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.


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.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Jeri-Lin Donuts, An Arkansas Breakfast Classic.

Long heralded as a barbecue mecca, Blytheville is home to another Arkansas classic that stands out not only as a long-runner with great pastries, but for its eclectic location. Let's check out Jeri-Lin's doughnuts.

Yes, I Ate A Snow Booger, and You Will Want To, Too.

The name evokes prepubescent gross-out contests with other kids, but the product served at this rural south Mississippi dessert stand is something you'll return for, despite the name. Let's go get a Snow Booger or two, together.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Epic Road Trip on Arkansas's Great River Road

Much is made of the Great River Road in Mississippi. But did you know this national pathway crosses 11 states on both sides of Big Muddy? Here's a helpful list of attractions along Arkansas's stretch of that colorful motorway, from Missouri's arch to the flat Delta crossing into Louisiana.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Taste of Argentina - Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe in Little Rock's River Market.

Taking on a spot formerly held by Juanita's Cantina and Bill Street, Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe hopes to draw diners down the stairs for Argentinian fare in the popular River Market District. This just might be the place to make a permanent residence of 614 President Clinton Avenue.

Epic Arkansas Roadtrip Itinerary on US 82 from Texarkana to Lake Village.

Explore Lower Arkansas on a great stretch of highway, affectionately referred to as Arkansas's Bandit Gambit. Find out what US Highway 82 between Texarkana and Lake Village has to offer with this great itinerary.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I Had A Dream... The Inaugural Class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame.

Several Arkansas restaurants and food professionals received a brand new top accolade in their field last night. Let me tell you about the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame and its inaugural class.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Secret Arkansas Escapes for a Romantic Weekend or Holiday.

Valentine's Day falls on a Tuesday this year, which opens up a lot of great possibilities for celebrating the holiday. Perhaps you'd like a mid-week escape with your sweetheart - or maybe you'd prefer to surprise your partner at dinner with whispers of a lovely weekend ahead.

But with so little time to book, where are you going to find a place to spend the night together?

Check out my list of amazing places that are still available (as of this writing) where you and your love can escape for romance in Arkansas.

Monday, January 23, 2017

25 Magnificent Arkansas Pies You Have To Try Right Now.

We all love pie. And in Arkansas, we all love pie a LOT. Come check out some of the best pies in the state and where to find them.

I love pie. I'm constantly asked which is my favorite. Now, I can give you a couple of handfuls of answers. Dig through this list for great pies you can find all over The Natural State.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Daisy Queen in Marshall: 51 Years and Counting.

Marshall is home to a couple of grand Arkansas classics - both of which turned 50 in 2016. Before you head out to a show at the Kenda Drive-In, or wander out to the Buffalo National River, stop in at the Daisy Queen and sit a spell.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dinerland: Littlefield's Cafe in North Little Rock.

Dining at all the fancy and new places is glamorous, but when the average joe needs a bite to eat at lunch, a good old fashioned diner fits the bill. That's exactly what you get at Littlefield's Diner in North Little Rock.