Celebrate your favorite food days at these Evansville area restaurants

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — September is a great month for food. It’s a special time for tailgating, apple picking, s’mores on the campfire, and, ah, ants on a log?

Seriously, it’s official. There are well over 50 national or international food holidays in September, including National Ants on a Log Day on the 10th and National String Cheese Day on the 20th.

We don’t have room for all of them, but we picked a bunch that we thought you’d especially enjoy. 


If you love breakfast food, September is a great month for you. Better Breakfast Day and National Pancake Day are both on Sunday, Sept. 26, so take time for a nutritious fresh breakfast, and leave Saturday night’s cold pizza for another day. We hear breakfast and pancakes at The Friendship Diner, Cleaver’s and Nellie’s Restaurant are fantastic. If you don’t get up early on Sunday, the next day, Monday the 27th, is National Corned Beef Hash Day. The Kite and Key on Franklin Street makes its own corned beef hash, but it’s closed on Monday… It’s OK, you can hit them any other day of the week.

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German food aficionados will enjoy National Wiener Schnitzel Day on Thursday, Sept. 9. Stop by the Gerst Haus for this dish of thinly sliced veal lightly breaded and quickly sautéed for tenderness, served with a slice of lemon for squeezing. Have it dressed with gravy and mushrooms as Jager Schnitzel or choose the pork version, called Schweine Schnitzel.

Three Gerst Haus German specialties: wiener schnitzel, cucumber salad with sour cream, and rott trohl red cabbage.

Friday, Sept. 24, is National German Sandwich Day. These sandwiches traditionally start with sliced and buttered bread, but when we think of German sandwiches we get no farther than the Bratzel from The Schnitzelbank in Jasper. This is the sandwich that won the title of Best Sandwich in Indiana in 2012 as part of the Super Bowl celebrations in Indianapolis. A big soft pretzel is topped with sauerkraut, two bratwursts made by Merkley & Sons Meats in Jasper and honey mustard sauce, then served with a side of German fries.