MULTIMEDIA: A dine-in tradition

Monday, July 2, 2012 | 3:56 p.m. CDT; updated 6:58 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — The smell of fresh-cut hash browns cooking on the stove, classic decor covering the walls and a welcoming atmosphere make three local diners unique.


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Lucy’s Corner Cafe, located on Sixth Street and Broadway, was started by Lucy Reddick nine years ago. Known for its homemade biscuits and gravy, Lucy’s comfort-food menu is made to please any palate. Lucy’s pink-inspired decor offers a casual dining experience that welcomes guests to come as they are.

Columbia’s oldest full-service restaurant, Ernie’s Cafe and Steak House on Walnut Street boasts freshly made hash browns, a specialty for 79 years. The restaurant’s close-quarters, European-style seating crams in all sorts of customers. And its clientele has included Chester Gould, the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Offering a 1950s-style dining experience, The 63 Diner on Missouri 763 has more than just classic diner food. The decor collected over the years is perhaps the restaurant’s biggest attraction. Featuring Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, just to name a few, The 63 Diner has a wide array of classic collectibles.

Each diner caters to a different group of customers.

Its close proximity to MU makes Ernie’s a go-to spot for students.

"If you want quick, cheap food, Ernie’s is the place," said Clare Odegard, 19.

Ernie's draws in a variety of customers.

"There was a day where there were obvious heroin addicts sitting next to city judges," house manager Nathan Fuchs said.

The 63 Diner caters to families. Waitress Robyn Ricks, 21, said the diner appeals to families because of its decorations and the free ice cream children get for their birthdays.

Lucy’s Cafe sees business workers from the downtown area stopping in for lunch throughout the week. On weekends, the cafe sees a little bit of everything, waitress Kelsey Dexter, 23, said.

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