Y is for Yum

Evansville has long been known as a small city with big eats. From the West Side to Newburgh, Indiana, the area offers restaurant delicacies for all palettes. While Evansville Living keeps a full list of all local dining options, new spots are popping up every week. Check out these two restaurants adding to the food scene Downtown.

Dontae’s on Main Pizza Parlor

606 N. Main St.

Dontae’s On Main opened June 7, becoming the second location for Dontae’s Highland Pizza Parlor (6669 Kratzville Road). Not only is the new location easier to access for Downtown diners, but it offers a few new specialties from the original location.

The appetizer list is extended to include cheese twinkies (hand battered mozzarella cheese with a special seasoning blend), spark plugs (seasoned cream cheese with pepperoni, candied jalapenos, and a side of ranch), and breaded mushrooms.

Despite some changes, the new parlor still offers some of the specialty pizzas that give Dontae’s its reputation, including the Larr (sausage, pepperoni, banana peppers, black olives, green peppers, mushrooms, and onion), the BBQ Gurg (pulled pork, pineapple, onion, candied jalapenos, and a barbecue sauce drizzle), and the Garden (pesto base, spinach, onion, tomato, and mushrooms).

Visit Dontae’s on Main from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Ena Restaurant

920 Main St.

Tucked into an inconspicuous stone building at the very end of south Main Street, Ena Restaurant is Downtown’s newest Mexican spot. Serving Latin food from several countries, including Mexico and El Salvador, Ena has a menu bursting with flavor.

The Pupusas — a griddle cake made with rice flour from El Salvador and Honduras — are soft, gooey, and can be filled with your choice of pork, cheese, or beans for $2.25 each. Ena also offers more familiar dishes such as the steak burrito, with a large tortilla filled with steak, onions, rice, black beans, cheese, and salsa, drizzled with sauce and cheese, and served with a guacamole salad for $11.99.

Visit Ena Restaurant from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Parlor Doughnuts

12 N.W. 3rd St.

Parlor Doughnuts reopened in their original Downtown location on June 8. The flagship store will serve a limited menu including the renowned doughnuts, iced lattes, drip coffee, and fresh juice.

Parlor is known for their layered doughnuts which come in more than 20 flavors, from the dreamcicle to the maple bacon. The East Side location at 301 N. Green River Road also offers gluten free and vegan treats, organic cookies, and Keto doughnuts.

Besides the Downtown bakery, all other nine location nationwide are expanding the menu to include Parlor Doughboys original shakes made with any doughnut flavor.

Visit the Main Street location from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

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

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