If life is a highway, food is the fuel. The restaurant cuisine of Arkansas was crafted by transportation--and by family heritage.
From century-old soda fountains to heritage candy makers, Arkansas wine country and the birthplace of fried pickles, discover the delicious nooks of the Ozarks and scrumptious crannies of the Arkansas River Valley through this tasty travelogue. Learn how fried chicken came to a tiny burg called Tontitown. Discover a restaurant atop a gristmill with a history predating the Civil War. Dine where Bill Clinton, Sam Walton and Elvis Presley caught a bite to eat. Join author Kat Robinson and photographer Grav Weldon on this exploration of over one hundred of the state's classic and iconic restaurants.
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About the Author
Kat Robinson is a dedicated food and travel writer and lifelong Arkansawyer. Her award-winning blog, TieDyeTravels.com, features tales of her journeys and travel experiences. She lives with her daughter, Hunter, in Little Rock. Grav Weldon is a fine art photographer and digital artist currently living in Little Rock and working in the Ozarks and Mississippi River Delta documenting the food, culture and history of the American South.
Table of Contents
Introduction. How to Eat Like an Arkansawyer 17
1 Fried Chicken, Spaghetti and the Legacy of Tontitown 21
2 Old U.S. Highway 71 and the Metropolitan Ozarks 37
3 Arkansas Candy: How Sweet It Is 61
4 Fort Smith and Dining Around the State's Second-Largest City 69
5 Dual Routes of the Arkansas River Valley 97
6 Russellville and Dardanelle at the Crossroads 119
7 Scenic Highway 7 and the Buffalo River Highlands 139
8 Eureka Springs: Motor Courts and Melting Pot 155
9 U.S. 65 through the Heart of the Arkansas Ozarks 179
10 U.S. 62 Across the Top of Arkansas 195
11 The Oldest Soda Fountains in Arkansas 205
12 The Ozark Hollows and Highway 5 213
Appendix A Recipe Listings and Additional Recipes from the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley 227
Appendix B An Incomplete Listing of Every Classic Arkansas Restaurant in the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley 233
About the Author and Photographer 255