In my senior year of Gonzaga, a few friends and I made it our mission to visit as many brunch spots as we could in the year. Starting around Gonzaga, we went about twice a month for roughly eight months – and we made it as far north as Francis St.!
This was in the old days in sleepy Spokane (2009) – if you tried to start a brunch group and make it from Gonzaga to Francis St. right now, it would take you much longer than just eight months!
Luckily, Blake and I are willing to do the hard (delicious) work for you, and showcase some of the breakfast/brunch options Spokane has – starting with the Wall Street Diner. The Wall Street Diner is on Wall Street and is tucked away almost within a little neighborhood. It’s impossible to miss, as it’s on Wall Street itself, but driving to it can make you say, “seriously, where is this place?” since it is surrounded by homes.
Wall Street Diner Hours and Location
Wall Street Diner is open everyday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast is served all day. In addition to breakfast/brunch, you can also get lunch. The Wall Street Diner serves sandwiches and burgers in addition to a variety of breakfast food.
The Wall Street Diner is located at 4428 N Wall St, Spokane.
What’s the Wait Time Like at Wall Street Diner on a Weekend?
We visited the Wall Street Diner on a Saturday morning around 10 a.m. – while not Sunday brunch day, still a popular time for brunch-goers. We thought it would be packed, but we were pleasantly surprised! There were two groups of people in front of us, but it only took 15-20 minutes to be seated.
Waiting inside can be challenging – Wall Street Diner does have a bench and two chairs to sit, but otherwise you will be awkwardly standing behind the people sitting at the counter, which is weird for you and them. When the weather is nice, you can sit on the bench outside or stand around the corner. Just keep an eye out on the groups ahead of you, as you’ll want to be inside to hear your name called!
Around 11 am, even on the weekend, it begins to wind down. If you want to sleep in, go for it!
Seating is tight – if you’re with one other person, you can sit at the counter. If you’re in a group, the booths sit four and the tables sit four as well. If you have a large party, you may end up waiting a while for tables to clear out, so keep that in mind.
Parking at Wall Street Diner
If you’re lucky enough to get there early, there is a very small parking lot behind Wall Street Diner. It’s free to park there. If not, there is ample side street parking. We didn’t have any trouble finding side street parking, but in the winter time it could be slightly more difficult to find a shoveled, easy place to park on the side streets.
What’s the Food Like at Wall Street Diner?
We went for brunch, so we didn’t get to try their famous club sandwich or chicken fried steak (which everyone raves about on their Facebook page). However, we do know brunch, and here is our overall opinion:
Beverages and Service
Very good! The coffee is strong and hot, and there is plenty of creamer and sugar. It does look like Wall Street Diner offers flavored creamer, as I had the vanilla-flavored creamer, so if you don’t see it on the table, ask for it.
The best part of the coffee? The service! As if by magic, there was always a server nearby waiting to top off our coffees. When you need coffee, you notice the service – and the service at Wall Street Diner was on point.
Overall, the service was great. Our server was friendly, competent, and fast – everything you need in a busy brunch server!
As far as the rest of the beverages, Wall Street Diner offers a ton. You can get:
- Orange juice
- Hot chocolate
- Chocolate milk
- Regular milk
And more. We went with the large orange juice and it was good – not too sweet and not too tart.
Blake had the meat lovers omelette, which came with ham, bacon and sausage. The omelette is also served with your choice of biscuit, toast, or an English muffin and comes with a side of hash browns. Take a look at the photos below – the hash browns are huge!
Overall, Blake found the omelette fine but a little dry. He would have preferred some kind of sauce to make it less dry, but overall a solid omelette – especially if you like meat!
I ordered the vegetarian omelette, which was chockfull of veggies like mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. I liked my omelette a lot, but I wish the omelette had been a little more adventurous with the cheese. The cheese was fine, but didn’t add much flavor to the omelette.