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2 lunches, downtown Spokane

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it's been about 2 years since I've returned to visit Spokane. I'm looking for upscale-ish yet fun. Mother-in-law is originally from London, is close to 80 yrs old and not adventuresome at all. For all of you locals, the Mustard Seed teriyaki is as ethnic as she gets. She rarely goes out to eat, and it's pretty much Applebees when she does.
I'm thinking of Wild Sage or the Davenport Hotel. A very good Chowhound friend who lives downtown will work on recommendations and will join us for the lunches; but I wanted to check with the Spokane Chowhounds to see if there were any suggestions. No Mexican, no hot chile anything, no Thai, no sushi, maybe Chinese, but basically, nothing non-Western. Price will not be an issue.
Thanks a bunch!

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Mustard Seed
4750 N Division St Ste 198, Spokane, WA 99207

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  1. wild sage or scratch is the best bet. cafe maron or the elk (this is a pub and will be a little loud but if it warm out they have a great patio) both of these reside in a quiet little neighborhood just west of the downtown core. Mizuna is another decent choice (lots of veggie options), another really great patio option if its warm (if if she's a shopper, macy's is right across the street, its also close to the park). I like Latah bistro but is a few miles down the pullman highway. Isabella's and europa (italianish, better than olive garden, but not a ton) will fall in the right genre but seem to lack any sort of heart put into the food.

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    1. re: peter froese

      Thanks. I lived in Spokane until 5 years ago, so i am familiar with the Elk and Mizuna.
      Mulling over all this, I think the Davenport will be the best choice in terms of the type of food as well as the ambience. Wasn't there a nice restaurant in the Hotel Lusso?

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      Mizuna
      214 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201

    2. There have been some good recommendations - I would add Sante's to the list - my #1 and #2 go-to places for visitors to let them know we don't live in a culinary wasteland are

      Sante's and Mizuna's

      As a side note I have the 'best' and the 'worst' meal served to me in Spokane at Wild Sage so I am a little gun shy about that place. I have also had many people mention they are very hit and miss, great when the 'hit' but scary when they 'miss'.

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      Sante
      404 West Main, Spokane, WA 99201

      Mizuna
      214 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201