Peggy Sue Baad has worked in the restaurant business for more than 40 years. So, when she put her name on Peggy Sue’s Place about seven years ago, success was practically guaranteed.
Today her charming Heber Springs establishment is a bustling restaurant, serving about 400 customers each day. The menu includes all-day breakfast offerings, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and more, with daily rotating specials providing the comfort food that her patrons crave.
“I love people, and I love that they come here to be fed,” Peggy Sue said. “I love what I do and enjoy seeing people enjoy a great meal.” Her charm, genuine kindness and sincere thankfulness is reflected in the dedicated staff and overall warmth of the restaurant.
There are plans to expand the seating space, due to the popularity of Peggy Sue’s Place. The interior is adorned with rooster decor from the home of Peggy’s mother, Virgie Pearce. Sadly, Ms. Virgie passed away about a month before the restaurant opened. However, her legacy lives on through her decorations, her daughter and family recipes.
On the day of the Let’s Eat visit, the meal parade commenced with Peggy Sue’s Breakfast Skillet, a beautiful creation of fried potatoes with cheddar cheese, ham, sausage, bacon, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms with toast/biscuits and gravy, and two eggs. Each bite was better than the last. The full-page breakfast menu also includes variations of French toast, pancakes, omelets and even yum-o chocolate gravy.
Peggy Sue’s outstanding chicken and dumplings, served with homemade cornbread, was a bowl of comforting goodness. I’m wondering if she made some for Rick, her husband, while they were dating to woo him; the couple met on a blind date 16 years ago.
Peggy Sue delivered an order of meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy plus sides of fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, and sweet corn. I dug in and smiled, as the taste was as pleasing as the memories that the meal brought back.
Chicken and dressing with mashed potatoes and gravy, Southern-style green beans and locally grown sliced tomatoes were placed before me next. I’m thinking that if Buddy Holly had sampled Peggy Sue’s chicken and dressing, the lyrics to his famous song, “Peggy Sue,” would reflect a love of the awesome, homemade cornbread dressing.
The fried catfish, one of the most popular dishes at Peggy Sue’s, was served up in grand style with french fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, pinto beans, onions and a lemon slice. The large USDA catfish fillets were fried to a Southern, golden-brown perfection. I also loved the fresh slaw, warm pinto beans and secret-recipe hush puppies.
Peggy Sue asked me what I wanted to try for dessert, and as always during my visits, I responded with, “Whatever you want me to try.” She returned with a coconut pie that could win the blue ribbon at the Cleburne County Fair, and I was quite happy to perform my sampling duty. The homemade crust and filling were as impressive as the mile-high meringue topped with toasted coconut. Wow. She then brought a huge piece of homemade double-layer chocolate cake. The rich flavor, perfect icing and super-moist cake were a chocolate lover’s dream.
Go see Peggy Sue. She may be serving chili, macaroni and cheese, fried okra, cucumber salad, grilled squash with onions, cottage cheese and peaches, pineapple cherry dump cake, vegetable beef soup, white beans and ham, chicken fried steak, purple hull peas, mixed greens, lemon butter broccoli, honeybun cake, goulash, fried squash, cinnamon roll cake or banana pudding cake. Whatever is on her menu that day, it’s going to be delicious.