Wagon Wheel

Worth a detour

The best way to get to Bransom from Little Rock is up Highway 65, and if you pass through Greenbrier while hungry, you’re in luck. At the Wagon Wheel, freshly-baked, high-domed rolls envelop breakfast sandwiches of eggs and Petit Jean bacon; bread baskets come piled with white toast that is rich as cake; and tall meringue pies are blue-ribbon beauties.

We were taken to the Wagon Wheel by our favorite Arkansas tipsters, Tony and Donna Perrin, and while they both sang the praises of the good pies and breads, Tony was particularly enthusiastic about the chocolate gravy. Yes, chocolate gravy — with morning biscuits! Normal gravy is available, too, and it is excellent, but we had to try this extremely odd variation; and lo, it’s pretty darn good. It is not as sweet as pudding and in fact it does seem to have a savory component, but there is no denying its chocolate essence. Chocolate pudding is not for everyone, but if your taste buds want to go where few taste buds have gone before, we recommend it.

Despite its location on the road to Bransom, this is a cozy sort of place where locals 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 that they were definitely up to snuff today. Yes, indeed, the tall meringues were Arkansas-excellent, and that is saying a lot, for Arkansas is one of this nation’s premier pie places.

What to Eat
Wagon Wheel, Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pie
Size is a good thing when it comes to pie, but this towering slice of chocolate pie also earns kudos for its delicious deep-chocolate flavor and that ethereal meringue on top.
Wagon Wheel, Coconut Pie
Coconut Pie
Even though it was breakfast time, we were not the only people at the Wagon Wheel to be enjoying the kitchen's superlative pies.
Wagon Wheel, Bacon & Egg Sandwich
Bacon & Egg Sandwich
Here's a superior breakfast sandwich: Petit Jean bacon from Morrilton, Arkansas, and an egg inside one of Wagon Wheel's just-baked rolls.
Wagon Wheel, Chocolate Gravy
Chocolate Gravy
The strange mix of flavors is what first makes chocolate gravy-topped biscuits seem strange; but the texture drama of smooth chocolate and fluffy biscuit soon takes center stage.
Wagon Wheel, Toast
All the breadstuffs at Wagon Wheel are made right here. This buttered toast is made from bread that is wonderfully moist, rich, and wheaty.
Wagon Wheel, Banana Split Pie
Banana Split Pie
For lovers of banana, pinapple, and nuts, the banana split pie is a dream come true!
Wagon Wheel, Biscuit and Sausage Gravy
Biscuit and Sausage Gravy
With none of the shock factor of chocolate gravy, Wagon Wheel's sausage gravy is a fine take on the classic pepper-cream dress for biscuits.
Bacon and eggs with gravy, biscuit
Wagon Wheel, Biscuit
Stars of the show at the Wagon Wheel, biscuits keep coming out of the oven throughout the morning.
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 240 MILES | 4 hr 20 min

Which is America's #1 pie state? Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Maine all are contenders, but we're tempted to give the nod to Arkansas. Cream pies and fruit pies, baked pies and fried pies are at their best throughout the state. So, when eating barbecue, catfish, meat-and-three, or country ham -- all pretty darn wonderful in…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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