Head to these restaurants and bars for the best view of the eclipse

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Solar eclipses are so rare that many people won’t be lucky
enough to see even one in their lifetime. But this summer,
millions of people are gearing up to see the solar eclipse on
Aug. 21 — the first one visible from the U.S. in 99 years!

Locations along the path of totality, the areas where viewers
will get to see the sun completely disappear behind the moon,
are becoming frenzied tourist destinations. While hotels and
Airbnbs are booking up fast, there are still plenty of ways to
get in on some prime viewing action.

Restaurant reservation site OpenTable shared a list of great spots
along the path to eat, drink and also enjoy a great view of
this maybe once-in-a-life time lunar event.

AP

This March 9, 2016 file photo shows a total solar eclipse in
Belitung, Indonesia. Hotel rooms already are going fast in
Wyoming and other states along the path of next year’s solar
eclipse. The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, will be
the first in the mainland U.S. in almost four decades.

Reservations are probably going to be snapped up fast, so if
you want to hit up any of these hot spots, get moving soon.

Portland, Oregon – Eclipse viewing time at
a
pprox. 10:19 a.m. PT

Currents at the Riverhouse: Yelpers say the Pacific clams here are top-notch.

Hayden’s Lakefront Grill: Located on a lake,
this new American eatery features great, locally-sourced foods.

Kansas City, Missouri – Eclipse viewing time at
a
pprox. 1:09 p.m. CT

La Bodega – Kansas City: Authentic Spanish
tapas in Kansas City? Yes, please! Try the Pimientos Rellenos
De Piquillo. These roasted piquillo peppers are stuffed with
tuna and rice are a crowd favorite.

The Jacobson: Reviewers give this spot’s
creative cocktails and truffle fries rave reviews.

St. Louis, Missouri – Eclipse viewing time at
a
pprox. 1:19 p.m. CT

Cielo: Not only will you get to see the solar
eclipse from this casual Italian restaurant, but downtown St.
Louis and the Arch are visible, too. Try the ravioli — it’s a
regional favorite.

Tavolo: This restaurant serves a variety of
pizzas and pastas, such as the meat-filled Sugo’s Pizza, topped
with tomato sauce, sausage, pepperoni, bacon, hamburger,
mozzarella cheese.

Nashville, Tennessee – Eclipse viewing time at
a
pprox. 1:28 p.m. CT

Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurant: Locals say you
shouldn’t miss the epic Big Night Pie, a four cheese filo pie
filled with zucchini, black olive quinoa caviar, eggplant
raisin sauce, smoked red bell tomato sauce, arugula, and caper
garlic vinaigrette.

Wild Ginger: This Pan-Asian restaurant is
located in the Franklin section of Nashville. Their Bombay
Calamari, made with seasoned flour breaded with hint of
turmeric, mango chili sauce, are wildly addictive.

Charlotte, North Carolina – Eclipse viewing time at
a
pprox. 2:43 p.m. ET

Essex: Watch the eclipse over a sparkling
brunch cocktail — they have a big variety here — including
specialty mimosas like Ginger Berry or Apple Cider.

Nellie’s Southern Kitchen: Yelpers rave about this traditional southern
restaurant, known for classics like chicken and dumplings,
fried chicken and classic, southern-style greens.

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Greenville, South Carolina – Eclipse viewing time at
a
pprox. 2:39 p.m. ET

Larkin’s on the River: This fine dining
destination is perfect for a special occasion, such as a
once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse. We’re dreaming of their Short
Rib “Poutine,” made with Yukon Gold fries, braised short rib,
demi-glace, mushrooms, Brie and Boursin cheeses. For a lighter
touch, there’s Chilean Sea Bass paired with shrimp sofrito,
onions, assorted bell peppers, applewood smoked bacon, fresh
spinach.

Passerelle Bistro: Why should Fido miss out on
all the eclipse fun? This bistro is pet friendly and features
modern French fare like Garlic Shrimp (broiled shrimp, garlic,
butter, espelette pepper, lemon), or Frisée Lyonnaise salad
(bacon, poached egg, gruyere and croutons, in a champagne
vinaigrette.)

Charleston, South Carolina – Eclipse viewing time at
a
pprox. 2:46 p.m. ET

BLU Restaurant & Bar: Enjoy oceanfront
dining at this seafood spot that offers ocean-fresh catches
like Crispy Snapper with aromatic beans, melted leeks and
avocado in a cilantro pesto or Cornmeal Fried Flounder with
citrus Carolina gold rice.

Water’s Edge: Minutes from historic
Charleston, this waterfront restaurant lets guests view not
only the eclipse but local fishing boats as they deliver the
daily catches. Try the Crab Bruschetta — jumbo lump crab meat
with marinated tomatoes on garlic crostinis.

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