The Bulldog Drive In was opened in 1978 by Bob Miller, who raised the money for his fledgling enterprise by working summers during high school and college on a pipeline. He spent his first two years after college working on the Transatlantic Alaskan Pipeline. Other restaurants had operated in the building where he constructed his dream; they’d all failed, but Miller was determined to succeed. He even took on the name of the last restaurant that tried to make it there. The Bulldog, after all, refers to the Bald Knob high school mascot. Miller’s wife, Lece, worked there when she was in high school.
It wasn’t easy in the beginning, but the restaurant did eventually develop a following of local folks who were thrilled with a reasonably priced drive-in that offered pit barbecue, burgers and cheap plate-lunch specials.
They're so good, we almost always get one.
The fries are crispy.
There are other things on
And then there are the dessert. As I mentioned, the strawberry shortcake is of legend... but there are other options.
There are always pies -- such as the coconut meringue with its lofty top
There's often chocolate meringue, too.
Spice cake a la mode? Why not?
Sundaes? Banana splits? You betcha.
You’ll find The Bulldog Restaurant east off Exit 55 at Bald Knob. It’s up on the hill on the left once you leave the highway. It’s open at 8:30 a.m. each day and stays open until 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday).
Bulldog Drive In
3614 Highway 367
Bald Knob, AR 72010