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America’s Most Beloved Small-Town Restaurants

These restaurants are in the middle of nowhere. That notwithstanding, they are known to serve up extraordinary food and tend to offer lots of character too.

Patit Creek Restaurant
Patit Creek Restaurant

Dan A. Nelson, an outdoors writer, describes Patit Creek Restaurant as a “small restaurant with BIG flavors and big-city chops.” It is a 2.5-hour drive from Spokane and is well known for its signature dishes such as gooseberry pie.

Hell’s Backbone Grill
Hell’s Backbone Grill

For the past 15 years, the co-owners of Hell’s Backbone Grill, Blake Spalding and Jen Castle have prepared best meals using supplies from local ranchers. They also offer vegetables from their own farm.

LectroLux Café
LectroLux Café

LectroLux Café’s whimsical décor comes complete with vacuum cleaners suspended from the ceiling to ensure the environment remains fresh. The food here is big-city quality and this place is therefore the best place to be when you don’t want the hustles and bustles of the big cities.

El Bruno’s Restaurante y Cantina
El Bruno’s Restauranté y Cantina

If you want authentic New Mexican food, this is the place to be. The owners roast and peel their own green chilis here.

Stone Soup Inn
Stone Soup Inn

Here, the chef sources almost all the ingredients locally. Don’t expect a menu here; just enjoy anything that the chef serves you in his current five course meal. You can rent one of the two onsite rooms for a night stay so you can pair dinner with local wines.

Noske Nook Bakery and Restaurant
Norske Nook Bakery and Restaurant

Noske Nook Bakery and Restaurant tops many an upper Midwesterner’s list for the region’s best pie. It has cream pies, berry pies, fruit pies, name them, and they are all freshly made by highly experienced women in hairnets.

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