Seven million cinnamon rolls and counting… it’s no wonder that Calico County in Fort Smith has become well known for the crusty, sweet confections that greets every diner who sits at a table inside.
The LaRoche family opened this country restaurant off Rogers Avenue in 1984 and filled it with photographs and memorabilia from all
around Fort Smith. You’ll find old grocery store signs, cola cartons, historic advertisements and toys attached to the walls in each of the restaurant’s three dining rooms.
Dinners are also pretty good, with a lot of homemade favorites such as chicken pot pie and pot roast. One of the better bargains is the vegetable plate, where you can get four to six different items off the side item menu.
Those items include unusual items such as deep fried corn on the cob, which is a cobbette battered and seasoned and thrown in the deep fryer. There's also Wets, which are fries covered in cream gravy - and smothered rice, which is white rice in brown steak gravy.
You’ll find Calico County at 2401 South 56th Street (behind the Ford Dealership) south off Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith. For more information, check out the restaurant website.
For more on restaurants in Fort Smith and throughout the area, check out my book Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley.