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Driving from Dallas to Maine - Breakfast in Little Rock?

cdowdy Oct 17, 2010 04:15 PM

My wife and I will be driving from Dallas to Maine in a couple of weeks with our 18month old Son. We were hoping to get some suggestions on where to eat the best breakfast in the Little Rock area. We'll be leaving out of Little Rock early so a kid friendly breakfast place would be ideal!


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    Littleman Oct 17, 2010 05:24 PM

    What part of town will you be spending the night in LR. What's your route to Maine. Are you taking I 30 to Memphis then I 40 and I 81 to PA. If you will give me some reference points I will try to help you with road rood on that route. I travel that area quite often. Good luck.

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      Littleman Oct 17, 2010 08:26 PM

      One of my favorite road stops between Dallas, TX and LR, AR on I 30 is Ramage Farms Country Store at Exit 208 for good road food. The restaurant is an old building just off the N side of I30 and has all sorts of food stuff to purchase to take home. They serve outstanding BBQ, sandwiches, combo plates and steaks. Stop by if just to rest and get a cold drink. It's worth the effort to visit the old store.

      If you want real family country food then get off I30 at Exit 222 in Texarkana, TX and go to Bryce's Cafeteria for the best home cooked food in America. It's just off I30 at Exit 222 and very convenient.

      On up the road at Arkadelphia, AR you will find good hamburger's at Hamburger Barn or good country food for breakfast or lunch at The Honeycomb Restaurant at Exit 73. At Exit 116 at Benton, AR you will find outstanding road food at Ed & Kay's Restaurant on the N side of I30 for lunch and dinner. Personally I would bypass Little Rock, AR and head E on I 40 to Memphis, TN. Little Rock, AR has some outstanding restaurants but most of them are downtown. You would make better road time not stopping in LR, AR unless you plan to spend the night.

      A good place to stop on I40 between LR, AR and Memphis, TN is Gene's BBQ and Family Restaurant @ Exit 216 in Brinkley, AR. Get off I40 on the S side on N Main St. and go about half a mile and you will find Gene's on the right serving outstanding country food. There's a lot more than just BBQ so stop by Gene's for sure even if you rest up and get a cold drink. The Ole Sawmill Cafe at Exit 241 in Forrest City, AR off I40 is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and serves outstanding country food. Get off on the S side of I40 on N Washington and go about 2 blocks to Ole Sawmill Cafe on your right.

      Ramage Farms Country Store @ 901 Main St., Hooks, TX 903 - 547 - 6187.
      Bryce's Cafeteria @ 2021 Mall Dr., Texarkana, TX 903 - 792 - 1611.
      Hamburger Barn @ 2813 Pine Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 246 - 5556.
      The Honeycomb Restaurant @ 710 Main Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 245 - 2333.
      Ed and Kay's Restaurant @ 15228 Interstate 30 N., Benton, AR 501 - 315 - 3663.
      Gene's Barbecue and Family Restaurant @ 1107 N. Hwy. 17, Brinkley, AR. 870 - 734 - 9965.
      The Ole Sawmill Cafe @ 2299 N. Washington St., Forrest City, AR 870 - 630 - 2299.

      Jackson, TN. is a fine place for a road stop. Get off I 40 at Exit # 80A at Jackson, TN and get off to the right on Hwy. 186/45 then turn into Casey Jones Old Country Store on the right. This is a large complex with Casey Jone's Home and Museum and some shops. The Old Country Store serves a buffet of outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch or dinner and opens at 6:30 AM. You can get a fine meal at dinner then breakfast early the next morning if you happen to spend the night here.

      Old Country Store @ 56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN 731 - 668 - 1223.

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      1. re: Littleman
        cdowdy Oct 19, 2010 07:31 PM

        Thanks for all the info! I have read about Bryce's so many times now, that we'll be stopping there for sure. And my wife likes the Casey Jones idea as well. Much appreciated!

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