Updated: Mar 26
THE Ultimate List:
A bite-sized look at the best places around Arkansas you have to try before you die!
__ CATFISH HOLE – Alma
Get your fill of hushpuppies and catfish at the Catfish Hole.
__ HAMBURGER BARN – Arkadelphia
Chow down on a Bubba Burger at the Hamburger Barn.
__ BULLDOG RESTAURANT – Bald Knob
Follow lunch with the famous strawberry shortcake at the Bulldog Restaurant.
__ WHO DAT’S – Bald Knob
Try a bowl of award-winning gumbo at Who Dat’s Cajun Resturant.
__ SQUIRREL COOK OFF – Bentonville
Try a squirrel shish kabob at the World Championship Squirrel Cook Off this September.
__ THE HIVE – Bentonville
Experience the famous BMF chicken at The Hive before exploring the art exhibits at the 21c Museum Hotel.
__ THE HOLLER – Bentonville
Take a bite of a Holler Melt before playing some shuffleboard at The Holler.
__ THE PREACHER’S SON – Bentonville
Enjoy some steak frites in the unique setting of The Preacher’s Son.
__ DIXIE PIG – Blytheville
Chow down on a pig sandwich at the Dixie Pig.
__ JERI-LIN’S DONUTS – Blytheville
Savor a caramel-topped doughnut at Jeri-Lin’s Donuts.
__ KREAM KASTLE – Blytheville
Feast on a burger or barbecue sandwich at the Kream Kastle.
__ CAVE CITY – Cave City
When in season, pick up a fresh Cave City watermelon to enjoy with the whole family.
__ FAT DAWGZ – Clarksville
Get a Texas size cinnamon roll and a peach milkshake at Fat Dawgz.
__ GREG & JIM’S – Colt
Take on the famous “Fat Boy” cheeseburger at Greg & Jim’s.
__ MIKE’S FAMILY RESTAURANT – Colt
Try a slice of homemade pie at Mike’s Family Restaurant.
__ HIDDEN VALLEY CATFISH – Conway
Enjoy the Cajun Fish Filet at the Hidden Valley Catfish House.
__ MIKE’S PLACE – Conway
Take a bite of delicious prime rib at Mike’s Place.
__ BOB’S GRILL – Conway
Catch up on the local gossip with a grilled blueberry muffin at Bob’s Grill.
__ DONDIE’S – Des Arc
Work your way down the seafood buffet aboard Dondie’s White River Princess.
__ CRAIG BROTHERS – DeValls Bluff
Fill up on barbecue at Craig Brothers Café.
__ TAYLOR’S STEAKHOUSE – Dumas
Scarf down the famed porterhouse at Taylor’s Steakhouse.
__ SPUDNUT SHOPPE – El Dorado
Try your first Spudnut, a potato flower doughnut, at the Spudnut Shoppe.
__ GRIFFIN RESTAURANT – El Dorado
Enjoy a farm-to-table meal while watching some live entertainment at the Griffin Restaurant.
__ JOHNNY B’S GRILL – El Dorado
Stop in for breakfast at Johnny B’s Grill.
__ SMOKIN’ BULL – Emerson
Take a bite out of the famous Bull Burger at the Smokin’ Bull.
__ LOCAL FLAVOR CAFÉ – Eureka Springs
Dine on pan-fried tilapia at the Local Flavor Café.
__ KENNON’S DAIRY BAR – Fair Oaks
Follow a cheeseburger with a chocolate milkshake at Kennon’s Dairy Bar.
__ ROOTS FESTIVAL – Fayetteville
Sample the cooking of some of the region’s finest chefs at Fayetteville Roots Festival in August.
__ HAMMONTREE’S – Fayetteville
Try a gourmet grilled cheese, like the Cheebacca, at Hammontree’s.
__ HERMAN’S RIBHOUSE – Fayetteville
Devour the Herman’s cut bone-in ribeye at Herman’s Ribhouse.
__ HUGO’S – Fayetteville
Enjoy a Bleu Moon Burger downstairs at Hugo’s.
__ SASSY’S RED HOUSE – Fayetteville
Polish off a plate of Irish Nachos on a bed of waffle fries at Sassy’s Red House.
__ FOGHORN’S – Fayetteville
Test your taste buds with a fiery plate of hot wings while watching the game at Foghorn’s.
__ DELTA Q – Forrest City
Start your lunch with a bowl of delicious pork rinds at Delta Q.
__ CALICO COUNTY – Fort Smith
Start your day with an amazing breakfast at Calico County.
__ BENSON’S GRILL – Fort Smith
Enjoy a “man-sized” breakfast of country ham, eggs and hash browns at Benson’s Grill.
__ COON SUPPER – Gillett
Rub elbows with politicians at the annual Gillett Coon Supper.
__ WAGON WHEEL – Greenbrier
Scarf down some fried mushrooms at the Wagon Wheel.
__ GAVIN’S – Harrisburg
Savor a delicious slice of strawberry pies at Gavin’s.
__ RED APPLE INN – Heber Springs
Try the Eggs Sedona at the famed Red Apple Inn.
__ PASQUALE’S TAMALES – Helena
Enjoy a handful of Joe St. Columbia’s fresh tamales at Pasquale’s Tamales.
__ HOPE WATERMELONS – Hope
Compete in the annual watermelon eating competition at the Hope Watermelon Festival.
__ FAT JACK’S BAR – Hot Springs
Slurp down some oysters after a day at the races at Fat Jack’s Oyster and Sports Bar.
__ MCCLARD’S – Hot Springs
Enjoy a plate of barbecue smothered in the famous McClard’s sauce at McClard’s Bar-B-Q.
__ OAKLAWN PARK – Hot Springs
Chow down on a corned beef sandwich between races at Oaklawn Park.
__ THE OHIO CLUB – Hot Springs
Enjoy a Southwest Burger while listening to live music at The Ohio Club.
__ OZARK CAFE – Jasper
Stop in for brunch at the Ozark Café.
__ CLIFF HOUSE INN – Jasper
Feast on some fried green beans while taking in the view at the Cliff House Inn Restaurant.
__ THE SHACK – Jessieville
Chow down on a plate of fried catfish at The Shack.
__ LAZZARI ITALIAN OVEN – Jonesboro
Start a great Italian dinner with the Mista Salad at Lazzari Italian Oven.
__ THE GRILL – Jordan
Try the wild mushroom pasta at The Grill at Whispering Woods.
__ CHARLOTTE’S – Keo
Savor a slice of caramel meringue pie at Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets.
__ JJ’S LAKESIDE CAFE – Lake Village
Polish off a delicious fried pork chop at JJ’s Lakeside Café.
__ RHODA’S – Lake Village
Grab a can of tamales at Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales.
__ BURGE’S – Lewisville
Take home a smoked turkey or ham from Burge’s Hickory Smoked Turkeys & Hams.
__ DOE’S EAT PLACE – Little Rock
Feast on a massive cut of incredible steak at Doe’s Eat Place.
__ FRANKE’S CAFETERIA – Little Rock
Lunch on the time-honored eggplant casserole at Franke’s Cafeteria.
__ LASSIS INN – Little Rock
Chow down on a plate of fried catfish at Lassis Inn.
__ ONE ELEVEN – Little Rock
Enjoy an exquisite meal at One Eleven or private dining at the Capital Hotel.
__ ALL ABOARD – Little Rock
Have lunch in the fun and unique atmosphere of All Aboard Restaurant & Grill.
__ BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT – Little Rock
Dine on duck while enjoying an incredible view of the Arkansas River at Brave New Restaurant.
__ BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY – Little Rock
Enjoy some of Arkansas’ best Italian cuisine at Bruno’s Little Italy.
__ CAJUN’S WHARF – Little Rock
Try the Oysters Bienville at Cajun’s Wharf in Riverdale.
__ GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL – Little Rock
Grab a gyro at the International Greek Food Festival this summer.
__ LOBLOLLY CREAMERY – Little Rock
Savor a scoop of delicious double vanilla ice cream from Loblolly Creamery.
__ SAMANTHA’S TAP ROOM – Little Rock
Start dinner with the surf and turf queso blanco, cheese dip filled with grilled steak and shrimp, at Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill.
__ SIMS BAR-B-QUE – Little Rock
Scarf down some barbecue ribs from Sims Bar-B-Que.
__ STAR OF INDIA – Little Rock
Stop in for the lunch buffet at the Star of India.
__ CORNBREAD FESTIVAL – Little Rock
Enjoy some fluffy and delicious cornbread at the Arkansas Cornbread Festival.
__ FADED ROSE – Little Rock
Come in for a steak dinner at the Faded Rose Restaurant.
__ CHEESE DIP CHAMPIONSHIP – Little Rock
Fill up on the dip at the famed World Cheese Dip Championship.
Munch on some barbeque ribs at Keeney’s Food Market.
__ JONES BAR-B-Q – Marianna
Stop in for a barbecue sandwich from James Beard Award winner Jones Bar-B-Q.
__ TACKER’S SHAKE SHACK – Marion
Slurp down a famous chocolate milkshake at Tacker’s Shake Shack.
__ STROUD’S DINER – Mayflower
Start your day right with breakfast at Stroud’s Diner.
__ HOOTS BBQ – McGehee
For a dessert worth the drive, stop by Hoots BBQ.
__ TOMMY’S PIZZERIA – Mountain View
Enjoy a Chicago-style, Detroit-crusted pizza at Tommy’s Famous Pizzeria.
__ BJ’S MARKET CAFE – North Little Rock
Grab a plate lunch at BJ’s Market Café.
__ GADWALL’S GRILL – North Little Rock
Enjoy a Reuben from Gadwall’s Grill.
__ LINDSEY’S HOSPITALITY – North Little Rock
The barbecue is as good as the hospitality at Lindsey’s Hospitality.
__ OARK CAFE – Oark
Try a delicious burger at Oark Cafe General Store.
__ COLONIAL STEAKHOUSE – Pine Bluff
Enjoy a roasted prime rib of beef at the Colonial Steakhouse.
__ MONTE NE INN – Rogers
Fill up on fried chicken at Monte Ne Inn Chicken Restaurant.
Take a cheese dip to go from Taco Villa.
__ FELTNER’S WHATTA-BURGER – Russellville
Take down a whole order of French fries and a milkshake at Feltner’s Whatta-Burger.
__ THE OLD SOUTH – Russellville
Try the famous fried pickles at The Old South.
__ SLADER’S – Searcy
Experience the Russian-style dumplings at Slader’s Alaskan Dumpling Co.
__ AQ CHICKEN HOUSE – Springdale
Dine on a plate of chicken over the coals from AQ Chicken House.
__ NEAL’S CAFE – Springdale
Fill up on some famous meatloaf from Neal’s Café.
__ COURSEY’S – St. Joe
Pick up a smoked turkey and cheddar sandwich from Coursey’s Smoked Meats.
__ FERGUSON’S – St. Joe
There’s no better cinnamon roll than what you’ll find at Ferguson’s Country Store and Restaurant.
__ THE VILLAGE STEAKHOUSE – Star City
Cut into a delicious steak at The Village Steakhouse
__ DUCK GUMBO – Stuttgart
Sample some of the finest gumbo in the world at the World Championship Duck Gumbo Cookoff.
__ TOAD SUCK BUCK’S – Toad Suck
Dine on delicious ribeye at Toad Suck Buck’s.
__ THE VENESIAN INN – Tontitown
Experience the famed fried chicken and spaghetti at The Venesian Inn.
__ GRAPE FESTIVAL – Tontitown
Enjoy some grape ice cream or a plate of spaghetti at the Tontitown Grape Festival.
__ PINK TOMATO FESTIVAL – Warren
Celebrate the state fruit at the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival.
__ PANCHO’S – West Memphis
Start dinner with a bowl of famous cheese dip at Pancho’s.
__ CAJUN EXPRESS – Wheatley
Enjoy a mess of crawdaddies or a massive ribeye at Cajun Express.
__ BLACKSHEEP BBQ – Yellville
Chow down on a plate of brisket at Blacksheep BBQ.
Blog Author: Amy Thomason