Spokane, WA 99203
Nothing quite says summer like a picnic in the park. And Manito Park, nestled on Spokane's South Hill might just be the perfect place for that. The Park Bench is a small cafe sells deli sandwiches, gourmet salads, and ice cream bars. For little ones - the "puppy in a sack " is a big hit. It includes a hot dog, chips, and a lollipop.
Benches are available, but I recommend spreading a blanket under the trees. We keep a picnic blanket, Frisbee and football in the car for the spontaneous picnic catered by The Park Bench, which was originally called the Peanut Shack. The historic building was built in 1923. Its original purpose was to provide snacks for zoo visitors, and peanuts for the monkeys. The zoo was a popular attraction from 1905 unit its demise in 1933. The Zoo closed permanently during the Great Depression. Other zoo residents included buffalo, elk, bobcats, cougars, bears, and deer.
Though the zoo is no longer, The Park Bench now provides sandwiches, salads and ice cream. Summer hours 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.