Everyone thinks Arkansas is all about barbecue…and that’s true. But those who aren’t initiated well with the Natural State may not know the huge amount of Mexican cuisine that has influenced Arkansas over the past two decades, changing local culture and native tastes. Check out these dishes that people from Arkansas enjoy!
10. Beans and Cornbread
Since when are these two delicacies considered "just" side items? When served right (as many Arkansas natives do), you can make a great meal out of cornbread and beans. The dish itself has become popular in a number of Arkansas restaurants.
Arkansas has found and fostered a deep love of nachos, and we've even found different combinations to enjoy! BBQ nachos have become a popular dish to eat at sporting and entertainment events across the Natural State.
8. Burgers and Fries
Any American can get down with a plate of burgers and fries, yet numerous Arkansas eateries have turned the burger into a Southern art form, creating special recipes and mixing in unusual ingredients to attract burger lovers across Arkansas as well as the rest of the country.
Arkansas natives can and will enjoy pancakes at any time of the day - they're not just for breakfast anymore! A short stack along with some sausage links makes for a great Arkansas meal - it's your choice on whether you prefer natural Arkansas honey or molasses on your cakes!
Mexican food has found a hot spot in the Natural State! Tacos are a common staple in Arkansas regular meals along with other great dishes such as chalupas and quesadillas.
5. Biscuits and Gravy
Another popular breakfast dish that Arkansas natives can enjoy at any time of the day, many can make a complete meal from a big buttermilk biscuit served with rich sausage gravy and a strong cup of coffee. Now that's an Arkansas breakfast!
4. Spare Ribs
What self-respecting Arkansan doesn't like a healthy serving of ribs? There are a multitude of great locations across the Natural State to find and enjoy the best barbecue in the nation.
3. Bacon and Eggs
For those who want a little more heartiness with their pancakes or sausage and biscuits (and if you have enough room in your belly), you can't beat bacon and eggs! Many, many Arkansans have been raised on this breakfast meal (served at all times of the day) and some even swear the meal has provided them longevity in their years despite medical evidence that states the dish is too fattening. We Arkansas residents enjoy it regardless!
2. Fried Chicken
Everybody in the South seems to love fried chicken, but do they do fried chicken like Arkansas? Many natives of the Natural State have bragging rights on their homemade and home-fried birds, claiming that their fried chicken is better than what you'd find in a chain restaurant - and we won't argue with them at all!
1. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
There's nothing finer to an Arkansas native than pork on a bun. Serve it with a generous portion of baked beans and coleslaw...you're in hog heaven. Arkansans have made an entire lifestyle out of the art of pulled pork sandwiches and which sides to enjoy with the aforementioned delicacy!
What other dishes do you enjoy cooking, baking, or eating, Arkansas? Be sure to leave a comment below on what you and other Arkansas natives enjoy!