Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Well, frankly… I was out trying all these new burgers…
Still, no burger tour would be complete without a visit to Cotham’s Mercantile in Scott. A landmarks for about umpteen million reasons, Cotham’s is where the powers that be meet the foodies and the food celebrities and the home folks. It because so popular that a second location, Cotham’s in the City, was opened.
So if you live in Little Rock, why in tarnation would you go all the way out to Scott to get a burger when you could have one right on Third Street?
But there’s also the burger. I made an egregious mistake when I ordered a Hubcap the other day. I chose to stick with fries instead of onion rings. That shoulda been my undoing right there. While I waited on my burger to come out I watched one order after another delivered to tables… all with the big, inch-thick fat cut crusty sided golden rings of joy piled high to one side. I won’t make that mistake again.
I am jesting, of course. A bottom bun does come with the whole affair. But if you don’t eat yours all in one setting, it’ll disappear.
The solution to all of this is to eat the burger upside down. That’s what I do, anyway.
So is the Cotham’s Hubcap worthy of the fame it’s garnered? Well, I won’t deny it’s a good burger. My only real issue is the price — $9.49 for a cheeseburger with fries. Seems steep, even though it is a pounder. For comparison — Frostop’s Big Daddy is $7.95. The Rock at Arkansas Burger Company is $6.50 with a bag of chips.
You’ll find Cotham’s in Scott at the intersection of Highway 161 and Cotham Road, a few blocks east of Highway 165 and the Plantation Agriculture Museum. It’s about a 12 minute drive from the outskirts of North Little Rock. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, til 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed Sunday. (501) 961-9284.