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The Best Restaurants in Northwest Arkansas
Logan and I moved to Northwest Arkansas in September of 2018 and we couldn’t wait to try out a bunch of local restaurants in Northwest Arkansas so we hit the ground running. But before we dive-in to these fantastic places to eat let me give you a little background on the Northwest Arkansas area for those unfamiliar.
So, when we moved here we heard many people referring to this area by the region (Northwest Arkansas) instead of the city or town they live in. I’ll be honest, I’m still not sure if I totally get it, but the main thing to know is that Northwest Arkansas is comprised of a number of different cities and towns all within the Northwest corridor of Arkansas.
The main cities you’ll find here are Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville which are all within 20-30 minutes of each other at most. However, there are a few other areas like Bella Vista, Siloam Springs, and Eureka Springs that also fit into the Northwest Arkansas corridor as well!
In addition, there are a number of small towns that you might see mentioned in this guide. Just know that the majority of the restaurants we suggest are close to one another so you can easily enjoy them if visiting Northwest Arkansas for a weekend trip.
Now, we’re excited to share with you some of the best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or even drinks! Also, we’re sorry if you get hungry reading this post. It’s just going to happen mmmk? 😉
BEST RESTAURANTS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS FOR BREAKFAST AND BRUNCH
Crepes Paulette offers a twist on authentic and fusion, sweet and savory French crepes (say that 5x fast!). It first started as a food truck, founded by Bentonville native Paula Jo Chitty Henry and her husband Frédéric Henry. Due to its popularity, they then expanded to a small restaurant in Bentonville.
All of their crepes are made fresh-to-order and are even handheld which makes it the perfect item for on-the-go (or you can sit-in if you want!). They also offer options for a number of dietary restrictions including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. While we’ve included it as a breakfast place, it’s also a great place for a quick lunch.
Our Suggestions: SAVORY: l’Épinard (spinach, sharp cheddar, and egg), Spicy Crepe with Black Forest ham, cheddar cheese, egg, and salsa
SWEET: la Foster (salted caramel, bananas, cinnamon), fresh strawberry with nutella, or nutella and banana
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm (restaurant location)
Location: 100 SW 8th Street, Bentonville // MAP
Susan’s Restaurant is a long-time mom and pop restaurant with homestyle cooking. They also have some of the biggest, yummy gooey cinnamon rolls EVER. There’s ALWAYS a wait at Susan’s and it’s probably due to the fact that it makes you feel like you’re in your grandma’s kitchen for Sunday morning breakfast. But don’t be alarmed, the wait tends to go by quickly!
Our Suggestions: If you’re looking for a basic breakfast (that’s also only $4!) get one of the “getcha by” breakfast meals which comes with 2 eggs, hash browns or grits, and toast or biscuits and gravy. Pro tip: Ask for your hashbrowns crispy. After, order one of Hannah’s homemade cinnamon rolls to share.
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 6am-2pm
Location: 1440 W Sunset Ave, Springdale // MAP
Loves Donuts has a few convenient locations in Northwest Arkansas with both savory and sweet breakfast options. But Love’s can also be great for a sweet treat! Their donuts are melt-in-your-mouth amazing so definitely get one or a dozen. 😉
Our Suggestions: Seriously, you can’t go wrong with any of them, but at least get a kolache or breakfast sandwich and don’t forget a donut!
Price: Under $5
Hours: Monday-Friday 5am-12pm, Saturday & Sunday 6am-1pm
Location: 1044 E Henri De Tonti Blvd #9, Springdale // MAP (There are also locations in Lowell, Bentonville, and Bella Vista)
Pressroom is located in Downtown Bentonville and is the perfect place for brunch with friends! They have an awesome environment right on the Bentonville square with sweet and savory breakfast options on the menu. However, Pressroom serves more than just breakfast, they also serve lunch and dinner! However, we have yet to enjoy lunch or dinner there because their brunch is so good!
Our Suggestions: Our favorites so far are the Chicken and Waffles, Avocado Toast, or their savory breakfast sandwich which can be left as is, vegetarian, or you can add meat.
Hours: Sunday 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday 7am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm
Location: 100 NW 2nd St #100, Bentonville // MAP
The Buttered Biscuit
The Buttered Biscuit strives to create amazing breakfast dishes with high-quality ingredients and we’ll have to say, they do a dang good job of it. They have traditional breakfast items for those who want a tried and true favorite, but also a variety of menu items unique to their restaurant and healthy options too like their yummy acai bowl.
Our Suggestions: I can’t get enough of the Lila Lemon-Cakes which are blueberry pancakes layered with lemon curd and topped with mint, lemon zest, blueberries, and sweetened whipped cream. The best part? You can order 1, 2, or 3!
Other favorites so far include the Kickin’ Chicken Waffles with spicy fried chicken, one of their award-winning sweet cream waffles, bacon jam, and maple syrup, the Goat Trail Omelet or their biscuit sandwiches.
Hours: Monday-Friday 6am-2pm, Saturday & Sunday 7am-2pm
Location: 1403 SE Moberly Ln, Bentonville // MAP (There is also another location in Bentonville and a location in Springdale too!)
Chef Matthew McClure uses locally sourced ingredients to give his spin on southern cooking at his restaurant, The Hive. Because of his use of local ingredients, the menu changes by season to keep up with the freshness of ingredients. But some of The Hive’s staple menu items stay year-round.
I’ve had both breakfast and lunch at The Hive and they were both terrific, but I was a big fan of the breakfast menu hence why I’m including it here. But, that being said, lunch and dinner are great at the Hive too! 😉
Our Suggestions: BMF Chicken on a Biscuit or one of their seasonal pancake or waffle entrees, I had the peach french toast. Don’t forget to get one of their well-crafted cocktails while you’re there! A mimosa with brunch is pretty much a given. 😉
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30am-2pm & 5:30pm-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 6:30am-2pm & 5:30pm-10:30pm
Location: 200 NE A St, Bentonville // MAP
The Farmer’s Table Cafe
The Farmer’s Table is another great place to get breakfast that has seasonal locally-sourced ingredients from small family farms used in all of their menu items. They even have a list of where your ingredients came from so you can know everyone who contributed to your yummy meal. The setting is very cozy making it a great place for a casual date or brunch with a friend.
Our Suggestions: Ozark Huevos is one of my favorites! It is made with corn tortillas, pinto beans, blue corn chips, and cage-free eggs. But what really hits the spot is the sriracha aioli and cilantro cream. They add such a zing to the dish!
Hours: 7am-3pm daily (closed Mondays)
Location: 1079 S School Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 // MAP
READ MORE: Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide
BEST RESTAURANTS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS FOR A QUICK LUNCH
Stone Mill Cafe
Stone Mill Cafe offers quality food made from scratch with wholesome ingredients. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a sandwich, soup, or salad on a quick lunch break (think Panera by 10x better). As a bonus, all menu items come with chips and a freshly baked oatmeal cookie. Also, if you enjoy their bread as much as we do, you can even purchase some to take home!
Our Suggestions: The Chicken Salad Supreme sandwich on their homemade cranberry pecan bread is one of my absolute favorites. We also love the West Coast Special which has smoked turkey, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion on spinach feta bread. Both of these are great paired with their fire-roasted tomato soup.
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-7:30pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, Closed Sunday
Location: 2903 S Walton Blvd, Bentonville (Another location available in Fayetteville) // MAP
Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Cafe
Similar to Stone Mill Cafe, Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Cafe is another quick sandwich, soup, and salad restaurant that offers made-from-scratch bread and more. They also have a number of their yummy, freshly baked bread and sweetbreads available to-go.
Our Suggestions: The Woo Pig Sooie sandwich with smoked ham, bacon, swiss cheese, and BBQ Chipotle Ranch is one that Logan really enjoyed, I like the Cranberry Turkey with smoked turkey, swiss cheese, and cranberry mustard, or the salad sampler with honey pecan chicken salad, fruit, focaccia, and a blueberry muffin. I also suggest buying one of their sweetbreads to take home! The lemon blueberry is my favorite.
Hours: Monday 7am- 2pm, Tuesday-Sunday 7am-7pm
Location: 2090 W Pleasant Grove Rd, Rogers // MAP
Tacos 4 Life
Their tacos are delicious but their mission will make you go all the more. Tacos 4 Life donates one meal for every meal purchased to Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit that helps provide meals for children suffering from malnutrition in 60 different countries across the world.
Our Recommendations: Our favorite tacos are the Buttermilk Fried Chicken, which also has lettuce, chipotle aioli, and a drizzle of honey, Carnitas which has citrus and cumin slow-roasted pork with queso, cabbage, cilantro, and green onion, and Hawaiian Shrimp which has grilled or fried shrimp with pineapple Ono sauce, pineapple, lettuce, and toasted coconut. If you want something a little lighter the Mexican Cobb Salad is also amazing.
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am-10pm, Closed Sundays
Location: Tacos 4 Life has a few locations in Northwest Arkansas
BEST RESTAURANTS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS FOR A SIT-DOWN LUNCH
Sweet Freedom Cheese
Friends, I can’t stop talking about Sweet Freedom Cheese. Not only is it the perfect place to enjoy a quick lunch by ordering one of their grilled cheese sandwiches or by picking up a bento box, but it’s also a great place for a girl’s night out or a date night. You can even order a charcuterie platter to-go which is something we do often for date nights at home or when we have friends over.
One of the best things about Sweet Freedom Cheese is the free samples so you can try any of the cheese or meat options before you buy them. They also offer cheesemaking classes and cheese pairing experiences which we have yet to sign-up for, but that’s next on our list!
Our Suggestions: Our favorites are the Smoky Grilled Cheese Sandwich, “Bread Cheese” Appetizer, Monger’s Choice Cheese Plate: 3 choices of cheese and one meat (perfect for two) or build-your-own cheese plate to pick your own favorites!
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30am-8:30pm, Closed Sundays
Location: 801 SE 8th St #1, Bentonville (8th Street Market) // MAP
Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese
Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese is one of the places we always take guests when they come for a visit because it’s consistently good and who doesn’t like grilled cheese?! But before you scoff at paying for grilled cheese, let me just say, these aren’t your average grilled cheese sandwiches.
They have a variety of cheeses like smoked gouda or brie and even have a few sandwiches with their specialty slow-roasted pork that they prepare at the restaurant. If you aren’t into grilled cheese sandwiches also have hot dogs and a number of vegetarian and vegan options too! (pssst, this is also a great family-friendly restaurant in Northwest Arkansas).
Our Suggestions: We have such a hard time narrowing it down because everything is SO GOOD. For starters, the sweet potato fries with avocado-ranch dipping sauce are a MUST, they’re the best sweet potato fries we’ve ever had.
For grilled cheese options we recommend Brie’s Company with grilled apple, brie, gouda, caramelized onion, and fig jam, or the Pig Sooie with BBQ pulled pork, house cheese, smoked bacon, jalapenos on jalapeno cornbread.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm, Closed Sundays
Location: 326 N West Ave #8, Fayetteville (Another location in Rogers) // MAP
Briar Rose Bakery & Deli
Briar Rose Bakery & Deli is located in the cutest cottage-like setting and serves up delicious sandwiches, soups, and yummy bakery items. I seriously can’t stop thinking about their cupcakes… just trust me. They also have a number of keto, gluten-free, and sugar-free selections of baked goods!
Our Suggestions: Mozzarella, Tomato, & Basil Sandwich, Egg Salad on a croissant, and their soup of the day. Don’t leave without getting one of their bakery items. Especially the cupcakes or cinnamon rolls.
Hours: Sunday 7am-2pm, Tuesday-Thursday 6am-2pm, Friday 6am-3pm, Saturday 7am-3pm
Location: 28 E Main St, Farmington // MAP
Inside Crystal Bridges Museum you’ll find Eleven which offers Southern home-style cooking in a modern cafe setting. I’ve only ordered lunch here, but I’ve heard in the evenings the casual lunch setting is transformed into a more lux, romantic dinner setting perfect for business dinners or a romantic date where you might even need a reservation.
Our Suggestions: Signature Chicken Salad with green grapes, red onion, pecans, raisins, and honey-Dijon dressing, or the Ozark Niçoise Salad with bibb lettuce, new potatoes, radish, egg, and heirloom tomato with apple cider vinegar.
Hours: Sunday 11am-2:30pm, Monday & Saturday 11am-6pm, Wednesday-Friday 11am-9pm, Closed Tuesday
Location: 600 Museum Way, Bentonville (inside Crystal Bridges Museum) // MAP
Arsaga’s Coffee Roasters
While Arsaga’s primary focus is coffee, they also have two restaurant locations I’ve been to that are extremely delicious! The first location is Arsaga’s at the Depot which has a sit-down restaurant area inside an old freight train building.
The Depot is focused on carefully crafted entrees and I had one of the best vegan entrees of my life here! While they have larger meals they also have some menu items perfect for a snack while enjoying your coffee like sweet and savory crepes.
On the other hand, Arsaga’s Church & Center is perfect for a quick bite to eat. This location only serves up coffee and toast but it’s not just any ol’ slice of bread. They make what I’m gonna call “fancy toast” because they have yummy ingredients that you wouldn’t think would go well together, BUT THEY DO. Think whipped feta, mint, pink peppercorn honeyed citrus fruits, and fresh mint.
Our Suggestions: At the Depot location try the Cathead Biscuit which is a giant housemade biscuit with gravy that has rotating veggie and meat options and a sunny side up egg on top! Another choice I’d recommend is the Townie tofu scramble with vegan sausage, a bunch of veggies, and toast. At the Church & Center location, I recommend getting a sweet and savory toast to share with someone.
Hours: The Depot – Church & Center – Sunday: 8am-3pm, Monday-Saturday 7am-3pm
Location: Arsaga’s at the Depot – 548 W Dickson St, Fayetteville // MAP, Arsaga’s Church & Center – 200 W Center St a, Fayetteville // MAP
BEST FOOD TRUCKS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Recipes and Barbecue
Logan and I both love food trucks and Recipes and Barbecue is one of the best of the best! You can tell that the owners put in a ton of time, care, and love to their food because each bite is exceptional. All of the meats are slow-roasted over a wood fire bringing you the most tender and deliciously marinated meat.
Our Suggestions: Bacon burnt ends, pulled pork, and OMG the smoked chicken – it’s definitely the best I’ve ever had. I’m not joking. They also have a gouda mac & cheese that is apparently so good that by the time we get there, it’s always sold out. So pick some up for us if you happen to get there in time! 😉
Dough Zone specializes in popular street foods from many cities and countries in Asia. Most of the menu items are shareable or small bites meaning you can try a variety of things! Please excuse me while I go dream about their basil fried chicken.
Our Suggestions: The vegetarian dumplings are one of my favorites along with the basil fried chicken, and satay chicken served with peanut sauce. Another favorite is the Coco-Curry Noodles that have a wonderful coconut curry sauce with egg noodles, shrimp, and chicken!
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Closed Sundays
Location: 715 SW A St, Bentonville // MAP (They also have a location in 8th Street Market in Bentonville)
Kinley’s Soul Food
Located close to Lake Fayetteville are a number of food trucks that will entice you with the yummy smells! We haven’t had the chance to try a lot of the food trucks heres but one of the best is Kinley’s Soul Food. Kinley’s Soul Food has one of the largest menus of any food truck I’ve visited and to be honest, I don’t know how they keep up – it’s magic!
Our Suggestions: I recommend getting a combo plate that has wings, chicken, and fish with fries and a drink. With the combo plate, you also get to pick your seasoning choices too! They also have daily specials. I’m eyeing the Sunday dinner that has a choice of protein alongside collard greens, sweet potatoes, and cornbread.
Hours: Sunday 12pm-7pm, Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Location: Lake Fayetteville // MAP
KDK’s Chicken & Waffles
If you’re a fan of fried chicken look no further than KDK’s Chicken and Waffles. The flavor from the perfectly balanced spices within the batter pairs so well with the hot, buttery waffle I’m surprised I haven’t dropped what I’m doing and driven there to get some right now.
Our Suggestions: If it’s your first visit you simply can’t miss out on the chicken and waffle combo with comes with 3-5 fried chicken tenders, a waffle, and a side dish.
Hours: 11am-7pm daily, closed Mondays
Location: 989 S Razorback Rd, Fayetteville // MAP
BEST RESTAURANTS FOR A CASUAL DINNER IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Before I get started on these restaurants in Northwest Arkansas, let me just say that many of them are also great lunch spots so if you’d rather visit them for lunch, that’s a-ok too! 😉
Yeyo’s Mexican Grill
Yeyo’s Mexican Grill offers food inspired by the streets of Mexico, specifically Villa Jimenez where the Rios brothers are from. It started with their dad’s garden which grew so large that they started up a food truck that instantly became a huge success and they still grow all of the produce on their farm not far from their restaurant which is SO cool.
Our Suggestions: The Burrito Bowl is so tasty, it has rice, beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, salsa, and your choice of protein, I personally loved the grilled chicken. Basically it’s all the goodness thrown into a bowl. Another menu item we enjoyed is the Mexican Street Tacos with the choice of protein or the Torta with classic telera bread.
Hours: Sunday 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Closed Mondays
Location: 801 SE 8th St #41, Bentonville // MAP
The owners of Azul Tequila brought their inspiration from their hometown of Jalisco, Mexico and you can see much of that heritage within the restaurant decor and dishes. Azul Tequila has been a consistent favorite restaurant of ours since moving to Northwest Arkansas
Our Suggestions: I LOVE trying new things but the street tacos at Azul Tequila are so good I find it hard to stray away. My favorite is the Cabo-style shrimp tacos which have lightly battered shrimp topped with corn, black beans, cabbage, pico de gallo, and tomatillo inside a corn tortilla. Oh, and how could I forget? Get the house margarita!
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm
Location: 960 N 45th St, Springdale // MAP (There is also a location in Bentonville)
Local Lime offers menu options with Tex-Mex street fare in a modern, hip interior. We frequented Local Lime while in college at their Little Rock location so we were excited to see a second location open up in the Northwest Arkansas area too.
Our Suggestions: For starters order the Three Salsas with Chips, (our favorite salsas are the House Tomato, Caribbean Mango, and Verde Tomatillo), Queso Blanco and/or Guacamole. Our favorite entrees are the Easy Tiger Fish Tacos, Caribbean Beer-Battered Fried Shrimp, and Carnitas. If you happen to go for a happy hour get one of their margaritas!
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11am-9pm, Thursday-Sunday 11am-10pm
Location: 2103 S Promenade Blvd, Rogers // MAP
Table Mesa offers modern Latin cuisine with a wonderfully varied menu full of flavor. It is located on the Downtown Bentonville Square making it convenient to locate. Inside, you’ll be surrounded by a terrific ambiance with reclaimed wood floors, brick walls, comfy bar seating, and subtle lighting.
Our Suggestions: One of my favorite starters to get as a meal is the Shrimp Lucy Quesadilla. It has gulf shrimp, melted cheese, poblano sauce, roasted corn, and sauteed peppers and onions. The Butternut Squash Enchilada is also fantastic and a house favorite!
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday: 9am-9:30pm, Closed Sundays
Location: 108 E Central Ave #10, Bentonville // MAP
Meme’s Caribbean Flavour
The first time I tried Meme’s Caribbean Flavour was at an event where they catered. I got a few items to try, scarfed everything down, and went back for seconds and thirds because it was so good. This is a pattern I keep struggling with so someday I’ll actually do my part to take a photo before I dive into all the goodness on my plate!
Our Suggestions: For starters, I recommend getting the signature pies with either aloo or cheese. For mains, I suggest the jerk chicken. It’s a staple, it’s delicious, and you can get it in a variety of different ways – wings, platter, or barbecued. While you’re at it throw in some fried plantains and fried bake too (which is fried bread dough). The next thing to try on my list from Meme’s is the saltfish sandwich
Hours: 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-8pm daily
Location: 115 N Dixieland Rd Ste. 9, Rogers // MAP
Normally you wouldn’t find either of us at a burger joint because I don’t eat beef and Logan isn’t a fan of burgers, but Big Orange offers more than just regular burgers. There are a number of other protein options including a veggie burger, falafel, grilled chicken, and turkey burgers with bold, flavorful combinations to be paired with!
Our Suggestions: We love the turkey burger which can be paired with any of the burger options. Our favorites so far are the white truffle and pecorino cheese, the smashed avocado with Havarti cheese, butter leaf lettuce, and a garlic aïoli, or the hickory smoke with cheddar cheese, barbeque sauce, and fried onion strings. The salads at Big Orange are also terrific, the Thai Chop is my favorite. Next on our list to try is one of their milkshakes because they look BOMB.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm
Location: 2203 S Promenade Blvd Ste. 3100, Rogers // MAP
Monte Ne Inn
At Monte Ne Inn they stand by their motto of “bringing family and friends back to the table.” It’s so cozy inside and the staff is exceptionally friendly. Their all-you-can-eat meal includes their famous fried chicken, homemade bean soup, seasoned green beans, sweet corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw, and biscuits with apple butter.
Prices: $13 for the all-you-can-eat meal
Hours: Sunday 12pm-7pm, Tuesday
Location: 13843 AR-94, Rogers // MAP
Southern Food Company
Southern Food Company is serving up Southern and Tex-Mex cuisine in a rustic restaurant that is perfect for a casual meal with friends or family. I hear they also have terrific breakfast and brunch options too although we have yet to try them!
Our Suggestions: For starters, get the Fried Green Tomatoes, they pair perfectly with the cayenne ranch! For entrees, consider the Big Gobbler sandwich which is piled high with smoked turkey, veggies, and sriracha mayo on an everything bagel or the Southern Smothered Chicken with blackened chicken breast, sauteed mushrooms, cheese and bacon accompanied with mashed potatoes and a side salad.
Hours: Sunday 8am-2pm, Tuesday-Saturday 8am-9pm, Closed Mondays
Location: 3575 W Wedington Dr Suite 3, Fayetteville // MAP
The Catfish Hole is a family-style restaurant that mainly focuses on… you guessed it fried catfish! All meals served with unlimited fixin’s of hushpuppies, coleslaw, and pickles with green tomato relish served family-style.
Our Suggestions: It goes without saying that if you are a fan of fish, get the fried catfish fillets another item that’s popular is the peel & eat boiled shrimp.
Hours: Sunday 11am-8:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-9:30pm, Closed Monday
Location: 4127 W Wedington Dr, Fayetteville // MAP
Wright’s Barbecue is a laid-back barbecue joint with an assortment of smoked meats that are cooked the old school way, on a 100% wood fire pit. They have a small indoor setting area and a large outdoor patio where you can enjoy your meal from! You can even order smoked meat by the pound for dine-in or take home for a family-style meal.
Our Suggestions: Pulled Pork, Brisket, or Chicken Sandwich with the mac & cheese and roasted veggies for sides.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
Location: 2212 Main Dr, Fayetteville // MAP
Fratelli’s Italian Grill
Fratelli’s Italian Grill is hands down our favorite place to get Italian food in Northwest Arkansas. The interior is a cozy space that will make you feel instantly at home and the owners and staff are all incredibly welcoming. Every menu item is cooked from scratch, even the bread is made fresh each morning.
Our Suggestions: Any of their plates of pasta are delicious but our favorites are the tortellini alla panna and the chicken fettuccine. But my favorite dish by far is their chicken tuscany which has grilled chicken breast, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, artichoke hearts, in a pink sauce with spaghetti. The flavors are just incredible!
Hours: 11am-9pm daily, closed Mondays
Location: 1008 W Sunset Ave, Springdale // MAP
Oven & Tap
Oven & Tap is a great, local pizza place that offers wood-fired pizza and plenty of local, craft beers on tap. I also love the ambiance of this restaurant that feels very modern farmhouse style making it another restaurant in Northwest Arkansas that makes you feel right at home.
Our Suggestions: I personally loved the classic Margherita with mozzarella and basil. Logan’s favorite is the Spicy Joe with pepperoni, jalapenos, and honey. Make sure you order a local beer to go with your pizza too!
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-2pm, 4pm-10pm, Closed Monday
Location: 215 S Main St #3, Bentonville // MAP
At first glance, you might be turned off thinking about visiting a pizza place that’s connected to a gas station and liquor store but don’t let it keep you away. Once you walk into MJ Pizzeria you’ll be greeted by an intimate setting perfect for a business dinner or romantic evening out.
Our Suggestions: For entrees, my favorite is the Housemade Potato Gnocchi with oven-roasted chicken, crimini mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, and a white wine butter sauce. As far as pizza goes, the traditional Margherita is delicious and Logan raves about their calzones as well.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm
Location: 838 N 48th St Suite A, Springdale // MAP
Ginger Rice and Noodle Bar
Ginger is a popular restaurant that is also operated by the owners of Wasabi, a sushi restaurant that we haven’t eaten at yet and Shogun which is a hibachi and sushi restaurant that could also be considered for one of the best places to eat in Northwest Arkansas!
Although those restaurants are grouped together and all serve sushi, Ginger has a few different menu items than Wasabi or Shogun. Many of the dishes are inspired by Korean and Japanese cuisine including bi-bim-bap, bulgogi, ramen, yakisoba, and sushi.
Our Suggestions: We tried some sushi at Ginger and it was really good but if you want something more unique, we suggest trying the yakisoba which is a Japanese noodle dish, or create your own bi-bim-bap rice bowl.
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Location: 1163 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Fayetteville // MAP
Meiji Japanese Cuisine
Something that people might not know about Japanese food is that hibachi and sushi, at least the way we eat sushi in the United States, are not typical in Japan. Most sushi in Japan is very simple – a piece of fish over rice with a little wasabi. As for the whole fried rice hibachi show, that doesn’t exist in Japan.
So if you are wanting a more traditional approach to Japanese cuisine, I recommend visiting Meiji. Although some of the food is Japanese fusion, Meiji is the closest thing to the real deal in Northwest Arkansas when it comes to many of their dishes.
Our Suggestions: If you want something traditional then try the tonkatsu, which is a fried pork loin served on a bed of cabbage with a savory sauce. I also love the tempura udon which is a thick noodle served in tsuyu vegetable broth and tempura shrimp. Meiji’s build-your-own ramen bowl is another favorite of ours too because you can customize it however you’d like.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, Closed Sunday
Location: 3878 N Crossover Rd #8, Fayetteville // MAP
Newly opened as of 2019, Ramen Nara has the best ramen that we’ve had in Northwest Arkansas, and we don’t say this lightly considering Logan is Japanese and we frequently visit Japan. Honestly, if you close your eyes, you’ll even feel like you’re in Japan slurping noodles.
Ramen Nara has many styles of ramen that you can find in various regions of Japan such as curry ramen or Hakata ramen which is typically found in Fukuoka. Another thing I love about Ramen Nara is the focus to ensure quality food for all patrons. They have vegan and vegetarian options as well as gluten-free noodles for those who cannot have traditional ramen noodles.
Our Suggestions: The most traditional ramen on their menu is the Hakata Tonkatsu which has pork broth, chasu grilled pork, soft boiled egg, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and green onion. The Miso Tontaksu would be another traditional choice.
I am a huge fan of the Spicy Curry Seafood which has chicken and seafood coconut broth, tempura shrimp, fried tofu, and a fried fish cake. But I’ll warn you, it can be HOT, even though I love spicy food. You can always add more chili oil later. 😉
Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm & 5-8pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-2pm, 5-8:30pm, Closed Sundays
Location: 301 S Dodson Rd Suite A, Rogers // MAP
CO-OP Ramen is another ramen spot we’ve loved that recently opened in Northwest Arkansas. They have a few more traditional dishes but some fusion ones too. The menu at CO-OP Ramen is limited, but what they do have, they do it really well. If you aren’t a fan of ramen then they also have rice bowls!
Our Suggestions: If you want to try something unique get the spicy tori paitan ramen with creamy chicken broth, soft boiled egg, kaarage (Japanese fried chicken), chili oil, and other toppings. If you want a more traditional ramen dish, get the shoyu or shio tonkatsu ramen which has pork broth, chasu (grilled pork belly), soft boiled egg, mushrooms, and a few other toppings.
Hours: Sunday 11am-8pm, Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Location: 801 SE 8th Street, Suite #31, Bentonville // MAP
Mama Tang Restaurant
If you’re a fan of Chinese food then you have to try Mama Tang Restaurant. Mama Tang has a large variety of familiar Chinese dishes that are perfect for sharing because all of the portions are HUGE. Everything on the menu is offered at extremely reasonable prices.
Our Suggestions: Some of our favorites so far are General Tso’s Chicken, Mongolian Chicken (or beef), and Kung Pao Chicken.
Hours: 11am-9pm daily, closed Mondays
Location: 3482 Elm Springs Rd, Springdale // MAP
Pho Thanh is a Vietnamese restaurant that has traditional Vietnamese dishes as well as bubble tea you can enjoy with your meal or to-go. Nearly all of their generously portioned entrees are served with ample amounts of fresh vegetables and flavorful spices and herbs.
Our Suggestions: My favorite menu items are bun ga nuong or bun ga xao sa. Both of which are grilled chicken dishes with vermicelli noodles and vegetables. The flavors of lemongrass and mint were exceptional. I reallllly want to go back and do a hot pot because they look amazing!
Hours: 10:30am-9pm daily
Location: 1204 S Walton Blvd, Bentonville (there is also a location in Fayetteville) // MAP
Khana Indian Grill
Khana Indian Grill features various dishes from India’s many regions in a beautifully decorated, casual environment. They pride themselves on using fresh ingredients and prepare each entree in small batches in their wood-burning oven for maximum quality. When taking the first bite of your food, you’ll immediately be able to identify the time, care, and love put into each recipe.
Our Suggestions: If you’re dining with others I recommend getting a combo plate so you can try a bunch of different entrees in smaller portions. We really enjoyed everything on our combo platter including the khati rolls, tikka masala, samosas, and naan!
Hours: 11:30am-9pm, closed Mondays
Location: 2101 N College Ave, Fayetteville // MAP
BEST PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Pro tip: We suggest making a reservation on OpenTable or by calling ahead for most of the following restaurants.
The Preacher’s Son
The Preacher’s Son uses sustainably sourced ingredients from farmers and ranchers in Northwest Arkansas and is located inside a restored Gothic Revival church to add a unique flair to the ambiance of this gorgeous restaurant.
The concept for The Preacher’s Son was inspired by Chef Matthew Cooper, who was the son of a preacher who actually preached at the church across the street from the restaurant. Another thing that makes this restaurant unique is that it’s entirely gluten-free.
Our Suggestions: Start with the roasted cauliflower or the burrata with apples and fennel. For entrees, we recommend the Braised Pork Shank or the Gnocchi. However, the menu here changes so these options may not be available. Have no fear, everything is delicious here.
Hours: Sunday 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm, Saturday 5pm-10pm
Location: 201 NW A St, Bentonville // MAP
Tavola Trattoria is a bistro-style restaurant that has Italian and Meditteranean cuisine and a fabulous wine selection. The vibe of this restaurant is mellow, yet still posh enough for a date. I also love that many of their menu options can be served family-style!
Our Suggestions: To start, get the Organic Greens Salad with fried goat cheese, grilled cantaloupe, prosciutto, and balsamic reduction. For entrees try the 2000 Year Anniversary Risotto with shrimp, butternut squash, roasted and pistachios and garlic, or the Orecchiette Pasta with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, and dolce gorgonzola cream sauce.
Hours: Sunday 11:30am-8:30pm, Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-9:30pm
Location: 108 SE A St, Bentonville // MAP
Mirabella’s Table is owned by the founders of Tavola Trattoria and Table Mesa, two other local favorites so you know it’s gotta be good! Though it has Italian fare like Tavola, Mirabella’s Table offers a more modern approach with innovative menu items.
They recently changed their menu to mirror a more upscale all-you-can-eat approach where you order small plates one by one or a few at a time.
Our Suggestions: Don’t miss out on the Rigatoni Pomodoro with pesto cream, buffalo mozzarella, and fresh basil or the Ravioli Funghi with marsala cream and white truffle oil.
Prices: $15-18 (all-you-can-eat)
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 8am-9pm
Location: 4200 S 48th St #10, Rogers // MAP
Doe’s Eat Place
Doe’s Eat Place is a popular steakhouse with a few locations in Northwest Arkansas. It was first established in 1941 and has carried on a longstanding tradition of serving quality steaks and their well-known tamales. I wouldn’t say that the interior is fancy, but the price point is more like a nice, dinner date.
Our Suggestions: Crab & Corn Bisque, Doe’s Fillet Steak, Gulf Shrimp Dinner (half broiled and half fried), and plenty of the Southern Drop Biscuits.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 5pm-9pm, Closed Sunday
Location: 316 W Dickson St, Fayetteville (Another location in Bentonville) // MAP
BEST DESSERTS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Markham & Fitz
Chocolate… I mean, need I say more? Markham & Fitz strives to create delicious chocolate from scratch with sustainably sourced cocoa beans. The moment you walk into the store you’ll be greeted with the mouth-watering aroma of chocolate being made. Be sure to sample the chocolates that they have available to purchase in bar form. Just ask one of the employees and I’m sure they’ll gladly help you. 🙂
Our Suggestions: The brown sugar bourbon chocolate chip cookie as well as the chocolate tarts are amazing! Don’t forget to ask for some samples of their chocolate bars and buy some to take home!
Prices: Under $10
Hours: 12pm-5pm daily, closed Monday
Location: 801 SE 8th St Suite 45, Bentonville // MAP
Vargas Fruteria has a ton of different desserts that are perfect for sharing or for enjoying yourself, we’re not so good at sharing. 😉 The two most popular desserts are the rolled ice cream and the “freak shakes” which are seriously massive.
Our Suggestions: Besides the yummy rolled ice cream and freak shakes, my favorite thing is the juices that are made daily, horchata and guava are my top two. If you want something savory and sweet I suggest getting the mango slices with tajin!
Prices: Under $10
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 2pm-9pm, Wednesday 1pm-9pm, Friday-Sunday 12pm-10pm, closed Mondays
Location: 1975 W Sunset Ave Suite D, Springdale // MAP
Bobo’s Ribbon Ice
A friend of ours told us about Bobo’s Ribbon Ice and we can’t. stop. going. back. not that we’re complaining. 😉 Bobo’s Ribbon Ice has traditional Taiwanese ribbon ice (think shave ice but more creamy), boba tea and smoothies, taiyaki (a traditional Japanese dessert), and a few savory items as well like Taiwanese popcorn chicken or Japanese takoyaki (fried octopus balls).
Our Suggestions: For drinks, Logan’s favorite is the Taro Milk Juice and I love a bunch of different drinks but a recent favorite is the Black Sugar Bubble Tea. The ribbon ice is also amazing so don’t miss out on trying that. My favorite toppings are the passion fruit poppers, fresh fruit, and egg pudding!
Prices: Under $10
Hours: Sunday 12pm-8pm, Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 12pm-9pm
Location: 4155 Steele Blvd, Fayetteville // MAP
Alchemy Macarons spent years perfecting the art of French macarons and you can definitely tell the second you bite into one. They are perfectly chewy and the flavors they use are incredible. All of the macarons are made at their Fayetteville location using the best ingredients including house-made jams!
Our Suggestions: I’ve never had a macaron I didn’t like here, but our favorites are honey lavender, blueberry lemon, and earl grey!
Prices: $2.20 each
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-6:30pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-7:30pm, closed Sundays
Location: 112 W Center St #130, Fayetteville (They also have a location in Rogers) // MAP
BEST COCKTAIL LOUNGES & BARS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Fox Trail Distillery
Not to age ourselves, but going up to a crowded bar counter and ordering a $2 margarita isn’t hitting the spot like it used to which is why we love Fox Trail Distillery. Fox Trail Distillery is our favorite place to get a nice cocktail in Northwest Arkansas. One unique thing about Fox Trail is they distill all of their own spirits and use them in their cocktail recipes. It is the perfect place to enjoy a well-crafted drink with friends in a swanky, relaxed setting.
Our Suggestions: If you’re a whiskey or bourbon fan, the smoked old-fashioned is incredibly unique, it is literally served with a glass full of smoke on top to add to the flavor. They also have a great gin & tonic if you’d like to have a classic cocktail.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4pm-11pm, Friday 4pm-12am, Saturday 2pm-12am, Closed Sunday
Location: 2121 S Bellview Rd, Rogers // MAP
The Nine’s Bentonville
Let me be upfront, we haven’t yet been to The Nine’s yet for a drink. But as soon as we’re able to, we’re heading there because we’ve heard amazing reviews and I’m a big fan of their business model already.
The owner of The Nine’s focuses on being a sustainable business only using straws made from sugar cane, recycling and composting all waste, and even utilizing electronic receipts instead of paper ones. I love the initiative and dedication to reducing their carbon footprint as a business.
The Nine’s serves up a variety of local beers, a nice selection of wines, and their own spin on classic cocktails like a raspberry basil margarita that sounds incredibly refreshing!
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 5pm-12am, Friday & Saturday 5pm-2am, Closed Mondays
Location: 401 SW A St #120, Bentonville // MAP (additional location in Fayetteville)
The Tower Bar
The Tower Bar is located inside the Momentary, a new contemporary art space in Bentonville. Being on the top floor, it features a fantastic view with 1960s airport lounge inspired decor. At the bar, you can find terrific cocktails, beer, and wine along with some bar snacks!
Our Suggestions: I loved the Avant Gardener which has tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, red grapefruit juice, and a splash of prosecco.
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm-12am, Closed Sunday & Monday
Location: 507 SE E St, Bentonville // MAP
Located inside the historic 1907 building in downtown Rogers you’ll find The Foreman on the second floor. It’s a small bar, but warm nonetheless. All of the cocktails are paired with a side item, take the Old-Fashioned, it’s served with a small sugary cake donut!
Our Suggestions: The Cynar Snaq is a very unique cocktail that is made with cynar, a liqueur made from artichokes, and has notes of bitter orange and candied nuts.
Location: Address: 101 E Walnut St #300, Rogers
Maxine’s Tap Room
The history of Maxine’s Tap Room starts in 1950 when Maxine Miller set out to open a bar that soon became a staple in Fayetteville. Maxine was active in the day-to-evening operations and was well-known for her last call of “May I have your attention, please! You have ten minutes to drink, and get the hell out!” Maxine’s has since been remodeled but it still pays homage to the history of the original Maxine’s as a place to enjoy live music and terrific drinks with friends.
Our Suggestions: There are so many fantastic cocktails at Maxine’s Tap Room! I recommend getting one of their signature cocktails instead of a traditional cocktail because they have so many awesome ones to choose from. For something refreshing and fruity try the Abominable Sno-Cone that has white rum, coconut milk and cream, lime, ginger, and turmeric. For something a bit more robust try the Grey Gardens which has bourbon, earl grey tea, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
Location: 107 N Block Ave, Fayetteville // MAP
As we continue to explore more of our new home city we’ll add on to this list of the best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas so keep checking back for more! What are some of your favorite places to eat in Northwest Arkansas?
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