A wise piece of advice is to do what you love for a living so it doesn’t seem like work. The owner of the Let’s Eat in Alma followed this advice and bought the restaurant after working in restaurants since 1998. “My mom and grandmas taught me to do what I love … I love to cook,” said Tara Way, owner of Let’s Eat in Alma. “I love to get creative with my culinary skills.”
Way has been cooking since she was 10 and prides Let’s Eat on serving only quality foods.“I have to have the best for my customers,” she said. “I hand pick all of my groceries. The only vendor I use is my soft drink supplier.”
Let’s Eat has a relaxed, fun, family atmosphere and a great selection of made-at-home menu items for hungry customers. “We tell everyone to eat like they are at home,” Way said. “I make everything made to order. All of my dishes have a secret ingredient in them, a lot of love.”
During a recent visit to Let’s Eat, Way often engaged in conversations with patrons and hugged them. Her true love for her restaurant and for her customers was quite clear.
Gloria Dunn of Charleston said her favorite menu item is the Fiesta Salad. “The salad is very good and the pies are too,” she said. “The food is always fresh and I am very picky.”
So, I tried the Fiesta Salad and concur with Mrs. Dunn, a member of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative of Ozark. The salad features the restaurant’s awesome homemade chili, a mound of crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes and corn chips. The salad flavors are different with each bite and oh so good. Two slices of warm, homemade bread are included with the salad also. Thanks for the tip, Mrs.Dunn, and thank you for reading Arkansas Living magazine!
The Let’s Eat cheeseburger was another suggestion from a local resident. It was served on homemade bread and featured a sweet, tangy homemade barbeque sauce that enhanced the yummy flavor of the hand-shaped beef patty. I loved it. Maybe I will top a burger with chili on my next visit. If you try it, let me know. It was served with tangy, baked beans.
Have you ever tried a chicken apple salad sandwich? You should try it at Let’s Eat. The tasty sandwich is loaded with tender, slow-cooked chicken, crisp, freshly chopped apples and a few grapes served on the homemade bread. The fruits enhance and bring out the comforting flavors of the chicken salad. This is a great sandwich that is light, but quite filling and absolutely a winner!
Let’s Eat has daily hot plate specials. The homemade daily specials include roast beef and cheese sandwiches, pulled pork,
chicken and dressing, butternut squash casserole, meatloaf, chicken and rice, lasagna and a variety of salads. The daily specials include a choice of fresh vegetables, a homemade dessert and a drink.
The pie case at the deli is a display case for Way’s sweet creations that include several variations of pies, cakes and original desert creations.
I tried the chocolate lasagna, which is simply divine. Mamma mia, this is a must try. A thick piece of chocolate heaven featuring layers of crushed Oreos, chocolate pudding, cream cheese and whipped cream. Each fork full was a chocolate explosion of goodness. The strawberry cream cheese cake is two layers of homemade strawberry cake covered in a light frosting that compliments the sweet, rich flavor of the cake. The cherry cheesecake was a much try also as it features a homemade crust and is made fresh.
Let’s Eat does offer made to order pies and cakes. Way said that one customer brought her a family recipe for her to make. She made the dessert and the man was overjoyed. “My family is my customers” she said with a smile.
Breakfast is offered on the weekend. Way said many of her breakfast customers come every weekend.
Stop by Let’s Eat in Alma for a great home-cooked meal and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. You will love it.
208 Collum Lane West
Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.