The Farm to Table movement is changing the way we eat in Arkansas. People these days want to know where their food comes from, who grows it and how it was harvested. This past decade, we’ve seen a number of restaurants start offering dishes created only with resources found in a 100-mile radius.
Just north of Harrison, you can have a dinner that was literally swimming
The restaurant and the rainbow trout farm associated it were originally located alongside U.S. Highway 65. But the route changed in 1982, and the highway passed to the west and above the hollow both are located in. A few years ago, another bypass went completely around the Bear Creek Springs community.
click here to read about the DeVito family history).
These days, you can bring your family for a meal at the DeVito’s place any time. Or, if you call in advance, you can arrange to catch your dinner. My daughter Hunter and I did just that a while back, on our epic Spring Break on 7 trip.
Well, she was hooked. She cast out again and again, and she managed to bring in a lot of fish. Now, you
You can have your trout a myriad of ways. Trout Fingers are very popular… lightly breaded slices of trout deep fried and served up with tartar sauce.
This particular day,
The truly best way to have the trout, in my opinion, doesn’t make the menu and it’s only offered rarely. That’s the Trout Pate, a smoked trout made into an amazing concoction served with club crackers. It is ridiculously good.
I chose the pesto trout, a favorite of mine, and was pretty happy with what came to the table - fresh, flavorful trout broiled with the expertly paired house-made pesto DeVito's should also be famous for.
I should tell you, DeVito’s also offers all sorts of great Italian specialties. The ravioli is masterful, especially the toasted ravioli, which is filled with parmesan and mozzarella cheese and bits of salami.
There are a lot of other good dishes, many of which are pictured below this article.
I'm also a big fan of the housemade bread, which is served with butter.
But on this particular afternoon, Hunter and I decided to try a couple of other dishes.
And for her, that meant taking on this lemon cheesecake.
Hunter's response? Challenge accepted.
As far as I was concerned, I had to tackle this thing...
So next time you’re thinking farm to table, consider the fish farm at Bear Creek Springs and some magnificent Italian food at DeVito’s. For more information call (870) 741-8832 or check out the website at www.devitosrestaurant.com.
And now, more photos!
|My regular go-to when I go to DeVito's is Trout Italiano with the fettuccini Alfredo. How do I know this?|
|Seems like I photograph it every time.|
|There's also the grilled chicken over the fettuccini Alfredo... it's not on the menu, but they'll make it, and it's also very, very good.|
|If you're going for healthy, you might try your trout grilled with broccoli. You still get that great fresh trout.|
|The opposite of that grilled trout is this hot fudge dessert I once encountered on the specials board. It was packed with fudge brownie bits and ice cream and it took three of us to tackle it.|
|The very first thing Grav ever tried as far as entrees go at DeVito's was this pesto trout, and it's his go-to.|
|Just so you can see the bits inside this fried ravioli, here ya go.|
|And this is just an artsy fartsy shot.|