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Editor’s Note: Last year, Michael and Nicole Borrell began reviewing Lebanon Valley’s restaurants and eating attractions as the Lebanon Valley Food Critics. Since then, the couple has aimed to offer unbiased reviews of the eating and drinking establishments the Lebanon Valley has to offer. LebTown is pleased to be partnering with LVFC to share these reviews with our readers. Bon appétit!

While out and about on a Friday for lunch, we found ourselves over at the Lebanon Farmers Market. We needed to shop for some sausage, make a stop on the Java Journey, and of course, eat some lunch.

Located in the central part of the first floor, Diva’s Have To Eat was our stop today. They are open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (3 p.m. on Saturday). Meals are to go but the market has seating available on the second floor for dine-in.

Diva’s Have To Eat

35 S. 8th St.
Lebanon, PA 17042

Phone: (717) 273-2729


Kitchen Hours
Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed
Wed: Closed
Thu: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sun: Closed

Offering a wide menu of empanadas, soups, salads, mac & cheese, fried chicken, burritos, and much more. Most offerings are a grab-and-go kind. But some require you to sit and eat. Since they offer a lot, it can be hard to decide on what you want. You can get items à la carte or as part of a meal.

Today our meal included three empanadas: cheesesteak, creamy chicken & broccoli, and seafood (shrimp, crab, and peppers). The costs vary depending on the which kind you get. These handmade shells are soft and crunchy at the same time. We wish there was more filing on the inside, but that’s because we are selfish.

We also got an XS order of seafood salad and XS order of gumbo. They offer sizes from XXS to XLG. The small sizes are great to allow you to get a taste of many of the dishes. The seafood salad was loaded with lump crab meat. We paired this with our crackers at home. The gumbo on first taste was very salty. But as I got a few spoons in, it evened out. By the time I was done, I wish I gotten a larger serving.

Our take: Divas Have To Eat offers a vast selection of homemade eats to tickle all the taste buds. As you look at the options, you wish you had a much larger stomach than the one you have. The empanadas taste great and have some creative combos. The dishes will open and expand your taste buds. Even if you’re not a diva, you have to eat here too.

We give this place ????.

If you have a restaurant you would like us to visit or review, whether a place you like or are nervous to try, please message us on Facebook or email lvfoodcritics@outlook.com and let us know. We thank everyone for the recommendations and the kind words we have received.