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Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2008 4:44 am | Updated: 5:04 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Jon Schroeder

The Cove Herald

For the last 13 years, Lampasas has enjoyed German cuisine at Eve’s Cafe — and the atmosphere keeps ‘em coming back.

That’s what Eve Sanchez says, anyway. She’s the restaurant’s namesake, having arrived in Lampasas from Germany years ago. With help from her husband and adult son Mark, Eve runs the place, making nearly all of her food from scratch.

Walking into Eve’s is walking into “home away from home,” Eve says, and she doesn’t just mean for her. With about 10 regular groups that come in to the place almost daily, Eve says it’s easy to garner the homestyle feel, and the jokes and conversations fly easily back and forth across the restaurant.

That’s true whether Eve knows the customer — she knows about 80 percent of the people who come in — or not.

Talking to one group on Friday after they finished eating, Eve asked if they lived in the area.

“No,” the man told her.

“Why not?”

“I live in Korea,” he chuckled.

“We do take-out,” she deadpanned.

As her employees (and Eve herself) tell it, she serves as a waiter, cook, dishwasher and, from time to time, as a stand-up comic. But that seems to happen almost by accident; it’s just that Eve is comfortable in her restaurant.

“Every day is my favorite experience,” she says. “Nobody should be down.”

That’s an attitude Eve likes to see among her few employees.

Lyndsey Gallanger, working at Eve’s Cafe, said “there’s not one day that I come in and don’t look forward to coming to work.”

Eve has done her best to decorate accordingly; the walls are lined with travel souvenirs, although they aren’t all from Eve’s own travels. Instead, her customers have sent in currency, postcards and trinkets from around the world. Many hang from the ceiling, including a wooden flying pig and a clown.

Eve looks with the most pride at a set of postcards on her ceiling. They’re all from the same family (not hers), and they stretch back year-by-year to the opening of Eve’s Cafe. Some were taken in front of the restaurant.

Talking about her own history and that of the restaurant, Eve recalls times 13 years ago when she says Lampasas acted “differently” to outsiders, particularly foreigners. Now, she says her family is part of the community.

Eve moved to America in 1984 from Germany with her husband, Steve. Eve didn’t know how to cook at the time, but “I brought my taste buds with me,” she said.

Now, she makes much of the food — only the french fries are brought in, and even those are seasoned and battered again. Meat is cut to order, which Eve says is important because it ensures that all the food is fresh. In addition to the food, which includes various schnitzels, Reuben and Westphalian sandwiches, Eve’s offers a coffee bar and German desserts.

As one customer said, “It’s good — real good — to come here.”

Contact Jon Schroeder at jons@kdhnews.com or call (254) 547-0428

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