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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Three Best Bites in Fort Smith by Joyce Faulkner

Pimento Cheese Appetizer at Bricktown Brewery

Our trip to Fort Smith, Arkansas, for my 50th high school reunion brought back great memories of Southern foods that I haven't enjoyed in years.  My hometown now has many options and to be honest, it was hard to choose which were my favorites. 

However, I'll try.

First, was the Pimento Cheese Appetizer at the Bricktown Brewery on Garrison Avenue. I chose this dish because I loved pimento cheese as a kid and it is seldom offered as restaurant fare. This version was served hot inside a warm bread bowl that you could tear apart and use to sop up every last gooey, golden drop of the dip -- or if you wanted a crunchier medium, the chilled raw carrots and celery were delicious too. And the jalape├▒o garnish added a little mouth-tingling heat
without overdoing it.
Tamales at Doe's Eat Place

My second favorite bite came from Doe's Eat Place. Yes, the steaks
there are fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed my filet, but the tamales
won me over. I am a sucker for properly-prepared meaty tamales since
they are so hard to find in my part of the country. Doe's version was
spicy without blowing out my palette and the mild masa coating was a
perfect balance for the rich interior. Yum!

My last bite comes from the down home cooking at Calico County where I
ordered Yphon's Smothered Steak -- with brown gravy instead of white.
It was hearty and tasty and even though it was close to 100 degrees outside, it reminded me of winter.


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