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Can't miss along I-90 headed east...?

pusherman Sep 1, 2011 04:56 PM

Hi All- I posted this to the PNW board but haven't gotten any response...maybe the well-traveled chowhounds of Seattle can offer some help -- I'm headed to Glacier next week, looking for good places to stop along the way on I-90. Anyone found anything good to eat? Based on a perusal of the archives, there's not a huge range of options out there, even the roadfood couple gave it a pass!

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    christy319 Sep 1, 2011 07:16 PM

    I'm not sure there's anything worth detouring for, but you can probably find something decent in Ellensburg, Spokane, Coeur d'Alene and Whitefish if you do research on those towns.

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      bourbongal Sep 1, 2011 08:06 PM

      We just returned from this trip last week. We spent one night in Spokane en route to Glacier and had great beer at the Post Street Ale House downtown in the late afternoon. Then a lovely evening meal at Mizuna. I had grilled swordfish that was perfectly prepared. We considered Sante (also downtown) but opted for Mizunaa for our one meal there. We stayed at The Montvale and walked around the river walk and visited Auntie's bookstore (recommneded!). It was my first trip to Spokane and I was impressed by the nice downtown vibe.

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        Jane917 Sep 1, 2011 08:49 PM

        When in Glacier did you eat at the Cattle Baron in Babb?

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          bourbongal Sep 6, 2011 06:17 PM

          No,I did not try the Cattle Baron. Wish I had known about it! We stayed at a small inn in West Glacier that included a pretty nice happy hour and dinner and I was glad of that - you definitely do not go to Glacier for the food. You might want to consider libstewart's advice about packing food in the car. We took a cooler and a backpacking stove so we could have breakfast/coffee and lunch with us on most days.

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        mrnelso Sep 1, 2011 11:27 PM

        Ritzville always merits a stop at homey Blue Bike Cafe - get some house-made chips and a shake.

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          pusherman Sep 2, 2011 12:28 PM

          Thanks for the tips...I've seen other recs for Blue Bike, and also someone suggested Michael's Market in Moses Lake so that should see us on our way. For our return trip, lunch time puts us in Spokane. Seem to be some OK dinner choices, anyone know of a good lunch place in the vicinity?

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            nushawn Sep 2, 2011 09:44 PM

            My wife worked in Ritzville last summer and we lived in Moses Lake. I would advise calling ahead for the Blue Bike Cafe. The hours are very erratic and there's nothing good to eat for 45 minutes in either direction if they are closed.

            As for Moses Lake, Michael's Market is OK if you're already there but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. To be honest, it's a little expensive for what it is. I'd rather eat at Tacos el Rey or Tacos el Mexicano, my favorites of the numerous taco joints in town. Chico's Pizza is also a local tradition although people seem to either love it or hate it. I'm on the love side but I'll admit that it's quite greasy. Definitely call ahead for your order as it takes at least 30 minutes, and maybe 60 or more if it's busy, to get your pizza.

            I haven't spent a ton of time in Spokane but have had some good meals there. I'd say my favorite was Luna. I've also been impressed with Sante, Mizuna, and Picabu Bistro. These all rate far above anything in ML.

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              Jane917 Sep 3, 2011 07:15 PM

              A little of I-90, but Tendrils at Cave B is always a treat.

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          libstewart Sep 6, 2011 11:48 AM

          I made the trip in June - Tacoma to Spokane. Stopped for lunch at Moses Lake - big mistake. Totally grossed out by the lack of cleanliness. The next time I make the trip, I will pack snacks for the car. Did stop at a roadside stand near Spokane on the way home for some nice fruit.

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            odkaty Sep 6, 2011 01:41 PM

            D&M for coffee (stand at the I-90/Canyon Rd interchange, sit-down shops & roaster in downtown)

            Fruit & Antique Mall (D&M coffee, snack fruit/candy, ice cream)

            Cle Elum Bakery (corner of East 1st & N Peoh in Cle Elum)

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              pusherman Sep 9, 2011 02:00 PM

              Hi All-

              Just wanted to wrap up the thread, we ended up running late both ways and didn't manage to eat anything good on I-90 in either direction (went to the standby of sandwiches from the Safeway deli, hey, you do what you have to!). I will recommend two great places I went to on the Montana side, a pizza place in Kalispell called Moose Cafe (or something like that) on their Main street, and a fried chicken / seafood / BBQ place in Whitefish called The Shack.

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