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story.lead_photo.caption This Oct. 11, 2016 image taken from video shows celebrity chef Guy Fieri during an interview in New York. (AP Photo/Bruce Barton)

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.

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.


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  • TheBatt
    August 29, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.

    All of the restaurants featured in these two episodes in Little Rock?

  • jumpedcut
    August 29, 2018 at 11:09 p.m.

    So the Little Rock microbrewery that serves "scratch pretzels and a gumbo-cheese fry mashup" has to be Flyway, and the farm to table place has to be The Root Cafe, they do have a Pimento Cheeseburger. The family owned eatery might be Brunos.

  • Wowy
    August 30, 2018 at 8:39 a.m.

    Love the Root.

  • MaxCady
    August 30, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.

    LOL, Little Rock a culinary destination??!! Go to Birmingham if you want creative, cutting edge, James Beard award winning epicurean delights.

  • LR1955
    August 30, 2018 at 12:20 p.m.

    The eatery that pairs craft beer with “on-the-bun creations”, who wants to guess at this ?

    And LOL, notice that the ArDemGaz has now edited the article adding in JumpedCut's guesses.

  • mheald
    August 30, 2018 at 12:43 p.m.

    He needs to check out @thecorner...

  • Murphy01
    August 30, 2018 at 1:37 p.m.

    Big Orange? There's plenty of other great burgers around other than them. North Bar in NLR/ Parkhill has awesome burgers.

  • jumpedcut
    August 30, 2018 at 2:26 p.m.

    The eatery that pairs craft beer with “on-the-bun creations” - maybe it's Diamond Bear and their Arkansas Ale House?

    August 30, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.

    Can folks not just be happy that a celebrity and network is focusing on LR eateries... period? So many are complaining and I just can't get it -why? Guess some folks are never happy.

    August 30, 2018 at 10 p.m.

    DD&D is a guilty pleasure in our household. I look forward to this episode.