by Kat Robinson
Well, I gotta be quiet now. We have one… back, open 24 hours a day 365 days a year serving up breakfast and burgers and lunch specials and ice cream. So how can I complain?
In short, I’m not. I’m really glad Starlite Diner is open again.
UPDATE: 24/7? Then why was the restaurant closed the other night?
I’ve been hearing mixed reviews — people who are glad it’s back have bragged on breakfast but some have said lunch service is spotty. Been meaning to go back and try it out.
And no, I was not about to eat another breakfast, though I did look through the menu. Research, ya know. I figure once I get back to wanting breakfast again, I’ll have to come back for the Pecan Blueberry Pancakes (1 for $5.50, 3 for $7.50) — those prices seem pretty high for pancakes. But I watched the griddle from my barstool and secretly lusted after the thick, 12” wide pancakes being flipped there upon. Massive, massive pancakes. I should bring a crowd and share a big stack.
There’s chili all over the menu — no, not the physical copy of the menu I had (very clean, actually) but in the items. In the appetizers, in the dinners, on the sandwiches. I think the word “chili” was planted in my subconscious mind by all the references, so when I flipped the menu over to the backside it triggered a great desire for one of the menu items.
The gentleman sitting down the bar from me asked me what I was eating, the scent of that chili was just powerfully good. He told me he had been a regular years ago and had missed the restaurant while it was gone. He lives out of town now but plans to come back. His toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwich ($6.95) smelled wonderful with its hand cut smoked ham and Swiss; it was similarly paired with a load of fries. And yes, in case you were wondering, there is a Reuben ($7.95).
I’m still trying to get my weight down from this summer’s adventure (five more days, folks) so I skipped the ice cream — but you can have it here, banana splits for $5.25 and sundaes for $3.95, floats for $2.95 and milkshakes for $3.50, all with a choice of strawberry, pineapple, hot fudge or chocolate, vanilla — and for the sundaes, caramel.
You’ll find Starlite Diner at the corner of Military Road and MacArthur in North Little Rock. Just look for the silver and red prefab classic diner car on the corner. It’s open all the time now, but I bet they’d take a call-in order to (501) 353-0465 if you asked nicely.
"NO!!!! central ar does NOT have another 24/7 place. looking forward to trying this place went at 11 o clock tonight closed up tight"
So what's the deal? The MENU says Starlite Diiner's open 24/7...