There used to be a Perkins in Leonardtown, but it closed. I really miss it. Perkins started some forty years ago as a pancake house in Ohio, and now is a full restaurant with an associated bakery. Their food is largely 'comfort food'. We like it because they have a senior menu which has smaller portions than the regular menu. Breakfast is also served all day.
Favorite Dish: We went out to dinner at Perkins which we thought should be safe (after two previous disappointments), and had a very nice dinner. I had the senior pot roast with no gravy and broccoli cheese soup and mashed potatoes, and Bob had the meatloaf with gravy and mashed potatoes and chicken noodle soup. I also had a small sundae. Our waitress was cute - I said we wanted the Senior menu items, and she said that she hesitated to ask anyone if they wanted the senior menu, but we were pointing to the Senior section when we ordered so she didn't have to ask.
Angel's is located on Central Avenue, right in the heart of the historic district, across from the bathhouses. We ate there twice for lunch. They make wonderful wood-oven baked pizzas - very fresh and light! Their pannis were just as good. The restaraunt itself is small and quaint. Makes a great stop after touring the bathhouses!
It was not quite 4 p.m. when we get back to Hot Springs. So we went to the Dixie Cafe. The place was almost empty that early, but we were greeted warmly. When we walked in (after parking) they asked us what part of Maryland we were from.
This is a mostly Arkansas chain of restaurants - although they do have a couple of restaurants in Tennessee.
Favorite Dish: Bob had the chicken tender dinner ($8.39) with mashed potatoes and applesauce, and he had a milkshake to drink. I got their version of Shepherd's Pie (which was meatloaf topped with mashed potatoes, gravy and grated cheese), greens, and a kind of squash pudding which was a cross between corn pudding and bread dressing. They said that because it was our first trip to Dixie Cafe, they would give us a free cobbler. Bob didn't want one, but I took the peach cobbler.
We ate lunch at Captain D's Seafood which offers seafood at fast food prices. The franchise operation started in Donelson, TN in 1969 and was called Mr. D's. Now they have almost 600 restaurants in 23 states and several countries overseas.
Favorite Dish: I had the new pasta bowl (I got shrimp scampi) for $3.99 and Bob had Fish and Fries Combo (also $3.99). They also have some shrimp, oysters, clams, salmon, catfish and chicken selections. The pasta bowls may no longer be available.
We didn't get one of the desserts (they have pecan pie, chocolate cake and two kinds of cheese cake)
Hamburger joint in small crowded noisy resturant off Central Ave. in Hot Springs Arkansas. We had to seat ourselves. there were a small area at the front with bar stools around the take order place. It was a confusing set up since no person actually stood at the order place. It felt like waffle house or something. Anyway for the hefty price for a hamburger for tourists we were very disappointed in the plum size hamburger hidden underneath a huge fluffy bun with almost burnt fries served with a metal wire champagne class inside a small napkin. Definitely not worth the price. We paid over 40 dollars for me and my husband and 2 samll sons and left hungry still.
The place was a retail shop, now converted to feed you.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast at $5.50 a plate for two eggs and all the extras was okay. The food was good, and they try to please you. How long it hangs in business, who knows. It appears to be a staart up operation with slim capital.
The palce has been there since 1928, and porky Bill Clinton loved it so much he had it shipped to where he was located when President. Maybe the girl came with it.
Favorite Dish: Ribs are the main items, for sure. They also have burgers and beef, pork sandwiches.
Located in the Spencer Center, a group of restaurants and offices in old buildings just to the east of downtown. its main feature is the outside patio for drinking under the umbrellas. The whole place smelled like the toilet and the food rather on the cool side.
Favorite Dish: Food is okay, at best. It really is more of a place to drink European beers, but those prices range $5-7 for a draft. I did not sample for that price. UGH. The brat place was okay, but it seems like they are not really in the business to serve food. The place was empty at 7PM and not good service. The place also felt unclean and the bathroom was dirty. Read the reviews for affirmation
A mix of decent food on the menu, and they try to feature some more upscale items, but still under $25, mostly. The ambiance is what they try to promote. That is only half way there, with the cooking area wide open and a lot of noise and activity coming out of the kitchen. A separate bar is for the locals to hang around.
Favorite Dish: Burgers-about 6-8 varieties are all good. They are 1/2 pound in size and good taste, high quality meat. Fries are plentiful with them. Price for a burger is around $8-9. Other items are $10-15 for most to offer.
The food was okay, and maybe a bit above that. It is the place for local businessmen to sit and chat or work deals for the town.
Favorite Dish: The full plate of eggs, sausage, hash browns and pancakes filled me up. Price at $5.29. Buffet breakfast is at $5.99
Because we didn't have reservations at the place we wanted to eat, and it would have been a long wait for a table, we went to Doe's Famous Eat Place On the Lake. The original Doe's is in Greenville, Mississippi but this is a franchise. Doe's specializes in tamales and steaks.
•Lunch, Mon-Fri 11am-2pm - Dinner, Mon-Thur 5:30pm-9:30pm/Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
Favorite Dish: They had a Valentine's Day special - Dinner for two for $44.95 which would include a rose for the lady, a choice of steak entrees, salad, potato, bread and dessert, which might have been good but was far more than we wanted to eat and also more than we wanted to pay.
Bob got a crab cake appetizer with remoulade sauce ($6.95) which he said was more like thousand island dressing than anything else, and I got a lemon chicken ($11.95) and twice baked potato which was $1 extra. The potato was good.. We had dessert - I got a Chocolate Lovin' Spoonful Cake ($4.95) which was far more chocolate than I really wanted to eat (layers of fudge and cake with chocolate chip icing), and Bob got a carrot cake for $4.50. The bill was just under $30.00 before tip. Better than $45, but not a resounding success.
Doe's Eat Place on Lake Hamilton for good tamales and steaks. The setting is fantastic, especially at sunset and the decor is casual. On weekends in the summer there is usually a live band.
Favorite Dish: The tamales and steaks are the best bet. The view is unbelievable. Pasta is OK. Free shuttle available!
Fisherman's Wharf is a local favoirte on Lake Hamilton.Plan to arrive early as crowds form quickly and waits can be an hour long.
Docks available for boaters
We had lunch on the deck at Garvin Gardens. In the summer or later in the spring this would have been a great place to eat. This early in the spring though it was quite cold.
The food cooked off site and brought to a tent where it was served. If it had been warmer, the sides of the tent could have been rolled up. As it was there wasn't much room in there for people who were waiting for their food, so it was a good thing that there weren't a lot of people.
There was no real menu, so we had to kind of look around to see what other people had and what was in the pots. If it hadn't been so windy, I think they would have had a menu posted.
The seating area consisted of metal chairs and metal mesh tables (which were cold).
Favorite Dish: I had bean soup and a corn meal muffin and Bob had chili and potato chips. It was good and also it was hot.
On their FAQ page it says:
Do you have a restaurant at the Gardens?
Yes. We have a tent-café, which serves sandwiches, hot dogs, soups and salads. Hours vary with the season, so please call our office to check current opening times (phone number below). The Gift Shop also sells beverages, ice cream, chips, etc. throughout the year.
Can I bring a picnic lunch?
Yes. There are many places in the Gardens to have a picnic, including our designated picnic area. We do not allow large rolling coolers and lawn chairs and ask that you please put your trash in the many cans located throughout the Gardens.
Ohh my, I'm getting hungry just thinking about this place. I live 7 hours from here, but when I visit family an hour away, I drive an hour just to eat here!
Favorite Dish: NOTHING is bad & believe me over once a week for 4 years, I've had it all practically! the best & the cheapest... chicken nachos..