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Eat It:Sisters Cafe

 

55 Alamo St.

Eureka Springs

253-5418

 

By Rachel Birdsell

TFW Contributing Writer

Preamble Ramble

(Photo: Rachel Birdsell) The chicken salad platter and sweet tea at Sisters Cafe in Eureka Springs.

I’ve been wanting to eat at Sisters Cafe since they opened a year ago, but haven’t done it until now. The restaurant is in an old house on U.S. 62 West and is owned by twin sisters from Memphis. Their Southern roots are reflected in their cooking. The food is lighter than most Southern cooking, though. Some of the food at Sisters may be smothered and there may be a biscuit and sweet tea to be had, but none of the food is fried.

 

 

Food For Thought

The menu at Sisters Cafe is ever-changing, so upon my arrival I was shown the menu for the day and then asked if I wanted to stay for lunch. I most certainly did want to stay for lunch. I opted for the chicken salad platter and had a pear salad on the side. It was the day of the salad. I also had one of the best glasses of sweet tea I’ve ever had in a restaurant.

The chicken salad platter is a helping of chicken salad that is presented on a bed of lettuce and is surrounded by tomato and boiled egg wedges. The chicken salad was creamy and had large, crunchy chunks of celery. It was loaded with chicken, and while it may have been a little heavier on the mayo than I like, it was still quite good.

The boiled egg wedges tasted exactly like boiled egg wedges should. The tomato wedges were fresh and ripe.

My dining partner ordered the smothered pork chop, cheese and chive mashed potatoes and green beans. I stole a taste (or two) of everything on his plate and everything was outstanding. The pork chop was falling off the bone tender. The green beans were great, and the mashed potatoes were so good they’d make a saint cuss.

 

The Sporkcast

(1-5 sporks)

 

Sisters Cafe in Eureka Springs

Atmosphere: 4.2 hardwood sporks that are tucked into a cotton napkin. The atmosphere is very relaxed at Sisters Cafe, and the dining room is tiny. There may be another room that they open up for dining, but I didn’t see it when I went.

Food: 4.85 sporks that keep calling me “y’all.” While the chicken salad was good, I think next time I go I’ll order one of their hot meals. That tiny bite of pork chop I got was too good. There are also desserts that I need to try. The day I was there they had banana pudding that was still warm it was so fresh. But the only room I had left was in my pocket, so I left banana puddingless.

Staff: 4.95 silver sporks with rhinestones on the handles. The sisters were just the sweetest. They were welcoming, warm and even told us that we didn’t have to rush off when we got up to leave.

Dollars spent: My lunch was $15. Part of that is the high sales tax Eureka Springs has.

Chance of returning: I’ll definitely go back to Sisters Cafe. I think they should open up a napping room so I could have lunch, take a nap, relax for a while and then eat some dinner. Excuse me, to be properly Southern, I’d have to eat some supper.

 

If you know of a great eating place, drop me a line at rabirdsell@gmail.com. I’ll check it out and let you know what I think.

2 Comments

Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural January 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I just came home after eating at Sisters Cafe and wrote a review, the first one ever for the twins on Yelp! I loved my experience there! Great old house, easy to park, sweet as pie greeting, delicious home-cooked food and lovely small dining room. I loved how when we walked in Joette showed us the menu written on a board for the day and pointed out the 3 entrees, sides – 2 to choose from and the desserts. I thought it was the sweetest way to introduce a menu and I’d never seen that done before. My chicken and cornbread dressing was wonderful and so were the sides of the mashed potatoes with chives, like your friend had, and the black-eyed peas and butter beans. My friend helped Joette with her timer to get the lights to go on and off in the evenings. I’ll definitely be back.

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