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Th’ Barn Café
Hwy 202, (1/4 mile from the resort)
No Alcohol
7:30 to 1:30 Sat-Thurs
7:30 to 6:30 Fri

Under new ownership. Welcome to Marlene Berezik & Brian Smith from Clinton Township, Michigan.


Big Creek Golf and Country Club
Hwy 62 West, Mountain Home
Phone: 425-0333
No Smoking

Great relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant is a private club, but we can make reservations for you for lunch or dinner, or for golf, as our guests.


Buzzard Roost Inn
4271 Buzzard Roost Road (Hwy 178)
2-1/2 miles east of 62/412 Bypass
Phone: 492-5187
Open Wednesday thru Saturday 4 - 9 p.m.
Open Sunday Breakfast 8 - 11 a.m.
No Smoking

We found a great little place to eat. A little far afield, but worth the drive. Sue and Dennis Dymek are the owners, who cheerily welcome you to their little restaurant. They have a varied menu, with Iowa Black Angus steaks, buffalo burgers, and more.

But what we really love is their weekly specials and their special gourmet dinners, usually with wine pairings. Their weekly specials are either ethnic or comfort dinners. For instance, this week it’s stuffed peppers. They really know how to cook.

The other thing they do really special is every four to six weeks they serve a special gourmet dinner, usually with a wine pairing. For instance, their upcoming Valentine’s Day dinner will include Veal/Pork Terrine (Appetizer), Onion Soup, Hearts of Romaine Salad, Prime Rib, Twice-Baked Potato, Broccoli with Hollandaise, and Persian Lover’s Cake. Gourmet Dinners usually average $25 per person. Wine pairings not included.

We’ve been going here awhile, and are never disappointed. Give it a try.


Hwy 62 East in Mountain Home, by the new Wal-Mart Supercenter
Phone: 492-4294
Hours: M-F 11 to 9, Sa-Sun 11 to 10:30
No Smoking

We have only eaten here once, and we liked it! The portions are large, the prices are quite reasonable. You get fresh cooked vegetables with your entrees. The appetizers are excellent. This place is sort of Mexican, or Southwestern themed. We loved the way they grill their meat. Betty had their grilled chicken and shrimp, and it was cooked to perfection with a hint of spicy. The only drawback is it is very busy, and even though they have a non-smoking section, Betty could still smell the smoke.


El Charro
Hwy 62 East in Mountain Home in College Plaza
Phone: 425-7877
Hours: M-Th 10:40 to 9, F 10:40 to10, Sa 10:40 to 9:30, Sun 11 to 8:30
No Alcohol
No Smoking

This restaurant has been around for awhile, but we just started going to it regularly this past year. We eat here all the time, especially when we’re short of time. You can be in and out in 20 to 30 minutes, service is that quick. They never rush you. The servers are pleasant and efficient. Not much English is spoken here. The best Mexican food in town. They also have lots of vegetarian entrees, and you can order a child’s portion for less if you have a mini-appetite. We almost always order the beef tacos with rice and beans. We like the soft tortillas. You have to let them know if you want them this way, otherwise they come crispy. The complementary chips and salsa are brought to your table almost instantaneously, and are freshly made. The sauce is mildly zippy, but you can ask for hotter if you like. Our grand-nephew Michael Gelsomino, who is vegetarian, loves this place.


The Grapevine (Formerly Top Kat)
Hwy 5 (State Line)
Gainesville, MO
Open Lunch and Dinner
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Better known as the Top Kat before it reopened as The Grapevine, our guests loved this place. It is the second closest to our resort, and always had great food. And it looks like the tradition continues.


"Best" List of Area Restaurants

PLEASE CHECK WITH US BEFORE YOU GO OUT TO ANY OF THESE RESTAURANTS. Find out in advance if we still stand behind these recommendations, and be sure to find out the days and times the restaurants are open, and whether or not reservations are recommended. Also, find out if they serve liquor and if a membership is required. Things could be mighty different than what you're used to.

Best Appetizer: 178 Club (Potato Skins), Bull Shoals (No Smoking)

Best Atmosphere: Big Creek, Mountain Home, (No Smoking)

Best Breakfast: Th’Barn Café, Oakland
No Alcohol

Best Buffet: The Front Porch (Daily), Yellville

Best Entertainment: Hopper's Dinner Club, Mountain Home (no smoking, music, food and drinks)

Best Hamburger: The Back Forty, Mountain Home

Best Lunch: Sodie’s, Flippin

Best Chicken: Sodie's (Chicken Tenders), Flippin; Wendy’s (Spicy Chicken Sandwich), Mountain Home; Chili’s (Grilled Chicken), Mountain Home

Best Oriental: Blossom Cafe, Mountain Home - all fresh ingredients and not overcooked! Vegetarian dishes plus Oriental and American beer and wine. (No Smoking)

Best Prime Rib: 178 Club (Saturdays), Bull Shoals

Best Ribs: Hopper's Dinner Club, Mountain Home; Full Bar (No Smoking)

Best Seafood: 178 Club, Bull Shoals
Fred's Fish House, Mountain Home (catfish)

Best Steaks: 178 Club, Bull Shoals;
Hopper's Dinner Club, Mountain Home

Best Value: Chili’s, Mountain Home; Th’Barn Café, Oakland

Best View: Gastons, overlooking the White River, Lakeview


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