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Ole Sawmill Cafe

2299 N Washington St, Forrest City, AR 72335-1830
+1 870-630-2299
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good35%
  • Average20%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible10%
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“fried chicken” (34 reviews)
“salad” (22 reviews)
“cornbread” (6 reviews)
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2299 N Washington St, Forrest City, AR 72335-1830
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Just ran in and had the buffet the fried chicken was fairly good and the choices were many. Also a moderately good selection on the deserts apple and peach cobbler were above par. Staff were very nice

Thank Gayle M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Supper was a little slow due to a bus with about 50 people on board arrived just before we did. They have different buffets nightly, Friday night is seafood, all looked good and some had that, I ordered a 1/3 pound burger and o rings...More

Thank longrider1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The building doesn't look like much but they do have good Food. If you're traveling on I40 through Arkansas stop at 241A. They are located on the right hand side of the road next to the McDonalds sign. They seem to be more of a...More

2  Thank Dianne75645
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Restaurant looks old &a outdated. Gift shop is very unorganized with lackluster offerings set on banquet tables for most part Three serving areas are set up, one for salads (we did not partake here) One for entrees & vegetables One for desserts & rolls Service...More

Thank Dianne P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in here as it was close to the motel we were staying in. We almost got the buffet, but it was 8:05 PM local time and we saw that they closed at 9:00 PM. That made us think that since we were the...More

Thank Gordon S
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We have family in the area, and the Ole Sawmill has been our standby for breakfast. We look forward to the ample breakfast buffet, but this time we were disappointed. The price went up, but there was less food. What happened to the apple butter,...More

Thank Dawn G
Tom S, Owner at Ole Sawmill Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are sorry that you were disappointed at your last visit. The ample selections on or breakfast have not changed with the exception of pancakes being substituted for french toast sticks due to supply issues. We are a little confused since we have never had...More

Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

My husband's opinion: The grilled chicken was disgusting (like reheated frozen chicken). The men's room was gross with mold growing on the trash can. What does the kitchen look like?!? My opinion: Chef salad was good. The kids got a cheese sandwich with fries. Their...More

Thank Sasha H
Tom S, Owner at Ole Sawmill Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are sorry to hear that your husband did not find the grilled chicken to his liking Sasha, we hand trim fresh breast then marinate them in house, but sounds like they were over cooked . We do also take sanitation seriously so we are...More

Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

This is the second time we ate there it was a great selection of all types of southern foods on their large buffet several years ago, it was all really good!! This time we were there on a Friday & it was a seafood buffet......More

Thank Macombsboo
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We arrived on Eclipse Day a few minutes before 11AM, and had the choice of hurrying through a diminishing breakfast buffet or waiting a few minutes for the lunch Buffett. We chose breakfast, and enjoyed the best biscuits and gravy ever, anywhere. Biscuits were perfect...More

Thank 960terrellm
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Food was homestyle and not great but edible. Nothing was what I could call "bad, but there are better buffets, just not in that area. If you're hungry and don't want fast food, give it a try. Price was reasonable.More

Thank Aaron G
Tom S, Owner at Ole Sawmill Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Sounds like you we less than wowed by your last visit Aaron. Which is sort of surprising since we have been satisfying locals and travelers alike for years with our home cooking. We hope the next time you are in the area we hope that...More

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Questions & Answers
Patricia S
15 September 2015|
Response from Tom S | Property representative |
We have our breakfast buffet up from 6am until about 10:30. We would love to take care of your group. Please let us know if you are going to stop in since right now we only have 1 server on for breakfast. Thanks
Patricia S
15 September 2015|
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Response from Tom S | Property representative |
I am not sure I understand the question "States all inclusive but then list free breakfast. We feature a breakfast buffet and also have a full breakfast menu. I this doesn't answer your question feel free to contact me... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2299 N Washington St, Forrest City, AR 72335-1830
  • Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Forrest City
  • Phone Number: +1 870-630-2299
  • E-mail
Ole Sawmill Cafe knows how to cook southern fried chicken. Southern fried chicken at Ole Sawmill Cafe is double-dipped, marinated, and deep-fried. We strive to make the best Southern fried chicken in Arkansas! For us, Southern fried chicken is not just an item on our menu, Southern fried chicken is our specialty! If you want to taste the best Southern fried chicken in these parts, come on by Ole Sawmill Cafe. We will serve you the best Southern fried chicken you have ever eaten. We cook our Southern fried chicken using a very special recipe to ensure that it tastes the same every day. Breasts, thighs, legs, and wings cook at different rates and are different sizes, so we keep this in mind when we cook our Southern fried chicken. Did we mention our first-class customer service? Stop by today and experience the taste that you can only find at Ole Sawmill Cafe.
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