National parks are popular destinations for hiking, paddling, wildlife-spotting, and museums, but foodie meccas they are not—usually. Unless of course you visit Hot Springs National Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, a tiny park unlike anything else in the National Park Service, and one that’s sure to change your idea of dining and drinking at national parks.
It’s no secret that we love the serenity and solitude found in nature, but there’s lots to love about cities as well, especially their amazing food scenes, and here at Hello Ranger, we’re here to celebrate them. From big foodie hubs like Chicago and New Orleans to more under-the-radar places so delicious and comforting that they feel like home away from home (we’re looking at you, Albuquerque, Orlando, Tucson), cities and their restaurants are an important part of the in-between. With Hello Ranger Traveling Eats, we aim to spotlight these vibrant places and what makes them so special, be it Indian tacos in Montana, boozy lattes in Las Vegas, onion burgers in Oklahoma City, or lobster rolls and whoopie pies in Maine. We’re United by Nature, but we’re always happy to make a detour for good eats.
Wherever she goes, be it a small town or a larger city, Sarah has a penchant for scoping out the best local eats and must-visit bars and restaurants. So when we here at Hello Ranger were mulling over the idea of food hall roundup spotlighting lesser-known and/or too-iconic-to-miss destinations, we knew Sarah would be the best resource. And sure enough, her picks for some of America’s best, most unique food halls are giving us all the hungry wanderlust feels.
In the midst of a global pandemic, comfort foods have been brought to the forefront like never before, recruited like soldiers going into war against stress and anxiety. But does the humble cookie, a confection so classic it’s almost cliche, have what it takes to combat COVID-fear? If you’re in Houston, it does.