Friday, October 5, 2012

Sweet Tea Café-Bryant, Arkansas


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Hubby and I had been trying to get to Sweet Tea Café for some time but the occasion to do so did not present itself until last week.  I’m so glad it did.


Sweet Tea Café is located just off Highway 5 in The Bryant Commons Shopping Center in Bryant, Arkansas.  It’s easy to miss so you will need to keep your eyes open for the location.  The dining room is somewhat small, but rumor has it that they are looking to expand.


That’s a good thing.

Billy and Cindy Outlaw, the owners, were not present on the day we were there but service was excellent anyway.  According to one of the wait staff, the Outlaws were in the process of moving to a residence closer to the restaurant.  If the lunch crowd on the day we visited is any indication of the typical attendance, the Outlaws are going to need all the time they can devote to serving and expanding their business.



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In the South, one of the standards we use to judge the quality of a restaurant, especially one that purports to be “home cooking,” is its sweet tea.  Sweet Tea Café does not disappoint in that regard.  While I am one of those rare people who takes her tea unsweetened (heretical, I know), I do look for the true iced tea spoon.  Check that one off with a smile.  The tea was served in Mason jars and was very fresh and just the right strength to  withstand the ice and heat of the day.



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Sweet Tea Café is open for lunch each day Sunday through Friday with dinner served on Friday.  It is closed on Saturday.  In addition to the regular menu items, there are specials offered each day.

  • Sunday and Monday: fried chicken, fried chicken livers and gravy, pork roast, chicken fried steak, and meatloaf
  • Tuesday and Friday:  fried catfish, fried shrimp, fried chicken tenders, seafood gumbo and red beans and rice
  • Wednesday: fried chicken, baked chicken and rice, pork chops, fried chicken livers
  • Thursday: fried chicken, fried chicken livers, chicken-fried steak, meatloaf

  • Other specials show up on occasion as well.  Check the menu chalkboards as you enter.




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    Hubby opted for the fish and shrimp combo basket special of the day while I chose the three vegetable option with a side salad.  Our choices arrived in a timely fashion even though there was a packed house.  The portions were more than enough for us to share with some leftovers to take home had we been going home.  Since we weren’t going home and not ones to waste food, we promptly stuffed ourselves.  Needless to say, our lunch became our lupper since we were still full at supper time.


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    The U.S. farm-raised catfish filets were thicker than those typical found.  They were coated with STC’s spicy cornmeal seasoning and were really delicious.  The shrimp were fresh and tasty as well although the breading did not work as well for me on them.  The basket came with cole slaw, fries and hushpuppies as well.  Neither Hubby nor I did more than taste the cole slaw as it contained more mayonnaise than we care for.


     

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    My side salad was a pleasant surprise.  I expected something from a bag, but what I got was a freshly-made chopped salad of romaine, cucumber, black olives, cherry tomatoes, shredded Cheddar and homemade croutons.  Again, the portion was generous enough for us to share.


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    Since Hubby opted for all things fried, I went the healthier (ahem) route and chose the purple hull peas, turnip greens and macaroni and cheese. Being another standard by which Southern cooking is judged, you know I just had to have those greens.  They were full of smoky flavor which,  I loved, but there was a tad more salt than I prefer.  Hubby, on the other hand, who salts his salt, said they were perfect.  The peas were fresh and the macaroni was cheesy.  What more needs to be said?


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    I am VERY partial to my friend Pauline’s coconut pie and don’t think you can find one better, but that one has to be homemade  - preferably by Pauline – so the competition is stiff when it comes to this particular pie.  Sweet Tea’s coconut pie was tasty – we ate every bit – but it was a tad too thick and sweet for us to give it an A+.

    Sweet Tea Café is a welcome addition to the Saline County food scene by offering above average home cooked fare.  The portions are hearty and fresh (Hubby said our meal cost approximately $22, but he lost the ticket before I could write this.). The service was friendly and prompt and the atmosphere very true to all things Southern hospitality.  I suggest that you give it a try.  I know that I will be going back soon to check out their highly touted fried chicken.



    Oh, and that sweet tea?  It comes free with your meal.
    I am VERY partial to my friend Pauline’s coconut pie and don’t think you can find one better, but that one has to be homemade  - preferably by Pauline – so the competition is stiff when it comes to this particular pie.  Sweet Tea’s coconut pie was tasty – we ate every bit – but it was a tad too thick and sweet for us to give it an A+.

    Even though we were full to the brim, we opted to give another standard a try - the coconut pie.  SWC offers a variety of homemade pies and desserts to tempt your sweet tooth.  A couple next to us highly recommended the blackberry cobbler and the peanut butter pie.


    Sweet Tea Café is a welcome addition to the Saline County food scene boy offering above average home cooked fare.  The portions are hearty and fresh (Hubby said our meal cost approximately $22, but he lost the ticket before I could write this.). The service was friendly and prompt and the atmosphere very true to all things Southern hospitality.  I suggest that you give it a try.  I know that I will be going back soon to check out their highly touted fried chicken.
     
    Oh, and that sweet tea?  It comes free with your meal.Refills are free as well.Sweet Tea Cafe
    (501) 213-026812 Office Park Dr Ste 3
    Bryant, AR 82022

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    WebFood: 3.5 spoons (out of 5)
    Service: 4.5 spoon
    Price: 2 spoons
    Atmosphere: Casual and friendly
    Going back: Yes, absolutelyOutside seating: No
    Alcohol: No

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