Lizzie's is a nice small town place frequented mostly by locals. It is located in one of the old buildings, 1922, located around the Court House Square. It has a pressed tin roof which was popular during that timeframe and frosted glass windows. It is owned by a man and his wife (Lizzie?). I had breakfast there and the food was fine. The owner was talkative and friendly.
Favorite Dish: I had two eggs and bacon with grits. It was good.
Usually, I like to experiment and try the non-chain restaurants when on a roadtrip. Sometimes though, I like to know what to expect and I know what to expect from Denny's. I like both their Tilapia dishes and they are pretty consistant in their prep. Besides this one had a nice unique look and it was right next door to the hotel. Service was good.
Favorite Dish: Tilapia Ranchero, because it has a great taste.
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Not far from our Motel, was the WHITE PIG INN. We could actually smell the smoker going and it was so heavenly. It's a family owned and run restaurant since 1920. I had a craving for the Pork Sandwich Plate ($7.20) which came with beans, slaw and fries. Hans had the 3/4 pound Rib Dinner ($9.05) which comes with two sides ( sides include potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans or french fries). My pork sandwich was delicious and Hans enjoyed his ribs.
They also offer hamburgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, Beef Plate, Smoked Sausage Plate, Fried Chicken Tenders, Smoked half chicken (Wed. only $7.95), and Catfish,
They also have take out and family packs to go.
The August Moon is a nice Chinese Restaurant in West Helena, Arkansas. You can have the buffet or order from the menu. I wanted to go back to my motel room so I ordered from the menu. The food was very good. The decor was nothing fancy but the place appeared clean. My order was taken by the owners daughter who was in high school but looked younger. She was polite and efficient.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed the Garlic Chicken.
This is a mostly Arkansas chain of restaurants - although they do have a couple of restaurants in Tennessee.
Dixie Cafe #101
1301 Rebsamen Park Road
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202
Dixie Cafe #102
2406 S. Caraway Rd.
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
Dixie Cafe #104
10700 Rodney Parham
Little Rock, Arkansas 72212
Dixie Cafe #105
10011 Interstate 30
Little Rock, Arkansas 72209
Dixie Cafe #106
1212 Highway 62/65 North
Harrison, Arkansas 72601
Dixie Cafe #112
1101 Fendley Dr.
Conway, Arkansas 72032
Dixie Cafe #113
3875 N. Shiloh Dr.
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703
Dixie Cafe #116
2724 Lakewood Village Pl.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72116
Dixie Cafe # 117
3623 Central Ave.
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Dixie Cafe #118
4600 W. Rozell St.
Rogers, Arkansas 72756
Dixie Cafe #119
205 S. Poplar
Searcy, Arkansas 72143
Dixie Cafe #120
Benton, Arkansas 72015
Dixie Cafe #121
302 S. Rockwood
Cabot, Arkansas 72023
Dixie Cafe #122
105 E. Harrell
Russellville, Arkansas 72801
Dixie Cafe #123
2904 W. Kingshighway
Paragould, Arkansas 72450
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.
The pancake shop has by far the best breakfast in Hot Springs. They serve everything from eggs and sausage to buckwheat pankakes.
Be sure you arrive here early. The Pancake Shop is open from 6:00 AM to 12:45 PM daily. It is so popular, there are constant lines of people out the door waiting for a seat.
Favorite Dish: Blueberry Pancakes. Enough said.
By far, and I am not kidding, the best barbecue on the face of the planet. No lie. I grew up in North Carolina where barbecue was a really big thing; and I ate a lot of it growing up. But, I will have to say, this is the best barbecue EVER. You will regret it if you do not at least try the food here, trust me.
Favorite Dish: The ribs, seasoned fries, and baked beans. The ribs WILL fall COMPLETELY off the bone when you pick them up, and I am not joking. Both the ribs and the baked beans are cooked with a special spicy barbecue type sauce. The seasoned fries are even great covered in this sauce instead of ketchup.
Please, I beg you....eat here at least once. If you don't like it, you are more than welcome to send me an e-mail and give me an eye-full.
We didn't go inside, so I can't comment on the ambience and such, but judging from the outside, I'd say it can only be highly casual. It's sort of a local hangout, with a down-home menu. We saw a copy of the menu in our hotel room, and since I'm a big fried pickle fan, we knew we had to stop by. We went through the drive-thru and stopped to eat in the shade on a nearby street.
Favorite Dish: The biggest serving of deep-fried pickles I've ever seen. They were chips as opposed to spears, and were battered rather than breaded. They were served with about a pint of ranch dressing. The whole thing only cost around $2.50. The pickle-to-batter ratio was just right.
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While in Hot Springs, an excellent choice for fine dining is Chef Paul's located in, of all places, a shopping plaza! The plaza is called Temperance Hill Square.
The menu is "ala carte" which makes for an expensive meal; however, you determine how much you wish to eat and how much you wish to spend.
Appetizers range from salads and soups to shrimp. I think that the best choice is the Mediterranean House Salad made with mixed greens, Kalamata olives, peas, tomatoes, fetta cheese all tossed in a red-wine garlic vinaigrette.
Allan loved the Maryland Crab Cake, which was mostly crab meat with little or no stuffing (which is excellent) and baked with Remoulade sauce. He also liked the Scallop Pie which is Fresh Sea Scallops that are baked in lemon-butter with cracker crumb crust.
Favorite Dish: But I think for the dinner entre, you cannot beat Certified Angus Beef Peppered Filet You even get to choose the size of the meat. The filet is crusted with cracked black pepper and then pan-seared and topped with Madeira demi-glace. It comes with potatoes and fresh vegetables. As you know, I say no to the potatoes and just go with the fresh vegetables.
Fresh Salmon Filet or Baked Orange Roughy are also delicious.
From what we saw and tasted, I don't think you could go wrong with anything on the menu.
This is a family-operated restaurant of food-savy people. Jimmy Bruno was the one who first brought pizza to the south. He won numerous awards and was named (1973) Chef Supreme Laureate of the state of Arkansas. Jimmy died in 1984, but his wife and sons continued in business until 1987. Bruno's reopened in 1988 at a new location.
Today, it's owned by Scott Wallace, but Vince Bruno is the head chef and kitchen manager.
They serve antipastos, salads, pastas, calzone, pizza bread, soups, many spaghetti dishes, macaroni dishes, veal, chicken, seafood dishes, home-made Italian Sausage dishes---But, most people come for the famous hand-thrown pizza cooked in a Blast-Furnace Brick Oven.
Favorite Dish: Allan and I enjoyed our visit to Bruno's Little Italy because of its casual yet creative attitude. Of course, we wanted to try the hand-thrown pizza that Jimmy Bruno introduced to the south all those years ago.
We tried the Pepperoni, onion, and mushroom pizza with extra cheese. Now, you must realize that being from Chicago, we are used to Chicago-style pizza. This is a thin pizza, and as thin pizzas go, it was very good. It was the way we enjoy thin pizzas, very crisp.
The pepperoni was put on top (as we requested) so it, too, was crispy and that's very good. We also had a small table salad that was cold and fresh.
All-in-all, we ranked Bruno's as a 4 out of a 5.
One of the most charming places we ate in Arkansas was on the south edge of Eureka Springs at a restaurant called Autumn Breeze.
The chef/owner is European, Richard Bloch. Open since 1993, Autumn Breeze continues to win rave reviews. It's a cozy place with a lovely woodland view from every table. It's built into a hill in a secluded area. This is a subtle place with a somewhat austere exterior and an interior with understated elegance. There is a meticulously landscaped garden and a perfectly co-ordinated color scheme with warm wooden floors complimented by the abundant glass windows.
But, really, it's the food that you remember. Everything is made from scratch. The only problem we had was choosing which of these glorious meals to try. So, we ate here twice!
The combination of location, decor, and cuisine add up to magic.
Favorite Dish: We tried the coconut Beer-battered shrimp as an appetizer which includes four big shrimp dipped in beer batter and coconut and then fried until golden brown and served with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce. The other appetizer that we tried was the Linguini Roma which is Linguini with proscuitto ham and sun dried tomatoes in a parmesan cream sauce (to die for).
The Entrees come with bread, soup or salad, potato or rice, and sauteed vegetables.
We tried and loved these entrees:
3-cheese Lasagna: lasagna noodles layered with mozzarella, provolone, and ricotta cheeses, and topped with marinara sauce.
Beef WellingtonIt'sfilet mignon topped with pate, baked in puff pastry and served with a Bordelaise sauce. It's incredible.
Rack of LambIt's a tender rack roasted with delicate herbs and served with a lightly minted sauce. Allan raved about it.
One by Land; One by Sea It's an 8 oz filet and a 10 oz. lobster tail, but you may wish to choose crab legs instead of lobster tail.
Desserts were really a difficult choice because there all so good. We decided on these two:
Chocolate Souffle which is the chef's specialty. It's this light and dreamy chocolate heaven and must be ordered when ordering the entree.
Chocolate Sabayon Cake is a delicate chocolate cake layered with an exquisite filling made from white wine, whipped cream, and rich chocolate. Wow!
Don't miss this one-of-a-kind place.
Should you find yourself on I-40 between Memphis and Little Rock with a "hankerin" for Bar-B-Q, this is the place... Exit number 221 ...Wheatly, Arkansas...Looks like a Phillips 66 Gas station/Truck Stop ...but its a tasty stop...one can get a full meal for $7.98 ...including a healthy portion of ribs or BBQ pork,beef,or Chicken with sides of Slaw,Fries,Beans and Texas Toast...friendly and filling ...I've stopped here so many years I forget the name ...It either used to be called Sweet Peas and changed to the rib house or vice versa...whatever it is ...you'll be contentedly full when you leave...
The Ozarks aren't known for their outstanding restaurants (to say the least). But if you're in the Hardy/Ash Flat area of the Ozarks, have breakfast at the Timberline. Large portions, decent food, and friendly people serving you. And they have fun names for their specials, i.e. Rail Splitter, Tree Trimmer, Log Jam, etc.
Favorite Dish: We like their gigantic pancakes, and the omelets are quite enjoyable as well. Their scrambled eggs are disappointing, but we've been happy with everything else.
Mmmmm, food! You have many choices here in NW Arkansas. My favorite restaurant is... mm well, I have to say, my favorites are: Panda ( A chinese restaurant ) in Springdale, you can also find it in Fayeteville and Rogers. Callahan's Steak House, in Siloam Springs. The food is delicious. If you visit this area, don't miss these places.
Patsy and Bill Walker can really put a memorable taste into their Bar-B-Ques that you won't forget for a long time. They also cater and have shipped some of their great Bar-B-Que meats to the White House.
Favorite Dish: Bar-B-Qued pork shoulder and ribs.
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