Sara travels to Arkansas to learn about wild life conservation and to prepare deep fried rice puppies and catfish with a local farmer, Eric Vaught, and his family. While she’s there, she discovers some of the best kept secrets about Arkansas’ food, from a famous pie shop to a James Beard Awards winning barbecue joint that serves just one thing: pulled pork.
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the Vaught family
Five Oaks Lodge in Humphrey, Arkansas: Five Oaks provides several different types of resource habitats for migratory and wintering waterfowl. It is a full service hunting lodge for duck and waterfowl hunters, as well as corporate retreats and meetings. www.fiveoaksducklodge.com
and the Arkansas tourist board. https://www.arkansas.com
ARKANSAS FOODIE ROAD TRIP: Here are some of the Arkansas food purveyors we profiled
Charlottes Eats and Sweets in Keo, Arkansas – Located in an historic pharmacy building, complete with old walnut soda fountain. They serve sandwiches, including the famous “Keo Klassic,” salads, burgers, shakes, sundaes, malts; homemade pies, cakes. Their coconut pie was selected as one of the top pies in the South by Southern Living Magazine readers.
290 Main Street, Keo, Arkansas Open: 11am – 2pm Phone: (501) 842-2123
Superior Brewery, Hot Springs, Arkansas – People have been taking a soak in the thermal waters of Hot Springs, Arkansas, since prehistoric times. It was protected even before they started the National Park System And at one of it’s beautiful old bathhouses, they’re taking advantage of that 144 degree water to brew some tasty beers at Superior Brewery.
329 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, AR http://Superiorbathhouse.com Phone: 501-624-2337
SOMA District, Little Rock, Arkansas – Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas and the center of an urban revival in the close knit community of Southside Main Street or SOMA. Walking it’s streets you’ll find a new crop of emerging artisan food makers with some pretty delicious ideas. http://www.southsidemain.org/
Pig Sandwiches in Blytheville, Arkasas – The northeast corner of the state is fertile BBQ country and it’s easy to see why. Tight by the Mississippi River and so close to Memphis, there is so much great smoked meat here. But with three outstanding restaurants, you’ll find the best pork per capita in tiny Blytheville and it’s famous pig sandwich.
Jones Bar-B-Q Diner, Mariana, Arkansas – A little south of Blythedale in Mariana is another gem. Jones Barbecue has been here for more than a century, started by pitmaster James Jones’ grandfather’s uncle. His succulent sauce and top secret slaw have earned him a James Beard award as an American Classic.
219 W Louisiana St, Marianna, AR 72360
PHONE: (870) 295-3807
Also mentioned in this show is the annual Gillett Coon Supper, a mandatory stop for any local politician who must prove his mettle by eating a rack of raccoon. Here’s a link that goes behind this January culinary rite of passage: onlyinark.com/food/gillett-coon-supper.
thanks to Kat Robinson, a blogger who provided photos of the Coon Supper for us.
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