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It’s Greek to us

It’s Greek to us

Just a few years ago, I didn’t even know how to pronounce “gyro.” Now I’m eating them. And loving them. And wondering why I waited so long to try one. That last part is easy to figure out — there wasn’t any place to get a gyro in the River Valley. Not that I was […]

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November 1, 2019 | By More
The tastieest burger

The tastieest burger

Not that long ago, or at least it doesn’t seem so long ago, if you wanted a cheeseburger in Atkins there was one option — Bewley’s Tastee Burger. Besides hefty and delicious cheeseburgers, Bewley’s Tastee Burger offered other options like taco burgers, pizza burgers, burritos, taco salads and various dinners. Through the teenage years, I […]

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October 1, 2019 | By More
Russellville Community Market

Russellville Community Market

Once upon a time, people knew where every bite of their food came from. If they didn’t grow it themselves, they knew who did. The benefits of knowing your farmer and eating local food — support for local agriculture; healthier, more nutrient-dense food picked and bought at the peak of freshness; and a feeling that’s […]

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September 1, 2019 | By More
Timeless breakfast in a timeless place

Timeless breakfast in a timeless place

Way up in Johnson County where the Ozarks roll out beyond the horizon in every direction, where a clear water creek flows cool and unencumbered through the white oaks and hickories, and very near to where the pavement ends forever, there sits a quaint old store in the quaint little town of Oark. “Old” is […]

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August 1, 2019 | By More
River monster

River monster

  Pizza can be found across the land. There seems to be an outlet in every little town and even in between. For Pete’s sake, you can buy a slice at the gas stations. Because of this ubiquity, and because even bad pizza is still pizza and any pizza by definition is tasty, good pizza […]

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July 1, 2019 | By More
In your face

In your face

The Russellville City Mall, in the heart of town, has long been a distribution point for ABOUT with several advertisers and a big magazine rack located there. We deliver new issues several times a month. Yet, I’d never sampled food from one of the newest mall tenants — Daily Bread — until this year’s Taste […]

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June 1, 2019 | By More
Leave it to the pros

Leave it to the pros

I thought I was pretty handy on the grill — choosing only the best cuts, marinating, soaking a few hickory sticks and letting them puff up a good white smoke before gently placing meat onto the sizzling grates. And my creations were plenty tasty. The wife and kids said so. Then we visited Ridgewood Brothers […]

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May 1, 2019 | By More
Simply Sublime

Simply Sublime

How do you know if you’re visiting a quality restaurant? It’s not always the case, but you can often get some idea of how good the food will be based on the decor, lighting, and appointments. It tells you if this restaurateur understands eye appeal. Done right, it creates a slow-burn anticipation. Smell is also […]

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April 1, 2019 | By More
A taste of old Mexico

A taste of old Mexico

Defining Mexican food is best done by first clearly understanding what is not Mexican food. As Anthony Bourdain once said: “It’s not melted cheese over tortilla chips.” It’s also not Taco Bell.Though the offerings are often delicious in their own right, it’s not the various Tex-Mex establishments found in nearly every town. I used to […]

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March 1, 2019 | By More
Crusty, creamy, golden goodness

Crusty, creamy, golden goodness

Slogging through the gray days of our shortest month, that somehow seems twice as long as any other month, is always a challenge. We lean on a couple of crutches to get us through — the hope that warmer weather is just around the corner inspired by the occasional bright spring-like day and comfort food. […]

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February 1, 2019 | By More