Four Friends Corner Cafe Review

I don't have to tell you that the economy has been a very fickle beast for at least the past 2 years. Because of this small local businesses are popping up and deflating out, taking dreams with them. This is why I have decided to commit a certain amount of my time and energy to review and help bring attention to local businesses. This review of Four Friends Corner Cafe will be the first of Local Business segments, and hopefully a regular feature of Evansville Blog.

Get The Facts

Four Friends Corner Cafe
1400 North Main Street
Evansville, IN 47711

To get there head south on Main street from Garvin Park, it's 2 blocks down on your right. They have plenty of on street parking and a small lot suitable for 3-4 small cars or 1-2 big trucks. For companies close by it's an easy walk, especially on warm fall days.

Inside there are about 5-6 tables, where a small group or couples will probably be most comfortable. However, I feel like their meals and layout favor those who like their meals to-go. Also consider eating on their picnic table out front or taking your hot dog to Garvin Park and eat on one of their many picnic tables. I prefer to take mine to go and eat in my truck, parked at Garvin Park, while writing this review.

The decor is as expected from a local restaurant focusing on a hot dog meal niche. An antique toy pinball machine could even be found in the corner of the dining room area. What was unexpected was the number of scriptures written on various boards around the kitchen and in the seating area. It's obvious that the owners/operators are religious, hopefully this isn't a turn-off for you, it wasn't for me.

Food Facts

The staple of Four Friends Corner Cafe are there hot dogs. They use Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs for all their hot dog meals, which include Fries and a drink. Also, there is plenty of variety, including coney style dogs or anything you can dream up, they will build to suit. On this trip I had their Cincinnati Special, which was a loaded coney dog with lots of cheese and onion.

The meal was very good and very filling.

The Bad

I work for a business close to Four Friends Corner Cafe, so about 30 days ago an employee dropped off a menu. This is how I found out about the Evansville restaurant and what peeked my interest in trying out some of their unusual hot dog creations. So, I picked out my would be meal and headed a few blocks over to place my order.

After I placed my order I was informed that my specific meal was no longer available. Nor did the girl behind the counter remember how to make the DC Monumental Special. No biggie, I'll just take one of their other specials, which would have been fine if their prices had not been so high. In no way do I feel like I got value for my money and even after a full stomach I had buyers remorse.

Indeed, their prices had gone up from around $5 per meal, which included fries and a medium fountain drink, to over $7. Also, to add insult to injury there was no fountain machine, only cans of pop in the fridge. So now I'm full, but thirsty, and feel like a spent a fortune for a hot dog.

Short and Sweet

The food was fantastic, service was good, and there was plenty of places to sit, eat and enjoy my lunch break. I'd recommend anyone to check it out.  However, to get my repeat business prices will need to fall.

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Author: Christopher

I live on the North side of Evansville with my wife and 6 year old daughter. I've been a resident of Evansville, IN since 1999, originally from Spencer County. I'm employed by a local Whole Sale Distributor and use my spare time to develop websites and market online projects.

4 thoughts on “Four Friends Corner Cafe Review”

  1. Thank you so much for visiting our restaurant and writing this review. We always welcome comments and feedback that will help us improve our menu and service. Our menu may have changed a little but after reviewing our first few weeks of business we discovered that we were using more toppings on each of our dogs than we anticipated before we opened. We wanted to keep the quality of our hot dogs so that meant tweaking our prices a bit. Even with that our business continues to grow.
    Not sure if we had all 7 dogs when you were there but in addition to the quarter pound Nathan’s dog, we have a Vienna Beef, a foot long, an all beef regular dog, a Polish, an Italian and a brat on our menu; all that you can dress any way you want.
    As far as fountain drinks, we sure wish we could have kept it, and in the future when we have more room, we would love to have one again. We did keep the fresh tea and coffee! People seem to like our sweet tea too. Not to mention the awesome cheesecake we have, it’s made from scratch, a specialty of my husbands! Yes, hotdogs and cheesecake, lol, who would have thought!
    Please check out our website and consider visiting us again, or we can deliver!
    thanks again.

  2. Hi D’Ann!

    I do apologize, I meant to mention all the other food that you had to offer as well. There is a large list of items available and this should have been mentioned, but I only had the time to taste one of your meals. 🙂

    I’m very glad to hear your business continues to grow and I’m sure I’ll find my way back over there soon.

    Thanks for coming stopping by my blog.

  3. Chris, wondering if you could visit the Pie Pan Restuarant in Northpark. I plan a visit to E-ville from Virginia this summer and a friend of mine suggested the Pie Pan. Wondering if it’s thumbs up or thumbs down?

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