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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Look for the Poll results in the next edition of the paper.
Will you be taking a summer vacation this year?
 Yes, we will go on an out of state trip.
 Yes, but just within the state.
 Yes, we are going on a cruise or out of the country.
 No, it is too costly
 Undecided

THE EAT BEAT: Calabama

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This new regular feature appears bi-monthly on our editorial page. Our anonymous diner visits restaurants in our coverage area and provides reviews based on the quality of food, service and cost. If a restaurant happens to receive an unfavorable review, the reviewer will revisit the restaurant within a three month period for an updated review. We hope you enjoy this section, and please be sure to patronize our many local restaurants.

Calabama Restaurant

and Catering

Franklin, Ark.

It's an unusual name for a restaurant, Calabama. My questions about that were addressed in the menu. Calabama is derived from the home states of the owners. California and Alabama. Located in Franklin at the junction of Hwy 289 and Hwy 56, it has what I would call a cowboy decor. Intrepid dining companion and I traveled there recently for breakfast. When we arrived we seated ourselves and were promptly offered menus and had our drink orders taken. I ordered the short stack of pancakes with a side of bacon. My companion ordered "the haystack". This consists of hash browns with eggs, bacon or sausage covered with gravy and your choice of biscuit or toast. They opted for the sausage and biscuit. Our food was delivered fairly quickly and we dug in. My companion loved the haystack and proclaimed it delicious. I must tell you that I ordered the short stack, which consisted of two pancakes, because I wasn't starving. I should have ordered one pancake. These monsters were served on a platter and were nearly hanging off of it. Even though they were light, fluffy and delicious I could only eat half of it. The bacon was prepared just right, crispy without being over cooked. Although this was my first visit, my companion had eaten there before with a friend. On that outing they ordered the Reuben and the Prime Rib Sandwich. Both of the sandwiches were served with seasoned fries. They said the sandwiches were excellently prepared and very tasty. After that they topped off the meal with homemade chocolate pie. Both bragged on the pie. From the looks of the pastry case, all of which is advertised as homemade, I'll bet they were right. While we were there several other people came and went and the phone rang steadily with take out orders. Even though they were fairly busy, our service was very good. Calabama's is open seven days a week serving all three meals except on Sunday when they are open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. On Sundays they have a lunch buffet that I think I'll need to sample soon. Their menu runs from burgers and sandwiches to steaks and seafood. They are wheelchair accessible and do not serve alcohol. I think they made a good showing. Good service and food that was well priced, it cost us less than eighteen dollars in total. I believe they have crossed the finish line with a solid four and one half stars. I'll be back, until then, enjoy.

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