Review: The Dinner Bucket Restaurant in Arkansas

Dinner Bucket Restaurant
19965 E State Highway 22
Delaware, AR 72835

It was getting late in the day and we were in the middle of nowhere in the Ozark foothills. I checked the GPS for nearby restaurants and “The Dinner Bucket” came up. We thought the name was a little funny, but there wasn’t much else around. We inadvertently passed it, and had to turn around to pull into the dirt parking lot in front of this small “Mom and Pop” restaurant.

One of the reasons we chose to switch from eating dinners out to lunches was because firstly, lunch averaged $10 to $20 cheaper per day than dinner. We also noticed that lunches gave us a better opportunity to experience local color and that was what we really wanted to do on this cross-country trip.

Well, we got everything we were hoping for and more at the Dinner Bucket. The special that day was country fried steak with 2 sides and the salad bar. We both ordered that because the price was incredibly low. And the food was good! It was the most tender chicken fried steak I had ever had. The sides were good, too. Everything was hot and homemade. Our waitress was the cook’s daughter, and she had just made a fresh batch of sweet tea, so I couldn’t refuse. Her father came in from out back at one point and the two of them sat and discussed deer hunting and smart phone technology with us for a good while. All the pies were homemade as well, so we broke down and ordered a piece of coconut cream pie which was thick and rich and delicious and to die for.

Our two beverages, lunch specials and a huge piece of pie came to $15.00 before the tip. Oh Dinner Bucket, how we miss you!


About ksbrooks

K.S. Brooks is an award-winning writer and photographer, author of more than thirty titles, and administrator of the multi-national, multi-author, award-winning site Indies Unlimited. Brooks’ feature articles, poetry, and photography have appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, and other publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For more about K.S. Brooks, visit
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