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Arkansas takes its cheese dip very seriously. In fact, cheese dip — not to be confused with queso — happens to have its roots in Arkansas foodie history.

Little Rock lawyer and filmmaker Nick Rogers discovered that Mexico Chiquito (formerly Little Mexico) first debuted their cheese dip in 1935 at their Hot Springs location, and it’s catapulted into popularity since. We’ve rounded up some of the city’s gloriously gooey dips for you to try.

Mexico Chiquito - “The OG”

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Welcome to where it all began. Naturally, Mexico Chiquito is a must if you want to truly experience Arkansas cheese dip.


The Fold: Botanas & Bar - “Plays Well with Margs”

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Savor this thick and creamy white cheese dip on the welcoming patio while enjoying an afternoon margarita.


Dizzy’s - “The Everything Dip”

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Dizzy’s cheese dip was the first winner of the World Cheese Dip Championship held in Little Rock.


Cheers in the Heights - “Nacho Typical Cheese Dip”

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This mild dip is reminiscent of nacho cheese you might find at a ballpark (but better) and served with tricolor chips.


Heights Taco & Tamale Co. - “The World Champ”

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This is the very cheese dip that secured the Arkansas win in the U.S. Senate cheese dip vs. queso face-off.


Flying Saucer - “The Crowd Pleaser”

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The Flying Saucer is mainly known for its beer offerings, but their cheese dip might just be the quiet MVP.