Road Trip: You Can't Go Wrong With Comfort Food in Arkansas

By: Catherine LeFebvre

Go big or go home. This week, contestants of The Great Food Truck Race took on the college town of Fayetteville and the students from the University of Arkansas. The challenge: Adjust their menus, prices and strategy to attract their demographic. The Food Truck teams learned a very important lesson this weekend: Good food doesn't have to be pricey.

For the next couple of weeks, we’re following the Food Trucks city by city with our guide of the best eats, compiled by the On the Road app and website. Today we’re exploring the best that Arkansas has to offer. Come back next week for our picks in Nashville.

Whole Hog Café founders Ron, Mike and Steve have long devoted themselves to the pursuit of barbecue perfection. Their devotion is reflected in the wildly popular dishes Rachael checked out when hunting for the best barbecue: pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken and award-winning ribs.

If you’re in Little Rock's River Market District, take a tip from Rachael and stop by Stickyz to catch live music and chow down on sandwiches, burgers and chicken fingers any way you can imagine (jalapeno-ginger fingers with Creole mustard, anyone?).

Jimmy is so serious about sandwiches that he had the gall to enter a vegetarian sandwich — sprouts and mushrooms — in the National Sandwich Contest. In 1979, he took home the blue ribbon, beating more than a thousand other entries, and the rest is history. The Garden has been the number-one-selling item for more than 30 years now. Check out Jimmy’s Serious Sandwiches to see what all the fuss is about.

Bryce's Cafeteria has been the place to go for pie since 1931. You’ll find 13 different varieties lined up before you even get to the entrees section. But Bryce’s isn’t just about sweets: They’re “bringing healthy back” to Texarkana. Invite your kids to try their broccoli to prove it.

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