I’ve driven past the Steer Inn countless times without ever stopping to check it out. It was always one of those things we have in Spokane where I think, “I’ll do it someday,” but never quite got around to doing it. Kind of like finding an entrance to the steam tunnels, or climbing the Lantern Statue downtown to read the secret message at the top (except I’ve actually done that last one).
If you read reviews of the Steer Inn on other websites, people seem to either love the food or hate it. Consistency sounded like a major issue, with people reporting good food on one visit and then lousy food the next, or vice versa.
I finally “steered in” to give the Steer Inn a try, and to see whether I would be in the “love it” or “hate it” crowd.
So I didn’t “love it,” but don’t put me in the “hate it” column just yet. There were a few bites of burger and several fries I actually really enjoyed, and I feel like the Steer Inn could make a few small changes to their food that would vastly improve it.
Yes, it looked and tasted like the kind of burger I’ve made at backyard barbecues, but is that a bad thing? That’s a classic taste many of us have grown to enjoy over the years.
I do have one major plug I want to give to the Steer Inn, which is their vanilla milkshake. Remember back when McDonald’s had those shakes that were made from… Some kind of mysterious liquid in a bag? I don’t know what that stuff was, but it was incredible. Several years ago, all the major fast food restaurants shifted to making their shakes with “real ice cream,” which in my opinion doesn’t taste as good as the bag-o-shake-mix ones. Well if you’re like me, fear not: Steer Inn has you covered. I don’t know what’s in that shake mix, but it tastes so good, I honestly couldn’t care less.
So that’s where we stand, Steer Inn: Change your burgers, change your fries, but please never change your shakes.
7920 N Division St. Spokane, WA 99208