Urban Photo Challenge
Nothing says “Urban” to me more than neighborhood fine diners! I love to cook and have for decades. In fact, I’ve come darn close to starting a food blog many times.
This week’s challenge for me is more about bringing you an out-of-the-world Gumbo recipe from “The Elk” than about the images here. Here are two of my Spokane local favorites.
“The Elk” – “Every neighborhood should be so lucky.”
The Elk is such a terrific English-like public house that Guy Fieri from The Food Network’s, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” dropped in a few years ago. The place opened in 1995 with a simple concept: Delicious, creative food paired with a wide array of micro brews in a comfortable traditional English public house.
And the food? Oh-My!!
From the menu I highly recommend the “74th St. Gumbo.” Oh, not in the area? I’ve provided you with the recipe link. I’ve made this numerous times (Mainly in the fall and winter.) and it is some of the BEST gumbo your mouth will ever taste. Feel free to reduce the number of servings, but I warn you, you will want plenty for later meals! Source: 74th St. Gumbo recipe.Frank’s Diner
This place opens around 6AM and I pass by it on my way to work. Almost everyday throughout the year, this place is packed and there’s almost always a waiting line out the door.
During the golden days of railroading, Barney-Smith and Pullman vied for supremacy of the elegant rail car business. In 1906, Barney Smith manufactured this car as an “observation car”. It remained unsold until 1909, when it was purchased by the Northern Pacific Railroad and remodeled to suit their needs as a private car for the president of the railroad. Car NO. 1787 (The car pictured here.) served as a presidential car until it was replaced in 1931. Stranded in Seattle, WA. at the height of the depression, NO 1787 found a new home. Franks Knight, the brother and sometime partner of Jack Knight of Spokane, bought the presidential car and converted it into a diner car in 1931.
Franks Diner has won BEST DINER and BEST BREAKFAST 14 out of the past 15 years by (Spokane news magazine) The Inlander’s People Choice Awards.
Side Note: Please except my apology. I’ve been on a photography project for the last month that will be ending soon. I’ve not had the free time to visit individual blogs as I normally do, share my comments, and not kept up the weekly photo challenge.
As always… Thanks for taking the time to stop by and view this blog!!
~ BEST ~