Excellent | Worth a Detour
Wagon Wheel | Chocolate Gravy in Arkansas | Best Pie, Too
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Breakfast on the Way to Branson
If you’ve never had Chocolate gravy, never even imagined chocolate gravy, come to the Wagon Wheel in Greenbrier.
If you are traveling from Little Rock to Branson, you’ll find it without a problem along highway 65. Even if it didn’t have chocolate gravy, breakfast makes it worth a visit. Delicious Deep South fare includes freshly-baked, high-domed rolls that envelop breakfast sandwiches of eggs and Petit Jean bacon. Bread baskets come piled with toast that is rich as cake. Tall meringue pies are blue-ribbon beauties so good that even if it is breakfast time, you need a slice.
Yes, Chocolate Gravy
Our favorite Arkansas tipsters, Tony and Donna Perrin, introduced us to the Wagon Wheel. They both sang praises of the good pies and breads. Tony rhapsodized about the chocolate gravy. Yes, chocolate gravy — with morning biscuits. Don’t worry: You can have normal gravy with your biscuits. Sausage-rich and creamy, this gravy complements biscuits very well. But of course, a curious palate needs to try the chocolate stuff. You know something? It is pretty darn good. It is not as sweet as pudding. In fact, it does have a savory component. But there is no denying its chocolate essence. An Ozark and Appalachian rarity, chocolate gravy is not for everyone. But if your taste buds want to go where few taste buds have gone before, we recommend it.
Friendly Town Cafe
Despite attracting travelers on their way to Branson, this place belongs to locals. They hang out and discuss things over coffee every morning. We were charmed by veteran waitress Lynn Lockie who, when she came to take our order, pulled up a chair and sat down to write on her order pad. “My legs are tired,” she said. “I’m not; just my legs.” Lynn confided that a few days before, the cook had put too much corn starch in the pies. But they were definitely up to snuff today. Yes, indeed, the tall meringues were Arkansas-excellent. That is saying a lot, for Arkansas is one of this nation’s premier pie states.
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|