He told us his name was Santa, but people call him Cowboy. He was pretty jovial, not unlike his given namesake, but in appearance he was a regular guy of Chinese descent, making sure our dishes were delivered and then taken away as quickly.
We'd ended up at Fox's Pizza this Sunday night ahead of our Monday morning shoot at the famed Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales and Pies, where we were going to showcase the legendary Rhoda Adams for our upcoming Make Room for Pie special. Grav and I had dithered over whether we'd get something to make from the store, since the cabins at Lake Chicot State Park that we were staying in had a great little kitchen, but instead we followed "the boys" (filmmakeer Larry Foley, director Hayot Tuychiev and cameraman Chris Nunez - the remarkable team making the AETN special happen) out to Fox's Pizza for the evening.
The menu was pretty intense. I'd just assumed from all the times I'd passed by that Fox's was just an old Pizza Hut that had been taken over by the shortrange Fox's chain, but I was pleased to see a variety of sandwiches and salads alongside the pizza offerings - though the idea of "wedgie sandwiches" was a little eyebrow raising. We all made our selections and watched a bit of Arkansas Razorback baseball on the tube while we waited.
He perked up, bragging on the sandwiches as he finished off the first half. Then he stopped and looked up, over my shoulder.
"Kat, what's the largest pizza in the state?" he asked.
"It's at Magic Springs. You remember, that 29" monstrosity we tried a while back?"
"I think we need to make a correction."
I looked back over my shoulder. Above the register a massive pizza box was suspended. No, it couldn't be.
Santa, er, Cowboy got to talking with us a bit at the table, and continued it once we got our takeout boxes for what we couldnt finish. Turns out, he's Santa Lee, son of Arther Lee of Kowloon Restaurant down the street, one of the places I feature in Classic Eateries of the Arkansas Delta. This place is his - and the Cowboy Steaks we saw on the additional side menu are named for him, not for their cut. He bragged on the steaks a bit and I got excited. But I was also very, very full of taco salad.
I'm going to have to visit Cowboy and his family again next time I'm in town. I kinda wish I hadn't waited so long to stop in - since I've been passing by the entirety of the restaurant's six or seven years in existance. I know the portions are ample and the prices are good, and I'm eager to check out what the restaurant is known for - as well as steaks baked in a pizza oven. Adventure awaits!
You'll find Fox's Pizza Den at 1927 South US 65 in Lake Village. Yes, readers, I am aware there are other Fox's here and there, but THIS one is the one I want to return to. When you're planning to go, check out the menu online (steak menu posted below) and if you're doing takeout call (870) 265-3691.
Click on menu sheets below to enlarge.