Arkansas Food Fun Facts — Did You Know?

Kerry Kraus


I’ve posted some trivia questions about various Arkansas towns in the past month or so. Today I’m going to share with you what may or may not be lesser known food facts about some Arkansas products and restaurants.
Did you know the Brown ‘n Serve dinner roll was created in Little Rock?  Meyer’s Bakery, once located downtown, invented this holiday staple in the 1930s.


could be called the peanut brittle capital of Arkansas. Two outstanding candy companies which specialize in nut brittles call this college town home: Juanita’s (photo right) and Andrews.

The Microplane® rasp, featured on just about every cooking show on television, was created by Grace Manufacturing Inc. in Russellville
The first fried dill pickles ever sold were at the old Duchess Drive-In in Atkins in 1963. Originally developed using pickle spears, today this popular appetizer is also made from pickle chips and is on many menus around the country. 

Two Arkansas restaurants are located in cellars — talk about atmosphere. The Weinkeller Restaurant at Wiederkehr Wine Cellars is in the original 1880 hand-dug wine cellar. The underground wine cellar of the old Knoble Brewery is now home to Doe’s Eat Place (photo right) in Fort Smith

You can eat in a cave — more atmosphere — in Eureka Springs at the War Eagle Outpost.  It’s located in the lobby of the historic Basin Park Hotel where every floor of the seven-story building is ground level.

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9 comments on “Arkansas Food Fun Facts — Did You Know?
  1. andrea says:

    A new BBQ restaurant opened in Batesville July 4th. They have delicious sandwiches and yummy desserts and also fantastic tasting specialty drinks.
    Smokehouse Grill and Cafe
    991 Batesville Blvd
    Batesville, AR, 72501

    Monday-Sunday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Stop by if you are in Batesville for awesome food in a friendly place!

  2. Kerry says:

    Hi Andrea,

    Thanks for the heads up about the new restaurant in Batesville. I love discovering new local places and like most Southerners, I LOVE good barbecue. I’ll make sure it’s included on

  3. Alisa Taylor says:

    I used to visit my now deceased father odell Taylor in Fordyce Arkansas when I was a little girl and he used to buy my twin sister and I a jar of sour pickles. I think the name of them was Rainbow and I am wondering if anybody knows anything about them. PLEASE LET ME KNOW I LOVE THEM

  4. Kerry says:

    Hi Alisa,

    I did a search on the Web for information on Rainbow Pickles. At first, I thought they might be ones that used to be produced by the Atkins Pickle Company in Atkins, Arkansas. This is what I found on one website: “Know who makes Rainbow brand pickles? Mt. Olive. I called on them in NC. Only difference is in the label room. It’s a marketing ploy. They send Rainbow to the South, Mt. Olive to the Southeast, and several other brands around the country, all made by Mt. Olive.” There is a Mt. Olive website you might want to check. I also read where Dean Foods made them. Dean Foods is the company that bought out Atkins Pickle Company. You might want to check there as well. Good luck with your quest. I hope you find some.

  5. Lynn Williams says:

    I receive occasional inquiries about Rainbo Pickles here at Mt. Olive Pickle Company. But Mt. Olive did not purchase Rainbo. It was a brand that belonged to Cates Pickles, a pickling company in nearby Faison, NC. Dean Foods purchased Cates Pickles in August of 1989. Here

  6. Kerry says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Thanks for setting me straight on this. Just goes to show you can

  7. Cate says:

    I have lived all over the country and gave up on pickles when I left the south 25 years ago. Now I’m back home and I can’t find my favorite Rainbow American Dills. I hope your info will let me find them again. Thanks

  8. Stan says:

    I had a craving for a candied dill strip to go with my turkey sandwich and the memory of the Rainbow brand that I grew up with came to mind – they were the BEST sweet pickle ever made! Since moving from Tennessee 40 years ago I’ve not been able to find those Rainbow pickles or one comparable. While Googling for that brand to see if it was still being produced, I came upon this site, which has a recipe claiming to produce a pickle just like those Rainbow candied dill strips:
    I haven’t tried this recipe yet so I can’t vouch for the claim, but you Rainbow pickle fans might want to try it.
    Reading on here that Cates Pickles was acquired by Dean Foods made me lament the loss of an iconic product, as Dean Foods apparently decided to discontinue our favorite pickle. I guess mergers and acquisitions are good for businesses, but the consumer usually loses as it seems their choices in products are ultimately reduced.

  9. W. Tyler says:

    I too loved Rainbow pickles (sweet pickles and relish). With so many inquires I’ve wondered why the company that bought them doesn’t revive that favorite taste treat!

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