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[1 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 7,897 views]
Whole Hog Cafe — great barbecue, ho-hum sides

Whole Hog Cafe, located at 5309 Hwy. 5 North in Bryant, features great barbecue, fair-to-middling side items and a few items you might not expect.
Let’s start with the basics. Whole How features a fairly typical array of hickory smoked meats — chicken, pulled pork, pork loin, beef brisket, sausage and dry-rub ribs — that are far better than average. Some barbecue restaurants serve dried out meats that are almost crispy or jerky like in texture, but Whole Hog has barbecue down to a fine art. The meat is juicy, has …

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[11 May 2013 | One Comment | 7,128 views]
Best burger in Saline County and maybe central Arkansas

Over the past few years, it seems that the quality of burgers in the area has improved significantly. It’s no longer enough to grab a hunk of mid-grade beef, form it into the shape of a patty and fry the thing until it’s almost crispy.
Want proof? First Arkansas News has already written about the glorious C-J’s Butcher Boy Burgers in Russellville and the “diner food made with care” attitude that drives the owners of Burger Shack in downtown Benton. While C-J’s Butcher Boy is outstanding, there’s a burger joint that’s …

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[15 Dec 2011 | No Comment | 3,078 views]
La Hacienda de Benton — 23 years and still going strong

It might seem unusual to illustrate an article about a Mexican restaurant with one of the most attention-grabbing Nativity scenes on the planet, but it really does fit La Hacienda de Benton.
How? The place is garish, loud, colorful and simply a fun place to go to dinner. The aforementioned Nativity scene is what greets diners in December, and that’s only what people see when they stroll through the brightly-colored front doors and enter the waiting area. Indeed, the real party is in the impressively large dining area — which is …

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[19 Apr 2011 | 2 Comments | 3,776 views]
Buffet City — a heck of a deal

Chinese buffet restaurants can be hit or miss in terms of quality.
There are some that throw the cheapest slop imaginable out on the buffet line in hopes of attracting the “quantity is better than quality” crowd. There’s one in Little Rock that — oddly — offers nothing but chicken and vegetarian dishes. Most of them are just rather ordinary –there are some popular dishes and those are the only things available.
Still others are unique enough to stay crowded and deservedly so. Buffet City, located at 1516 Military Road in Benton, …