Top 11 Most Popular Foods in Arkansas

PUBLISHED ON February 2020 11:55:04 AM Read TIME: 7 minutes


Arkansas is not a Southern, nor it is Midwestern. Surrounded by such culinary champions as Tennessee, Texas, and Louisiana, the smallest state west of the Mississippi is definitely frontier of iconic foods. People who originated from the Natural State may well know the huge amount of Mexican cuisine that has influenced Arkansas over the past twenty-five years, changing native tastes and local culture.

Every family in Arkansas has its own recipe. Check out these 11 popular foods in Arkansas...

11.Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs

Deviled eggs are also known as Russian eggs, stuffed eggs, or dressed eggs, are hard-boiled chicken eggs that have been cut in half, and filled with a paste made from the egg yolks mixed with other ingredients such as mustard and mayonnaise. They are usually served cold as an appetizer, side dish, or the main course, often for holidays or parties.

Deviled eggs are a regular dish in the United States. In the Midwestern and Southern U.S., they are typically served as hors d'oeuvres before a full meal is served, often during the Christmas season. Deviled eggs are very famous in the United States that special trays are sold specifically for serving them.

10.Fried Hand Pies

Fried Hand Pies

Fried hand pie, a popular dish that’s made a variety of appearances throughout the united states. and the other parts of the world. Fried Hand Pies are decadent and tasty treats to make for any special occasion or holiday and it’s a recipe will make sure to please any sweet tooth. The crispier crust is the specialty and that is due to frying the pie dough. The hand pies are evenly cooked. The usual flavors are apple, strawberry, pineapple, and variety of berries.

Fried hand pies are the right Southern dessert to associate with your next meal.

9. Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish

Fried catfish is a landmark of Southern cooking: Catfish were readily abundant in the Antebellum South and, due to their status as "bottom feeders," weren't deemed the most stylish dinner staples. Fried Catfish can be prepared in many different ways including grilled, frying in a cornmeal coating is the most traditional.

Generally, the fish is covered in egg and breadcrumbs, flour, batter, or herbs and spices before being fried and served, usually with a slice of lemon. You will find fried catfish at the at that hidden fish shack, local fish fry, and even in a few skillets riverside after reeling one in.

Don’t miss this dish while you are in Arkansas...

8. Fried Okra

Fried Okra

Fried Okra is a Southern staple. Fried okra is very easy to make, fried okra makes the side dish very perfect. Golden brown with a little fresh green showing through, these okra nuggets are crunchy and addicting Fried Okra is the perfect crispy, savory appetizer to serve at your next party. Fried Okra made with buttermilk, flour, cornmeal, okra, and seasoning is savory, crispy, and fried until it’s golden brown. There’s no need to add anything to them except a light dusting of salt.

This okra recipe is a popular dish in the south. No summer is a perfect one without a few batches of fried okra.

7. Hushpuppies


A hushpuppy is made from cornmeal-based batter and is small, deep-fried,﷟ savory as well as round ball.-based batter. Hushpuppies are usually served as a side dish with seafood and other deep-fried foods. Generally, hush puppies are made with wheat flour, eggs cornmeal, baking soda, buttermilk, salt, and water, and may include onion, garlic, whole kernel corn, and peppers.

Sometimes pancake batter is also used. Hushpuppies are usually made at home or served in restaurants and usually, they advertise as home-style food.

6. Fried Pickles

Fried Pickles

Fried pickles are a snack food found commonly in the Southern U.S... Fried dill pickles were made famous by Bernell Austin in 1963 at the Duchess Drive-In located in Atkins, Arkansas. As the fried dill pickle gained popularity, a lot of other restaurants, especially in the South, began to copy Austin’s recipe, by using the hamburger-sliced pickle. People generally go for sliced fried pickles as they are a lot easier to eat.

However, the folded- cut pickle sticks to the batter more firmly and hence it is everyone's choice. Fried pickles are served at food festivals and restaurant chains throughout the United States and in South American countries. These deep-fried pickles can be eaten as an appetizer or as a side dish to other main dishes. Fried pickles are usually served with creamy sauce or ranch dressing for dipping.

5. Sawmill Gravy

Sawmill Gravy

Sawmill gravy is a traditional breakfast dish in the Southern part of the United States. After pork sausage is cooked in the vessel and taken out, a roux is formed by browning flour in the residual fat. Milk and seasonings, such as pepper and salt, are added to make a slightly thick gravy, to which the cooked sausage is added. Often, ingredients such as cayenne pepper or a spicy sausage are used to make gravy spicier.

Sawmill gravy is usually served as part of the dish accompanied by other typical Southern breakfast items, such as bacon, fried eggs, and sliced tomatoes. Homemade sawmill gravy is a classic, hearty breakfast that takes you on a trip to the South every time it's served.

4. Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Southern barbecue has a tradition with a long history and pulled pork has a definite place in it.   Pulled pork is a savory, mouthwatering flavor that has made it popular throughout the United States. Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe is a kind of benchmark to the ultimate sandwich that will leave you and your guests full and satisfied!. People line up for the tender, saucy pork shoulder at barbecue pits, game-day events, food trucks, potlucks, and backyard grilling parties. Soft buns are filled with tender, soft, BBQ-flavored meat and as many toppings as anyone’s choice.

Pulled pork sandwiches are definitely a crowd favorite dish and delicious too…Never miss this food while you are in the state…

3.Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits and Gravy!  This classic Southern recipe can be made with homemade buttermilk biscuits and rich, creamy sausage gravy. This is everybody’s favorite food at its very best. Biscuits and gravy is a well-known and most popular breakfast dish in the southern states in the USA. 

The dish consists of soft dough biscuits covered in either meat or sawmill gravy. One of the favorite things to do when traveling has breakfast at a place where the cooking is like a grandmother. Main Street Cafe is that place in Eureka Springs, Arkansas to have delicious Biscuits and Gravy…

2. Pancakes


Pancakes, flapjacks, hotcakes…whatever name it may have, everyone loves to eat a good pancake! A pancake is a flat cake, usually thin and round, prepared from a starch-based batter that may contain milk, eggs and butter and cooked on a hot surface such as a  frying pan or griddle, often frying with butter or oil. Pancake could be a tall stack covered with butter and maple syrup to short stacks flavored in fresh fruit. Pancakes serve a similar function to waffles. We can always find some extraordinary pancake places here in Arkansas.

 Pancakes are served during any time of the day with different types of fillings or toppings but in the United States, they are typically considered as a breakfast food.

1. Nachos


Creamy, crunchy, salty and bright: Those are the tastes an excellent combination of nachos should bring to the party. Nachos are typically tortilla chips covered with melted cheese. Salsa, Jalapeno peppers, sour cream or mayonnaise are accompanied while serving nachos everywhere. Nachos with a variety of toppings are often called epic nachos, poutine nachos, dessert nachos, super nachos or loaded nachos. Nachos are usually served as an appetizer at restaurants and bars in America and in South American countries. 

In Arkansas, Barbecue Nachos are quite popular. It is also called as pulled pork Nachos


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