Last week for work, I traveled to Forrest City, Arkansas. It’s about 2 hours from Little Rock and 45 minutes from Memphis, which is just about plumb in the middle of nowhere. There is civilization though! We stayed at a very nice Hampton Inn and they have just about every fast food restaurant you can think of. In fact, there were multiple billboards on highway 44 from Memphis advertising the McDonald’s in Forrest City, which leads me to believe it is the only one in the area. Shocking! Despite the big attraction that McDonald’s apparently is, we decided to get a fast food fix elsewhere with my first ever visit to a Sonic. I think I messed up though – I got fries. Should I have gotten the tots?? The fry box was touting the tots.
Lest you think there is nothing to see in the Forrest City area, let me correct that notion and present you with the somewhat large canyon of Arkansas!
It doesn’t look like much in this picture but it really is quite large. Not grand, but definitely large.
Here’s the thing about dining in the Forrest City area: most of the restaurants don’t serve alcohol. There are three that do serve beer and wine all week long and all three are Mexican restaurants. There are a few others that also serve but they are only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We were there on Tuesday and Wednesday night. On Tuesday, we had Mexican! We went to the Moctezuma Grill and I had enchiladas and they were delicious, and so was the house made chips and salsa. The sangria left a little to be desired though – no fruit that I could detect, so it was basically cold red wine.
On Wednesday, we ate very well! For lunch we went to the Hickory House for barbecue and we all had pulled pork – either a platter or a sandwich and we were all happy. Dinner was even better. We traveled to Colt, Arkansas – population 368 (!!!) – to Mike’s Family Restaurant where we tried a local specialty:
Mmmm, nice steak fries, right??? Wrong!!
They are pickles! Fried dill pickles. Sounds gross, tastes pretty good, actually. I am not sure what the dipping sauce was but it was tasty with the pickles. Mike’s also featured excellent steaks and they are supposed to be famous for their pie, so we had to indulge. I had strawberry pie and it was crazy, crazy, insane good.
My favorite part about traveling to Forrest City is flying in and out of Memphis. On Thursday we finished up our business and headed back to Memphis where we checked into a really, really dumpy Holiday Inn by the airport. Seriously, if you ever go to Memphis, do NOT stay at the Holiday Inn at the airport. Ick! Luckily, we weren’t staying there long. We headed for Beale Street and let the fun begin! We headed straight for Rendezvous where I advised my compadres to order a full order of ribs because I remember thinking the smaller portion I got the last time was a little too small. And it was a good choice!
We all managed quite well to clean up those ribs and the slaw and beans weren’t too shabby either! I even bought a jar of dry rub to bring home. Mmmmm!
It was a hot night in Memphis and was great to be outside in the street relaxing and taking in all the live bands up and down Beale Street.
It was a whirlwind of a trip and I worked hard and came back exhausted, but well fed!