Northwest Arkansas was completely overlooked in last month's entry on "Road Food," but this week Jill Rohrbach features Neal's Cafe, 806 North Thompson in Springdale on the Travel Arkansas Blog. Washington County JP Micah Neal (R-Springdale) manages the popular eatery that was founded by his family in 1944. "If you’re in or near Springdale and hungry for some good home cookin’, Neal’s Café is THE place. In fact, it’s an institution where people not only gather to eat but also to talk politics and socialize about the business of the day," Rohrbach says. Right, but I don't know where she came up with that pretentious accent mark in Café.
"You’ll spot it by looking for the famous pink brick building it has called home for 64 years. In 1944, Toy and Bertha Neal started serving homemade meals with a varied menu featuring fried chicken fried in iron skillets. At Neal’s you’ll also find catfish, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, smothered steaks and homemade pies and rolls. Southern Living recognized Neal’s Café as one of the top places in America to eat fried chicken on its July 2004 Web site," Rohrbach waxes. "They also serve up salads, sandwiches and burgers and breakfast like only grandma can make. I recommend Don’s Special – biscuit, sausage, egg and cheese with gravy poured on top for $3.99."
Good eats, I guarantee.