Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Wagon Wheel's Comfort Food Sustains in Greenbrier.
If you were to pick one restaurant that bears the hallmarks of the overall average of all Arkansas restaurants, it'd look like the Wagon Wheel.
The 25+ year old establishment on the south side of Greenbrier ticks all the boxes when it comes to things our local joints are known for. Whiteboard of specials? Check. Hearty breakfasts? Check. Burgers? Check. Fish on Fridays? A half dozen or better vegetables to choose from? Friendly waitresses? Check, check, check.
The hamburger steak isn't just a patty out of a frozen bag, it's a hand-patted ground beef slab on the plate. You should get that with onions too, by the way.
They'll do anything you want with an egg, with the double decade experience of fine diner griddle cooking in that kitchen.
So the other day, Grav and Hunter and I were on our way back home on a Sunday morning and we decided to stop in.
The restaurant filled up around us, as local churchgoers came in to have a post-sermon meal. The board was covered with the specials of the day -- fried fish with slaw and hush puppies (Hunter attempted to order a plate of hush puppies but we stopped her), stuffed chicken breast, country veal, mashed potatoes, pintos, carrots, macaroni and cheese, green beans, yams, squash, corn, slaw and okra. Service was laid back, Grav's tumbler of Coca-Cola was huge and my coffee was very black and very hot.
That right there did us all in. The shame comes in the pies. You get that full, you just don't get the pie... and we were good about this and didn't even take the pie home this time. After all, sometimes you need to watch your weight.
You can take my mom's word on it, too. She likes it when fish is the special because it's six fillets of catfish, and there's enough for two meals in one. I have friends that
Other restaurants may have that white board, make their own biscuits, serve hot coffee or a good burger or a great slice of pie. Few do most well. Wagon Wheel does it all well, and that's why it's a quintessential Arkansas restaurant. The prices won't hurt you too much, either. Give it a try.
Wagon Wheel Restaurant
166 South Broadview
Greenbrier, AR 72058