With the 2023 Inlander’s Best Of Poll just around the corner, we want to show some of our local favorites some love in our very own “best of” picks. But before we begin, we want to remind you to vote for Cinder in the Best Local Cannabis Retailer, Best CBD Selection, and vote for our Best Budtender Mervin Simmons!
Soups, sandwiches, and salads — oh my! At chowderhead, they serve tasty hot chowder alongside delicious sandwiches piled high with meats and cheeses and farm-fresh salads. Not only is the food fantastic, but this little hole in the wall has a great atmosphere. If you plan on stopping in, be sure to try their smoked steelhead chowder!
In the mood for tapas? Then Cochinito is the place to go. Located in the heart of Downtown Spokane, this lively taqueria serves delicious Mexican food and craft cocktails at their in-house bar. To make things even better, all of their ingredients are locally and responsibly sourced and prepared with fine dining techniques.
Can’t decide between breakfast and lunch? Then have both! Bruncheonette is not your average brunch. They offer mouth-watering flavors you won’t find anywhere else in Spokane, with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy a selection of local favorites like their smoked brisket hash, tamale waffle, and so much more!
Nightlife & Local Drinks
Iron Goat brewing began as a casual conversation between two strangers, Greg and Paul, at a local bar in Spokane, Washington. What started as a common interest in motorcycles, ceramic horses, and home brewing, ended as a full-fledged brewery and taproom with a rotating selection of beers, sours, and bearded men.
To this day, Iron Goat Brewing continues to create new and seasonal brews and often collaborates with other craft breweries. They stay involved in the brewing community in an effort to keep their beer independent.
Feelin’ fancy? Then be sure to check out Durkin’s liquor bar. This intimate basement bar has an atmosphere that can’t be beaten and leather sofas that make the experience just that much more lavish. Not only can you enjoy craft cocktails, but their natty upscale diner serves exquisite dishes from steak tartare to oysters on the half shell.
Health & Beauty
Mom’s Tattoo and Piercing
Established in 2007, Mom’s has been located in Kendall Yards since 2014. They offer custom tattooing, professional piercing, and the largest inventory of implant-grade jewelry in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Not only that, but they are also the only shop in Eastern Washington with an Association of Professional Piercers membership; which means they exceed the prescribed standards of safety, piercing techniques, quality of jewelry, and continuing education.
We love Mom’s because they strive to be a safe and welcoming space and believe that all people, regardless of age, sex, race, body shape or size, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression should be treated with dignity and respect. They believe in the power of consent and informed decision-making. Body modification is about body reclamation for many people, and their team is there to help with that process.
Atomic Threads is the PNW’s first pin-up and alternative clothing and more store that is both size and gender inclusive! They bring a wide variety of brands that fit a diverse spectrum of body types and offer many styles for the ultimate form of self-expression. We love Atomic Threads because they are a proud part and supporter of the LGBTQ+ community and strive to create a safe haven for everyone.
Petunia & Loomis
Do you love all things dark, spooky, and macabre? Then you have to check out Petunia & Loomis! This family-owned and operated oddities shop has all the ghoulish goodies your dark little heart could possibly imagine from spooky pop-culture knick-knacks to authentic wet specimens of animals.
Music & Entertainment
Nerds unite at the Church of Pop Culture, Jedi Alliance. Jedi Alliance is Spokane’s original retro arcade, featuring over 150 arcade and pinball machines. The best part? All games are free to play in exchange for a $16.50 contribution when you visit. Some classic cabinets you’ll see are games like 1984 Atari Star Wars, Ms.Pacman, Galaga, Mortal Combat, and more!
Not only is the Jedi Alliance the best arcade in Spokane, but it’s also a Toy Museum and Movie Prop display that you have to see to believe. In fact, it’s Spokane’s only display of screen-used movie props. Here, you’ll see real-life movie props from movies like X-Men, Terminator 2, Galaxy Quest, and more. The toy museum is full of pop-culture favorites spanning the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. You’ll see items from franchises like Star Wars, Batman, He-Man, Nintendo, Marvel, and more.
The Garland Theatre is a local movie theatre showing 2nd-run and classic films all for just $5 a ticket. When the Garland Theatre first opened up in 1945, it was the premier movie house in the west. Today, it’s still one of Spokane’s favorite theatre’s over 60 years later. The Garland Theatre is also home to one of Spokane’s favorite late-night features, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Drenched in history and culture, the Garland Theatre remains our favorite movie theatre in Spokane.
Treats and Global Flavors
Tre Palline Gelato Napolitano
Located in Downtown Spokane in the Steamplant building, Tre Palline Gelato Napolitano serves over 30 flavors of fresh, delicious, authentic Italian gelato. Plus, they also offer egg-free, dairy-free, and vegan options! This little hidden gem is hands down the best ice cream/gelato shop in Spokane.
Products listed are available at Cinder locations: Cinder North, 6010 N Division St, Spokane, Wa 99208; Cinder Downtown, 927 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA 99201; and Cinder Valley, 1421 N Mullen Rd B, Spokane Valley, Wa 99206
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