Winter is the perfect time to explore the natural stone shelters where native Arkansans once lived
I’m glad to say I was wrong. I found exactly what I wanted right off the bat — and it didn’t involve bacon, ham, pork chops or sausage. It did involve the only pineapple pancakes I’ve found on my state-wide search, though, which didn’t bother me at all.
Grav and I went over there on a Sunday morning with Hunter in tow. It was early enough we were able to get a table right away. One look at the menu, and we both grinned — among the drink selections are Post Concord Grape and Muscadine juices. We chose the muscadine, of course.
I saw the list of pancake types, and mentally ran through places where I’d had each variety: buttermilk (Momma’s Kitchen in Clarksville), pecan (Jack’s Pancake and Steak House in Hot Springs), sweet potato (Benson’s Grill in Ft. Smith), chocolate chip (Front Page Café in Jonesboro), blueberry (Myrtie Mae’s and Mud Street Café in Eureka Springs) and banana (Pancake Shop in Hot Springs) — but not pineapple. I don’t think I’ve ever seen pineapple pancakes, anywhere. Yeah, I had to try them.
Thing is, there was something missing — salt. Everything he tried that morning seemed to be under-salted. Not that he was complaining — he just reached for the salt shaker time and time again with the gravy and the eggs and the potatoes. I even tried a little of his biscuit, and it seemed just a tiny bit flat. Strange.
We didn’t stick around too long — as we ate, the place had really filled up around us and there was a line at the door. Ozark Country Restaurant has a reputation that precedes it, and people come out religiously to eat there. And I can see why. But I do wonder if some items are seasoned for an older, less-sodium-tolerant crowd. Then again, how could I not like a place that serves muscadine juice with breakfast?
You’ll find Ozark Country Smokehouse right behind the strip mall on the northeast corner of Cantrell and Mississippi. It’s open every day at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast and stays open until 1:30 p.m. during the week and 2 p.m. on the weekends. (501) 663-7319.
My four cats are just waiting to "drop" in and say hi to the puppies!!!!…