First off, let’s take a moment of silence for Cotham’s Mercantile, which sadly burned down not too long ago. We’re going to miss your burgers, old sport, and we won’t know where the elite meet to eat anymore.

Cotham’s was one eatery in Arkansas that definitely lived up to its own hype, and there aren’t very many wildly popular restaurants that can succeed in that way. Below, however, you’re going to find nine Arkansas eateries that do meet and even exceed the reputations they’ve made for themselves. These restaurants range from little country diners to high end establishments, and they’re listed in no particular order because, honestly, they’re all so exceptional an accurate ranking system didn’t seem possible.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, you might want to check out this list of delicious under-the-radar eateries in Arkansas. You’ll probably be interested in this list of top rated Arkansas restaurants and this list of beautiful restaurants as well.

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