- Kat Robinson
- 23 DIPS: And the maker of the chips at the World Cheese Dip Championship.
23 different cheese dips, 23 different tastes. Restaurants and amateur cooks showed off their best at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, judges and the public cast their votes and a new World Cheese Dip Champion was named.
A surprise: this year’s winner was Dogtown Coffee and Cookery. Open just a few months, Dogtown won the professional competition with a traditional yellow queso reminiscent of the original Mexico Chiquito dip that started our state’s cheese dip tradition.
The amateur winner: the Concheeztadors, who took a local swing at a favorite and made a white queso infused with several different types of Arkansas grown peppers. This was also one of my personal favorites.
So, who competed? The dips, from left to right from the top:
1. Yellow queso with pork tenderloin from Nash Raley Rogers Rippy.
2. American Pie’s white pepper-laced queso.
3. Basin Park’s yellow smoky influenced Velveeta-style dip.
4. Cozymel’s high-flavor yellow queso with cumin and onion flavor.
5. Jose’s Mexican Grill and Cantina’s mild and light green chili flavored queso.
6. Stoby’s spicy, punchy house offered white queso.
7. Cabot Cheese’s pecan and cumin infused Sharp White Cheddar dip (this went to judges; the crowd version was much more pale).
8. Yahoo’s classic Velveeta and Rotel dip.
9. Ferneau’s Lobster bisque-like Cheddar dip.
10. U.S. Pizza Company’s Judy’s White Cheese Dip, complete with green peppery bits.
11. Mitchell William’s chili flavored yellow dip.
12. Moe’s Southwest Grill’s impossibly smooth and impossibly white queso.
13. Dogtown Coffee and Cookery’s Mexico Chiquito’s taste-alike.
14. Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro’s onion-laden winning entry from last year.
15. Ben E. Keith’s Philly Cheesesteak dip.
16. Team Roberts Spinach queso.
17. Mamma Chelle’s cream-cheese and pimento flavored almost red dip.
18. Pizza D’Action’s Beef Tenderloin queso, made up in small batches over a burner.
19. Meadors Adams’ mild yellow dip.
20. Junior’s Game Time runny yellow queso.
21. DD’s chili powder and tomato packed red dip.
22. Bar Louie’s almost bechemel-style yellow dip.
23. Concheestador’s several pepper layered white queso.
24. Tortillas from La Mexicana, the official chip sponsor for the event.
So, which one did you like the best? And who won the other competitions? Find out — with photos — on the jump.