Dining

Brave New Restaurant re-opens with a brave new routine (and a lot more plants)

Chef Peter Brave and his crew are open for business after a two-month pandemic hiatus.

La Hacienda Benton returns to curbside service after patrons refuse masks

La Hacienda’s Benton location reversed course this week on re-opening its dining room after patrons refused to wear masks in accordance with state directives.

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Restaurant owners approach May 11 dine-in closure lift with caution

We talked with six local restaurant owners about how they’re planning to proceed with Monday's lift on dining room closures.

Three Fold goes mobile with Riverdale satellite location

Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co. has arrived at its new location in Riverdale on Rebsamen Park Road — just not the way it originally planned. Instead of being in a brand new building, it's in a trailer on wheels. 

White Water Tavern, SoMa and Argenta host socially distanced farmers markets Saturday

Visiting may feel a little different than your standard farmers market visit: hands off the produce, please.

Farmers markets, closed by virus, turn to apps and drive-thrus

Down markets.
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Cooking through the pandemic: A conversation with Georges Launet

We talk with Little Rock restaurant scene staple Georges Launet about pizza, the pandemic and what it was like to close Hill Station 10 weeks after its much-anticipated opening.

Arkansas small farmers and markets exercise creativity, grit as season opens

How small farmers and producers are managing amid the pandemic.

Electric Ghost and Few launch 'Support Hospitality Workers' merch

Arlton Lowry of Few.io, Shannon and Brooks Tipton of Electric Ghost/Phantom Palm and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership are linking up to help out-of-work or underemployed service industry workers.

El Sur’s baleadas are without rival

My favorite thing to eat in Little Rock right now is the baleada con todo from El Sur, Luis Vasquez’s Honduran food truck often found (in normal times) in the South Main neighborhood.
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Dero Sanford offers free food photography for local restaurants during the pandemic

Six days ago, Sanford put out a call on his social media platforms offering to do five free shots of plated food for Central Arkansas restaurants in need of some enticing promotional material.

Little Rock restaurant workers weigh in on the pandemic

I’ve been waiting tables for 13 years, and I’ve never been scared to go to work. As the virus is spreading throughout the country and Arkansas, I wanted to talk to other service industry workers here in Little Rock about how they’ve been feeling, and what changes their restaurants or bars have had to make to try to deal with this pandemic.  

How Yellow Rocket Concepts is moving forward amid the coronavirus

Yellow Rocket Concepts, the group that owns nine restaurants in Arkansas and employs some 500, announced today that it was suspending dine-in operations at all of its restaurants. The restaurant group's revenue has cratered in recent days. Co-owner John Beachboard said he expected it to be down as much as 80 percent today. But he said he and his partners had made the decision to continue paying their employees through the coronavirus pandemic — even if it bankrupts the company.

The Library Kitchen + Lounge: No books, much lunch

The spot still has that cavernous feel of the old Gusano’s, though it manages to feel a little more homey.
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Central Arkansas restaurants feel the ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ bump

‘Triple D’ by the numbers.

Best Restaurants in Arkansas 2020

Our annual Readers Choice issue that celebrates the best in food in Arkansas is not a beauty contest. Good dining is about substance as well as ambiance. Kitchens are beehive-busy with battle plans, where great creativity meets vigorous chopping and stirring and strategic use of the stove.
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Hot tamales and Clinton mania: an oral history of Little Rock's Doe's Eat Place

This is the story of how the Little Rock landmark came to be and how it persists as told by staff, friends and customers.

Tusk & Trotter's "High South" cuisine is peak pork

If you’re the kind of person that prefers their protein to resemble the animal from which it came as little as possible, you’ll still find plenty to eat, but you might also risk missing the point. Tusk & Trotter serves meat with an origin story, and what’s on the plate is meant to highlight, rather than mask, the qualities of the animal you’re being offered.

Wunderful European soul food at WunderHaus

The idea for serving good food produced locally came to Jacqueline Smith when she was pregnant.

Ed Walker's, Bruno's, Star of India among Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists

The Department of Arkansas Heritage has named its fourth class of finalists for the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, a program launched in 2016 to "to recognize Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events across the state."
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