Say's grandson, Robert McIntosh III, will be the new owner, and said they decided to re-open the restaurant in the same location because it was already outfitted for their needs. McIntosh said the menu and handed down family recipes will be largely unchanged, with big burgers, barbecue, soul food, lemonade and wedges of his grandfather's famous sweet potato pie. You can't count yourself a true Little Rockian without trying a slice at least once in your life.
Say McIntosh Restaurant and Sweet Potato Pie Factory
2801 W. 7th St.
Hours 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mon.- Fri.
Kat Robinson, food writer and former Eat Arkansas blogger, will sign her new book, "Arkansas Pie," at the Historic Arkansas Museum from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Savory Pantry, 214 Central Ave. in Hot Springs.
The book, subtitled "A Delicious Slice of The Natural State," is filled with features on dozens of pies from restaurants all over Arkansas (see her November 2011 feature in the Times), the result of many hours on the road and testing out 400 varieties of pie. The book also features stories about the piemakers themselves.
Photographer Grav Weldon will also have his pie shots on display in the HAM atrium.
The book is $19.99; you can pre-order from Amazon or www.arkansaspie.com or buy it at bookstores and venues where Robinson will be signing. For more information, go the Arkansas Pie website.
MY FAVORITE PIE: The Greenhouse Grille's Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Pecan hits all the right notes.
I’ve talked about a whole lot of different pies with this Pieday feature; I’m sure I’ll find other pies, but this will be the last installment of this particular Eat Arkansas feed. So I’m going to close with the best one I had, anywhere.
That’s the Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Pecan pie from Greenhouse Grille in Fayetteville. I keep dreaming of it. I’m surprised I haven’t accidentally eaten my pillow dreaming about it. It’s that good.
Great restaurants make stuff from scratch. Club 178 in Bull Shoals makes its sauces, its dressings, its pastries, its rubs and a whole host of other things from scratch, including an ever-changing array of desserts.
One of those desserts was this grasshopper pie… a pie I had often encountered in my youth but missed during the whole breadth and span of my pie research for the big story at Thanksgiving. That seems inconceivable, but it is true.
There are two ways to make a buttermilk pie — make it fluffy or make it creamy. I’ve found a few examples of both here and there — but the creamiest version of the buttermilk I’ve found anywhere in Arkansas can be found at O’Henry’s, just south of Conway.
O’Henry’s doesn’t look like a whole lot from the outside. It appears to be a converted gas station. Inside, though, it’s lush and comfortable with a really decent menu. It’s also a great place to get a steak.
CREAMY DELIGHT: Pineapple Cream at Just Like Mom's.
I've been hearing about this place that Mary Steenburgen likes to visit in Sherwood. Now, a celebrity recommendation usually carries about as much weight as anyone else's to me... but it was worth checking out. And I'm glad I did.
Just Like Mom's is a great little place to have a good warming lunch for not a lot of dough, with enough space and comfort to read the paper or catch up with your friends and fill your belly. And there's pie.
A POUND OF PIE: Even the crust of Three Sam's peanut butter pie is full of peanut butter.
Most people never get to the desserts at Three Sams Barbecue Joint … because the portions are large and tasty. But for those who have sampled them… well, you know what I am talking about.
The pie search took me to Mabelvale early one lunchtime — while I was en route to another engagement. I knew I wouldn’t have time to dine in, so I placed an order to go — one beef barbecue sandwich and one slice of the famed peanut butter pie.
This week's Times cover story is the culmination of hearty pie research. In the issue, you'll find the 100 best pies I have discovered around the state — which includes my five favorite fried pies and seven of the best Possum pies you'll encounter.
I know I've missed some. There have to be more great pies. But if nothing else, my research has brought me to this simple and strong conclusion. We, as Arkansawyers, like pie. We like it better than cake, than sundaes, than just about any other sort of concoction on the dessert menu. Pie is found in almost every Arkansas restaurant in some form or another. It's on Asian buffets and in Mexican groceries — and yes, in our convenience stores and on the counters at just about any sort of establishment you can imagine.
The idea of a sweet filling in a crust is just as native to us as having gravy with our biscuits and ice in our tea.
Sometimes the best things are found at the most simple of places. This chocolate torte was discovered by chance at a little convenience store-grocery-hardware store between Prescott and Magnolia, just because I needed a road break.
Went in to use the facilities. Came out and was told I needed to check with the lady behind the counter. It was after 3 p.m. and she'd already sold out of her other two pies of the day — but would I like a piece of chocolate torte? Well, of course I was.
And what was this chocolate torte? Let me tell you what... it was almost exactly what I have encountered elsewhere in the state as Possum [ie, the casserole pan version. Pecan sandy crust, a nice thick layer of slightly soured cream cheese, a thick chocolate custard and whipped cream on the top. The only thing it lacked from the traditional Possum pie was the sprinkling of pecans on the top.
It was fluffy, too, and that was splendid. It was eaten quickly with relish (I mean, I relished it, not that I put any relish on it) and remembered fondly. And it was found at a little spot in the road called Barr's Junction, the only store in the entire little community of Rosston. There you go. 6683 Highway 278 (Rosston), (870) 871-2426. Sun.-Thu. 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 6 a.m.-9 p.m. CC, no alcohol.
TWO PIES IN ONE: Sweet Treat's Caramel Pecan Pie is a pecan pie & burnt sugar pie in one.
I’ve searched out a lot of places on my own for my pie quest, but this one came to me via Rex Nelson and his Southern Fried Blog. He mentioned this little place by Lamar that served up a great plate lunch and an excellent piece of pie.
But my timing has been horrible. I have literally missed out on lunch at Sweet Treats more than a dozen times. I always mean to stop by on my way up to covering stories in western and northwestern Arkansas, but I can never seem to make that 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday window. That is, until this week.
Today is the perfect sort of day for a hot apple pie — fresh out of the oven, flaky and buttery.
That's exactly the sort of pie you can find up at Betty's Restaurant in Harrisburg. It's one of those great places you can find by following a guy in a pick-up truck from a construction site, or by asking the ladies at a local quilter's guild — a comfortable place for a bite to eat.
Here he goes again. Chris Monroe has packed up shop and is heading back to North Little Rock after a year in the old location for The Hop on Cantrell Road. Where's he going? To the Starlite Diner on Military Road in North Little Rock.
This should be an interesting move. One thing that may have stymied the business Chris has brought in to Hunka Pie has been the fact that there's no place to sit and eat your pie indoors at the Cantrell Road location. There's plenty of places to sit at Starlite Diner... and hopefully Chris will bring good things to the burger menu and spark inspired creations on a menu that's been stuck in the past (but a bit high on the prices for what you get).
The new Starlite Diner/Hunka Pie opens November 10th with just pie. The full menu is slated to begin the Monday after Thanksgiving, the 28th.
UPDATE: A few more details.
*Monroe said he doesn't plan on taking the Starlite sign down anytime soon. He said he's hoping to incorporate both the Hunka Pie and Starlite brands into the business.
*The diner will be open 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday for breakfast only.
*In addition to the menu he offered at the Hunka Pie on Cantrell, Monroe said he's adding plate lunch specials, salads and the aforementioned breakfast.
*The Cantrell location has been closed since Halloween, but Monroe said he's currently accepting pie orders for Thanksgiving via phone (612-4754), email (email@example.com) or Facebook.
UPDATE: Chris Monroe announces Hunka Pie's reopening delayed to Saturday, November 12th.
Hot Dog Mike is a name that people recognize all over Arkansas. And although his new space is small and a little bleak, it’s got potential to be something great. It’s well branded, clean, and just the kind of place you can imagine young food adventurers lining up for, the people stretching down 3rd street, all to get a sample of the “next big thing” in hot dogs. With the right product, it could happen at Hot Dog Mike—he's got the followers. But unfortunately, that day is not today.
Juanita's, the venerable Tex-Mex restaurant and music venue, is leaving the South Main Street location it's called home since 1986 for the River Market and the former home of Bill St., 614 President Clinton Ave.