In AY’s March issue, we looked at 100 restaurants that you have to visit before you die. From fine dining restaurants to hole-in-the-walls, the Arkansas Food Lover’s Bucket List is a great place to start when you’re looking for a fantastic spot to eat in the Natural State.
But it’s just that – a starting place. There’s still innumerable hidden gems throughout the state that we didn’t cover. After all, there’s only so many we can put in the magazine.
One of my favorite hidden culinary gems is a spot I recently discovered on a trip to Star City. Tucked on the side of the road outside Star City in the Glendale community, the Glendale Country Store is a must-see if you find yourself in southeastern Arkansas.
A major draw for the store is its fish. On Fridays, the store has Fish Fridays, where you can get a fish plate that includes three pieces of crisp catfish, fries, hush puppies, slaw and baked beans.
But the standouts at the Glendale Country Store are the hamburger and the club sandwich. The burger is huge, but not so massive that it’s impossible to eat in a single sitting. The meat is cooked just right and is completed by fresh tomatoes and lettuce and perfectly melted cheese.
The club sandwich, though, was a real game changer for me, though. When I ordered the sandwich, the waitress asked me if I wanted a full sandwich or a half sandwich. She warned me that most people couldn’t handle the full product, and I took the half – and I am I glad that I did. When this sandwich was placed before me, I couldn’t believe it was only a half of a sandwich.
But it was delicious. Set on toasted bread, the sandwich balanced the wet and dry elements – the deli meats, the bread and the vegetables all worked together to create a cohesive bite.
While the store is unassuming – there’s only two tables in the store along with shelves that have groceries – it definitely delivers a fantastic meal. The service is intimate and homey, and you will definitely feel welcome at the dining room table (because that’s actually what the table is).
It may be out of your way, but this store is definitely worth the effort to find.
The Glendale Country Store is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.
The store is located at 984 State Highway 54 W, Star City, Arkansas.
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