Thursday, August 8, 2013
Hot Burgers, Cold Ice Cream and Nostalgia at The Dairyette in Mt. Ida.
The best place to quench your thirst and extinguish your raging hunger after a crystal dig in the region around Mt. Ida, Arkansas is the Dairyette. This family (and pet) friendly
The Dairyette offers 1/3-pound burgers and 1/6-pound "junior" burgers with or without American cheese. Chopped iceberg lettuce, wrinkly hamburger dills, and a slice of tomato come on the burger by default, along with a swipe of mayo. If you want mustard or ketchup, just ask. The patty itself is what burger aficionados call a “smashy,” a thinner burger smashed flat on a hot iron griddle.
That hot griddle also makes up one of the best patty melts in the area – the same flat, almost crispy patty of beef grilled together with onions and mushrooms and a slice of Swiss cheese. The grilled application is applied to toasted Texas toast for a very decadent and savory sandwich treat. Whether you choose a burger, patty melt, hot dog or something else, you can have your item with crinkle cut fries, Cajun fries, onion rings, or tater tots.
The Dairyette's shakes are impossibly creamy, with a bit higher milkfat consistency than other shakes (I suspect a combination of soft-serve and whole milk is behind this). The chocolate shake and chocolate malt are ordered the most often, but I also like the strawberry, cherry and orange cream versions.
You’ll find the Dairyette on the south side of US Highway 270 just east of downtown Mt. Ida. For more information, call the restaurant at (870) 867-2312 or visit the Dairyette Facebook page.