by Kat Robinson
I’m on assignment right now on Scenic Highway Seven in the Ozarks. Yesterday morning my photographer and I stopped in at the Ozark Café in Jasper for a long drink of iced tea and a chance to cool down. I’d been bragging about having consumed the Deep Fried Burger at the restaurant back in 2008 and had expected to order the same again, just because I could.
But as I perused the menu I noticed another listing:
Excaliburger: Our ½ pound burger, sandwiched between two grilled cheese w/Ozark sauce… Single $5.99 Double $8.99
Well, what do you do? I mean, after all, I had figured I’d send photos of that Deep Fried Burger to Serious Eats, but this intrigued me. But we’d just ate. No, really, we’d just had breakfast not two hours before at the Cliff House Inn (and yes, I will tell you about that sometime soon).
If you haven’t been to the Ozark Café and you’re in the area, you should stop in. The place is a veritable treasure trove of historical photographs and memorabilia from all over Newton County, including a great deal of Dogpatch USA items. It’d be hard to be bored there. The café itself has been around since 1909 (no joke!) and many of the photos you’ll see are from the restaurant over the years.
So, the burger comes out with this knife stuck in it. Yeah, we got it, Excaliber. After a prodigious amount of photographs we split the monster and dug in.
Now, there was one thing that was tough, and that was getting the burger to the mouth. Because of all the wet items, the burger patty tends to slide right out. In the end I procured a fork to finish my half. I was awesomely pleased with the burger, really I was.
You’ll find the Ozark Café in Jasper on the town square… literally, you cannot miss it. It’s on Scenic Highway 7 just east of where the road turns right at the courthouse, on the north side of the road. They have a website or you can call (870) 446-2976.