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Fresh food, Southern hospitality proves popularity of Crady’s Eclectic Cuisine in Conway not surprising

There are a few restaurants that don’t need to be introduced, and Crady’s Eclectic Cuisine on Main is starting to be one of them.

What began as a coffee shop over a decade ago is now a popular bistro in downtown Conway and considered to be a lunchtime staple for many. They also have a fantastic rapport with the local community.

Like so much of the quaint historic town in which it is located, Crady’s is charming and full of character. The restaurant is small in size but large in heart with a great menu to match. Though Crady’s is only open during midday, there is plenty to choose from, including brunch options for those who love breakfast no matter what time it is.

Right when they open, there are already customers ready to indulge in some homemade food, the majority being greeted by name and laughing smiles. It’s clear that Crady’s is in the possession of some loving fans, and with the fresh food and Southern hospitality, the popularity is unsurprising.

One of the owners, Ms. Barbara, is also the talent in the kitchen and she creates daily specials, from her specialty tea down to the desserts. She plays the part of the perfect Southern hostess as well, coming out to the floor occasionally to see how her patrons are doing and chat with the regulars.

Though the menu is also Southern inspired, there still remains enough variety and unique versions of familiar food that make the “eclectic” part of the bistro’s name understandable.

Tempura-encrusted goat cheese makes an appearance in the Crady Salad, for instance, and Ms. Barbara’s take on a BLT includes fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, and chipotle sauce.

Since the menu consists of delicious hometown options with “big city flair,” wanting to try everything Ms. Barbara can cook up is understandable. The Crady Burger is a vegetarian counterpart of the popular entrée with a patty wonderfully crafted and topped with horseradish white cheddar and tomato jam. The tomato jam has a consistency very much like salsa and a unique seasoning, and all flavors complimented one another.

The burgers and sandwiches all come with a side that can be sweet potato fries, house made potato chips, broccoli salad, or a mesclun salad. No matter which you choose, the end result is sure to be satisfying. The fresh ingredients really stood out with these sides too, considering the flavor of the fries and the crisp and creaminess of the broccoli salad.

Crady’s is already a busy little bistro, and they keep themselves even busier by also providing catering. They don’t require reservations, although for parties of five or more it’s definitely a good idea. If you haven’t already, stop by Crady’s Eclectic Cuisine and become part of the family.

If you eat

What | Crady’s Eclectic Cuisine

Where | 332 Main Street, Conway

Hours | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily

Information | cradysrestaurant.com, 843-248-3321

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