Tusk and Trot­ter fea­tures out­stand­ing food, drinks, desserts and more

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Tusk and Trot­ter Amer­i­can Brasserie fea­tures an at­mos­phere ca­sual enough to in­vite fam­i­lies, with a menu so­phis­ti­cated enough to wow the most trav­eled gourmet. The floor plan was de­signed to in­vited fam­i­lies seek­ing en­joy a de­li­cious din­ner, pro­fes­sion­als want­ing to meet for lunch or un­wind af­ter work, or a group of friends who just need a place to catch up. The build­ing, which was once Sam Wal­ton’s gen­eral of­fice and ware­house, is di­vided struc­turally in a way that nat­u­rally sep­a­rates the quiet din­ing area to the south from the ca­sual lounge area to the north.

Tusk and Trot­ter prides it­self on us­ing lo­cal prod­ucts. From the ham chop to the “Teeree” ground lamb burger and the cheeses­teak, all use Arkansas-based in­gre­di­ents.

Ev­ery week­day from 2:30-6:30 p.m., the pub has “Tusk at Dusk,” fea­tur­ing dis­counted cock­tails and seven great food items to choose from for $5 and un­der. Try one of the 10 dif­fer­ent Bloody Mary fla­vors or go with a flight of three if you can’t pick just one.

Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Rob Nel­son is a Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas grad­u­ate and at­tended culi­nary school in Boul­der, Colo., as well as France be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to North­west Arkansas.

Tusk and Trot­ter has brought sev­eral unique dishes to Ben­tonville since it opened in 2011. Nel­son brought his pas­sion for char­cu­terie to the area af­ter re­turn­ing from France.

“We are a snout-to-tail restau­rant, mean­ing we don’t waste any part of the pig,” he said. “All of the ba­con and pas­trami are made at the restau­rant.”

The menus is a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of “pro­gres­sive Amer­i­can” food, Nel­son said.

“We take tra­di­tional Amer­i­can com­fort food and give it a mod­ern or Euro­pean twist,” he said.

Among a long list of other awards Tusk and Trot­ter has re­ceived, the restau­rant’s “Trot on Over Here” dessert was named the best ba­con dish in the south by South­ern Liv­ing mag­a­zine.

From de­li­cious en­trees to unique drinks and award-win­ning desserts, Tusk and Trot­ter has it all.

The restau­rant is lo­cated at 110 SE A St., in Ben­tonville. For more in­for­ma­tion, they can be reached by phone at (479) 268-4494, and the full menu is avail­able on­line at tuskandtrot­ter.com. They also have a Face­book page that can be found by search­ing for Tusk & Trot­ter Amer­i­can Brasserie, and they can be fol­lowed on Twit­ter at @TuskandTrot­ter.

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