Have you taken the Highway to Hazen? That'd be U.S. 70, a reliable two lane route that's been taking people from Little Rock to Memphis for decades. After crossing over into North Little Rock and gracing Rose City, U.S. 70 dips under I-440 and slinks up against cypress studded swamps before stretching out along Arkansas' prairieland for a long yawn to the Delta.
The Hurley House is a big ol' house with friendly chairs and windows, a buffet and a fireplace sharing the front room.
This afternoon I shared the restaurant with an everchanging bunch of people who shared one of the big tables in the center of the room. At any one time, six to eight people sat around the big wheel of food, trading stories and sipping iced tea.
But it was the BBQ Burger that caught my attention. So I ordered it up with a side of spicy fries.
It's clear from what I overheard, that the Hurley House is the place to be if you want to spin tall tales and share good food. Out of the two dozen or so people who passed through while I sat there that afternoon, I was the only one who wasn't from around those parts, and I was never treated like a stranger.
UPDATE 1/4/2017. The Hurley House Cafe is a frequent stop for me on my rounds, not just for the fried pies but the epic, and I mean epic, chili cheeseburger. I've been back quite a few times.
Here's the time I brought Hunter with me for breakfast, er, lunch.
And here's the day Grav and I headed down to Wings Over The Prairie and tried that chili cheeseburger.
Breakfast is always pretty good... my mom and brother and I visited while I was working on the Best Breakfasts in Arkansas story for the Arkansas Times in 2010. Omelets are nicely packed.
If'n you go, be sure to drop my name and let them know I sent ya.