Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bean Palace Restaurant at War Eagle Mill

war eagle mill corn grits
  I have been to the historic War Eagle Mill numerous times, but until recently I had never eaten at The Bean Palace Restaurant on the third floor of the mill.  Hubby and I had gone to Hobbs Conservation Area for our morning walk and on our way back to the lake, I asked to stop at the mill so that I could pick up a bag of WEM stone ground grits.  I love to use those when I make garlic cheese grits.

  The historic War Eagle Mill is an Arkansas treasure and its annual War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair is well known nationwide.  You can read more about those on the War Eagle Mili website.  It really has an interesting history. 
While there to purchase the grits, we decided to check out the breakfast menu.  I’m glad we did.
I wasn’t particularly hungry so I asked for one war eagle mill3biscuit with a side of sausage gravy.  I also asked for  a side order of their cheese grits just because I wasn’t very hungry, ya know.  The freshly- made wheat-germ biscuit was light and fluffy just like a good Southern biscuit should be)

Our waitress warned us when I
rdered the cheese grits that there would be about a fifteen minute wait for those.  No problem.  We would just sit at our window table and enjoy the view.  The grits were worth the wait.  I think I probably add a touch more garlic to my home recipe, but these were thick, creamy and well worth the wait.  I shared (somewhat reluctantly) with the Hubs.

Hubby had  the buckwheat pancakes with a side of bacon.  He shared with me because I wasn’t very hungry, ya’ know.  There were three very large pancakes – certainly more than enough to share for two.  The bacon was smoky and crispy crisp, just the way we like it. 

It was all delicious, filling and inexpensive. Just what a home with Granny breakfast should be. As an added treat, we each got a small container of apple butter which was really nice and flavorful.

The service could not have been more pleasant and hospitable.

We’ll go back. Next time

The Bean Palace is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas except for the off season in January and February when they are closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
war eagle mill5Breakfast is served 8:30-11 a.m.  (They may or may not be quite ready by 8:30, but enjoy the view of War Eagle Creek and the bridge while you wait.)

Lunch is served 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tea Time is 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  I can’t wait to check that out!

Be aware that this is a popular tourist stop, especially in the fall.  The restaurant can be very busy at those times.
You don’t even want to know what it’s like during the War Eagle Arts and Crafts Fair when the population of NWA swells by about 200,000.

war eagle millIt’s a seat yourself next to a new friend kind of place.  Mill memorabilia decorates the walls and the mill story continually plays on a DVR.  Watch it while you wait for those cheese grits to come out.

P.S. Hubby saw me drooling over the hot pecan cobbler that had just come out of the oven and surprised me with a container to go.  Oh my!  It was like eating a double-thick filling of pecan pie middle.  DO NOT LET ME KNOW HOW MANY CALORIES WERE IN THAT SERVING!  Indulge yourself if given the chance.  It’s worth the drive just for the cobblers.

Is this gourmet fine dining?  Not a chance.  It’s just plain good cooking.  It’ll melt your butter and leave you satisfied. 
11045 War Eagle Rd.
Rogers, AR
(479) 789-5343

Food: 3 spoons (out of 5)
Service: 3 spoons

Atmosphere: Country cutesy
Price: 3 spooms
Going back: Yes
Outside seating: not really
Alcohol: no

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