FOOD NETWORK was in town this summer filming The Great Food Truck Race and we missed it! We were on our way to Cincinnati and didn't have a clue that they were destined to visit The Rail in Rogers. It was a surprise to owners David Davis and Shane Zimmerman too, but when they got a call that Tyler Florence wanted to film a few shots at the restaurant even though they were closed, well it didn't take them long to open the doors and roll out the welcome mat! They just ran Episode 4 (Baby Got Razorback) on September 9th and we missed that too! Bummed is the word, so when our daughter asked if we wanted to celebrate her Dad's BIG birthday (more than 60 but less than "You've just qualified for Social Security") we jumped at the chance!
One of Rogers' favorite local hangouts in the downtown area, it sets just off 1st Street close to the old Frisco Depot. If you are lucky, and we were, the Arkansas-Missouri train came through and gave us a reminder why the restaurant was named "The Rail!"
The Birthday Boy couldn't wait since they serve two of his favorite foods...
It was hard to choose, they had some great looking pies on the menu. The Thai Peanut Pizza was calling my name, but the Birthday Boy ordered the Meat Town Jones and The Dumpster. Both were a meatfest but had just enough veggies to make it a healthy choice! The crust, oh man the crust was out of this world! It was crispy and bubbled along the edge just like the one's we see on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
The reason the crust was amazing, was the oven they use. Owners Shane and David traveled to Chicago to bring home an authentic brick oven that had cooked enough pizzas that she could almost do it all by herself!
Our waitress Marina shared that the two owners used to be carpenters by trade. The recession took it's toll in NWA too, but they found a new profession that just may have been their true calling! They've achieved a lot of success in a little over a year.
The next time we go I want to set out on their patio and try their Hog Wings, little ribs of pork that are sauced just right.
Maybe the Cheesy Bread too... it comes highly recommended!
We've found a new favorite place to go for pizza, wings and beer. It may be the ONLY place I want to go from now on... just in case Tyler Florence drops in again!