Fairfield Bay, located along the north shore of Greers Ferry Lake, was established in the 1960s. The lake was formed by damming the Little Red River. Fifty years later one of the community’s best restaurants, The Little Red Restaurant, gives homage to the history.
According to Little Red Restaurant owner Deb Ivanor, many of the amenities that the residents and guests of Fairfield Bay enjoy today are due to the Little Red River and the resulting Greers Ferry Lake. “We wanted to give a tribute to this with our restaurant’s name,” she said. Ivanor runs the restaurant along with Jeannie Stone.
The Little Red Restaurant is located at the Indian Hills Country Club and has stunning views of the natural beauty that blesses this great community. The establishment features a casual, comfortable environment and a relaxed atmosphere.
Ivanor and Stone, who both continue to serve in other professions in the community, opened the restaurant to provide the types of comfort and refined foods that they prefer. Their passion for the restaurant was obvious on the day of the Let’s Eat visit as Ivanor, Stone and the great staff enjoyed greeting and talking to their customers.
The eating frenzy began with Fiesta Shredded Chicken Nachos, which featured melted white cheese, chili, black olives, tomato, green onion, jalapeños and sour cream. The large plate of food was filling and packed with spicy, warm flavors.
THE LITTLE RED
337 Snead Drive
Hours of Operation
Open daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Closed on Thursday and Sunday
The Maui Coconut Fried Shrimp was up next. This appetizer was very good and hand-breaded. The sweet red chili sauce is a Little Red creation that truly makes this one a must-try.
Ivanor asked me if I liked chicken and dumplings. Well, “Heck, yes,” I replied. Then she told me their chicken and dumplings, which they call Granny’s Chicken and Dumplings, are made by a real granny. Granny’s recipe rocks. They are scrumptious!
Next was a more refined offering of Shrimp and Lobster Bisque. The creamy bisque had a rich, warm flavor and was very good.
The Autumn Chicken Salad is a crowd favorite. It includes grilled chicken, Granny Smith apples, candied pecans, feta cheese and a custom apple vinaigrette dressing. Fork after fork of this one was delicious and provided a different taste to enjoy.
The Classic Reuben, Hickory Smoked Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwich and the Fried Fish Po’ Boy Sandwich featured tasty breads and were heaped with perfectly seasoned and smoked meats and fish.
Daily specials include a nice salad bar and fresh baked bread. The Let’s Eat visit included a sampling of Cashew Chicken. Who would have thought you could get a great Chinese dish at the traditional restaurant? It featured tangy grilled chicken drizzled with a homemade sauce along with broccoli, peppers, carrots and cabbage served over jasmine rice. The sweet, but spicy, creation has become a customer favorite.
The desserts sampled included the Butter Pecan Ice Cream Pie, the Chocolate Mousse Pie and the Molten Lava Brownie. Each dessert was absolute spoonful-after-spoonful of delight, but the Butter Pecan Ice Cream Pie was my favorite. The triple-layer dessert is the house specialty ice cream pie with a pecan cookie crust. It has layers of butter pecan-mounded sweetness topped with a rich, thick praline sauce and whipped cream. I watched a local customer almost shed tears when Stone jokingly took his piece of pie away. His smile quickly returned and his plate was minus the pie shortly thereafter.
The menu changes with the seasons, but from what the locals told me, the entrees match the seasons perfectly. A few of the items on the fall menu include liver and onions, meatloaf, Swedish Meatballs over Buttered Egg Noodles, Grilled Shrimp Pomodoro, Old World Little Italy Lasagna and bacon-wrapped Black Angus sirloin steak.
“Our regulars never have to fret because many of their favorites are always on the menu such as the Ozark Fish Chips, chicken parmesan, cashew chicken and chopped steak smothered with peppers and onions,” Ivanor said.