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‘Food’ Category

Comfort Yourself

These cooler temperatures don’t seem to be going anywhere, and that means it’s a good time to warm up with some good old fashioned comfort food. Knox County has many options for comfort food.

Dogwood BBQ – offers smoked pork and chicken as well as an Amish style food buffet.

Graze 1885 – various hearty soups and sandwiches are on their menu, sure to both fill and warm you up in no time.

Dot’s – offers plate lunch specials daily including Meatloaf, Beef Manhattan, Chicken and Noodles and more.  In addition they have a full menu of sandwiches, soup and salads.

Montana Mike’s – If meat is your comfort food of choice Mike’s has you covered.  Offering a complete menu of beef, pork, chicken and seafood,  add a side of mashed potatoes and you are all set.

The Melon Patch Delish Deli – just up Highway 41, the Melon Patch has daily hot lunch specials including Ham and Beans complete with cornbread as well as their salad and sandwich menu.

Valentine’s Day in Knox County

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we know how stressful it can be to plan the perfect date or choose the perfect gift for that special someone. Worry no more! Vincennes/Knox County has everything you need to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Gift Ideas

Treat your significant other to some delicious, home-made fudge from the Melon Patch.

Surprise someone with a box of Charlie’s Caramel & Candy Shop’s specialty chocolate covered strawberries. (Be sure to order these ahead of time!)

Treat someone (or yourself) to a massage from Massage Therapy.

Order a special popcorn arrangement filled with all their favorite flavors from Pop Around the Clock.

Stop by Pretty Posies or Pearl & Chrome Home Interiors for a last minute gift!

Let the woman in your life pick out a special date night outfit at Attic Salt Boutique, Mads & Abby Boutique or Wild Rose Boutique!

Date Ideas

Brunch it out at the Vincennes Brewing Company on Saturday, February 15.

Can’t make it to a special dinner? Opt for a morning coffee date instead at Graze 1885. They’re upstair seating area is romantic and especially quiet in the mornings.

Make reservations for you and your special someone at The Cafe Moonlight for a scrumptious treat.

If you’re wanting to stay in for the night, but don’t want to make dessert, order one of Pea-Fections specialty desserts offered for Valentine’s Day and take it home to enjoy!

Indulge in a romantic date night experience complete with mood lighting, delicious food, and a nice selection of wine at Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta. Any date here is sure to wow your S.O.

 

Be sure to leave a comment on what you’re planning to do this Valentine’s Day!

Eating Like a Local

A huge part of any travel experience is getting to know local traditions, history and culture. Lucky for you, one can get in touch with all three aspects of these just by eating. We’ve compiled a list of some well-known local restaurants that are sure to make you feel like a native Knox County resident during your time with us!

Sweet

Fudge, chocolate, donuts and more, there are multiple “must try’s” while you’re visiting.

Melon Patch – Specialty

Charlie’s Caramel Corn & Candy Shop – Desserts/Specialty

Jenna’s Bakehouse – Desserts

Fossmeyer’s – Breakfast

Swirls – Desserts

Graze 1885 – Breakfast

Pea-Fections – Desserts/Specialty

 

Savory

If you’re looking for a lunch or dinner spot, any of these Knox County favorites will have you feeling like a local in no time.

The Melon Patch – All American

Dogwood Barbeque – All American

Dragon 2000 – Asian

Bill Bobe’s Pizzeria – Italian

Byron Bobe’s Pizza House – Italian

Nicole’s – All American

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom – All American

Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta – Italian

El Corral – Mexican

La Fiesta (2 locations) – Mexican

Graze 1885 – Specialty

Pea-Fections – Specialty

Cafe Moonlight – Steaks & Seafood

Gilbert’s Restaurant & Pub – Steak & Seafood

Montana Mikes – Steak & Seafood

 

Drinks

Don’t forget to fuel up when you’re hitting the road, or wind down if you’re spending the weekend with some delicious drinks from these local eateries.

I’Mpressed Coffee – Coffee

Graze 1885 – Coffee/Specialty

Vincennes Brewing Company – Bar

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom – Bar/All American

Montana Mike’s Steakhouse – Bar/Steak & Seafood

Gilbert’s Restaurant & Pub – Bar/Steak & Seafood

Winter Activities

It’s the middle of January, but there are still plenty of winter activities to enjoy in Knox County!

Visit 1972 for laser tag, video games, rock climbing, foot darts, and more!  Admission is charged.

Bundle up and take a stroll on the grounds of the George Rogers Clark NHP and Riverwalk or take a hike on the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

Visit the Red Skelton Museum and you’re sure to leave with a smile.  The fully interactive Museum explores Red’s life and career as well as American Comedy.

Warm up with a coffee drink from Graze 1885, Peafections or I’Mpressed Coffee.

Take a swim at the YMCA during open swim times.  Membership is required, visit their website or app for swim times.

Feed your creative side at one of the downtown art galleries.  Exhibits are changed regularly and many pieces are available for sale.

Check out a new book at the Knox County Public Library.  Stay and read it in the sunroom or cuddle up with the book at home.

Brush up on your Indiana history by touring our local historic sites, George Rogers Clark NHP, Grouseland, and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.  George Rogers Clark has free admission.

Meet a friend at the Vincennes Brewing Company, Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room or Windy Knoll Winery for an adult beverage!  Must be 21 to visit the winery or brewing company.

Tour the Indiana Military Museum for look at military artifacts spanning the Civil War through the present day.

Stop by the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street, to pick up 2020 Indiana Festival or Travel Guides and explore our great state!

Ideas For Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is less than a week away, and many of us have indulged during the holidays and might be reevaluating some life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to start making changes in your life! We’ve put together a list of some common New Year’s resolutions with ways you can implement them, locally!

Exercise

Losing weight is always one of the top resolutions. To help kick start your fitness journey, try taking part in the Good Samaritan and YMCA of Vincennes Get Fit Challenge!

Sleep

With TV’s, computers, smartphones, tablets and every other piece of technology there is out there, it can be hard to get enough sleep at night. Instead of scrolling on Facebook before hitting the hay, try decompressing by reading a few pages in a book from the Knox County Public Library.

Learn a New Skill/Hobby

Sitting in your house watching TV every day can get boring. It’s must better to use your free time in a more constructive way and pick up a new skill at the same time! Elements offers a variety of fitness classes like aerial yoga that can bring you outside of your comfort zone.

Get Better Acquainted with Local History

Whether you were born and raised here, or you’re just looking to visit, getting reacquainted with local history is something easy that anyone can do without driving hours away. Check out our blog on some different historical sites you should visit!

Spend More Time with Family and Friends

There is too little time in this life to waste it, so we should focus on the people we care about and who care about us! Find activities you can do together, like Trivia Night at the VBC, or going for a weekly walk on the Riverwalk.

Shop Locally

Did you know that when you shop at a local shop, every $1 spent, 67 cents stays in our community! Knox County has a vast array of local shops for you to choose from for anything you need!

Take the Stairs

Getting out and walking a little bit every day can be a huge help to your health. Try taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator, or go for a walk at the George Rogers Clark NHP and walk up and down the stairs at the monument for a change of scenery.

Plan a Staycation

Vacations can be time consuming to plan, so instead of traveling far away, why not plan a staycation right here in Knox County? Check out our blog on why planning a staycation at home is a great option this summer!

Save Money

A rainy day fund and some extra money that can go towards traveling, fixing up the house, or going back to school are a welcome change of pace. Reach out to one of our amazing financial advisors in town to see how they can help get the ball rolling for you.

Learn About Your Family History

Knowing your families history is an amazing way to connect with ancestors. Stop by the Knox County Public Library’s Genealogy department to check out records including birth records, high school yearbooks and family histories.

Volunteer

Devoting some of your time and energy to helping those in need is a reward in itself, but it’s also an opportunity to meet new people and learn a new skill. Contact one of Knox County’s many nonprofit organizations to see what volunteer opportunities are out there for you!

Donate Old Clothes

Going through your closet and getting rid of things you don’t wear anymore is a great way to start off the New Year! When you’ve done that, consider donating those unwanted clothes to one of our local charity organizations such as the Salvation Army instead of throwing them away.

Get Artsy

Topics like art, music and culture can be easy to comprehend if you spend time learning about them. Try checking out one of our local Art Galleries on the First Friday Art Walk, or supporting one of our local bands on the weekends.

Attend a New Event

There seems to almost always be an event happening in Knox County. Whether that’s the Rendezvous, Spring or Autumn on Main, the First City Music Fest and so much more. Get out and support these local organizations and events!

 

Cozy Gathering Places Around Knox County

*Picture from Graze 1885 Facebook page

It can often feel difficult to find a nice, cozy place to get some work done, or just relax. Whether you’re looking for a new study spot, a quiet place to finish a book, or just a place to get some work done, Knox County has plenty of cozy gathering places for everyone to take advantage of.

Graze 1885

Graze 1885 is a Café, Bakehouse and Wine Bar opening at 116 Main St. in Vincennes, IN, the former location of Old Town Tavern. Graze has a great seating selection, with multiple plug ins and cozy, quiet areas to work or gather with friends.

The Knox County Public Library

The library offers various hidden spots that are perfect when you’re trying to get some work done.

I’Mpressed Coffee

Whether you’re meeting with friends or cramming for your next exam, I’Mpressed is the place to go. They have both booth and table seating, as well as an outdoor seating section. And did we mention they have free Wifi?

VU Student Center

If you’re a VU student, the VU Student Center is a great location to get away for a few hours to get homework done.

Vincennes Brewing Company

The VBC is a great location to meet with friends and grab a beer, with bar seating, and multiple seating options on their lower level.

Did we leave something out? Let us know your go-to cozy spot in Knox County in the comments!

 

 

Cheap Lunches Around Knox County

Many of Knox County’s most treasured destinations are some of our local restaurants. We created this guide to cheap lunches around the county for anyone who doesn’t feel like packing their lunch or needs a last minute lunch date spot. If we forgot one of your favorites, please let us know in the comments!

Byron Bobe’s Pizza House

A favorite local restaurant, this pizza house serves up a lunch combo of pizza and breadsticks or a salad for less than $8.

Gracie’s

This quaint restaurant located in the former Fort Sackville Bowling Center serves daily lunch specials varying from pasta, baked potatoes, and sandwiches for a great price.

Old Chicago Pizza & Tap Room

Their special lunch menu includes either endless salad and an individual pizza or a variety of burgers and sandwiches, sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Their lunch menu is only available from 11 AM – 3 PM Monday-Friday.

The Cafe Moonlight

From 11 AM – 2 PM on Tuesday-Friday’s, you can experience this upscale diner with a wide lunch menu with offerings from salad to burgers to tenderloin.

Olde Thyme Diner

A classic greasy spoon diner with daily lunch specials. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Moore & Miller Emporium

Situated in a historic drugstore dating back to 1821, this casual restaurant offers daily plate specials of sandwiches, soups and salads. Check out their Facebook page for the daily deals.

Pea-Fections

From soups to salads to sandwiches to desserts, Pea-Fections has them all, and at a dang good price, too. They also offer extended lunch offerings from 2-4 PM. Truly a place after our own heart.

Graze 1885

Specialty sandwiches and salads makes up their menu, paired with a few daily soups – grab lunch here for less than $15/person.

Dot’s Cafe

Hometown cooking with full breakfasts and an extensive lunch menu with daily specials.

Procopio’s Pizza & Pasts

Get authentic Italian cuisine at the low price of X off their lunch menu, offering pasta, pizza and salad specials for $7.99.

Dutch Pantry

A full deli providing various meats, cheese and that amazing Amish bread. Grab a sandwich and a bag of chips for a quick lunch!

El Corral

Serving a special lunch menu from 11 AM – 3 PM, get your favorite Mexican dish Monday-Saturday at a discounted price.

The Melon Patch

A Melon Patch Special, get one sandwich with a choice of homemade salad or chips and a pickle spear for less than $8!

 

*Some restaurants are not featured because we couldn’t find a lunch menu for them. For other local lunch specials, please check with the restaurant personally.

Bring Knox County to Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and that means floods of out of town relatives will be swarming into Knox County, or maybe you’re going out of town for the holidays. Lucky for you, Knox County has plenty of good food you can share with all your friends and family this holiday season.

Photo courtesy of the Windy Knoll Winery Facebook page.

Gifts for the Host

Thinking of a gift for the Thanksgiving host can be a difficult and daunting task. If you’re headed out of town and want to give something you can only get locally, maybe some Vincennes themed gear from Moore & Miller Emporium & Diner will do the trick. Or maybe you’re looking for something sweet; in that case, maybe a variety of candy and caramel corn from Charlie’s Caramel & Candy Shop, or a nice bottle of wine (or two) from our very own Windy Knoll Winery. A box of homemade fudge from The Melon Patch is also a great way to please your host. Liven up the party with a growler (64 oz bottle) from The Vincennes Brewing Company of their own brewed beer. Pearl & Chrome Home Interiors also offers a great selection of home decor that any home owner would love.

 

Photo courtesy of the Heritage Farms Crafted Meats Facebook page.

Local Ingredients & Dishes

Looking to bring the taste of Knox County to your Thanksgiving plate? Heritage Farms Crafted Meats offers multiple Thanksgiving themed dishes, as well as special bundles for the holidays that are delicious. Apple Hill Orchard has been providing homemade spices and award winning apple cider for years. Or perhaps you’re looking for a less traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Why not opt for something from Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta or a frozen pizza from Bobes? Bringing any of these dishes to your family Thanksgiving will please any crowd.

 

Sweet Treats

If you’ve been assigned to bring a dessert, but don’t want to slave away in the kitchen all day, let some of your local sweet shops help you out! Jenna’s Bakehouse offers cupcakes, cookies, brownies and cakes all year round! Be sure to call ahead and get your order in before it’s too late. If you want to bring something different to your Thanksgiving, why not grab some donuts from Fossmeyer’s Bakery? A crowd favorite is always some turtles or caramel corn from Charlies (which is a holiday staple in many homes). If you want something a little more traditional, pick up a fresh homemade pie from Apple Hill Orchard.

 

No matter what you choose, be sure to shop local this holiday season!

Warm Up Your Taste Buds

The cooler fall temperatures are here to stay, which means it’s time to warm up your taste buds! Vincennes/Knox County has multiple restaurants and specialty shops to choose from when trying to decide where your next fall flavored indulgence will come from.

Photo courtesy of Jenna’s Bakehouse Facebook page.

Jenna’s Bakehouse

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcake, Apple Pie Cupcake

Graze 1885

Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls, Zucchini Muffins, Carrot Muffins, Pumpkin Muffins, Pumpkin Lattes

Apple Hill Orchard

Apple Cider Cake Donuts, Homemade Apple Pies

Picture courtesy of I’Mpressed Coffee Company’s Facebook page.

I’Mpressed Coffee Company

Pumpkin Muffin, Pumpkin Loaf, Pumpkin Spice Late, Caramel Apple Spice

Picture courtesy of Pea-fections’ Facebook page.

Pea-Fections

Tomato Basil Soup, Mushroom Bisque Soup

 

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments on this post!

Where to Grab a Slice

Pizza never goes out of season, and holds a special place in many of our locals hearts. Whether you’re looking for something local or want to stick to a nationally known chain, Vincennes/Knox County is the place to go when you’re looking for a good slice of pizza.

Bill Bobes Pizzeria

Are you craving for an authentic pizza experience? Step into Bill Bobe’s Pizzeria for a lip-smacking pizza treat. They have been serving since 1954! Locals feud between the two Bobe’s on who’s is better. We’ve decided to stay neutral, and agree that both establishments serve up a great slice of ‘za.

Photo courtesy of Byron Bobes Pizza House Facebook page.

Byron Bobes Pizza House

Serving Knox County since the 70s, they are proud to be a locally owned and operated business, who just so happens to make great pizza, too.

Photo courtesy of Jimbo’s Pizza & Wings Bicknell Facebook page.

Jimbo’s Pizza & Wings Bicknell

Providing Bicknell with delicious pizza and wings since 1995.

Photo courtesy of Monical’s Pizza Facebook page.

Monical’s Pizza of Vincennes

In 1959 the Monical family started making pizzas in the little town of Tolono, Illinois. Before long, their recipe became a hit with many of their local friends and neighbors. Today, they’re still serving up a mean slice of pie.

Photo courtesy of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom’s Facebook page.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

Since 1976, they’ve been committed to innovation and excellence in craft beer, pairing those picks with delicious dishes, and delivering to our guests genuine Chicago-style goodness. Serving the Knox County community since 2018, their pizza has become a local fan favorite.

Photo courtesy of Papa John’s Facebook page.

Papa John’s Pizza

In 1984, Papa John’s opened its doors with one goal in mind: Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. They knew that with quality ingredients they would create superior quality pizzas. That goal and the promise of Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. remain true to this day.

Photo courtesy of Pizza Hut’s Facebook page.

Pizza Hut

For more than 60 years, Pizza Hut has been serving up, well, pizza. But they don’t just make pizza, they strive to make people happy. They create food they’re proud to serve and deliver it fast, with a smile. And you know what they say: No one out pizza’s the hut.

Photo courtesy of Procopios Pizza & Pasta’s Facebook page.

Procopios Pizza & Pasta

From original to deep dish to cauliflower crust, Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta has it all. Housed inside a 100 year old building on historic Downtown Vincennes, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Photo courtesy of Slicer’s Facebook page.

Slicers @ the Country Club of Old Vincennes

Pizza (along with other goodies) served up buffet style, as well as by the full pizza. Yet another great pizza option in Vincennes.

 

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments on this post!