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Updated on December 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM

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Re: “What's the oldest restaurant in Arkansas?

But Nick, it did not serve food at that point in time. It was a bar, a nightclub and a gambling hall. Food came in the late 1930s.

Sadly, it's time for me to revisit this again. Mary Maestri's has been looking for a home long enough to be considered defunct, and we've lost Broadway Rail Cafe in the interim.

Posted by Kat Robinson on 02/01/2017 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Cheese dip expert sets Texans, politicians straight on the national food of Arkansas

Scott... well, he's not wrong. Human beings have been drawn to cheese from the day milk was first carried in a mammal's stomach (anecdotal as that is). Our European, African and west Asian folks have been enjoying the delicacy in all its incarnations since long before the birth of Christ.

Our claim over cheese dip isn't just its origins or its prevalence on our menus, It comes from our very culture. In Texas (and yes, I have crossed that border many times), queso is an appetizer or side item with no more significance than salsa or guacamole. In Arkansas, our restaurants are judged on whether it's available, its color, its texture, and its flavor. It's a hallmark - look at the long fight the now-closed Juanita's had with Loca Luna over Blue Mesa dip - that's every bit as proprietary to Arkansas eateries as a barbecue joint's sauce. In Texas, it's a side. In Arkansas, it's a tradition.

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Posted by Kat Robinson on 11/04/2016 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Arkansas starts Food Hall of Fame

I cannot thoroughly convey how thrilled I am that our foodways, restaurants, cooks and dishes are finally receiving accolades from the populace of Arkansas, through a statewide program, sponsored by a state agency.

But I can try.

And thank you, Max, and Alan too, for the opportunities through the Times, Eat Arkansas and Arkansas Food and Farm. My gratitude is boundless.

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Posted by Kat Robinson on 09/09/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Monday: An open line and the daily news roundup

Haven't been able to contact anyone in particular to confirm whether it's the end of everything, but the sign on the door at Chip's Barbecue marks its West Markham location closed. 55 years, out with a whimper. Here's what I wrote when Mr. Chipman died in 2012. http://www.tiedyetravels.com/2012/07/goodb…

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Posted by Kat Robinson on 07/11/2016 at 11:51 PM

Re: “Health Board adopts rule putting words in mouths of women seeking abortion: UPDATE

I'm not the sort of gal to utilize curse words... but what the serious fuck. Really?

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Posted by Kat Robinson on 04/28/2016 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Working the floor with Sami Lal, the nicest Little Rock restaurateur

I can endorse this wholeheartedly.

Also, fun trivia... Hunter's baby shower was held at Star of India. Because where else?

Posted by Kat Robinson on 03/22/2016 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Check out Gravy

Coming soon, Gravy on cheese dip. You'll get to hear me rattle on a bit.

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Posted by Kat Robinson on 02/17/2016 at 1:56 PM

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