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 North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).
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.