The Daisy Queen restaurant in Marshall is an Arkansas classic that continues to serve great meals and lots of sweet treats to customers traveling U.S. 65.
The restaurant has been in the Mays family since 1965. It was operated by Bill and Patsy Mays until 2002, when their son Jeff and daughter-in-law Robin took the reins. About the same time, Jeff, who had managed the business for many years, took a job with a food service company, leaving Robin to manage the day-to-day operations of the thriving establishment.
“I was a bit scared, as I had limited restaurant experience,” said Robin, a former school teacher. “Bill and Patsy
told me to do my best and always put out the best product possible for the customers every time. Even after 18 years, I still strive to follow that advice and always do our best.”
I loved the spread that the Daisy Queen provided during my visit. I used the takeout window, as did a parking lot full of hungry customers, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some colleagues from Petit Jean Electric joined me for the feast. Yes, we practiced social distancing as we savored our meal.
The restaurant is known for its hand-patted burgers of fresh, certified Angus ground beef, and I can attest that
they are delicious! The Daisy Queen’s Double Cheeseburger was a humdinger of goodness. I enjoyed a double order of crinkle-cut fries with the burger.
I nibbled on some warm and crunchy fried mushrooms while sipping a yummy chocolate milkshake. The ice cream at the Daisy Queen is made with 4% milk fat, which adds to the flavor.
The Chicken Filet Basket was a large serving of fried comfort. I sipped on a strawberry milkshake while sampling the golden fried chicken and trimmings. I also tried the Funnel
Cake Fries. Oh, my gosh. They were awesome. You must try these if you love funnel cakes!
My favorite was the Footlong Chili Dog, which deserves to be crowned as the king of the Daisy Queen. It featured a footlong, all-beef hot dog on a fresh bun topped with tangy chili and finished with a layer of the restaurant’s famous homemade coleslaw. The sweetness and crunch of the coleslaw mixed delightfully with the warm chili. The coleslaw is made following a Mays family recipe that has been passed down for generations. Robin said that customers buy it by the gallon to serve at events.
My other delicious desserts were a warm fried cherry pie and a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Freeze. Robin said during summer months, the Daisy Queen operates two ice cream machines to keep up with orders. “Yes, we sell that much,” she said. “We offer cones (vanilla, chocolate and flavor-swirls), sundaes, milkshakes and banana splits.”
Robin said she cherishes serving the Daisy Queen customers and working with a great group of employees: “I love what I do.”
Stop by and see the team at the Daisy Queen in Marshall. They will serve you a meal that will make you feel like royalty.