Springdale’s go-to place for fried chicken and spaghetti, the dish of northwest Arkansas, is AQ Chicken House. The original Springfield location began in 1947, back when Thompson Avenue was a dirt road. Chickens were raised, killed, cleaned and processed right behind the building. Half a bird cost sixty-five cents and a cup o’ joe was a nickel.
AQ has its celebrity fans, including “Head Hog” Frank Broyles and President Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush once got takeout for Air Force One when he
The menu is full of Arkansas favorites such as Pickle-Os (fried pickles) and chicken cooked in every way imaginable - barbecue chicken, southwest chicken, charbroiled chicken, lemon chicken, Cajun chicken, Butter Crust chicken breast, chicken on salads, chicken and dumplings, chicken quesadillas, Hawaiian chicken, chicken Parmesana, chicken Alfredo, chicken-fried chicken smothered with gravy, chicken livers, fire-roasted chicken and chicken over the coals.
No matter what you get, it’s all served up with cloverleaf rolls and butter, with strawberry preserves and local honey on the table.
Go with a group… even if they don’t like chicken, there are steaks and Italian dishes and even more stuff on the menu. Make sure to order some fried peaches for dessert – these are individually battered and deep fried peach slices served with ice cream, and they are remarkable.
|Be sure to try the fried peaches!