This week, Best of Spokane looks at Spokane restaurants!  Spokane’s food culture has been featured  in the LA Times (in this article), it’s hosted as an annual week-long event during Inlander Restaurant Week, and it’s celebrated amidst internationally acclaimed musicians during our annual Pig Out in the Park.

As lifelong Spokane residents, and transplants from other areas, our staff and teachers offer advice about the best places to dine out in Spokane.  Among the top picks are Durkin’s, The Flying Goat, Mizuna and Churchill’s.

Durkin’s offers such tasty treats as confit duck leg, beef tartare, ox tail and craft cocktails, situated in an environment focused on the Americana style.

The Flying Goat is described as appearing to be the type of pub one would expect to find on the streets of England, Ireland or Scotland.  It features Neapolitan Style pizza, sandwiches named for Spokane neighborhoods, delicious appetizers, and a carefully chosen selection of fine beers.

Mizuna is said to nourish both body and spirit.  It features local and organic produce, many vegetarian options and fine spirits.  It opened in 1996 and has been one of Spokane’s top fine-dining spots for years.

Finally, many Americans love their steak.  Churchill’s steakhouse prides itself on its Chicago-style steakhouse atmosphere and is described as “the most exciting and elegant restaurant in the entire Northwest.”  Take a virtual tour by clicking here, and be sure to sink your teeth into one of their acclaimed steak and seafood dishes when you study in Spokane.

Spokane offers excellent food choices from the USA, as well as around the world.  Our restaurants feature modern and classical atmospheres while offering something to please everybody.  Our teachers and students all speak well of the choices and quality of food this beautiful city has to offer.  When you come to study at the Spokane College of English Language, don’t miss out on this important aspect of our culture.

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Best of Spokane: The Coffee House

It seems like downtown Spokane has at least one coffee house on every block and even more specialty coffee shops throughout the area. Each coffee shop has its own culture, decor, sounds and tastes.  College students cramming for tests, business people and shoppers stop in for a minute or for hours, taking advantage of free wifi, a place to meet and accessible caffeine.  When you come to study English at the Spokane College of English Language, be sure to take part in our local coffee house culture.

Among our staff and teachers’ favorite shops are: Caffé Affogato, Boots, Atticus and The Rocket.

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Best of Spokane: Community Events

Today’s Best of Spokane features teacher-picks for the best community events around Spokane.  Spokane has a welcoming community, with events almost every weekend during the summer.  The top four picks are listed below, be sure to click on the link to explore some of the cool events that make Spokane such a wonderful place to study English!

The Greenbluff Harvest Festival

Pig Out in the Park


The Spokane Interstate Fair


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SCEL Girls Night-In: Spa, Pizza and Movie Night, 3:30PM Friday, Dec 16 @ SCEL

Join our teachers, Abby and Kristal, for SCEL’s “Girls’ Night In.”  Indulge all your senses with spa treatment, food and a movie.  The spa portion of this event will include Abby offering organic facials and facial scrubs, manicures and pedicures.  Participants will indulge on pizza and and ice cream as you watch a hit Hollywood movie.  ***This event is for our female students only.


Kendall Yards Artisan Fest this Friday and Saturday, December 2 & 3.

Are you looking for a unique gift to give somebody special?  Would you enjoy creating your own art or listening to some live music?  This weekend Spokane is looking forward to the Kendall Yards Artisan Fest!  Check out what our local artists have to offer while enjoying access to a swanky Spokane neighborhood.  This event is free to attend, see time in the picture below.


Thanksgiving Potluck at the Spokane College of English Language

We hope you are as thankful as we are for all the good things in your life. We are so grateful to work with incredible students, educators, and administration and in a city that warmly welcomes people from all over the world.
The Spokane College of English Language extends an invitation to you, your family, and your friends to attend our Thanksgiving Potluck tomorrow from 12 pm – 2 pm at our campus downtown.  Students and staff alike are encouraged to cook up delicious family favorites and enjoy a Thanksgiving movie, craft, or game.  Stop by for part or all, and bring friends and family. We’re all so thankful for this amazing community.

For Foodies, Spokane is the Capital of the Northwest.

Spokane boasts many culinary delights for our visitors.  From fine dining and international food to late-night snacks, we have the best of the best at affordable prices.  Most restaurants do not have a wait-list, but reservations are a good idea.

Our teachers’ favorites are Italian Kitchen, Bangkok Thai, Little Garden Cafe, Red Dragon Chinese and Churchill’s Steak House, but you can see a write up of some other tasty restaurants in this article from the LA Times:


Tuesday, November 15: SCEL Volunteers!

Volunteer to help our community members meet their food needs!  There is only one more spot left open, so sign up with Justin if you are interested.  This activity is hosted by our wonderful former teacher Tera!  This activity will be from 5:30-7:30 on Tuesday, November 15th, at the 2nd Harvest Food Bank.