October Best Bites

What we're eating this month

05_maryclare_webMaryClare Macarons, Hot Springs

While it doesn’t look like they’ll unseat cupcakes anytime soon, with flavors like those Hot Springs-based MaryClare Macarons offers up—lemon tang, lime splash, fig and walnut, and pecan-chocolate toffee, to name a few—these iconic French treats are definitely in the running for the area’s hottest baking trend. (Sold at various locations; maryclaremacarons.com)

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The Root, Little Rock

The gloriously delicious fusion of East and West that is the Bahn Mi—Vietnam’s national sandwich—gets a vegetarian twist at The Root, where fried tofu replaces traditional pork beneath a heap of pickled carrots and daikon radishes with sprigs of fresh cilantro. (1500 S. Main St.; therootcafe.com)

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Kemuri, Little Rock

With perfectly seared diver scallops resting atop a tangle of ginger cabbage and sesame rice cakes, it almost seems a shame to ruin the view by digging into this dish at Hillcrest’s newest “New Asian” (read: Asian-fusion) restaurant. (2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.; kemurirestaurant.com)

Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro, Little Rock

After taking a year off, the World Cheese Dip Championship returns to Little Rock on Oct. 25 at a new location—Bernice Gardens. And what better way to prepare than with a heaping bowl of three-cheese, béchamel-based goodness served up by the professional division’s reigning champs? (200 River Market Ave.; dizzysgypsybistro.net)

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Pressroom, Bentonville

With dishes such as pork-and-napa-cabbage dumplings, mini lamb gyros and a chopped salad made with chickpeas and Genoa salami tossed in house-made oregano vinaigrette, this caffeine-fueled eatery just off the square in downtown Bentonville is so much more than a coffee house. (121 W. Central Ave.; pressroomcoffee.com)

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