2804 E. 29th Ave.
The South Hill is still on a Bruchi's high from the reopening of the go-to cheesesteak shop's location in April. It was closed for more than a year — during which time another shop briefly operated in its stead — before coming back with a face-lift.
According to manager Marissa Broemmeling, daughter of founder Bruce Greene, Bruchi's was closed by the previous owner for family reasons. Greene bought it back, and now the family-owned restaurant is doing better than ever, she says.
Although it's in the same location, Bruchi's might as well be a completely new restaurant. Signs hang on new brick walls, more seating is available and the serving station has been completely revamped. Customers now order directly from the chef before paying, minimizing lines and getting food out quicker.
The updated menu is different from other Bruchi's restaurants. Less popular sandwiches were taken off, while healthier options like salads, chicken primavera and a choice of wheat bread were added. The mouthwatering Classic and Supreme remain reigning customer favorites.
1427 W. Sixth Ave.
It's teatime. It's a time for party dresses and bow ties, a time to be ladylike and gentlemanly, to sip and not slurp, nibble and not chomp. But at the Silver Spoon Tea House, it's not necessarily hoity-toity when it comes to afternoon tea.
Sylvia Erickson says her teahouse is not snobbish. By all means, come in your frilly garb with your hair all done up — but you can wear jeans, too. “We want people to experience the formal aspect of everything," she says.
Erickson and daughter Lara McHenry opened the Silver Spoon Tea House the first day of June. They wanted something they could do together that had a laid-back feel, says Erickson, who previously owned and leased restaurants in Colorado and Montana.
McHenry, who worked in real estate, says they wanted to create a place in Spokane for tea enthusiasts.
Silver Spoon operates out of a house built in 1903 on the lower South Hill that's in the Spokane Register of Historic places as the Levi Monroe House. Erickson furnished multiple rooms in the Queen Anne-style house with antiques, set up outdoor seating on the wraparound veranda and serves everything on authentic china.
There are two ways to go about teatime at Silver Spoon. You can come in during the morning and early afternoon and sit in the French-style patisserie room, or you can make a reservation for a formal afternoon tea service.