Beck 'n' Call is across the street from the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse, a place so busy that it keeps a substantial number of restaurants in consistent cash flow. This is one of the best of them. After a busy breakfast, Beck 'n' Call serves a menu of typical New Orleans lunch platters and sandwiches, with enough offbeat items to make the place stand out.
Brian Bosarge and Eddie Gaden opened Beck 'n' Call in 2003, with the idea of spinning off a catering business and ultimately phasing out al la carte service. But the cafe was such a hit that they've kept going, while also doing the catering. The building is in the oldest part of Covington, across from the old train depot, and is itself over a hundred years old. It served as a grocery and cafe for a lot of that history.
The front room has what looks like a cafeteria line, but you place your order at the counter, sit down, and are served when the food's ready. The rear room looks like something out of Mayberry RFD. At breakfast, even the customers look as if they'll still be there playing checkers at lunchtime.
When juries in the many courtrooms across the street break for lunch, the restaurant fills up and a line forms out the door. The noon hour is to be avoided.