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Old South Restaurant

1330 E Main St, Russellville, AR 72801-5323
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Ranked #22 of 90 restaurants in Russellville
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58% Recommend
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English first
Memphis, Tennessee
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196 reviews 196 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went here for lunch after a 4 hour hike on Mt. Nebo. We studied the menu for a few and I decided on the fried chicken, since that's what they were known for. When I ordered it, the server told me that it was a 20 minute wait for fried chicken. Normally, I wouldn't have minded to wait, but... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This resturant has been around forever. It has changed ownership in 2014 and the owner is cleaning up and fixing up. There is improvement daily and the food and service is great. It is like going into the past. The food is very good and the service is consistantly excellent. If it were not for Arkansas law, most people would... More

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80 reviews 80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Wanted off the interstate to eat something besides fast food. Hit the spot! From the Deep South, so know Southern cooking, and was not disappointed. My teen daughter ate all her chicken fried chicken breast and gravy! Twice baked potato looked great. Priceless atmosphere that you just can't recreate. Takes you back to time before suburbs when hometown meant something.... More

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North Carolina
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

Great diner with lots of character. Elvis ate here before he was famous. Restaurant has been there since 1947. Catfish is excellent and you need to try the Possum Pie! New owner doing a great job.

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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

And that's a good thing! Comfort food. Great portions and priced right. Fried chicken and CFS cooked to order. Comfortable booths. Lil cool but atmosphere was awesome. Reminded me of Moores in Houston,MS minus the cig smoke;)

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Dardanelle, Arkansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Today my husband and I went to Old South, while it's still dated it did seem a little cleaner then it did our last visit. The server was friendly and prompt, and for the first time in a long time the food was well prepared. Not perfect but much better then the previous visits. The new owners seem to be... More

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Russellville, Arkansas, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This landmark restaurant is unfortunately in a downhill slide. The restaurant is never truly clean, the wait staff (with a couple of exceptions) and cooks are constantly turning over so there is no consistency. We used to go every weekend for breakfast but after the last visit vowed "never again."

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Bold roaches! One crawled onto the table & another crawled up my mother's back. DISGUSTING. We are filing a report with the health department! Never again!

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Russellville, Arkansas
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22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The OLD SOUTH RESTAURANT has the best best breakfast around, The County Ham Breakfast is great it is all you can eat and really good, The staff are all very friendly and helpful, you will never run out of coffee, the prices is very good , the atmosphere is really cool to, and if you ride a motorcycle there is... More

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Russellville, Arkansas
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8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Very long wait for food and my wife and I were one of only 3 other couples in the place. The first time I ate there back in 2010 it was laughable how poor the food was. This time was a bit better. Still serving the same frozen chicken patties, fries, breaded shrimp and delivery truck steaks as before, but... More

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