Pimento cheese consists of shredded cheese, mayo, diced red pimentos and spices, and while universally loved throughout the South, it's roots are actually in New York in the late 19th century. During this time, packaged cream cheese and canned Spanish peppers where easily accessible and affordable – a new recipe was born. Soon after, a farmer from Georgia began growing pimento peppers on U.S. soil, eventually bringing "Southern Pate" to the South.
Today, you're hard-pressed to find a restaurant menu without some version of this simple and addictive concoction. While it's great as an appetizer (evidenced by some of our nominees), it also makes for a killer sandwich or burger topper.
10Best and Sandwich America wanted to find the best pimento cheese (in sandwich form or on bread) in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with local Arkansas food writers and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. For the past four weeks, our readers have been voting daily for their favorites. The results are in!
The top 10 winners in the category Best Pimento Cheese in Arkansas are as follows:
- The Sonflour Bakery - Dumas
- Big Orange - Little Rock
- Capital Bar and Grill - Little Rock
- Diane’s Gourmet - Little Rock
- Kent Walker Artisan Cheese - Little Rock
- Gina's Place - Jonesboro
- Boulevard Bread Company - Little Rock
- Lost Forty Brewing - Little Rock
- Neighbor's Mill Bakery & Cafe - Harrison
- Julie's Sweet Shoppe & Bakery - Conway
Congratulations to all these reader-favorite restaurants, delis and bakeries!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo