Pass the potatoes please. Would you like more chicken? Slice me off another piece of bread, will ya? More green beans? Gravy? This might sound like a Sunday sit down meal at grandma’s house, and feel like it too, but it’s also representative of having supper at Monte Ne Inn Chicken in Monte Ne by Beaver Lake in northwest Arkansas.
The restaurant serves one menu, family style. It’s also all-you-can-eat so don’t wear your tight pants. First comes a huge bowl of bean soup. Ladle as many helpings as you like into your bowl. I like breaking crackers up into mine.
Next the wait staff carry out bowls full of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, and cole slaw. Homemade bread with apple butter top it off for me. You pass the food around like you do at any good family dinner. If you run out of the something the wait staff is happy to bring you more.
I’m usually too full for dessert. No wait. That’s not true. I’m always too full for dessert, but most of the time I have it anyway. It just seems like the right thing to do. I mean, these people bake cobbler that rivals your grandma’s. Desserts to choose from include: blackberry or peach cobbler; strawberry, cherry, blueberry or chocolate cheesecake, hot fudge cake, vanilla ice cream, and sherbet. I often get the hot fudge cake because I am weak for chocolate.
Desserts range in price from $1.70 to $4.35 and are not included in the meal price. The cost for an adult meal is $9.99, and kids under 10 pay $4.50.
I have a lot of good memories connected to this place. My family has been eating at Monte Ne for as long as I can remember. It’s been serving families and friends for 37 years. It’s not a fancy place, but as you would expect has a down home feel. The walls are full of antique tools. We often have discussions about different items and wonder what the heck it is or would be used for.
The owners close every year from Dec. 23 to Jan. 31 to do maintenance and deep cleaning, and just take a vacation since they don’t get one all year. So, Monte Ne is on my mind today because it reopens tomorrow, Feb. 1!
The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the last seating at 8 p.m. On Sunday it is open from noon to 7 p.m. with the last seating at 7. On special occasions like Mothers Day (hint, hint) or other holidays it increases it hours to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Monte Ne Inn is located 3 ½ miles east of Business 71 in Rogers. From I-540 take Exit #83 (New Hope Road). Unlike grandma’s, it’s recommended that you call ahead for reservations: 479-636-5511.