Disney’s The Lion King roars into Spokane this week with a series of near sold out shows. The beloved Broadway masterpiece follows the animated classic story of Simba as he tries to save the Pride Lands from the evil Scar. Seeing the epic show is an event primed for memory making. So, as you head to downtown Spokane for The Lion King, make sure to stop for dinner or lunch, and maybe even for a sweet treat as a nightcap.

Here are five places we think you should grab a bite to eat before you head to the Pride Lands:


Wiley’s Downtown Bistro

Located just a couple blocks from the First Interstate Center for the Arts, Wiley’s offers a great intimate dinner before the show. Prices range from $12 to $32 and the menu features a variety of entrees and sandwiches. We hear the prawn linguine is a must try! Open for lunch and dinner.

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant

This family-friendly Italian stop is a Spokane favorite -- it’s been voted Spokane’s Best Italian 10 years in a row! Walking distance from the theater, it’s an easy place to enjoy great Italian pastas and classic entrees. Prices range between $8 and $16. Open for lunch and dinner.

Blackbird Kitchen + Tavern

If you love BBQ and Southern cooking, Blackbird is the place to go before or after The Lion King. Located just a short walk through Riverfront Park from the First Interstate Center for the Arts, Blackbird uses on-site wood smokers to make the best brisket, pulled pork and ribs in town. The sides, like mac & cheese and potato salad are worth every bite. Plus, the restaurant has vegetarian options as well. Prices range between $5 and $17, open for brunch, lunch and dinner.

The Onion Taphouse & Grill

This is a great place to take the kids if the whole family is headed to the show! Plus, it’s just a couple blocks from the theater, making the outing easier. Beloved and family-owned, The Onion has everything from pasta to hamburgers and even fajitas. Plus, the dessert game is strong too. Ask about the deep fried oreos. Prices range between $10 and $23, open for lunch and dinner.

Borracho Tacos & Tequileria

Short on time, but still want great food before the show? Borracho is your place! Plus, it’s just a couple blocks from the theater. With an excellent variety of street tacos, nachos, burritos and margaritas, Borracho is fast and delicious. Prices range from $4 to $19, open for lunch and dinner.

And for dessert…

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream

Gran a sweet treat after the show at Sweet Peaks! It’s a favorite of cast member Gerald Ramsey, who plays Mufasa. He always goes to the location in Montana while visiting family and was thrilled when he learned Spokane has the homemade ice cream walking distance from the theater. Grab a scoop and share your favorite moment from The Lion King! Who knows, you might even run into Mufasa himself...