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It’s exactly the sort of name I’d give to the cheeseburger at Morrilton Drive-Inn Restaurant. Hot, wet, charred… and really good. So good, in fact, that there are 16 different burger listings on the wall.I even wrote about it way way back. Noticed the menu boards had finally been changed. Instead of the old style lettered boards that had surrounded the main window, they’re now done in a chalkboard-style font on black. It’s still not enough for all the things the place offers, though. There are still posters and wipeboards up all over the place covering this and that.
The big difference was the ice cream. Morrilton Drive-Inn Restaurant, like so many others, have made the switch to Blue Bell since Yarnell’s is now history. But there are still all sorts of sundaes, cyclones, freezes and shakes up there.
I knew full well I didn’t want a burger that filled a clamshell box. I just wanted a quick bite for the road. So I got said quick bite. And an order of stuffed peppers. And an iced tea.
The burger meat itself was just about as crispy as you can get a smashburger to be — the edges were almost singed but nicely caramelized, what we in the burger-describing business like to call “crusty.” And buttery. And a little salty. And wet from the vegetation. And very, very good. A guilty pleasure, just about. Even with the “fake cheese” (American plastic-wrapped slices) it was pretty awesome.
Morrilton Drive-Inn Restaurant does far more than burgers. They do catfish and ribs, some really decent barbecue, big salads, 20 types of non-burger and non-BBQ sandwiches, meatloaf, pork chops, breakfast. It’s a community sort of restaurant that gives its customers whatever they’re in the mood for — probably a good part of the reason the place has been open for a couple of decades.
You’ll find the Morrilton Drive-Inn Restaurant two blocks south of I-40 on Highway 95. It’s open every day 6:30 a.m. until they decide to close. (501) 354-8343.
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