The moment we got out of the car, the scent of smoking meats hit me. It permeated everything, a good hickory and charcoal essence that bode well for what was to come inside.
On entry I noticed the substantial amount of change that's taken place within the eatery. Gone are the red and white booths where I once enjoyed massamun curry and chicken satay. Instead, the interior is now clad in wood - and a lot of it, everywhere. A massive bar claims the inside of the public "L" shaped footprint, and a couple of other customers were enjoying a Saturday afternoon brew.
We were seated along the side, where there's a large wooden bench along the wall. The lightweight metal patio chairs aren't my favorite, but they are functional.
The menu... well, it was problematic not because of itself but because of the hunger I was feeling. So many things looked so good - an Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a Santa Fe salad, smoked chicken wings, a Strawberry Turkey Brie panini. They all looked tempting, as did the Breakfast Platter of eggs, fried potatoes, toast and a choice of smoked bacon or ham (Grav would want that) and the plethora of smoked meat combinations with all sorts of sauces available. We went ahead and ordered fried green tomatoes, since there was a photo on the menu which made that choice inevitable.
You'll find The Dive at 305 East Oak Street in Conway. It's open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch every day except Sunday, and for dinner Monday through Thursday 5-8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5-9 p.m. For more information, check out the website or call (501) 328-3483.
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