Eat Arkansas

Crafting cocktails at home with Arkansas bartenders 

One of the things I miss most about going to bars is the person behind all the fun — the person giving us something to hold in our hands, the one who knows our poison and fuels our buzz and inevitably gives us the crushing news informing us of how much fun we’ve had in a formal spoken word announcement simply known as the bar tab.

Hillcrest Entertainment District approved for First Thursday shop-and-sips

Restaurants and bars in the district will be able to sell drinks in approved cups that customers can take with them as they shop and walk within the district.

Natural State Brewing Co. goes all in on lagers

“People kind of forgot the most pleasurable experiences can come from a light-bodied beer,” Natural State Brewing's Will Sonneman said. “That’s why we’ve seen a rekindling of lager beer.”

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance partners with three Central Arkansas restaurants on Plating Change initiative

The Plating Change initiative has also partnered with actor and North Little Rock native Mary Steenburgen and her husband, actor Ted Danson, who are both longtime supporters of the No Kid Hungry campaign to combat childhood hunger.

The Fold creates new 'pod system' staff safety measure, resumes outdoor dining

"This last closure brought to light again how important it was for us to minimize exposure to staff members as much as possible," chef and co-owner Alex Smith said in an email.

A Beginner's Guide to Bourbon

If you’re in the spirit for a new spirit this year, don’t be afraid to give bourbon a try. Here’s a beginner’s guide to help you on your way.

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Pawpaws and Pilsners: A Q&A with Jason Aamodt of Norfork Brewing Co.

We talked with Jason Aamodt of Norfork Brewing Co. about brewing, business and how a member of Southern rock outfit Black Oak Arkansas ended up as the stout’s namesake and ambassador.

The timeless appeal of Newport's Postmaster Spirits

If that name clangs any bells, if it whispers of any hangovers past, it’s likely because of the all-too-timely product that brought an orange wave of headlines back in April 2019: Trump Tonic. (“Trump tonic will grab you by your ‘wherever,’ ” the back of the bottle reads.)

Yellow Rocket Concepts restaurants to support Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance in dollar-for-dollar match fundraising campaign

Before the pandemic, Arkansas ranked third in the nation for food insecurity rates. Feeding America estimated that by the end of 2020, an additional 160,000 Arkansans — and 1 in 3 Arkansas children — faced hunger.

Minute Man goes mobile

The newest addition to the Minute Man relaunch is a 25-foot mobile food truck that will be stationed where Wes Hall's original Minute Man once stood, at Fourth and Broadway.

Cheap eats in Central Arkansas

Seven meals for under $10.

Arkansas beers to try before you die

Twenty years have gone by since Diamond Bear Brewing revived the art of making beer in Arkansas. In the interim, the craft brewing industry has evolved into something of a scene, with everything from sours to saisons available pretty much whenever you want, in the taproom or in the liquor store cooler. Here we’ve aimed to help you navigate those foamy waters with a selection of a few Arkansas beers worth seeking out. 

Traveling food writer Kat Robinson completes two recipe books in quarantine 

After talking with Robinson by phone for 40 minutes about Arkansas restaurants, it became clear very quickly that she’s kind of an encyclopedia on the subject. She’s written several books about the state’s food offerings, four of which serve as travel guides about where to find the best plates or pies.

Former South On Main owner/chef Matt Bell writes about chaotic first year in Nashville

Bell arrived in Nashville to take the job as executive chef at 21c Hotel's ground floor restaurant Gray & Dudley a little over a month before dining rooms started shutting down in March.

The Fold reverts to takeout only after members of staff test positive over the holidays

After recent employee infections over the holidays, The Fold announced on Facebook that it would revert to takeout only for the time being. The restaurant cited the recent employee infections and the rise of COVID-19 cases everywhere.

Cobbs, Carpaccios and Crawfish: Guy Choate’s Top 10 Meals of 2020

Little Rock writer Guy Choate documents and photographs every restaurant meal he takes in each year. Here are the top 10 meals he had in Arkansas in 2020.

Hillcrest Waterbugs' resusable tote bags benefit area restaurants

If you’re looking for a last minute gift idea,  Hillcrest Waterbugs, a female-owned zero waste marketplace and home of the original “Y’all” shirts, has partnered with Trio’s Restaurant, The Pizzeria and The Pantry in a campaign to help save Little Rock restaurants.

Press Waffle Co. coming to SoMa

Press Waffle Co.'s menu centers around “fully customizable authentic Belgian Liège waffles, which are dough-based (rather than batter-based) with a brioche-like texture and caramelized clusters of Belgian pearl sugar,” Compton said. 

Christmas takeout, anyone?

If you’re staying home this year or changing things up, here’s a list of restaurants offering Christmas to-go meals to make the holiday a little easier.

Lost Forty to open new brewery and restaurant in East Village spring 2021

The new location will focus on offering small batch beers brewed on-site alongside Lost Forty's classic and seasonal brews. A new menu will be created by executive chef Scott McGehee and his culinary team.