Corner Stop Cafe on Downtown Dexter

Photo: Corner Stop Cafe owner Phyliss Kull

Owner Phyllis Kull started her downtown eatery here more than four years ago. She said the fact that she has no walk-in freezers and no deep fryers adds to the ambience of her cafe.

Kull said she’s living a dream.

“Everything is fresh,” she said. “Our food is made fresh daily.”

Kull said she traveled all over the country to find a place like Dexter.

“It is really a good town,” she noted. “It’s slow” in a good way.

“It’s financially healthy,” she continued. “And the people here strive to preserve downtown.”

Kull noted she’s had her work cut out for her offering fresh items to southern palates.

“The Nothing Like It Chicken Sandwich has become very popular here,” she said.

The sandwich is made with fresh chicken salad, cranberry, smoked Gouda cheese and Granny Smith apple slices served on Texas toast.

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Journalist Steve Hankins is the latest addition to the SEMO Times family. Steve is an award-winning writer and a 1999 graduate of Missouri State University at Springfield.He wrote professionally for a number of publications, including The Mississippi Rag, the Nation's Voice for Jazz and Ragtime Music; The Branson Tri-Lakes Daily News; The Jonesboro Arkansas Sun; and the Daily Dunklin Democrat at Kennett, Mo. As a Sun staff writer, Steve was awarded first place by Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors for a community service series that explored the state's methamphetamine issue. While at Missouri State, Steve earned The Quill and Scroll Award, the sole honor bestowed by the university annually for excellence in journalism. As a student, he served as music editor for The Free Press of the Ozarks, a tabloid newspaper published at Springfield, Mo. Steve earned a bachelor of science in communication with an emphasis in journalism and minored in creative writing while at Missouri State. He is the son of Malden's Lloyd Elmer and Alice Mae Hankins and lives at Malden with wife Angela; nine-year-old twin daughters Emmalee Jane and Alice Ray; and six-year-old daughter Ella Camille.