Thursday, February 19, 2015
You Should Eat Breakfast at Sweet & Savory Cafe in Eureka Springs.
In the winter, though, many of those eateries close their doors and darken their windows. After all, while the town quadruples and even quintuples in size during the late spring, summer and autumn months, January and February are considered a dead time (with the exception of Valentine's Day weekend) and there's not enough business to sustain them all.
Before I go further, I should let you know that this is only half the review I intended. We so enjoyed our late morning repast a week ago that we made plans for a return visit to sample lunch. Mother Nature intervened, dropped an inch of ice and five inches of snow on us and the Sweet and Savory Cafe wasn't open the day we had planned our return. We will return.
From the first glance at the menu, we were stunned. We sometimes nod at menus over "Eureka Prices," slightly or moderately inflated rates for items undoubtably aimed at the tourist crowd. There was none of that here. Prices were actually lower than we expected, and we gleefully determined we'd try several things and not feel guilty.
One of the two very sweet young ladies waiting tables was working a group in the far corner. She was warning them that there were just two slices of the quiche of the day, and before she could go into a schpiel about the ingredients thereof, both were claimed.
Thus continued our wait, as each of the other tables in the eastward
And what a repast. Grav had chosen biscuits and gravy, and the big hand-sized fluffy lumps were accompanied by a full bowl of sausage gravy. What's more, the dish was enough for someone
Grav said the sage-inflected sausage in the creamy gravy base were substantial, and the biscuits were perfect. I can agree with him on those -- they were fluffy and a little buttery and rightly hot from just coming out of the oven.
They were so much that Grav actually gave me
Still, that wasn't all we enjoyed. There was one dish that, from the moment I spotted it on the menu, I knew had to go in my mouth. That dish was of the seafood crepes.
And then the macaroons arrived. I was already quite sated after the crepe and two of the pancakes and had already called for a container to take the remaining round home, and here come these two morsels. Now, if you've had a Mounds bar, you probably have an inkling of
We were never rushed, which is why we didn't actually leave before 11:30. I should have taken a photo of the lunch menu, darn it -- but I do recall so many good things, such as a seafood melt sandwich, burgers, a savory cheesecake and a daily plate lunch special. In fact, Sweet -n- Savory Cafe seemed so much like a better version of the classic diner or cafe, right down to the prices, that anywhere else it'd be a standout jewel. Eureka Springs offers so much competition, and frankly from the road the Sweet -n- Savory Cafe looks a bit plain. But go inside. Go eat. And then tell your friends.
You'll find the Sweet and Savory Cafe on the east side of town on US Highway 62, across from the Pine Mountain Theater. It's open every day except Wednesday (and of course, when the weather is terrible) for breakfast and lunch.
Sweet -n- Savory Cafe
2076 East Van Buren
Eureka Springs, AR 72632