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The Buffalo Grill Stands the Test of Time


Ever eaten at The Buffalo Grill? The Little Rock institution has been serving up consistently good, no-frills dishes for darn near 40 years. It is located on Rebsamen Park Road, part of a collection of well-established eateries (see The Faded Rose and Maddie’s Place) that form somewhat of a restaurant row.

The Buffalo Grill is super laid back, a spot to dine with the family or to grab a drink and appetizers with some friends after a softball game. Most patrons are regulars. They know the servers by name and their order by heart. It’s that kind of place, and I can’t imagine it will change anytime soon.

Every meal should start with an order of cheese dip. Mild in flavor with just a nice, middle-of-the-road consistency, The Buffalo Grill’s cheese dip resides in the upper echelon of offerings in the area. True Arkansans know what a compliment this is. I’d probably put it in my top 5. Keep that cheese dip train going with an order of fries topped with the liquid gold, along with what must be a half-pound of greasy bacon crumbles. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. This is pure gluttony, and you’re right, so lessen the guilt by splitting an order with others.

Save room for the cheeseburger, an item that admittedly isn’t as visually striking as some of the others around town, but much like the cheese dip, manages to wow in the taste department. I’m a sucker for a sesame seed bun and a thin, grilled ground beef patty with all the fixings. Kudos to the restaurant for keeping things simple. Another handheld that’s worth your time is the Turkey Delight. It comes with grilled turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, all on butter-slathered, perfectly grilled rye bread. It’s heaven, especially with a side of hand-cut fries and an ice-cold Coors Light.

This leads me to the pinnacle of The Buffalo Grill’s menu, the club sandwich. My goodness, where do I begin? Just look at it. The club is as traditional and well-executed as this sandwich gets, with lettuce, mayo, Swiss and American cheese, ham, turkey, and bacon, all on toasted wheat bread. The ratio of mayo-to cheese-to-meat-to-bread is spot on, the true hallmark of a proper club. It comes with a pile of fries. By now, you’ve probably figured out that just about everything at The Buffalo Grill comes with a pile of fries, which is yet another feather in its hat.

Yes, you can order from a variety of salads, but I have yet to meet the person who goes to The Buffalo Grill for a salad. Instead, think about one of the above suggestions, or maybe the nachos or chili dog or quesadillas. You get the drift.

A good time is waiting for you at The Buffalo Grill. Just make sure to wear some stretchy pants when you’re supporting this local legend.

The Buffalo Grill
1611 Rebsamen Park Rd (Little Rock)

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and two daughters, Natalie (12) and Sydney (7). He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, seven years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for almost five years. During that time, he’s written for Little Rock Soiree, Rock City Eats, Treatsie, and Bourbon and Boots.

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