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.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

9 Great Little Rock Restaurants I Discovered During Little Rock Restaurant Month.

With August coming to a close, my quest to re-experience Little Rock through the lens of its great restaurants and locations is complete. More new stories are coming - but first, here's ten restaurants that flew below my radar until they came into focus during the promotion, and the best thing I liked about each.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Eat The Room - Dining In The Ottenheimer Market Hall at the Little Rock River Market.

A delectable variety of cuisine is available under one roof in downtown Little Rock. Let's venture inside the Ottenheimer Market Hall along President Clinton Avenue to find a great place for breakfast or lunch in the Little Rock River Market.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Parallada Jalisco'z at Taqueria Jalisco'z Knocked My Scarf Off.

I kid you not - I went, I experienced, I enjoyed and now I have no clue what happened to my scarf after experiencing this Little Rock Restaurant Month special at this Baseline Road taqueria.

Friday, August 18, 2017

It's About Time We Talked About Big Orange.

For a traveler who's often asked about the hidden gem and the older restaurants and places to catch a bite, I'm full of information. But somehow I've skirted around one of the largest developments in the Little Rock dining scene for six years now. It's about time I changed that.

See, Big Orange isn't small, quaint or unexplored. It's large, groovy and well loved by thousands of food lovers. And it has the largest chance of putting Arkansas on the world burger franchise map. Seriously. Let me explain.

Homer's West Hangs Onto Comfort Food's Greatest Hits in Little Rock.

In an age where Little Rock's food scene is turning more towards trendy, fashionable and hot, Homer's West remains steadfastly secure in a more langurous moment of the past. And that's A-OK.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Flipping Over to the B Side Again in Little Rock.

I can't say I've written about this B Side Bistro before. Sure, there was a restaurant of that name here at one point, and it was dear to me. What I encountered this time was pretty solid and showed lots of promise, but is it the same? Not in the least.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pieday: Key Lime Pie at Capers.

Rarely am I ever surprised by a pie. But this one - which I've overlooked in my travels, deserves a special measure of notice. After all, it's not often you get chocolate in your Key lime the way you do at Capers.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Growing Up with The Purple Cow.

Restaurants that cater to the kid in all of us tend to get a lot of family traffic. That's certainly the case for us. For celebrations and the like, or just for a special treat, there's always the Purple Cow - which not only has the eponymous milkshake on the menu but a whole lot of different eats to boot.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Peaceful Corner and A Welcome Quiet at the H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden.

Incongruously set between a bridge and a convention center on a downtown streetcorner, this secret garden is open to all every hour of the day. Let's take a look inside the H.U. Lee International Gate and Garden, and learn the significance of its location in Little Rock.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

She Had Me At Duck Fat - A First Visit to Skye's Little Bistro.

An opportunity to dig into a new eatery as part of a great promotion? I'll take it. But I certainly wasn't expecting the ridiculously gorgeous flavors I encountered at Skye's Little Bistro on Third Street in Little Rock. So worth the visit.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Quick Bite: The $12 Brisket Special at Capital Bar and Grill.

During Little Rock Restaurant Month's downtown-focused first week, Capital Bar and Grill inside The Capital Hotel Hotel downtown is offering a beef brisket sandwich with housemade barbecue sauce and fries for $12. I think it needs to become part of the regular menu. Here's why.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The World at our Front Door - Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock.

Heifer International's World Headquarter grounds aren't just a place for the decisions to be made for a global non-profit. They're also a place to exerience an urban adventure - and a great lunch to boot.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Eat the City: The Little Rock Special.

Arkansas and the Mid South in general could be considered my running ground. I’ve traveled our surrounding states, explored nooks and crannies all over Arkansas and expounded on the merits of different cities within and without. But Little Rock is my hometown.

This city at the touchpoint of Arkansas’ River Valley, Delta, Ouachita and Ozark region has a unique cuisine all its own – and it’s far more than cheese dip. While I’ve expounded greatly on its classics, I’ve fallen behind on talking about a lot of the new places in town, and on reminding you of the magnificent eateries we have to offer. Little Rock Restaurant Month is time for me to remedy that. It’s not just an opportunity to share the good food here. It’s a chance for you to explore great dishes and delights – with some really smart deals.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Off The Main Highway Find the One of a Kind Cafe.

Sometimes you have to turn off the highway, follow the signs and see what's at the end of a path. We did just that Saturday, and found a permanent sandwich stand that's quaint, cute and serves some marvelous food, too - right between Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village off Arkansas Scenic Highway Seven. Let's check out the One of a Kind Cafe.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Shangri-La Resort is Preserved in Time (and has magnificent pie to boot).

Ever want to step back in time and experience the 1950s? Arkansas's version of A Summer Place sits along the south shore of Lake Ouachita, and its cafe is the dominion of one of Arkansas's best and most experienced pie makers. Let's check out the Shangri-La.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Irish Maid - The Story of Two Arkansas Doughnut Shops.

Irish Maid is a beloved named in doughnuts for two very different Arkansas towns. Find out where this homegrown pastry brand came from, and where it's gone to since.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oh Susie Q, Baby I Love You, Susie Q Malt Shop in Rogers.

Believe it or not, the teal colored dairy bar in Rogers wasn't named after the song written by Dale Hawkins and performed by many, including Creedence Clearwater Revival. The story behind the name of the popular summertime treat stand and how it got its name, right here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dale's Donuts Were The First Amazing Thing I Ever Put In My Mouth.

We're not talking about as a food writer, or even an adult. My first restaurant food memories are of this little shack on a triangle in Benton, Arkansas, and I still to this day can't walk into the place without overwhelming nostalgia.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

That Night I Drank The Best Tequila At Cantina Laredo With My Friend Leif And Remembered It All.

I am not a tequila drinker. Honestly, I usually avoid tequila because so many of the off-brands give me heartburn something fierce. But on an invite, I went to Cantina Laredo in Little Rock's Midtown District and found that yes, I could rather enjoy the popular beverage, especially when conjured into gorgeous beverages and served alongside a rather brilliant menu at a special dinner. So... want to see what happened?

White House Cafe - The Oldest Restaurant in Arkansas.

Ever wondered what restaurant could solidly claim the title of oldest restaurant in Arkansas? Here's your amswer. Let's talk about the Camden mainstay that's spent generations serving travelers and locals in southwest Arkansas.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Charlotte's Eats & Sweets in Keo, Mecca for Pie Lovers.

Since 1993, this restaurant in the old downtown in Keo has been packed with customers who line up an hour before the doors open. Find out just why Charlotte's Eats & Sweets has gained the renown it enjoys today.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Patrick's Burgers Remind Me of What Burgers Should Be.

A visit to the local classic in Springdale means sliding off the beaten path, entering a world dedicated to local sports fans, and forgetting any sort of cynicism about the direction the humble burger has taken lately. I'm really glad I found my way to Patrick's.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Milder Marinara is at Mama Z's in Tontitown.

The northwest Arkansas city of Tontitown is where the Ozark traditionn of fried chicken and spaghetti took off. Today, two restaurants carry that tradition onwards - and of the two, Mama Z's is definitely the more mild.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All Sorts Of Things at Alley Oops in Little Rock.

West Little Rock’s longstanding local hang-out still serves burgers, po’boys, cheese dip and chess pie to another generation of customers. Let’s check out Alley-Oops.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Coffee at Andina Cafe is an Awesome Way to Start a Date in Little Rock.

Little Rock’s River Market District isn't just a great destination for tourists - it's Date Night City. Whether you're meeting someone new or want to explore with an old beau, there’s a whole lot going on. Andina Cafe is the best place to commence your morning, lunch or early evening adventures.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Star of India Continues To Shine as an Arkansas Classic.

You may not think about Indian food when you're considering Arkansas cuisine - but one Little Rock restarateur and his popular eatery have become part of the culinary lexicon in this state. Let me tell you about the magical place that is Star of India.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

14 Excellent Arkansas Late Spring Festivals.

Searching for something to do over the next several weekends? Here are a bevy of great weekend events coming up - including some of Arkansas's best food festivals - to mark on your schedule.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Strawberry Season in Arkansas.

In Arkansas, we mark the passing of our seasons with food. The true sign of real spring here is marked with the red almost heart-shaped berries that bring with them the sweet-tart mark of vernal promise - the strawberry.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waveland Ground Zero Hurricane Museum - A Place To Remember.

Hurricane Katrina, which walloped the Gulf Coast in August 2005, has been referred to as the worst weather disaster the United States has ever encountered. At this city center in the town of Waveland, the disaster's personal notes are remembered in vivid, clear detail.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Get a Roast Beef Po'Boy at the Lunch Box in Waveland.

A sound piece advice for anyone traveling the Mississippi West Coast - skip fancier places for a good old-fashioned lunch room and one of the best po'boy sandwiches I've ever had in my life. It's time to go try the Lunch Box in Waveland.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Book Excerpt: The Revisitation by Kat Robinson.

These past few years, I've fostered the idea of becoming a fiction writer. I think I've got a real knack for the genre now, and it's time to move on. Here's an excerpt from my upcoming book, The Revisitation.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Best Po'Boy Bargains on the Mississippi West Coast are at Claiborne Hills Supermarket in Waveland.

Everyone likes a good deal, right? So here's one for you, next time you're in the Waveland-Bay St. Louis area of coastal Mississippi. To say the least, we were quite impressed with Claiborne Hills Supermarket - especially after perusing the po'boys on the menu at so many other local establishments.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Road Eats: Butter Krisp Donuts of Covington, Louisiana.

Sometimes you backtrack because you've heard something amazing about a place you passed up. This time, we backtracked to a location we missed two years ago, because of a name and a sign. Results? Doughnuts. See what we found at Butter Krisp Diner.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Steaks of the Delta: Farmer's Grocery in Glen Allen, Mississippi.

What is it about the Mississippi River Alluvial Plain that creates a craving and satisfaction for good steaks? Grav and I discover another great morsel of beef goodness on State Highway 1.