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The Eat Beat ... Brenda's Country Cafe

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This 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.

Brenda's Country Cafe

3555 Hwy 62 East,

Mountain Home

870­-492­-5955

I confess to having driven by Brenda's Country Cafe many times over the years. Recently, I gave in and pulled in. My dining companion and I arrived just after noon and found it fairly vacant. We were greeted and seated by our server upon entering. After taking and returning with our drink orders we looked the supplied menus over. Brenda's leans heavily toward breakfast, which is served all day, and sandwiches. They only offer three plate lunches.

I ordered the chicken fried steak dinner which comes with mashed potatoes, a side vegetable and salad. I inquired which sides were available and was told green beans, which I ordered. My companion ordered the three meat omelet and biscuit and gravy. Our server delivered my salad in short order and it was pretty good. Leafy lettuce and liberal amounts of cheese and ham bits with the dressing on the side made for a good start. Our meals were delivered in short order and very hot. I was surprised to find whole kernel corn instead of green beans on my plate, but didn't complain. The mashed potatoes were ample, homemade and covered with a thick brown gravy, that I believe was not homemade. The corn was tasty and needed little additional seasoning. The chicken fried steak was a little confusing though. It was rather small and didn't appear to have much breading on it. It was covered with a white pepper gravy that might have been freshly made. My companion's omelet was rather large and contained sausage, ham, bacon and cheese. The lone biscuit was of average size and covered with what I believe was the same white gravy that covered my steak. My friend declared their meal to be pretty good.

Brenda's is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. To 2 p.m. They are handicapped accessible and kid friendly, with separate child menu options. They do not serve alcohol. The décor is mostly fishing with several large mounted fish on the walls. The sign out front welcomes fishermen, which probably accounts for the early opening time. Two wall mounted televisions were showing closed caption news the day I ate.

So let's see how they did. My meal was what I'd call adequate. Not great but certainly not at all bad. I'm still puzzled about the green bean and corn switch especially when I heard our server give another diner the option of green beans or okra. My companion liked their omelet very much. Our servers, there were two, were friendly and attentive. They offered to refill our drinks and even told us if we weren't full they would bring more food. The price was reasonable at just under nineteen dollars. I'm gonna have to say they earned three and three quarters stars. I'm wishing now that I had ordered breakfast or the Reuben they advertise. Maybe next time.

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