by Kat Robinson
Because of space (and the idea that the cheese dip needed to be obtained in Central Arkansas), some of the entries had to be dropped. On the jump — what's not on the Natives Guide page.
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The other entries:
Godsey’s Grill. Non-traditional yellow. Godsey’s actually sells a traditional Rotel and Velveeta dip, along with about eight other dips. We prefer getting the Drunken Chicken dip with smoked chicken or the Chicken Enchilada dip that comes so heavy on the spices you won’t be able to tell there’s Velveeta under the surface on those homemade potato chips. 226 South Main St. (Jonesboro). (870) 336-1988. godseysgrill.com. Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. CC. Full bar/private club.
Maria’s. Yellow and white. The smooth mild creamy Queso Blanco could be the best in Fort Smith, with
Mean Pig BBQ. Non-traditional yellow. The barbecue joint best known for its Shut Up Sauce has one of the better quesos in the state — a deep yellow dip inundated with shredded smoked beef brisket throughout, served with a zip-top bag of tortilla chips on a big plate. Might as well be a meal. 3096 Bill Foster Highway in Cabot. (501) 941-5489. themeanpigbbq.com. Closed Sunday and Monday.
River Rock Grill. Yellow. Part of a dip trio, the chefs at
Senor Tequila. White. This cloying, almost sticky queso likes to grab your chip. With excellent cling, it’s the perfect pungent dip for mixing with the restaurant’s lightly spicy cilantro-heavy salsa. Also good on the enchiladas. Multiple locations. Various Hours. CC. Full bar with margaritas.
Sparky’s Roadhouse Café. Non-traditional yellow. You can’t really call Sparky’s dip a yellow dip — it’s actually Queso Rojo, a blend of cheese and spices so concentrated it actually appears an orangish-red, even redder the longer it sits. Sweet, salty, cheesy, complicated, it’s a philosopher’s dream of a deep queso with multiple gifts for the tongue. 147 E. Van Buren (Eureka Springs), (479) 253-6001. sparkysroadhouse.com. Tue.-Thu. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. CC. Full bar.
Taco Villa. Yellow. The old college favorite keeps winning more fans, thanks to consistent low prices and a family attitude. The smooth yellow cheese dip has a strong garlic flavor; thick tortilla chips are always on hand for dipping. Also good on the apple sticks, strangely enough. 420 East 4th Street (Russellville). (479) 968-1191. Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Cash or check. No alcohol.