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Bean Palace

11045 War Eagle Rd., Rogers, AR - (870) 789-5343
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/17/2010 5:30:00 AM
A nineteenth-century water-powered grist mill restored in 1973 by Kentucky rifle maker Jewell Medlin and wife Zoe Medlin Caywood, The War Eagle Mill produces corn meal, flour, rye, grits, and cereals. Also on sale are two stories of rustic kitchenware, locally put-up preserves, hard-to-find regional cookbooks, and all sorts of fascinating Ozarkiana, including a collection of patent medicines.

On the third floor of the mill is The Bean Palace, a family-friendly café that offers a taste of country cooking in a hay-loft environment decorated with vintage flour sacks. From March through January, you can breakfast on buckwheat waffles or biscuits with sausage gravy and lunch on cornbread and beans or smoked ham sandwiches on whole-grain bread. The must-eat dessert is cobbler, especially if that day's flavor is multi-berry. Sweet, tart, and more diverse than a fruit stand in August, War Eagle cobbler is served warm and available a la mode with nice French vanilla ice cream. Meals are served on lovely graniteware dishes (for sale on the floor below).

Don’t be surprised if you think you feel the earth move as you dine. The huge mill is just below the dining room; and when it grinds grain, the floor shakes.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
buckwheat waffles
Beans, Cornbread & Slaw
cornbread
Millie's Choice
Yellow Corn Grits
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The stoneground buckwheat waffle comes with a couple of sausage patties.
"The stoneground buckwheat waffle comes with a couple of sausage patties."
Cliff Strutz





'Beans, Cornbread and Slaw' is the formal name for this hearty ploughman's lunch. The beans are silky-rich, laced with plenty of ham.
"'Beans, Cornbread and Slaw' is the formal name for this hearty ploughman's lunch. The beans are silky-rich, laced with plenty of ham."
Michael Stern


This long-handled syrup pitcher was invented for people like me who hate to get sticky stuff on their hands.
"This long-handled syrup pitcher was invented for people like me who hate to get sticky stuff on their hands."
Cliff Strutz


Millie's choice is an open-face sandwich of either smoked turkey or smoked ham with cornbread, slaw and house dressing.
"Millie's choice is an open-face sandwich of either smoked turkey or smoked ham with cornbread, slaw and house dressing."
Michael Stern


Dessert?  Warm blackberry cobbler!
"Dessert? Warm blackberry cobbler!"
Cliff Strutz


Available as a side and topped with warm butter, the yellow corn grits were my favorite dish.
"Available as a side and topped with warm butter, the yellow corn grits were my favorite dish."
Cliff Strutz


The Ozark French toast is soft and eggy and is topped by powdered sugar and orange honey butter.
"The Ozark French toast is soft and eggy and is topped by powdered sugar and orange honey butter."
Cliff Strutz


The salt and pepper shakers are shaped like the mill and the water wheel. These are for sale in the store.
"The salt and pepper shakers are shaped like the mill and the water wheel. These are for sale in the store."
Cliff Strutz


The first floor looks like an old general store and is where the mill sells their products.  A few that caught my eye were Fish Fry Coating Mix and Yummy Honey Nut Bread Mix.
"The first floor looks like an old general store and is where the mill sells their products. A few that caught my eye were Fish Fry Coating Mix and Yummy Honey Nut Bread Mix."
Cliff Strutz


Packed with antiques, the third floor of the War Eagle Mill is a lovely space for a restaurant.
"Packed with antiques, the third floor of the War Eagle Mill is a lovely space for a restaurant."
Michael Stern


The War Eagle Mill is the fourth working water-powered grist mill built on this site since 1830.
"The War Eagle Mill is the fourth working water-powered grist mill built on this site since 1830."
Michael Stern


Sylvanus and Catherine Blackburn, who built the original mill on the War Eagle River.
"Sylvanus and Catherine Blackburn, who built the original mill on the War Eagle River."
Michael Stern


The mill (seen in the right background) sits next to a 100+ year old bridge.  Yes, it really is safe to drive over!  This is one of the great Roadfood settings.
"The mill (seen in the right background) sits next to a 100+ year old bridge. Yes, it really is safe to drive over! This is one of the great Roadfood settings."
Cliff Strutz



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