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Old 07-16-2009, 11:34 AM
 
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oh shoot, I kinda thought you would say that. Anyway, if you do get to the Dallas area let me know and I will tell ya where to go. No, I don't mean it that way...

If I am looking for basic food and can't find a mom and pop place like you are talking about and am in Ft Smith area, I would opt for Western Sizzler though I normally do not like them. I do like the one in Van Buren.

Hubby love greens, they are not my favorite, he also loves Okra, we had it last night. the only way I like it is pickled which I will do a few jars over the week end.

Nita
I just don't understand. I really don't. Why are there not better southern food resturaunts than Western Sizzlin and Cracker Barrel. If you ever fly into Atlanta, there is a great little southern food resturaunt in the airport. I can't remember the name, but it is the only one. The next time that you fly in try it.

O.K. How about any other good resturaunts in Fort Smith that are not chains. I liked Bene Vita's in little rock. They had great spinach and steak.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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What it sounds to me like you are looking for is soul food. NOM. We've got some great places here in Little Rock, but I don't know anything about Fort Smith. Sorry!

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Old 07-16-2009, 11:57 AM
 
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What it sounds to me like you are looking for is soul food. NOM. We've got some great places here in Little Rock, but I don't know anything about Fort Smith. Sorry!
What do you have there. I go to Little Rock every now and then.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:59 AM
 
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What do you have there. I go to Little Rock every now and then.
Well soul food is a little different, at least to my definition. That would include chittlins, pickled pigs feet, frog legs etc. That has a little too much soul for me.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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My favorite is David Family Kitchen, on Broadway. (And happily for me, a block from my house!) Kitchen Express, on Asher, is also very good, and open for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner, unlike David's, which closes at 4. And isn't open on Saturdays. (but is HOPPING on Sundays!)

There are also some blue-plate type places in the business district, like Your Mama's Good Food. They're usually only open for lunch.

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Well soul food is a little different, at least to my definition. That would include chittlins, pickled pigs feet, frog legs etc. That has a little too much soul for me.
The soul food places I'm talking about have some dishes like that, but much more as well. The BEST vegetables, and rolls, and cornbread, and cobblers.

Don't even TALK to me about Cracker Barrel. Jeez.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Doe's Eat Place is good. There is one in Fort Smith and one in Little Rock. President Clinton loves it. If he ate it, you know it is southern.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well soul food is a little different, at least to my definition. That would include chittlins, pickled pigs feet, frog legs etc. That has a little too much soul for me.
Frog legs aren't soul food, they are what the doctor ordered for all of us to learn to LOVE!!!! Now the pigs feet, please leave them off my plate, same with the chittlins..Of course I have never had them.

I would have to say, the pigs feet part brings back memories, both my parents and my mother in law loved them, but if my mother-in-law thought they were soul food she would have thrown them out the window. Oh second thought I am not sure she would have known what soul food was.

Nita
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Quapaw Quarter, Little Rock
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Doe's isn't southern. It's steaks and tamales.
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Old 07-16-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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My favorite is David Family Kitchen, on Broadway. (And happily for me, a block from my house!) Kitchen Express, on Asher, is also very good, and open for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner, unlike David's, which closes at 4. And isn't open on Saturdays. (but is HOPPING on Sundays!)

There are also some blue-plate type places in the business district, like Your Mama's Good Food. They're usually only open for lunch.

The soul food places I'm talking about have some dishes like that, but much more as well. The BEST vegetables, and rolls, and cornbread, and cobblers.

Don't even TALK to me about Cracker Barrel. Jeez.
I have been to Your Mama's Good Food. They have good lunch menus. I have not tried the other two places, but I will be sure to do that when I am up there next. Thanks.

It is interesting that places that I remember in Atlanta were in the business district like little rock. We don't have much of a business district in Fort Smith. I guess that explains it.

Doe's does have pretty good steaks.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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I have never heard of tomato relish?
Then your life is not complete.

Seriously, pickled tomato relish, and fried green tomatos, are truely taste treats.

Now.....here's what I have discovered as far as where to get southern cooking.

First of all, go to a southern town. That is a town that doesn't have a lot of retirees from up north, or a demographic of people that are urban. Places in locales like that must please the masses, and that's not good, you're going to lose a lot of that "south in your mouth" flavor.

I have eaten at a number of restaurants in those kind of towns, and they just ain't got it down.

Go to a small town, where everybody knows everybody, so they know you're "not from the neighborhood". When you walk in, and notice that people aren't ordering, the waitress just brings their regular eats, that's a good thing.

There are probably.............a dozen restaurants locally that I have access to. Three of those are "southern", the rest are good but of a more vanilla stream.

I could give you a couple of suggestions if you come around north central, but good restaurants are so localized and the best ones don't even advertise. They don't have to.

Oh..yeah..don't overlook "fillin' stations" that serve breakfast, dinner, and supper. We have one in the area that has a seperate smoke house behind it. Chicken and barbecue that's slap-your-mama good.

That's about the best I can offer, although I would venture a guess that you're not going to get authentic southern cooking in Fayetteville, or anyplace that big and health concerned.

Southern cooking is good.....nobody said anything about good for ya.
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