Bacon

Profile: Freckle Face Farms For Mitchell Latture, owner of Freckle Face Farms in McRae, it makes sense to put 500 miles on his truck every time he wants a fresh batch of bacon. This hog farmer is all about quality, and the mileage it takes doesn’t matter. Every three weeks, Latture hauls his 250-pound hogs…

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Pancakes

Top of the Stack Our Favorite Flapjacks from Across the State Ozark Country Restaurant – If there’s one reason to sit down to breakfast at Ozark Country Restaurant, it’s the sweet-potato pancakes. The chunks of sweet orange tuber get slightly caramelized on the flat top and rest gracefully within the fluffy, buttered pancake. (201 Keightly…

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Eggs

Profile: Farm Girl Meats For five years now, Katie Short, the owner of Farm Girl Meats, has spent 20 minutes twice a day with her birds. The nearly 200 squawking, foraging and (hopefully) egg-producing yardbirds span more than a handful of breeds, but black-and-white Barred Rock and light-brown Ameraucana hens are the foundation of the…

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Biscuits

Profile: Red Door Those tender, flaky cathead biscuits served up at Little Rock restaurant Red Door? If you haven’t tried them, you’ve surely seen an order or two passing by your table at brunch. And chef and owner Mark Abernathy has no problem admitting the truth: They’re a mix. “My philosophy on stuff like biscuits…

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Pastries and Coffee

Best of the Baked Arkansas Pastries Worth The Praise Craquelin, Mylo Coffee Co. – With layer upon layer of thin, flaky dough, butter and caramelized sugar, this this soft, sticky, chewy beauty is unlike any other baked good in Arkansas. (2715 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock; mylocoffee.com) Tollhouse Muffin, Milford Track – This light, buttery muffin…

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Toast of the Town

It seems toast is having a moment. The humble, lightly charred slices of bread have become more than just vehicles for butter and jam, as bakeries and coffee shops across the U.S. have seized upon “artisan” toast as the latest foodie craze, with freshly baked slices going for more than gourmet coffees. But with all…

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Outside Influence

It’s cold and it’s early when Bert Turner pulls into a parking lot just off White Oak Bayou in North Little Rock’s Burns Park. As he hops from his truck, the sound of heavy machinery rips through the quiet, and from a safe distance, he watches as a florescent-vested city worker positions a backhoe in…

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Breaking New Grounds

Three years ago, Michael Carpenter, co-owner of Mugs Cafe and pastor at The Church at Argenta, was living in his native Nashville, Tennessee, when he got a call. The Arkansas Baptist State Convention was wondering if he’d be interested in founding a church. And truthfully, he wasn’t. Life was good in Music City. His family…

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Hometown: Hot Springs

Arriving in Hot Springs on an October afternoon, I parked between—and not among—the dead. Specifically, on the third floor of the Exchange Street parking deck, between a hearse whose rear window read “HOT ROD OF THE DEAD” and a midsized Toyota SUV with a gangly appendaged mummy slumped over in the shotgun. And to be…

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January Best Bites

Papaya Salad kBird, Little Rock If there’s one food trend we can all get behind, it’s popular food trucks trading in their wheels to go brick-and-mortar, especially when it involves kBird, lawyer-turned-chef Richard Glasgow’s Bangkok-style Thai food cart, putting down roots in Little Rock’s Hillcrest. And with all that extra space, we’re hoping to see…

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