The downtown area of Camden has an interesting history and is experiencing a cultural upswing as business owners are renovating and revitalizing the city’s historic buildings. One such building is the 1896-era former post office that is now Postmasters Grill.
The building, which underwent a few additions during its run as the post office, is on the National Register of Historic Places and features an example of Richardson Romanesque architecture, a style uncommon in Arkansas. Thanks to owners Emily Jordan-Robertson, and her husband, Greg, the building has been restored to its original beauty after an 18-month process. And, since 2012, Postmasters Grill has been a regional favorite, with an impressive array of Arkansas-sourced delicacies.
“We wanted to renovate the building back to its original beauty and share it with future generations,” Emily said. “We were very meticulous with each aspect of the restoration process so any changes blend seamlessly with the original beauty of the building.”
The restaurant’s appetizers are a mailbag of interesting creations. The Fabre’s Bluff Onion Soup features rye croutons, toasted Gruyere cheese and a rich, creamy broth. Fabre’s Bluff was named after a French merchant who settled on a bluff above the Ouachita River in the area that is now Camden.
The Loaded Potato Chips appetizer is an original recipe that includes Arkansas queso dip, Petit Jean bacon, bleu cheese and chopped green onions atop crispy, house-made potato chips. Woo hoo! A platter of fried pickles was delivered to my table. Postmasters uses Atkins dill spears and chips coated with an in-house breading. Homemade ranch dressing is for dipping. My favorite was the Producers Mill Portobello Mushroom Risotto Balls with chipotle ranch dressing. The appetizers are like getting a check in the mail — they make you smile!
Postmasters Grill has several sandwich and hamburger options. Emily made a special delivery of The Duke Burger. This is a hamburger lover’s dream, piled high with Petit Jean bacon, cheddar cheese, barbeque sauce, fried onion straws, diced green chilies, chopped lettuce and tomato slices between a tasty pretzel bun. The flavors of The Duke are different with each bite, and each bite is delicious.
Camden is close to the Louisiana border, and there is a hint of creole on the menu, including the Shrimp and Grits. This Southern staple is a tantalizing marriage of Gulf Coast shrimp with Rogers’ War Eagle Mill cheddar cheese-infused grits. The freshness of the slightly spicy shrimp merged with the yummy grits led to me eating many, many bites of this Cajun favorite.
Steaks are a house specialty. Emily provided the establishment’s Smoked Ribeye. The juicy, well-seasoned steak was cooked perfectly. Sear marks let me know the chef paid attention to every detail. The superb taste matched the presentation.
The Creole Pasta is a Postmasters Grill all-time favorite. It has shrimp, andouille sausage and blackened chicken tossed in a Cajun cream sauce and is served with delicious garlic toast. The mixture of chicken, sausage and shrimp with the cream sauce was first class.
The Razorback Chocolate Torte is a Postmasters Grill creation that gives a nod to one of the state’s universities. This masterpiece has a chocolate crisp cereal treat shaped like the great state of Arkansas and a big scoop of Yarnell’s Woo Pig Chewy ice cream. It tastes as good as it looks, and it looked fabulous. The creme brule was also very good.
For a special occasion, or just for fun, Postmasters Grill’s beautiful building, dedicated team and well-priced fare will deliver a great dining experience for you and your friends. Give them your stamp of approval sometime!