There’s no shortage of delicious food in the NATURAL state
1. The Savory Pantry
214 Central Ave., 501-624-5858
This quaint gourmet shop in downtown Hot Springs is big on samples, making it worth a stop for foodies looking to taste something different. And with a line-up of Arkansas products like Pink House Alchemy shrubs and syrups and their own line of Pancake Shop brand apple butter and coffee, there’s a lot to love.
2. Arkansas Fresh Bakery Café
304 N. Reynolds Rd. #5, 501-213-0084
Ashton Woodward’s Arkansas Fresh bread has long been a mainstay of menus in central Arkansas, but with the 2015 opening of its own cafe just blocks away from the bakery, Arkansas Fresh went deliciously into the restaurant business for itself. Don’t miss the new Cocoa Rouge line of chocolates, available now.
3. Boulevard Bistro
1920 N. Grant St., 501-663-5951
Boulevard bakes a whole line of breads and pastries that make it worth a visit, but don’t stop there: A full range of roasted coffees from Arkansas’ own Arsaga’s and Onyx line the shelves, while local cheeses abound.
4. Eggshells Kitchen Co.
5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., 501-664-6900
From cutting boards to kitchen utensils, spice mixes and marinades, this gourmet and kitchen supply store in Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood has it all. Their selection of Arkansas-made products is among the best around.
5. Green Corner Store
1423 Main St., 501-374-1111
The Green Corner Store is a wonderland of Arkansas-made goods, from decorative crafts and clothing to soaps and candles, but it also serves as the home base for Loblolly Creamery, an artisanal ice cream maker that operates and old-time soda fountain in the store. Stop in for a scoop of gourmet ice cream or a handcrafted soda.
What next? One of Little Rock’s most unique attractions is the Esse Purse Museum (6) at 1510 S. Main Street, a collection of handbags that tell the story of women’s fashions throughout the 20th century. In addition to the exhibits, the museum also features a gift shop where designer bags may be purchased. For more information, call 501-916-9022 or visit essepursemuseum.com.
7. Kent Walker Artisan Cheese
323 S. Cross St., 501-301-4963
Little Rock’s most famous artisan cheesemaker has done something very unique in the capital city: He’s made his cheese the star of its own tasting room where guests can enjoy delicious fromage and drinks.
8. Serenity Farm Bread
805 US 65 S., 870-447-2210
Old world-style sourdough bread and delicious pastries are the focus for this north Arkansas bakery. The Leslie pastry shop features lunch specials, Arkansas edibles, coffee roasted in the state and a selection of arts and crafts from Arkansas artisans.
9. Farmer’s Table Café
1079 S. School Ave., 479-966-4125
Locally sourced ingredients are the hallmark of this small café, resulting in a seasonal menu that is always fresh and delicious. In addition to the excellent breakfast and lunch menus, a limited selection of jams, jellies and other prepared foods is also available for purchase.
10. Ozark Natural Foods
1554 College Ave., 479-521-7558
The oldest co-op in Arkansas is also one of the largest. People looking for local produce, meats, bread, cheese or beer know that ONF is the place to find them. Look for the P6 label, which denotes locally sourced products.
11. Gourmet Eureka
7 Center St., 479-253-7738
Stop in for a taste of fresh, locally roasted coffee, then check out the wide selection of local and regional foods, including War Eagle Mill grains and mixes. Where to stay: One of Arkansas’ most famous hotels is the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. Commonly known as one of the most haunted hotels in America, the Crescent is also famous for its elegant style.