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Dining

A guide to open-air dining in Central Arkansas

Al fresco all the time.

Little Rock River Market's Ottenheimer Hall open for business

Ottenheimer Hall, the River Market's public food court-style market, which has been shuttered for over a year, is welcoming back vendors and the public this Saturday.
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The movers and shakers of the Central Arkansas condiment world

A survey of some of our local favorites.

UPDATE: Easter Sunday dining guide

Some restaurants are offering take-home meals suitable for those uneasy about getting out into the holiday crowds.

Kream Kastle is a greasy spoon and a living fossil

One might be tempted to call this place a throwback to an earlier era, an atavism, a living fossil. But we just call it that little drive-in on Highway 70 — you know, that tastee-freeze between Ten Mile Creek and the Lonsdale turnoff, the place where all the trucks are parked.

Restaurant owners can open up dining capacity to 100%, but many think it’s too soon

Arkansas restaurants can now fill to capacity in spectacular pre-pandemic fashion. But we’re still in a pandemic, with a largely unvaccinated workforce of servers and front-of-house staff facing the public.

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Chef Payne Harding of Cache Restaurant competes in worldwide Favorite Chef competition

Harding noticed in an email that he’d been selected for the contest shortly after going through two casting rounds for the Food Network’s Guy Fieri show “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

Coffee delivered

There’s no shortage of locally roasted, delicious coffee in Arkansas. Roasters that sell online and will ship beans to your door include Brave New Restaurant, Fidel & Co., Doomsday Coffee (Fayetteville), Stirling Roastery (Booneville), Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee, RoZark Hills Coffee Roastery (Rose Bud) and Big Cuppa Roasting (Morrilton). 

Pridgin Family Brewery joins growing list of small-town Arkansas beermakers

Opening a brewery was a gamble for the Pridgin family. Even with Country Monks and Prestonrose seeing success nearby, beer tastes in Logan County still tip towards cheap industrial lagers.

‘It’s fine, though, all I had this morning was a smoothie’: A pandemic food diary

An assignment to compile a list of cheap eats in Central Arkansas in December coalesced, for Arkansas Times Associate Editor Rhett Brinkley, with a “Twin Peaks” viewing streak, a stubborn commitment to drinking water and a local restaurant takeout scene scrambling to weather the weirdest of winters.
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Arkansas’s star from India: Sami Lal

“Anyone who comes to dine in or order takeout are my guests coming to my home,” Lal said.

The timeless appeal of Newport's Postmaster Spirits

If that name clangs any bells, if it whispers of any hangovers past, it’s likely because of the all-too-timely product that brought an orange wave of headlines back in April 2019: Trump Tonic. (“Trump tonic will grab you by your ‘wherever,’ ” the back of the bottle reads.)

Arkansas chefs offer favorite recipes

The holiday season looks different this year. Because of the pandemic, many people won’t be celebrating with as many friends and family as they have in the past. But the smaller table might bring an opportunity to spend more creative time in the kitchen.

Bentonville's The Preacher's Son announces new chef

The Preacher’s Son, the downtown Bentonville restaurant located in a restored historic church, has announced that it will welcome Arkansas native Neal Gray as its new executive chef. Current executive chef, Matthew Cooper, is leaving the restaurant in pursuit of a new project with his last service on Sat., Dec. 12.
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MeMe’s Twisted Potato serves up affordable vegan food with a twist

“My philosophy is eating healthy shouldn’t break your pockets, it shouldn’t be limited to one class of person. Healthy food should be available for everyone,” Coleman said.

Vegan bakery franchise Cinnaholic coming to West Little Rock this winter

Little Rock’s Cinnaholic, opening this winter at 12800 Chenal Parkway, suite 7, joins nearly 40 existing locations in the US.
Exterior of East Sixth Brewery.

East Sixth Brewing Co. closes taproom, cites rise in COVID-19 cases

East Sixth Brewing Co., formerly Rebel Kettle, in Little Rock's East Village neighborhood, has elected to close its taproom due to safety concerns with the rise of COVID-19 cases as winter approaches.

Kaleidoscope Film Festival goes virtual, DOT's virtual EP release party, chili cha cha in person

Here's some things going on this weekend if you can rip yourself away from the election results.

Vote for your favorite restaurants!

Since 1981, the Arkansas Times has asked its readers to vote for the best restaurants in the state. Through Nov. 29, support your favorite restaurant by voting in our annual Readers Choice Awards. It's the 40th anniversary of the poll this year, and it's sponsored by Ben E. Keith.

The Faded Rose giving staff Election Day off

Laurie David, who along with husband Ed and son Zac own the New Orleans-style Cajun restaurant The Faded Rose on Rebsamen Park Road, said they've thought about closing the store for the last several presidential elections but just never pulled the trigger.
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