Theatre is a smorgasbord of senses and emotions. One performance alone can transport the audience to faraway places, introduce innovative ideas, elicit complex emotions and create visual panoramas of splendor and beauty. Preparing for a theatrical journey is the job of the audience. Arrive early to find your seat, peruse the program, and settle in for the show. One critical preparation to any theatrical experience is a satisfied stomach. It’s impossible to enjoy the theatre on an empty stomach, not to mention it’s also difficult for your seat mate to enjoy the theatre if your stomach is rumbling like a freight train. A delicious meal, pre-theatre, adds to the overall sensory experience, bringing joy to your taste buds the same way a moving monologue, an outstanding performer, and a breathtaking ballad bring joy to your eyes, ears, and hearts. Here is our list of “5 Great Places to Eat Before the Show”!

1. Complimentary Valet Parking – Spencer’s For Steak & Chops (322 North Spokane Falls Court // 509.455.9600)

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops of Spokane is the ultimate steakhouse restaurant. Spencer’s uses only the highest quality 21-to-28 day aged, locally sourced, USDA Prime and Natural steaks and chops. Their meat is tender, juicy, and full of flavor. If you prefer seafood, their coriander crusted halibut is a real crowd pleaser, as is the peppercorn seared wild salmon and cold-water Australian lobster tails. You can’t find a more convenient parking arrangement as Spencer’s is next door to the INB and they offer complimentary valet parking to all patrons.

2. Dinner with a view- Clinkerdagger (621 W Mallon Ave Spokane, WA // 509.328.5965)

Clinkerdagger is the ultimate trio: romantic, fine-dining, with a great view. Inside, it is dark and intimate or, when the weather is nice, enjoy your meal along the rushing Spokane River on their patio.

Clinkerdagger has been serving quality prime rib and fresh and innovative seafood for 40 years. The prime rib is slow roasted, herb crusted, and served with atomic horseradish. Don’t forget dessert! The burnt cream and warm pear bread pudding are real crowd pleasers.

3. Walk to the Show- Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie (404 West Main Street Spokane, WA // 509.315.4613)

Sante is a pleasant escape from Spokane. There is nothing quite like it in the city. Located on main street next to Aunties Bookstore, Sante is a classy space with a menu that will refine your palette and make you savor each bite.

The motto at Sante is “think globally, eat locally”. You can enjoy a light snack like their Charcuterie Set or a special dinner like their Braised Beef, Chicken Ballotine, Pork Loin Roulade, Chitarra Carbonara, Roasted Rutabaga and more. Reservations are recommended, so call ahead!

4. Family Friendly – Veraci (Pizza) at Kendall Yards (1333 W Summit Pkwy // 509.389.0029)
While they technically don’t have a “kid’s menu”, what kid doesn’t like pizza? At Veraci Pizza, they fire their gourmet pizzas with apple wood from Yakima Valley in screaming oven temperatures around 1000 degrees. Pick up a large slice if you are in a hurry or dine in and share a pizza, salad, and wine. Treat yourself to their caramel brownie sundae, it is a special night out after all!
5. Happy Hour Specials-  Tortilla Union (Mexican) (808 W Main Ave)

Located right inside River Park Square Mall, you will find this glam “Southwestern Grill” with great happy hour specials like $2 Street Tacos, $2 off all Signature Cocktails, and food specials every day from 2-6pm.

Wondering where to grab drinks after the show? All of these are just a quick walk from the INB Performing Arts Center.