Our Favorite Downtown Lunch Spots

Working Downtown has its perks. We get a great view of the Ohio River, are close to many amazing local businesses, and at midday, we have several dining spots to choose from. We’re in love with the Evansville’s local eateries, so our staff rounded up our favorite can’t-miss lunch spots in Downtown. And you don’t have to work Downtown to grab some of the delicious dishes at one of these restaurants — come to Main Street for lunch on the river on warmer days!

Major Munch

Major Munch offers major flavors for a low price with a menu packed with burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, po’ boys, tenderloins, and more, all for less than $12. Known for its homemade recipes, their popular catfish sandwich has their customers — including us — coming back for more.

“Major Munch is always one of my top choices for lunch in Downtown. The menu is fantastic — I haven’t ever had a bad thing! I love their burgers and grilled chicken sandwich, but the Philly cheesesteak also is fantastic. And their fry sauce is hands down the best thing ever.” — Managing Editor Trista Lutgring


Established in 2001, Milano’s Italian Cuisine is a family-owned gem of Downtown Evansville. Enjoy Milano’s cafeteria-style lunch options with slices of pizza and calzones or choose one of their several combos.You can also grab a traditional pasta, pizza, or baked dish.

“I love Milano’s Italian Cuisine for lunch. The line is quick, and you get excellent authentic Italian food for a great price. I always get the lasagna; it’s fantastic!” — Senior Graphic Designer Casey Scarbrough.

Emge’s Deli and Ice Cream

A staple of Main Street’s walkway, Emge’s opens for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. each weekday and serves lunch through 2:30 p.m. Enjoy the deli’s specialty sandwiches and salads or daily lunch specials along with their signature ice cream in the summer and soups in the winter.

“Emge’s is my favorite lunch spot on Main Street because it’s quick quality food every time. They have different fresh options every day that satisfy my cravings and my wallet.” — Staff Writer Dallas Carter.

“Emge’s Deli always provides a great experience. The ladies are personable and they go above and beyond to make sure you have what you need. Taco salad Thursdays are still my favorite during the work week.” — Senior Account Executive Jennifer Rhoades.

The Daily Grind Deli and Coffee Bar

Along with their fresh coffee, The Daily Grind offers premium grade meats, cheeses, breads, and produce. All their baked goods are made from scratch. Take it from us — The Daily Grind ensures their guests get nothing but the best!

“I love the variety that The Daily Grind brings to the Downtown lunch scene. It’s not just good coffee drinks, their sandwiches are also so delicious. My go-to is the grilled chicken and avocado. And their vegan selections are tasty!” — Managing Editor Trista Lutgring

Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen
Jodi Keen is the managing editor of Evansville Living and Evansville Business magazines.

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