Arkansas along I-40 ?
In search of lunch options from Conway to Little Rock to Dardanelle. Preferably very close to the interstate as that day may be 12 hours behind the wheel.
Maybe someone will be tired of great food experiences in Arkansas and spending time on the board this weekend.
Or should I just take sandwiches?
I don't have my references in front of me, but some time back we found a wonderful catfish place at exit #202. Go 2 miles south from I-40, then 2 miles east on the US highway and turn right just before the river. On your left (about 300 yards from the highway) is a great place for catfish, but they are only open Thursday-Saturday as I recall.
Can't think of anything "great" between Conway and Little Rock. There's Catfish Country (http://www.catfishcountryconnection.com/) between Conway and Morrilton and it's only open on the weekends.
For a change of pace, in Little Rock you might want to try the cafe in the Presidential Library, Cafe 40. We went in the spring with 8 teenagers (all were well behaved). The sandwiches are really good.
Another vote for Craigs! if you're going between LR and Memphis.
I was traveling this route about 6 weeks ago, and we stopped in a great BBQ joint in Forrest City, AR (about an hour west of Memphis in between Memphis and Little Rock, just off of I-40). Hickory House BBQ, 918 North Washington St., Forrest City, AR.
The food was great, and very inexpensive. A down home BBQ place. Filled with local color, with pictures of their family in the back of the restaurant. I had BBQ; excellent.
Pudgy Pig is just off I 40 take Exit # 83 or Exit # 84 to E. Parkway. Take Exit 83 south on Weir Rd. To E. Parkway or Exit 84 south to E. Parkway.
Pudgy Pig has best BBQ according to local folks.
Old Post BBQ @ 407 S. AR Ave., Russellville, AR. 479 - 968 - 2421.
Pudgy Pig BBQ @ 2405 E. Parkway Dr., Russellville, AR. 479 - 967 - 6062. *
Closest to I 40 Is Whole Hog. Take right @ Exit # 127 right on E. Oak St. then 1sr right on Gum St. WH is on right in strip mall.
Whole Hog Cafe @ 150 East Oak St.,Conway, AR. 501 - 513 - 0600.
Smitty's BBQ @ 740 South Harkrider St., Conway, AR. 501 - 327 - 8304.
Smokehouse BBQ @ 505 Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR. 501 - 764 - 4227.
Rivertowne BBQ @ 205 S. 3rd St., Ozark, AR. 479 - 667 - 1808. *
In Ozark take Exit # 37 south on State Hwy. 219 about 10 minutes you run dead end to Rivertowne BBQ just past E. Commercial St.