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Friday, May 20, 2016

Restaurant Review - East End Cafe

Approximately 26 miles south of Little Rock sits one of Saline County’s best kept secrets – East End Cafe. This comfortable restaurant not only serves delicious home cooked food, it also doubles as a dining and entertainment locality.

Fried Catfish Dinner with Fries & Coleslaw

Opened in September 2012 by the Taylor family, East End Café offers a free community library, live music on Tuesday nights, daily meal specials and is also available for private parties. With the slogan “Come as Friends, Leave as Family!” printed on each menu, East End Café certainly lives up to this phrase. Having previously run corporate dining operations, owner Todd Taylor said he wanted to have a family focused restaurant.

Diners will find the following services available at the East End Café:

  • Community Library

Offering hundreds of books donated by customers located in a special section of the large dining room, customers are welcome to select as many books as they want to take home and read and either return at a later visit or keep! Volunteers weekly help sort and shelf the books, both paperback and hard copies. On a recent visit to the East End Café, various types available included children’s books, cookbooks, novels and a thriller written by author John Grisham.

  • Special Events

East End Cafe provides live entertainment every Tuesday night from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, daily dinner selections (Thursday - Steak Night, Friday - Fish Friday, Saturday - Salmon & Sirloin) and annual events such as the recent Crawfish Boil to offer both food and fun to its patrons.

  • Delectable Home Cooked Meals
Hand-Battered Chicken Fried Chicken Dinner with Mashed Potatoes and Fried Okra

One of the highlights of East End Cafe is all of the savory food the restaurant offers From Salads and Burgers to Sandwiches and Homemade Desserts, everything is great!  I have personally eaten almost everything available and its all been delicious. My family lives near East End and my mother heard about the Cafe last year and took my father to eat there.  While I was visiting one weekend, they both took me to eat there and I loved it!  I've been there several times, including eating there for Valentine's Day Brunch this year where our waitress, Jade, was so gracious and helpful. The wonderful food brought us to East End Cafe and the great service keeps us coming back. Everyone, including all the wait staff and manager Ricci, is always so nice and friendly.

East End Breakfast includes huge Pancakes, Ham & Cheese Omelets, and Egg Breakfast Plates

One of the main draws to East End Cafe is the daily homemade desserts including the delicious bread cobbler.

 East End Cafe
20622 Arch Street Pike
Hensley, Arkansas


Leslie Smith Doan, a native Arkansan, is a retired Technical Writer and active blogger. She enjoys traveling and attending special events with her two daughters, ages 23 & 19. Leslie lives in Little Rock with her two rescue pets, Oreo, a black & white Australian Shepherd and Lilly, a calico kitty. She blogs about her personal experiences as both a cancer survivor and widow along with movie reviews and humorous essays.You can find Leslie online at her blog, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest