustin

              Best margaritas in Spokane are at the Longhorn BBQ between west spokane and airway heights on Highway 2 - the food is amazing (if you're not a vegetarian) and the service in the bar is fantastic. I was just there last week. And I wish I were there now.
              There's not much downtown anymore, from what I could see, but I didn't do my customary walk downtown to survey what's been torn down or renovated. The Onion or Cyrus O'Leary's are fine for drinks and food if you need to be downtown, but they're a bit tgi Friday-ish.

              1. re: hertzdonut

                So if we should get out of downtown, where should we go? Is there a close neighborhood that's fun and young? and if so, where in that neighborhood? we'll have a car!

            2. The Rocket Bakery has amazing pink cookies!

              1. Luna is a very fine restaurant on the South Hill. I've had world class meals there before.
                They also have a cafe in Brown's addition, across from the Elks Drug Store Cafe.

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                1. re: DonJ

                  Thanks DonJ, but I don't know that we'll have time to have a nice meal. We'll probably stay downtown, so...are there any fun places that stand out? I think we're staying at the Hotel Lusso. Any good, local coffee nearby?

                  1. re: aaustin

                    The only place that roasts their own is Four Seasons Coffee at 222 N. Howard - a few blocks from your hotel. It's a nice space, and good coffee.

                    1. re: hertzdonut

                      excellent! that's what i'm looking for.

                2. AAUSTIN> reading thorugh this most are clueless with what you want. You are staying at the lusso for this coming labor day and will be partying alot, dont/wont drive, and looking for a yourger crowd. OK > well since this is a chow board i will have to add in a few ideas for the food part, cool? Not from here but have been here the last few yrs and visited most places worthy of note.

                  Lusso Lobby Bar: Cavallino's - forget the "fugazi" cafeteria - give me the dimmer lighting and cool atmostphre of the cavellion anyday and you can still order off of the fugazi menu. Sometimes a decent crowd - sometimes absolutely empty - which could bode well for you if you are cruising heavy at last for a rendezvous point. Beware - i think It does close early though.

                  Blue Fin - on the opposite corner from lusso and davenport on lincoln - a good place to meet for drinks and appetizers - dont get the sushi or the entre's. appi's and drinks

                  Biz Tango - Go back towards your hotel and turn towards the mall - a crowded martini bar - younger crowd - some appetizers that i cant remember if they were fantastic but i do remeber they were not horrible - they have good selection of splts of wine there so - you can do some wine tasting there as well.

                  Mizuna - feel cheery leaving biz tango - head towards "mall" and turn right - go two blocks - turn left - mizuna - sit outside split an entree or sit inside and eat at wine bar - have a mizunarita or 3. Depends if you ike the outside music or not. Also, Service sometimes is really slow (a local afflition) there so- the bar maybe the better call. When you can slide out of the couch and to your feet again - go next door for a drink and be glad you didnt eat at that new place- ok for a few drinks though. (i forget the name)

                  Irish Bar - leave bar/rest next to mizuna - walk towards park turn right - see irish bar - go inside. have a few pints and then reverse course.

                  There are a handful of more places to go but that is a pretty safe trip. I can without a doubt give the best rest/bar rec's for this area. It's a little scarce but getting better and some places do suprise. Let me know if you need some more intel - and dont listen to anyone else >>lol> execpt yourself - if you have a clue >>you find what you need to in walking distance with or without me.

                  1. We stayed at the Davenport a few weeks ago. Don't know if it's appropriate to say I posted this on TripAdvisor recently, but thought I'd respond when I didn't see some of these places mentioned.

                    I highly recommend Bluefish across from the Davenport. Don't know why luv2dine didn't like the food or drinks. It's on Sprague across from the Davenport Hotel. Very centrally located. It was recommended by the owner of a gallery I was in, and boy am I glad she did. This is the kind of restaurant you'd find in Seattle - creative menu, beautiful presentation, really excellent fresh sushi and seafood. We had ahi platters (served rare but three ways, including an incredibly light tempura version), unique and really mouth watering duck rolls (recommended by the waitress), hot edamame's with a bit of sesame oil, and I had the lichi martini (well, ok, they were so good I had two of them). The atmosphere is hip and of course the lighting is..... blue. I'd overlook the fact that it makes everyone a little corpse-like. You can watch the chefs if you're in the front of the restaurant. Looked like a great date place. Had a top-notch, friendly waitress who was very attentive even though the place was packed at 6:00 She didn't hurry us even though there were people waiting for tables. The people next to us were eating decadent looking desserts, but we didn't have room. The menu also had steak and ribs, but since we moved from Oregon to near Walla Walla recently, we were dying for fresh seafood. Apparently the chef/owner? also has the Moxie restaurant down the street, but we'll have to save that place for next time. At least now we know you can get great sushi in Eastern Washington! We also ate at a Milford Fish House the night before. We liked the seafood pretty well, and loved the atmosphere and character of the place, but I don't think their food held a candle to this place.

                    Also went over to the Browne's Addition part of town that's full of beautiful mansions. Ate breakfast at a really wonderful neighborhod restaurant on S. Cannon Street around the corner from the Elk Pub (which we heard was great) called the Marron. Hip, family oriented, great service. I had excellent eggs benedict and husband had, get this, a meatball omelette (meatballs - more like Italian sausage, were made there). Bought great bread to take home that they sold thre from Buzzi's Baker. Also had a really excellent chicken cashew pesto pizza at the restaurant below the Montvale in the former boiler room - Catacombs I think it was called. Finally, walked over the bridge to Milford's Fish House. Very charming, old time character, great service, but I didn't think the food was that great. Halibut cheeks were huge and tough - wondered if they were stingray wings. Mixed seafood plate (Daphe? Diane?) was good deal, but pretty bland.