Have A True Arkansas Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner At The Historic Old South Restaurant
Not much has changed at the Old South Restaurant, and we mean that in the best of ways! This eatery has served classic Arkansas dishes for more than 70 years. They specialize in no-frill dishes that we Arkansans have enjoyed for generations. Let’s see what’s on the menu:
The Old South Restaurant in Russellville has kept Arkansans and travelers full for decades.
The staple on Route 64 was built back in 1947. The Streamline Moderne-style came from the architect William E. Stell, owner of the National Glass and Manufacturing Company of Fort Smith. The restaurant's owner, Woody Mays, knew the empty stretch of 64 wouldn't stay undeveloped for long. He was right!
Old South Restaurant earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
The building isn't the only thing that's stayed unchanged throughout the years. Very little has altered on the menu as well. Generations of Arkansans can all dig into the same mouthwatering classics, like a plate of biscuits and chocolate gravy!
The exact origin of chocolate gravy is debatable but most food historians agree that the delicious breakfast sauce originated in the Ozarks. The dessert-for-breakfast is a special of the restaurants so be sure to follow their Facebook to see when it's available. If sweets aren't your thing in the morning, opt for a standard bacon and egg plate (with a side of grits, of course).
Start your lunch or dinner with another Arkansas original — the fried pickle.
In 1963, Burnell "Fatman" Austin created fried pickles at The Duchess Drive-In in Atkins and they've stayed an Arkansas favorite ever since. The appetizer won't last on your table for very long so be sure to savor every slice! Old South also offers fried green tomatoes and fried green beans.
Support multiple local businesses when lunch rolls around.
Of course, everything you order will support the Old South Restaurant's next 70 years but that's not the only business you can love here. Most of the carnivore delights on the menu come from Petit Jean Meats. The savory company is based in Morrilton. For lunch, we recommend the Petit Jean ham steak — it's delicious!
The southern affair continues into dinner, too! Just about every southern classic your taste buds can crave are on this menu.
Country fried pork chops, fried catfish, liver and onions, and fried chicken are just some of the mouthwatering options for dinner time. You can't go wrong with any of the options, just don't forget the side of fried okra!
If you're not completely filled up, you can also have a slice of pie.
End your experience with an extra sweet note by ordering a slice of pie. To keep with the Arkansas classics theme we suggest their possum pie. This Arkansas delicacy is a delicious arrangement of cream cheese, pecans, whipped cream, with a hidden layer of chocolate custard.
All you need is an appetite and a seat!
Pop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner any day of the week between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can learn more about the restaurant and see the full menu on their
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Old South Restaurant, 1330 E Main St, Russellville, AR 72801, USA