Arkansas Highway 22 parallels US Highway 64 from Fort Smith to Russellville, rolling south of the Arkansas River through some of the most picturesque settings in the River Valley. Great stretches of quiet farmland are interrupted by small, charming towns and unique locations, such as Subiaco Academy and the town of Paris.
When you're traveling this route, it might be easy to overlook the tiny town of Charleston. Located between Ratliff and Barling just northeast of the far corner of Fort Chaffee, the diminutive town's residents have a lot to be thankful for -- including King's Fried Rice (a Thai/Asian shop in an old gas station), Main Street BBQ, and the breakfast-and-lunch diner Kat's Kitchen (I need to review that place some time, eh?). There's a brand new state-of-the-art middle school, and a brand new Walmart convenience store on the west side of town.
(Pardon me while I pause and reflect my old age and the fact I just called a video arcade "old fashioned.")
However, its friendly young hostesses manage to pull off a beautiful example of such a simple, fussless creation, the chocolate malt. Yea, though I have toured all over the state, dining at establishment large and small, expensive
Six miles down the road, as I determined our next turn-off, Grav grasped my hand and muttered wantonly... "if you don't sip some more I'm going to finish it off right now."
420 East Main Street
Charleston, AR 72933