Several people turned me on to the old fashioned country diner in Mt. Ida. They all told me one thing — there wasn’t a finer burger around said parts, and if I didn’t stop in while I was in the area I was nuts. So… I did.
Burgers come in 1/3 pound sizes or junior burgers. The cheese is American. Chopped iceberg lettuce, wrinkly hamburger dills and a slice of tomato are all the vegetation you're going to get with a standard order — and mayo is the default condiment.
On this particular visit, I noticed my ordered-up burger came with a bottom bun that didn't fit — it was larger than the top bun and a bit larger than the patty that sat on it. The buns are very soft, unseeded white buns that absorb the juice just fine.
That medium-packed medium well burger patty comes with a slightly salty, buttery flavor to it, a light griddle-char and just enough crust to feel it in your teeth. I was concerned about the apparent gray to the burger surface but found the patty more than satisfying. The American cheese melts in just fine.
You’ll find The Dairyette on Highway 270 heading through Mt. Ida. No credit cards accepted. (870) 867-2312. Check out the Facebook.