Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
Found it at Bayou Bistro in El Dorado a few weeks ago. It was a Friday night, it was getting late, and my dining companion and I needed some real food. We ended up following the signs to this Creole/Italian joint over by Home Depot.
Me? Well, I was thinking about trying one of the pasta dishes, but my dining companion pointed out this Cajun Burger ($7.99) on the menu. Of course, I felt obliged to try it.
My dining companion went with the Seafood Fettuccini Alfredo ($12.99)
The salty sauce made up for any patty deficiencies, and it glued the whole burger together. Even with that, though, I believe the tomato was necessary… with all that saltiness there was a need for some refreshing non-salty-bits… oh, what am I saying?
It was a half-a-burger burger sitting. It’s a half pound patty and that’s a lot of cheese and a lot of butter in that bun. Probably shot my cholesterol right through the roof. But I enjoyed it — especially the nice bits of crawfish all through that sauce. Tasty.
Fact of the matter is, it’s an unusual burger in a place that could just be any old place. I mean, the décor is green and dotted with New Orleans memorabilia, but without a better sampling of the menu I could not tell you if it was truly Creole inspired or more Cajun-influenced.
I will say this, though. While we were there, there was a table of eight on the other side of our section. They had already received their pasta when we had arrived, and their table had been crowded with appetizers, too. One of them ordered dessert — a brownie a la mode that particular night. Then the seven others also ordered it. Must have been a hell of a brownie.
And then there’s the next day… because of course I took that half a burger with me. It was far superior the next day… not soggy, just very cheesy and bready and meaty and… well, yeah. For what that’s worth.
You’ll find Bayou Bistro on Highway 62 north of downtown, south of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. It’s open for lunch every day and dinner every day except Sunday. (870) 863-6700.
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