But I decided the other morning it would be worth it just to see if the place was that good. So I pulled off the interstate, scoured the parking lot and finally found a spot where I could pull in.
I finally found a booth available in the back room, which was packed as well. One of the waitresses came over and took my coffee order, then disappeared. The coffee magically appeared on its own (okay, maybe not, but my waitress was so fast I barely saw her) and I sat and enjoyed it while watching the crowd.
A few minutes later, my order taken, I saw one young girl come through the entryway bearing five plates on one arm, including the 2x4 Breakfast Special ($6.99) — two eggs, two pancakes and two strips of bacon (sausage is also an option, but I almost universally saw bacon). The pancakes are 10” plate size golden rounds, and they are fragrant enough to turn heads. Well, my head, anyway.
I saw other items flash by. Steak breakfast plates with inch thick slabs of beef on them. Scrambled eggs. More biscuits and gravy plates than I’ve seen in a long time. There were a lot of them..
But as I said, there were a lot of people in the place. Stroud’s was packed out and service had slowed down because of it, the two waitresses I witnessed handling orders just swamped with getting them out. At one point a gentleman wearing camouflage and a very unusual moustache came by and offered me coffee. He’d decided to pitch in a little so the girls could work on getting orders out.
I’m not sure whether you ever get a ticket there… my waitress told me to just go up front and tell the cashier what I had ordered. I will say this, though — even with a $2 tip it was less than $11 for my breakfast. And it stuck with me throughout the day.
I’d been there a total of an hour and a half. It was 10:30ish by the time I left and the lot was still full, though the spill-over onto the lot next door had waned a bit. I think I’ll have to go back and try the catfish.
Stroud’s is open every day at 5:30 a.m. It’s open until 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and until 2 p.m. Saturday through Monday. (501) 470-9828.
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