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Famous Arkansas Foods

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These Famous Arkansas Foods come from all over the state and really speak to the food culture here.

They range from fried catfish, biscuits and chocolate gravy, possum pie, and hushpuppies.

There are three recipes from each category so you can choose the one that looks the best to you. 

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Arkansas has a Creole influence and they love big flavors. You’ll find lots of fried dishes, fish, and a fun local take on biscuits and gravy.

Arkansans aren’t afraid of hot weather or making some good southern country food.

These recipes will give you a good idea of the best dishes to try when you’re in the mood for some famous Arkansas food.

Fried Catfish

Fried catfish can be found at almost any restaurant in Arkansas. It’s a local specialty you don’t want to miss. 

Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken fried steak is a thin piece of steak coated in a thick layer of breading and then fried. It’s served with gravy, green beans, and corn on the cob. 

Fried Okra

Okra is a green vegetable that’s popular in the southern states. Arkansans like to fry it up and munch on them as an appetizer. 


Biscuits are a staple in Arkansas. They are commonly served with sausage gravy but can also be served with chocolate gravy. 

Chocolate Gravy

Chocolate gravy is a specialty in Arkansas that the locals love! Be sure to try this fun take on a savory gravy served over biscuits. 

Barbeque Ribs

Arkansas is known for its barbeque food. Ribs are a specialty and are coated in sweet and spicy sauce. 

Possum Pie

Possum pie is a wonderfully creamy chocolate and cream cheese layered pie. The crust is made out of shortbread. This dessert is a must-try!

Cheese Dip

Cheese dips of all kinds are a popular side dish at backyard barbeques and as appetizers in restaurants. 

Hand Pies

Hand pies are made by shaping a small square of pie dough and folding it over apple or cherry filling in the shape of a triangle. They are baked until golden brown and are perfect as handheld sweet snacks or desserts for any occasion. 

Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies are a fried cornmeal batter that’s crispy and golden on the outside and soft on the inside. They are great to pop in your mouth as a snack or before a meal. 

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