I’m literally kicking myself for not knowing about Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle before this week. I go to Spokane pretty frequently for shopping trips, girl’s weekends and other special occasions but for some reason have never stumbled across this gem. The Milk Bottle is known for their milkshakes (made from their homemade ice cream), their hand-cut French fries and their made from scratch hamburger buns. In fact, they’ve won a handful of awards over the years for their food. I’ve been told it’s a Spokane classic and I was dying to give it a shot. Luckily for me I have great friends who are easily bribed with food, so I was able to convince them we needed to go to the Milk Bottle on our last shopping trip this Sunday. It actually worked out perfectly as the Milk Bottle isn’t far from one of the malls we needed to go to!
The Milk Bottle is located on Garland Avenue, which is also home to the historic Garland Theater. It’s a pretty old neighborhood but still seems like a fun place to explore. The Milk Bottle was built in the 1930’s and was originally a place to buy milk, ice cream and other dairy products. It’s since been converted to a restaurant but the owners have kept the retro vibe alive.
I was surprised by the fact that you could get a milkshake, a cheeseburger and fries for under $10 bucks! I couldn’t pass that kind of a deal up. I was also impressed by the variety of their ice cream flavors. They had everything from cookie dough to butterscotch, huckleberry and even root beer! I settled on their River City Sludge ice cream for my shake though, which had hot fudge, chocolate and brownie chunks in it. So delicious!
Their burgers and fries were also a hit. I devoured my entire plate and I have no regrets! I can’t wait to go back to the Milk Bottle on my next trip to Spokane so I can try their other ice cream flavors. Who’s with me?