I'm doing my best to get back on track and up to date with my experiences. This post finishes our quick trip to Arkansas in December. The occasion was my father's 70th birthday celebration so we let him choose his dinner spot. We spare no expense for birthday dinners in the Rapp family and choose Conway's finest in Mike's Place.
It was immediately apparent why Mike's is an institution. The fireplace is burning by the door, children are more than welcome and the food is high quality, local comfort food. We started with southern classics - fried green tomatoes and fried okra. I might prefer my vegetables non-fried, but you can't deny the tastiness of good southern flavors, fried or otherwise.
I was in the mood for fish, and Mike's has a nice selection. I ordered the server recommended honey glazed salmon, with a side of baked beans and salad. The fish was disappointing, not quite as good as advertised and lacking meaningful flavor. The beans were also only ok. Erica had a similar result with her shrimp. Hal's fish pasta was excellent, and from the clean plate across the table, my Dad's steak and potato didn't stand a chance.
If our main courses were hit and miss, the desserts were spot on. Dad's chocolate birthday cake was great, and I ordered an unbelievably good bread pudding for the table.
We had a very nice meal at Mike's Place in Conway, AR and I would recommend checking it out if you happen to be in the neighborhood. If the main courses were slightly disappointing, we made up for it with great company, wine, and good desserts.