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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.

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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."

Cheap Eats: Five local lunches under $5

Little Rock has more stellar lunch spots than we deserve, and it’s entirely possible to escape most of them without busting your budget for the entire day. Here, we highlight a few steals for the noontime hour.

Kream Kastle is a greasy spoon and a living fossil

Kream Kastle has no social media presence whatsoever. Neither does it take orders through various delivery apps. 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.
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Feeding strangers on the Pig Trail: Martin Philip's "Baker Maker Roadshow"

How Martin Philip left Fayetteville for a career in opera, ended up head baker at King Arthur Flour instead, and returned home with a bike full of biscuits.

Plant-based pub grub: Add Ester's to the list of vegan hot spots in Little Rock

Alleged consumer confusion has never tasted so sweet. Long may the plant-based option grow in Arkansas.

Dos Rocas relaunches as Mockingbird Bar and Tacos

Dos Rocas, which opened at 1220 S. Main St. in January, officially relaunched as Mockingbird Bar and Tacos on Thursday. Jack Sundell and Corri Bristow-Sundell, who own The Root Cafe, are now the sole owners of Mockingbird, which Sundell said will be taking an Arkansas local food approach to Latin American cuisine.

2019 Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival Preview

Clear your calendar, beer lovers. The party of the year is just around the corner. The Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival returns to North Little Rock on Friday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m.
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Tasting India in Hot Springs

Recently, I was in Hot Springs on a surprise trip and found myself tasked with obtaining food for the wife and her mother. I decided to try an Indian place I had passed many times before: Taste of India. 

Sacred and secular breweries in Arkansas wine country

Welcome to Arkansas beer country.

Lisa Zhang has Central Arkansans obsessed with Chinese street eats

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. 

The state of Arkansas beer

It’s growing, and new styles are taking hold.
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Hill Station restaurant to open this fall in Hillcrest

Hill Station, a new restaurant run by Tara and Brandon Brown of Hillcrest Artisan Meats, is slated to open in Hillcrest at the end of October. Tara, who will be the restaurant's general manager, said Hill Station will serve a lunch and dinner menu that includes many favorites from the couple's artisan butcher shop across the street.

84 food trucks to serve at 2019 Main Street Food Truck Festival

For the ninth annual Main Street Food Truck Festival, a record 84 food trucks have registered to sling all sorts of cuisine on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

'Con todo': El Sur's Honduran eats gather a fervent following

“It kinda takes people out of their comfort zone,” Vasquez said. “People are like, ‘Why is there a plantain in there?’ or ‘What is a fried plantain?’”

South Asian NWA

Excerpts from oral history interviews with restaurateurs in Northwest Arkansas.

Chatz burger, barbecue sandwich among the best in town

Southern Foodways Alliance holds up Bentonville as model for regional change

Eating, thinking and being daring.
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