Arkansas Ride to Eat Restaurant Ratings

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by TRZ Charlie, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    What cha got against da Ozark? It's not a "crap hole." Lots of locals there, it has a basic salad bar, but with fresh produce in season. Prices are decent, good atmosphere, food is basic, but certainly acceptable. And the menu offers more choices than the Blue Mountain.
    Yes, they cut the items on their menu recently:( and the greater selection is missed.

    The Blue Mountain is fine also, and the proprietors are very nice, the sandwiches are good, maybe a cut above the Ozark. Also, they sell very fine local jams, preserves, jellies, pickles etc. But it is mostly sandwiches, good as they are.
    Albie, sounds like you have something "personal" with the Ozark...:imaposeror maybe you're just joking around?

    I go to both when I am doing day rides out of Jasper.

    Again a plug for the Little Italy in Glenwood though!
  2. TroyWolf

    TroyWolf Student in the art of less

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    I've only eaten once at the Blue Mountain, but it was excellent--definitely a quality place. I've eaten many times at the Ozark Cafe, and enjoyed my meal and the atmosphere every time. I have to laugh about the price increases over last few years, but they were kind of stupid-low back in 2012 for some things. My favorite was this breakfast special for $2.99 back in the Spring of 2012:

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    Oh my gosh was it a lot of great tasting food for $2.99! The sausage was VERY good and local as I recall. I watched this breakfast special go to $3.99. Now it is the same special but at $4.99. It's still a really good deal at $5, but at $3, it was ridiculously good.

    I ended up buying that mug as a momento of my ride.
  3. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    Yeah, you're right! I have a mug also!
    Jasper is a great location for day rides, but shhh, don't tell anyone!
  4. TroyWolf

    TroyWolf Student in the art of less

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  5. Albie

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    Lousy service, mediocre food. The last time I actually managed to get something to eat there the burger was like a hockey puck, the VERY last time we were in there, after sitting at a table for 20 minutes, no one bothered to even stop and take a drink order, we got up and left. There was more staff than there were customers that day. Haven't stepped foot in there since. Nothing personal, place just sucks. Blue Mountain's much better on both counts, also, there's the Cliff House which has way better food and service. and then of course there's the Low Gap Cafe which is astronomically better.
  6. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    Thanks, A, not my experience at all, thankfully! But I understand.
    Re, Cliff house, fun place and you cannot beat the location! Except, they don't serve supper, do they? And they are 7 miles from food. I have found the rooms a little musty and damp, and unless you're sitting on the porch, don't have much of a view--I am quibbling.I like to stay at the Arkansas House in Jasper, very convenient yo both the Ozark and the Blue Mountain and the owner, Joe Morgan,is an ex-pat New Orleanian so I tell him the latest from down here.
    We all agree though that Arkansas is a great place to ride, arguably the best motorcycle roads in the country, tho Cali may argue.
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  7. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Actually, the Arkansas House has very good food and service as well. If you've never tried the Low Gap Cafe, you are missing some of the best food in all of AR.
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  8. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    +1, I'm with Albie on that assessment of Low Gap.
  9. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    I'm aware of it and have seen it numerous times. I am always heading somewhere, or they are closed or something. Also, I usually travel with a fine single malt and have one or three before dinner, so the Ozark is in my range without riding. 8)
    Maybe that's the secret to enjoying the Ozark!
  10. Dirt2007

    Dirt2007 Long timer

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    We were going to try blue mountain a few weeks ago. I asked an elderly local about the place. He did NOT recommend it saying it was not clean and filthy. I wanted to try it anyway but ended up at Ozark cafe which was awful slow if you didn't get the buffet. Food was just ok, especially after eating at low gap the day before. I give low gap 5 stars.
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  11. Zemmy

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    We were just in blue mountain bakery last week. It was very clean and looked like they just redid the kitchen, because they are serving burgers now. I also spoke to a local and apparently they are taking a lot of business from the Ozark. Low gap was also good. And as far as the ozark, i ate there once, enough said about that.
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  12. jay547

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    We've ridden by Low Gap, Blue Mountain, Cliff House, and Ozark many times but have never stopped to eat. It's always been bad timing/wrong time of day. We might just have to do a two or three day ride to eat this summer.
  13. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

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    Just another plug for The Little Italy in Glenwood. I always detour to include it and on my way back from Winnipeg, I stopped there last Saturday, had the veal diablo. Definitely yum-stuff. If you haven't tried it do yourself a favor.
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    Not a report but an inquiry. I've heard my step-dad mention about eating at Ed Walker's in Ft. Smith while growing up in Van Buren. Has anyone eaten there? I've looked at Urbanspoon and other websites and it looks pretty good. They apparently have a 5 lb. burger to boot!

    I grew up in Dallas and we had Keller's and from what I understand, that and Ed Walker's are the only two "diners" left in the country where you can have a beer brought out to your car, sort of like Sonic.

    I was out that way yesterday and should have given it a try.

    Greg
  15. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Their french dip is damn good. That big burger is the size of a medium pizza!
  16. TM1(SS)

    TM1(SS) Been here awhile

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    the Branding Iron in Mena, right next to the railroad depot, great food and great service!
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  17. arkansawyer

    arkansawyer Long timer

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    We ate at Ed Walker's in FSM last summer. Daughter said the onion rings were the best ever. Definitely not healthy food, but it was tasty.

    I ran across La Tapatia at Stagecoach Rd/Baseline Rd last week. It was awesome authentic Mexican, the place was clean, my glass never went empty. This is SW Little Rock. Stagecoach is listed as hwy 5 on some maps.
    Baseline Rd was the baseline for the Louisiana Purchase. Stagecoach was the Southwest Trail. Small history lesson.
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  18. YJake

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    Headed to low gap for dinner tonight around 4. Hope it lives up to the hype. :hmmmmm

    -Jake
  19. YJake

    YJake Wrenchin'

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    Okay, it was pretty damn good. If I ever ride through the area again I'll stop for a meal.

    -Jake
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  20. MartiniUp

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    Keep it coming folks! Planning a trip and good food is a biggie for me, 'specially breakfast-brunch.