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Bean Me Up Creekside Café is an Unexpected Find

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You already know a lot about my recent stay in Eureka Springs for an awesome 2-day Spring Break mini-getaway, one filled with good eats and drinks, but I still have a place to tell you about. Truth be told, I found this spot – Bean Me Up Creekside Café – by accident. My family and I were roaming around the downtown area, as so many folks do, when I decided to take a slight diversion and walk further down Main Street, where a few shops resided just on the outskirts of the heart of town.

As I approached Bean Me Up, a quick peer through the window showed a quaint, cozy coffee shop/café that certainly looked the part. However, I was already full from breakfast and loaded up on coffee, so I wasn’t inclined to walk in just yet. I took a few more steps down the sidewalk and noticed a side area of the business, complete with an outdoor patio that extended to the rear of the property. That’s when I heard the tranquil sound of flowing water in the distance. I knew we had found our lunch destination.

True to its name, Bean Me Up Creekside Café resides next to a creek. Fast forward a few hours, and the Shalins had set up shop on the shaded patio for coffee and sandwiches. The sights and sounds by themselves are worth a visit, but we were also happily delighted with our coffee and paninis. Bean Me Up uses locally roasted beans from Mountain Bird Coffee Company. I’ve had Mountain Bird many times in the past and am a big fan.

There are six sandwich choices on the lunch menu, and I imagine they are all worth a try. But we were particularly pleased with the Turkey, Bacon, and Ranch. The fresh white bread was an excellent choice for the panini grill, an apparatus that also did a fine job of melting the cheddar inside. Overall, the sandwich (and the accompanying bag of kettle potato chips) was simple yet satisfying, much like the setting itself.

Thirty minutes of relaxing on the patio are all you will need to re-charge your batteries before heading back to more of the hustle and bustle of downtown Eureka Springs. I say, “hustle and bustle,” but everyone knows that things never get too hectic in the laid-back town. As for Bean Me Up, add this café to a growing list of places worth your patronage. Eureka is filled with them, but I say the more, the merrier, especially when coffee is involved.



Did You Know?

Bean Me Up has a menu complete with smoothies and all of your standard coffee drinks. It also features a full breakfast menu. There is even a second location (drive-thru) in Eureka Springs at 130 Huntsville Road.

Bean Me Up Creekside Café
55 N Main St (Eureka Springs)
Phone: 479-709-2233
Hours: Sunday & Monday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Closed Tuesday; Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and two daughters, Natalie (12) and Sydney (7). He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, seven years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for almost five years. During that time, he’s written for Little Rock Soiree, Rock City Eats, Treatsie, and Bourbon and Boots.

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