Saturday, May 4, 2019

A Bobby Burger, a Plate Lunch and Pie at Bobby's Cafe in North Little Rock.

The excellent diner near the Morgan Maumelle exit off Interstate 40 offers a good breakfast, great lunches and the enormous Bobby Burger. And of course, there's pie.


Bobby's Cafe moved down the road from its original location a few years ago, spreading out from its humble beginnings around the turn of the
century into the larger digs formerly occupied by the Morgan Cafe. The creation of Robert and Linda Brock, it's now run by Tiffany Price Brock, and it's rare not to find the place packed.

I find myself on the doorstep a lot when I want comforting food. Every day for lunch there's a special, which usually includes an entree and a side plus fries or a salad.


My favorite of these is the chicken spaghetti - yes, lots of folks do chicken spaghetti, but few do it in such ample portions with just the right balance of flavor. I tend to clean my plate.

The ground beef patties, however they're featured, are marvelous - ground fresh daily, hand-patted, plenty of salt and pepper and the good flavor a burger gets when it's cooked with onions. I particularly like the patty melt.


Thing is, it doesn't look like much from the outside - it could be a grilled cheese, for all you know.


But within, that combination of swiss cheese, beef, and deliciously grilled onions will set you right. Burgers and sandwiches, by the way, come with potato chips unless you ask for fries or onion rings or the like for an additional price.


If you do go get a side, consider the fried pickles. Here, they're chips, and they're flour battered and deep fried. They're delectably puckerific, and come with the standard Ranch dressing.


Even the regular size burger is excellent, and if they're doing a burger special, like the Rodeo with the onion ring and barbecue sauce, hey, get it.


But there's something much larger to consider.


If you like big burgers, or want to share a large burger with your family, you should step up and give the Bobby Burger a try.


While not the largest burger in Arkansas, it is a full pound of beef along with bacon, your choice of American or pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle on a big bun. It's a monster.

Yes, it was so big, he ate it with a fork.
And it's a tasty monster at that. Grav attempted it one afternoon, and found himself taking about two thirds of the burger home. It's something else.

Bobby's is also known for an excellent breakfast featuring three-egg omelets, pancakes and such. Everything on the menu is under $10 except the jumbo fried shrimp dinner and the fried catfish dinner, both which come in large portions and with a choice of fries or mashed potatoes, garden salad or slaw, and a roll.


And then there's the pie. I know there are other pies from time to time but the only one I'm concerned with is the coconut pie, which is one of the best coconut cream pies I have found anywhere. Its custard is light, its cream lighter, and there's an enormous amount of toasted coconut within. It's an excellent finish for any comforting meal Bobby's Cafe serves.

The only disappointing thing is, Bobby's is closed on the weekend. It's open 6:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Monday and 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It's worthwhile to aim yourself in that general direction at some point during the workweek. I think you'll find it delectable. To call ahead or for more information, call (501) 851-7888. Or check out the Facebook page.



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