As a food adventurer, I’m fortunate to live in northwest Arkansas, which is frequently ranked against some of the top metropolitan areas in the country despite retaining its approachable nature and suburban assets. Despite being considered one of the best regions for job growth, a top place to launch a business or grow a career and being home to one of the fifteen hottest American cities of the future*, Northwest Arkansas remains a somewhat undiscovered gem. There are plenty of great places to find fresh local produce or dine well – here are a few of my favorites!
BEST PLACES TO EAT (& DRINK):
- 28 Springs (Siloam Springs)
- Brick Street Brews (Rogers)
- Club Frisco (Rogers)
- Crabby’s (Rogers)
- Crepes Paulette (Bentonville)
- Fish City Grill (Rogers)
- The Flying Fish (Bentonville)
- Greenhouse Grille (Fayetteville)
- The Grove Kitchen & Cocktails (Rogers)
- Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese (Rogers & Fayetteville)
- Heirloom Food & Wine (Rogers)
- The Hive (Bentonville)
- Hugo’s (Fayetteville)
- Iron Horse Coffee Company (Rogers)
- James At The Mill (Johnson)
- Las Palmas (Rogers)
- Parkside Public (Rogers)
- Ramo d’Olivo (Bentonville –> here’s a past post about them!)
- Thai Basil (Bentonville)
- The Rail (Rogers)
- Table Mesa (Bentonville)
- Tavola (Bentonville)
BEST PLACES TO NAB FOOD & INGREDIENTS:
- Airship Coffee (Bentonville)
- Bentonville Butcher & Deli (Bentonville)
- Blu Fresh Fish Market (Bentonville)
- House of Webster (Rogers)
- Ivan’s Old Time Meat Shop (Rogers)
- Tri Cycle Farms (Fayetteville)
- War Eagle Mill (Rogers)
BEST ARKANSAS FOODIE RESOURCES:
- The Arkansas Farm Bureau Taste Arkansas Blog is a fantastic foodie site.
- I’m a huge fan of the new(ish) Arkansas Beer Blog!
- P. Allen Smith is Arkansas’ very own Martha Stewart – and in fact, I’m pretty biased toward Allen after visiting Moss Mountain Farm several times.
- Forbes Travel Guide ranks Little Rock (a hop, skip & a jump) as one of five secret foodie cities!