It's no secret that my family loves a good diner. We absolutely love smaller, authentic places that offer much more than just food; that much is evident by our experiences on Route 66. When you walk into a restaurant and feel like you may have taken a step back in time, that's always a huge plus.
If you're traveling to Hot Springs, Arkansas, you must take time to visit The Purple Cow Restaurant. If you do, you're in for a real treat. As soon as you walk in the door, you're met by an authentic diner atmosphere and friendly staff. You'll notice a soda fountain, bar stools and all. You can also choose to eat indoors or out.
Our boys were given coloring pages and crayons while we all perused the menu and decided what we wanted to try. They had an extensive menu, filled with all kinds of delicious sounding food, from decadent desserts to platters, burgers, hot dogs, and toasted or grilled delights. They also offer a Kid's Menu and a Daily Special. I went back and forth between my usual cheeseburger or to try something different; I finally decided to go with a plate of chicken fingers and fries. My meal also came with a small side salad. The food was absolutely delicious.
We were all completely stuffed, when they insisted we try the milkshakes. Before we knew it, we each had a milkshake or malt sitting right smack dab in front of us. How could we resist? Made with Yarnell's Ice Cream, I have to say this was probably the creamiest milkshake I've had in a very long time. Dan had to try the signature Purple Vanilla in a malt. Jacob had a strawberry milkshake, and I wish I had a picture of it because it had chunks of real strawberries in it. Of course, I went with yummy chocolate.
Pricing was affordable, with most meals in the $5-$8 range. The Purple Cow has locations in Little Rock, Hot Springs, and soon to come…. Conway. Personally, I wish they'd put a restaurant in Northwest Arkansas, as well. Who knows? Maybe it will happen!
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