Rumbles: Southern Salt Takes Over White Water; Tacos 4 Life to Benton, Donates 2 Million Meals


Chef and owner of Southern Salt Food Company Lauren McCants is now working the kitchen at long-time dive bar White Water Tavern. McCants is cooking up Southern Salt favorites on the weekends, plus Tuesday and Thursday nights. Of course, the Cuban Reuben is there, as are jerk chicken nachos, chicken mole quesadillas, and sweet potato and avocado tacos. Fans of the food truck, don’t fear: McCants is pulling double duty and still gets out around town in the truck. She is scheduled to appear at Harvestfest in Hillcrest on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Before the Little Rock location could even open, Tacos 4 Life has announced it’s also coming to Saline County. The popular Arkansas restaurant will open its fifth location in Benton on Alcoa Road. The grand opening will be in spring of next year. Also, Tacos 4 Life has another reason to celebrate; it recently donated its 2 millionth meal to charity. With every meal purchased, Tacos 4 Life donates a meal to Feed My Starving Children, a mission that helps battle child hunger in the countries of Honduras and Swaziland.


Little Rock’s only distillery is expanding its lineup. Rock Town Distillery has added small-batch flavored vodkas in grapefruit, basil and Mandarin orange. Rock Town master distiller Phil Brandon says these vodkas are great for mixing or just enjoying with a splash of club soda. The suggested retail price is $14 for a 750 mL bottle. They are on sale at the distillery and several liquor stores around town.

South on Main will play host to the Oxford American’s annual fundraiser on Friday night and will not be open for regular business. Chef Matthew Bell will be serving up a southern barbecue buffet for the event, which is ticketed at $200 each. But even more impressive than Bell’s excellent cooking is one of the items up for bids in the auction that night. Attendees will be bidding on a pair of boxing gloves autographed by none other than boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Tickets are still available, but seating is limited, so move quickly if you want to go.

Last week, Raduno Brick Oven and Barroom put a special cheeseburger pizza on the menu to help raise money for employees of Midtown Billiards who are out of work after a fire badly damaged the historic bar. The response was so strong that Raduno is keeping the special going again this week. I got a chance to try it last week, and it was well worth seeking out. Be sure to stop by between now and Sunday for a very good pizza and a chance to help those who need it.

It’s not really news, but I found it amusing: after the first attempt at imploding the Broadway Bridge failed, Cregeen’s Irish Pub in Argenta sold their Irish car bombs for only $4 until the bridge was in the river. It was five and a half hours after detonation that the bridge finally collapsed.

The Blue Plate Special, the annual fundraiser for the Thea Foundation, will be held this coming Monday, and Rock City Eats has two free tickets to the event. Click here to enter the giveaway contest.

Take it from me, the place to go for your post-shift stress reliever this fall is Big Orange Midtown. I had a chance to sample the excellent new cocktail menu and found it worthy of very high praise.

And it’s no secret that Northwest Arkansas’ food scene has exploded in recent years. We put together a quick guide to great food when travelling to watch the Hogs play this fall.


  • October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Lost Forty Tap Takeover & Tapas

    at The Southern Gourmasian

    6 Beers 6 Shareable Plates Raffle Prizes Trick or Treat Candy Pairing Forest Queen Milk Stout Keg Tapping...

  • October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm



    Come join us at the Third Annual W.O.W.apalooza event to help raise awareness and support victims of domestic violence and violent crimes. We will have live entertainment for the night along with dinner and adult beverages. Our Silent Auction will be the only place you need to shop for Christmas. .....

  • October 27 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 Thursday – 2016 RedRumPum Release

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    After spending nearly 4 months in Caribbean Rum Barrels we are excited to be releasing our first annual beer; RedRumPum, Imperial Pumpkin Amber Ale. This 10% abv monster has complex flavors of caramel, chocolate, vanilla oakiness, a hint of pumpkin spice and of course rum. See you at 4:30pm on ......

  • October 28 @ 10:00 am

    BOO! Bake Sale for DCFS


    Want to help teens in foster care and get some tasty treats? Come see us for our third annual BOO! Bake Sale. All proceeds go toward purchasing Christmas gift cards for teenagers in foster care in Arkansas. With almost 5,200 kids of all ages in care, that’s a lot of ......

  • October 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Special Dinner with Caroline Randall Williams

    at The Capital Hotel

    Private Cocktail Reception and Dinner at the Capital Hotel with 2016 Arkansas Cornbread Festival Distinguished Guest Caroline Randall Williams, co-author of ‘Soul Food Love.’ Friday, October 28 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Capital Hotel 111 West Markham Street $125, includes alcoholic beverage...

  • October 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    2016 Arkansas Cornbread Festival

    at The Bernice Garden

    The 2016 Cornbread Festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Our House and studioMAIN! Also new this year is our Cornbread Kids’ Own Zone under the pavilion at the Bernice Garden. Plus, a vintage motorcycle show will be presented by Moto Arkansas. Amateur and professional corn...

  • October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Nighty Night Release Party featuring the Zombie Lumberjack Ride

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    Lost Forty Brewing’s most anticipated brew of the year is getting a fun, Halloween-themed party and night time bike ride to accompany it. Nighty Night is Lost Forty’s Imperial Stout aged in three barrels and will only be available for a limited time....

  • October 29

    Arkansas Cornbread Festival

    at Bernice Garden

    This SoMa festival will feature professional and amateur competitors in the cornbread cookoff vying for a $1,000 grand prizes. Proceeds from the festival go to benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, Our House and studioMAIN. Stop by the Cornbread Fest Pancake Breakfast fundraiser first at Fir...


Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of October:

  • Big Orange: Turkey Bacon Brie Burger, Red Velvet Cake, and Caramel Apple Pie Shake
  • Local Lime: Grilled Fresh Gulf Oysters
  • Zaza: Market Pizza with Autumn Squash and the Apple and Endive Salad


Rumbles: Southern Salt Takes Over White Water; Tacos 4 Life to Benton, Donates 2 Million Meals