With a reputation that includes titles such as the "Pie Guy" and "The Man Who Made 100 Different Pies in One Night," it's no great surprise that Chris Monroe—a dedicated pie lover and enthusiast—runs Hunka Pie. Open since 2007, the restaurant is dedicated to small-batch and handcrafted pies that boast flaky, hand-rolled crusts and are made without the preservatives found in big-batch bakeries. Equipped with the childhood pie memories and experience of growing up with three generations of pie makers, Chris claims the "largest selection of handcrafted pie in Arkansas." And judging from his list, he may be right. Interesting flavors such as chocolate hazelnut baklava and peach with rum glaze pop out alongside classic combinations such as southern pecan and key lime.
But though Chris and Hunka Pie specialize in pie, they also bring their A-game to breakfast, lunch, and dinner food, as well. They tout classic and creative burgers made with a third-pound of ground beef, some seasoned with secret spices, and others with more exotic flavors. The bombay burger adds garam masala to the mix, and the turkey burger's patty is seasoned with herbs. And though the restaurant was once relegated to a small drive-in counter, the restaurant's new digs invite patrons to sit and relax in the classic chrome and red of a former diner.
The Dreamy Spoon tempts taste buds with nutritional frozen yogurt and rich custard adorned with an array of toppings. Self-serve stations and the laws of gravity allow customers to fill up on custom-made blends of frozen yogurt, custard, gelato, and toppings at a flat fee of $0.42 per ounce.
Back Yard Burgers serves up 100% Black Angus burgers that are made-to-order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with fresh lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo. Patrons can further gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons, including coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, and bacon, available at additional costs. Though not covered by this Groupon, sides such as loaded baked potatoes, chili, seasoned fries, and chili-cheese fries are also available to help diehard Weather Channel fans stay satisfied through five-day forecasts explained in real time.
At The House, it’s always time for a good meal. The brunch, lunch, and dinner menus feature many variations on same delicious food, always starring the joints signature burgers, made with local, organic ingredients. Classic beef patties sport bourbon glazes and slices of black apple or a dusting of Guillermo’s espresso combined with thick mole sauce. The mac and cheese burger offers a unique set of double patties, the bottom beef and the top a lightly browned cake of breaded elbow noodles and cheese. Signature spicy bloody marys and a selection of craft beers wash down every meal.
For new guests unfamiliar with their restaurant, Darrell and Jan Wiley of Smitty's Bar-B-Que have one piece of advice: relax. They cannot rush the process of building dinners from hickory-smoked meats and hearty sides; thus, they implore impatient diners looking for fast food to seek it in New York City. As guests shoot the breeze in the saloon-style dining room—decorated with wood-paneled walls and vintage signs—they can rest assured that their sandwiches, ribs, and half chickens are receiving the individual care needed for them to shine.
Though the entrees at The Dixie Cafe make the biggest splash across its menu marquee, they're threatened with gastronomical upstaging by the southern-style eatery's 19 sides and scratch-made gravies. The chicken-fried steak, for example, is a tender, hand-breaded fillet that fully blossoms with flavor only after chefs smother it with cream gravy and cheddar cheese. And the Cajun grilled catfish's down-home taste isn't fully developed until it is paired up with bites of turnip greens, fried okra, or a homemade roll. The classic platter meals take advantage of this by pairing an entree with two sides, rolls, and jalapeño cornbread and can be ordered "light" for a portion that's smaller than the regular size and easier to toss in the air and catch in your mouth.