Bombadil’s Cafe offers diverse lunch, dinner options
Eclectic atmosphere, local produce
Coming into Eureka Springs on Highway 62 West, Bombadil’s Cafe greets you on the left. The restaurant, which has been in operation for a little more than a year, has friendly staff members and a yummy, diverse menu.
Co-owners Kristen Cuypers and Marjorie Gustin said they’ve enjoyed running the restaurant over the past year, after opening in July 2017.
“I’d say it’s pretty eclectic,” Gustin said. “We just try to make it as comfortable for everybody as we can. We have elevated service to make sure everybody is very well taken care of.”
Gustin and Cuypers are both from Eureka Springs, but they lived on the West Coast for a few years. As luck would have it, they moved back to Eureka Springs around the same time. They happened to share the same dream, too — they wanted to own a restaurant serving high-quality food with an emphasis on local ingredients.
“All our produce is local, and our meat is grass-fed,” Cuypers said, saying she and Gustin are regulars at the Eureka Springs and Fayetteville farmers’ markets. “We try to visit a lot of the farms we work with, too. That’s one thing that’s really important to us.”
Another thing that’s important to them is good food. That’s apparent when you look at the menu, featuring anything from burgers to jackfruit tacos. The mouth-watering tacos feature jackfruit, slaw and avocado inside corn tortillas. The cabbage is fresh and super crunchy, and the jackfruit is perfectly seasoned. Better yet, the dish is vegan!
Cuypers said Bombadil’s offers a burger of the day, saying that rotates depending on the day. One of their delicious burgers of the day is a bacon burger with homemade aeoli and raw cheddar. The cheese is melted perfectly, fusing the bacon into the well-cooked burger patty. The bread is toasted on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Another favorite is the buffalo chicken lettuce wraps. Marinated in a spicy buffalo sauce, the chicken is perfectly crispy. Truly, the chicken packs a punch of flavor on its own. Its flavor is balanced out with a crunchy slaw.
The cafe offers a complex seafood pasta dish called seafood Pontchartrain. The dish features scallops, crawfish and scrimp in a rich creole sauce. The pasta is thin and well-cooked, and the dish is served in two separate bowls so you can use as much or as little pasta as you’d like.
Of course, Bombadil’s has plenty of sweet dishes once you’ve finished your main meal. The date and brie sliders feature hydrated cranberries, brie and toasted pistachios. The yogurt brûlée has several layers, including Greek yogurt, blueberries, house-made granola and caramelized sugar on the top. It’s a dynamic dessert. It gets sweet the deeper you dig, and it’s not overly sweet. The same is true of the brownie, which tastes like dark chocolate fudge.
The menu is constantly changing depending on the season, and sometimes the week.
“There’s a few key items that have been on there from the very beginning, but for the most part, it switches around,” Gustin said.
No matter what’s on the menu when you step into Bombadil’s, we are certain you’ll leave satisfied. Bombadil’s is located at 580 West Van Buren in Eureka Springs. If you’d like to get there by trolley, take the purple route. For more information, visit www.BombadilsCafe.com or call 479-363-6024.