In a state like Arkansas, homemade cooking is a lifestyle. In fact, there are so many incredible dining options where you can sample some of the state’s finest country style cuisine that we’ve conducted a list of spots to try. While these hardly cover every fine establishment, you’ll have a solid start to begin eating your way through the state.
1. Whole Hog Cafe (Little Rock)
When you step into Whole Hog Cafe in Little Rock, you can expect some of the finest barbecue in the entire country. Classic dishes such as a pulled pork sandwich, cheesy corn, and baked beans are made all the better when prepared with homemade sauces and techniques. Address: 2516 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202.
2. William's Soul Food Express (Bentonville)
If you're looking to get your soul food fix, William's is the spot to try in northern Arkansas. It prides itself on incredible hot wings and fried chicken, both of which come served with delicious sides. You'll want to be sure to save a least a little room for a slice of homemade cake after your meal. Address: 3404 SE Macy Rd., Ste 20
Bentonville, AR 72712.
3. Wooden Spoon (Gentry)
Sometimes, all you need is a delicious sandwich and soup combination. If that happens to be your craving, you'll want to stop by Wooden Spoon. Homemade soups and mouthwatering sandwiches have never tasted so good together. Photographed above is the potato soup and turkey club sandwich. Address: 1021 S Gentry Blvd.,Gentry, AR 72734.
4. AQ Chicken House (Springdale)
Whether you prefer your chicken fried, baked, or cooked over the coals, you'll find something for your exact preference at AQ Chicken House. The sides are equally delicious too, and come in plenty of homemade options. If you're looking for dessert, be sure to ask for an order of the fried peaches. Address: 1207 N Thompson St., Springdale, AR 72764.
5. Kozy Kitchen (El Dorado)
Does it get any cozier than a good ol' fashioned buffet? Kozy Kitchen Restaurant offers brunch, lunch, and dinner in all-you-can-eat portions. Local favorites include chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes. Address: 1326 N W Ave
El Dorado, AR 71730.
6. Phil's Restaurant (Hot Springs)
The only problem you might face at Phil's Restaurant is having a little too much food on your plate. But when it comes to classic country home cooking, it's a good problem to have. Favorites include the hamburger steak, mashed potatoes, or pretty much anything from the breakfast menu. Address: 2900 Central Ave
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913.
7. Anne's Country Cafe (Pine Bluff)
Anne's Country Cafe is a must-visit for all things comfort food: catfish, brisket, ribs, cheeseburgers, and even liver and onions. While all entrees are delicious, it's hard to beat the homemade onion rings that come as a side. Address: 3714 Camden Rd
Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
8. Ralph's Pink Flamingo BBQ (Fort Smith)
Ralph's Pink Flamingo BBQ joint is an award-winning spot that serves up mouthwatering ribs and delicious sides. One of the most popular orders is the six-rib combo served with pepper jack mac & cheese. Address: 2801 Old Greenwood Rd
Ste 3., Fort Smith, AR 72903.
9. Holly's Country Cooking (Conway)
A local favorite, Holly's Country Cookin' almost always has a wait around lunch time. Don't let this dissuade you though, because the food is well worth it. Some favorites here include hash brown casserole, fried catfish, and chicken fried steak. Address: 120 Harkrider St
Conway, AR 72032.
10. Big Jake's Barbecue (Texarkana)
The brisket, pulled pork, and ribs are all incredible options at Big Jake's. You might also opt for the Sloppy Joe with mac & cheese, an instantly pleasing comfort food if you've got the appetite for it. Address: 1521 Arkansas Blvd., Texarkana, AR 71854.
It goes without saying that this list just scratches the surface of the incredible country style restaurants in Arkansas. So now we’d love to hear from you! Which of your favorites might have missed the list?