Fun Things to Do in Fayetteville, AR – A Complete Travel Guide

Things to Do in Fayetteville, AR
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Things to Do in Fayetteville, AR – A Complete Travel and Dining Guide

When traveling Logan and I typically don’t think of college towns as destination hot spots that we’d like to visit. And for that, we’re sorry to all of the places we’ve probably passed through Since moving to Northwest Arkansas we’ve become smitten with Fayetteville.

Fayetteville, Arkansas is where the University of Arkansas is located and while when college is in session you’ll find the area more crowded with students and Arkansas fans calling the Hogs, there is so much more to do here than visit the campus. In this Northwest Arkansas travel guide, we’re covering all of our favorite experiences and things to do in Fayetteville, AR plus the best restaurants in Fayetteville, and other travel tips!

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Where is Fayetteville, Arkansas?

Fayetteville, Arkansas is a small city located in Northwest Arkansas. It is most well-known for being the location of the University of Arkansas.

How to Get to Fayetteville, Arkansas

How to Get to Fayetteville by Car

If you live close to Northwest Arkansas the best way to get to Fayetteville is by driving. There are a number of cities that are within easy driving distance from Fayetteville.

  • Tulsa to Fayetteville: 2 hours
  • Oklahoma City to Fayetteville: 3 hours
  • Kansas City to Fayetteville: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Little Rock to Fayetteville: 3 hours
  • St. Louis to Fayetteville: 5 hours 20 minutes
  • Dallas to Fayetteville: 5 hours 30 minutes

How to Get to Fayetteville by Plane

You might be surprised to find out that Northwest Arkansas has a regional airport (XNA) that serves a number of non-stop flights from major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, New York, Denver, Miami, and more. From XNA, you can rent a car and be in Fayetteville within 15-20 minutes from the airport. 

Where to Stay in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Outside of the Graduate Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas - things to do in Fayetteville, AR

Graduate Fayetteville

One of the best hotels to stay at in Fayetteville is Graduate Fayetteville. It is close to the University of Arkansas campus and off the Downtown Square making it a great location for a weekend in Fayetteville or Northwest Arkansas. Graduate Hotels typically decorate their hotels to fit the location they reside in, for this location you’ll find a homey, rustic interior that resembles the Ozark Mountains with reclaimed wood floors, outdoorsy decor, and other items that resemble features of the Natural State.

READ MORE: Unique Places to Stay in Arkansas

Things to Do in Fayetteville, AR

Before moving to Northwest Arkansas we had visited Fayetteville for a few Razorback games in college and didn’t venture much outside of the campus and Dickson Street. So we were really surprised by the amount of awesome and unique things to do in Fayetteville! Here are just some of our favorites so far.

Visit & Shop at the Fayetteville Downtown Square

Much like the downtown squares in all cities and towns in Northwest Arkansas, the Fayetteville Downtown Square is a charming place to relax, shop, and dine. One of our favorite things to do in Fayetteville, AR is to visit the Downtown Square year-round farmer’s market on Saturdays. It’s a great place to get local produce, cheeses, and crafts. In the spring and summer months, there are tons of flowers to enjoy viewing and in the winter the square is transformed into a beautiful winter light display!

A few of our favorite shops on the Fayetteville Downtown Square:

  • Alchemy Macarons: I’ve made macarons a few times but the ones from Alchemy have me beat by a longshot. They have the best flavors.
  • City Supply: A great spot for home goods from local small businesses and others.
  • Riffraff: Such a cute women’s clothing boutique.
  • Block Street Records: If you’re into records then you’ll have to check out the collection here!
  • Savoy Tea: They have such a fabulous selection of tea that is all sourced from family tea farms from around the world.

Visit the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks

The Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks is a collection of twelve smaller themed gardens and a quaint butterfly house. It’s the perfect place to bask in the serenity of nature, have a picnic, take a stroll, or even enjoy live music during the summer months in Northwest Arkansas. In addition, they also host a number of hands-on educational programs and classes for children and adults interested in gardening or horticulture.

The twelve gardens you’ll find at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks include

  1. Founders’ Garden: This garden features a number of places to relax surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers. It’s a great spot to read a book on a nice spring or summer day.
  2. Japanese Garden: This is my favorite garden at Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, partially because I love Japan and frequently visit, but also because it is so tranquil. There are many Japanese design features and a small pond with koi fish.
  3. Children’s Garden: This unique garden is the center of discovery with places to climb and view wildlife in the nearby pond.
  4. Fruit & Vegetable Garden: This garden has a lot of pollinator-friendly flowers and many edible plants.
  5. Cottage Garden: The cottage in this garden is where you can participate in a number of classes and workshops. It is surrounded by a few species of plants and flowers that butterflies enjoy.
  6. Butterfly Garden: This beautiful garden is a path of nectar-based flowers that leads to the on-site butterfly house.
  7. Shade Garden: This garden features a variety of shade plants, some of which can be enjoyed year-round. 
  8. Four Seasons Garden: As the name suggests, this garden has various foliage and plants that change depending on the seasons.
  9. Rose and Perennial Garden: If you like flowers, this garden is full of them! The Rotary Peace Arbor that is located here makes for a beautiful photography backdrop too.
  10. Ozark Native Garden: There are so many gorgeous plants and flowers that are native to Arkansas, this garden features many of them. 
  11. Rock and Water Garden: This garden depicts an Ozark mountain stream and has waterfall-like effects and various wildlife and vegetation living and growing nearby. 
  12. Sensory Garden: Again, as the name suggests, this garden was designed to experience the five human senses. Some of the plants and flowers you’ll find here are lemon balm, lavender, and berry bushes.

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 9am-5pm
Location: 4703 N Crossover Rd, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: $7/adults, $4/children

See A Show at the Walton Arts Center

Once on This Island at the Walton Arts Center - things to do in Fayetteville, AR

We feel so lucky to have a theatre like the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville because they bring in performances from around the world to Northwest Arkansas. Unlike larger theatres, the Walton Arts Center is smaller and more intimate making every seat one of the best in the house.

One of my favorite performances I’ve seen there thus far was Once on This Island which won the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Currently, live performances are on hold but they are offering a number of virtual experiences to enjoy from home!

See what upcoming performances Walton Arts Center has scheduled

Location: 495 W Dickson St, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: Ticket prices vary by performance

Watch A Performance at TheatreSquared

Another place to see a live theatre performance in Northwest Arkansas is TheatreSquared which has many locally produced performances a year. Because of the seat’s close proximity to the stage, you can experience an intimate setting for each show you watch.

One of my favorites that I saw at TheatreSquared was The Legend of Georgia McBridge which is about a young Elvis impersonator that was struggling to make ends meet and finds success in becoming a lip-syncing drag queen.

See what upcoming performances TheatreSquared has scheduled

Location: 477 W Spring St, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: Ticket prices vary by performance

Rent A Room at Big Box Karaoke

Cocktail, microphone and menu at Big Box Karaoke in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Big Box Karaoke is similar to the karaoke rooms that you’d find in Japan, so naturally, after moving to Northwest Arkansas from Japan we were excited to see Big Box Karaoke open in Fayetteville!

Now even if you aren’t typically a fan of karaoke stay with me. Because I’m not a fabulous singer and often get embarrassed singing in front of others but Big Box Karaoke is perfect for everyone because you can rent a private room with just you and your party! 

Room sizes can host 4-10 guests so they’re perfect for any occasion. Trust me when I say, Big Box Karaoke is one of the most fun things to do in Fayetteville, AR and I recommend it to everyone.

Not only does Big Box Karaoke offer private karaoke rooms, they also have fabulous food and cocktails plus theme nights including Wednesday pizza + karaoke, Thursday ramen nights, and Sake Sundays.

Hours: Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:30pm-11pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm-1am, Closed Mondays & Tuesdays
115 N Block Ave, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: Rooms start at $40/hour

Take A Self-Guided Brewery Tour on the Fayetteville Ale Trail

Bike Rack Brewing in Northwest Arkansas - Fayetteville Ale Trail

The Fayetteville Ale Trail is a self-guided brewery tour where you can try a number of craft beers from local breweries. There are currently 17 stops on the Fayetteville Ale Trail that can be found all over Northwest Arkansas including many stops in Fayetteville. Be sure to request your free Ale Trail Passport before you plan to go so you can get your passport stamped and turn it in for a prize!

READ MORE: The Best Breweries in Northwest Arkansas

Attend An Art Class or Workshop at Terra Studios

Terra Studios is one of the more unique things to do in Fayetteville, AR. It is a six-acre art and sculpture park with an indoor gallery featuring a number of one-of-a-kind art pieces available for purchase. They also offer a number of studio art classes for all ages including pottery, painting, glasswork, and more.

While I have yet to visit because they’ve been closed for some time I’m looking forward to their reopening so I can experience the outdoor sculpture park and an art class for myself!

Location: 12103 Hazel Valley Rd, Fayetteville // MAP

Play Vintage Arcade Games at Arkadia Retrocade

Arkadia Retrocade in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Arcades are becoming somewhat of a past time, but Arkadia Retrocade is keeping the nostalgia alive with hundreds of retro arcade games, video games, and board games. We had the best time stepping back to our childhood playing hours of Atari, PacMan, N64, and a variety of other games. Arkadia Retrocade is perfect for kids and adults alike!

Hours: Sunday 12pm-6pm, Tuesday-Thursday 2:30pm-10:30pm, Friday 2:30pm-12am, Saturday 12pm-12am, Closed Mondays
1478 N College Ave, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: $5 for unlimited games

Visit The Clinton House Museum

The Clinton House Museum is one of many places in Arkansas where you can learn about the history of the Clinton family. This house was the first that Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton purchased and lived in together after they were first married until they moved to Little Rock.

The house has since become a museum sharing photographs, historical documents, and information about how the Clintons shaped Fayetteville history. If you are interested in political history, this is definitely a place to add to your things to do in Fayetteville, AR.

Hours: Currently closed to the public, but the First Lady’s Garden is open
Location: 930 W Clinton Dr, Fayetteville // MAP

Attend A Razorbacks Sports Game

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas - University of Arkansas Football

If you’ve never attended an SEC football game or tailgate it’s quite an experience and if it happens to be football season while you’re in Fayetteville then you can potentially snag some cheap tickets to an Arkansas Razorbacks Football game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

I haven’t been to any Razorbacks baseball games, but I did attend a basketball game once at the Bud Walton Arena and that was a ton of fun too! Don’t forget to call the Hogs alongside everyone else. We won’t tell your favorite sports team. 😉  

Location: 350 N Razorback Rd, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: Tickets typically start at $25

Play A Round of Mini Golf at Gator Golf

Gator Golf of Fayetteville has been around since 1988 providing fun for all ages. This completely outdoor mini-golf has two courses, an 18 hole or 36 hole course with cute and kitschy animals you can find at every location. Although they are open year-round pending inclement weather, I think this activity is best enjoyed on a summer evening! 

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12pm-7pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm-10pm
2692 N College Ave, Fayetteville // MAP
18 holes – $7.50, 36 holes – $10, unlimited play $20

Enjoy the Scenery at St. Catherine’s at Bell Gable

St. Catherine's at Bell Gable in Fayetteville, Arkansas
St. Catherine’s at Bell Gable

Visiting St. Catherine’s at Bell Gable will immediately make you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale or The Secret Garden which makes this one of the unique things to do in northwest Arkansas.

The stained glass windows and doors are from a church in England which helped inspire the European architecture. St. Catherine’s is available for special events like weddings or other parties but is also open for viewing pleasure and meditation at certain times. Make sure you call ahead to make sure you can go!

Hours: Sundays 12:00pm-3:00pm
Location: 2140 N Stone Chapel Ln, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: Free to visit

Watch A Movie at the 112 Drive-In Theater

I LOVE the nostalgia of drive-in movie theaters and I was excited to find out that Fayetteville has the 112 Drive-In where you can attend double feature movies on weekends during the summer! To add to the experience there are also concession stands where you can purchase a soda or snack to enjoy while watching from the comfort of your car.

Location: 3552 AR-112, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: 13 and older – $10, 6-12 – $5, under 6 free

Play An Intense Game of Laser Tag at Modern Mission

When I was younger I used to play laser tag with friends and I was SO into it. Maybe it’s because I was somewhat decent at it (not to brag) and normally I didn’t excel at anything that was even remotely athletic besides ballet. Then again, does laser tag qualify as a sport? Because I think it takes skills.

Anyways, I hadn’t played laser tag in YEARS but then I found out about Modern Mission which is what I imagine would be like to live inside a video game. Didn’t they make a movie about that? Modern Mission has a few different types of laser tag including an outdoor arena and an indoor arena. I’ve personally only played the indoor one but I’m sure the outdoor is fun too!

In the indoor laser tag, you’re split into two groups and you have to complete different missions, such as capture the flag, in order for your team to win. They have 20 player laser tag sessions open to the public on the weekends but if you have a group of 10 or more you can reserve a time slot to have the arena to yourself on weekdays and nights.

Hours: Friday 4:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 12pm-5:30pm, Sunday 12pm-3:30pm
3484 E Joyce Blvd, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: Starts at $22 a person

Check-out Some of the Local Bars for Live Music

Fayetteville has some of the best bars for live music and other events. I personally have only been to a few because about a year after we moved here 2020 happened. But here are a few that you can check out once things open back up more! 

  • George’s Majestic Lounge has been around since 1927 making it the oldest and longest-running live music venue in Arkansas.
  • Maxine’s Tap Room started 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.
  • Dickson Street Pub is a great place to gather with friends to watch live music or enjoy the rooftop patio while enjoying their infamous Hog Punch or one of the 50+ craft beers that are on tap.
  • The Piano Bar is Fayetteville’s dueling piano bar that offers a lively experience with talented musicians.

The Best Parks, Walking Trails, and Bike Trails in Fayetteville

Bike Trails in Northwest Arkansas

Wilson Park

Founded in 1906, Wilson Park is Fayetteville’s oldest original City Park. Some of the amenities you’ll find at Wilson Park include volleyball courts, picnic areas, a playground, softball fields, tennis courts, and a nice walking trail. But the most unique feature of Wilson Park is the castle area which was constructed in 1981. The castle is nestled between some of the pretty foliage of Wilson Park adding to the enchantment of this interesting addition.

Hours: 7am-11pm daily
675 N Park Ave, Fayetteville // MAP

Razorback Regional Greenway

I always talk about the Razorback Regional Greenway to everyone who plans to visit Northwest Arkansas because it is one of the premier biking trails in the area. It is a paved multi-use trail that covers nearly 40 miles from Fayetteville to Bella Vista. If you didn’t bring your bike with you then you can rent one from a local bike shop or a local Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Location: 1153 Lake Fayetteville Rd, Fayetteville // MAP

Lake Fayetteville Park

Lake Fayetteville Park is one of our favorite places to enjoy a quick bike ride in Northwest Arkansas. The paved multi-use trail is wide enough for those who want to bike, run, or walk and the scenery is really pretty, especially in the spring and fall. After enjoying time at Lake Fayetteville Park I recommend heading over to the Lake Fayetteville Food Truck Park which is located close to Lewis & Clark Outfitters at the main entrance of the park. There are a ton of great food trucks to grab a bite to eat from!

Hours: Open 24 hours
1153 Lake Fayetteville Rd, Fayetteville // MAP

Lake Sequoyah Park

If you are looking for a place to go boating or fishing in Fayetteville then Lake Sequoyah is a great spot to do so. Though the lake is smaller than Beaver Lake in Rogers, it still has plenty of space to enjoy nature. In addition to spending time on the lake, you can also enjoy the hiking trails and nature.

Hours: Sunrise to sunset
6608 Lake Sequoyah Dr, Fayetteville // MAP
Cost: Boating and fishing permit required

READ MORE: Things to Do in Bentonville, Arkansas

Places to Eat in Fayetteville

The Farmer’s Table

The Farmer's Table Cafe in Fayetteville - best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas
Ozark Huevos

The Farmer’s Table is our favorite breakfast spot in Fayetteville. One of the things we love about it is all of their menu items use seasonal locally-sourced ingredients from small family farms. They even have a list of where your ingredients came from so you can know everyone who contributed to your meal.

I have loved everything I’ve had from The Farmer’s Table but my all-time favorites are the Grits & Greens which has grits from the local War Eagle Mill mixed with gouda cheese, garlic, and sauteed greens topped with two over-easy eggs or the Ozark Huevos which is made with corn tortillas, pinto beans, blue corn chips, and cage-free eggs with sriracha aioli and cilantro cream.

Prices: $10-15
Hours: 7am-3pm daily (closed Mondays)
Location: 1079 S School Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 // MAP

Stone Mill Bread Co.

Stone Mill Cafe in Bentonville

I’ve mentioned Stone Mill Bread Co. in a number of my other Northwest Arkansas posts because, in my opinion, it’s one of the best places for a quick lunch. Similar to Panera Bread (but soooo much better) they have a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, and pastries. I love fire-roasted tomato soup paired with a half sandwich, the chicken salad supreme on the homemade cranberry pecan bread and west coast special with turkey and avocado are my two favorites thus far.

Prices: $5-10
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-6:30pm, Saturday 7am-5:30pm, Closed Sunday
Location: 2600 N Gregg Ave, Fayetteville (Another location available in Bentonville) // MAP

Hugo’s Restaurant

Po'boy sandwich from Hugo's Restaurant in Fayetteville - things to do in Fayetteville, AR

Since 1977, Hugo’s Restaurant has been a Fayetteville favorite for American food. They have a number of burgers and sandwiches with an array of appetizers to choose from including deep-fried potato skins and nachos. I personally like the sandwiches like the po’boys but the burgers are a fan favorite too. Since this spot is popular don’t be surprised if you have a little bit of a wait. If you like local beer grab a pint from the bar while you wait for your table.

Prices: $10-15
11am-10pm daily, closed Sundays
25 1/2 N Block Ave, Fayetteville // MAP

U.S. Pizza Co.

Margherita and pepperoni pizzas from U.S. Pizza Co in Arkansas
Queen Margherita & Pepperoni Pizzas

One of our favorite local pizza joints is U.S. Pizza Co. they serve thin-crust pizza that is baked in a stone hearth oven in their family-friendly environment. Their large menu includes a number of specialty pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. For pizzas, we recommend Queen Margherita, Buffalo Chicken, or Classic Pepperoni.

Prices: $10-20
Hours: Sunday 10am-9pm, Monday-Thursday 10:30am-9pm, Friday 10:30am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm
Location: 202 W Dickson St, Fayetteville // MAP (Location in Springdale as well)

Catfish Hole

The Catfish Hole is a great place for those who want to enjoy fried catfish in a casual restaurant. All of the meals are served with unlimited sides like hush puppies, coleslaw, and pickles with green tomato relish served family-style. If you don’t like fried catfish don’t worry they also have a number of other options including peel and eat shrimp or grilled chicken.
Prices: $10-20
Hours: Sunday 11am-8:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-9:30pm, Closed Monday
Location: 4127 Wedington Dr, Fayetteville // MAP

Arsaga’s at the Depot

While Arsaga’s primary focus is coffee, they also have two restaurant locations I’ve been to that are extremely delicious! The first being Arsaga’s at the Depot which has a sit-down restaurant area inside an old freight train building. For brunch, I personally recommend the Cathead Biscuit which you can get vegan, vegetarian, or with meat.

The second location I’ll cover is Arsaga’s Church & Center which is perfect for a snack or light lunch. They make what I call “fancy toast” because they use a combination of ingredients to make a unique topping. They change their options occasionally, but my favorite was the one with whipped feta, pink peppercorn honeyed citrus fruits, and fresh mint. 

Prices: $10-15
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

Chick’n Headz

Wings from Chick'n Headz in Fayetteville, Arkansas
Wing Combo with Sweet Potato Fries

Chick’n Headz, hands down, has the best wings in Northwest Arkansas and I’d argue that they have the best wings we’ve ever had. All of their wings are prepared to order so they take at least 15 minutes to prepare but they are worth every minute of the wait. I suggest ordering your wings homestyle breaded and dipped in one of the signature sauces. Our favorites are the honey mustard and hot lemon pepper. If you want something other than wings they also have chicken tenders, catfish fillets, and fried shrimp.

Prices: $10-15
Hours: Sunday 12pm-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Closed Monday
Location: 3162 W, M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Fayetteville // MAP

KDK’s Chicken and Waffles

KDK's Chicken & Waffles in Fayetteville - best food trucks in Arkansas
Chicken and waffle combo

For another chicken choice, I recommend KDK’s Chicken and Waffles for fried chicken. Each piece is perfectly fried with a blend of spices in the batter making it extra flavorful. I also recommend getting the chicken and waffle combination which comes with 3-5 chicken tenders, a hot waffle, and a side dish of your choice.

Prices: $5-15
Hours: 11am-7pm daily, closed Mondays
Location: 989 S Razorback Rd, Fayetteville // MAP

Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches from Hammontree's - best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas
Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese

One place that we always take friends and family when they come to visit is Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese. 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 a number of vegetarian and vegan options too! One thing’s for sure, DO NOT forget to order the sweet potato fries. They’re the best we’ve ever had!

Prices: $5-10
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 11am-10pm, Closed Sundays
Location: 326 N West Ave #8, Fayetteville (Another location in Rogers) // MAP

Southern Food Company

Southern Food Company has both Southern and Tex-Mex menu items and a rustic farmhouse vibe in their restaurant. We suggest ordering the fried green tomatoes or cheese curds for starters and for entrees try the Big Gobbler sandwich which has smoked turkey, veggies, and sriracha mayo on an everything bagel, or the Southern Smoked Chicken sandwich with blackened chicken, sauteed mushrooms, cheese, and bacon.

Prices: $5-20
Hours: Sunday 8am-2pm, Tuesday-Saturday 8am-9pm, Closed Mondays
Location: 3575 W Wedington Dr Suite 3, Fayetteville // MAP

Wright’s Barbecue

A variety of smoked meats and barbecue from Wright's Barbecue in Northwest Arkansas

Wright’s Barbecue is another restaurant in Northwest Arkansas that I’ve mentioned a few times because it’s soooo good. We’re both picky about barbecue and Wright’s Barbecue is one of the only places we really love in Northwest Arkansas (another favorite of ours is Recipes and Barbecue in Cave Springs).

All of the meats are smoked on a wood fire pit and are perfect for eating as is or on a sandwich. So far we’ve tried the pulled chicken, pulled pork, smoked brisket, and cheddar sausage – all of which were amazing.

Prices: $5-20
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Closed Sunday & Monday
Location: 2212 Main Dr, Fayetteville // MAP

READ MORE: The Best Restaurants in Northwest Arkansas

Khana Indian Grill

Khana Indian Grill features various dishes from India’s many regions, primarily in North India, in a beautifully decorated environment. All of their entrees are made in small batches in the wood-burning oven so you have maximum quality with each dish.

If you are dining with someone else I suggest ordering one of the combo plates because it’s large enough for 2-3 people depending on how hungry you are and you can try a few different entrees and appetizers like khati rolls, tikka masala, and samosas.

Prices: $10-15
Hours: 11:30am-9pm, closed Mondays
Location: 2101 N College Ave, Fayetteville // MAP

Pho Thanh

Meal from Pho Thanh Vietnamese restaurant in Bentonville - best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas

I’ve only been to Pho Thanh in Bentonville but recently found out that they have a second location in Fayetteville. This Vietnamese restaurant has many traditional dishes like two of my favorites bun ga nuong and bun ga xao sa, grilled chicken dishes, and of course, pho. Although the last time I was there I saw someone else order a hot pot dish so I’m anxious to try that next!

Prices: $10-15
Hours: 10:30am-9pm daily
Location: 1204 S Walton Blvd, Bentonville (there is also a location in Fayetteville) // MAP

Spoon Fusion Korea Oh K-Dog

Korean Corn Dog from Spoon Fusion Korea Oh K-Dog in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Potato Mozza Dog and Regular Mozza Dog.

Spoon Fusion Korea Oh K-Dog has a large menu of Korean dishes like japchae and bulgogi, fluffy egg toast, and Korean rice hot dogs. If you aren’t familiar with Korean rice hot dogs they are a popular Korean street food snack kind of like a corn dog but are filled with either a hot dog, mozzarella cheese, or rice cake. On the outside, they can be plain and rolled in sugar or cinnamon sugar or have chunks of potatoes! They’re absolutely delicious and I highly recommend getting one ASAP.

Prices: $5-10
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11am-9pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Closed Sundays
Location: 603 W Dickson St, Fayetteville // MAP

Meiji Japanese Cuisine

Ramen from Meiji Japanese Cuisine in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Meiji was one of the first Japanese restaurants we visited in Northwest Arkansas after moving here from Japan and we were so glad we did. Although a lot of the food is Japanese fusion, Meiji has a few dishes that are very close to the authentic recipes we had in Japan.

One traditional dish that Logan enjoys at Meiji is tonkatsu, which is a fried pork loin served on a bed of finely cut cabbage with a savory, tangy sauce. We also like the build-your-own ramen bowl because you can customize it however you’d like.

Prices: $10-20
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, Closed Sunday
Location: 3878 N Crossover Rd #8, Fayetteville // MAP


Ginger is a popular restaurant that has dishes inspired by Korean and Japanese cuisine including bi-bim-bap, bulgogi, ramen, yakisoba, and sushi. We suggest trying the yakisoba which is a Japanese noodle dish, or create your own bi-bim-bap rice bowl.

Prices: $10-15
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Location: 1163 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Fayetteville // 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. Although they are known for their steaks, don’t miss out on the fried shrimp. The batter is perfectly spiced and so flavorful!

Prices: $20-40
Hours: Monday-Saturday 5pm-9pm, Closed Sunday
Location: 316 W Dickson St, Fayetteville (Another location in Bentonville) // MAP

I hope we’ve convinced you to take some time to visit Fayetteville on a trip to Northwest Arkansas. It is so much more than just a college town. Check back with us as we continue to discover new things to do in Fayetteville, AR!

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