Back in 1938, they used to be called Curley’s Inn. Most people now recognize it as The Beacon when the restaurant changed owners in 1987 which also brought the name change.
It’s been a few years since I last stopped by for breakfast but decided to make a return to check out one of the city’s classic little spots in town.
909 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
Open Daily 7am – 2pm
Stopping in I was politely greeted by a plethora of employees. I wasn’t the only one who received the same warm reception. Every customer I saw walking in was given a cheerful way to start their visit.
Everyone instantly was given a family diner vibe. It felt genuine and not so forced; I loved it.
The Beacon serves breakfast all day and sometimes that’s exactly what is needed for lunch. I ended up going with their Corned Beef Hash breakfast and upgraded my meal to get an order of biscuits and gravy.
Soon after, my extremely polite and friendly server had my meal out to me.
You’re not going to get any super fancy meal at The Beacon and that’s OK; it’s not what they do. But what they offer is a good hearty no frills meal with a great attitude. I had my biscuits and gravy finished within minutes. To be honest, I’m not much of a white gravy type of guy but theirs was really delicious. It was possibly up there with some of the best biscuits and gravy I can remember. The texture of the corned beef hash may bother some people but I didn’t mind it at all. It wasn’t a meal that blew me away but it was certainly satisfying and one I’d order again.
The fact The Beacon has been around for so long and has stayed busy is a testament to a lot of things. They have a very loyal fan base. The staff is just very friendly and the food is consistent. I’d certainly go again.
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