Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley. Thanks to the U.S. Army installation Fort Chaffee, all sorts of international influences have been made on Arkansas food in this section of the state - from the brides that came back from World War II and the later peace with U.S. servicement (see Emmy's German Restaurant) to the Vietnamese and Cambodean refugees airlifted to the camp from southeast Asia in 1975 and 1976, to the Cuban refugees in 1980 and later the refugees from the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Add in a Mexican influx from immigrants coming north, and Fort Smith is indeed a melting pot.
This pot has a lot of components in its stew, including a remarkable number of Asian restaurants. They range from Chinese to Korean to Thai, and they're all unique. This post is about a little place on Midland that doesn't look like much but it's really dang good.
|Right before we left, about 20 minutes after closing.|
There were a lot of diners that night, and even more coming in to the restaurant to pick up to-go orders. The restaurant was loud, both from the chatter of its patrons and a cacaphony from the kitchen, a banging of utensils against pots and the hiss of steaming and frying. The scent of dozens of spices, heated meats, freshly chopped onions and hot sauces came together in a quilt of senses.
beef, carrots, onion,
3758 Midland Blvd.
Fort Smith, AR 72904