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
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9th Street Bistro's skilled flavor experts wield natural and organic ingredients to sate cravings for fresh salads, soups, and made-to-order entrees. Their menu changes with the season, offering picks from the finest sandwich trees and soup from the heartiest broth bearing cows. Stacked fare—including the Portobello panini ($6.99), where marinated Portobello mushrooms laze beneath bubbling buffalo mozzarella, organic, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil pesto on herbed foccacia—is balanced on locally crafted artisan bread, baked with organic flour. For a bright and beaming start to the day, eschew regular routines of Greco-Roman snowman wrestling for a double shot of espresso ($1.65) paired with a multi-grain waffle and fresh blueberries ($6.49). Signature drinks from the juice bar harness sweet nectars from the fruits of Mother Nature's living room décor. Try a 16-ounce Jump Start, with grapefruit, apple, ginger, and spirulina ($4.25) or a 20-ounce Concerto, featuring a hot brew of grapes, pear, cloves, and apple ($5).
Apple Spice Junction doles out nutritious deli fare to diners in its cozy sandwich shops, baking fresh loaves of sourdough, honey-wheat, and 13-grain bread from scratch daily. Favorite flavors from its box-lunch menu include oven-roasted turkey breast and avocado ($8.49) and sugar-cured ham ($7.49), each of which comes neatly packed in eco-friendly boxes with a freshly baked cookie, after lunch mint, and potato chips or a choice of pasta or potato-salad side. Homestyle soups such as the baja tortilla ($3.95/cup, $5.95/bowl) steam with savory flavor, and the candied-walnut and apple salad ($7.99) gratifies inner 8-year-olds scheming to eat dessert before vegetables. Apple Spice Junction offers free delivery with any purchase of five or more lunches.
Atilano’s Mexican Food's taco shop offers a zesty array of scintillating Mexican cuisine in a welcoming, festive dining room. The restaurant’s menu features 21 combos, ranging from Mexican-style pork to fresh shrimp to chile releno. Atilano’s Mexican Food's giant burritos, which received high praise from the Pacific Northwest Inlander, will quench hunger whether packed with grilled chicken or beef, while the bean tostada and beef taco combo will tickle tastebuds until they high-five incisors. Because Atilano’s Mexican Food stays open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, late-night diners can fill up on tasty chorizo or fish tacos after a long evening of dancing or submarine-model-making.
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.