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For a good, inexpensive breakfast, try Yards Bruncheon

My friend Jim and I were looking for a new place to have Saturday breakfast.

"I read about a new place in the paper," he said. "Really?" I replied. "Where?" "Over at Kendall Yards," he said. "Cool," I said. "Let's check it out."

So we did. We arrived at Yards Bruncheon about 8:20 a.m., and the place — open, airy and looking like someone's idea of a 1950s-era diner — was about half full. With no booths available, we took a table, checked out the menu — and almost immediately I was impressed by the prices, some $2 less per plate than any number of other Spokane breakfast spots I could name.

Though I found the coffee not to my taste (I've had the same problem with Central Food, which sits just up the street), our server was friendly and helpful. We ordered — both of us opted for the Petite Breakfast, which includes sausage or bacon, two eggs, hash browns and toast for $5.99 — and were impressed with how fast the food came And I was particularly impressed that our server was so willing to sub a bowl of fruit for my potatoes. (The Full Breakfast offers bacon AND sausage and runs $8.99.) 

By the time we left, every table had been taken. So it looks like, 1, the place is a hit and, 2, it's best to arrive early.

I'll certainly return. Maybe the coffee will grow on me. One can always hope.