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A Sandwich a Day: The Fried Peace Maker Po'Boy at Acme Oyster House in New Orleans

There's almost always a line of people outside Acme Oyster House waiting to have some of the restaurant's famous fresh harvested oysters. In the evenings that line may stretch up Iberville back to Bourbon and further, and the wait can exceed an hour. Sometimes more. There are all sorts of things on the menu, but most people are coming from the oysters. More

New Orleans: 25 of the Best and Strangest Po' Boys at the Oak Street Po' Boy Festival

We set out to document every single po'boy at the Oak Street Po' Boy Festival. The selection was impressive, ranging from traditional po' boys with fried shrimp and cochon de lait (roasted pork), as well as several versions of debris (beef in gravy), and some truly inventive po' boys. Actually, many of these wouldn't even qualify as true po' boys. Bananas foster po' boy? Sashimi po' boy? We can hear the purists grumbling now. But we tried them all anyways. Here are 25 of the best and strangest sandwiches at the festival. More

20 Best Foods at the State Fair of Louisiana

This is it. The last stop in our quest to chronicle this year's top fair foods. We headed to Shreveport, Louisiana, for the 102nd State Fair of Louisiana. Until November 13th (note: the fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), some 450,000 people will come out to enjoy the zoo, the circus, the midway and of course a whole lot of food. What's hot at the fair? The hot stuff. That is, the spicy regional items; from crawfish and crabmeat boudin to habanero peanut brittle. More

Top 20 Eats at the Arkansas State Fair

Lots of new items are available in Little Rock this week for the 72nd Arkansas State Fair , which takes place from October 14 through 23. This year at the Midway and the food court, the emphasis seems to be on hot and spicy, with entries such as Jalapeño Lemonade and Nuclear Wings. Non-fried options such as the Rabbit Sandwich, MOINK Balls, and the BBQ Parfait are also popular. But of course you'll still find your Deep-Fried Watermelon on a Stick and Deep-Fried Corn-on-the-Cob, because what would the fair be without those? More

The 25 Best Eats at the Texas State Fair

The Texas State Fair runs from September 30 to October 23. Sure there are funnel cakes and corn dogs, but this mega fair has far more to offer. We were there when the gates opened at 10 a.m. on opening day and over the next 10 hours, got into just about every nook and cranny, sampling any and every food we could find. Here are the 25 favorites, a good number of which are deep-fried, ball-shaped, or both (kraut balls, fried meatballs, Kool-Aid balls). More

Making Macarons with MaryClare Macarons

What do you do when your child wants something very, very special for a special occasion—and it just can't be found anywhere? In some cases, you go to extremes. In the case of Mary Jo Selig and Clare Thomas Williams, you start a company and make your own specialty macarons. More

Little Rock, AR: The Man Who Made 100 Different Pies in One Night

Chris Monroe is a man with an obsession. That obsession is called Hunka Pie, and it's become the premiere pie stand in Little Rock, Arkansas. Usually you'll find anywhere from five to eight different pies on the menu. But a while back Chris came up with an unusual idea: he decided to bake 100 different pies in a single night for sale in a grand pie extravaganza the next day. More

A Sandwich A Day: The Garden at Jimmy's Serious Sandwiches in Little Rock, AR

The one sandwich that comes to mind for anyone who's ventured through the door at Jimmy's Serious Sandwiches is The Garden ($6.95). Back in 1979 it won the first place in the National Sandwich Contest. Though the recipe for the sandwich is actually posted on the wall next to the door, few actually make it at home. They'd rather get their fix in the restaurant or in a lunch box to go. More

Does This Food-By-State Map Look Accurate?

For the record, this posting started a book. That book is Arkansas Pie.

https://historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/Series/American%20Palate/Arkansas-Pie/9781609498764

And there's no damn jelly pie in the book!

New Orleans: Get a Steamer on Bourbon Street at Clover Grill

When they provide silverware, absolutely!

Staff Picks: Foods We Want to Eat More of in 2012

Hey, I took that bacon cream cheese bomb picture!

Serious Eats Day 2012: What Day Should We Celebrate?

February 18th, and I'll organize the MidSouth meetup in Little Rock. Y'all cool with that?

Anyone else done with pie...for the year?

I did a story on the best 100 pies in Arkansas for the Arkansas Times this year...
http://www.arktimes.com/arkansas/unhumble-pies/Content?oid=1951413

... yeah, I am kinda done with pie.

New Orleans: 25 of the Best and Strangest Po' Boys at the Oak Street Po' Boy Festival

Arkie, you MUST be talking about Capital Bar & Grill. And yeah. I'll go for a soggy roast beef there any day.

Scottsdale, AZ: The Oven-Fired Patty at Coal Burger

Weird how the different ovens operate. I had a much nicer crust on the Coal Burger I got over at The Woodlands.

http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2011/09/coal-burger-review-the-woodlands-tx.html

New Orleans: 25 of the Best and Strangest Po' Boys at the Oak Street Po' Boy Festival

It ruined his night, but he's fine now... thanks for asking!

New Orleans: 25 of the Best and Strangest Po' Boys at the Oak Street Po' Boy Festival

I was surprised just how many of the different po'boys involved coleslaw. Of course, cabbage fills you up...

We got more than 60 sandwiches -- they just wouldn't all fit on the slideshow. You can look at them at http://www.tiedyetravels.com/2011/11/almost-every-poboy-at-oak-street-poboy.html .

Sadly, we discovered that my photographer is allergic to jackfruit during this particular story.

20 Best Foods at the State Fair of Louisiana

We kept it to five fairs this year... next year we hope to include the Minnesota State Fair and whatever other fairs we happen to find. After looking at the website for The Big E, we might have to head to Massachussetts!

Top 20 Eats at the Arkansas State Fair

plazmaorb, I bet you'd like the Cabritas Wrap, one of the best new foods from last year. It's roasted goat on a tortilla with veggies, and it's tasty.

I have a listing of more than 70 Arkansas State Fair items over on my blog.

Top 20 Eats at the Arkansas State Fair

The Rabbit Sandwich was surprisingly moist -- but yes, it was better with the barbecue sauce.

Top 20 Eats at the Arkansas State Fair

It is interesting that there's a vocal group who speak out against fried fair food. It'll be interesting to see if there will be a response from fair vendors in the future. My favorite fair items this year have been the rabbit sandwich featured here, the Greek salad at the State Fair of Texas and the Deep Fried Strawberry Shortcake at the Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair -- the latter of which featured fresh, unsugared, unfried strawberries. I am wondering what I might find at the Louisiana State Fair next week.

The 25 Best Eats at the Texas State Fair

We found our example on the Midway at a Frozen Tea stand. There's also a stand just south of the Auto Exhibition (within spitting distance of Hans Mueller) that sells it.

Don't Eat This: Fried Bubblegum

Bless you. It's just another part of the job.

Don't Eat This: Fried Bubblegum

The son of a friend of mine shared some pre-teen wisdom with me: the bright colors should have warned me it was poisonous.

The things I do for the job!

The 25 Best Eats at the Texas State Fair

Erin, the Greek Salad is really da bomb, and not a bit of fried anything about it.

If you're interested in viewing all 64 items we cataloged at the Texas State Fair, head over to my personal website, Tie Dye Travels.

We Were There: World Cheese Dip Championship in Little Rock, Arkansas

Full Frontal Fromage, send me an email at kat@tiedyetravels.com and I will hook you up with these great folks.

Making Macarons with MaryClare Macarons

Macaroons are made with piles of coconut. Macarons are tiny French sandwich cookies.

The Serious Eats Book: On Sale November 1!

22 eateries in one day? This totally blows away my 11 pies in a day. That's SERIOUS.

Little Rock, AR: The Man Who Made 100 Different Pies in One Night

I've been working my way through his pie menu for close to a year now. I fear trying all 100 pies in one setting might be the death of me.

So far, I've had (in addition to the six listed above):
French Blackberry (my other favorite)
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Peach Sugar Cookie
Key Lime
Coconut Cream
Coconut Meringue
Egg Custard
Chocolate Chess
Strawberry Chocolate Mousse
Peach Custard Cream (I *think*)
Butterfinger
Kampfire S'mores
Chocolate Pecan
regular Pumpkin
Buttermilk
Chocolate Meringue
Chocolate Cream
Chocolate Baklava
French Apple
Blueberry

I have yet to find one I just don't like, though the Sugar pie was just unusual. The more I think about it the more I feel it tasted like uncooked cookie dough without the semi-sweet chocolate chips and pecans my tongue expected.

Chris used to offer pie tastings at least once a month over at Galaxy Furniture in North Little Rock, before he moved into The Hop.

The 15 Best Pies in Arkansas

Arkansist, I will be going to Miss Rhoda's this Thursday... and I'm going early. Last time I went she'd already sold her pies for the day! Had to settle for a plate of tamales...

The 15 Best Pies in Arkansas

Indeed they did, Fedora.

I have to go to Prescott soon and consume some Momma Max pie-ness, apparently.

The 15 Best Pies in Arkansas

I've lived here all my life, and I have no clue what "jelly pie" is. Sounds just awful.

The Serious Eats Barbecue Style Guide

*pouts* Arkansas, once again non-represented. Our love for both shredded and sliced beef or shredded pork butt with slaw (ALWAYS with the slaw) marks us the most... we want our barbecue on a sandwich, messy and wet, and the sauce (for the most part) is sweet. The further to the northwest you go within the state, the more likely the 'cue is going to be sliced brisket with a thick, sweet sauce; further south it tends to get runny, and towards Memphis it gets downright peppery. There's always some sort of pie available -- fried, meringue or cream. 'Cue without pie here is just unthinkable.

Yeah, I could do a whole story on Arkansas 'cue. That may be in the near future.

Making Macarons with MaryClare Macarons

What do you do when your child wants something very, very special for a special occasion—and it just can't be found anywhere? In some cases, you go to extremes. In the case of Mary Jo Selig and Clare Thomas Williams, you start a company and make your own specialty macarons. More