This is a milestone year for Lisa Zhang. It’s the fifth anniversary of Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co., her wildly popular authentic Chinese restaurant in downtown Little Rock, and her 20th year in the United States. It also marks a year of expansion with the opening in May of her Chinese chicken restaurant Haybird (“Where East Meats West”), and the development of a new 9,000-square-foot project in Riverdale, slated to open next year, which will house three concepts: an expanded and relocated Haybird; Eastern Pantry, a sort of deli with take-home meal options; and a sake brewery.
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It’s growing, and new styles are taking hold.
Excerpts from oral history interviews with restaurateurs in Northwest Arkansas.
Eating, thinking and being daring.
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Shirley Temple’s got some company.
The state beer brewers alliance has helped Arkansas craft beer grow faster than other states.
Surveying the line at downtown Little Rock's popular new donut shop.
Brenda's turns out the freshest in town.
A pitmaster with a cult following prepares to move his joint across the street — and into another state.
Get high on the hog.
It's time again to cast votes in the state's longest-running annual assessment of the best places to eat in Arkansas.
A sustained conflict.
The cupcake queen dishes on the trials and triumphs of turning her family's old cake recipes into cupcakes and more.
Fleming Stockton talks about his early days of veganism (!), flipping burgers, serving political celebrities during the Clinton campaign days and much more.
The celebrated local chef tackles the 223-mile Ouachita Trail to raise awareness and money for Potluck Food Rescue of Arkansas.