Thrillist put out a United States food map in August 2013 that allegedly purported to define said states by their most prevalent food chain. I'm guessing folks were smart enough to hide this from me, knowing the rant that would come when I discovered that this... website... chose Slim Chickens to represent Arkansas.
Of course, my answer was ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?
Now, an answer like that does nothing to progress the argument or educate the author... but a good blog about some better choices would certainly help. So here's suggestions on Arkansas chain restaurants that could have better fit that Natural State-shaped hole.
The writer, Matt Lynch, lists notes on why he chose each restaurant for each state. His assessment for us? Arkansas: Slim Chickens was founded in 2003 in Fayetteville and has grown to 10 locations
That's... pretty weak. Just because there are 10 locations... hell, Matt, have you ever BEEN to Arkansas?
I'm not dissing Slim Chickens. Their fried mushrooms are a guilty pleasure, and they do a decent job at quick chicken. I'm just saying that there are far better candidates for this representational map.
Other chains that might make the claim soon? Here's a quick list:
Big Orange (2 locations)
David's Burgers (4 locations and a food truck)
Jose's Mexican Grill (3 locations)
Marketplace Grill (4 locations)
Purple Cow (4 locations in Arkansas, 3 in Texas)
Rolando's Restaurante (3 locations)
Sweet Bay Coffee Company (5 locations in Ft. Smith & NWA)
Sim's Barbecue (3 locations)
ZaZa Salad and Pizza (2 locations)
So, did Thrillist get this wrong? What Arkansas-based restaurant chain do you think needed to make this map?
UPDATE: Fixed the number for Boulevard Bread locations.
Larry's Pizza? With at least 14 locations and more on the way, this 1992 Arkansas upstart is expanding at a fanatical rate. Did you know there's one in Michigan?