The many cities and towns that make up the state of Arkansas are unique in their own way, and their restaurants are able to suit every palate. Whether you’re in the mood for steak or crêpes, an upscale dining experience or a food truck, there’s something for everyone on this list of the ten best restaurants in Arkansas.
10. Doe’s Eat Place – Little Rock
Steak house Doe’s Eat Place in downtown Little Rock is award-winning for a reason. The rustic charm of the restaurant, along with their top-notch comfort food, will make you feel right at home. The menu features steaks, shrimp, salmon, and hot tamales.
9. The Pantry
Little Rock boasts two The Pantry locations, a good thing considering the high demand for this restaurant’s eclectic menu. The ‘Simply Leah’s’ salad features spinach, avocado, roasted baby carrots, fennel, and pistachios. Other menu items include house-made ricotta flatbread, duck breast, and mussels.
8. Luna Bella – Hot Springs
Luna Bella, located in Hot Springs, is serving up Italian food in a chic setting. Their menu features green tea pasta, pan seared halibut with pistachio-basil butter, scallops with parmesan risotto, coq au vin, and chicken breast sautéed with artichokes.
7. Theo’s – Fayetteville
The next time you’re in Fayetteville, be sure to check out Theo’s. Dishes include slow roasted pork shoulder, a market fresh melon salad with arugula and candied almonds, cauliflower soup with curry oil, tuna tartare, filet mignon, and wild boar sausage ravioli.
6. Local Flavor Café – Eureka Springs
Local Flavor Café in Eureka Springs has been open since 1991, showcasing local art on the restaurant’s walls and serving dishes like shrimp stuffed avocado, angel hair walnut pesto pasta, seared pork tenderloin, Alaskan king crab legs, and eggplant parmesan.
5. Crêpes Paulette – Bentonville
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Bentonville’s Crêpes Paulette offers customers sweet and savory crêpes, served out of a food truck. A crêpe is a French pastry that resembles a thin pancake, and the toppings are limitless. ‘La Thai’ includes house made peanut sauce, chicken, cabbage, sunflower seeds, cilantro, and egg.
4. Local Lime – Little Rock
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Local Lime, located in Little Rock, is a Mexican restaurant specializing in tacos and margaritas made with fresh lime juice. Alongside six different types of salsa, the menu features ahi tuna citrus ceviche, a shrimp and brie quesadilla, grapefruit salad, and their famous key lime tart.
3. The Farmer’s Table Café – Fayetteville
Fayetteville’s popular restaurant The Farmer’s Table Café supports local farms by purchasing ingredients that were produced and raised in the area. Dishes include a pickled beet salad, a curried egg salad croissant, an organic chickpea and chia seed burger, and a chorizo meatball sub.
2. James At The Mill – Springdale
Trendy upscale restaurant James At The Mill, in Springdale, has a modern setting unlike anything you’ve seen before. Dining here is truly an experience. Décor and large glass windows aside, the food is phenomenal. Think miso glazed sea bass, white wine crème fraiche pasta, and truffled artichoke soup.
1. The Root Café – Little Rock
The Root Café, located in Little Rock, utilizes locally sourced ingredients in their popular and beloved plates. By focusing on community and sustainability, they are able to support local farmers and producers. Their impressive menu features the likes of breakfast biscuits, cheeseburgers, a banh mi sandwich, and a spiced pecan salad.