A few weeks ago, an old friend of mine traveling through the area asked me for a great local food joint that was cheap but wonderful and which represented Arkansas food well - and which needed to have really good fried chicken. When it comes to answering that question for a Saturday lunch, Lindsey's immediately came to mind.
The original Lindsey's Bar-B-Que opened in 1956. The creation of D. L. Lindsey, it was a nice little barbecue shack with a great following. In 1989, the restaurant reopened as Lindsey's Hospitality House at its current location, a block over. Originally just a lunch joint, Lindsey's popularity grew and so did its hours. Today, the restaurant offers up dining and catering and you'll find that great smoked pork, beef and chicken everywhere at local functions.
But Lindsey's also offers chunky sweetened yams that come out sweeter than the restaurant's famed sweet potato pie. Its savory black eyed peas don't disappoint. Onion rings actually have a nice thick onion slice inside
The egg custard pie is humble yet speaks to my gullet in a comforting way that makes me feel both redeemed and guilty after I consume my slice.
Do be warned - if you have white cloth seats in your car, put something down before you pick up a pound of meat to take home. There's no fancy wrapping for that
You’ll find Lindsey’s Hospitality House at 207 Curtis Sykes Drive in North Little Rock, a couple blocks off Main Street. It’s open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, til 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and until 8 p.m. on Saturday. Like all good family barbecue restaurants in the South, it’s closed on Sunday. For more information, call (501) 374-5707 or check out the website.