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There is no shortage of restaurants along Highway 65, so when planning a recent trip to Eureka Springs, I made sure a spot was on our itinerary for a quick lunch stop. My choice–Clinton’s L’Attitude Bistro—is a restaurant that has been on my radar for quite some time and the town is a perfect stopping point in the 3.5-hour trip from Little Rock.
L’Attitude is located in a retail strip just off the highway, so if you’re sailing along 65, it’s easy to miss the place. Thank goodness for GPS. I popped into the restaurant for our takeout order and did get a chance to take a gander of the simple, no-frills interior. Props to the restaurant for its pandemic protocol, as the limited and spaced-out tables were a welcome sight. We called in our order, so the food was ready within five minutes of our arrival.
L’Attitude’s menu is pretty straightforward, filled with handhelds like burgers and sandwiches, along with a selection of salads and desserts. Check social media for daily specials, which on our visit happened to be a Crispy Chicken Club.
We ordered ours with a side of crispy sweet potato waffle fries, which were quickly gobbled up by my three other car mates. The sandwich was fantastic, and that included the soft white roll with a hand-breaded, fried chicken breast, melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, and thick strips of bacon. The bread just sunk into the other ingredients with each bite, making for a special, daily special. The Reuben, with its toasted marble rye, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese and thinly sliced corned beef, was every bit as delicious thanks in large part to an ideal ratio of ingredients. One thing didn’t overwhelm the other, which is often my criticism of this sandwich. A good Reuben is all about balance, and L’Attitude nailed it. The same can be said regarding the other daily special, the Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup, a comforting velvety offering filled with pulled chicken (white meat), celery, onion, and carrots. Lastly, the Natural State BLT layered with crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado on toasted Serenity Farms sourdough was yet another hit.
Honestly, there was nothing not to like about the food at L’Attitude Bistro. I imagine this is a popular spot with locals and one that I would love to check out again, especially after the pandemic when I can dine in and try some of their other options. Looks like they have a rotating list of daily specials like pasta Alfredo, strawberry, almond, and feta salad, broccoli and cheese soup, Buffalo ranch chicken sandwich, and cream of asparagus soup, along with entrees like the ribeye, grilled shrimp, fried catfish, and chicken fried steak.
For out-of-town diners who are passing through town, like me, the question for restaurants like L’Attitude Bistro is, “Was the food good enough to inspire a return visit?”
The answer: without a doubt, yes.
1303 Highway 65 (Clinton)
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
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