Sunday, January 21, 2018

Fairy Tale Delights at Briar Rose Bakery in Farmington.

Miniature pies are adorable. Imagine a place, though, where the adorable pies are outdone by the surroundings, a country cottage in the Ozarks where delectable savory and sweet treats co-exist side by side. Welcome... to the Briar Rose Zone.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Brews, Brisket and a Blackberry Fried Pie at Rockin' Pig Saloon in Eureka Springs.

Honestly, there are all the brews at the Rockin' Pig, a great place to kick back in Eureka Springs. I didn't have one, but that did not keep me from enjoying the relaxed attitude at this bar and restaurant out on the US 62 Bypass.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Put a Pin In Your Slow Roll at Dust Bowl in Little Rock.

The Oklahoma-based concept comes to Little Rock, complete with the soundtrack and style of the 1970s. Let's take a look inside the new Dust Bowl bar, restaurant and bowling center on East Capitol.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sweet and Tangy Sim's Barbecue Riles the Memory.

Established in 1937, some would argue Sim's sauce is the particular flavor one should consider when thinking about barbecue in Little Rock.  Known for fall-apart pork butt, pork ribs and beef brisket, it’s the thin and tangy sweet vinegar sauce that makes this mainstay so memorable.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Destination: Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The start of racing season at Oaklawn is a good time to dive into all the magnificent wonders there are to experience during winter in the Spa City. Here's a fine selection of articles on where to stay, play and dine in Hot Springs.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Great Arkansas Pie Hunt.

Five years ago, everything changed for me when Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State came out. Now I'm back on the trail to see how the pie-loving landscape has changed, and to find all those pies I missed.

The North Delta's Hidden Surprise - Tamale Factory in Gregory.

A Woodruff County horse barn isn't just a showplace for quarter horses on centuries-owned land by an Arkansas Delta farm family. It's also where the tamales for two great Arkansas restaurants are made - and where, every Friday and Saturday night, crowds come in to dine on steak. Let's check out Tamale Factory.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Country Kitchen in Pine Bluff Serves the Best Chili Cheeseburger I Have Ever Eaten.

That's no hyperbole - I've had more than my share of the messy dish and this one, featuring a hand-patted beef patty and housemade chili, served in a genuine 50s diner in the South, beats every other chili cheeseburger I've ever had in my life.

Thing is, though, I wasn't looking for this decadent dish. I was out looking for pie.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Steaks Are High(ly Craved) at Outback Steakhouse in Conway.

The popular Australian-themed chain is a favorite of ours for birthday celebrations, not only for the always-steady fare but because of one tiny kids menu detail.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lights and Pie - Great Places To Get Pie When You Go Out To See Arkansas's Holiday Lights.

Tis the season for robust light displays and holiday cheer - and what better way to get in the mood for viewing the sights of the season than with a nice slice of pie. Check out these recommendations for restaurants open in the evening, serving pie near some of the best light shows in Arkansas this December.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Marlar's Cafeteria in Magnolia Has Opened My Eyes to Raisin Pie.

The humble dessert, often called "funeral pie," has been low on my list of pies to enjoy in Arkansas. But a visit to Marlar's Cafeteria in Lower Arkansas has shown me raisin pie can be a magnificent, syrupy end to a midday meal.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Cool Places to Stay: DeGray Lake Resort State Park.

Whether's it's for the fine fishing, a weekend escape or a celebration, DeGray Lake Resort State Park is flexible. Take a look inside this multi-functional park, one of the most popular destinations in the Arkansas State Parks System.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The 1980s Are Alive at Cavanaugh Pizza in Fort Smith.

Feeding a family cheap is a hard task today - but one Fort Smith classic manages to offer some pretty fantastic pizza for not much. Let's head back to the 1980s for a look inside the timeless Cavanaugh Pizza.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Honeymoon in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Whether you’re honeymooning or wanting to escape for a romantic weekend, Hot Springs is a destination to unfold and enjoy.  The city, wrapped around Hot Springs National Park, is a place to enjoy year-round, with activities and attractions that span the calendar.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

This Is Crazy! Best Cheap Fried Pies at the Bald Knob Phillips 66 Travel Center.

Did that catch your attention? Don't look at this like it's clickbait. Look at it as a service - a delicious service that's about to score you some of the largest fried pies in Arkansas for less than two bucks.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

I've Rather Lucked Out with AirBNB.

Because of what I do for a living and the hobbies that drive me on the side, I spend a lot of time on the road. Because I don't have a lot of money for those overnights, I utilize a lot of cheaper options for lodging. AirBNB makes that easier.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Walk In The Woods - Chihuly In The Forest at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

We're all looking for a little connection. One November afternoon, Grav and I took a walk in the woods to see what it would bring. Mind you, it was $10 a person and we were going to look at a famous glass sculptor's work, but still...

Quick Bite: Fratelli's Pizzeria in Siloam Springs

This quaint little pizza joint in the somewhat undiscovered downtown of one of Arkansas's more mysterious towns puts out one size of pizza in so many varieties. Here's a look inside Fratelli's.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Natalie's in Batesville Tantalizes Me, And It Will Tantalize You Too.

Rarely am I so tempted to throw fate to the wind to try all the things at a restaurant, but the more I saw of Natalie's menu and desserts, the more I had to resist the urge to consume everything.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Quick Bite: The Dive in Conway.

Though I greatly lament the passing some time ago of Saigon Cuisine, the restaurant that's taken its place inside the former Kentucky Fried Chicken on Oak Street near the interstate has a good vibe and, more importantly, an irresistable sandwich I want again right now.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

24 Hour Truck Stop Delights at JJ's Restaurant on I-30.

What ever happened to the old greasy spoons, the roadside eateries where you could get breakfast or a burger any hour of the day? There's still one in operation between Malvern and Benton on Interstate 30. Let's stop in at JJ's Restaurant.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

150+ Restaurants to Consider for Induction Into Arkansas's Food Hall of Fame.

Note: Save this for reference for voting in next year's Arkansas Food Hall of Fame!

I've been asked who I'd vote for on this year's nominating ballot for Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. I can't tell you that, but I can share some of the really cool stories I've written on Arkansas's classic restaurants.

Hold on folks, this'll be a long one.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Arkansas State Fair's Strangest Fair Fare.

While this year's Arkansas State Fair has some unusual and outright freakish items on its menu (scorpion pizza, anyone?), the annual October event has been the place to find even odder selections in its past.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The 2017 Arkansas State Fair Food Guide.

As you've come to expect from Tie Dye Travels, here's a comprehensive alphabetic list of all the really cool food available at the Arkansas State Fair this year. Do note that prices and items will be updated as they're located on the fairgrounds. Check back when you're ready to go, and be sure to bookmark this site on your phone.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

Terri-Lynn's BBQ and Deli is a Little Rock Neighborhood Secret.

Or, at least it has been until now. Since 1960, patrons have lined up for lunch five days a week to enjoy some of Little Rock's most underrated smoked meats and two delectable pie. Oh, and when you go to Terri-Lynn's, don't forget your deviled eggs.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Ten Years of Tie Dye Traveling.

It's hard to believe I've been writing the stories and sharing my adventures for ten years. Tie Dye Travels hasn't just become part of the story of Arkansas and its food, it's become a news source in itself - and my primary portal to the world.