Reminiscent of the good ol’ days

Renovated 1930s-era home suits Mister B’s Steakhouse in Rogers to a T

Posted: December 22, 2013 at 6 a.m.

Small-town, family-owned eateries are less common in this commercialized, get-it-quick-and-cheap day and age. However, the inviting charm of friendly and personal service provided in a renovated 1930s-era home can make one remember why we gather to sit down and enjoy a meal together.

Mister B’s Steakhouse, located just west of downtown Rogers, is a refined mom-and-pop’s restaurant that serves high-quality ingredients with an emphasis on consistency.

“You may not like everything on the menu, but when you do, we guarantee that it will be the same every time you order it,” said Bruce Barnes.

Barnes owns and operates the popular steakhouse with his wife, P.J.

Bruce Barnes, a.k.a. Mister B, runs the kitchen and P.J. commands the front of the house. The couple are well-seasoned restaurant-management entrepreneurs.

Mister B’s Steakhouse opened in November 2000. Many loyal patrons followed him from his years of service at Herman’s Rib House in Fayetteville to the location at 1043 W. Walnut Street in Rogers.

A soft-spoken man who has served Northwest Arkansas residents for 40 years, Barnes strives to serve quality food in a warm, inviting environment.

The menu is laden with made-in-house specialties, from the croutons to the twice-baked potatoes to the meat rubs.

“I taught myself how to cook and have learned from the requests and feedback of my customers,” Barnes said.

The restaurant inhabits a renovated 1930s-era house with a circle drive and a garden-trimmed exterior. The waiting area features high-backed, cushioned armchairs and a large aquarium.

A bistro area is set beyond one side of the hostess desk. The kitchen is open to a portion of the main dining room, allowing guests to greet the chef on their way to their seat.

The menu offers traditional favorites, including shrimp cocktail, stuffed mushrooms and shrimp-and-crab cakes for starters.

P.J. said the baby-back ribs are very popular and pair well with the thick, steak-cut onion rings.

The credo of the chef’s creations is revealed in the fresh cuts of meat to the soup du jour, both of which are prepared fresh daily.

Mister B’s serves certified, 100 percent Angus beef, aged a minimum of 21 days. The steaks are butchered by hand daily and rubbed with a house-blend of seasonings, then seared on the flat-top grill.

Entree offerings include several varieties of steaks and fish, along with fried shrimp or grilled chicken breasts. Additional complements to the entrees can be ordered, such as horseradish cream sauce, garlic sauce or bleu cheese crumbles.

Steaks are a popular selection and include 6- or 8-ounce tenderloin, 14-ounce New York Strip, 12-ounce ribeye, 10-ounce hamburger steak and a 6-ounce steakhouse burger. Prices range from $7 for a 6-ounce ground steak burger to $41 for an 8-ounce filet of tenderloin.

“We also have several fish dishes on the menu,” P.J. said. “The salmon is one of our most popular — people rave over it.”

Each entree includes a soup or house salad, along with a choice of potato or sauteed vegetables. Complimentary French bread with house-made garlic butter accompanies each meal.

Side items include whipped potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, steak fries, broccoli, creamed spinach and the loaded, twice-baked potatoes.

House-made desserts include vanilla creme brulee, chocolate molten cake and pecan pie.

Meats are butchered and side items are prepared daily in anticipation of the guest count, so reservations are suggested.

“I make just enough to serve,” said Bruce. “It keeps it fresh, and I don’t like to throw out too much food at the end of the night.”

As beef prices continue to rise, the Barneses look for items that are comfortably priced without compromising quality or flavor.

As confirmation that guest satisfaction is a top priority, patrons are encouraged to call in advance to notify the kitchen of any special dietary needs. Vegetarian plates can be prepared upon request.

Reservations are highly recommended. The restaurant will be closed from Dec. 22-26. Mister B’s will be open for New Years Eve and will offer a selection of the chef’s most popular menu items. Seating for New Year’s Eve will be 5-10 p.m. and reservations are required.

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