A little bird told me that we are supposed to have an influx of people coming to the tristate this weekend. There's an eclipse or something going on.

Usually, we can pop into any given restaurant and the wait isn't more than a half-hour or so. But, this weekend might be different. So, whether you are coming into the tri-state from out-of-town or you are considered a "local" (I've never been able to use that term in regard to Evansville) we came up with a list of some off-the-beaten path eateries to try.

Texas Roadhouse and O'Charley's are GREAT but they will be INSANE this weekend. Check out these homegrown eateries.

Deb's Pick
8566 Ruffian Ln. Newburgh
Why we love it: I like that everything is fresh and homemade from scratch.
What to order: I've only eaten breakfast at Nellie's. Rise and Shine is great - (during the Eclipse, it should be the Rise and No Shine - haha) and the Monte Cristo.  Both were fresh and fabulous. They special-made my Monte Cristo to my special request.

Scott's Pick
Bits & Bytes
216 NW 4th St, Evansville, IN 47708
American
What to order: Braunschweiger sandwich with fresh lettuce leaf and mustard.

Corena's Pick
Dee’s BBQ & Diner
1362 E 4th St, Owensboro, KY 42303
What to order: Biggest Pancakes ever

Jason's Pick
The Colonel's Mini Mart
2036 Madison St. Henderson, Kentucky
What to order: Fried chicken (featured on The Food Network)

Emily's Pick
Azzip Pizza
Evansville – West
Evansville – East
Newburgh
Why we love it: Locally owned and operated and unique & allergy free options.
What to order: I build my own & recommend chicken as the meat selection on my pizza… So, so good!

Melissa's Picks
Feta Specialty Pizza
18 St Ann St, Owensboro, KY 42303
Why we love it: Great patio area with a cool view of downtown Owensboro!
What to order: I'd recommend the sausage and vidalia onion pizza, but if you're feeling crazy, the mashed potato pizza is to die for!!

The Stockwell Inn
4001 East Eichel Evansville, IN 47715
Why we love it: They have an awesome patio, so you can sit outside and enjoy the eclipse!
What to order: Their grilled chicken wrap is second to none, and you can't forget the bread pudding! Calories don't count during solar events. It's true I asked NASA.

Dave S.' Pick
J.D.'s Restaurant
1420 Breckenridge St, Owensboro, KY 42303
Why we love it: Great diner food and atmosphere. Super nice staff.
What to order: Just about anything that pops up on their daily plate lunch specials menu (and get BREADED TOMATOES as a side if you can)

Mary's Pick
Cancun in Henderson
341 S Green St, Henderson, KY 42420
Why we love it: Their lunch prices are good for Saturday, not only during the week.

Dave F.'s Pick
Los Bravos

Los Bravos East
6226 Waterford Blvd.
Evansville IN. 47714
(812) 474-9078

Los Bravos West
4630 Lloyd Expressway
Evansville IN. 47712
(812) 464-3163

Los Bravos Boonville
3311 Liberty Blvd.
Boonville IN. 47601
(812) 897-3442

Los Bravos North
3534 N. 1st Ave.
Evansville IN. 47701
(812) 424-4101

Los Bravos Loogootee
502 W. Broadway
Loogootee IN. 47553
(812) 295-2069

Los Bravos Jasper
198 S. Newton St.
Jasper IN. 47546
(812) 482-7564

What to get: Chicken on the Beach.

Ryan's Pick
Taylor's II
518 E Morton St, Oakland City, IN 47660
Why we love it and what to order: It's not much to look at on the inside, but they have one of the biggest and best steaks I've ever had. (Get the steak!)

Liberty's Pick
Twisted Tomato Pizza Co.
2333 St George Rd, Evansville, IN 47711
What to get: I could live off of their breadsticks & cheese sauce!

Rob and Travis' Pick
Lombardi's Pizza and Wings
3311 North Green River Road Evansville, Indiana
What we love and what they get: They’re the only place outside of the Northeast that I’ve seen call themselves “New York Style Pizza” and it actually tastes like New York style pizza.  Still waiting for ONE place that makes a Philly cheese steak that even slightly resembles a Philly cheese steak. // Authentic Brooklyn style pizza. It's like you're actually in New York! You can walk in, buy pizza buy the slice or order whole pizzas. They also cater.

 

Kat's Picks
Country Ham in Owensboro 
5421 US-60, Owensboro, KY 42301
What to get: I love the fried green tomatoes!

Libby & Mom’s Café
2 Richardt Ave, Evansville, IN 47711
What to get: It’s a great little spot for plate lunches. The mashed potatoes are fantastic!

American Diner Boonville 
520 W Main St, Boonville, IN
What to get: One word – PIE. They have tons and tons of homemade pies to choose from for dessert.

Michelle's Pick
R’z Café and Catering
104 N Main St, Fort Branch, IN 47648
What to get: The Aloha Grilled Chicken sandwich and a strawberry lemonade (which I could easily drink daily, it was soooo good) hit the spot for this pregnant momma earlier this week at lunch.  Definitely one of my new favorite hot spots!

Ash's Pick

Cafe Arazu

17 West Jennings Street Newburgh, IN 47630

What to get: It's a diverse world cuisine. I just got the smoked salmon flatbread but my go-to is the Spinach & Artichoke Wrap - Tomatoes, spinach, artichokes, and feta; all tossed with a creamy cheese sauce and wrapped in toasted lavosh.