Brunch is quite possibly the best meal of any weekend. The cherry on top is being surrounded by fellow Zags, sharing in one’s love of the beautiful masterpiece that is both breakfast and lunch combined. It is the sweetness of
breakfast mixed with the savouriness of lunch, a match made in taste bud heaven.
Whether you’re a biscuits and gravy or poutine person, someone who indulges in a variety of chocolate or fruit pancakes or if mimosas and breakfast scrambles are your squeeze, Spokane has the variety to improve your brunch
palate. Spokane’s best brunch spots will provide you with a Saturday or Sunday meal that will send you into a frenzy of making a long must visit before graduation list.
Here are our recommendations:
The Yards Bruncheon
Kendall Yards area is known for its beautiful view and delicious eats. One of those eats is The Yards Bruncheon. Located on 1248 W. Summit Parkway it is built like a retro diner with checkered floors, homemade sodas and
huckleberry pancakes The Yards stays busy and is well worth the wait.
For starters, The Yards has toasted banana bread that puts my grandma’s to shame, and it is served with pecan butter. For those who like larger portions, The Yards serves breakfast poutine with sausage gravy, cheddar, bacon
and green onions over their delicious fries. The breakfast burrito is no ordinary one — it contains chorizo, fresh avocado, cream cheese, cilantro and breakfast potatoes.
The Yards’ caffeine supply is beyond energizing, and its coffee goes great with the caramelized banana pancakes. It even has a self-serve coffee stand to hold you over while waiting anticipating your name to be called, while
smelling the dreamy scents coming from the kitchen. The fast-paced feel of
The Yards, combined with its large windows, allowing customers to see the view of the river, make dining here a unique experience.
Fried chicken, fried waffles, breakfast burritos and hot chocolate that still has my mouth watering — The Bruncheonette. Located just a few blocks up from Kendall Yards on 1011 W. Broadway Ave, it is different from most
brunch spots. It’s savory and southwest dishes along with a variety of drinks are untraditional — which makes them more fun.
Its biscuits and gravy are served with eggs and chives on top, and the breakfast potatoes include sweet potatoes mixed in with regular potatoes. The Bruncheonette also offers patrons with multiple choices of hot sauces — its habanero sauce being especially spicy, goes along great with the chilaquiles or the vegan hash.
If you are over 21, The Bruncheonette has great drinks to help wash down the spicy flavor of its sauces. Mimosas come with a choice of peach, orange, mango
or pomegranate juice. Its also have a lavender mimosa and boozy hot chocolate. All drinks are $9 and below.
Waitress Erin Mensing says that no one can really go wrong at The Bruncheonette.
“Anything with fried chicken in it, the waffles and chicken, or one of the hashes,” Mensing said are her favorites.
While The Bruncheonette puts a spin on breakfast dishes and traditional brunch drinks, the classic restaurant feel and comfort food options make you feel right at home.
Located in the South end of Spokane on 4237 Cheney Spokane Rd., this brunch spot has been featured on Diners, Drive Inns and Dives.
Chaps is known for its unique interior and exterior design. The vintage furniture makes you feel like you’re at a cottage in the woods. Chaps’ bakery items, coffee and brunch dishes fill up your stomach and heart with happiness and joy.
“I think the ambiance of Chaps is fun, it’s always changing and reinventing itself,” Owner Celeste Shaw said.
Famous for its outdoor seating and chalkboard that adorns positive sayings and serves as a prime photo spot, Chaps' essence is one that is not replicated often at classic diners and brunch spots.
“People love to see it change and watch the different styles, colors and features of the space,” Shaw said.
For many who visit Chaps, the most difficult task is deciding what to order. The pastries are craved by many, the most popular being the lemon chiffon cake. Other people flock to Chaps for their maple pecan scones and larger than life cookies, ginger chocolate being the favorite.
But Shaw says that her favorite dishes, however, are “[My] original items that we have kept on the menu for 13 years. The Blueberry French toast, the Chaps oatmeal...”
Chap's variety of espresso, brunch dishes, and baked goods set the brunch standard high, and its decor makes for great photos and fun with friends.
Other than the McCarthey Athletic Center, nothing in Spokane screams “Go Zags!” more than Kalico Kitchen. With walls adorned in blue and red, a various of Gonzaga athletic teams' memorabilia and visitors’ signatures covering the entrance, Kalico is the Zag’s very own brunch spot. That is, Zag students, faculty and fans.
“I really like that they have names written all over the walls and Zag friendly stuff,” sophomore Robert Bates said.
The environment is inviting and fun, it screams school spirit. It is a piece of Gonzaga away from Gonzaga. Known for their skillfully crafted omelets and fresh squeezed orange juice in a specialized orange juice glass,
Kalico is a prime spot for all of those looking for brunch, and at a price that all college students can afford. Located on 2931 N. Division St., Kalico is just a few blocks from campus and even accepts Bulldog bucks.
“They have great food and a very welcoming vibe,” Bates said.
Its menu has options for those looking to start their day in a sweet way with cinnamon roll French toast, hot chocolate with a beautifully generous amount of whipped cream, and waffles that can be topped with huckleberries,
chocolate chips or ice cream.
If you want something more savory they have a half-pound hamburger and eggs, a giant breakfast burrito or any of their varieties of benedicts.
One can also never go wrong with one of their three egg omelets that comes with a variety of sides including hash browns or a waffle.
With so many options to enjoy, Kalico Kitchen is definitely a spot that should be visited multiple times. Every visit offers a new but home feeling experience.
Karlie Murphy is a staff writer and Brianna Vasquez is
a A&E Editor. Follow her on Twitter: @BriannaVasquez_.