Don’t Strain Yourself – Just Dine In
After “Amen” reverberated throughout the chapel, I – like any good church-goer – gathered my belongings and rushed out of the building, my mind set on eating lunch. This particular day, I chose to eat at Polar Freeze, a family-owned fast-food/dine-in restaurant located just past Taco Bell (you might’ve seen it before if you’ve ever not stopped for a Cheesy Gordita Crunch).
At Polar Freeze, you order from the counter and then seat yourself. As I eased up to the counter, I was set on ordering a basic lunch of chicken nuggets and French fries (yes, I know McDonald’s is just down the street, but I like a little variety). However, I glanced up at the menu just before placing my order, and the holy grail of all stadium foods caught my attention: that’s right, barbecue nachos.
Could this be?
Barbecue nachos outside of a baseball park?
As you have probably guessed by now, I changed my mind and ordered the barbecue nachos.
The young girl who took my order was very polite and quick about her business. Behind her, other employees could be seen bustling about quickly; this also gave me a fair view into the kitchen area, which was very clean and kept.
My friend and I seated ourselves and within minutes our number was called. In fact, we were sort of surprised at how quickly we got our food, judging by the number of vehicles in the parking lot.
I retrieved our food and could not help but sigh whenever my nose detected the smell of the barbecue nachos. Admittedly, I had to remove the few jalapeños sitting atop all of the cheesy and barbecue-y goodness (if you’re a fan of spicy things, you’ll love the jalapeños; if you’re – for lack of a more sophisticated word – a wimp like me, you’ll need to politely ask whoever is taking your order to keep those devilish peppers far away from your nachos).
Offering a classic twist on the soft drink, Polar Freeze employees take the extra time to mix that extra vanilla flavor into your Dr. Pepper. In opposition to this, Wendy’s would force you to do this yourself and, let’s be honest, that is energy you could be using to study (or binge Grey’s Anatomy, depending on what grade you really want on that New Testament exam). Along with this, Polar Freeze has a great collection of ice creams and milkshakes to finish off your meal with.
I left my meal feeling very satisfied and content. The atmosphere was extremely cozy and laidback. Most – if not all – of the other guests were elderly people, who were having a midday cup of coffee. Polar Freeze is a great choice when you have some downtime during lunch and would like to enjoy some fellowship with some of your peers. It is also a come-as-you-are restaurant – no need to feel pressured into dressing nicely (Heaven forbid).
Alright, now it’s time to get serious: let’s break it down and talk about the drive-through. This will be the most complicated thing you read all year; yes, it beats the syllabus Dr. Schmidt handed you on the first week of classes. I’ll give it to you step-by-step:
Step 1: Get in your car.
Step 2: Drive to Polar Freeze.
Step 3: Drive up to the window, located on the far side of the building.
Step 4: Place your order.
Step 5: Pay.
Step 6: Accept the number you’re given.
Step 7: Drive around to the parking lot and park.
Step 8: Listen for your number to be called.
Step 9: When your number is called, drive back through the drive-through.
Step 10: Pick up your order.
That being said, just dine in.
However, if you do choose to take on this daunting task, you might even be worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer.
Polar Freeze is located on 416 US-67 BUS in Walnut Ridge, AR. It is closed on Sunday and Monday, but otherwise is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
P.s. Don’t forget, Polar Freeze offers a 10% WBU student discount!
Thanks for reading an eagle view,
COMING NEXT WEEK: Old Davidsonville State Park