Best Cheese with That Wine

Southern Table Apologies in advance, but it wasn’t Gouda news to hear back in April that Little Rock’s Kent Walker Artisan Cheese would be closing up shop. But thanks to new owner Margie Raimondo of Mountain Home’s Raimondo Winery, you can still get your fromage fix at the newly reopened cheeserie—now called Southern Table—and (bonus!)…

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Best Local Hot-Dog Topper

Arkansas Ketchup Co. With sunripe Bradley County tomatoes and honey from Richard’s Apiaries in Benton, our new favorite condiment is serious about the Arkansas in its name. Heck, even the bottles are made in Jonesboro. Could this zesty, smoky, slightly sweet sauce be the beginning of an Arkansas condiment revolution? (arkansasketchup.com) Back to Best of…

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Best Most Perfect Place Ever

JBGB Remember way back when you were a kid and your teacher asked you to draw the perfect house? Well, Fayetteville’s JBGB is the sort of place you would’ve drawn had you been 30 years older. Because with a sand volleyball court, bocce and pingpong, summer concerts, movie nights, Jack Daniels bacon bread pudding, an…

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Best Pointe on Main Street

Ballet Arkansas’ studio Used to be, you were lucky to catch a glimpse of Ballet Arkansas’ dancers when dropping your tiny Twinkle Toes off at Shuffles & Ballet II dance studio, where the company ‘d been practicing for years. These days? All it takes to catch the troupe’s 13 full-time ballerinas and ballerinos in leotarded…

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Best Way to Immortalize Your Darling Dachshund

Dani Ives’ needle-felt paintings Were it not for the embroidery hoop and stretched linen, we’d have taken the work by Fayetteville artist-slash-Instagram-darling Dani Ives as what it appears to be: lifelike, super-technical, almost photorealist paintings. But that’s not paint, friends. That’s wool. The self-taught artist needle-felts fibers into stunning textural portraits of four-legged friends—and she…

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Best Place to See the Light

Jones BBQ Diner (new Jacksonville location) For years, we’ve gone down to Marianna, paid visits to Mr. Jones that’ve felt like pilgrimages for those foil-wrapped, James Beard Award-winning chopped pork sammies. So, you may ask, were we skeptical about this new place, opened by a relative? You’d better believe it—especially after we found the place…

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Best Burgeoning Small-Town Arts Scene

El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District El Dorado’s darling downtown and friendly folks have long had us considering taking up address in the 71730. And now that the longstanding (and impressively ambitious) plan to create a downtown-El-Do arts district worthy of a city thrice its size is starting to take shape, we’re finding the town’s siren…

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Best Food Under One Roof

[maxgallery name=”18750″] 8th Street Market In a way, 8th Street Market in Bentonville is kinda like the perfect dish. For starters, it’s got all the right ingredients: the farm-to-table ethos guiding an emphasis on local farmers; vendors like Hello Cocoa, Bike Rack Brewing and Yeyo’s Mexican Grill anchoring the space; and the newly opened Brightwater…

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Best High-Brow Brew

Ozark Beer Company’s collab with Crystal Bridges Buckminster Fuller, the architect behind Crystal Bridges’ new Fly’s Eye Dome installation, was a lot of things: an inventor, a Harvard lecturer, an environmentalist and, apparently, a pretty bigtime beer nerd, according to notes discovered by the museum crew in his archives. Those notes—not a recipe, per se,…

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