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Decatur: Pea Ridge

I have been asleep at the wheel. Pea Ridge has been ensconced in the Pea Ridge neighborhood on the Tucker/Decatur border for a year now. Luckily, I woke up and enjoyed a wonderful meal there. The restaurant is in a remodeled store---I don't remember exactly what it used to be, but it was pretty darn homey. The new d├ęcor is welcoming and fresh but unpretentious. The service was extremely gracious and welcoming in the best Southern tradition. The food is locally sourced and of very high quality.

These zucchini and feta fritters were an outstanding twist on a Southern tradition. (I will note, however, that they arrived at the same time as the main courses despite being billed as an appetizer.) Both the zucchini and feta contributed to the moistness of the fritters. The feta was creamy without being overpowering, allowing the zucchini to come through delicately. The horseradish was a perfect dip.

This burger was simple but very well prepared. I managed to sample the homemade chips, which were perfectly crisp and nicely salty.

I ordered the chicken and sausage gumbo, which I greatly enjoyed. The okra was very fresh. That toast was perfectly done---charring so delicately is an art. The sausage was the star of the dish. It was very meaty and rich, with a bit of heat as a kicker.

I couldn't pass up this delicious chocolate icebox pie. The interior is vanilla ice cream; the crust is made from those chocolate wafers that Mom used to buy at the grocery store. The chocolate sauce and strawberries on top were just right.

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