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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