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- CHOPPED SIRLOIN & EGGS: At Anne's Country Cafe.
Breakfast at Anne’s is about the best way I can imagine starting out a road trip heading southeast. I know the coffee is always going to be good and the food filling.
Stopped in a few weeks ago on my way to New Orleans. We needed fuel for the road, and there it was, right off Exit 39 in Pine Bluff. You take a right off I-530 onto Highway 79 and turn right again a block later into the parking lot of the green and white building. Convenient.
Mind you, breakfast is not spiffy or fancy. It’s decent and filling and cheap, which is all it has to be. Plus, you get to eat that breakfast in the restaurant that, I believe, has more working thermometers in it than any other dining establishment in the state.
The décor at Anne’s is nostalgia eclectic. Old pop signs, gas signs, tin signs of really any sort and all those different thermometers — even in the brand new bathrooms (they recently remodeled the place). It’s kinda cool.
Breakfast items range from pancakes and waffles and French toast to omelets and breakfast plates. I’ve enjoyed the New York omelet before — a cheeseburger omelet with a broken up hamburger patty and American cheese in it.
This time around, I had myself the Chopped Sirloin and Two Eggs ($6.25). I was expecting a regular ground beef patty, sure — but what I got was a nice hand patted chopped sirloin “steak” that had been cooked with onions, nicely peppered with a touch of tasted to be Worchestershire sauce. It was served up with toast (you can also have a biscuit), hash browns (grits are the other option) and two eggs — which I had over easy. A substantial breakfast to go along with my coffee — enough to get me down the road.
My companion actually chose the BD Breakfast Sandwich ($5.25), a bacon egg and cheese combination on a bun. And at first, it looked very disappointing. I mean, it looked pretty flat — that is, until the bun was lifted and the veritable nest of bacon was discovered. We’re talking four strips of bacon perched on top of two over-hard eggs. Beware — it comes bedecked with mayo.
So, you’re headed to Pine Bluff? Even if you get there in the afternoon you can still have breakfast. And if not, you can enjoy a smoked meat platter or a salad. I dig the patty melt.
You’ll find Anne’s Country Café at 3714 Camden Road. There’s no website, but the phone number is (870) 879-0057. It’s open Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 6 a.m .-2 p.m.