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“Great food in Newton County”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Low Gap Cafe

Low Gap Cafe
Ranked #2 of 14 Restaurants in Jasper
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Reviewed in Arkansas Living magazine by Doug White in the July 2012 issue. Nick Botini ran a restaurant in Harrison that had excellent reviews. He's an accomplished chef and has developed his own unique combination of spices for some wonderfully tasteful dishes.
Arkansas
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151 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great food in Newton County”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

My wife an I had lunch at the Low Gap Cafe while in Newton County and really enjoyed the meal. This place is located on a rural highway between Jasper and Ponca, AR in the Buffako river area. The food and service was excellent. There is not a lot of seating but we arrived early and did not have to wait for a table. This is off the beaten path but well worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“WOW!! DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Ok, first things first. We had spent an afternoon wildlife-viewing and hiking in the Lost Valley area of the Buffalo National River and decided to make our way into Jasper to eat at the Ozark Cafe, as we had done many times before. As we passed through the tiny community of Low Gap (don't blink), we passed by the former Low Gap General Store and noticed there were 6-8 cars there and a few folks outside. In all the times we had been through this area, I'm not sure if I had ever seen ANY cars here. As we drove past, my wife says that she thought she saw a "cafe" sign. I said someone like, "well, that's interesting" and drove on.

After getting to Jasper and experiencing an absolutely horrible meal that we didn't halfway consume (see my Ozark Cafe review), my wife discovered the many positive reviews of the Low Gap Cafe on TripAdvisor. After stewing for several minutes and still feeling rather hungry after the so-called meal in Jasper, we decided to go back to Low Gap and check this place out. My wife called and asked if they were full for the evening. The chef answered and said they were currently full, but come on anyway. After arriving, we had about a 15-minute wait before getting a table.

Folks, this place is beyond good. Everything written about this place in other recent reviews is spot-on. I ordered a pan-seared Red Snapper special and my wife the pan-seared scallops and both were fantastic. The sauce and vegetables that accompanied both dishes were exceptional They also had a Filet special in addition to the regular menu items, which were written on an old chalkboard. There are 20-25 menu items, several of them Italian influenced, steaks, also some typical southern dishes (chicken fried steak, etc), and even burgers for the kids.

There also was a three-person band on the evening we were there, playing mostly folk and country music. Very talented and they added a nice touch to our experience. After visiting with the chef's wife (and co-owner) about how long they had been in business there (a year and a half), we were wishing we had been hungry enough for dessert after hearing the choices. But that will have to wait for our next visit, which will be next time we are remotely close to the community of Low Gap. Absolutely a Five-Star experience!!!

Visited April 2013
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Jasper, Arkansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Dont miss it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

We recently moved to Gods Country(Jasper) a few months back and stopped in at The Low Gap Cafe, we go there quite often now, breakfast,lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. I HIGHLY recommend eating here and no where else. Nick is a Awesome Chef. Live music on Friday and Saturday nites.Ive sent many tourist here. Best deserts too!

  • Visited March 2013
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Harrison, Arkansas
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“a hidden gem in the ozarks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Honest to goodness the single most best filet mignon i have ever had !! well worth the 40 mile scenic drive ! the atmosphere is great , local bands playing in the background , " ozark " decor , locals, tourist, bikers , cowboys, hippies , floaters all gathered together, then the food comes out and your in heaven. chef bottina is the best

  • Visited December 2012
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Kansas City, Missouri
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“Unique little place near the Buffalo River”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is a great little restaurant in the Buffalo River area -- with food so good it would stack up in a great urban setting. This place is always crowded with locals and tourists alike.

The menu is written on a chalkboard inside what once was the Low Gap General Store. They have live music on weekends, and when its cold, a great little wood stove to keep the place warm.

The menu is diverse -- with many pastas, steak, salmon, scallops, burgers, etc. What many people don't know is that Nick (the chef) specializes in sauces -- so he has a few things that are fairly unique including a Balsalmic Chicken dish with a Balsalmic sauce that is unlike anything we've ever had. The catfish, and pan-fried chicken fried steak are also favorites of ours, as is the shrimp carbonara. This is a great little place that looks like a "dive" on the outside, but like having dinner at a family gathering inside (assuming your family are great cooks).

  • Visited March 2013
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