Parks & Tourism Chips In on Arkansas Cheese Dip Trail

by Jan Cottingham  on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 12:00 am  

The Natural State has a wine trail and a brewery trail and Fayetteville has its own ale trail. But did you know it has a cheese dip trail as well?

The brainchild of Kerry Kraus, a travel writer for the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, the cheese dip trail Web page debuted about six to eight months ago. It features the stirring history of the birth of cheese dip, which, according to the page and Little Rock documentarian Nick Rogers, occurred at a Hot Springs restaurant called Little Mexico, which opened in 1935. Little Mexico later evolved into the original Mexico Chiquito restaurant.

After Kraus suggested the site, Parks & Tourism employees asked visitors to the department’s Facebook page to make suggestions, and many of those went on to be listed on the trail. They include Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro in Little Rock, Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant in West Memphis, Stoby’s in Conway and Marlo’s Taco Shack in Fayetteville.

“We were trying to come up with something we could do that might make Arkansas stand out from all the other states,” Kraus said. “And I thought ‘cheese dip.’”



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