while u may not be surprised but linda todd has given up. THANK GOD!!!!! this restaurant was good back in the day but that is long gone. it went with the old owner s. anyways hope the employees she had find a new and better job they deserve it.
We ate here Saturday night and will never go back. Very pricey ($33.30) for two people. We got the buffet and had to wait for them to fill it up before we could get anything to eat. The food is fresh because they only put enough for 1 or 2 people at a time. The stuffed crab was still raw inside. If you like a nice salad to go with your meal you will be very disappointed with this one. It has lettuce, olives, tomatoes and cheese. That is it.
We never did see a manager even after we complained to the waitress about the food. The restrooms where dirty and had the smallest sink we have ever seen in it to wash your hands.
I believe Robert Irvine would be very disappointed with the outcome after all his hard work. The only good thing we can say is that the deco was nice and the dinning room was still fairly clean.
dropped by the whistle stop while on a business trip and i would have to say it was the best! Got a sample of everything on the buffet and all was fantastic. the service was prompt and the waitress was very down home. learned while i was there chef irvine s tv show was there recently and did a makeover. i will say i will make the whistle stop my stop every time im in hot springs!
I tried out The Whistle Stop in Hot Springs today. I had seen in the newspaper where they had been visited by Robert Irvin and his show RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE.
I ate there a few times back in 2008/09 and it was good enough food. So I am not sure what had happened to cause them to need to be “saved”.
The place looks really nice, cheap, but nice. With new lights that blind you if you look up from your plate. New paint in an industrial shade of blue/gray. They added “fake” awnings in the main dining room to give a more of a freight dock feeling?? Metal chairs made you wonder if you were in a prison lunch room, but went well with the decor. Bench on back wall …. not sure what “foo-foo” ideal that was. But I would have torn it out before Robert and his crew left the parking lot. Loved the painted suitcases at the front door...... fit the mode of a train station well.
Now to the good part... Lunch Buffet was ONLY NINE BUCKS! Of course it was loaded with lower cost Veggie's, but still had three proteins for the meat eaters. The Catfish was GREAT. Small two bite size nuggets well breaded with some spice and well cooked. The Chicken “nuggets” are larger and all white meat with a heavy flour coating. Yummm. Meatloaf was good is the story my table mate told. I am not much of a beef eater. As is “par” in Hot Springs with the older crowd, nothing is over seasoned and salt is always lacking. Many older customers will balk at too much taste of salt, while claiming health issues.
The okra was cooked well and not over done. Fried Green tomatoes are cooked right and would have been great with a Butter Milk Dipping sauce of some type. Green Beans tasted like boring buffet Green Beans. Ate them but would have a had time forcing my kids to do such. Mac and Cheese was awesome! Better than I can make at home. NOTE: I stirred in the buffet pan before serving myself.
Service was very friendly as I would expect in Hot Springs. Glasses refilled quickly and before you could hit bottom. Dirty plates taken away before you could return from a round at the buffet. Service was much better then the high dinner steak houses up on Central Ave.
Now the down side....... Hush Puppies sucked. They were BURNED and should never had been taken out of the kitchen. They did not burn and char setting on the buffet. The Buffet needed to be stirred so items on bottom do not burn and everything is heated. I watched the “owner” chat with one customer for over 15 mins and walk right by the buffet and not even glace at it. If she had, I am she she would have seen the harden cheese, like I did. Same story on the catfish...bottom pieces very hot...top pieces much cooler.
Drinks are large....but at $2 each, I felt they are a bit over priced. I did get a to-go cup and felt a little better about my value. I do understand that drinks are a profit center, but I will order water next time.
And a kind of a picky service issue.... I hate touching the bottles of ketchup and such on a table when they feel nasty and dirty from the last two months worth of customers. Other wise the place was spotless and the staff did a proper job cleaning tables and seats between customers.
And yes I will be back every time I am near there, or can make an excus eto be nearby!
GOOD FOOD.... Great Value which makes the food even better!
Save your money...I can honestly say I have never written a restaurant review ever before in my life... But I am doing this while I m at the table. I felt it was that important. I will not be back to the whistlestop. The food was average at best. Not what you would expect for 15 a head buffet. Sign outside said all you could eat crawfish. Sign inside said all you could eat prime rib and seafood for 14.95
The TRUTH: typical buffet with fried shrimp and fried froglets. Prime rib was absolutely the worst I have ever had. A piece of shoe leather would have been more moist and thicker too. And for the crawfish... Add 20 bucks per head! Or crab for 30 more per head. Advertising is very deceptive... But I didn t find out till halfway through the meal. And the service... Let s just say the wrote the book on apathy..,.
In Hot Springs, there are tons of places with better food, more competitive prices and better service. Enough said.
My husband and I went to there on a Saturday night. The crab legs were $45.00 per person all you can eat. The crab legs were good. However the service was crap. They were rude and would only give you a couple of legs at a time. When you get finished they would ask us if we wanted more after the second time they asked and we said yes. You could tell they were not pleased. We were told they would have to make more so it would be a while. You might think we ate a lot of them. However on your plate they only give you 2 claws at a time. We will never go back and I would not recommend it to anymore.
A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were taking my father to eat crawfish (all you can eat). I called the restraunt on the way to confirm the price of the all you can eat meal and it was told to us that it would be fore 24.99.
As we are eating the crawfish we noticed that it had more salt in it that any sort of seasoning . We thought that we better eat as much as we can before the season was up and we continued to eat it and try to be thankful to get crawfish for 25 bucks. The waitress then told us that it was NOT all you could eat anymore we would have to pay by the pound from then on. Needless to say I asked for the check. When I recieved my bill I noticed that it was 30 dollars per person; I went to the manager and told him how I called on the way to hot springs and confirmed the price for 24.99 and he stated that Nobody in the establishment would ever LIE like that. I told him that I would not be back ever again and he rolled his eyes at me and walked away. I won't be back. Not only was the crawfish bad but the ribs, ribeye and fried fish was dry as a cracker.
the food at the whistle stop is wonderful,where else
in hot springs ar can you go for lunch buffet, and have shrimp, catfish a salad, vegetables,and desert
for 8.99 all you can eat... the owner Ms Linda is wonderful, and works hard to assure that everyone
is accommodated, young children, to my 90 year mother-in-law. it's worth every penny.