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Dining

The Central Arkansas taco truck guide

A survey of deliciousness.

Taco truck glossary

For the uninitiated.
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Stone's Throw Brewing's Block on Rock features Big Dam Horns, Brian Nahlen and lots of beer

Stone's Throw Brewing celebrates eight years of brewing beer with its annual Block on Rock festival, a brewery birthday bash benefiting Preserve Arkansas. 

A summer beer guide to battle the Arkansas heat

Here are a few Arkansas beers to look for as we finish out the summer drinking season.
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Picture of the outside of the Capital Hotel

New executive chef, new general manager at Capital Hotel

Brad Izzard, a native of South Africa, has recently been rehired and named executive chef of the entire hotel. Izzard formerly served as chef de cuisine under Antunes at One Eleven, and left the hotel after the shutdown to work as a chef at a private high end country club.

Yolanda Kitchen charms with house-made tortillas, puerco con salsa verde

The food trucks you see heralded on Facebook aren't the only ones out there. Check out Yolanda Kitchen sometime.
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The Root Cafe celebrates 10th birthday

The Root will reopen its indoor dining room on Friday, July 9.

Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill reopening July 7

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership announced yesterday on Facebook that Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill will be reopening on July 7, more than four months after a water main rupture flooded the restaurant's basement during the snowstorm that hit Arkansas in February.
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Lonoke County's Finest: The Grumpy Rabbit is field trip-worthy

The Grumpy Rabbit is destination dining.

A guide to open-air dining in Central Arkansas

Al fresco all the time.
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Little Rock River Market's Ottenheimer Hall open for business

Ottenheimer Hall, the River Market's public food court-style market, which has been shuttered for over a year, is welcoming back vendors and the public this Saturday.

The movers and shakers of the Central Arkansas condiment world

A survey of some of our local favorites.

UPDATE: Easter Sunday dining guide

Some restaurants are offering take-home meals suitable for those uneasy about getting out into the holiday crowds.

Kream Kastle is a greasy spoon and a living fossil

One might be tempted to call this place a throwback to an earlier era, an atavism, a living fossil. But we just call it that little drive-in on Highway 70 — you know, that tastee-freeze between Ten Mile Creek and the Lonsdale turnoff, the place where all the trucks are parked.

Restaurant owners can open up dining capacity to 100%, but many think it’s too soon

Arkansas restaurants can now fill to capacity in spectacular pre-pandemic fashion. But we’re still in a pandemic, with a largely unvaccinated workforce of servers and front-of-house staff facing the public.

Chef Payne Harding of Cache Restaurant competes in worldwide Favorite Chef competition

Harding noticed in an email that he’d been selected for the contest shortly after going through two casting rounds for the Food Network’s Guy Fieri show “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

Coffee delivered

There’s no shortage of locally roasted, delicious coffee in Arkansas. Roasters that sell online and will ship beans to your door include Brave New Restaurant, Fidel & Co., Doomsday Coffee (Fayetteville), Stirling Roastery (Booneville), Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee, RoZark Hills Coffee Roastery (Rose Bud) and Big Cuppa Roasting (Morrilton). 

Pridgin Family Brewery joins growing list of small-town Arkansas beermakers

Opening a brewery was a gamble for the Pridgin family. Even with Country Monks and Prestonrose seeing success nearby, beer tastes in Logan County still tip towards cheap industrial lagers.

‘It’s fine, though, all I had this morning was a smoothie’: A pandemic food diary

An assignment to compile a list of cheap eats in Central Arkansas in December coalesced, for Arkansas Times Associate Editor Rhett Brinkley, with a “Twin Peaks” viewing streak, a stubborn commitment to drinking water and a local restaurant takeout scene scrambling to weather the weirdest of winters.

Arkansas’s star from India: Sami Lal

“Anyone who comes to dine in or order takeout are my guests coming to my home,” Lal said.
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