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THE Ultimate List

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.

__ KEENEY’S – Malvern

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.

__ TACO VILLA – Russellville

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

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