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Hall of Famers by Rex Nelson

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Rex Nelson, Arkansas Food Hall of Fame committee member and senior editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper, shares his take on the great tastes of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame program and our recently announced winners. Check out the full article online.

"I was sitting alone in the AQ Chicken House at Springdale. My thoughts were of visits 50 years ago.

My father traveled the state selling athletic supplies to high schools and colleges. When I was a boy, I sometimes would accompany him. When those travels took us to northwest Arkansas, he enjoyed nothing more than a meal at AQ. He converted me at an early age. For a time, there were several AQ locations across the state. We would eat at one in Russellville when attending Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference football and basketball games there. AQ is now down to just the original restaurant at Springdale. It still provides a good meal and, for me, a trip back in time."