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 Most Famous Dishes

Wedge of pie with tall yellow base and even taller meringue, flecked with toasted coconut


Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato


Sauced pulled pork -- some soft, some chewy-edged -- overflow from a bun

Pulled Pork

Two rib bones are laden with a great mass of spice-crusted, smoke-cooked beef

BBQ Ribs

Arkansas’s Best Restaurants

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Great Arkansas Recipes

Tender wedge of spoonbread jiggles on a plate.



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