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  • Blue Plate Cafe

    10015 N. Government Way, Hayden Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls

    208-772-8399

    Meals at the Blue Plate deliver a most pleasant kind of sticker shock: "That's all?" The prices are cheap, the food is good and delivered fast, and the walls are covered with tchotchkes. Sometimes there's a line — but it moves quickly. Breakfast covers the basics; lunch (weekdays only) means burgers, sandwiches and salads. (June 2013)
  • The Breakfast Club

    501 S. Main St. Moscow/Pullman

    208-882-6481

    This place hasn’t changed in years: vinyl booths, dark wood tables, waitresses who call you “Hon,” and a line out the door, especially on weekends. All the usual breakfast and lunch suspects are here. Don’t miss the huckleberry zucchini bread. (July 2013)
  • The Chalet Restaurant

    2918 S. Grand Blvd. Spokane - South

    509-747-6474

    The best-kept secret in Spokane (if you haven’t lived on the South Hill for decades), the Chalet boasts old-fashioned charm and a hearty breakfast selection. The pancakes cover the entire surface of your plate, and the waitstaff never lets your coffee get below half full. For lunch or dinner, try the chicken-fried steak. (July 2013)
  • The Cottage Cafe

    6902 E. Appleway Blvd. Spokane Valley

    509-928-8888

    With its carefully designed English-cottage charm, this Valley breakfast-and-lunch spot serves fresh-squeezed OJ, tender biscuits with rich cream gravy, housemade freezer jam, and some of the best chicken-fried steak you’ll find. Want a burger and a beer for breakfast? You can get it here. Extra hungry? Spring for the King’s Omelet, made with half a dozen eggs, diced ham, green peppers and onions. Don’t worry, they also have a special menu for those with smaller appetites. (July 2013)
  • Dolly's Corner Cafe

    1825 N. Washington St. Spokane - North

    509-326-0386

    For more than a half-century, generations of truckers, church folk and hungover college students have been squeezing into Dolly’s booths, eager for a heaping plate of eggs and hash browns. We recommend the eggs Benedict, the avocado omelet or, for lunch, the gut-busting Guy Burger, a massive number that has to be held together with a steak knife.
  • Ferguson's Cafe

    804 W. Garland Ave. Spokane - North

    509-328-1950

    Ferguson’s is not a café or restaurant — it’s a diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in tasty, heaping portions, and there’s nothing on the menu that you’ll struggle to pronounce. Old-fashioned and straightforward, Ferguson’s is a reminder of a simpler time. The milkshakes are made to order out of the original machine — installed in 1941 and, fittingly, the only appliance not destroyed in the devastating 2011 fire.
  • Frank's Diner

    1516 W. Second Ave. Spokane - Downtown

    509-747-8798

    Regular winner of the Inlander‘s Best Of readers poll for diners, Frank’s Diner — from the owner of The Onion — is famous for their breakfast, of course. Silver-dollar-size hotcakes. Spicy Creole benedict. Classic oatmeal. But the Diner’s dinner options are just as good. Try the meatloaf. There are our two locations, but our favorite is the train-car style location on Second, near Browne’s Addition.
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  • Frank's Diner

    10929 N. Newport Hwy. Spokane - North

    509-465-2464

    Regular winner of the Inlander‘s Best Of readers poll for diners, Frank’s Diner — from the owner of The Onion — is famous for their breakfast, of course. Silver-dollar-size hotcakes. Spicy Creole benedict. Classic oatmeal. But the Diner’s dinner options are just as good. Try the meatloaf.
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  • Frankie Doodle's

    30 E. Third Ave. Spokane - Downtown

    509-747-9267

    There’s no explaining the life-sized fiberglass albino deer in the front window. (We asked.) Choose a booth, a table, or sit at the long counter — there’s a reason this downtown eatery has been going strong for 35 years; the hours are long, the food is simple tasty fare, and the prices are right for any budget. (MCP)
  • Hideaway Cafe

    6248 W. Maine St., Spirit Lake Rural Idaho

    208-623-2409

    Don't call it a hole-in-the-wall; that's down the street. Eight dollars will get you just about anything on the lunch or breakfast menu, all scratch-cooked. Dinner's a few bucks more, heavy on the meat and potatoes. And it's all served with a smile in this rustic, western cafe.
  • Hogan's Diner

    2977 E. 29th Ave. Spokane - South

    509-535-7567

    Some call it a throwback. Others call it old school. Whatever it is, it’s working. With a 1950s decor and attentive service, Hogan’s is where you go for a burger, a shake and a breakfast big enough to fill you up for the whole day. Can’t put away a couple of pancakes the size of dinner plates? They let grown-ups order off the kids’ menu here.
  • Jeffrey's Restaurant

    1801 E. Sherman Ave., Spokane Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls

    208-665-9482

    Jeffrey's is'nt just a breakfast place, though they have everything you'd expect from a breakfast menu for everyone from early birds to late sleepers. Wake up to homemade biscuits and bacony gravy, French toast or a mushroom omelet. Or do several variations of an egg, sausage or bacon and fruit or toast for under $5. For hearty eaters, pork chops and eggs are sure to fill you up, or try house specialties like a mish-mash of hand-shredded hashbrowns, eggs, bacon, ham, onion and cheese called the Best Breakfast in Town. (Dec. 2014)
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  • Jenny's Diner

    1412 W. Second Ave. Spokane - Downtown

    509-747-3844

    Owner Larry Quine has put together a menu with classic all-American simplicity. Check out dishes like Pigs in a Blanket, the bacon waffle, and two-egg omelets with your choice of bacon, sausage or ham and a side of hash browns and a piece of toast. The French toast combo, served with an egg and two pieces of bacon or sausage, is a standout. (March 2012)
  • Jimmy's Down the Street

    1613 E. Sherman Ave Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls

    208-765-3868

    It’s not surprising that some of the biggest TV attention the Lake City has received has been for this well-known mom and pop restaurant. But even its appearance on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” couldn’t quite capture Jimmy’s famous breakfast offerings: from fresh pecan rolls to homemade biscuits slathered with thick milk gravy, everything is homemade and Southern-inspired. Check out the lunch menu for huge burgers and sandwiches or freshly baked pies.
  • Kalico Kitchen

    2931 N. Division Spokane - North

    509-326-7144

    At this popular little spot on the down-slope of North Division, everything feels spare and utilitarian, but the service is attentive. The extensive breakfast menu has choices from egg combos to waffles to omelets, along with a few house specialties — scrambles, breakfast burritos and even eggs benedict — thrown in for variety.
  • Knight's Diner

    2909 N. Market St. Spokane - North

    509-484-0015

    A breakfast staple since 1949, Knight’s is also a love letter to Hillyard’s rail-riding past. The diner — whose employees steam and hand-peel 100 pounds of Idaho Russet potatoes daily — is housed in an old dining car from the Northern Pacific Railway. With plenty of bacon and eggs to go along with your taters, what else do you need?
  • LinDeBee's Diner

    111 N. Lefevre St, Medical Lake Spokane - West

    509-299-3861

    Both the interior and the menu exude small-town charm and '50s nostalgia, but the Seattle's Best Coffee is a step above typical diner brew. You can get breakfast all day — egg-and-meat combos, biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak — and lunch is the standard routine of burgers, sandwiches, soup and salads. Save room for a milkshake.
  • Little Euro

    517 N. Pines Road Spokane Valley

    509-891-7662

    Little Euro in the valley is the north side’s Old European mini-me. Same owners, same (although reduced) menu, same breakfast and lunch favorites, but different style, different paint job and different features — most notably the outdoor patio, which is so popular, Old European is getting one for itself. And now, Little Euro is working on getting a liquor license so you can have a mimosa with your German potato pancakes or Danish aebelskivers. (July 2013)
  • Mary Lou's Milk Bottle

    802 W. Garland Ave. Spokane - North

    509-325-1772

    You can't go wrong with diner-style food and 1950s nostalgia, especially at this neighborhood icon. The retro-throwback restaurant at the heart of the Garland District takes customers back to a simpler time, when the burgers were served with homemade milkshakes, the fries were cut fresh, and the bill didn't hit our pocketbooks too hard. You can easily relive the past with a patty melt and a huckleberry milkshake, made (of course) with Mary Lou's own homemade ice cream.
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  • Nosworthy's Hall of Fame

    4045 N. Government Way Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls

    208-664-6161

    No smoking and cash only? That's two strikes against Nosworthy's right there. But those inconveniences are more than compensated for by the 32-ounce glass chalices of domestic beer for unbeatable prices. Nosworthy's walls are covered with photos of athletes, many autographed, and we feel that any sports bar that doesn't have such an array is simply not trying. Plus, the pancakes are enormous, and the bacon is cooked just right.
  • Rustler's Roost

    9627 N. Highway 95, Hayden Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls

    208-772-6613

    Dinner for less than $10 is dang-near impossible, but cowboy know-how comes through at Rustler’s Roost. The decor is rustic Western: wagon wheels, railroad lanterns and riding gear. Fresh, hot coffee. Full counter service and lots of little booths and tables for the whole posse. The "famous country breakfast" is served all day, with tasty eggs Benedict atop slow-cooked pit ham. Lunch is burgers, sandwiches, house-made soup and platters of home-style treats like meatloaf or roast turkey. A North Idaho family restaurant since 1982. (CS)
  • Satellite Diner & Lounge

    425 W. Sprague Ave. Spokane - Downtown

    509-624-3952

    On your best nights, the nights where you really have fun, this is your last and final stop. This is where you stumble in, tired, maybe a little tipsy, at 2:30 am (it’s open until 4) and eat what you’ve been craving. Pancakes. Omelets. Buffalo chicken wraps. The Steamer burger. If you dare, dive into the extreme menu, including The Billy Breen, a bacon burger with grilled cheese sandwiches for buns.
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  • Shari's

    240 N. Sullivan Rd. Spokane Valley

    509-926-5977

  • Side Street Place

    1780 E. Schneidmiller Ave. Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls

    208-777-8444

  • Skyway Cafe

    6105 E. Rutter Ave. Spokane Valley

    509-534-5986

    Revel in aviation history while dining among nostalgic photographs, model airplanes, maps and other flight memorabilia. Enjoy generous portions of your favorite foods while watching planes take off and land. Everything on the menu is homemade and the comfort foods are better than Mom's!
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