This place is the Parkview Restaurant in Corning, and it's been around for generations. But because of its remote location near our state's northern border, it does not receive the accolades it deserves.
The idea of fried food or even warm food on that warm day was unappetizing thanks to my nausea, so seeing the Cold Plate on the menu was especially welcome. This was a tuna salad sandwich (chicken salad was another option) with a bowl of potato salad, sliced hardboiled eggs, carrot sticks and tomato slices, lettuce and pickles on a plate for the bargain price of $3.85, and that along with a refreshing glass of cold iced tea put me right as rain. I made a note to get back to Corning as soon as I could.
But as with many other things, it slipped my mind, especially as my pregnancy progressed and my radius of acceptable travel dwindled. And once Hunter was here, so many of my plans went right out the window.
Four years later, almost to the day, I received that fateful message that would lead me to writing Arkansas Pie, and soon I was back on the road looking for great pies. And I missed this one.
See, Corning is one of two county seats for Clay County (the other being Piggott to the east). It benefits from being the first town with any sort of facilities on the south side of the Missouri border. For many years, several hotels operated there for travelers coming into the state. Stay with me, here.
Of them, the Parkview has kept a strong clientele through the years. Originally the Parkview Tourist Court and later Rusty’s Parkview Motel and
Mind you, this was on a day when we'd already experienced Dog N' Suds root beer, breakfast at Couch's (now Iron Horse) BBQ
What'd we do once we were seated? We asked our waitress what to get. She told us to get the Whole Chicken Special. So we did. It wasn't a fancy order, just an entire fried chicken and four roasted potato halves.
That -but- being if we ate all of it at one sitting, that's where it would end up. After all, we're talking ten pieces of chicken here. So after having a moderate portion, we asked for a box and sought after pie.
That night in our hotel room in Jonesboro, I was awakened to the sound of a refrigerator door opening. Grav was going back after that chicken. It didn't make it back to Little Rock, either.
this Facebook page will show you the specials boards from the past couple of years, with an ever-changing array of homecooked dishes available for the order.
But there's one more thing you should know. That's about the prices. In the six years
You'll find Parkview Restaurant just inside Corning on US Highway 67. It's open every day at 5:30 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. every day, except Sunday when it closes at two o'clock. Check out the daily specials board by peering over at the restaurant's Facebook page.