Breakfast is a big deal.
People around these parts take seriously the first meal of the day. And, breakfast spots in Spokane and North Idaho have a bunch of loyal customers.
The Spokesman-Review recently ran a story about some of the best breakfasts in the region. Readers think a few were left off the list. Here are a few of the highlights, via Facebook and email, without the emojis but with much thanks to readers of The Spokesman-Review Food section.
“For the best biscuits and gravy in the area, you have to drive a bit. …The Owl Cafe in Hayden, Idaho, can’t be beat,” said Kathleen Messersmith. 9178 N. Government Way. (208) 772-4912.
“You forgot the Blue Plate Cafe in Hayden. Delightfully delicious breakfasts!!!” writes Denise Carver Durflinger. 10015 N. Government Way. (208) 772-8399.
Alyssa Mae Santos recommends The Garnet Cafe in Coeur d’Alene. “The corned beef hash is yummy!” 315 E. Walnut Ave. (208) 667-2729. garnetcafe.com
Shawn Roper-Smith, owner of The Feeding Station in Tekoa, said his spot offers “tasty biscuits and gravy, lots of bacon, and corned beef hash made from scratch.” 208 N. Crosby St. in Tekoa. (509) 284-3141.
Orlando and Linda Ferraro are fans of Molly’s Family Restaurant in downtown Spokane. Linda writes, “Never a bad breakfast and if you are a hungry eater it will not disappoint. Also quite a bit of history in this restaurant. You see Molly is a dog!” Jennie Salinas is a fan, too. “You have to include Molly’s in this list. It is an amazing diner great food and outstanding service. Try Molly’s Mess if you’re hungry and, if you’re truly an eater, you can attempt the breakfast bowl. I drive all the way from Warden just to eat here. Yes, it’s that good,” Salinas said. 224 S. Lincoln St. (509) 624-4413.
Mary Ann McCurdy recommends Taste Cafe in downtown Spokane for its gluten-free baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and three-egg scramble.180 S. Howard St. in downtown Spokane. (509) 468-2929. tastecafeandfineart.com
Gail Furman recommends Allie’s Vegan Pizzeria and Cafe. “Yes, it’s ‘vegan,’ but you don’t have to be vegan to totally enjoy their amazing breakfasts – waffles, ‘scrambles’ made with vegan ingredients, and possibly the best cinnamon roll in town (when they decide to bake them …. ). I think they have a loyal following of local vegans, but also non-vegans like me.” 1314 S. Grand Blvd. Suite 6. (509) 321-7090. alliesvegan.com
Anne Potter recommends Jenny’s Cafe. “Delightfully delicious breakfasts, wonderful people and always gives back to the community with fundraisers of all kinds.” Marilee Kinsella agrees, saying Jenny’s makes “THE BEST hash browns. Their pancakes are light, fluffy and huge.” 9425 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 928-8055.
Waffles Plus received several shout-outs, Elaine Hanks, Tammy Bass and Jack Rountree among them. 2625 N. Monroe St. (509) 326-2317.
Richard Lee recommends Frankie Doodle’s, 30 E. Third Ave. (509) 747-9267. He also recommends Dave’s Bar and Grill at 12124 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 926-9640. So does Paula Cook and Darcy Yount Clute, who also recommends Terry’s Breakfast and Lunch, 7815 E. Trent Ave. (509) 924-1481.
Kristi Carlson likes Breakfast House. 11516 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 891-4380.
“Donna’s on Sprague can not be left out,” says Greg Haag. 15112 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 893-8976.
Neither can The Little Garden Cafe, writes Betsy Hartman. “They make the best pastries such as cinnamon rolls and all different kinds of scones (and) muffins. They make breakfast bagels along with many other items. The also have great lunches as well. Also great coffees, mochas and more.” 2901 W. Northwest Blvd. (509) 328-5500. littlegardencafe.com
Jenny Martin missed Wolffy’s and Conley’s Place, plus a couple of other spots already noted here. Conley’s is at 12622 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 924-5411. Wolffy’s is at 1229 N. Hamilton St. (509) 487-1587.
Tammy Hotchkiss, with two exclamation points, recommends The Otis Grill, 21902 E. Wellesley Ave. (509) 922-9136.
Nicole C. Wells likes The Blackbird Tavern and Kitchen. 905 N. Washington St. (509) 381-2473. theblackbirdspokane.com
Heidi Penfield “was very surprised” – underscore and exclamation point – that The Sportsman Cafe and Lounge wasn’t mentioned. “They consistently serve delicious breakfasts all day long, day in-day-out with what seem like endless cups of coffee. The wait staff ladies are tops, too.” She particularly enjoys the short stack and a side of two slices of bacon. “Their other food is good as well, but they have made me a sure-fire pancake believer.” Geneva Ortega-Ayers likes The Sportsman for its biscuits and gravy. So does Mary Hitchcock. 6410 N. Market St. (509) 467-6388.
Yvonne Davis loves the Mediterranean omelet at Morty’s Tap and Grille. “They will add and subtract stuff usually at no charge. I love their potatoes, but I am cutting back on carbs so they substituted fruit! The service is always great … fast and friendly! The restaurant is a little dark – it’s a pub – but the patio is lovely!” 5517 S. Regal St. (509) 443-9123. mortystapandgrille.com
Kristi McKay Flannery says, “The Swinging Doors should be on this list! They serve breakfast all day! Their chicken in a biscuit is to die for as is their chicken fried steak. Huge fluffy pancakes that are yummy too! You really can’t go wrong with any breakfast item from the Doors!” 1018 W. Francis Ave. (509) 326-6794. theswingingdoors.com