Cozy Nook’s sandwiches — like the Kahlo, featuring ham, turkey and cheese — are named after artists and served on bread made by owner Terri Taylor
Category: Let’s Eat

The Eating Essentials

Cozy Nook Gallery Café

106 N. Center St

Lonoke

(501)942-1345

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Saturday: 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cozy Nook Gallery & Café

What do you get when you combine a retired art teacher, a historic building with a full commercial kitchen and a working art studio? You have the Cozy Nook Gallery Café in Lonoke.

Terri Taylor had a vision for a classic building in downtown Lonoke and lovingly transformed the space into an eclectic business that is unique and fun. She opened the studio in 2018 and began offering artisan breakfast and lunch in 2023. The décor features the work of local artists and items you would expect to find in an art studio. The building has tin ceiling tiles, stained glass windows and a cool skylight made from a chicken coop. One of my favorite items was a beautiful, custom 18-foot hardwood table that weighs about 2,000 pounds.

Hospitality is a top priority for Crazy Nook Gallery Café’s owner and artist Terri Taylor and team member Hannah.

Creative sandwiches are served on scratch-made bread and come with chips, fresh fruit and a homemade cookie. Since it is a working studio, sandwiches are named after famous artists, ranging from Warhol to Picasso to Michelangelo. So, after you visit the Cozy Nook, you can tell your friends you have purchased several pieces by famous artists.

The restaurant strives to create a warm, welcoming environment with a menu that includes as many locally sourced items as possible. Terri and her team take great pride in offering allergy-sensitive, vegetarian and gluten-free meal options.

The Grantwood, featuring sliced roast beef, grilled onions, Swiss cheese and “horsey” sauce, was very good — as iconic as “American Gothic,” painted by its namesake Grant Wood.

Michelangelo arrived next, featuring delicious meatballs and lively marinara sauce on freshly baked garlic bread with parmesan cheese. This creation, served open-faced, was a definite favorite.

The Kahlo, named after Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, was a classic sandwich that featured ham and turkey, mayonnaise, sliced Colby jack cheese, lettuce and a slice of fresh garden tomato. A perfect sandwich for any day.

The restaurant even has an artistic take on PBJ, the Picasso, featuring peanut butter and homemade “golly” grape jelly.

The Cozy Nook offers a daily blue plate special, made from recipes that Terri’s grandmas taught her while she was growing up. They are made from scratch and with love. I lucked out on the timing of my Let’s Eat visit and enjoyed a nice bowl of Dumplings and Chicken. This is my go-to comfort food, and my sincere thank-you to Terri’s grandmas for passing along their skills. The flavor (secret unexpected ingredient: cumin!) was excellent, and the dumplings were bites of coziness.

The Cozy Nook’s Gumbo is full of flavor.

The soup of the day during my visit was Gumbo. What a treat. The rich gumbo wasn’t too spicy and provided a great mixture of flavors. One of my guests loved it so much that she packed up the remainder of the bowl and enjoyed it for dinner.

Each sandwich comes with a freshly baked cookie. I also got to sample the gluten-free brownie. It was a chocolate fantasy, as the warm brownie was topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. A strawberry accented the presentation. The Cozy Nook also has pies.

Breakfast is offered Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes an option for “bottomless” Biscuits and Sausage Gravy!

If you are bringing a large group, Terri and her team appreciate advance notice, as each item they prepare is made-to-order, and they take great pride in producing genuine masterpieces that guests can enjoy one bite at a time.

Serving breakfast and lunch in Lonoke, the Cozy Nook Gallery Café offers feasts for the appetite as well as the eye.