Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs (humanely raised beef!) and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws, but you can get a veggie burger as well as fried chicken, curried falafel and blackened tilapia sandwiches, plus creative meal-sized salads. Shakes and floats are indulgences for all ages.
If you're a discerning drinker and live in West Little Rock, Big Orange is an oasis in a desert of chain bars. The crowds, perpetually lined up outside the restaurant, come for burgers, fries, milkshakes and pie. Drinkers come early or late, when they can get a seat at the bar, for a drink menu and booze selection rivaled in Little Rock only by the Capital Bar and Grill. Recent obsessions: A near-perfect Pimm's Cup. The Texas Two Step, a cocktail created by bar manager Dylan Yelenich, that's muddled jalapeños and basil, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, Cointreau and either tequila or mezcal (the smokier mezcal version is better) shaken and on the rocks. And Saison Dupont, a delicious Belgian ale with a hint of spiciness, available on tap along with half a dozen other craft brews.
• $5 Bloody Mary or mimosa
• $5 margarita or Rogue Dead Guy draft
• $5 mojito or Saison Dupont
• $5 Princess Peach cocktail or St. Bernardus Abt 12 draft
If you find yourself on Chenal Parkway, this is a great place to pop into for a meat-free specialty burger. Big Orange is better known for beef, but the veggie patties are clearly not an afterthought. Their homemade, moist and well-textured, and there are nine burger varieties to choose from. An added bonus -- all the starters are vegetarian. There are some interesting salads, as well.
Sources bread for their buns from Arkansas Fresh Bakery in Benton, and strives to buy local produce for their signature salads during season. An additional collaboration with Little Rock's Loblolly Creamery has seen special locally made sodas appearing on the menu.