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Where can you find the best cheese dips in Arkansas? Here's a starter for you... which by no means can completely cover every great restaurant to serve the dish. Be sure to add your own in the comments!
Abuelos. This is an alphabetic list, but Abuelo's deserves mention, even if it's a chain. Abuelos' Chili con Queso is blended with Anaheim and Poblano peppers for a hint of heat.
4005 West Walnut * Rogers * (479) 621-0428 * abuelos.com
|American Pie's non-traditional white.|
9709 Maumelle Blvd. * Maumelle * (501) 758-8800
4830 North Hills * North Little Rock * (501) 753-0081
10902 Colonel Glenn * Little Rock * (501) 225-1900
|Arkansas Burger Company's white queso.|
7410 Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 663-0600 * arkansasburgercompany.com
|Yellow dip and chips at Atkinson's Blue Diamond Cafe.|
1800 East Harding * Morrilton * (501) 354-4253 * Facebook
|Balcony Restaurant's yellow dip.|
12 Spring Street * Eureka Springs * (479) 253-7837 * website
Buffalo Grill. One of Little Rock's classic dips, the yellow dip is calm and mild and served up with big round yellow tortilla chips. For some reason they now serve the dip on the signature Tortilla Flats instead of cheese... but that's all right. Perfect for dipping that quesadilla.
1611 Rebsamen Park Rd. * Little Rock * (501) 296-9535 * buffalogrilllr.com
|Cactus Jack's white queso.|
4120 East McCain, * North Little Rock * (501) 945-5888
755 Club Lane * Conway * (501) 730-0022
Capers. This cilantro-enhanced white cheese dip carries great flavors of roasted peppers. You really need to get it with the fresh veggie-packed salsa for the full experience.
14502 Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 868-7600 * capersrestaurant.com
6820 Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 280-9888
18321 Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 868-8822
Oppenheimer Market Hall at the River Market * Little Rock* (501) 372-6637
Casa Mexicana. Sherwood's cheap eats spot for Ark-Mex food offers a slightly spicy white cheese dip that goes well on anything.
4091 E. Kiehl Avenue * Sherwood * (501) 831-2787
|Cheddar's yellow Velveeta-style dip.|
3907 Phoenix Avenue * Fort Smith * (479) 649-5959
400 South University * Little Rock * (501) 614-7578
2123 Stadium Blvd * Jonesboro * (870) 934-0223
Cheers in the Heights. Deep yellow, sharp and smooth dip usually served with tricolor chips. Get the chili with it.
2010 North Van Buren * Little Rock * (501) 663-5937 * cheersith.com
|Chip's dip is full of spices.|
9801 West Markham * Little Rock * (501) 225-4346 * chips-barbecue.com
Chip's closed July 2016.
|Go for the Chip & Dip trio for best value at The Cow Pen.|
|Dizzy's dip is deep.|
200 River Market Avenue #150 * Little Rock * (501) 375-3500 * dizzysgypsybistro.net
Don Jose. The cheese dip here is very mild, very white and somewhat runny.
200 Holiday Drive * Forrest City * (870) 630-9884
E.J.'s Eats and Drinks. Yes, there's a cheese dip. Startlingly, I have yet to try it. I have to rectify that. Watch this space.
523 Center Street * Little Rock * (501) 666-3700 * ejslittlerock.com
El Porton. Smooth, white constantly the same mild cheese dip.
12111 West Markham * Little Rock * (501) 223-8588 * elportonmexicanrestaurants.com
|El Sol's pale yellow dip with salsa and chips.|
3801 South Camden Road * Pine Bluff * (870) 879-2820 * Facebook
|Faby's steak-lade queso fundido.|
2915 Dave Ward Drive * Conway * (501) 329-5151
1023 Front Street * Conway * (501) 513-1199
Flying Burrito. There are actually two cheese dips at the Flying Burrito - white and yellow - but forget just getting the dip and get the Flying Cheese Dip, which comes with your choice of dip, ground beef, rice, salsa and refried beans IN THE DIP. Great thin chips, too.
540 West Dickson Street * Fayetteville * (479) 521-3000
7022 West Sunset * Springdale * (479) 419-9400
1401 S. Walton * Bentonville * (479) 715-6590
The Fold. Thick, creamy white cheese dip served with equally thick chips. Hearty.
3501 Old Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 916-9706 * thefoldlr.com
411 SE Walton Blvd. * Bentonville * (479) 273-9958 * Facebook
Godsey’s Grill. Godsey’s sells a traditional Rotel and Velveeta dip, along with about eight other dips. The Drunken Chicken dip includes smoked chicken -- and the Chicken Enchilada dip that comes so heavy on the spices you won’t be able to tell there’s Velveeta under the surface on those homemade potato chips.
226 South Main St. * Jonesboro * (870) 336-1988 * godseysgrill.com
|Traditional Velveeta and Rotel at Hamburger Barn.|
Hamburger Barn. The Arkadelphia mainstay still serves up the same sort of cheese dip you'd come to expect at any backyard barbecue -- the traditional straight-up Velveeta and Rotel dip.
2813 West Pine Street * Arkadelphia * (870) 246-5556 * Facebook
Hog Haus. White. BEER. Cheese. Dip.
430 West Dickson Street * Fayetteville * (479) 521-2739 * hoghaus.com
5601 Ranch Road * Little Rock * (501) 868-4311 * izzyslittlerock.com
Jose's. The "famous" chile con queso is pretty good... the white poblano cheese dip with chorizo is purportedly better.
324 West Dickson Street * Fayetteville * (479) 521-0194 * oleforjoses.com
|Blue Mesa style cheese dip at Juanita's.|
614 President Clinton Avenue * Little Rock *(501) 372-1228 * juanitas.com
Juanita's has closed.
Loca Luna. The Roasted Green Chile Con Queso is starting to gather a real following. It's sharp, spicy, fresh and served up with tricolor chips that somehow aren’t as colorful as that great queso flavor.
3519 Old Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 663-4666 * loca-luna.com
|The original Taco Kid cheese sauce at Local Lime.|
17809 Chenal Parkway * Little Rock * (501) 448-2226 * locallimetaco.com
Main Cheese. The lovely flavor of well-roasted chipotle peppers comes out so well in this southwestern-style dip.
14524 Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 367-8082 * themaincheese.com
Maria’s. The smooth mild creamy Queso Blanco is the best cheese dip I've had in Fort Smith, with lovely complex flavors of Queso Asadero and Monterrey Jack. Just a tiny bit better than the Chile “Coin” Queso they also do.
8640 Rogers Avenue *Fort Smith * (479) 452-2328 * mariasmexicanrestaurant.biz
MarketPlace Grill. Here, they call it "grilled queso" and set it on fire, but it's still cheese dip to me.
600 Skyline Drive * Conway * (501) 336-0011
1636 S, 48th Street * Springdale * (479) 750-5200
Marlo's Taco Shack. Ridiculously cheap and good yellow cheese dip.
1192 N. Garland * Fayetteville * (479) 521-4211
|Smoked Queso with beef brisket at Mean Pig BBQ.|
3096 Bill Foster Memorial Highway * Cabot * (501) 941-5489 * themeanpigbbq.com
Mexico Chiquito. Of course, it's the standard by which all other cheese dips are judged, the first and still the most elusive to pin down. Created after a visit to Mexico and based on real American and Mexican cheese, the deep spice mix marks the uniqueness of its flavor with lots of paprika, cumin and heaven knows what else. Still as addictive as always.
13924 Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 217-0700
1135 Skyline Drive * Conway * (501) 205-1985
4511 Camp Robinson Road * North Little Rock * (501) 771-1604
|Classic yellow dip at Nick's Barbecue and Catfish.|
Nick's Barbecue and Catfish. A slightly sharp yellow dip best with the matching cumin-infused salsa and thin and crispy tortilla chips.
1012 S. Bankhead * Carlisle * (870) 552-3887 * nicksbq.com
|Pancho's cheese dip is served cold.|
3600 East Broadway * West Memphis * (870) 735-6466 * panchoscheesedip.com
Papa Joe's. A good hearty yellow dip that goes very well with the burgers served at this Humnoke secret.
12295 Highway 165 * Humnoke * (870) 275-8001
Patron. There are several restaurants around the state with the Patron name, but my favorite is on Towson in Fort Smith. Cheese dip is good but the three salsas served with complimentary chips are even better. Mix and match.
4416 Towson Avenue * Fort Smith * (479) 648-1130
Purple Cow. Yes, Purple Cow has cheese dip. What, you didn't know?
8026 Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 221-3555
11602 Chenal Parkway * Little Rock * (501) 224-4433
Villages at Hendrix - 1055 Steel Blvd. * Conway * (501) 205-4211
1490 Higdon Ferry Road * Hot Springs * (501) 625-7999
Riviera Maya. Impossibly smooth white dip that goes well on EVERYTHING at the restaurant... fajitas, guacamole, even the sopapillas. You think I'm kidding?
801 Fair Park * Little Rock * (501) 663-4800
1217 Ferguson Drive Suite 1 * Benton * (501) 776-4140
Rodney's Handlebar and Grill. If it's at a motorcycle enthusiast hangout, it has to be good, right? This dip is three cheeses melded together with sausage.
9110 Interstate 30 * Little Rock * (501) 562-1144 * Website
|Rolando's queso fundido makes marvelous strings.|
210 Central Avenue * Hot Springs * (501) 318-6054
223 Garrison Avenue (Fort Smith), (479) 573-0404
509 W Spring Street (Fayetteville), (479) 251-1650
Santo Coyote. Thin but packed with flavor, Santo Coyote’s light cheese dip matches its light and crispy housemade tortilla chips. And you can get your dip full of stuff, like the El Santo Dip that's full of shrimp, chicken and beef chunks. You'll need a fork with that. They also have about 100 tequilas on board.
11610 Pleasant Ridge #110 * Little Rock * (501) 225-1300
2513 McCain Blvd. * North Little Rock * (501) 753-9800.
Senor Tequila. This cloying, almost sticky queso likes to grab your chip. With excellent cling, it’s the perfect pungent dip for mixing with the restaurant’s lightly spicy cilantro-heavy salsa. Also good on the enchiladas. Multiple locations.
|Smokehouse BBQ's dip includes pulled smoked pork.|
601 Malcolm * Newport * (870) 217-0228
|There's a lot of great spices in Sparky's Queso Rojo.|
147 E. Van Buren * Eureka Springs * (479) 253-6001 * sparkysroadhouse.com
|Stick with classic Stoby's yellow dip.|
805 Donaghey * Conway * (501) 327-5447
Taco Mama. This excellent made-from-scratch white sauce cheese dip is heavy on the mozzarella and slyly hints at cilantro, cumin and chipotle peppers.
1209 Malvern Avenue * Hot Springs * (501) 624-6262 * tacomama.net
Taco Pronto. The cheese dip, a thick yellow goo, hasn't changed since this restaurant has opened in the 1960s.
4350 Central Avenue * Hot Springs * (501) 525-7309
4350 Central Avenue * Hot Springs * (501) 525-7309
|Cover your taco burger with cheese dip at Taco Rio.|
1713 Paragound Plaza * Paragould * (870) 236-8307 * Facebook
Taco Villa. This smooth yellow cheese dip has a strong garlic flavor; thick tortilla chips are always on hand for dipping. Also good on the apple sticks, strangely enough.
420 East 4th Street * Russellville * (479) 968-1191
Tarasco's The former food truck eatery is now in a shop on Front Street, and serving up silky white cheese dip.
217 North Front Street * Dardanelle * (479) 477-3108 * Facebook
Taylor's Steakhouse. The dry-aged steaks are new, but folks have been coming to Taylor's Grocery, the establishment this restaurant was born from, for decades.
14201 Highway 54 * Dumas * (870) 382-5349 * Facebook
Terri-Lynn's. Yellow, smooth, best served with chili over tamales.
10102 North Rodney Parham * Little Rock * (501) 227-6371 * terrilynns.com
|Fries are served with cheese dip at Tidwell's Dairy Bar.|
511 Front Street SW * Lonoke * (501) 686-2812
Trio's Restaurant. Capi Peck's amazing goat and Jack cheese queso fundido with honey drizzle is only on the Sunday brunch menu, but it is SO worth it. Trio's also offers a Cowboy Cheese Dip on its catering menu.
8201 Cantrell Road * Little Rock * (501) 221-3330 * triosrestaurant.com
|Judy's White at U.S. Pizza Co.|
West End Smokehouse. This bar's Chili con Queso really is what it sounds like -- cheese dip blended with black bean chili. Pretty good!
215 North Shackleford * Little Rock * (501) 224-7665 * westendsmokehouse.net
Hungry? Want to make your own? Check out these great cheese dip recipes from fellow Arkansas bloggers:
Creamy Sausage Cheese Dip from Razorback Britt
Texas Best Cheese Dip from Burlap & Beestings
Skinny Spinach Dip from Enticing Healthy Eating
Queso Blanco Dip from Sugar Spice and Spilled Milk