We’d heard good things about the Local Flavor Cafe in Eureka Springs, and we were excited to see that the restaurant had just reopened after a winter break. Eureka is, of course, a very seasonal town – and the recent foul weather certainly hadn’t helped – so some favorites like the Mud Street Cafe weren’t open for business. Local Flavor was busy when we stopped in for lunch, but the courteous wait staff seated us right away. The lunch menu seems pretty typical at first glance: burgers and sandwiches along with a variety of salads and soups, but we certainly don’t mind simple if it’s done well. Jess ordered the house cabernet sauvignon, and I had a Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat beer, served with a small jelly jar to pour it in – a quaint touch.
If there’s one thing that Jess loves, it’s a turkey sandwich, so she ordered the Turkey, Avocado, and Pepper Jack sandwich. The sandwich came out warm on a toasted sourdough bun, the pepper jack melted over the turkey and topped with a thinly sliced avocado. Jess and I are both unrepentant sourdough fiends, and the bread here was chewy and light with a good tang to it. The turkey and cheese were both flavorful and good, and the cool, creamy avocado needed just a sprinkle of salt to be perfect. Served with a sliced, ripe tomato and a cup of cole slaw, this sandwich was one of the best things we tried all weekend.
I ordered the Cobb salad, a heaping pile of mixed lettuce, bacon, black olives, tomatoes, onions, and Gorgonzola cheese. Given my choice of dressings (all homemade), I chose the Parmesan-garlic, a cool, creamy dressing with the sharp zest of buttermilk and the good flavor of both garlic and cheese. Jess liked the dressing so much that she put a bit of it on her sandwich – it was a really well made salad dressing. The salad itself was almost overwhelming: a full half of sliced avocado, fresh crumbled bacon, and a rich Gorgonzola that was sharp without being overwhelming. I missed the chopped egg that is a usual part of a Cobb salad – but don’t get me wrong, this was still a delicious lunch.
The cafe serves a full dinner menu, as well as Sunday brunch, which is two more reasons for us to make it back to Eureka Springs sooner rather than later. Local Flavor Cafe is located at 71 S. Main St. in Eureka Springs. They’re open Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm, and Sunday from 9am-2pm. Enjoy!