I am so grateful. Finally, another state has stepped up to the plate and offered to relieve Texas of the one dish standing in our way of culinary greatness. That's right: I'm talking about queso.
Or, if you happen to be an Arkansan, cheese dip. Yep, cheese dip — that's what they call queso in Bill Clinton's birthplace. According to a story in The Wall Street Journal, "many Arkansans think cheese dip has finally given them something to call their own." A 2009 documentary cited in the story suggests that queso may have been invented in Little Rock, at a restaurant called Mexico Chiquito.
It's not something I would brag about.
I've never been a fan of the insipid melted processed cheese concoction that passes for an appetizer in Tex-Mex restaurants from here to El Paso and back. Yes, I know many (most?) Texans consider it an essential comfort food. I consider it to be a baby-food version of Mexican food.
Want queso, Arkansas? As far as I'm concerned, you can have it.