Dining Feature

Smashed N' Stacked's burger whiz is hungry to help

Smashed N’ Stacked burgers pile on flavor, but the real goal is to smash food insecurity.

El Palenque rules the roost

Authenticity is a priority for owners David and Marlin (pronounced “mar-LEEN") Martinez, both in the decor and the food that they serve.

The Utopia Deli's quest to take vegan cuisine and 'food truck it up'

“Nobody knew who we were," Utopia Deli owner Trisha Billings said. “They just saw this food. And it said, ‘Delivery only, inbox to order.' And our inbox just started going crazy."

Pop the cork: Is the Central Arkansas food scene’s pandemic slump in the rearview mirror?

The Mighty Rib pontificates on developments in the Central Arkansas food scene.

Gems at the market: How Fidel Samour turned East Village’s old Sterling Paint Factory into a food hall

The newly updated, posh spot by Fidel & Co coffee shop owner Fidel Samour’s restaurant concept group Remolinos LLC boasts about 4,000 square feet and features a butcher shop, fresh greens station, bakery, artisan pizza station, full bar and grab-and-go market.

Brave New Chef: Chef Peter Brave hands the keys to the kitchen to Ben Lindley

Brave New Restaurant chef/owner Peter Brave has worked in the kitchen alongside an executive chef for the past 15-plus years. When he hired Ben Lindley in January of 2022, he ushered in a new era at Brave New, stepping out of the kitchen but not out of the restaurant — bicycling across America notwithstanding.

Paragon Pie: Pizzeria Ruby is wicked good

Dining at Pizzeria Ruby requires enough patience to reckon with a mighty crowd. Chef Michael Robertshaw and Meredith Butler, his business partner and significant other, are responsible for one of the hottest spots in Northwest Arkansas. And that’s saying something, given the sizzling streak the region’s culinary scene has been on lately.

Is Benton delicious now?

Prepare to meet God, but also sip a jalapeño margarita and throw an axe.

25 Bites: Food we crave in Central Arkansas

We passed the baton around the editorial room this week, each tasked with naming some of our favorite dishes in Central Arkansas at this very moment in time. So, what you’re seeing here isn’t a Top 25 list, it’s simply a list of bites we long for and need in our lives right now. 

Hey yo, Yeyo's: Chef Rafael Rios isn’t your average, everyday success story

The story of Rafael Rios, the man behind the burgeoning Yeyo's mini-restaurant empire.

Three Fold moves west: The new West Little Rock location blends Chinese culture cues with the American breakfast tradition

The restaurant’s move to West Little Rock took a winding path, transpiring after owner Lisa Zhang’s dreams of opening Haybird —  a 9,000-square-foot facility on Rebsamen Park Road that would incorporate three concepts: Chinese fried chicken, a sake brewery and an Eastern pantry — were dashed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Food with soul: From a small produce stand to the best comfort food in Little Rock, K. Hall & Sons approaches its 50th year on Wright Avenue

After nearly 50 years on Little Rock's Wright Avenue, it's no surprise that K. Hall & Sons took home the title for "Best Comfort Food" in our annual "Best of Arkansas" poll.

A Central Arkansas fried chicken sandwich guide

A sandwich that thrives beyond the fast-food sphere.

From Ukraine to Hot Springs: Alexa’s Creperie is a family-owned European cafe that has spanned 15 years and two continents

Husband and wife Sergiy and Yana Polyakov opened Alexa’s Creperie in Brussels in 2006 and moved it to Hot Springs in 2015.

Delta Dirt Distillery builds on family farm legacy

A homegrown sweet potato-based alternative to Russian vodka.

The Central Arkansas taco truck guide

A survey of deliciousness.

Taco truck glossary

For the uninitiated.

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.

The movers and shakers of the Central Arkansas condiment world

A survey of some of our local favorites.