Food Network’s culinary road trip television show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has made a stop in central Arkansas.
Host Guy Fieri’s show has highlighted restaurants all over the United States, including Arkansas' neighboring states of Missouri, Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee, but this was the show’s first visit to the Natural State, according to a list of episodes.
“It’s been a long time comin’ but we finally brought #DDD to the state of Arkansas. Little Rock, what a town! We WILL be back,” Fieri wrote on Twitter around 9:30 a.m.
It’s been a long time comin’ but we finally brought #DDD to the state of Arkansas. Little Rock, what a town! We WILL be back— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) August 29, 2018
The show’s 29th season will air starting in September, according to the Food Network website. Central Arkansas restaurants will appear in episodes 3 and 4, a schedule shows.
In episode 3, “Pretzels, Pork and Pimento Cheese,” Fieri and his crew will visit a microbrewery that serves "scratch pretzels and a gumbo-cheese fry mashup" and a farm-to-table cafe "piling up a pimento cheese burger and crankin' out their own homemade brats." That episode airs Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
Flyway Brewing in North Little Rock's Argenta neighborhood serves homemade pretzels, but the owner said he would not confirm if the business was featured.
The head brewer at the restaurant said Thursday that the show filmed "B-roll" footage of him.
During episode 4, “From Big Burgers to Little Italy,” the show is set to feature an eatery that pairs craft beer with “on-the-bun creations” and a family-owned Italian eatery. Viewers can watch that episode Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
The Root in Little Rock's South Main district is a farm-to-table eatery that serves a pimento cheeseburger. An employee from the cafe declined to answer questions Wednesday, but the eatery wrote on Instagram that it would be closed for a “special event” that same day.
The episode 4 title could be a reference to Bruno's Little Italy, which is a family-owned restaurant in downtown Little Rock. Calls to the restaurant were not answered.
Big Orange, which has two locations in Little Rock, serves craft brews and sandwiches. But Amber Brewer, the creative director of its parent company, said that the burger joint will not appear in the coming season of the show, as restaurants with multiple locations are not featured on the program.