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

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato at Primanti Brothers in Pittsburg, PA

Sandwiches

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

Pies

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

Gene’s Barbeque

BRINKLEY, AR

Doe’s Eat Place

LITTLE ROCK, AR

Craig’s

DE VALLS BLUFF, 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

Old Mill Bread & Flour Co.

LITTLE ROCK, AR

Tequila’s Mexican Grill and Bar

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

Burial Brewing

ASHEVILLE, NORT CAROLINA

Boulted Bread

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA

Butcher & Bee

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Pot Smoker BBQ

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA

Rumcow

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA

Fully-dressed cheeseburger ... square meals & cold beer
Bruce’s Bar and Grill | Square Meals & Cold Beer

WARRENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA

Plate crowded with breakfast of eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, and ham ... sweet Ozark eats
Brenda’s Country Cafe | Sweet Ozark Eats in Arkansas

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR

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Tender wedge of spoonbread jiggles on a plate.

Spoonbread

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