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Mar 11, 2009 08:35 AM

Arkansas - Route 40

My daughter and I will be driving from Little Rock to Memphis on Wednesday March 25.

Would really appreciate any recommendations for good chow-places near Route 40.

We are looking for good LOCAL cooking - NO French, Italian, Thai, Sushi etc.
We crave home cookin', b-b-q, Southern, soul food - you get the idea.

Thanks to one and all! Your advice makes road trips infinitely better!

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  1. The Ole Saw Mill Restauarant in Forrest City, Arkansas, about 45 miles from Memphis, should be what you are looking for.

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    1. re: blewgo

      That's right on our route.
      What kind of food?
      Thanks for the tip!

      1. re: Hugh DeMann

        It's a country buffet serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can order off the menu. It seems to be pretty popular amoung travelers and locals. I seem to remember good fried chicken.

    2. Craig's in Devall's Bluff AR. About 10 minutes off I-40. Excellent ribs. Written up in Road Food, but didn't change a thing due to the popularity. Lots of locals.

      1. Exit 202 south will take you to Biscoe, which is on US 70. Two miles east of Biscoe - just before the river, turn right (south) on the dirt road. About 300 yards on the left (park on the right) is a place whose name I have forgotten. They serve Fried Catfish for lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday. Very tasty and very reasonable prices served in a floating restaurant with three sides open to views of the river.

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        1. re: Milt

          I heard this fish place had closed. Is it still open cuz it used to be worth the trip.

        2. While I've never eaten there, I've also heard great things about Craig's. Also, there's a place right across the street that sells homemade fried pies.

          1. There are also PLENTY of places if you wait until Memphis. I recommend Alcenia's (home cooking), Gus's fried chicken, Payne's BBQ, Central BBQ, BBQ Shop, Soul Fish (catfish) or Blues City Cafe (steaks, ribs, catfish and DELICIOUS tamales with chili).