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Dining In and Out

Charley Beck takes a culinary tour of Evansville
Charley Beck enjoys his breakfast at the Coffee Cottage & Café — a mixed-berry scone and coffee.

Charley Beck isn’t the type of guy to miss breakfast, especially around here. In fact, for the past several months, he’s been to 17 restaurants that serve breakfast in what he likes to call the “Evans-burgh” area. And he’s not just trying to eat the most important meal of the day.

“It’s nice having local places that provide great meals, have unique atmospheres, and offer service by owners and families,” Beck says.

With the help of Evansville Living’s Dining Directory, he’s been to a number of restaurants including Bits & Bytes Deli, Coffee Cottage & Café, Inlumi Café & Bakery, The Carousel, The Pie Pan, Libby & Mom’s Café, and the Darmstadt Inn. So far, he doesn’t have a favorite. Beck does praise the unique breakfast offerings at Inlumi, however. And since he works part-time at the Comfort Inn & Suites on E. Walnut Street, he uses the Dining Directory as his resource when guests ask for dining suggestions.

Beck was inspired to eat at locally-owned, non-national chain restaurants from the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” show, which stars Guy Fieri. This wild-haired, tattooed restaurateur features unique and interesting restaurants throughout the country, and Beck thought one of “Evans-burgh’s” restaurants might fit the bill. Beck still is looking, however, for the restaurant that, in his eyes, really stands out above the rest.

“Eating at local eateries does tend to support diversity,” he says, adding that he likes the idea of helping local businesses.

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