At 4 PM on Friday January 27, we made a dinner visit to the Low Gap Cafe in Low Gap, AR. located on Highway 74 between Ponca and Jasper. Low Gap is a low area between Kilgore Mountain and Shiloh Mountain, not far from the Buffalo River.
The cafe is in the Low Gap General Store and is next an old WPA project stone building built in the 1930′s, which I remember from a trip down to Ponca in 1963. The scenery is gorgeous surrounding the village of Low Gap. In those days the road all the way from Compton to Jasper was gravel with at least 50-100 switchbacks; now it’s paved and, for the most part improved and straightened.
We were greeted by the owners cordially at the door and went inside to a warm fire in a stove with a pot of the “soup of the day; home made tomato-basil” on top cooking. We took the table next to the fire on a chilly January evening. We had a chicken fried steak and a red wine seared pork tenderloin with homemade mashed potatoes and homemade gravy and very nicely sautéed green beans; this was preceeded by a nicely prepared spring greens salad with sweet tomatoes and a nice dressing. For desert we split a piece of triple chocolate cake.
Everything was prepared and served with care and the experience was fantastic, especially since we were on the edge of wilderness !
My feeling is that this place will be filled with starved floaters, hikers, backpackers, bikers, climbers, etc.; from March to October. They have a Facebook page worth following:
The Low Gap Cafe is most highly recommended ! and remember Newton is a dry county.
Everyone should give them a try; you won’t be disappointed !!!!
iPhone Photos follow: