Southern Indiana Eats 'n Treats - Feature August/September 2017: Dave and Peg's Copper Kettle
Dave and Peg Spears opened the locally owned and operated Copper Kettle in Charlestown 14 years ago this past March. Ever since it opened, the Copper Kettle has proven to be a local family favorite for those in the area. Dave was raised, right here, in Charlestown. The building where Copper Kettle is currently located, believe it or not, used to be a music store, still owned by Dave and Peg. Dave’s son sat in that music store for one whole summer and decided that it wasn’t going to work, so they took a family vacation. The idea for the Copper Kettle came to the family while on said vacation, during a meal at a restaurant. Dave got to looking around at the restaurant and the wheels in his mind begun turning. “We can do this,” Spears said. Sure enough, they came home and did it and thus, Dave & Peg’s Copper Kettle was created. According to Dave, nowadays, it is locally known as “The Kettle,” locals hardly ever put Copper in front of it. With their home-style, made-in-house cooking, there is no local place like the Copper Kettle within 15-20 miles.
During your visit to Dave & Peg’s Copper Kettle, you will find a variety of fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner foods. The Western Omelet has proven to be a popular dish on the menu, especially on Saturday morning. It is made with a combination of mushrooms, diced vegetables thrown on to a freshly cooked, real scrambled egg. The vegetables that Copper Kettle uses for their omelet and other dishes come from local farmers’ market. “We try to spend money close,” Dave Spears said.
The Seafood Platter is another popular dish at the Kettle. This seafood platter has enough food to feed two people. It is made up of catfish, a 6-ounce filet, North Atlantic Pollock, a 4-ounce filet, slaw and hush puppies. The slaw is made in-house and is a family recipe. The hush puppies, however, aren’t made in house, but Dave says that they are still delicious.
The Kettle also offers a 7-ounce Pork Tenderloin Fritter sandwich and an 8-ounce burger. The pork tenderloin sandwich brings in people from all over the place. The burger, according to Dave, is made for those with “a large appetite.” You get a half-pound burger with dressings and an order of fries.
Don’t worry, they didn’t forget about the kids! The kids’ menu at Copper Kettle offers a hot dog, a hamburger, grilled cheese, chicken strips and chicken nuggets – all of the kids’ favorites!
If you’re looking for a good deal, you can always order the Plate Lunch Special for the day. This plate lunch special varies from country fried steak, country fried chicken, meatloaf, beef and noodles and then some! It comes with three sides; mashed potatoes, green beans and a roll or cornbread. This is less than $7.00 and with a drink, it is less than $9.00. The Plate Lunch Special is served every day that they are open.
Keep an eye out for new dishes that are coming to the Kettle’s menu. They will be adding a Smash Burger which is a 7-ounce black angus beef burger seasoned with the perfect amount of spices. They are also getting ready to add Deep-Fried Twinkies to the menu as well! Now, you won’t have to wait for fair and festival season to come back around to get your fix!
The Copper Kettle is open six days a week. Monday through Friday, they are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. They are closed on Sunday. “I figured if the Lord thinks he can afford Sunday off, then we can too,” Spears said.
Most don’t know that the Kettle also offers carry-out. If you are in a hurry or don’t feel like cooking, but still want to eat at home, you can call them at the store and place your order. The number to call the store is (812) 256-4257. They are located at 274 Main Cross Street in Charlestown.
Although the Kettle isn’t a very big restaurant, that has never once hindered the way that they do business. “I’ve always said that we are small on space, but big on hospitality. If you don’t leave here smiling, come back and we’ll try again,” Spears said.
It has been 14 years since Dave & Peg’s Copper Kettle has opened and they hope to stay open for another 14 years or more! Head on over to visit the Kettle and experience local, home-style cooking at its best!