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What Small Town Arkansas Restaurant Would You Recommend?

What Small Town Arkansas Restaurant Would You Recommend?
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It’s a pretty straightforward question … and we got plenty of great answers on Facebook. Please treat this post as a working reference guide. All of these places are reader suggested, but I would also highly encourage you to do a little research before checking out a spot. Finally, if you do visit any of these restaurants and would like to send in a brief (50-ish word) review, please do so at: kevinshalin@gmail.com. I’ll be glad to update this post with reviews. {POST UPDATED 3/29/18}

Alexander
Kontiki African Restaurant

Alpena
Top Rock Drive-In

Altus
Kelts Pub
Wiederkehr’s Weinkeller Restaurant

Arkadelphia
67 Grill
Hamburger Barn
Slim & Shorty’s

Atkins
Atkins International Café & Deli

Austin
Coco’s Cafe
Campground Grill

Bald Knob
Bulldog Restaurant
Who Dat’s Cajun Restaurant

Batesville
109 Main
BIG’s of Batesville
Mexican Mama’s
Natalie’s
The Pinto Coffee and Comida
Triangle Cafe

Bee Branch
Mom’s Country Kitchen

Beebe
Ropers

Benton
Kream Kastle Dairy Bar
Sullivan’s Diner

Black Rock
Renee’s Café

Blytheville
Benny Bob’s BBQ
Dixie Pig
Kream Kastle
Mae’s Grill

Booneville
Reid’s Hometown Barbecue

Brinkley
Cottagemall & Café
Gene’s BBQ

Bryant
Bryant Cafe

Bull Shoals
178 Club

Cabot
Cheryl’s Diner
Grinds Coffee Co.
Mean Pig Barbecue
Morina’s Italian Restaurant
Pea Farm Bistro
Purple Onion

Caddo Valley
Fat Boys
Fish Net Restaurant

Camden
Postmaster’s Grill
The Sandbar
What’s Cookin’
White House Café
Woods Place

Carlisle
Advada’s Diner
Nick’s BBQ & Catfish

Center Ridge
Bucket List Cafe

Charleston
Main Street BBQ

Clarendon
Lion’s Den Drive-In

Clarksville
Fox & Fork

Colt
Mike’s Family Restaurant
Greg & Jim’s

Conway
Hole in the Wall
Stoby’s
The Wunderhaus

Cotter
Warrior Café

Crossett
Fiesta Linda Mexican Restaurant

Dardanelle
Tarascos

Delight
Pinkey’s

Des Arc
Dondie’s White River Princess

DeValls Bluff
Craig’s Bar-B-Que
Pie Shop

DeWitt
The Catfish Shack
Kelly’s on the Square
The Willows
Troy’s Drive-In

Diamond City
The Cove

Dover
Dewayne’s BBQ

Dumas
The Sonflour Bakery
Taylor’s Steakhouse

El Dorado
fayrays
Flying Burger
Sweet Mama T’s

England
Gautreaux’s
Spradlin’s Dairy Delight

Eureka Springs
Bavarian Inn
Ermilio’s
Grotto
Mud St. Cafe
The Oasis Original Ark-Mex
Sparky’s Roadhouse Cafe
The Rockin’ Pig Saloon
Sweet-n-Savory Café

Fair Oaks
Kennon’s Dairy Bar

Fairfield Bay
Little Red at Indian Hills

Fordyce
La Loma
Red’s
Round Table

Foreman
Wooden Spoon Restaurant

Forrest City
Delta Q
Ole Sawmill Cafe

Fort Smith
Calico County
Green Papaya
Yellow Umbrella

Garland City
Doc’s Place

Gassville
Nima’s Pizza
Taylor’s Freez-King

Gentry
The Wooden Spoon

Glenwood
Ari’s Little Italy

Gravel Ridge
The Meat Shoppe

Greenbier
Laddie Daddy’s Hillbilly Kitchen
Wagon Wheel

Greer’s Ferry
Janssen’s Lakefront Restaurant

Gregory
Tamale Factory

Gurdon
Allen’s BBQ
Southfork Truck Stop

Hardy
Pig ‘n Whistle

Harrisburg
Rick’s Diner

Harrison
Jamie’s Local Flavor
Neighbor’s Mill

Hazen
The Hurley House Cafe
Murry’s Restaurant

Fergurson’s in Saint Joe

Heber Springs
Brother’s BBQ
Chuck’s Diner & Steakhouse
Food Geek Taco Company
Jitterbug Coffeehouse
Mack’s Fish House
Peggy Sue’s Place
Red Apple Inn
Smoke House
Tisha’s Place

Helena
Rosie’s Diner

Hope
Dannie’s Café
Sheba’s Family Restaurant
Tailgater’s Burger Company

Hot Springs
Alexa’s Creperie
Charlie’s Pizza Pub (Hot Springs Village)
Deluca’s
My Take: Not only the best pizza in Arkansas, but possibly anywhere in the US. It’s that good. Just make sure to call ahead and reserve a dough (or two). Yes, you read that right. No joke.
Rocky’s Corner
Rolando’s
The Next Level Kitchen
Phil’s Restaurant
The Colonial Pancake and Waffle House
Will’s Cinnamon Shop

Houston
Toad Suck Buck’s!

Hoxie
The Pizza Den

Hughes
St. Francis Restaurant

Huntsville
Granny’s Kitchen

Jacksonville
Chicken Country of Jacksonville
Chopsticks Pho
CM Smoke Artisan BBQ
Jones Bar-B-Q
Pho and More
Roma Italian Restaurant
Smokin’ Buns BBQ & Catfish

Jasper
The Arkansas House
Low Gap Cafe
Ozark Café

Jessieville
The Shack

Jonesboro
Omar’s Uptown

Jordan
The Grill at Whispering Woods Cabins

Judsonia
KJ’s Restaurant

Keo
Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets
My Take: While I’ve never had the savory menu items, I have heard good things. Just save room for a piece of pie. I consider the coconut cream to be the best pie I’ve eaten in Arkansas. The strawberry cake is also delightful.

Kirby
Kirby Restaurant

Lakeview
Gaston’s White River Resort

Lake Village
Cow Pen
Kowloon Restaurant
Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales

Lavaca
Steffy’s Pizza

Leslie
Ryan’s Main Street Grill
Serenity Farm Bread
Skylark Café

Lonoke
Pruett’s Bar-B-Que & Catfish

Lonsdale
Kara’s Packing Co.

Magnolia
The Backyard Bar-B-Q Co.
Flying Burger
Marlar’s Cafeteria

Malvern
The Cotton Boll Café
Keeney’s Food Market
Mel’s Dairy Bar

Mammoth Spring
Fred’s Fish House

Marianna
Jones Bar-B-Q Diner
My Take: Jones is without a doubt one of our most iconic restaurants in all of Arkansas. It’s a James Beard winner and the bbq sandwich are definitely worth the drive.

Marion
Tacker’s Shake Shack

Marshall
Daisy Queen

Mayflower
Smachs’ Kountryfied Cafe
Taylors’ Made Café

McGehee
Hoots BBQ

Monticello
Breaker Drive Inn
Tiny Thai Place

Morrilton
Cedar Lounge Bar and Grill
Morrilton Drive Inn
Yesterday’s Restaurant

Mt Ida
Dairyette
Jenn’s
Mount Ida Café
Shangri-La

Mountain Home
Dusit’s Thai
Skipper’s Restaurant

Mountain View
Anglers Restaurant
Mikey’s Smoked Meats & Deli
PJ’s Rainbow Café
Tommy’s Famous Pizza

Murfreesboro
Em’s Cafe
Southern Dine

Newark
Moore’s Dairy Creme

Newport
IMAD Village Grill

Oark
Oark General Store

Ozark
Rivertowne BBQ

Ozone
Burger Barn

Pangburn
Southern Girls BBQ
Suzie’s Ice Cream Shoppe

Paragould
Dog N Suds Restaurant
Hamburger Station
Oinky’s BBQ

Paris
The Grapevine Restaurant

Pencil Bluff
The Yellow Store

Pearcy
Rocky Mountain Grill

Perryville
Mustang Sally’s

Pickens
Pickens Store & Restaurant

Pine Bluff
Colonial Steak House
Lucky’s Cafe
Lybrand’s Bakery & Deli

Prattsville
The Whippet

Prescott
Mama Max’s Diner

Ratcliff
Shane’s Restaurant

Redfield
The Family Diner
The Mammoth Orange

Rogers
Monte Ne Inn

Rose Bud
Rambler Grill

Royal
Crystal Springs Merchantile & Cafe

Russellville
Feltner’s Whatta-burger
El Noa Noa
Stoby’s
Old South
Vicki’s Take: I ordered chicken fried steak. The steak was very good but the potatoes were out of a box, the gravy was from a mix or a can and the roll was not homemade. The homemade chocolate pie was not to my liking at all. My server was very attentive.

Saint Joe
Big Springs Trading Company
Coursey’s Smoked Meats
My Take: Very casual, quick stop places that serves up some of the best smoked meats around. Definitely order some smoked bacon and turkey and get a sandwich to-go.
Ferguson’s Country Store and Restaurant
My Take: We went for breakfast and were very satisfied with the food at Ferguson’s, especially the iconic cinnamon rolls, which you’ll see all over billboards.

Scott
Seaton’s Scott Place

Searcy
Burrito Day Café
Daisy’s Lunchbox
El Almacen
Savor and Sip
Slader’s Alaskan Dumpling Co.
Whilma’s Filipino Restaurant
Wild Sweet William’s Bakery
My Take: Real kolaches! In Arkansas! They do exist and at Wild Sweet William’s Bakery, they are amazing. Just make sure you get there early. When they sell out, they close.

Sheridan
Uncle Henry’s BBQ
Yellow Jacket Drive-In

Sherwood
Feastros
Gadwall’s Grill
JoJo’s Bar-B-Q
Pig’n-Chik BBQ

Siloam Springs
28 Springs
Cathy’s Corner

Smackover
The Copper Pot Restaurant

Springdale
Venesian Inn
T & T Diner
Natural State Sandwiches

Star City
The Village Steakhouse

Stuttgart
Dew-Baby’s
Le Petit Cajun Bistro
Sportsman’s Drive-Inn

Sunshine
Sunshine Store & Café

Texarkana
The Dugout

Trumann
Jerry’s Steakhouse

Van Buren
Kopper Kettle Smokehouse

Walnut Ridge
Polar Freeze
The Dark Side Coffee Shop

Warren
Molly’s Diner
Golden Girls Fish & Burgers

West Fork
Why Not Café

White Hall
Hartz Honey Hole

Wilson
Wilson Café

Winslow
Grandma’s House Café

Wright
The Wright Store