Onion Bar and Grill

The Onion Bar & Grill in downtown Spokane, WA.  Note the original logo painted on the side of the building.  Photo: KGilb.

The Onion Bar & Grill in downtown Spokane, WA. Note the original logo painted on the side of the building. Photo: KGilb.

In the mood for a big, juicy burger with a side order of steak fries, but tired of the same old “cookie cutter” restaurant chains? If you happen to be in Eastern Washington, then head for the Onion Bar and Grill in downtown Spokane. The folks there have been serving great-tasting burgers and fries since 1978.

I had my first “Hula” burger there many years ago. Ham, melted Swiss, mayo, and grilled pineapple slices on top of a lean broiled burger. Mmmmm. Another “favorite” of ours? The Magic Mushroom Burger. Sauteed mushrooms served with Swiss cheese and mushroom gravy.

Looking for something other than burgers? The menu at the Onion Bar and Grill has everything from steaks, salads, and sandwiches to pasta, pizza, and seafood. The never-ending steak fries are freshly made, not frozen. The beer battered onion rings are huge. Their ice cream shakes are still made the “old-fashioned way” and frosty root beer floats are their specialty!

Plus, 95% of all food prepared at the Onion is made from scratch using fresh local products. What more could you want?

The Onion Bar and Grill actually has two locations. The historic building that houses the “original” was built in 1907. It was once the home of the St Regis Hotel, one of the grandest hotels in Spokane at the time. History buffs will love the carved alabaster light fixtures that still hang from the ceiling and the massive, carved oak back bar that dates from 1904. For close-up shots of the interior, please check here.

The downtown Onion is located at 302 West Riverside, in the heart of downtown Spokane. It has an old time pub atmosphere, so expect bouts of laughter and lots of animated conversation. The food is good, the servers are friendly, and all ages are welcome!

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