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It's the most wonderful time of the year… to try new (or old favorites) food! If you've never heard of Spokane's Inlander Restaurant Week well… where have you been living? Many cities do a restaurant week, a time when a bunch of restaurants put out 1-3 different menus (typically appetizers, main course, and a dessert), offer that menu for a set price, and voila, we have a restaurant week!
Spokane's The Inlander's Restaurant Week is no different and is happening soon (February 20-29, to be exact!). But with 100+ restaurants to choose from, how do you know which one you should go with?
We break down our top ten suggestions for Spokane's Restaurant Week in 2020, including options for vegetarians and menus pairing wine + food!
Does Spokane Have a Restaurant Week? When is Spokane's Restaurant Week in 2020?
Yes, Spokane does have a Restaurant Week, and it is known as The Inlander's Restaurant Week. The Inlander is a popular, free community newspaper and is an incredible resource for Spokanites!
Restaurant Week in Spokane is from February 20 – 29 (yes, it's longer than a week!) and features over 100 restaurants throughout Spokane and North Idaho. The restaurants featured for The Inlander's Restaurant Week are offering three course, prix fixe dinners at either $22 or $33.
Where Can I Find All the Restaurants and Menus for Spokane's Inlander Restaurant Week?
Still overwhelmed? No worries – no matter what you're craving, this year's Restaurant Week truly has a little of everything!
How is the 2020 Inlander Restaurant Week Giving Back?
When you post using #IRWRaveReviews on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, Sysco will donate five meals to Second Harvest. Make sure to tag #IRWRaveReviews on all your social media channels to raise money for Second Harvest, the region's leading hunger-relief network.
Fancier Places to Go for the 2020 Spokane Inlander Restaurant Week
Ruins is ‘eclectic AF' but no worries, Ruins is always worth it! You can choose from a variety of first course meals, including animal or dirty fries. Your second course should, in our opinion, be the Big Mac but you could also go for the Whaler or Hot Chicken Sandwich. And for your dessert third course, you have a choice among apple pie, peanut buster parfait or a cinnamon donut with whipped cream!
Ruins will be serving their Restaurant Week menu from Tuesday-Saturday, 5 to 10 pm. Reservations are recommended. Learn more and book a spot at Ruins here.
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2) Italia Trattoria (Vegetarian Options)
Italia Trattoria is a bright and airy restaurant, best known for its classy Italian dishes and crafty cocktails. It was also one of our top recommendations last year, and it's one of our top recommended romantic dinner date ideas. Needless to say: you should definitely try Italia Trattoria for Restaurant Week! Reservations are recommended.
Reservations can be made at 509-459-6000. This menu is available from Tuesday to Saturday from 5 to closing.
3) Eyvind (Vegetarian Options)
Eyvind is a new restaurant in Spokane, so if you haven't visited it yet, you'll want to during Restaurant Week! Eyvind is considered ‘New American cuisine' and offers courses like pork belly, ribeye, and affogato for dessert. Eyvind also has vegetarian options (although not vegan) for every course, so it's appropriate for vegetarian and meat eaters alike!
Eyvind is serving its Restaurant Week menu Monday through Thursday from 5-9 pm and Friday and Saturday from 5-10 pm. Reservations are recommended. Learn more and call ahead here.
4) 1898 Public House
Situated at the Kalispell Golf and Country Club, the 1898 Public House combines a classy setting with inventive American fare. 1898 was also one of our top recommendations last year, and this year looks just as good!
During Restaurant Week, you can enjoy a three-course meal that features three options at each stage. With an appetizer, a meat dish, and a dessert, the potential combinations are diverse. With a No-Li IPA, Dry Fly cocktail and Barrister wine, 1898 also offers the chance to try a local drink for a reasonable price. Reservations are recommended.
Reservations can be made at 509-466-2121. This menu is available from Monday to Sunday from 4 pm until closing. Learn more here.
5) Durkin's Liquor Bar (Vegetarian Options)
Durkin's is one of my new favorites (and one of our top recommended romantic dinner date suggestions!) and, for $33, offers a truly unique dining experience for Restaurant Week.
Best of all, Durkin's also offers vegetarian options at every stage of the meal (the pasta carbonara can be made vegetarian), which makes it a double winner in my book! Finally, what would Restaurant Week at a liquor bar be without alcohol? At Durkin's during Restaurant Week, you can order two different cocktails or an IPA or stout. Yum!
Reservations are recommended, and the Restaurant Week menu is served Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 pm and Friday and Saturday from 5 to midnight. Learn more and book reservations here.
Casual Dining Options for 2020 Spokane Inlander Restaurant Week
6) Cochinito Taqueria
Cochinito made the list this year! Last year, Cochinito was not included in The Inlander's Restaurant Week, but they are this year – and their options are just as tasty as last years! Personally, we recommend the elote bowl as your first course and the churros as your third course – but any option on this list is a good choice!
You can actually check out this delicious interview with KREM and Cochinito Chef Travis Dickinson about the Cochinito Restaurant Week 2020 menu here!
This year, you can also drink local with options from Bellwether Brewing, Maryhill Winery or Iron Goat Brewery. Reservations are not required (counter service) and the menu is served Monday-Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm and Friday-Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm. Learn more here.
7) Cascadia Public House (Vegetarian and Gluten-Free Options)
Cascadia Public House offers locally-sourced food at a locally-owned establishment. During Restaurant Week, for $22, a three-course meal that offers gluten-free and vegetarian options is available.
Cascadia is a perennial favorite of ours, and you can't go wrong with anything on this vegetarian-friendly menu. Cask and Release, Iron Goat, and Bridge Press are all local options on the drink menu. Reservations are recommended.
Reservations can be made at 509-321-7051. This menu is available Monday to Sunday from 5 to 9 pm. Learn more here.
8) RÜT (Vegetarian)
I'm thrilled to see RUT on this list, as it is one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants! RUT is actually entirely plant-based and every single item on the menu is vegan, so it's the perfect spot to try if you eat vegan/vegetarian or want to try it out! From queso to bratwurst (plant-based, of course) to lava brownies, you'll want to eat everything on this menu!
You'll also enjoy local drinks from The Hidden Mother, Warrior Liquors and Weather Station. The Restaurant Week menu will be served Monday-Sunday from 5 to 9 pm. Learn more here.
9) Manito Tap House (Vegetarian Options)
Manito Tap House is one of our favorite places for drinks in a cool setting, and we're so glad to see Manito Tap House on the list for Restaurant Week!
There are vegetarian options at Manito Tap House, although not, unfortunately, the first course's lentil soup (sausage). Overall, great options though for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!
And of course, no visit to Manito Tap House would be complete without a drink, and this year does not disappoint. Get a glass of wine from Maryhill, a cocktail with Warrior Liquor or a beer from River City Brewing.
The Restaurant Week menu will be served Monday-Sunday from 4 pm until close. Learn more here.
10) Cole's Bakery & Cafe (Vegan and Gluten-free)
We couldn't end our recommendations for Restaurant Week without mentioning completely vegan and gluten-free Cole's! Cole's is a cult favorite among the gluten-free in particular, and for good reason. Cole's offers a variety of options that are vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free and, best of all, also pairs them with drinks!
That's right, let's say you order the Bahn Mi first course at Cole's – you could pair it well with One Tree's Lemon Basil Cider (which is their best cider, in our opinion!). What about the salted caramel tart? Pair that with a coconut milk latte! The possibilities are endless (and delicious).
Cole's Restaurant Week menu will be served from Monday-Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm and reservations are recommended. Learn more here.
We know, we know – ten restaurants in 9 days is already too many restaurants, right? Well, blame this honorable mention section on The Inlander and their too many choices!
These Honorable Mentions are not here because we think they're so-so… they're here because they're amazing and definitely worth adding to your list!
Wiley's Downtown Bistro (Vegetarian Options)
With vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options at every course, Wiley's is a delicious, centrally-located and fun winner. Try the roasted beet salad with prawns linguine and finish it with a chocolate pot de creme. Wash it all down with delicious options from Maryhill, River City or a cocktail with Warrior vodka.
Their menu will be served Monday-Sunday from 4 pm until close. Reservations are recommended – learn more here.
Don't just take our word for it – check out Wiley's Restaurant Week preview here!
Casper Fry (Vegetarian Options)
Although farther away from us than we'd like, Casper Fry is a must-visit if you love Southern food. From roasted sweet potatoes to jambalaya, you won't want to miss any of the vegetarian- and gluten-free friendly options offered by Casper Fry. Yes, there's plenty of meat too, from porchetta to that tasty jambalaya!
You can also drink local at Casper Fry, with options like cocktails featuring Warrior whiskey and vodka or beer from Perry Street or Iron Goat.
The menu is served from Tuesday-Friday from 5 to 9 pm, Saturday-Sunday from 4 to 9 pm. Reservations are recommended – learn more here.
Which restaurants are you visiting for Spokane Restaurant Week this year? Let us know over on our Facebook page here!
And don't forget – every time you tag #IRWRaveReviews on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, Sysco will donate five meals the Second Harvest!