#FriYAY because its #FRYday here at AY About You!


Every Friday, AY chooses a local eatery dedicated to bringing Arkansans binge-worthy fries and delicious, homemade sauces.


For this week’s Fry Day, we are going all-natural with a Little Rock staple, The Root Cafe. 


Located in the trendy SoMa district on 1500 Main Street, The Root is known for its locally-sourced ingredients and laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere. 


When stopping by to grab a taste of The Root’s farm-to-table bites, snagging its fries’ side order is a must. 


“We do sweet potato fries and french fries all year,” says Root Cafe employee and resident “fry-guy” Adam Nick. “We also do seasonal fries, like eggplant fries and green-bean fries.”

Although Arkansas’ climate does not allow for regular potatoes to grow year-round, the Root Cafe gets all of its sweet potatoes locally-sourced from Ridgeview Farms in Wynne. 


In the same sense that The Root’s locally-sourced mission is unique in the Little Rock community, so is the way it cooks its fries. 


“We fry everything in rice bran oil rather than the more common canola or peanut oil,” Nick says.


Nick also mentions that the magic behind The Root’s fries lies in its simplicity.


We keep the seasoning pretty simple, fry them in different periods, and use fresh ingredients,” Nick says when asked what makes the Root’s fries special. 

Not sure which fry-dish to pick? The Root Cafe’s menu offers a half-and-half basket featuring both its french fries and sweet potato fries. 


If the fresh fries aren’t already calling your name, The Root Cafe also makes its own, one-of-a-kind dipping sauce. 


“We make homemade garlic mayonnaise and spicy mayonnaise,” Nick says. He suggests eating the sweet potato fries with the spicy mayonnaise. 


Hungry for fresh fries with a homemade touch? Check out the Root’s full menu here to satisfy your summer-weekend cravings.


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