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Becca’s Restaurant in Boonville is a Pure Pleasure with a Lil’ Taste of Home

Becca’s Sign (Dave Westrich)

On the way home one evening last week, I decided to stop at Becca’s in Boonville for a bite to eat.  Jenny joined me, while Emily and Elliot were occupied with other activities.  As soon as I opened the door and walked in, I was greeted with homey decor and a warm smile… from Becca herself!

I noticed that the restaurant was playing WJLT over the speakers, which was my opportunity to thank Becca Mohler for our radio station on and a great way to begin a conversation with her.  I learned that most of the food served at Becca’s is homemade, including some absolutely scrumptious desserts (more on that later)!

Becca and Jenny (Dave Westrich)

After looking at the menu for a few minutes, I decided on the catfish fillets, Vonnie’s corn cakes, green beans and sweet ‘n sour slaw.  Jenny ordered a side salad because she had plans of sharing my catfish fillets with me.

We began our meal with an order of loaded fries.  It was a generous amount of fries covered with melted cheddar cheese, sliced green onions and real bacon bits.  When the order of catfish fillets arrived a short time later, my eyes and mouth opened widely due to the huge fillets that sat in front of me.  I boasted to our server, Margie, that I would polish them off with no problem; however, it DID turn into a problem later when I realized that my eyes were much bigger than my stomach!  As it turned out, after Jenny ate half a fillet and I ate the other half, I ended my meal with

Becca’s Catfish Fillets, Corn Cakes, Green Beans, Sweet ‘n Sour Slaw (Dave Westrich)

a whole catfish fillet staring at me, knowing that I could not possibly get it down that evening.

The fillets were covered with a good tasting, crisp breading (but not too crispy hard) and the taste was of catfish, but not fishy.  The sweet ‘n sour slaw was in a good sized bowl, and it was crisp and tangy, but not overly so.  It was very fresh and balanced in flavor.  I ate it all eagerly!  The corn cakes were something that, believe it or not, I had never had before.  After smearing honey butter all over the cakes, I noticed that whole kernels of corn were baked in a sweet dough to make these cakes.  And after one bite, I realized that I had a new favorite food!

Jenny’s salad was fresh and crisp, as well, and at the end of the meal, we both were stuffed.  But I couldn’t stop there…I just HAD to have some of Becca’s homemade

Becca’s Homemade Cobbler (Dave Westrich)

blackberry cobbler a la mode!

The piece of cobbler I received was big enough for the both of us, and it came topped with three scoops of ice cream.  What I liked about this homemade blackberry cobbler was the flavor.  The taste of the blackberries was neither too sour nor too sweet – it was just the way I like it.  The crust was also better than a typical crust you’ll encounter at many restaurants.  My wife, Jenny, makes the best pie crust I’ve ever tasted (aside from my mother’s and my mother-in-law’s), so I always have the best for comparison.  I must admit that this cobbler crust wasn’t as good as theirs, but it had a satisfying flavor and enough crispiness that it passed the test of my spoiled palate.

Our server, Margie, was very friendly and attentive, and one time when I needed something, Brian, another server taking care of the folks behind me, immediately helped out without hesitation.  Together Becca, Margie and Brian made us feel right at home and rather special.

Overall, our visit to Becca’s topped off our evening perfectly and was an extremely satisfying way to end the day!  Jenny and I enjoyed our first visit so much that we stopped in again this past Friday evening and immersed ourselves in another relaxed dinner experience at Becca’s.  And once again we left with our tummies full of delicious homemade food and smiles on our faces.

Becca’s Place (Dave Westrich)

If you’re ever passing though Boonville, I very highly recommend you make plans to dine at Becca’s.  The restaurant is located on the corner of Cypress and Main St.  The actual address is 520 W. Main St.  The telephone number is 812-641-0522.  Becca’s also caters, so keep her in mind for delicious food that gives you a “lil’ taste of home!”

Becca’s opens at 7 a.m. each weekday, and at 6 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for breakfast.  The restaurant is open until 9 p.m. on weekdays, and until 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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