The Scoop's friendly staff welcomes visitors into its shop under hand-painted and cut-steel lettered signs, which hint at the quirky small-scale philosophy that earned the shop praise from the Pacific Northwest Inlander. The beloved neighborhood treatery serves 16 rotating, unique small-batch ice-cream flavors from local Brain Freeze Creamery. Customers savor scoops of ice cream piled into cups or handmade waffle cones; but rather than traditional vanilla and chocolate, they experience flavors as eclectic as dirt, Malties Falcon, Freshly Minted, cakey dough, and banana pudding. To complement the frozen treats, the menu presents Roast House coffee, The Flying Pig baked goods, Belgian liege waffles layered with toppings such as yogurt and bacon, cranberry-turkey sandwiches, and turkey pesto paninis. Many items are vegan or gluten-free. They've been voted "Best ice cream shop" three years running from Krem2's The Best of Spokane
Founder Jennifer Miley designed The Calm as a wine bar that embodies its name—a place where women can unwind, socialize, and enjoy a glass of merlot. Women can stop by for a quick drink after work, or sign up for a membership and enjoy perks such as complimentary drinks, soothing massages, and community events featuring actresses, authors, and broadcasters.
In the tasting room of Bridge Press Cellars and Emvy Cellars, guests can indulge in samples or purchase bottles of their varietals, including pinot blanc, chenin blanc, and an array of blends. Wines are served aside hummus platters and cheese plates featuring seasonal fruits, smoked almonds, and salami. On the first Friday of each month, the wine bar showcases new artwork and live music.
Froyo Earth's yogurt is packed with live and active cultures, which customers then pack into biodegradable cups, and then into their bellies. This health- and earthy-friendly snack comes in a rotating selection of flavors such as huckleberry, root-beer float, and kiwi-strawberry sorbet. After swirling their chosen flavors into the cups, customers can shower frozen peaks with toppings that range from fresh berries to candy, nuts, and Hershey's syrup. Then, the cashier weighs new creations to fill out an accurate birth certificate and determine the price based on its weight. Customers can take their treat to go or savor it amid Froyo Earth's local and global artwork.
CHKN-N-MO founder Bob Hemphill moved to Spokane, he brought the flavors of his native Texas with him. Here, white and dark-meat fried chicken perfectly compliment sides such as hush puppies and gumbo, while rolls sidle up to orders of ribs. Sandwiches range from barbecued brisket and pulled pork to farm-raised Alabama catfish, and guests can finish their meal with a peach cobbler or a sweet-potato pie. CHKN-N-MO also crafts its own famous sweet-tart Old South Barbeque sauce sauce, sold by the pint.
Inside, you?ll find the walls plastered with old pictures, license plates from across the country, and sports jerseys given to the restaurant by local teams. In an interview with The Inlander, Bob said that players from the Gonzaga and Eastern Washington basketball teams eat at CHKN-N-MO all the time.
Cakey dough. Rastachio. Maple bacon. If such ice cream flavors sound made up, it's because they are?by Brain Freeze Creamery. There are over 100 of these innovative combinations, all of which helped the creamery land a spot on Inlander's Best of 2014 poll. But the shop doesn't stop at just ice cream. Frothy coffee drinks and savory sandwiches also grace the menu.