Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Another Amazing Arkansas Meal

Up in the Ozarks, visiting Buffalo River NRA, the friendly ranger offered suggestions on everything from where to hike to where to eat.
She recommended the cafe in the nearby hamlet of Gilbert (pop. 55).
Here it is:

Cute decor, but not exactly busy (of course it was after the main lunch hour on a drizzly Monday afternoon):

The food was great, though hardly healthy.
Fried Southern cookin' at its tastiest.
Look how they decorated the table with fresh peonies:

I got the day's lunch special: chicken breast.
You wouldn't think that would be too unhealthy, would you?
Well, they started out by deep frying it.
Then they topped it with cheese.
And fried onions and sauteed mushrooms.
And put white gravy over the whole.
It was actually pretty tasty.
So was the fried okra (a first for me) and the summer salad (a mixture of chopped yellow crookneck squash, tomatoes, red onion, and celery tossed with Italian dressing).
There was also a toasted garlic cheese biscuit to go with.

For dessert I had bread pudding a la mode.
It was scrumptious!

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