Saturday November 29, 2008
For breakfast, my plan was to cross the river to the small town of Lake Village, Arkansas and eat at Rhoda's Famous Tamales
. From the review here on Roadfood, it looks like a great place. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=1373&RefID=1373
I called last week and got their hours (they open early for breakfast), but didn't ask if they would close for the entire holiday weekend. But, since I wanted to see the place regardless, I just got in my car and drove over.
Of course, with an attitude like that, you know what happened!
What a great looking little hole-in-the wall! The only sign of life was a dog tied up in the yard. Looks like I will have to return on another trip.
On the drive back to Greenville, I was hoping to find a place open for breakfast and was soon rewarded. It was so dark out, the building was completely hidden. But, the bright open sign caught my eye and I pulled into JJ's Lakeside Cafe
I seemed to be their first customer of the day and a woman who looked like late actress Anne Ramsey greeted me. I was very happy with the big chunks of sausage in my biscuit gravy,
but my country ham was not good at all.
It was really hard and most of it was left unfinished on the plate. On the way out, I snapped this photo of the place.
Hey, there is a lake in Lake Village!
I want back to my room in Greenville and checked out. Leaving my hotel, I got my first daytime glimpse of the road I drove in on. It was one small step up from a goat path. This has to be as bad a road as I have ever seen. It is astonishing they would leave a road in such poor condition.
Driving down the main drag, I noticed a place named Jim's Cafe
that is mentioned on another site.
I asked if they had any homemade pie and they said they only make cake and it won't be ready until lunchtime. So, I tried more biscuits & gravy.
These, I did not care for. Too thin and watery for my taste.
The highlight of my visit here was when the owner came over and chatted with me. I had asked about the horrible road in front and we ended up discussing all kinds of things. Really nice man! On the way out, he gave me a persimmon. He also mentioned it was a Fuji. I didn't know there was such a thing.
I spent some time driving around Greenville. While there are some beautiful old homes here and it is obvious there used to be some money in town, the city has seen better days. It has lots of character, but I never really felt comfortable here. I did like the courthouse
and the rusted sign on this donut shop.
Much more to come.....
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