Gems in the Bend: Drinking and dining on a student budget

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Everybody likes a good all you can eat buffet, and this week we will take a look at one of South Bend’s most creative all-you-can-eat concepts. Their style is unique, providing a much needed twist to your normal bar food fare.

THIS WEEK: Evil Czech Brewery

Let’s face it we’ve all been there before. Amid our collective desires to stay relatively healthy there are times where we just want to stuff our faces full of food regardless of the consequences. But dining out when you have the munchies can sometimes lead to a sizeable bill. This is precisely where Evil Czech Brewery comes in. The restaurant features an all-you-can-eat ‘lightening lunch’ that puts all other buffets in the area to shame.

Unlike most buffets, Evil Czech doesn’t serve food as a single pan dish. Rather, the concept is ‘tapas’ style, meaning small plates. So when you get your food you get endless small plates, each containing a small portion of food. One might think that such a concept leads to less variety, but one couldn’t further from the truth. This buffet serves up 30-40 different options per lunch shift.

But Sundays are a different story.

Sunday, of course, is Brunch Day. In addition to the normal menu of sliders, pizzas, mac-n-cheese (at least three styles), desserts, fruit salads, poutine, etc., they roll out an extra 20-30 more menu options including sausage, bacon, egg dishes and a whole extra table of desserts.

In addition to its incredible buffet, The Evil Czech Brewery isn’t the average spot for burgers, fries and a beer. Rather, the restaurant prides itself on being a “farm to fork” establishment. This means that they use locally sourced ingredients that come straight from the growers themselves. There is also a brewing operation on site, where one can actually witness the magical brewing process at work.

If your schedule just doesn’t permit time for lunch, then pop on in on a Tuesday night for the taco special. This is definitely the best dollar value the restaurant has to offer, with tacos being served up a la carte for $2-$4 a piece. And we’re not talking about small tacos that can be devoured in two bites. No, these tacos are large, satisfying and delicious.

Let’s see, am I leaving anything out? Oh yeah the beer! The beer is the foundation upon which the restaurant is built. A rotating beer variety lends itself to anyone with an adventurous palate. The $10 tasting special consisting of five beers (5 ounces each) allows one to experience an assortment of beers at a relatively low price.

There is another bonus to Evil Czech being a brewery, you can buy cans of beer on site on Sunday, which can always be handy when you forget to do your beer shopping on Saturdays.

So the next time that you find yourself wanting to indulge, and it’s between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. go on over to Evil Czech for the best, unlimited, local food $11.95 can buy. You’ll be surprised by the amount of variety and the creative concepts available.

PHOTO/Kendall Asbell

*Sunday’s Hangover Brunch is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and costs $16.95

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