We have no shortage of food news throughout Arkansas, so each week, we’ll be providing you with a snapshot of the goings-on inside the culinary world, from events to specials to restaurant openings to awards. Do you have news to share? Please email our food editor, Kevin Shalin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mackey’s Catfish of Conway has moved to a new location. They are now located at 931 Locust Avenue in Conway.
The Main St. Station in Benton will be hosting a Food Truck Friday on Friday, June 4 from 5-8pm. Drop by to try some grub from Rina’s Hibachi Kitchen, Mama Mia Pizzeria, Li’l Bub’s Grubs and Coffee, or Kingdom Made Treats Real Italian Ice.
AY Food Editor Kevin Shalin compiled a list of more than 100 Black-owned restaurants and eateries in Central Arkansas. It’s not comprehensive, but it’s a good place to start to find some great places to eat.
In other news from Kevin, check out his top 10 dishes from May.
Lisa Fischer always has a great recipe up her sleeve. Try out these crockpot-cooked beef short ribs.
If you’re out in Cabot, make sure to drop by Pea Farm Bistro. AY Food Editor Kevin Shalin says their sandwiches are next-level.
A new restaurant is coming to Financial Center Parkway in Little Rock. Ira Mittelman will be opening Fork, which serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Look for a soft opening soon.
Retro Roasts in Russellville is another recent AY discovery. This Russellville-based coffee shop is worth the drive.
Everyone needs a good appetizer for Memorial Day weekend. We’ve got you covered with this recipe for spinach artichoke dip.
Check out the new swag at Flyway Brewing.
The Rock City Margarita Festival and The Great Arkansas Beer Festival are teaming up with 103.7 The Buzz to throw the biggest party of the summer on July 24 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at The Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Attendees can sample as many margaritas, beers, wines, and seltzers as they like, and food will be available for purchase. Early Bird tickets are $30 for a limited time and will go up to $40 on June 1. A ticket will grant you access to the festival and a tasting glass. No one under the age of 21 will be permitted to enter the festival, no exceptions.
Mark your calendars! The 10th Anniversary Main Street Food Truck Festival in downtown Little Rock is on Saturday, October 2 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. It’s great to have festivals back.
Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill is getting closer to a reopening date.
More accolades for Deluca’s Pizza in Hot Springs, this time from Food & Wine.
Great news as Boulevard Bistro announced that it will be reopening for dinner dine-in service beginning May 28. Dinner dine-in will be on Friday and Saturday evenings only, for now. Happy Hour will be from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hey Benton, it looks like you got yourself a new restaurant. I can’t wait to check out Blue Heaven.
Well, this is pretty darn cool. The Rail Yard will be hosting the first ever Baggo, Brats and Beer fundraising event on Sunday, June 13 from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Attendees will receive a grilled brat, one free beer, and happy hour drink specials throughout the event while cheering on their favorite team in the Baggo tournament. The Rail Yard will also have other food available to purchase from some of their fantastic food trucks. The 2-man team Baggo tournament will offer a 2-game guarantee with prizes for the top finishers. Team entrants will also receive a grilled brat, a free beer, and happy hour drink specials throughout the event. All funds will benefit the Homeowner Program. Since our founding in 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Central Arkansas has built over 200 homes that have helped low to moderate income individuals achieve their dream of homeownership and start building generational wealth through the equity in their home. All funds raised from this event will help us continue to provide affordable housing options for families in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties. Purchase your tickets right here.
Check out the first of many monthly food blogger round-ups, featuring some of the very best bloggers throughout Arkansas. Please give them each a follow.
The beloved Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co. is expanding with a new location in west Little Rock.
Strawberry season is upon us, and the best thing you can do is make some strawberry margaritas.
There are all sorts of specials this month at Yellow Rock Concepts. Check out some of these limited time offerings at Big Orange, Local Lime and ZAZA. Don’t forget to try some of Local Lime’s fare for Taco Tuesday.
Planning to take a vacation this summer? If you swing through Greenwood, Miss., you might want to check out the Viking Cooking School.
If you’re looking for a great dessert recipe, try out Lisa Fischer’s latest cheesecake concoction.
Alton Brown will be coming to Little Rock in 2022, bringing a new culinary show.
Warmer weather is finally here, and that means one thing: progressive dinners. That’s where you can walk around the neighborhood and try out different restaurants in a single evening. I’ve compiled a starting point if you want to give a progressive dinner a go.
Looking to make something lighter at home? Lisa Fischer has the perfect Chicken Noddle Cashew Salad to fill you up without being too heavy.
At AY, we love spotlighting the folks behind the counter at restaurants. That’s why in the May issue, we profiled Heather Baber-Roe, one of the owners of Baja Grill. Make sure to give it a read!
THINK Coffee is building a new drive-thru location in Greenbrier. There’s limited details right now, but we’ll make sure to update you soon.
Make sure to check out this recipe for some delicious eggplant fries.
Red Oak Steakhouse at the Saracen Casino Resort in Pine Bluff will be offering authentic Kobe beef. The restaurant is one of only 38 in the United States to offer the premium Japanese meat.
A new distillery has opened up in eastern Arkansas. Delta Dirt Distillery is making vodka and more at its downtown Helena location.
Apple Blossom Brewing Co. is back in business. After shutting down during the COVID-19 pandemic, new owners have resurrected the NWA favorite.
Looking for a great spot to grab a drink in Little Rock? We’ve got you covered with 20 fantastic Happy Hours around town.
The SoMa Entertainment District has opened back up. Check out this funky neighborhood, dine outside and enjoy the live entertainment Thursday through Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
Chi’s Chinese Cuisine in Little Rock has brought back its popular dim sum. It will be available seven days a week for dine-in and takeout, and dim sum carts will be served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Argenta’s Farmers Market is moving. It will be located at Argenta Plaza at 510 Main Street in North Little Rock and will be open from 7:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
For all the folks in the Greenbrier area, there is a recently opened Italian restaurant. Eat’Italian Restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday. The hours are 11 am to 9 pm on Sunday-Thursday and 11 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday.
Blue Barn Bakery can now be found at Conway Regional Health System in Zeteo Coffee’s new coffee stand.
The Momentary has launched Beer, Bites and Bocce Ball. Open Tuesday through Sunday, this fun happening at Arvest Bank Courtyard gives you the chance to enjoy food from the Momentary Food Truck, sit at the RODE Bar’s outdoor patio and enjoy bocce ball.