Arkansas Dining December 05, 2017
These 10 Longest-Standing Restaurants In Arkansas Have Served Mouthwatering Meals For Decades
Some of Arkansas’ finest history is downright delicious. We Arkansans are serious about suppertime; so, if a restaurant has been around for 50+ years, then you know they’ve achieved tasty perfection. Appetites at the ready as we look chronologically at the oldest restaurants in Arkansas.
1. 1943 - Ed Walker's Drive-In
Ed Walker's has been serving their famous French Dips for nearly 75 years. It's the last drive-in to offer curbside beer in Arkansas. They also have the largest single-patty burger in the state at a whopping 5-lbs. Unless you're already familiar with Ed Walker's, you may have not heard about the hubcap burger since it's intended for sharing instead of a solo competition item.
Ed Walker's is located at 1500 Towson Ave. in Fort Smith.
2. 1928 - McClard's Bar-B-Q
The famous McClard BBQ sauce is what jump started the little gas station and diner into the restaurant we know now. Four generations of McClard's have kept the business prospering and winning numerous awards. Slather on that sauce on ribs, beef, or pork.
McClard's is located at 505 Albert Pike Road in Hot Springs.
3. 1922 - Skyline Cafe
The Skyline Cafe has withstood the test of time and multiple owners. The home-style cooking has stayed pretty darn delicious over the years and is a favorite breakfast stop for locals as well as tourists. Another notable feature is their surprisingly large salad bar filled with homemade selections.
The Skyline Cafe is at 618 Mena Street in Mena.
4. 1920s - Myrtie Mae's Cafe
Originally known as Mount Air Cafe, Myrtie established a home-style chicken dinner cafe that has stayed strong and delicious in Eureka Springs for almost a century. The cafe has breakfast, lunch, and dinner but anytime is a fine time for her famous Ozark fried chicken.
Myrtie Mae's is located in the Inn of the Ozarks at 207 West Van Buren in Eureka Springs.
5. 1920 - White Pig Inn
The White Pig Inn has gotten some remodels over the years but their tasty barbecue has stayed scrumptious. That's because the original hickory wood fire pit is still used and operated by the third generation of the Seaton family. Taste their perfected barbecue recipes by ordering a pulled pork platter or an unbeatable rack of ribs.
The White Pig Inn is on 5231 E Broadway Street in North Little Rock.
6. 1919 - Franke's Cafeteria
Franke's began as a simple donut shop in 1919, upgraded into a bakery and then became a full-fledged cafeteria. Franke's has stayed a family business on its third generation and has expanded to three locations. The recipes have stayed the same for signature items like the eggplant casserole, egg custard pie, and others.
One of the Franke's can be found at 11121 N. Rodney Parham in Little Rock. To find the other locations, you can visit their website
7. 1905 - Lassis Inn
Lassis Inn was originally established in 1905 but has been in their current location since 1930. Technicalities aside, this no-fuss catfish joint is super tasty. You don't need to fret over an endless menu since the selection is simply different cuts of catfish, buffalo (the fish), and sides.
Lassis Inn is located at 518 East 27th Street in Little Rock.
8. 1910s - Jones Bar-B-Q Diner
Generations of the Jones family have been serving barbecue in some version of the diner since the 1910s. This makes them the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Arkansas! They're also the only place in the state to be honored with James Beard Award, which is a huge deal in the foodie community. Taste for yourself with a chopped pork sandwich.
Jones Bar-B-Q Diner is located at 219 W Louisiana Street in Marianna.
9. 1909 - Ozark Cafe
The 2nd oldest restaurant in Arkansas has some first-class food. They're listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Jasper Commercial Historic District. Try one of their specialties like the deep-fried burger or the Excaliburger (a 1/2-lb burger sandwiched between two cheese sandwiches). They're open for three meals a day, seven days a week.
Ozark Cafe is located at 107 E Court Street in Jasper.
10. 1907 - White House Cafe
The oldest restaurant in the state was originally built in 1907 and owned by Hristos Hodjopulas, from Greece. The cafe has gone through many owners and remodels but continues to bring in hungry visitors. The on-sight lounge features the largest selection of imported beer in all of Southern Arkansas. They have just about everything: burgers, steaks, Mexican and seafood.
The White House Cafe is on 323 S Adams Ave. in Camden.
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