Buttered Biscuit, The

I have eaten several times at this bright breakfast spot since it opened in April 2017. It’s really popular, as evidenced by their parking lot.  I no longer even bother trying to find a spot and choose instead to park in the neighborhood across Moberly Lane.  It’s good exercise to play chicken trying to cross this very busy road.

The popularity is logical: There are not many restaurants appealing to an upscale crowd in the breakfast space. Most of the other options are either fast food (Chick-Fil-A), fast casual (Panera), or tried and true waffle/pancake restaurants (Denny’s, IHOP, Village Inn).

During my last visit, I ordered the Biscuit, Eggs, Potatoes, and Meat, which at $10 is expected for a large breakfast. The choices for meat are several, of which I had the slightly less indulgent chicken sausage. The menu-described “house cut, herb seasoned baby red skin potatoes” are as delicious as they sound. They offer several custom spreads, including the honey butter pictured here.  I’ve also had the Biscuits and Gravy, served with Eggs and Potatoes for $10. It’s a really tough decision between these two dishes, sort of a Mason-Dixon line northern/southern decision.

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The coffee is a bit pricey, at $3 for a bottomless cup, but it’s a house blend from Onyx Coffee Lab.  As a special Monday-Friday limited time promotion, it’s free if you show your server that you’ve liked and shared their Facebook posting mentioning this.

The only downside I can mention is to reiterate that the extreme popularity of this place means you’ll almost always have to wait a little, and possibly a lot, if you go during a peak time. To help with that, the restaurant uses a wait time indicator on their Yelp page. I can’t vouch for its accuracy, but I give them kudos for trying to this.

Rating 4.0/5.0 – Really liked it

Buttered Biscuit, The
https://www.thebutteredbiscuit.co
1403 SE Moberly Lane
Bentonville AR 72712

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Tavola Trattoria

Tavola Trattoria is the restaurant that people go to when they want elegant Italian food in Bentonville.  Certainly there are many other choices for Italian dining in the area, both independent and chain restaurants.  However, when people go to Tavola, they are looking for that special experience.  That includes the funky glasses that come in all sorts of odd shapes and convince you that you are tipsy even before the wine is poured.  The unique spongy bread is so delicious and so far from the stale crusty so-called bread that was served by Italian restaurants of yesteryear. Those things are nice, but people keep coming back to try the many unique recipes at Tavola, which one could term nouvelle Italian cuisine, except it’s not the least bit snotty!

I have had the pleasure to dine with others on several occasions, and my recent visit was no exception.  I ordered the Mirabella’s Special Pasta, a four cheese ravioli served in a bolognese sauce, with melted bualo mozzarella and parmesan cream sauce.  It was luscious.  I often have the Ravioli Tavola, which is described as “pasta pillows with blue crab meat”.  Though it’s not a ravioli, the Crab Macaroni & Cheese is also amazing.

My dining companions had the Chicken Marsala and the Spaghetti Carbonara, and were very pleased.  I probed for details, and the only detail I could get was that the Carbonara was a little under salted.  I think that’s a criticism I could live with, whereas the typical situation of over salting cannot be undone.

What makes Tavola fun is the way wines are served.  Though there is a high-end wine list that is served only by the bottle, there is an extensive list of wines that are served by the the glass ($10), mini-carafe ($15), and bottle ($40).  We shared a mini-carafe of Prosecco from that list three ways as a starter, and then ordered a bottle of a California Pinot Gris from Breggo Cellars to accompany the main course.

We were all too full to consider ordering dessert, though I remember they are delicious if you can save some room.  They do serve espresso and French press coffee, if you want to linger a few more moments before heading out.

I would strongly recommend reservations for peak dining, though you can get luck if you arrive early like we did.  Though we had no issues on this particular evening, we did encounter quite a bit of “out of stocks” on a previous visit.  After our server made several round-trips to the kitchen, each time asking for us to choose again, we were presented with a list of bottles actually available after a quick “shelf check” was made.  That same night, some of the specials were also in short supply; my colleague who ordered sea bass but settled for red snapper said in his dry way, “I’d call it the out-house if the food wasn’t so good.”

Rating 4.5/5.0 – Really liked it

Tavola Trattoria
www.tavolatrattoria.com
108 SE A St
Bentonville, AR 72712

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Dink’s Barbecue

Dink’s has long been one of my favorite barbecue (BBQ) spots in NW Arkansas.  I often will stop here for lunch, just after landing at the local airport, after returning from another part of the country.  Not only is it on my direct route, it also reorients me in a visceral way to being back home.  Barbecue is serious business here, to the point I’d say you might want to avoid it as you would religion and politics in casual conversation.

On my most recent visit, I had the “American Dip” special, which is a beef brisket on a sandwich with fried onion crisps and cheese, served with a side of au jus for dipping.  Though the sandwich was delicious, I could really taste the salt in an unpleasant way.  It’s probably more a fault of the individual ingredients, which when combined, combine for a salt assault, than anything to be blamed on the kitchen. For my one side, I chose the delicious and well-seasoned shoestring potatoes, which on their own were not overly salty.

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Barbecue joints are notoriously for being sloppy for eating; there is a reason you get a roll of paper towels at your table and not paper napkins.  However, I’ve become accustomed to Dink’s getting behind in cleaning their tables, both during their peak lunch period, and even in mid-afternoon, when they have ample opportunity to catch up.

As a final note:  Dink’s also serves delicious pulled pork and baked beans.  I’ll make sure to update this review when I go back for that meal.

Rating 3.5/5.0 – Liked it

Dink’s Barbecue
www.dinksbbq.com
3404 SE Macy Rd #18
Bentonville, AR 72712

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