Located across from the Historic Davenport Hotel, Thunder Pie Pizza (816 W. Sprague Ave., thunderpiepizza.com) is one of the newest additions to downtown Spokane’s vibrant food scene. Its artisanal pizzas come with traditional toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms, but also cater to more refined palettes with toppings like pear and blue cheese.

“Thunder Pie is the perfect stop when you’re taking a break from shopping or socializing before seeing an event. Come in, get warmed by our authentic wood-fired pizza oven, share a pie, and check out our surprisingly extensive cocktail and liquor selection,” says  Danny Steward, the restaurant’s general manager. “This is our very first holiday season, so we’re excited for people to come down and spend it with us.”

Barely a block away is The Gilded Unicorn (110 S. Monroe St., gildedunicorn.com), which serves up whimsy and magic in the form of reimagined American dishes. Instead of conventional deviled eggs, Gilded Unicorn’s are topped with maple chili and applewood-smoked bacon. The nachos feature salmon marinated in shoyu sauce with sesame-cashew cheese and pickled ginger. The brick oven chili offers a “Frito pie” option that adds corn chips, cheddar, ranch crème, jalapeño and onions. And the mac ’n’ cheese is baked with fresh mozzarella, basil pesto and tomatoes. It’s a great way to re-experience your favorite comfort foods.

If you’re having a hard time making up your mind, head to Off the Wall (121 N. Wall St., otwspokane.com). Served from an indoor food truck, there are three menus: the Mexican-inspired El Medano, which includes tacos, burritos and nachos; the Midwest-themed Chi-Dog, which has smash burgers, hot dogs and fries; and the lighter Fork & Bowl, which has a variety of soups and salads. For the night owls, there’s a Late-Night menu that offers some of all three. Plus, there are plenty of cocktails and shots to wash it all down.

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