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I’ve got nothing against the big chain restaurants, though I try to avoid them as much as possible. It’s not that their food is bad or inconsistent; it’s just a personal principle I have. (Some of my ex-wives may tell you this is the only principle I have, but I think they just harbor grudges.) So, I’m a connoisseur of home grown cafes (as well as local bars and pubs). I recently stopped at one whose parking lot I’d passed at least a thousand times, each time thinking, I ought to stop there sometime. I could kick myself for waiting so long.

Grandma’s House was originally founded by the grandmother of the young man who waited on our table. She bought this house and renovated it into a café, at the time calling it The Blue Bird Café. Eventually she grew tired (ok, and a little old for this type of work) and closed the establishment, much to the dismay of the locals, I’m certain. That closure apparently was short lived and the young man’s parents took it over and reopened it under the moniker Grandma’s House Café.

The café is located on scenic Highway 71, 20 miles or so south of Fayetteville, on the top of Mount Gaylor. There is a sign of sorts, a large gravel parking lot, and a deceptively small white building. I say deceptively because when you enter, the dining areas extend way back to an open deck that looks out over a stunningly beautiful view of this part of the Ozarks, the Boston Mountains. But we didn’t come for the view.

On Sundays, they forego the menus and simply have a buffet lunch. And to say this is simply a buffet is about like saying Johnny Cash was simply a country singer. You can seriously hurt yourself, because this is home-cooking at its best. The day we were there, they offered fried chicken, roast beef, pork chops, a huge variety of veggies, mac and cheese (the best we ever had), mashed potatoes and gravy, and even biscuits.    And then there was the matter of dessert. 7 or 8 varieties of home-made pies, three kinds of cheesecake, and a chocolate sheet cake with icing that would make you slap your mama. (It’s just how we talk here. If any of us had ever actually slapped our momma, we wouldn’t have been able to talk right for about month.) All this for $9.95, plus drinks.

The café is open Thursday-Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   They have a buffet each day and Thursday-Saturday, menus are available as well.

A little disclaimer:  Everything I write in this space concerns rides, tips, and places that I like.  They aren’t necessarily involved with the rally.  I just think they could be useful to our attendees.  Also, I’m not especially politically correct in my writing.  Just sayin’. Joe

Featured Rides

Area Info

Northwest Arkansas is full of fun things for bikers and their families to do when they aren’t riding

Rally Camping

The official campground of Bikes, Blues & BBQ is the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Official 2016 Merchandise

Get geared-up for the 2016 Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally with official merchandise.

Rally with a Purpose

From the very beginning, the founders of Bikes, Blues & BBQ realized that although the three festival components of the rally — bikes, blues and barbeque — would be enough to put on a great event, so much more was possible. They wanted to hold Bikes, Blues & BBQ to a higher standard and give it a greater purpose. With that in mind they designated Bikes, Blues & BBQ as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting local charities with funding raised during the rally.