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My husband and I recently met friends for lunch while on a couple’s getaway weekend. As we passed Bombadil’s on our way to the Blue Springs Heritage Center, the cafe caught my eye for convenience, but it looked like a nice, not-too-fancy dining opportunity. Although it is located on the edge of town along Northwest Arkansas’s scenic portion of Highway 62 and nestled on the edge of a mountain, the farm-fresh menu is what sets this restaurant apart.
After suggesting the location, my husband encouraged me to check out the menu and make sure our friends who partake in a plant-based diet would have something more than a salad that they could eat. Little did I know, I had selected THE ideal location.
One thing you can always count on with a farm-to-table experience is a menu that changes with the seasons, and Bombadil’s Cafe does not disappoint.
I quickly spotted a jackfruit burrito and noticed they had pecan patty burgers, tofu Asian lettuce wraps, fungi filet and vegan drumsticks. Once seated, I learned about their selection of vegan desserts, including Key lime and creamsicle pies. The carnivores at our table still had plenty to choose from with strip steak, walleye, seafood Pontchartrain and a variety of shrimp dishes. We came for lunch, but I noticed the brunch menu contained all kinds of things covered with a fried egg, French baguette French toast, Mountain Bird Coffee and kombucha.
Citrus notes and summer garden staples will soon be replaced as root vegetables arrive and take flight on the menu.
The environment was very vacation-friendly. While it felt upscale, guests were dressed in travel clothes, motorcycle protection gear, and shopping and strolling attire. Bombadil’s Cafe was a place anyone would feel comfortable but could quickly turn into an upscale event venue.
I’m always intrigued by customer service where everyone on the wait staff will pick up dirty dishes and refill patrons’ water glasses. Several people in our group had special requests with their meal, and making adjustments and accommodations seemed like a way the staff serves their guests, even going so far as to offer alternatives.
“Bring to the table good food at an affordable cost, in a cozy atmosphere where everyone is welcome! To us, good food means fresh ingredients, sustainable farming practices, & humanely-raised protein. We are focused on supporting local farmers by serving local ingredients whenever possible, nourishing our community and every traveler who may wander by!”
Photo used with permission from White River Creamery
The passion for and partnership with other Ozark-based farmers to source proteins, produce, grains and dairy is a difference you can taste in the freshness and food presentation. Once you understand the mission and how they procure and prepare food, it makes sense why Bombadil’s easily creates a customized dish for guests.
But I’ll admit: There’s not much on this menu I’d want to change.
Guests are welcomed for dinner Thursday – Monday from 5 – 9 p.m. and brunch Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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