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After visiting with friends in Hot Springs, and enjoying a fabulous brunch one morning, an afternoon at the races, a trip out to their stunning family lake house and right before we headed home, lunch at one of their favorite local restaurants, Burls Country Smokehouse in Royal. A building we had passed many times, but had never really seen.

burls country smokehouse sign– The Burl’s sign on Albert Pike Road

burls country smokehouse– The eclectic, antique strewn entrance of Burls

Once inside, we found an extensive market, filled not only with fresh food and smoked meats, breads and preserves, but also many interesting artifacts and clever displays, all of which made for a very fun, interesting and delicious place to visit and dine – part museum, part restaurant, part store.

burls display– one of the many curious and compelling displays at Burls

I was delighted by the old time country jams, jellies and relishes, and thought them a clever contrast with the bright modern potato chip and candy display.

burls jams and jellies– Preserves at Burls

burls cinnamon rolls and candy

– the cinnamon rolls and candy at Burls

Although everything looked and sounded delicious, we decided to try the beef brisket sandwich, which came highly recommended. The brisket was nestled in a house made bun, and was dressed simply with coleslaw and BBQ sauce. It was absolutely incredible – and I really wanted to have the room for a second sandwich.

Burls BBQ brisket

– the beef brisket sandwich at Burls

burls dining room– the intriguing dining room at Burls, where we enjoyed our delicious lunch

burls plane

– we’ll definitely be back – see you soon!!!