Restaurants in Arkansas

Arkansas is Roadfood-rich. From the oil fields of El Dorado in the south to the Ozark Highlands Trail through the mountains in the north, inconspicuous town cafés serve expertly fried chicken followed by flaky-crust cream pie, fruit pie, or fried pie. In fact, Arkansas vies for the title of America’s #1 pie state. Then there’s catfish. Alongside lakes and rivers are fish camps that specialize in eat-’til-you-drop catfish and hushpuppy feasts. To the east along the Mississippi River are humble cafes that make spicy tamales along with single-serving sweet potato pies. The most seductive meals in the Natural State are barbecue. It is superficially similar to the smokehouse fare east of the Mississippi River—pork sandwiches hereabout often include the layer of coleslaw de rigueur on a Memphis sandwich, and many restaurants serve that Memphis oddity, barbecue salad. But Arkansas hickory-cooked pork is uniquely zesty; sauce tends to be a major player; and most BBQ meals include extraordinary beans or pit-cooked potatoes.

Arkansas’s Best Restaurants

Coursey’s - Ham Sandwich
Coursey’s

SAINT JOE, AR

Bean Palace - Buckwheat Waffle
Bean Palace

ROGERS, AR

Gene’s Barbeque

BRINKLEY, AR

Doe’s Eat Place

LITTLE ROCK, AR

Craig’s

DE VALLS BLUFF, AR

Cotham’s Mercantile

SCOTT, AR

Rogerland Restaurant

PARIS, AR

Charlotte’s Eats & Sweets

KEO, AR

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner

MARIANNA, AR

Ed Walker’s Drive In

FORT SMITH, AR

Mr. Whisker’s Catfish

HOT SPRINGS, AR

Grapevine

PARIS, AR

Ms. Lena’s Pies

DE VALLS BLUFF, AR

AQ Chicken House

SPRINGDALE, AR

Feltner’s Whatta-burger - Single With Cheese
Feltner’s Whatta-burger

RUSSELLVILLE, AR

The Pantry

LITTLE ROCK, AR

The Root Cafe

LITTLE ROCK, AR

Old Mill Bread & Flour Co.

LITTLE ROCK, AR

Tequila’s Mexican Grill and Bar

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

Harris Crab House

GRASONVILLE, MARYLAND

Burial Brewing

ASHEVILLE, NORT CAROLINA

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