AQ Chicken House - Springdale
1207 N. Thompson Street – 501 751-4633
Art's Barbecue & Catering - Ft Smith
4620 Rogers Avenue – 479 452-2550
Open 11am – 8:30pm every day.
Big John's Shake Shack - Marion
409 Military Road - 870 739-3943
Shakes are great, but don't you dare miss the Tang pie. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Cash and credit cards.
Bubba's Barbecue - Eureka Springs
116 West Van Buren - 501 253-7706
Cajun Boilers - Hot Springs National Park
2806 Albert Pike - 501 767-5695
Seafood and authentic Cajun cuisine. Specialties include boiled shrimp, blackened Red Snapper, Oysters, Spicy Boudin, Gumbo, Alligator and Crawfish (in season). Arkansas Times Reader's Choice Award Winner for 10 straight years. Diners arrive by boat and car.
Catfish’n’ - Dardanelle
210 Dardanelle Dam Road - 479 229-3321
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 4pm-9pm
Cotham's - Scott
COTHAM'S Mercantile: 5301 Highway 161, Scott – 501 961-9284
COTHAM'S In The City: 1401 West 3rd Street , Little Rock – 501 370-9177
The best hamburger in the state -- known as "The Hubcap." This restaurant is in an old general store in the cotton country south of Little Rock on the banks of an oxbow lake. The onion rings are also tops here.
Couch's BBQ - Jonesboro
5325 E. Nettleton Avenue - 870 932-0710
Dixie Pig - Blytheville
701 N 6th Street – 870-763-4636
Try the Pork sandwiches with spicy vinegar sauce, or the signature Pig Salad: minced pork covered with lettuce, tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing. Open 7 days a week.
Dondie's White River Princess - Des Arc
203 East Curran Street – 870-256-3311
Huge seafood buffet on the banks of the White River on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only. Folks come from miles around to this old river port, which lost to Little Rock by one vote in the contest to become the state capital.
Ed and Kay's – Benton
15228 Interstate 30 – 501 315-3663
Famous for delicious homemade pies! Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 7am-9pm and Sunday from 7am-3pm.
Fat Boys - Arkadelphia
130 Valley Street (I-30 and Arkansas Hwy 7 at Caddo Valley) - 870 246-6552
A smokey joint adjacent to the interstate. Generations of people in Southwest Arkansas have been raised on this barbecue. Great chopped and sliced pork. It’s close enough to the Texas border (an hour away) that one can even get barbecued beef here.
Feltner's Whatta-Burger - Russellville
1410 North Arkansas – 501 968-1410
Fred's Fish House - Mountain Home
44 Highway 101 Cutoff - 870 492-5958
Gaskins' Cabin - Eureka Springs
2883 Hwy 23 North - 479 253-5466
A log cabin out in the woods near the Missouri border that serves fine dinners. It’s quite a relaxing experience.
Gene's Barbeque – Brinkley
1107 N. Main Street - 870 734-9965
This classic Delta diner opens at 5 a.m. to serve the farmers and hunters. Breakfast selections even include smoked bologna and eggs along with salt meat and eggs. At lunch or dinner, catfish and buffalo (the fish, a delicacy among many in the Delta) are good. And many Arkansans think the dry ribs are better than what you can get in Memphis.
HB's BBQ - Little Rock
6010 Lancaster Road – 501 565-1930
Herman's Rib House - Fayetteville
2901 College Avenue – 479 442-9671
Kelley's Restaurant – Wynne
425 Highway 64 – 870 238-2616
Where the farmers and everyone in Cross County meet to eat.
Lassis Inn - Little Rock
518 E. 27th St. - 501 372-8714
Hottest catfish and buffalo fish around in an old wooden building. Restaurant has been in business for decades. Beer in quart bottles. Great blues, R&B and soul on the jukebox. Don't be turned off by the iron bars on the door and windows.
Lindsey's BBQ Hospitality House - North Little Rock
207 Curtis Sykes Drive – 501 374-5707
Famous for the peach and apple pies made with dried fruit. Lindsey’s started by Bishop D.L. Lindsey in 1956 and is now run by his grandson. The chopped beef BBQ is cooked for 14-16 hours. The pork ribs served here are also very good. They even have their own label bbq sauce. Open 11am – 6pm. Closed Sunday.
Mary Maestri's – Springdale
669 E. Robinson - 479-756-1441
Mary Maestri’s is another place that has been around for more than 50 years in an old, Italian community in Northwest Arkansas. Great pasta! The specialty, in this leading poultry growing region, is fried chicken and spaghetti.
Mary's Family Pie Shop - DeValls Bluff
149 Route 70 West - 870 998-2279
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505 Albert Pike - 501 623-9665
This is Bill Clinton's favorite BBQ joint. Clinton once took 50 lbs. of the stuff back to the White House on Air Force One. McClard’s opened its first location in 1928. The present exterior of this restaurant appears on the opening of the TV program "Evening Shade". The secret recipe for their BBQ sauce, given to the McClard’s by a down and out traveler in the 20's, is said to be locked away in a safe deposit box in downtown Hot Springs. Originally, McClard's served BBQ goat ... but now they stick with sliced or chopped pork and beef or ribs, estimating 7,000 pounds of BBQ served per week. You can also find hand-rolled hot tamales on the menu. Those of you with a taste for something spicy should try the Hot Tamale Spread (Fritos, two hot tamales, beans, chopped BBQ, and sauce). Former Public Enemy #1, Alvin Karpis, was a big fan of the BBQ goat once served here. Other famous regulars here are Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and NBC Today weatherman Willard Scott. Their famous, zingy sauce has been bottled and can be ordered by mail. Highly recommended.
Monte Ne Inn - Rogers
Arkansas Highway 94 East - 479 636-5511
Call in advance and tell them how many are coming. Great fried chicken dinner served family style with bean soup, green beans, mashed potatoes. They keep bringing it as long as you're hungry. Closed during January.
Pancake Shop, The - Hot Springs
216 Central Ave. – 501 624-5720
Some say it's the best breakfast in Arkansas. Be prepared to wait for a seat. Make sure to get the ham (which they'll ship anywhere). Located just across Central Avenue from the famous old Arlington Hotel.
Pasquale's Tamales - West Helena
213 Plaza Street - Toll Free 877 572-0500
Joe St. Columbia's Sicilian family has been making tamales since the early years of the 20th century
Penguin Ed's BBQ - Fayetteville
2773 E. Mission Blvd. - 479 587 8646
The ribs here have a large following. Two other locations but check out the original. All are company owned.
Purity Barbecue - Hot Springs
1000 Malvern Ave. - 501 623-4006
Not as famous as McClard's, but it certainly gives McClard's a run for its money as the best barbecue in Hot Springs. Beer joint décor attracts everyone from bikers to bankers.
Ray's Dairy Maid - Burton
5322 Highway 49 - 870 995-2470
Terrific pies ... go get 'em!
Rhoda’s Famous Tamales - Lake Village
714 Saint Mary Street - 870 265-3108
This excellent soul food dive serves tamales (made from a beef and chicken combo) and fried catfish. Rhoda Adams is well known in this part of the world and her eatery is worth going out of your way to enjoy. Rhoda is a friendly woman who also whips up a tasty pie (try the sweet potato, coconut custard, or lemon ice box … you can’t go wrong!). Open year round for breakfast and lunch. Hours of operation here are quirky; call ahead to make sure Rhoda is on the job.
Rivertowne BBQ Restaurant - Ozark
205 South 3rd Street - 479 667-1808
They serve some very good BBQ! Kevin and Pamela Doyle purchase only the best meats which they smoke daily on the premises using their own dry rub. They also make the potato salad, cole slaw & dressing, Rivertowne beans, baked beans, bbq sauce, & some salad dressings from scratch. Open 11am-8pm. Closed Sunday.
Sim's BBQ - Little Rock
1307 John Barrow Road – 501 224-2057
7601 Geyer Springs Road – 501 562-8844
2415 Broadway Street – 501 372-6868
Stubby's BBQ - Hot Springs National Park
3024 Central Avenue - 501 624-1552
Tommy’s Seafood & Steakhouse – Fort Smith
8203 Rogers Avenue – 479-452-2020
Finally reopened after 6 years following a fire in the original location. Glad to have you back, Tommy’s. Hours: 11am-9:30pm Monday through Friday, 4:30pm-9:30pm on Saturday and closed Sunday.
Venesian Inn – Tontitown
582 W. Henri De Tonti Blvd. - 479 361-2562
Just down the road from Mary Maestri's, the Venesian Inn as been there just as long and is just as good. Some of the best homemade rolls in the state. Go with the T-bone steak and spaghetti here. Be prepared to wait more than an hour on a Razorback football weekend. Opens at 5pm Tuesday through Thursday and 4pm Friday and Saturday.
The Wagon Wheel – Greenbrier
166 South Broadview Street – 870-679-5009
The White House - Camden
323 Adams St. - 870 836-2255
One of the oldest restaurants in the state. Great steaks and more than 50 kinds of beer served. A classic joint down in the pine woods of South Arkansas.
Who Dat's - Bald Knob
3209 Arkansas Highway 367 North - 501 724-6183
We've been told the Cajun food here as good as anything in Louisiana. Who Dat’s is another of those places that draws people from miles around, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.
Willie Mae's Rib Haus - West Memphis
321 West Broadway - 870-732-0048
Owners Kenneth & Zenobia Polk keep this spartan rib shack in operation 7 days a week, opening their doors at 10:30 am and closing at 7 pm (8 pm on Sat and Sun). We sampled the lunch buffet which featured rib tips in a nice tangy sauce, fried pork chops, pinto beans bathed in pork fat, delicious collard greens with a hint of sweetness, and some of the best light and airy cornbread west of the mighty Mississippi. The atmosphere is nothing to write home about, but who really cares? The grub at Willie Mae's does the talkin'. Pass the hot sauce! As for the curious spelling of "haus," your guess is as good as ours.