Restaurant Review: Eve’s Coffee Shoppe
Genna McCabe, Eric Prister, and Jess Shaffer | Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Eve’s Coffee Shoppe is by no means a fine-dining, high-class establishment, but that certainly does not take away from the highly enjoyable and incredibly satisfying food experience that it provides. The restaurant’s title is somewhat of a misnomer, for Eve’s is essentially an old-fashioned diner. It has no tables or booths but only a counter with stools, and the food is cooked with butter, butter and more butter.A far cry from the dining hall’s breakfast offerings, Eve’s presents a very simple, straightforward assortment of breakfast food. Although eggs are the core of most of the dishes, Eve’s also has several delectable options for those who love their morning carbohydrates. Biscuits are a weekly special, but jumbo pancakes and delectable French toast are available daily. The pancakes can be ordered a la carte for only a few dollars. In one order, three large pancakes come overflowing on a plate, fully equipped with Eve’s predetermined ratio of butter and syrup. These hot cakes are delicious, medium in thickness, with a nearly perfect pancake texture. Though not the thickest ones ever made, they are shockingly filling. You can come with an appetite and leave filled by just one order of pancakes, possibly with leftovers to take home. Breakfast lovers doubtlessly will be satisfied by this classic.The French toast is one of the more unique dishes on the diner’s menu. In addition to the butter and egg mixture normally used when making French toast, Eve’s cooks also swath some pancake batter on both sides of each piece. This gives a somewhat sweet flavor to the old-fashioned dish, all for a similarly low price.There is nothing powdered about Eve’s eggs. A giant crate of eggs sits next to the wide grill where the cook prepares your eggs however you like them right in front of you, with plenty of butter to add flavor. Enjoy the taste of real eggs made just for you – nothing about this egg experience will remind you of the cafeteria.Although Eve’s serves breakfast all day long, their lunch and dinner menu is quite good as well. The hamburger was pretty decent. Though it could not claim to be the best burger in the world, it was certainly a solid choice. Like most hamburgers ordered in a really good diner, it came with a toasted, flaky bun, your choice of toppings and French fries, all for a very low price.With its plain stone exterior, Eve’s Coffee Shoppe isn’t much to look at, but regulars fill the lot of this local favorite. The restaurant makes a singular impression, with only 20 stools wrapping around a single countertop, one waitress to take orders and get drinks and one cook grilling up simple soul food on one large, butter-soaked grill. Grab a menu off the counter and enjoy a true diner experience. The staff is not necessarily friendly (which only adds to the experience), but they know how to cook food quickly and deliciously. When eating at Eve’s, take a lesson in not judging a book by its cover, however much that cover is decorated with plaid and chipped paint.Eve’s Coffee Shoppe is located at 501 Lincoln Way West, Mishawaka, and can be reached by phone at 574-255-5862.