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[18 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 2,599 views]
Franke’s — an Arkansas institution since 1919

Franke’s is one of the oldest restaurants in this state and is still going strong.
With two full locations in Little Rock and a carryout facility downtown, the cafeteria-style restaurant is alive in well in 2011. Yes, the place has had a wildly varied set of locations over the years in that it was originally located downtown and spun off into several locations after the original restaurant shut it’s doors in 1960 — Hot Springs, Fort Smith, McCain Mall in North Little Rock and the gone (but not forgotten) University Mall …

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[3 Apr 2011 | One Comment | 4,581 views]
Dixie Cafe — not bad for one of those corporate chain restaurants

While some chain restaurants are criticized for serving up bland and “safe” meals calculated to appeal to the masses, the Dixie Cafe is a bit different.
Is it a corporate chain? Certainly. Dixie Cafe is based in Little Rock and has 16 locations here in Arkansas and one in Memphis (my family and I live close to the one in Benton and we’ve been there often). Ah, but here’s what’s different about Dixie Cafe — this is a regional chain that operates all over the Natural State and, as such, ought …

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[30 Sep 2010 | 4 Comments | 2,869 views]
Ed & Kay’s — a Benton landmark

Ed & Kay’s has been around in one form or another since the 1950s and its still a favorite among both Benton residents and people visiting here.
Let’s get this out of the way first — the place is best known for its pies. Yes, they are incredible. Many of them feature meringue that is ridiculously high (you’d have to see it to believe it) and I’ve been a fan of the lemon meringue pie since I was about seven-years-old.
Ah, but the egg custard, pecan pie and the seasonal sweet potato …

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[26 Sep 2010 | 3 Comments | 3,984 views]
Front Porch Family Diner — Southern cooking done right

A few months ago, Ralph Hudson started the Front Porch Family Diner in Springdale, Ark.
There’s Hudson in the photo over to the left and you’ll find a display ad for the Front Porch Family Diner in the right sidebar of this site. After eating breakfast a couple of weeks ago at the Front Porch Family Diner, I’m even happier that Hudson decided to take out an ad with First Arkansas News. Why? The Front Porch Family Diner is, simply put, a great restaurant and I have no problem endorsing the …

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[10 May 2010 | One Comment | 4,003 views]
Mount Bethel Strawberry Wine; the Perfect Breakfast Wine

Okay let’s just start off with, yes, yes I have, and then let’s move on to, Why NO of course not, I would never drink wine that early in the morning.
The fact is that at first blush the idea of a breakfast wine sounds kind of excessive and maybe a little pathetic. Dessert wines, sure; breakfast wines, eh?
However, here in the south, breakfast food is often eaten at suppertime, so it stands to reason, if you have any culture or class at all you’ve probably been searching for a good …

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[29 Apr 2010 | 4 Comments | 1,312 views]
Chicken fried steak — one of the joys of living in the South

Editor’s note: After reading a couple of recipes from the accomplished Edwin E. Smith, Marci Kay Nobles decided to offer up a recipe to help him expand his horizons. She’s very generous, that Marci.
Someone really needs to help Ed. I am here to save you with a good ole Southern meal I don’t think anyone can complain about.
Chicken fried steak – this is one of my husband’s favorite meals. There is nothing more Southern than a chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade biscuits and some kind …

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[29 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 1,150 views]
Southern Cooking, Just Different

I’ve never been a huge fan of some traditional southern cooking despite being born and raised in the south.
I mean, hell, if you live north of Little Rock I think you’re a Yankee. Actually it’s worse than that; I think you’re a Yankee if you live north of me.
At any rate I know I’m supposed to love turnip greens, black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes, but they never have done much for me. Oh, sure I love sweet potato pie, but if you put a stick of butter, a cup of …