Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Angus Jack





2638 West Sunset  
Springdale, AR 72762
(479) 717-2940

Food: 3.5 Sporks (out of 5)
Service: 4 Sporks
Atmosphere: 2.5 Sporks
Price: 3 Sporks
Worth Returning: Yes
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Drive-O-Meter: 30 minutes (How long am I willing to drive)


There is a burger revolution sweeping the states with an explosion of burger chains like 5 Guys, Smash Burger, and many other high end burger spots opened by celebrity chefs across the country. While we wait for the first celebrity chef to hang a shingle in NWA we can still enjoy several new local burger eateries including Angus Jack in Springdale. I know you don’t think of Springdale as a burger mecca but this may be worth a visit if you’re within a 30 minute drive. 

Angus Jack opened on West Sunset in the spot previously occupied by Rocking Chick’n and the layout has not really changed inside but the food certainly has. The menu includes several specialty burgers including a black bean vegan burger, a turkey burger, and Gluten free buns as an option on any burger. The core menu is similar to most other new chains with a build your own design and includes the basic single pattied Snack Jack or the Double pattied Original Jack. Select from a list of free toppings or go for the .99 upgrade and add Bacon, Onion Strings, and Grilled Shrooms along with other options. A combo meal with burger fries and drink will set you back $10 which seems expensive until you look at the other options around town (I just spent $8 at Back Yard Burger for a frozen patty and crappy fries!) The fries are hand cut and you have a choice between original or Sweet Potato. They are both delicious but I would opt for the basic spud on my next visit. The burger patty is a Black Angus hand pattied burger cooked on a flat top griddle. The beef here is top notch with a nice char from the griddle. Now you can go crazy with toppings but I prefer the basics and they have a burger worthy of my top 5 in NWA. The one challenge I have with Angus Jack is their bun as it tends to disintegrate quickly under all that meaty and cheesy goodness (the owner assures me that they have been looking for a better bun).   

If you are having reservations on making the trip check them out on Wednesday when burgers are Half Priced. Mondays Kids eat free with an adult combo purchase. I will keep Angus Jack on my short list when that burger crave hits me again!
Angus Jack on Urbanspoon

Monday, October 7, 2013

Big Rub BBQ






Food: 4 Sporks (out of 5)
Service: 3.5 Sporks
Atmosphere: 4 Sporks
Price: 2 Sporks
Worth Returning: Yes
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Sweet Tea: No

I am a BBQ snob! I have traveled all over in search of great BBQ and know what great BBQ looks and taste like. I am a BBQ purist who enjoys basic BBQ served on wax paper with NO SAUCE, maybe some slaw and of course white bread. That being said Big Rub BBQ is the antithesis of nearly all of the criteria just listed, but it works and it works very well and Bentonville should be proud to host such a great BBQ experience amongst the museums and fancy pants hotels in town.

Big rub bucks BBQ tradition with the “A street hero” a soft taco with your choice of smoked meats topped with cheese, avocado, and crushed Doritos? Blasphemy I say! Cheese and Doritos on brisket? I order one every time to go…. along with the requisite brisket sandwich or the stunningly delicious burnt end sandwich. The brisket at Big Rub can’t be missed, slow smoked and well-seasoned the meat falls apart with just enough fat from the point (the end of a packer brisket used for burnt ends, its fattier than the flat end which normally used to make corned beef) but works well on a sandwich when mixed with the flat. The burnt ends (I would like to say that brunt ends were introduced by Big Rub upon my urging) are killer on a sandwich or in the Sobroso taco. The ends are cubed after smoking and doused a second time in seasonings then smoked again to a perfectly candied square of beef goodness.



You need to try Big Rub but understand we are talking street food here served from a trailer located across from 21C in downtown Bentonville. There are picnic tables available and if you add a crepe from Crepe Paulette you can take advantage of their seating options as well. Hours vary be season and weather conditions but you can follow them on twitter @bigrubbbq and Facebook for more up to date news. Don’t be a BBQ snob, head to downtown Bentonville and get your BBQ fix.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Burger Quest NWA






We have scoured NWA for the best burger, we still have a few to try but figured we could share the list so far. We sampled mom and pop, chains, and fast food. Scores were based on patty quality (weighted 45%), Bun (25%), Toppings (15%), Experience (15%), scored on a scale of 0-5

We will update the final results when we complete our list. Missing your favorite? Post a comment.

Rank Burger Score
1 Station Café 3.83
2 The Hive @21C 3.73
3 Burger Patty 3.70
4 Angus Jacks 3.66
5 Bonefish 3.61
6 Burger Shack 3.58
7 Patricks 3.55
8 Five Guys 3.50
9 Flaps Down Grille 3.40
10 Coltons 3.39
11 Tusk and Trotter 3.38
12 Houlihans 3.36
13 Susie Q 3.34
14 Westside Drive In 3.33
15 Rons 3.31
16 Table Mesa 3.31
17 Louie's 3.24
18 Pinnacle Station Mkt. 3.24
19 Hugos 3.20
20 Steak N Shake 3.19
21 Sam's Old Tyme 3.14
22 Herman's 3.11
23 JJ's 3.10
24 Market Place Express 3.08
25 Grubs 3.06
26 Feltner Bros 3.04
27 Red Robin 3.03
28 Curt's Place 2.98
29 Back Yard Burger 2.98
30 Wendys 2.98
31 Acropolys 2.97
32 Braums 2.93
33 Black Hawk Grille 2.91
34 Chilli's 2.89
35 Ruby Tuesday 2.78
36 Wesner's 2.70
37 Applebee's 2.41
38 Burger King 2.15
39 Sonic 1.93
40 McDonalds 1.43




























































































Monday, October 22, 2012

Cathy's Corner


910 HWY 412 E
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 524-4475

Food: 4 Sporks (out of 5)

Service: 4 Sporks
Atmosphere: 3.0 Sporks
Price: 2.5 Sporks
Worth Returning: Yes
Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi : (
Sweet Tea: Yes



Every town needs a Cathy’s Corner, a place where the locals gather and share stories about last night’s big game and about the big fish that got away, for Siloam Springs that place is Cathy’s Corner. A busy roadside restaurant with a gravel lot in what appears to be an old farm house, that was before the highway expanded and the front yard gave way to tractor trailers and casino traffic. For many years I have driven past the little yellow house at the bend on 412 without a second glance in a rush to my next destination not knowing what I was missing. Instead in our haste we would eventually end up driving through the local chain for a value meal and be back on the road within a few minutes.
The charm of the local restaurant can easily be appreciated here with tables covered in ads from local businesses, walls accented by antique signs and advertisements and the requisite group of elderly gentlemen sharing a newspaper at their favorite table drinking endless cups of coffee and lamenting about their small towns future. Cathy’s draws an eclectic mix of locals with daily specials and tremendous breakfast platters all served by an attentive and friendly staff and for me the obvious choice had to be the corned beef hash which is hard to find these days and done properly an even more difficult task. The hash is accompanied by 2 eggs prepared to your specifications, hash browns, and toast or biscuit with gravy (with or without sausage). My son enjoyed his “Kids Meal” of 5 small pancakes with strawberries and thick cut bacon which he appreciated the most as it was not crisp bacon! Needless to say we left quite a bit of food on the table as me made our way to the check stand. As we enjoyed our breakfast I noticed the special board with today’s special of Meatloaf, Fried Chicken, and Bean Soup and started planning my next visit to Cathy’s for lunch.

So the next time you pass by that little yellow house on the side of the highway take a few minutes and stop by, that fast food chain restaurant can be found anywhere. I wish our town had a Cathy’s Corner where the locals gathered for coffee and some local gossip. Slow food served fast!
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