Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 94

the frugal foodie The Heights neighborhood offers great shops, restaurants and a number of culinary treats sure to please any foodie. Little Rock, AR Anytime is a great time for exploration, and very often, at the heart of one’s journey is food – and drink. As Arkansas’s capital city and cultural core, Little Rock is home to a burgeoning culinary scene that is garnering acclaim and putting the city on the map as a culinary destination. From Michelin star and James Beard award-winning chefs to top local talents, magic is being created here every day. Little Rock has a vibrant artisanal, craft beverage scene, and folks can use the Locally Labeled passport to get great swag while exploring the city’s breweries, wineries and distillery. 92 FoodTraveler l Winter 2016 The nation’s locavore movement has raised the bar on what people expect as part of their overall dining experience. Restaurants and food-related businesses focus on using locally-sourced products. Little Rock has an energetic artisanal food scene, including purveyors such as Boulevard Bread Company, Hillcrest Artisan Meats, Kent Walker Artisan Cheese, Izard Chocolates, Le Pops Gourmet Ice Lollies and Loblolly Creamery. The River Market District, located downtown, is a great place for visitors to explore with its blend of attractions, museums, restaurants, shops and great entertainment options. Little Rock’s craft brew community has flourished in recent years. Home to ten craft breweries (Blue Canoe, Core Brewing Co., Damgoode Pies, Diamond Bear Brewery, Flyway Brewing, Lost Forty Brewing, Rebel Kettle, Refined Ale, Stone’s Throw Brewing and Vino’s Brewpub), beer drinkers will find a lot to please their palates. Rock Town Distillery, the state’s first legal distillery since prohibition, is worth a tour and taste. Rock Town specializes in 6&F6B7&gFVB&V֗VЦ&W&&v6W2v'VBfBР