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足足------ TABLE OF CONTENTS -足足 ----KIDS
Restaurants with Bars..................................46-47
Indoor Activities.............................................. 10-11
Outdoor Activities........................................... 12-13
Kids Eat Free
THINGS TO DO
Mountain Bike Trails...................................58-59
Farm To Table...........................................30 -31
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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS Approximately 4 million visitors per year make the trip to Northwest Arkansas, and there are no signs that traffic is slowing down. If you are asking why, you’ve probably never been to this booming area! There are tons of amazing restaurants, things to do and places to stay in Northwest Arkansas. The Northwest corner of Arkansas is home to a number of towns and smaller communities, which together are commonly referred to as Northwest Arkansas or NWA. Bentonville, Bella Vista, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Lowell, Rogers, Siloam Springs and Springdale are the cities covered in this recently researched and up-to-date Top 10 NWA Travel Guide. Long known for its natural beauty and clean Ozark Mountain air, Northwest Arkansas has morphed into a cultural and business center rivaling the best in the world. The recently completed 36-mile Razorback Greenway, a primarily offroad trail system, links together six NWA cities and many community destinations including Walmart, J.B. Hunt, and Tyson Foods corporate headquarters. Additionally, the trail system also links to Arts and entertainment districts, historic sites, parks, residential communities and shopping areas. NWA invites its visitors to enjoy: • Awe-inspiring Museums Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a dazzling, world-class 1.2 billion dollar museum. • Breathtaking Natural and Manmade Wonders Beaver Lake, Ozark Mountains, Hiking & Biking Paradise • Championship Level Cycling Walking & Hiking trails Award-winning bicycle friendly communities, Fayetteville, Rogers, Bentonville
Basin Park Hotel
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• Award-winning Chefs and Culinary Districts Bentonville, Fayetteville, Eureka Springs, Siloam Springs, Local & eclectic food • Vibrant Entertainment Districts Downtown & Dickson St. in Fayetteville, Downtown in Eureka Springs • Metropolitan Level Upscale Shopping Downtown Rogers, Fayetteville, Eureka Springs • Countless Unique Boutiques and Little Out-Of-The-Way shops Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Springdale • Antiquing at Its best Fayetteville, Siloam Springs, Springdale, Eureka Springs • America’s Favorite Farmer’s Markets Fayetteville, Bentonville, Bella Vista, Rogers, Eureka Springs, Siloam Springs and Springdale Transportation Once in NWA: NWA is still in its infancy as far as mass transit is concerned. A rental car is the most efficient way to travel around town and from city to city. Executive car services and taxicabs are available as is the Ozark Regional Transit bus (app and Internet users can check RouteShout for scheduled stops). Additionally, many hotels offer shuttle and chartered bus service. Check out our website at NWATravelguide.com or our Facebook page for the latest information.
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Rentals • Sales • Service • Guided Tours ARKANSAS BENTONVILLE FAYETTEVILLE
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KIDS EAT FREE - BENTONVILLE Some have said this Kids Eat Free list is the new parents’ bible. We don’t know about that, but we do know that many readers across NWA have told us over and over how much they love having this handy reference so they can take the entire family out for a delicious meal, but at a greatly reduced price. It’s like subtracting one or two meals off the bill. Enjoy!
Bentonville Butcher & Pint:
All day, every day. (1 kid’s meal per adult meal purchase).
The Station Cafe:
Kids 12 and under eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal. Dine in only! 5 p.m. - close
1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal, includes drink, after 3pm
Monday free kid’s meal with paid adult entree.
Wednesday Firehouse Subs: Kids Eat FREE after 4 PM.
Buffalo Wild Wings:
After 3 PM: kids meals are $1.99 with adult entree purchase.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s:
One FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.
1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal, includes drink,
5pm, dine-in only.
an adult entree, 4 pm - 1:00 am
Kids eat free all day (quesadilla or taco, chips & small drink) w/ purchase of adult meal
1 free kid’s meal per adult meal purchase, after
1 free kids’ meal and drink with the purchase of
Angus Jack: 4 - close. One free kids meal per adult combo.
The Flying Burrito Company:
Kids Eat FREE - Two kids per adult entree purchased at regular price.
Kids Night (kids 12 yrs & under) 8” Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza - $1.99, 5 PM to close.
Kids eat free with each adult purchase, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
The Flying Burrito Company: Whole Hog cafe:
Kids eat FREE with a purchase of an adult meal.
Kids Night (kids 12 yrs & under) 8” Cheese or
1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal, includes drink,
Pepperoni Pizza - $1.99, 5 PM to close
Kids eat free 4-10 PM
5pm to close-children 12 and under get a free
All-you-can-eat buffet and salad bar (1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal, drink included 5 -
kid’s meal per adult entrée
Kids eat free 4-10 PM
1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal, includes drink,
Kids eat free all day 11 AM - 9 PM
Mama Fu’s (Bentonville):
One child’s meal free with the purchase of adult entrée.
1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal, includes drink, after 4 pm
Buy 1 get one Free. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free kid’s meal with an adult purchase from 5-8 p.m. Plus each location will have fun activities for the kids to enjoy during this time.
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The Flying Burrito Company:
Kids eat free during dinner and weekends.
purchased at regular price.
Kids Eat FREE - Two kids per adult entree
Mama Fu’s Asian House:
One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase. Dine-in only.
Kids eat free during dinner and weekends.
KIDS EAT FREE - FAYETTEVILLE Everyday
Kids eat free all the time (one kid’s meal per adult entree) 12 & under. The Catfish Hole, all day (kids 4 and under)
Fayetteville & Rogers locations. Kids 12 & under eat free 4 PM until close. 1 per adult meal purchase. Fayetteville location offers free balloons & face painting.
Boar’s Nest BBQ:
Atlanta Bread Company:
La Huerta Mexican Restaurant:
Kids 10 & under get one FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase!
Noodles Italian Kitchen:
4 PM - close: kids eat FREE!
Free kid’s meal with an adult purchase all day.
Kids under 3 eat Free. Grub’s Bar & Grille: One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase.
Kids eat free with each adult purchase, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.
Whole Hog Cafe:
1 kid’s meal per adult meal, with purchase of a kid’s drink, all day for kids 12 and under
All $3.99 kids meals are marked down to 99 cents every day with purchase of adult meal.
The Catfish Hole:
Every day kids ages 4 and under eat FREE with adult purchase.
Kids eat free 4-10 PM. One child per paid adult.
East Side Grill:
Kids Eat Free, 4 PM to close. Firehouse Subs (MLK location): 5 - 9 PM: one FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase!
Kids 12 & under eat free all day. (quesadilla or taco, chips & small drink) Up to 2 kids per paid adult meal.
For children 10 and under - one free mini cupcake, frosting shot, or candy pretzel with purchase of a cupcake or cookie sandwich.
Kids eat free 5-9 PM. Kids under 10 eat free with adult meal purchase. Children 3 and under eat FREE from buffet with purchase of adult meal.
Bliss Cupcake Café:
Kids eat free after 4 pm. 2 per paid adult. Includes child’s drink.
M-F 3-7 PM 1 free kids meal per paid adult. 2nd child 1/2 price off kid’s menu.
Kids 12 & under eat free all day. (quesadilla or taco, chips & small drink) Up to 2 kids per paid adult meal.
Kids 12 and under eat free from 4-8 PM. One kid’s menu item per adult entree. Drinks not included.
5pm to close-children 12 and under get a free kids’ meal per adult entrée
Kids eat free 5-9 PM kids under 10 eat free with adult meal purchase.
Kid’s Night (kids 12 yrs & under) 8’’ Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza only $1.99 (5 PM to close)
M-F 3-7 PM 1 free kids meal per paid adult. 2nd child 1/2 price off kids menu.
5 PM to close-children 12 and under get a free kids’ meal per adult entrée.
1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal, includes drink, after 4 pm
Kids 12 and under eat free all day - one per adult meal.
Lucky Luke’s BBQ:
Kids Eat FREE with the purchase of adult entree.
Kids eat free, one child per paid adult all day Mon & Tues.
Pizza Hut (North College/South School):
All-you-can-eat buffet and salad bar (1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal, drink included 5 7:30 pm
Kids eat free when you buy one adult entrée.
Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.
Firehouse Subs on MLK:
Kids eat free w/purchase of adult meal 4-10 PM.
1 kid’s meal per adult meal - All day Arvest Ballpark, during home games, Kids eat free with Naturals Kids Club membership
Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.
Monday free kid’s meal with adult entree.
Kids eat free all day (quesadilla or taco, chips & small drink) w/purchase of adult meal. Kids eat free 5-9 PM. Kids under 10 eat free with adult meal purchase. Children 3 and under eat FREE from the buffet with the purchase of an adult meal.
Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal. Kids Eat free w purchase of adult entree. One kid’s meal per adult meal.
after 4 PM: kids eat FREE off the kid’s menu with adult meal purchase. Dine-in only.
Mariachi’s Grill & Cantina:
One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase.
Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.
Hog Haus Brewing Company:
Friday 3-7 PM: kids eat FREE with adult entree purchase.
Steak ‘n Shake:
Kids Eat Free all weekend. One free kid’s plate for every $8 spent. Dine-In only.
Kids eat free 4-10 PM.
Children 3 and under eat FREE from the buffet with the purchase of an adult meal.
Steak ‘n Shake:
Kids Eat Free all weekend. One free kid’s plate for every $8 spent. Dine-In only.
Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.
Buffalo Wild Wings:
until 9 PM: kid’s meals are $1.99 with adult entree purchase. Dine-in only.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit:
12 and under, 1 kid’s meal per adult meal, All day
Children 3 and under eat FREE from the buffet with the purchase of an adult meal.
Steak ‘n Shake:
Kids Eat Free all weekend. One free kid’s plate for every $8 spent. Dine-In only.
Free kid’s meal with an adult purchase all day.
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KIDS EAT FREE - ROGERS Everyday
Boar’s Nest BBQ:
Atlanta Bread Company:
Kids eat free all the time (one kid’s meal per adult entree) 12 & under.
Fayetteville & Rogers locations. Kids 12 & under eat free 4 PM until close. 1 per adult meal purchase.
Kids eat free w/ purchase of adult sandwich after 4:00 PM.
Grub’s Bar & Grille:
One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase
5-9 PM - kids 12 & under eat free with the purchase of a full price adult entree.
Kids eat Free.
JJ’s Grill: One kid 12 and under eats FREE from the kid’s menu with each adult meal purchase.
On the Border: Free sundae with kid’s meal purchase.
Chick-fil-A: Kids eat free with each adult purchase, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
Flying Burrito: Kids eat Free
Quiznos: Free kid’s entree with purchase of an adult meal.
Genghis Grill: Kids eat free all day- any kid’s meal w/drink, age 12 and under
Kids eat free 5-9 PM Kids under 10 eat free with adult meal purchase.
one FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase.
Golden Corral: Kids eat free 5 - 9 PM. Kids under 10 eat free with adult meal purchase.
IHOP: Kids 12 and under eat free from 4-8 PM. One kid’s
MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company:
Kids eat free with each adult Entree Kids Margherita Pizza 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Kids Eat Free 5-9 pm. every Monday for Kids 10 and under in November and December. Valid with purchase of an adult entree. Not valid with any other offer.
Pinnacle Bar and Grill: Kids Eat Free 4-9 PM. Dine in only, limit of three free kids meals per one adult entree
Kids eat Free
Kids eat free 5 - 9 PM. Kids under 10 eat free with adult meal purchase.
Jason’s Deli: Kids 12 and under eat free with purchase of adult meal. Two kid’s meals per adult meal purchased. Call ahead for participating locations.
Thursday Moes Southwest Grill: Kids eat Free (open to close)
Pinnacle Bar and Grill: Kids Eat Free 4-9 PM. Dine in only, limit of three free kid’s meals per one adult entree
menu item per adult entree. Drinks not included.
Mojitos Modern Mexican Grill:
All-you-can-eat buffet and salad bar (1 kid’s meal per paid adult meal, drink included 5 - 7:30 pm.
One FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.
Zaxby’s: Kids eat for 99 cents from 5 - 8 PM w/adult purchase.
Saturday On the Border: Free sundae with kid’s meal purchase.
Panda Express: Free kid’s meal with an adult purchase from 5-8 PM. Plus each location will have fun activities for the kids to enjoy during this time.
The Dixie Café: 11 AM – 4 PM: kids meals are only $1.99 with adult meal purchase. Kids also receive a FREE 8oz milkshake. Limited time only.
Quiznos: Free kid’s entree with the purchase of an adult meal.
Steak ‘n Shake: Kids Eat Free all weekend. One free kid’s plate for every $8 spent. Dine-In only
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza: kids 12 and under for FREE. One FREE 6” Pizza only with 1 topping (with a purchase of one 9” pizza or larger)
Sunday Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: FREE a serving of soft vanilla ice cream in a crisp, crunchy wafer cone with meal purchase. Dine-in only.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: 12 and under, 1 kid’s meal per adult meal, All day
Slim Chickens: 1 kid’s meal per adult meal - All day
Steak ‘n Shake: Kids Eat Free all weekend. One free kid’s plate for every $8 spent. Dine-In only.
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KIDS EAT FREE - SPRINGDALE
Big Tony’s Pizzeria:
One child’s meal free with every $10 spent. Age 10 & under. Kid’s meal is Mini Cheese Pizza, Spaghetti, or Mac & Cheese with a drink and Cookie.
5 PM to close-children 12 and under get a free kids’ meal per adult entrée
4:00 PM - close - Kids under 12 eat free with each adult meal
Fratelli’s Italian Grill:
Kids Eat Free.
Tuesday Kids 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult buffet.
The Venesian Inn:
Monday after 5 PM: one FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase.
4 - close. One free kids meal per adult combo 2 free kid’s meals per adult meal purchase. All day.
Kids eat FREE afer 4:00 PM - 2 free kid’s meals per adult meal
Wagon Wheel Country Cafe:
Kids eat FREE per one adult meal
The Venesian Inn:
Monday after 5 PM: one FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase.
2 free kid’s meals per adult meal purchase. All day.
Kids eat free 11 AM-10 PM, One kid’s meal per adult meal.
AQ Chicken House:
Kids eat FREE in the PM with purchase of adult meal.
Jose’s Southwest Grille:
AQ Chicken House:
Kids ages 12 and under eat free when an adult purchases a full price meal (4 PM - 10 PM) Kids eat FREE in the PM with purchase of adult meal.
Kids eat free 4 - 10 PM, Tuesdays and Saturdays.
One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase.
Buffalo Wild Wings:
$1.99 kid’s meal with adult meal purchase.
Jose’s Southwest Grille:
One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase.
2 free kid’s meals per adult meal purchase. All day.
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TOP INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS Although Northwest Arkansas is known for its natural beauty and its many fresh air activities for kids, it is also well known for its amazing indoor activities for children. From the world-class Amazeum in Bentonville to Quigley’s Castle in Eureka Springs and all sorts of exciting activities in between, NWA offers kids the opportunity to stay indoors and have a blast. Check out the list of fun indoor activities for kids below:
BENTONVILLE INDOOR ACTIVITIES
Bentonville Library Bentonville Community Center Bolt Escape Room Great Day Skate Place - Skating Rink Trike Theatre - Theatre for Youth Painting With A Twist - Painting fun
Crystal Bridges Museum of American - Art - World-class art museum (free admission) Museum of Native American History - Incredible collection of Indian art (free admission) 1875 Peel Mansion & Historic Gardens - Museum and gardens Walmart Museum - World-class exhibit gallery highlighting the history of Walmart The Spark Café Soda Fountain is next door. The Amazeum - Hands-on, interactive museum for children and families.
CAVE SPRINGS INDOOR ACTIVITIES
Lockdown Escape Rooms
CENTERTON INDOOR ACTIVITIES
Kingdom Keys Christian Adventure Escape Room - Escape Room
EUREKA SPRINGS INDOOR ACTIVITIES
Intrigue Theater - Magical demonstrations, feats of astonishing mental capabilities, and other inexplicable mysteries. Ghost Tours - The Crescent Hotel hosts popular Ghost Tours.
Eureka Springs Historical Museum - Rich history of Eureka Springs Quigley’s Castle - Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Quigley’s Castle is completely made from stone, out of a woman’s desire to have her own home. The gardens are credited with approximately 30 species of flowers.
FAYETTEVILLE INDOOR ACTIVITIES
Arkadia Retrocade - Nearly 130 vintage arcade games that feature an array of classic games like Pac Man as well as newer games like Mortal Kombat. The arcade offers unlimited play for a set price. La Casa Pollo Rock Climbing Malco Razorback Cinema - A movie multiplex that screens primarily first-run Hollywood movies. Modern Mission - Outdoor Laser Tag - Indoor Battlefield - Modern Mission brings tactical and outdoor laser tag combat to a whole new level NWA Escape Room Ozark Bowling - A bowling alley with 40 synthetic bowling lanes. Regal Fiesta Square 16 - A movie multiplex that screens primarily first-run Hollywood movies. Starlight Skatium - A 10,000 square-foot, hardwood skating rink, snack bar and plenty of seating. Terra Studios - A glass art studio and gallery that is famous for its handcrafted glass Bluebirds of Happiness. TheatreSquared - A professional theatre that is locally produced and provides nationally acclaimed production. Walton Arts Center - Arkansas’ premier center for performing arts and entertainment.
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TOP INDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS MUSEUMS
Arkansas Air and Military Museum - Colorful history of aviation in Arkansas through numerous displays of original artifacts and aviation memorabilia. Clinton House Museum - Fayetteville’s first home of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Headquarters House Museum - Civil War home offering living history tours. (appointment only)
Fast Lane Entertainment - A Family Entertainment Center that includes 32 bowling lanes, Lazer Tag, video games, arcarde and indoor roller coaster!
Lowell Historical Museum - Rich history of Lowell.
Rogers Bowling Center - Offers 28 lanes of bowling with shoe rental. High Rise Extreme Air Sports - Ultimate Trampoline Park and Extreme Air Sports Center. Opry Glow Golf - WOW your kids with this amazing miniature golf activity. Glo Mini Golf is a glow in the dark mini golf course that will have your kiddos jumping for joy. Pinnacle Hills Cinema - Malco Theatres - 12 screen theatre showing first run movies. Rogers Towne Cinema - Malco Theatre showing first run movies.
Daisy Airgun Museum - The Daisy museum displays an expanded collection of air guns, antique furnishings, posters, postcards, photos, letters, advertisements, catalogs, promotional materials, and World War II items.
SILOAM SPRINGS INDOOR ACTIVITIES
Community Bowl - A bowling alley with 16 different lanes, an arcade and a snack bar. Siloam Springs 6 - A six screen movie theatre that shows primarily first run Hollywood movies. MUSEUMS Siloam Springs Museum Society - A historical museum that seeks to educate visitors about the history of the local area.
SPRINGDALE INDOOR ACTIVITIES
Jones Center - Premier facility for recreation, learning, community events, and parties. Kyya Chocolate - Bean to bar chocolate factory. Tours are Mon - Fri by appointment and 4-day Camp Kyya in the summer for kids 6 - 16. Kids learn how to make chocolate from scratch. Ozark Climbing Gym Springdale Bowling Center - Bowling alley that offers full service dinner too. Sunset Cinema 9 - A 9 screen theatre discount movie theater, that shows secondrun movies.
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History - A regional history museum focusing on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks.
TONTITOWN INDOOR ACTIVITIES
The Escapeopolis Project - Live Escape Room Game
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TOP OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS There are a multitude of outdoor activities for in Northwest Arkansas for kids. Weather permitting, they could enjoy being outside the majority of the year. There’s sports activities, water related activities, fairs, festivals, parks and so much more. Your youngsters will enjoy playing outside in NWA. Use the list below to plan exciting outdoor activities for your kids:
Bear Mountain Riding Stable
Compton Gardens The 6.5-acre gardens and conference center are named for Dr. Neal compton, who led the effort to protect the Buffalo River. Today it has been developed into native woodland gardens and is used as a public park and special events venue. There are walking trails throughout, and a guided tour may also be scheduled. Lawrence Plaza
Hour-long rides with incredible views of the surrounding hills.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Turpentine Creek is a non-profit organization that provides lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats”.
Promised Land Zoo A drive-through wildlife adventure. Home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals from all over the world.
A summertime splash pad, and then in mid Nov - Jan it turns into an outdoor ice rink
A 12-mile cruise on Beaver Lake.
Bentonville has a number of very pleasant parks with beautiful walking trails and playgrounds for the kiddos.
Belle of the Ozarks Cosmic Cavern View two underground lakes in one of the Ozarks prettiest caves.
Eureka Springs Garden
City park with playground equipment and a cement skate park.
One mile of garden trails at the Blue Spring Heritage Center.
Lake Leatherwood Park
Eureka Springs Trolley Service
1,600 beautiful acres of Ozark mountain countryside with something for everyone to enjoy. Includes an 85-acre lake to swim, fish, paddle or simply to sit and gaze upon; and there are 20 plus miles of maintained trails for cycling or hiking.
Trolley service to various locations throughout town.
Ozarks Mountain Zipline A 2-hour canopy tour, billed as the largest zipline with the highest cables in Arkansas.
Onyx Cave Park
The New Great Passion Play
Take a 30-minute self-guided tour of Onyx Cave.
Outdoor drama of the last days of Christ’s life.
Stand-up Paddle-boarding on Beaver Lake.
Live educational reptile exhibit including 50 plus snakes
Withrow Springs State Park
Dinner Bell Ranch and Resort
Features a spring flowing from a small cave, and a creek that runs through the park. Picnic areas, swimming pool, campsites, and hiking trails are available.
Guided tours from a one-hour ride to an all-day excursion on horseback. In addition a Saddle and Paddle adventure is available, an hour-long ride followed by a seven-mile canoe float.
Steve’s Stable at Pond Mountain Lodge One-hour guided trail tour with six riders or less.
Hidden Valley Ranch Stables Horseback riding on the 650 wilderness acres of this guest ranch. Rent a horse or bring your own.
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ELKINS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
White River Creamery
TOP OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS (CONT.) FAYETTEVILLE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
112 Drive-In Theatre A drive-in movie theatre that offers first-run Hollywood movies and a delightful concession stand. Open late spring and summer months with show times over the weekend evenings.
Gator Golf A fun miniature golf course nestled in the hills with a helpful staff attending to your every need.
Lokomotion Fun Park A family-fun entertainment park that includes bumper boats, arcade, go karts, miniature golf and laser tag. LAKES/PARKS
Buffalo River The First National River is located 119 miles out of Fayetteville; it is a popular camping, canoeing, swimming, hiking and fishing destination.
Devilâ€™s Den A picturesque Arkansas State Park nestled in Lee Creek Valley. Camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking kayaking, mountain biking and paddle boating are available.
Lake Fayetteville A 640-acre city park that offers many recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, softball, volleyball, hiking, mountain biking and picnicking.
LOWELL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Golf Mountain The business offers 36 miniature golf holes with friendly owners and facilities for grilling and party pavillions. There is also a seasonal snow cone stand on site with a great selection of flavors.
Wild Wilderness Safariâ€‚ - Located in Gentry The Safari has 80 different species of animals. From farm animals to exotic animals, many of which are on the endangered list, a visit to this Safari promises to be a fun time for the entire family. There is a 4-mile drive-through where animals can be seen as you might see them in nature, and there is also a wonderful petting zoo area where baby exotic and domestic animals can be petted. It is not unusual to see a baby white tiger in the petting area. While there is a coin-operated snack area provided, many families bring their lunch and eat on the provided picnic tables.
Beaver Lake The man-made lake has approximately 487 scenic miles of shoreline, with campsites, picnic sites, swimming areas, trails, and several other activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Hobbs State Park
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
A park filled with woodland hiking and biking trails.
The park is located on 86 acres adjoining Lake Fayetteville. It includes 12 themed gardens and a butterfly house.
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Lake Wedington A 102-acre lake and 424-acre red area are popular for swimming, canoeing, picnicking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
Mulberry Mountain 39 miles from Fayetteville, Mulberry Mountain offers cabins, campgrounds, ATV trails, canoeing, hiking, fishing, and more in the beautiful Arkansas Ozark Mountains.
Wilson Park A park that features a small castle and a gazebo. This popular park can be used for baseball, basketball, tennis and volleyball and has a swimming pool, walking trail and playground.
Civil War battlefield that includes self-guided tours and a bookstore.
War Eagle Mill A working grist mill that grinds corn and wheat daily.
War Eagle Cavern Spectacular cavern located between Rogers and Eureka Springs. Visitors enjoy guided tours, panning for gems, scenic picnic spots, and miles of hiking trails.
SILOAM SPRINGS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Dogwood Junction Unique bike shop that rents bikes and surrey bikes (covered, four wheeled type). Be sure to order a surrey ride with picnic in the park, and they provide the table cloth/blanket, picnic basket and food from local eateries.
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TOP 10 BBQ RESTAURANTS IN NWA Hands down, BBQ is one of the best
loved foods of most people in the South
. Rhythm and Q $
and midwest. Northwest Arkansas is fortunate to have a wide variety of truly unique barbecue restaurants and hole-in-the-wall joints. There are four main styles of barbeque. Two are named after cities and two are named after states (Kansas City, Memphis, Carolina and Texas). Even though there are just four primary styles, there are countless variations within each group. However you prefer your BBQ, you’re sure to find a favorite from the Top 10 list below. photo courtesy of Pitmaster’s BBQ
1721 Forest Hills Blvd, (479) 268-6858 Rhythm and Q reopened on March 2nd with scheduled signature Friday night seafood or alternately BBQ buffets. Call for reservations for these wildly popular buffets. There’ a an expanded menu of BBQ the rest of the week featuring the famous flavors the region has come to expect from Rhythm and Q. All the staff bends over backwards to make sure your meal with them is a memorable culinary delight.
. Fred’s Hickory Inn $$ 1502 N Walton Blvd, (479) 273-3303 If you are craving a memorable Pit Bar B-Q experience in NWA, take your family, friends and visitors to Fred’s. You just can’t get better friendly service, atmosphere or real pit BBQ. They are also known for their mouthwatering steaks and authentic Italian food.
. Smokin Joe’s $$
2504 E Central Ave, (479) 621-0181 Particularly known for its award-winning genuine pit barbecue, Smokin Joe’s Ribhouse offers specialty sandwiches, burgers, ribs, pulled pork, BBQ plates and classic sides. This is BBQ at its best, taste it once and you’ll be hooked for life.
. Rockin’ Pig Saloon
2039 E Van Buren, (479) 363-6248 A full service dining, drinking and entertainment establishment serving BBQ, burgers and wood-fired pizzas in a fun atmosphere. Try the pork ribs and baked beans.
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. Penguin Ed’s
. Herman’s $$
230 S East Ave, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 521-3663
2901 N. College Rd, (479) 442-9671 Everything at Herman’s is fresh and handmade. The ribs are juicy and tender, the kind that fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. The steaks are hand-cut and aged to perfection, and Nick’s Shrimp Remoulade with homemade sauce is delicious beyond words. Open for both lunch and dinner with a deck where you can watch the BBQ being grilled, Herman’s has 45 years of experience cooking and serving up delicious BBQ.
. Sassy’s Red House
708 N College Ave, (479) 856-6366 Known far and wide for having the perfect BBQ sauce. Try the barbecue nachos as an entree instead of an appetizer. Service is terrific too.
. Wrights Barbecue $$$
2212 Main Dr, (479) 633-7229 Offering handcrafted, 100% wood-fired pit barbecue, large portions, friendly service and reasonable prices. The brisket is so tender, you can cut it with a fork. The sides, including their amazing baked beans are full of substance and lip-smackin’ flavor. Wright’s is also available for catering, tailgate parties and special events. You’re missing out if you haven’t tried this delicious smoked meat.
. Pit Master’s BBQ
Frisco Station Mall 100 N Dixieland, (479) 202-5344 The entire menu is made fresh daily, and no smoked meats are precooked, frozen and eventually thawed out. Pit Master’s BBQ maintains the integrity and just smoked flavor of meats by slow smoking every morning. Don’t miss the all-you-can-eat ribs deal on Thursdays, and get there early as folks begin to line up early for this tasty special.
A unique, historical restaurant, Penquin Ed’s Barbeque features some of the best barbecue to be found in the Northwest corner of the state, and it also features some fun-to-use red phones to be used for placing your order. Menu items include fun foods like Fried Pickles, Betty’s Fried Pies and Fried Okra, and the BBQ meats, like the pulled pork, ribs and brisket are mouth-watering delicious. Drinks include a selection of domestic beer, coke products, tea (sweet and unsweetened) and coffee. Take the family out to this fantastic eatery soon, you’ll make a hit for sure and certain
. Tyler’s Craft BBQ
109 N Arkansas St, Rogers, AR, (479) 409-7423 If your idea of BBQ is tender, moist pork with a light pecan smoked flavor, you simply must try one of the handcrafted BBQ sandwiches served out of this local food truck. Slaw lovers, this is your chance to try some of the most delicious Wasabi slaw you will ever put in your mouth.
. Whole Hog Cafe
1400 SE Walton Blvd #46, Bentonville, AR 72712 (479) 271-6566 Whole Hog Cafe specializes in professional catering and serves Memphis-style BBQ including brisket, ribs, signature sausage, smoked chicken, pulled pork, delicious sides and a variety of sauces. The atmosphere is laid-back and casual, and the place is clean and welcoming. Great setup for takeout.
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Bentonville is a meca for restaurants of all kinds. Fine dining, seafood, steak, pizza, Latin American and BBQ are all represented in the Top 10 Bentonville restaurants below:
. Blu Fish Marketplace $$ 607 S. E. Fifth St, (479) 925-5300 A unique fish house, restaurant and raw sushi bar with an upbeat atmosphere that is conveniently located in the Market District of Downtown Bentonville, Blu offers the freshest fish and other seafood to be found in all of NWA. Shipments of shrimp, lobster, crab, salmon, halibut are flown in daily. Imagine eating seafood so fresh that it is only hours off the dock. Customers may dine in, order takeout, or buy fresh to cook at home. Blu also features a good selection of wine and beer.
. Doe’s Eat Place $$$
2806 S Walton Blvd, (479) 254-8081 Anyone would be hard pressed to find a better steak than those on the menu at Doe’s. Thick, juicy, flavorful, tender and cooked to perfection just the way you like them. These steaks are enormous, and most will feed two. Once you try one of Doe’s mouthwatering steaks, you’ll be hooked for life.
. Eleven at Crystal Bridges
600 Museum Way, (479) 418-5700 Dining at Eleven is an experience long to be remembered. The dining area has floor to ceiling windows, which overlook Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s ponds and woods. Lunch is a quick-service affair, but dinner is an exquisite fine dining experience including some of the most delicious High South cuisine you will find in the Ozarks.
. Oven and Tap $$
215 South Main St, (479) 268-5884 Open for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, and located just a block off the famous Bentonville Downtown Square, Oven and Tap sports a custom built wood-fired oven for turning out scrumptious pizza and pasta fare and a unique tap wall, which pours forth cold craft beer and other delicious libations. A quality meal can be expected as Oven and Tap prides itself on attention to detail throughout including its atmosphere, service, food and drink. Reservations are advised.
. Preacher’s Son $$
201 NW A St, (479) 445-6065 Amazing food, drinks, service and atmosphere characterize this beautiful Bentonville restaurant housed in a former church building complete with stained glass windows. Gluten free menu has many incredible dishes from which to choose including a scrumptious crab fritter appetizer. For an intimate
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. Pressroom $$
100 NW 2nd St #100, (479) 657-2905 Located just off Bentonville’s Historic Downtown Square, Pressroom is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night dining. It pulls together, under a delightful modern space, the atmosphere of a hip coffeehouse, amazing cocktail bar and smart restaurant. Foodies from across the country flock to the Pressroom for a chance to sample some of the delicious creations, and locals find the Pressroom the perfect place to gather with friends for coffee or drinks.
. River Grille $$$
1003 McClain Rd, (479) 271-4141 Fine dining at its best can be found at the River Grille in Bentonville. Relax in masterfully upholstered chairs while you enjoy an expertly prepared meal of steaks, chops, seafood or poultry. You won’t find a more relaxed setting anywhere. The dining room features a warm fireplace, elegant wood paneling and dark wood floors. While you’re there, check out their schedule of Special Events including a four-course date night, Dining in the Dark, Brewmaster Dinner and wine tastings. A meal at the River Grille is the stuff of which memories are made.
. Table Mesa $$
108 E Central Ave, (479) 715-6706 An upscale Latin American style bistro offering a full range of unique menu items including entrees, burgers, starters and desserts. Try the Steak Madagascar or the Kiki’s Burrito and for dessert try the Bananas Foster a la Mesa. Located right on the famous Bentonville Downtown Square, a meal at Table Mesa is not to be missed.
. The Hive $$
200 NE A St, (479) 286-6575 Located in Bentonville’s 21C Museum Hotel, the Hive, under
the direction of award-winning Chef Matthew McClure, offers refined country cooking with a focus on the traditional foods of Arkansas. Chef McClure makes use of locally sourced produce in his signature dishes. You’re sure to have a memorable meal when you choose The Hive.
. Tusk & Trotter $$
110 SE A St, (479) 268-4494 Rustic, but chic and located only a block off the Bentonville Downtown Square, this award-winning restaurant is designed to accommodate families, traveling gourmets or a group of friends wanting a place to be together. Owner/chef, Rob Nelson, offers seasonal menus inspired by local fresh produce and other local ingredients. Even picky eaters will be delighted as the menu is filled with options for everyone to enjoy. Try the Fried Chicken and Waffles for a taste-treat you won’t soon forget.
. MELD kitchen + sandwich bar
1120 S. Walton Blvd., Ste. 152, (479) 845-4640 Specializing in Tacos, Pizzas, Folded Sandwiches, Soup, Light Eats, Dips and Burgers, MELD Kitchen offers a varied menu that includes something for everyone. The Saturday Brunch is includes tasty items like Buttermilk Waffles, Sopapillas, Avocado Bruschetta, Hungover Hashbrowns, Cinnamon Rolls, War Eagle Grits, Eggs Benedict and Biscuits & Gravy. Why not take the family or meet some friends there soon. You won’t be disappointed!
. Yeyo’s El Alma de Mexico $
801 SE 8th Street Suite 41, (479) 657-6954 Serving flavorful authentic Mexican food, Yeyo’s on 8th Street has a bustling, lively environment that promises to be one of the bright spots of the city. Only the freshest of Rios family farm ingredients are used, and the seasoning, oh my, it is spot on. A meal at Yeyo’s El alma de Mexico is a happy memorable event, and one that your family will want to repeat often.
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TOP 10 RESTAURANTS FOR BREAKFAST IN NWA Most people enjoy a breakfast of some sort to get the day kicked off to a good start, and to meet this daily need, Northwest Arkansas has many great breakfast eateries. Whether it’s just toast and coffee or a full blown, downhome country breakfast that you’re hungry for, you’ll find just the restaurant for you in the Top 10 list below:
. The Buttered Biscuit $$ 1403 SE Moberly Ln, (479) 319-4822 This is one of the very best breakfast restaurants in all of Northwest Arkansas. The biscuits are huge and just like grandma used to make. The biscuits and sausage gravy are delicious as are the Old Orchard Omelette and the Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes. Owners and staff are super friendly, and really do care about your experience with them. Additionally, GF options are available.
. Mudstreet $$
22 S Main St, (479) 253-6732 Open for breakfast and lunch, the Mud Street Café is located in a basement in downtown Eureka Springs. With self-serve coffee and cheesy garlic grits, locals find themselves longing to go back for more just as soon as they leave.
. Arsaga’s at the Depot 548 W Dickson St, (479) 443-9900 Arsaga’s is immersed in the community and serves excellent coffee, drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee & drinks. Breakfast crepes including a variety of sweet ones are a specialty as are the breakfast plates and the Saturday and Sunday brunch. You may have to wait a short time, but the wait will be well worth it. Some people think of Arsaga’s as their 3rd home.
. The Farmers Table Cafe $
1079 S School Ave, (479) 966-4125
The Farmer’s Table Cafe uses local ingredients, and is known for helping local farmers. If you are looking for a quaint brunch cafe, their hearty meals are the ideal factor that you may be looking for.
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TOP 10 RESTAURANTS FOR BREAKFAST IN NWA . Prelude Breakfast Bar
509 W Spring St #210, (479) 435-6435
. Neal’s $
Open from 8 a.m - 2:30 p.m., Prelude Breakfast Bar offers a refreshing departure from traditional restaurants. Literally everything is amazing including the Pancake Flight, the Huevos Rancheros, the Omelets, the Scrambles, and the fresh squeezed mimosas and the Bloodys. Come early if possible as the place starts to get really busy before mid morning.
806 N Thompson St, (479) 751-9996
. Susan’s $$
. Sams Olde Tyme Hamburgers $ 223 E Locust St, (479) 986-9191 Specializing in a variety of 3-egg omelets, and many other traditional breakfast delights, Sam’s goes out of its way to make sure that every customer leaves happy. The service is consistently top notch too. Convenient place to stop for Beaver Lake traffic.
. Wesner’s $
117 W Chestnut St. (479) 636-9723
This local restaurant with a small town feel is the classic breakfast spot for you and your friends and family. Reasonable prices, attentive staff, large cinnamon rolls, and country-style ham are just some of the things that keep luring the customers of this favorite breakfast joint back.
. Cathy’s Corner $
1910 US-412, (479) 524-4475
Don’t let this small yellow building fool you. Although it seems small from the outside, the inside delivers satisfaction for anyone passing through. With its friendly, superior service, Cathy’s Corner is a favorite for anyone who is craving both a yummy breakfast and a laid back atmosphere. Go in and try any item from the menu. You’re sure to be back.
Are you searching for one of the best homemade meals in the area? Known for its sweet, southern hospitality, Neal’s Cafe’ has been serving some of the finest home-cooked meals for more than 65 years. Being more than just a breakfast cafe, Neal’s is also known for their catfish, fried chicken, and chicken and dumplings. Their homemade pies and rolls are pretty special too. 1440 W Sunset Ave, (479) 751-1445
A Northwest Arkansas favorite, this local business is known for their friendly staff and delicious breakfast meals. If you are craving food to satisfy your sweet tooth, Susan’s delights you with their large cinnamon rolls. However, if you’re searching for a filling breakfast that will also keep you satisfied without all of the sugar, the chicken fried steak and Pig Sooie omelet are two meal choices that will fulfill your heart’s desires.
. Filling Station
2055 E Van Buren, Eureka Springs, (479) 253-6015 Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, the Filling Station serves Southern-style home cooking, and their breakfasts are incredible as are the plate lunches. The biscuits are made from scratch and the chicken is hand breaded. You’ll love the homemade goodness and the friendly service.
. Ozark Bagel Company $
3600 Guess Who Blvd, (479) 319-6688 Not everyone enjoys a traditional breakfast, some prefer to start the day with a flavorful NY bagel. Ozark Bagel Company has many different types of bagels, and they are all on point. Don’t be afraid to try different types, they are all delicious.
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TOP 10 RESTAURANTS FOR BRUNCH IN NWA Brunch is wildly popular in Northwest Arkansas. Locals and visitors alike love the tasty and beautifully presented cuisine created in the kitchens of the award-winning brunch restaurants selected for this category. If you’d like to experience the finest bunch foods in the area, choose from one of the Top 10 listed below:
. Eleven at Crystal Bridges $$ 600 Museum Way, (479) 418-5700 Sunday Brunch at Eleven, a work of art and taste-tempting delights, is served buffet style. Imagine feasting from a buffet of steak and eggs with chimichurri, fried chicken, Belgian Waffles for the children, roasted mushroom & gruyere quiche, shrimp & grits and much, much more, and then imagine dining in the stunningly beautiful surroundings that exemplify Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This is an experience that you and your family will want to repeat often.
. Pressroom $$
100 NW 2nd St, Ste 100, (479) 657-2905 This casual chic restaurant is a place to relax with friends, family or guests, and enjoy some of Pressroom’s delicious menu offerings including an array of creative dishes and drinks. The menu sports a wide variety including starters like the “Big Sticky” Roll, a killer juice bar, breakfast bowls and grains, a healthy list of egg offerings and a nice list of brunch cocktails including the Pressroom Mimosa. Weather permitting, try the patio seating.
. The Hive at 21c Museum Hotel $$ 200 NE A St, (479) 286-6500
The Hive is an upscale restaurant where culinary creativity thrives under the direction of Chef Matthew McClure and his professional team. Featuring a brunch made fresh from locally sourced ingredients, the menu includes The Hive Benedict and the 25-minute egg, Pan-Seared Catfish with Basmati rice. Also delicious are the Belgium Waffles with roasted bananas, raisin butter and whipped cream. Housed within the beautiful worldclass 21c Museum Hotel, The Hive is the perfect place to enjoy a truly delicious and unique brunch and see great art from around the world.
. Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie $$ 200 NE A St, (479) 286-6500
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A high point in Bentonville’s burgeoning culinary scene, Chef Rob Nelson has designed a delightful brunch menu that makes addicts out of brand new customers. You can expect perfect Eggs Benedict, delicious High South Breakfast Casserole, and Tasty Carrot Cake Waffles on the Sunday Brunch Menu. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and efficient, and the atmosphere and space design can accommodate business people, families, and even the most sophisticated traveler.
TOP 10 RESTAURANTS FOR BRUNCH IN NWA EUREKA SPRINGS
. Local Flavor Café $$
71 S Main St, (479) 253-9522
You don’t have to have a reason to go out for brunch, but there is a perfectly good reason you’ll want to eat brunch at the Local Flavor Cafe in Eureka Springs. Chef Owner, Britt Evans, has created a loyal following for his fabulous Sunday Brunch featuring items like Eggs Benedict, Mexican Scram, Pan Seared Salmon, Omelets and Traditional Country Breakfast. The staff is friendly and efficient and the atmosphere, largely due to the use of vintage lamps, is a wonderful departure from the typical restaurant. Ingredients are locally sourced and fresh. Gluten free is available. Don’t miss this one.
. Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar $$$ 310 W Dickson St, (479) 527-6795
This chic restaurant draws crowds looking for an exceptional weekend brunch. Bordinos is the spirit of Fayetteville. It offers wonderful atmosphere, outstanding food, brilliant cocktail and wine selections and terrific staff. Menu items change seasonally and you can always expect to find wonderful dining for any occasion. Reservations are recommended.
. Café Rue Orleans $$
1150 N College Ave, (479) 443-2777
A little taste of New Orleans right here in Fayetteville, AR. Café Rue Orleans is the perfect place to enjoy brunch with friends, family or out of town guests. Sunday Brunch specials include dishes like Creole Shrimp and Grits, Eggs Des Amis and Eggs Pontchartrain. Brunch House Specials include menu items with names like Crawfish Ettouffee and Catfish Tchoupitoulas. With award-winning food and a menu like this, it’s easy to see why Café Rue Orleans is the restaurant of choice for authentic New Orleans Style Cuisine in the region.
. The Farmer’s Table Café $$ 1079 S School Ave, (479) 966-4125
. Mockingbird Kitchen $$ 1466 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 435-6333 Mockingbird Kitchen, partnering with local and regional artisans, is wildly popular for its fresh and freshly made mostly farm-to-table cuisine. If Brioche French Toast, Chicken & Waffle, Shrimp Cake Benedict and Breakfast Tacos tickle your taste buds, then Mockingbird Kitchen is a place you simply must check out. You won’t be disappointed!
. Mirabella’s Table 4200 S 48th Street, Suite 10, (479) 899-6190 Mirabella’s Table offers a melding of exceptional drinks including a delicious coffee menu, food, and service. Bakery items are out-of-this world, and you may also order cakes to go. Weekend brunch is truly an experience in delicious cuisine. Portions are large. Children are not only welcome, but they are also treated with kindness. A visit to this wonderful space leaves you feeling full an happy and determined to return at the next available moment.
. Arsaga’s $$
548 W Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 443-9900 Offering a wide selection of beer and wine plus a full coffee menu, Arsaga’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, and also serves a delicious brunch on the weekends. Arsaga’s is popular with locals as well as visitors to the area. Either come early, or be prepared to wait for a table. Any wait will be well worth your trouble.
. Emelia’s Kitchen $$
309 W. Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 527-9800
Delicious food, warm, outgoing staff, and a delightful ambiance characterize this restaurant. Sunday Brunch features tasty Bloody Mary’s and menu items like the Blue Crab Benedict, Mediterranean Omelet and Belgian Waffles.
Free range eggs, Animal Welfare Approved bacon, buttermilk biscuits (made from scratch), and locally sourced fresh ingredients are the makings for their truly wholesome tasty brunch meals. The service is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable, and photo courtesy of the prices are reasonable.
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TOP 10 BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACES IN NWA Everyone wants to host the perfect birthday party. It should
. Princess Party Palace Bentonville 813 W Central #15, (479) 799-6133
right atmosphere for the type
Transport your little princess into magic land. Professionally trained princess characters give your little one the party of her dreams. Book your daughter’s next birthday party at Princess Party Palace where you don’t have to lift a finger and the kids have the time of their lives.
of party you have in mind. It
1009 Museum Way, (479) 696-4280
be a place that has just the
should be a place that is fun, has terrific food or access to experienced caterers and room for the party attendees to enjoy themselves. The Top 10 list below contains locations that easily meet these criteria:
. Scott Family Amazeum
You can be sure your child and party guests will have an amazing time at the Amazeum. Reserve a party room where setup and cleanup will be provided, then the kids can have fun in the interactive, hands-on museum featuring all kinds of activities and an outdoor playscape.
. Arkadia Retrocade 1478 N College Ave (479)445-7844 For $5.00 per person, fans can play all day long at more than 75 vintage arcade machines. If you leave for lunch, a hand stamp will let you back in. These machines instantly take players back in time, to when they were 12 - 15. This is a blast-from-the-past place birthday party location for anyone who used to play arcade games and kids that are enjoy them today.
. Lokomotion Family Fun Park
4520 N College Ave, (479) 582-5656 Lokomotion is the party place for people of all ages. 18-hole mini golf, bumper boats, go karts, spin zone bumper cars, arcade and laser tag all await your guests at this popular place to have fun. They also have taste-tempting pizza, wings and more.
. Gymnastics Joe’s
4201 N Shiloh Dr, (479) 582-9567 Throw your next birthday party at this popular tumbling gym where party goers can enjoy fun music, bounce house, foam pit and trampolines. There’s no limit to the number of guests, and bottled water, popcorn, Capri sun juice pouches and cleanup are all provided.
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TOP 10 BIRTHDAY PARTY PLACES IN NWA . Modern Mission Outdoor Laser Tag -
. Fun City Pizza
3484 E Joyce Blvd, (479) 595-0055
5320 W Sunset Ave #157, (479) 872-7529
Laser tag is a safe and fun party experience for kids, families, birthdays, anniversaries and office groups (great for team building). Plan your next birthday party at Modern Mission’s tactical or indoor course for an engaging competitive time of your life.
Book your child’s next birthday at Fun City where everything is provided except the cake. A party host is assigned to each party, there are kids and adult video games to play, pizza and drinks and places to visit too. There’s always a fun atmosphere at Fun City.
922 E Emma Ave, (479) 756-8090
. Fast Lane Entertainment 1117 N Dixieland St, (479) 659-0999 Besides bowling, Fast Lane also offers laser tag, indoor roller coaster, full bar and birthday party hosts that take care of all the setup and cleanup. Everything is provided except the cake. Just bring yourselves, the party-goers and that special birthday cake and let Fast Lane take care of the rest. A celebration at Fast Lane promises to be a memorable one.
. Chuck E. Cheese’s 2006 S Promenade Blvd, (479) 986-9852 Chuck E. Cheese’s offers a variety of birthday party packages including Star, Super Star and Mega Star. Packages also include a birthday party host, ticket blasts, pizza and unlimited drink refills for each child and customizable email invitations.
. Jones Center
The Jones Center offers a wide array of parties including swimming, ice skating, dance, dodge ball, nerf ball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and more. Most parties also feature staff to lead the selected activity. This beautiful facility is the perfect place to host your next birthday party.
. The Little Gym of Rogers
2603 W Pleasant Grove Rd, (479)636-5566 Children ages 1 - 12 can have an awesome blast celebrating their special day at The Little Gym of Rogers. Party goers have the full run of the place, and instructorled games, music and exciting LEGO Juniors or LEGO DUPLO come with each package. Your child will never forget the birthday bash at The Little Gym.
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TOP 10 CATERING SERVICES IN NWA The use of a catering service has increased over the past five years until today it has become a necessary element in most functions. Convention centers, the entertainment industry, businesses, fundraisers and the private sector all use catering services. With that being said, it’s no wonder that Northwest Arkansas has many caterers that rank among the very best. Check out the Top 10 list below for an excellent caterer near you:
. Simply Divine (479) 263-1343
Simply Divine tackles all catering requests with confidence and expertise. They are a caterer’s caterer. Weddings, gatherings of every description, backstage events for famous acts and more are the among the typical bookings. Call Simply Divine, and worry no more regardless of how large or how small the event or what your timetable. The creative food and presentation will be fabulous and the service and attention to detail are incomparable.
3510 SE J St, (479) 254-9565 Zaxby’s is known for its set menu of chicken and wings platters, boxed lunches, sandwich platters, salad platters, tasty sides, cookie and dessert platters. Portions are ample and everyone seems to be delighted when Zaxby’s is furnishing the food. Great for office celebrations and similar gatherings.
. Honeybaked Ham 3037 N College Ave, (479) 444-8700 Honeybaked ham and turkey sandwich platters, boxed lunches, fruit and vegetable trays and dessert trays are on the menu The delicious taste of honeybaked ham and turkey will be the talk of your next office party.
. Mellow Mushroom
1460 E Augustine Ln, (479) 521-1001 Catering menu includes, of course, out-of this-world pizza, but you may also order other items from the catering menu as well including great tasting appetizers like wings, spinach artichoke dip, hummus, bruschetta platter, boxed lunches, salads and desserts. Great for office parties, small and large gatherings, meetings and much more. Service is right on time every time, do give them a try.
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. Atlanta Bread 4602 W Walnut St A,(479) 936-5800 Atlanta Bread has hot breakfast sandwiches, fruit medley bowl, pastries trays, appetizer and snacks trays, boxed lunches, sandwich platters, salads, soups & sides, desserts and beverages. Has tasty, fresh food, delivers on time and service is efficient.
. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
4204 W Green Acres Rd #140, (479) 372-4626 Looking for really good bbq with amazing sauces? You’ll love Dickey’s. Its catering menu includes a bbq buffet, box lunches, barbecue sliders platter, tacos platter, meats by the pound, salads, sides, rolls, desserts and beverages. Dickey’s is especially known for its amazing bbq sauces, on-time delivery and courteous service.
. Einstein Bros. Bagels
1728 S 46th St Ste 102, (479) 631-6200 Features breakfast for the group, mixed bagels and sweet nosh boxes, dozen fresh-cracked egg nosh box, various catering packages including lunch for the group, boxed lunches, salads and sides and desserts boxes.. Great place for early morning meetings, lunch meetings and other office meetings. Set up is efficient, and delivery is punctual.
. IDK? Cafe Catering
1 W Cass Hough Dr, (479) 621-2312 Specializing in family - corporate catering. Choose from select menus or let them customize your next gathering. They’ll take care of all the details, all you need do is relax and let your event unfold with no stress or mess.
. K-Mac Catering
2605 Pleasant Crossing Dr, (479) 966-0353 You can be sure when you contract with K-Mac that you are dealing with a professional organization that
will handle your catering needs with utmost care. Even last minute changes and adjustments are taken care of without complaint. The food is exceptional, and the crew is excellent.
. On the Border
577 N 46th St, (479) 616-1991 If your event calls for Mexican food, you simply cannot go wrong by ordering from On the Border’s extensive catering menu. Traditional dishes, dips, queso, chips, salads, desserts and beverages are all available. In addition, wraps and boxed lunches are also on the menu.
. Big Sexy Food
623 W Walnut, Rogers, AR, (479) 222-1675 Big Sexy Food offers exclusive, high-end, in-home catering to the people of Northwest Arkansas. Sit back, relax and let Brent Hale and his talented team orchestrate your dinner party, special occasion celebration or holiday event for you. Big Sexy will consult with you to design and execute the perfect menu down to the smallest detail. They even cleanup afterwards. All you have to do is relax and visit with your guests. Big Sexy Food does all the rest, and they do it all at affordable prices.
. Catering Unlimited
1084 Wagon Wheel Road, (479) 750-4111 First and foremost, Catering Unlimited is characterized by its delicious food and ability to professionally work with clients to attain unique dining experiences for literally any occasion. From wedding receptions to corporate meetings and everything in between, Catering Unlimited is up for the job. You can be sure that your food will look and taste delicious, and that set up, serving and clean up will be handled in the most professional way imagined. Clients have only to relax and watch confidently as their event unfolds.
TOP 10 INDIE TOP 10COFFEE COFFEESPOTS IN NWA IN NWA Top Text Drinking coffee is a national pastime. Most would not think of starting the day without a cup or mug or two of coffee. Nowadays, coffee houses are already on every corner, and more are on the way. Most people are very picky about their coffee, and they are extremely loyal to the coffee house that is lucky enough to serve the coffee that hits the spot for them. Below are the Top 10 coffee houses in NWA:
. Joyhouse Coffee
307 S Main St. Ste.102 When having a cup of coffee at JoyHouse, know that 50% of the profits are returned to Haiti. Haiti has a long history of producing delicious coffee, which was shipped all over the world, but today, there is only a small percentage of coffee being grown and processed in this tiny country. Joyhouse Coffee has a warm inviting atmosphere, excellent staff and coffee that is delicious from the very first sip. Give them a try to see what we’re talking about. You won’t be disappointed!
. Mauricios Cafe 410 SW A St
Mauricios Cafe offers a very menu composed of mostly coffee. The attention to detail is as refreshing as is the coffee, tea, hot chocolate and sweet and savory bakery items. This is this the place to go to relax and enjoy a cup of java alone or with friends.
. ONYX Coffee Lab
100 NW 2nd St, (479) 715-6492 With locations in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers, Onyx Coffee Lab has got your coffee craving covered wherever you happen to be in Northwest Arkansas. It specializes in brewing the perfect cup of Artisan made coffee. Looking for great service from friendly, efficient people and superb coffee, check out Onyx.
. Mud Street Cafe
22 S Main St, (479) 253-6732 Located in “Unique Underground Eureka Springs.” Serves award-winning coffee and tasty espresso drinks. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Has a full bar and is locally appreciated for their coffee drinks and fresh delicious food.
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. Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe
SILOAM SPRINGS $
. Pour Jon’s $
2850 N College Ave, (479) 521-6262
516 E Main St, (918) 221-8747
Based in Fayetteville, Mama Carmen’s is a small qualityroaster, which produces amazing coffee and offers the perfect atmosphere to visit with friends.
You’ll love the atmosphere at Pour Jon’s. You know when locals rave about a place, it must be top-drawer, and locals rave about the many varieties of coffee, selection of loose-leaf teas, trained baristas and friendly energy in this popular coffee house. When in Siloam Springs, treat yourself with a cup of this very special java.
. Puritan Coffee & Beer $
205 W Dickson St, (479) 301-2365 Puritan offers delicious teas, amazing craft beer and specialty coffee every day of the week. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the staff could not be friendlier. Bingo and Trivia nights are also scheduled.
. Trailside Coffee Company 101 W. Johnson Ave. Suite B, (479) 236-2421
. 7 Brew Coffee 2101 S. 52nd Street Offering double windowed service, iced, hot, blended coffee, real fruit smoothies, infused energy drinks, Italian sodas, teas and light bites including a delicious oatmeal creation. Open only a few short months and already an integral part of the community, 7 Brew’s magic is in its people. You’ve seen the bright new building, stop in and give them a chance to WOW you.
. Bolder Coffee $ 4200 W Green Acres Rd, (479) 621-6300 Bolder Coffee has fresh, flavorful delicious coffee, various teas, smoothies and hot chocolate. Don’t see what you like on the menu, tell your server, they’ll be happen to whip something similar up for you. Bolder’s also serves bagels and pastries. Ambiance is inviting with a good vibe and service is both friendly and efficient.
Located inside Phat Tire Bike Shop in Springdale, this coffee shop is right off the Razorback Greenway. Besides delicious coffee, it serves teas, smoothies and handmade pastries. Great place to talk, hang out, talk bikes and listen to jazz.
. Wings Coffee Co.
3307 SW 14th St, Bentonville, AR A wonderful little coffee drive-thru offering some of the tastiest coffee to be found in all of NWA. Dillanos Coffee Roasters out of Washington is their main source for their truly great tasting coffee. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and always willing to make something special for you.
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TOP 10 CUPCAKES IN NWA In the 1700’s, cupcakes were originally called number cakes. In 1919 Hostess first introduced its cupcake, the familiar cupcake with vanilla cream filling, chocolate icing and vanilla squiggles on top. Today the cupcake is a delicious individual snack that comes in seemingly endless flavors and designs. Call ahead to check for Keto. The Top 10 cupcake bakeries in Northwest Arkansas are listed below:
. Bizzy B’s Cupcakes 1501 SE Walton Blvd #101 ,(479) 657-2557 Looking for beautiful, delicious cupcakes? You’ll be pleased to know that you can depend on Bizzy B’s for all your cupcake and regular cake needs. They make a cupcake that is moist, yet hold together while you devour it. Great for birthday parties and other special occasions too. Order online, or call ahead.
cupcakes are what you can expect every single time you frequent the place. They also have gluten free options, and you can order online. Try the Classic Chocolate on Chocolate and the Salted Caramel for a very special treat.
. Rick’s Bakery
1220 N College Ave - Across From the Veteran’s Hospital (479) 442-2166
With locations in Fayetteville and Rogers, Rick’s Bakery makes a wide variety of baked goods to tempt your taste buds including a good assortment of cupcakes for all occasions. You’ll be delighted with the friendly service at Ricks, and Mr Delivery is available for delivery.
137 E Van Buren, (479) 363-6576
. Cravings By Rochelle
Specializing in excellent service and delicious cupcakes, muffins and special order cakes. The cupcakes are every bit as tasty as their fullsized cakes, and they look amazing. Need a last minute order of cupcakes? Cravings by Rochelle will do all in their power to help you in your time of need. This is one bakery that aims to please.
. Alexander Baking Co. 210 S. 1st St., (479) 372-4474
Alexander Baking Co in downtown Rogers specializes in cakes, wedding cakes, designer cookies, and cupcakes. Each month the kinds of cupcakes are rotated, and all are yummy beyond description. The next time you’re in the area, visit this delightful bakery to sample some of its marvelous creations.
28 E Main St, (479) 300-6027
128 S 2nd St., (479) 633-8400
Talk about amazing, delicious cupcakes, the ones from Briar Rose Bakery & Deli will make you the talk of the town. They are simply divine, and there’s no other word to describe them. Each bite is a little piece of heaven - moist and flavorful, just as they should be. Order in person or by phone. If you are doing Keto, Briar Rose has many delicious baked Keto items.
Specializing in cupcakes spelled with a k, this specialty bakery features a set menu of 10 amazing kupcakes everyday, and also bakes a rotating variety of additional ones too.. These are scrumptious, beautiful and fun. Kupcakes to brighten up your day, or make any occasion special.
4409 W Walnut St, (479) 636-0223
. Briar Rose Bakery & Deli $
. Bliss Cupcake Cafe Uptown 637 E Joyce Blvd #112 Bliss cupcake bakes a variety of delicious cupcakes, ones to make everyone in your family happy. Got a special occasion or event planned, call Bliss Cupcake to order cupcakes. They also have a location in Rogers. You will be pleased that you did.
. Fat Bottomed Girl’s Cupcake Shoppe - Fayetteville
. Kirby’s Kupcakes
. Nothing Bundt Cakes
From tiny bite-sized bundtinis to cupcake size all the way up to a full sized cake, these cakes are moist and bursting with flavor. They come in a 9 different flavors including a chocolate chocolate chip and lemon. Do yourself a favor and experience these delicious Bundt cakes.
. Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe
11 N Block Ave, (479) 445-6630
118 W Emma Ave, (479) 750-0044
This is the stuff of which amazing is made. These cupcakes are so very good on every level, they are fresh, moist and delicious regardless of which kinds you order. You’ll start dreaming about these cupcakes from the time you first try one, and you’ll find yourself making excuses to go by and pick up a few. A fun atmosphere coupled with amazing
Cupcakes at Shelby Lynn’s are all special-order ensuring that your cupcakes are as fresh as they can possibly be when you get them. Chocolate and Vanilla can be available in 24 hours, but other flavors take about 48 hours. Guaranteed to make you smile, these cupcakes are on another level yummy,
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TOP 10 FARM-TO-TABLE IN NWA The farm-to-table industry focuses on growing and producing locally and then distributing that food to restaurants and individuals in the community. Northwest Arkansas has many restaurants that feature a farm-to-table menu. If you are interested in knowing where your food comes from, you will be delighted to select your next dining outing from one of the Top 10 farm-to-table restaurants below:
. The Hive $$$
200 NE A Street (479) 286-6575 Located inside 21c Museum Hotel, The Hive, under the direction of Chef Matthew McClure, features menus items that are peculiar to Arkansas and the High South. Using ingredients procured from local farms and other local producers, Chef McClure delights your taste buds with his brand of refined country cooking. In addition to locally grown produce, entrees could include freshly milled corn meal, hickory smoked hams, peaches, and black walnuts.
. Preacherâ€™s Son $$
201 NW A St, (479) 445-6065 Preacherâ€™s Son is a lovely and delightfully unique dining experience in Northwest Arkansas. Executive Chef Matthew Cooper is solidly committed to using locally procured ingredients, and to creatively cooking gluten free dishes for your dining pleasure. Being a renovated First Christian Church, the ambiance is stunningly beautiful without being overly formal. Appetizers include Roasted Cauliflower, Crab Fritter and Heirloom Tomatoes. Entrees include Gnocchi, Scallops, Smoked Duck Pasta and the Pork Shank with hanna grits and watermelon mostarda could easily be the culinary experience of a lifetime. Service is impeccable from start to finish.
. Tusk & Trotter $$
110 Southeast A Street, (479) 268-4494 Menus change seasonally in concert with the availability of locally sourced produce and other ingredients. Featuring menu items created with regionally sourced ingredients, Owner Executive Chef, Rob Nelson, is at the helm of this uniquely different Bentonville gastropub. With colorful titles like Hummus Amongst Us, The Flintstones and Where The Buffalo Roam, the dishes promise to be fun and delicious, and do they deliver. This is food that will WOW you. The space is designed for wide appeal. From families to friends gathering for an afternoon of fun to the most sophisticated traveling gourmet, all are comfortable at Tusk and Trotter. The service is also spot on.
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TOP 10 FARM-TO-TABLE IN NWA . Oven and Tap $$ 215 South Main St, (479) 871-2542 Oven and Tap is conveniently located a block off the square on Main Street in downtown Bentonville. It get its name from the custom built wood fired oven and tap wall. Pizzas are out of this world, beer selection is great and service is impeccable. Specialties include farm-totable freshness, delicious pasta dishes, southern fare entrees and wood-fired pizzas and edamame. Each dish is made from scratch, and locally sourced ingredients are used whenever possible. Drinks are awesome; try the Kombucha Margarita. Oven and Tap is a great place to entertain clients for lunch or dinner any day of the week.
. Yeyo’s Mexican Grill $
801 SE 8th St, (479) 657-6954 Yeyo’s Mexican Grill is truly a farm-to-table restaurant in every sense of the term. It is owned and operated by the Rios family, who are also the owners of the Rios Family Farm, where most of the ingredients used in preparing their menu items is grown. Freshness is central to the wonderful authentic Mexican street flavors created in this delightfully different restaurant. And if you’re down by the square in Bentonville, stop by Yeyo’s Food Truck to experience the same authentic flavors.
. Bombadil’s Cafe $$
580 West Van Buren, (479) 363-6024 The name of the game at Bombadil’s is flavorful, fresh cuisine. Menu changes often to take advantage of seasonal produce and other food items needed for Bombadil’s amazing taste bud sensations. Visit this farm-to-table champion as soon as you can, we’re confident it will not disappoint.
. Mockingbird Kitchen $$ 1466 N College Ave, (479) 435-6333 Chef Chrissy Sanderson is committed to partnering with many local growers and artisans, which enable her to create her delicious scratch made menu items. Freshness and flavor are key to every dish prepared in her kitchen.
Soups, salads, sandwiches, blue plates and other house specialties are the main fare, and there’s also a delicious array of homemade desserts including homemade ice cream. Many menu items are gluten free, and vegan and vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Note: Image at top of the page is courtesy of Mockingbird Kitchen.
. The Farmer’s Table Cafe $$
1079 S School Ave, (479) 966-4125 The Farmer’s Table Cafe, open for breakfast and lunch, has a kind, knowledgeable and efficient staff, a lovely quaint environment, and an exciting seasonal menu created with locally grown, healthy food. Travelers and locals alike rave about the locally sourced organic and home-made menu items. Breakfast meats are Choice Animal Welfare Approved, and eggs are local pastured. Eat just one meal with them, and I’m betting you’ll be a fan for life.
. Persephonë on Wheels $ 321 S Arkansas St, (360) 990-8177 Chef Michael Robertshaw and his partner Meredith Butler are dedicated to serving only fresh, colorful and tastetripping Mediterranean food. The glory of freshness and flavor are evident in every dish on the menu including such creations as Aphrodite Tots, Honey Bee Bowl and Sprouted Falafel. Stop by the energetic food truck, meet the owners and experience the food of your dreams.
. 28 Springs $$
100 East University Street, (479) 524-2828 Located in downtown Siloam Springs, AR, this trendy hipster restaurant specializes in farm-to-table food including tasty appetizers, outstanding burgers, spectacular sandwiches and fabulous entrees and sides. The restaurant is complemented by a full bar with many of your favorite brews on tap. The friendly, attentive staff at 28 Springs are all committed to making sure your visit is above and beyond your expectation. This is definitely the place to be in Siloam Springs whether you’re in post workout clothes or all spiffed up for a date night.
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TOP 10 FINE DINING IN NWA There’s nothing quite like a fine dining experience. Whether it’s a regular date night, a first date or a special occasion celebration, everyone enjoys being treated to award-winning cuisine, impeccable service and amazing ambiance from time to time. The Top 10 Fine Dining establishments listed below all provide just such an experience:
. Eleven at Crystal Bridges $$ 600 Museum Way, (479) 418-5700 Eleven is housed within the beautiful Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Wednesday - Friday, Eleven is open for dinner from 5 - 9 PM. Dinner at Eleven is an exceptional culinary experience due to the stunning surroundings and the high South to low Midwest style of cooking. Sunday Brunch Buffet at Eleven includes fried chicken, shrimp and grits, local vegetables and scrumptious desserts. Do save room for dessert, it is not to be missed.
. Le Stick Nouveau $$$
63 Spring St, (479) 981-3123 Located below the Historic Hotel New Orleans, Le Stick Nouveau, is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the luxury of world-class fine dining. Even the most experienced globe-trotter will appreciate the amazing food, inviting atmosphere, and flawless service offered in this treasure of the Ozarks. Try the creative Caesar salad and the savory Beef Wellington. Both will possess you!
. Grand Taverne Restaurant at the Grand Central $$$ 37 N Main St, (479) 253-6756
Upscale restaurant featuring exquisite dining in a beautiful, unique environment. Housed within the Grand Central Hotel, this stunning restaurant, offers a good selection of starters, soups, salads, and entrees including their 22 oz. Bone-in Rib-Eye, and their Grilled Maine Lobster. Service is impeccable, and there’s a lounge with a full bar.
. Grotto Wood-Fired Grill and Wine Cave 10 Center St, (479) 363-6431
A meal at the Grotto Wood-Fired Grill and Wine Cave is definitely an experience that you will treasure forever. It’s romantic atmosphere is perfect for celebrating special occasions or for a date night, and the food, oh my, the steaks are heavenly. The staff is well-trained, attentive and friendly. If you haven’t been, make it a point to go. You’ll be so happy that you did.
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. Bordinos $$$
310 W Dickson St, (479) 527-6795 This is a chic restaurant located on famed Dickson Street. It offers an elegant Italian fine dining experience, featuring excellent food and drinks, skilled and cordial service, and a beautiful environment. There’s an extensive wine list and a full bar. Brunch is served Fri - Sun.
. Ella’s Restaurant $$$
The Inn at Carnall Hall, 465 Arkansas Ave, (479) 582-0400 Located inside historic Carnall Hall on the University of Arkansas campus, Ella’s offers new American cuisine, the beautiful and comfortable Lambeth lounge, an extensive wine list, a full bar, and a friendly, knowledgeable wait staff. Dinner selections include duck, trout, beef, bison, and chicken. Brunch is served Sat - Sun from 10 AM - 2 PM. Many a la carte menu items and several Eggs Benedict choices are offered.
authentic Italian cuisine. Each menu item is just as it should be - salads are crisp, soups are hot, pasta is fresh made daily, bread is hot out of the oven and salad dressings are made in-house and are scrumptious. Entertaining? This is the perfect place to take visitors or to celebrate any occasion. Food is consistently spot on, and the service is impeccable. Try the Chicken Piccata and the gnocchi, both are delicious. Save room for the cheesecake - it is heavenly.
. Ruth’s Chris Steak House $$$
3529 S Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, (479) 633-8331 Although Ruth’s Chris Steak House is a chain, it still serves some of the very best steaks to be had in NWA. Known for its sizzling butter topped USDA Prime steaks, locally sourced produce, considerable wine list, vintage inspired cocktails, delicious desserts, and attention to detail, this Ruth’s Chris does not disappoint.
. Theo’s $$$
318 N Campbell Ave, (479) 527-0086 Theo’s is passionate about turning every customer into a fan. It uses its unique blend of coastal cuisine, Southern cooking, and exceptional service to ensure that every patron has a memorable experience. Refined new American cuisine, including a varied selection of freshly made salads, is their specialty. Theo’s also has a terrific first come, first served patio and lounge. Their wine list is comprehensive, and their talented bartenders can whip up a delicious drink in a flash.
. Vetro 1925 $$$
17 E Center St, (479) 966-4649 Located on East Center Street in an old renovated building, Vetro 1925 features a charming ambiance, classic Italian food and an award-winning wine list. You can expect impeccable service, and a truly marvelous meal here. Use their popular wine room for your next party.
. Capriccio Ristorante 5001 W Pauline Whitaker Pkwy, (479) 633-8954 A top-flight restaurant serving absolutely amazing, fresh,
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TOP 10 FOOD TRUCKS IN NWA Food trucks have been around since before the invention of the automobile, but they weren’t called food trucks back then, they were dubbed chuck wagons, which were used by American cattlemen as they drove their herds the long miles to market. Thankfully, they are on the rise in the U.S. and particularly in Northwest Arkansas where chefs from around the world create cuisine to tempt your taste buds. Check out the Top 10 list below to find an excellent food truck near you:
. Mai Chinese Food Truck 13472-13482 Lookout Dr, (417) 291-4625 The next time you’re craving Chinese food, drive over to Mai Chinese Food Truck. Offering delicious Chinese favorites, the service is friendly and efficient, the portions are huge and the prices are very reasonable. The orange chicken is to die for, but unless you’re a big eater, just order one portion and split it.
218 N Main St, (479) 366-0111 Chef Jason Hector is at the helm of this delightful gastro lab. If the idea of gourmet sandwiches makes your taste buds tingle, then you will love Crackerjack’s. No ordinary fixin’s on these sandwiches, just a blending of mouthwatering flavors. There’s also an unusual breakfast menu sporting such items as cornmeal pancakes and biscuits and andouille gravy. Patronize this food truck soon, you’ll be happy you did.
. Crepes Paulette $
213 NE A St (479) 250-1110 What could be better than authentic French Crepes served in an open-air setting? A warm, cozy canopy wall provides comfortable seating unless the weather turns really foul. The delicious crepe menu is varied, and offers something for everyone. While Crepes Paulette is a food truck, don’t expect typical fast food, you can look forward to gourmet crepes made to perfection. Try the Spicy Piggy and for a sweet crepe, try the La Foster.
. Tandem Tacos $
406 Razorback Dr, (479) 599-9917 This delightful, little food truck specializes in delicious, flavorful, filling tacos that are bursting with just the right amount of seasonings that will win over even the most stubborn of appetites. The owners are friendly and helpful, and will even dash out to your car in foul weather. Can’t say enough good things about Tandem Tacos! .
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. Andouille $
758 W. North Street Andouille is a cajun and creole food truck that offers fresh food with just the right amount of authentic spicy. Even Louisiana natives rate it as top notch. Service is efficient and friendly too. Please check FB page for weekly locations.
. Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken $ 617 N College Ave, (615) 594-6172
If you like your chicken spicy, then you simply must stop by Dot’s where you can get some of the most delicious hot chicken you’ve ever put in your mouth. Spiciness ranges from mild to hot, and the medium will bring you to tears. The breading is flavorful and the chicken on the inside is moist and tender. Dining at Dot’s is bound to be an experience you’ll repeat often.
. Wicked Wood Fired Pizza $ 1946 N. Birch St, (479) 466-2759
Wicked Wood Fired Pizza puts out delicious crispy pies baked in an Italian made wood fire oven, which fires to over 700 degrees. These signature pizzas will keep your taste buds popping and begging for more. Try the Wicked Supreme first and then try all the rest.
. Big Sexy Food Truck $$
Loukoumades (donuts), they are available on Saturdays and Sundays and are a taste of Heaven.
. Takashimura Hibachi Express $
623 West Walnut, Rogers, AR, (479) 899-4244 Takashimura Hibachi Food Truck is not your ordinary food truck. Everything is fresh, freshly made and so delicious you’ll wonder how it could be coming from this simple looking food truck in Pea Ridge. This is Japanese food on par with some of the very best in the region, and while the portions are large, the prices are so affordable. Plan to take the family soon for some excellent Japanese cuisine.
. La Carreta Food Truck $
515 S Bloomington St, Lowell, AR, (479) 502-4868 This local taco truck has tasty tacos at very reasonable prices. Five bucks buys you a huge burrito or quesadilla. Close to J.B. Hunt, it has outdoor seating and takeout.
. Purple Banana $
900 S Main St, Bentonville, AR, (479) 770-9969 Open 11 – 2 Tues – Fri, the Purple Banana is a food truck specializing in amazing, fresh Mexican and latin flavors including its signature deep-fried tacos. If you enjoy sweets, try the Banana Chimi, it will knock your socks off. Check FB or Instagram for weekly location.
623 W Walnut, (479) 222-1675 Located at the City Pump, where downtown Rogers begins, Big Sexy Food Truck designs, creates and serves some of the tastiest and most exciting cuisine to ever come from a food truck. With a focus on outlandish burgers and fresh made cuisine, Chef, Brent Hale, dishes up food that will keep you coming back time after time. Also locations in Springdale and Fayetteville.
. Persephone on Wheels $
321 S Arkansas St, (479) 715-9032 If you enjoy falafel and Mediterranean street food, you will love this delightful food truck where Chef Michael Robertshaw is at the helm. Delicious flavors, large portions and reasonable prices make this a new Rogers favorite eating destination. Try the light, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth NWA Travel Guide l TOP TEN 35
TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS IN NWA International foods are alive and well in Northwest Arkansas. Mexican, German, Mediterranean, Amish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and more can all be found here. Check out the Top 10 list below to find the ethnic food of your choice near you:
. Sushi House – Japanese $$ 2501 SE 14th St #5, (479) 271-0370 Sushi House is known for its fresh and delicious sushi. Owners and staff are very friendly and efficient. Typically, free samples other than the dish you’ve ordered, are brought to your table just to see if you might like to try something different. These people work extra hard to see that you have a fantastic experience with them.
. Thai Basil – Thai $$
3301 S Walton Blvd, (479) 273-3955 At Thai Basil, only the freshest of ingredients are used and everything is cooked to your order. Be prepared to wait a couple of minutes longer in order for your food to be prepared. If you enjoy Thai food, don’t hesitate to give this restaurant a try. From the first moment you walk through the door, you’ll be treated like royalty.
. Rolando’s Restaurante – Latin $$ 509 W Spring St, (479) 251-1650 A Neuvo Latino restaurant offering excellent Cuban food including dishes like Pollo Chuchaqui and Tencha’s Taquitos. Also features a full bar with beer, wine and cocktails. Great place for a date night or to gather with friends.
. Petra Cafe – Mediterranean $ 31 E Center St, (479) 443-3090
Serving lunch only Monday – Saturday, Petra features superb Mediterranean food including raving good falafil, hummus and specialty platters and sandwiches. Turkish coffee is served. Excellent spot for authentic Mediterranean food. Atmosphere is warm and friendly and service fast and efficient.
. KJ Sushi & Korean BBQ – Japanese/Korean $$ 3223 N College Ave, (479) 301-2008
Great spot for authentic Sushi and Korean BBQ. Beer menu is also offered. Try the Babinbop, Crab Rangoons and Chicken Teriyaki. Photo courtesy of Pho Vietnamese
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TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS IN NWA . Khana Indian Grill
– Indian $$
2101 N College Ave, (479) 287-4736 Super spot for authentic Indian flavors including dishes from various parts of India. The Balsmati rice dishes are excellent as are the curries and Naan bread. Also has a good selection of cocktails with Bombay Sapphire and Titos Vodka.
. Havana Tropical Grill Restaurant – Cuban $$ 1207 W Walnut St, (479) 899-6334 A fun, lively bar and eatery featuring delicious authentic Cuban cuisine, amazing mojitos, Latin music and dancing. Great place to relax with friends or to enjoy a date night.
. Saiwok Vietnamese Street Food – Vietnamese $$ 2882 W Walnut St, (479) 202-5961
From the moment you walk through the doors, all the staff makes you feel welcome to this beautiful modern Vietnamese restaurant. Everything on the menu is fresh and so very delicious, The staff is knowledgeable and efficient and is very willing to take the time to explain the menu. The soups are out of this world. Try Saiwok once and it will become one of your favorites.
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. Punjabi Kitchen – Indian $$ 2576 W Sunset Ave, Ste C, (479) 717-6500 Springdale has a terrific North Indian restaurant featuring the finest of flavorful Indian curry dishes. Expect consistently delicious Punjabi food whenever you visit, and you can also expect friendly, knowledgeable service too.
. Little Beans $
1100 SE 14th St, Bentonville, AR, (479) 544-9392 A Salvadorian and Mexican restaurant that serves everything from scratch. Imagine homemade everything including the breads, enchiladas, pupusas, tamales, you name it and it authentically prepared and fresh. The food is reasonable and the staff is friendly and efficient. Don’t miss this one.
. Pattaya Thai and Sushi $$
3600 W Walnut St, Rogers, AR, (479) 899-6222 Sushi, curry dishes, spring rolls, drunken noodles and everything else on the menu are authentic and carefully prepared to exacting standards. Restaurant expectations for freshness, service and cleanliness are all extremely high. New customers become regular customers quickly, and the entire staff is dedicated to making sure that your experience with them is superb. photo courtesy
110 US-412, Siloam Springs, AR 72761 (469) 394-2030 Clean and attractive Asian restaurant featuring Pho and stir-fried food including fried rice, Pad See-Ew and Pad Thai. Flavors are authentic, not overpowering and have just the right amount of hot. Restaurant also has delicious red curry and fish curry. If you’ve not been yet, do give them a try.
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TOP NEW RESTAURANTS IN NWA Northwest Arkansas continues to grow by leaps and bounds and the restaurant industry also continues to expand to keep pace with the unprecedented growth. New restaurants face a difficult challenge for the first couple of years, and owe their success, if they make it, to new and steady customers. Many of us prefer eating at our tried and true favorites, and we’re reluctant to try something new. Let’s get out and support our new restaurants. You may be pleasantly surprised when you check out the Top 10 new ones on the list below:
. Juice Palm: 8th St Market 801 SE 8th St #43, Bentonville, AR 72712 (479) 268-4062 Juice Palm is a boon to the health food scene in Northwest Arkansas. It is raw, organic, cold-pressed juice, acai bowls, superfood smoothies, sandwiches, fresh salads, cleanse options and other health bites. Whether you are a cycling fanatic or a couch potato, you will feel the difference after just one bottle of juice. The owners are knowledgeable and welcoming, and will happily answer any questions you may have.
. Williams Soul Food Express
3404 SE Macy Rd, (479) 273-3922 If you’re a fan of down-home cooking, you’ll love the vittles on the menu at Williams Soul Food Express. From the moment you walk through the door, you’re treated like a good friend or member of the family. The Chicken Fried Steak, Southern Fried Chicken, Catfish and tasty sides are out-ofthis-world delicious. Service is warm, friendly and attentive. Try it once, and I’m betting you’ll be a lifelong customer.
. MJ Pizzeria
312 E Centerton Blvd, Centerton, AR 72719 (479) 224-6836 The competition is fierce in Northwest Arkansas for top ranked pizza joints, so for a pizza eatery to shine as one of the best is a huge accomplishment. So what’s so awesome about MJ Pizzeria? Could be due to the wood-fired pizza, homemade pasta, and craft bar, but it could also be that award-winning chef, Miles James is at the helm. His guiding hand is seen throughout the menu, which is full of mouthwatering items that will make your tastebuds jump for joy.
. Buddy’s Barbecue 4170 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Ste 1, (479) 300-6022 Looking for a GREAT barbecue spot? Everything is spot on at Buddy’s Barbecue including the pulled pork, Burnt ends, ribs, sausage mac-n-cheese, coleslaw and green beans.
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TOP NEW TOPRESTAURANTS 10 TOPIC IN NWA IN NWA The BBQ sauce is to-die-for, and the management and serving staff team including the owner are friendly and attentive. If you love barbecue, you simply must make plans to visit Buddy’s soon.
. CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers Inc
3484 W Wedington Dr Suite 1, (479) 968-2300 Characterized by fresh meat, real bacon, crisp lettuce and hand-cut fries, CJ’s puts out a burger that rivals the best in the land. The owner-operators are on top of the kitchen and the staff out front ensuring that the burger is great and the service is quick and efficient. The entire experience is pleasant from the moment you walk through the doors. This is the place to go for a delicious burger whether a single, a family or a group.
. Six Twelve Coffeehouse & Bar 3980 W Wedington Dr., (479) 856-6382 Great coffee shop to kick back, relax and have highly skilled baristas make up something special for you. Think about the TV show, ‘Cheers’, and you’ll have a good idea of what this popular spot with its cool vibe is like. They also have yummy pastries, salads and really good entertainment on Thursday nights.
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TOP 10 FAYETTEVILLE RESTAURANTS Excellent restaurants abound in Fayetteville. Being a college town, it attracts students from across the country and even the globe. Luckily, its restaurants reflect that variety. From fine dining to BBQ and everything in between, you’ll find outstanding Fayetteville restaurants on the Top 10 list below:
. Bocca Italian Eatery & Pizzeria $$$ 2036 N College Ave, (479) 301-2688 Characterized by fresh housemade pastas, breads, salads and sauces, wood-fired pizzas, friendly professional service, upscale casual atmosphere, a comfortable patio and an amazing bar; Bocca is a favorite dining destination for those looking for a premier dining experience in Fayetteville. This is a great place for date nights, out-oftown guests or a group of friends. Expect to have fun and a memorable meal when you dine at Bocca.
. Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar $$$ 310 W Dickson St, (479) 527-6795
Located on famed Dickson Street in the heart of Fayetteville’s entertainment district, this exquisite restaurant is the very spirit of Fayetteville. It offers an exquisite fine dining experience, featuring distinctive, delicious food and drinks, efficient and friendly service and a gorgeous atmosphere. Menu items do change with the seasons, and there is a full bar and an expanded wine list. Want to celebrate a special occasion? Bordinos is very good at making your occasion a memorable experience. Weekday lunch is available Tuesday – Friday and brunch is served Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are recommended. Private dining rooms and catering options also available.
. Eclectic Kitchen
1218 Garland Ave, (479) 935-3027 Low key eatery and bar featuring small plates, steaks, fresh seafood including oysters, craft cocktails. Don’t be put off by the building, the food is amazing regardless of what you order, and the service is spot on. If you haven’t tried it yet, you are missing out.
. Hugo’s $
25 1/2 North Block Avenue, (479) 521-7585
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Located just off the Historic Fayetteville Square in the basement, Hugo’s offers an amazing burger experience, famous homemade fries, and a wide selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Hugo’s has long been considered one of best restaurants in Fayetteville ar. The staff is both cordial and efficient. Taste just one burger from Hugo’s and you’ll be hooked for life.
TOP 10 FAYETTEVILLE RESTAURANTS . Mockingbird Kitchen $$
. Vetro 1925 $$$
1466 North College Ave, (479) 435-6333
17 E Center St, (479) 966-4649
Specializes in a seasonal menu of New American food and family-inspired recipes created from local Ozarks ingredients. House-made soups, hot sandwiches, fresh crisp salads, chef created desserts and a full beverage menu including wines, local brews and signature cocktails combine to make this a top-notch restaurant.
Vetro 1925 is fast becoming the restaurant of choice for NWA residents and visitors passing through. Executive Chef Alan Dierks leads the culinary team in mixing classic technique with fresh seasonal ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. Fresh made breads, savory grass fed beef and veal, line caught seafood and made-from-scratch ravioli and malfatti are all daily fare. Service is impeccable from start to finish.
. Pesto Cafe $$
1830 N College Ave, (479) 582-3330 A small Italian restaurant with a fun, funky atmosphere serving huge portions of authentic Italian dishes accompanied by their tasty Caesar salad and house-made light Caesar dressing. You can’t go wrong with any dish on the menu, but be sure to try the shrimp scampi on one of your visits. The wait-staff is friendly, knowledgeable and attentive as your meal moves along. Pesto Cafe is one of the top Italian restaurants in Fayetteville AR. This is another restaurant that will have you coming back even if you move out of town.
. The Farmer’s Table $$
1079 S School Ave, (479) 966-4125 Endeavoring to source organically and locally wherever possible, The Farmer’s Table, a breakfast and brunch cafe is typically hopping with folks craving a signature Arkansawyer, hash skillet or a stack of the sweet potato pancakes (seasonal). When you step through the door at The Farmer’s Table, you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time to the days when your grandmother used to sit you down to a nice breakfast. If there is a wait, there’s self-serve coffee in the corner.
. Theo’s $$$
318 N Campbell Ave, (479) 527-0086 Theo’s is a chic, upscale dining destination and bar with a smart lounge and delightful patio. A place to eat, drink and socialize, Theo’s treats every customer as a welcome invited guest. Elegant food in the Contemporary American style including their fresh made selection of delicious share plates, fresh salads and amazing main plates is their specialty. Happy hour, Mon – Fri, 5 – 7 PM. Martini Night – Thursday.
. Wright’s BBQ
2212 Main Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72704 Wright’s BBQ has well-prepared and seasoned, mouthwatering ribs, brisket, pulled pork and sides including slaw and mac-n-cheese. There is typically a line outside even on cold, dreary days, but not to worry, the line moves along very quickly, and the food, oh yes the food is so worth waiting for. Seating is very limited, and plan to rub shoulders with your neighbors, but that will be alright because you’ll be talking BBQ. This place will hook you in from the first bite, so plan to be a regular.
. Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante Fayetteville $$ 509 W Spring St,, (479) 251-1650 At Rolando’s you’ll be impressed with the amazing food, service and drinks. Whether you’re a party of one or of twenty, every effort will be made to make sure you leave a happy, satisfied customer. The staff is practiced and attentive, and the unique decor is just plain fun. Try the Cuban sandwich for a delicious departure from typical sandwiches.
. Thep Thai $
1525 S School Ave, (479) 443-0029 Guests native to Thailand all agree that Thep Thai creates the most authentic Thai natural food to be found in NWA. You can taste the freshness in everything from their soups to their delicious curries and noodle dishes. The atmosphere is beautiful and the wait staff and owners are pleasant and efficient. You’ll love your visit to Thep Thai.
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TOP 10 ROGERS RESTAURANTS Rogers has a nice variety of restaurants including steak, seafood, Mexican, Vietnamese, Italian, Asian, American Gourmet and much more. If you find yourself hungry in Rogers, you can’t go wrong when you choose to dine at one of the Top 10 restaurants below:
. Bonefish Grill $$ 3201 S Market St, (479) 273-0916 Enjoy great tasting seafood cooked to perfection when you choose to dine at Bonefish Grill in Rogers. Amazing food is not all Bonefish has to crow about, the bar is manned by experienced mixologists capable of producing unique thirst quenching flavors just for your drinking pleasure.
. Catfish John’s $$
601 W Hudson Rd, (479) 631-6908 Catfish John’s specializes in Southern-fried catfish and hushpuppies. The fish comes out piping hot and the hushpuppies are tasty and cooked to perfection - crispy on the outside, but done in the middle. Consistency is key in the restaurant business, and at this catfish house, you can count on great food whenever you choose to visit.
. Crabby’s $$
1800 S 52nd St, (479) 273-0222 An upscale fresh seafood and steak restaurant with an amazing bar. Staff is friendly and efficient and knowledgeable regarding the menus. Has a romantic ambiance that is perfect for commemorating an anniversary or for a date night or for any special occasion.
. Havana Tropical Grill Restaurant $$ 203 N 2nd St, (479) 899-6334
Ever been to Havana? This restaurant is the closest bit of Havana you’ll find this side of Florida. The Cuban food is awesome and authentic down to the smallest detail, and the bar creations, especially their famous mojitos, are both colorful and tasty . At the Havana, you can also enjoy Latin music and dancing. A can’t miss spot in Rogers.
. KOMODO (Modern Asian Cuisine) 5204 W Village Pkwy, (479) 268-6871
Featuring a chic, modern decor, Komodo offers modern Asian Cuisine, a wide menu selection, creative & delicious drinks, great atmosphere all around and to top it off, the service is excellent. Take a group of friends and order several different menu items so you can sample a bit of each. Try the Nutella/Banana dessert for a taste-treat you won’t soon forget. Great for a date night or any special occasion.
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TOP 10 ROGERS RESTAURANTS . Levi’s Gastrolounge $$ 224 S 2nd St, (479) 372-6640 For a unique dining experience in a fun atmosphere, visit Levi’s in the basement of the Poplar Plaza Building in downtown Rogers. Treat yourself and your friends to gourmet bar food, beverages from the full service bar, live music and TV’s.
. Mister B’s $$$
1043 W Walnut St, (479) 636-3122 The home of consistently perfectly cooked steaks and fresh seafood, Mister B’s is a fine dining destination extraordinaire. Dine in a cozy, romantic atmosphere where all steaks are cooked to order. Have a glass of wine from Mister B’s extensive wine list while you wait the extra few minutes it takes to cook your steak just the way you like it. Excellent restaurant for a special occasion or date night.
. Monte Ne Inn Chicken $$
13843 AR-94, (479) 636-5511 A legendary restaurant with just one menu served family style, but don’t let the limited menu put you off, this is some of the best eating you will ever put in your mouth. Menu includes Southern-fried chicken, bean soup starter, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, cole slaw, homemade rolls and apple butter, and then, if you have room, and for an extra charge, decadent desserts like homemade cobblers and scrumptious pies.
may well be the best Vietnamese food in the country. Try the divine Vietnamese egg rolls and at least one of the Pho’s.
. Local Lime
2103 S Promenade Blvd, (479) 903-7300 Upscale, hip Fresh/Mex, Tex Mex restaurant, serving up some of the best street-style tacos, fajitas and other latin flavored cuisine that you will find anywhere. Trained mixologists man the bar where premium tequila, liquors and other alcohol are used. The drinks are beyond delicious, they are a work of art. Service is quick and efficient. This is definitely a restaurant to add to your list of favorites.
. Napoli’s $$
4408 W Walnut St Suite 5, (479) 270-5320 Authentic Italian flavors, great service, friendly staff and reasonable prices, who could ask for more. The menu is loaded with savory traditional Italian fare; you won’t find better tasting Italian food in the area.
. Ruth Chris $$$
3529 S Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, (479) 633-8331 Widely known as a premier steakhouse, Ruth Chris serves sizzling butter-topped steaks in an upscale setting. Great for a romantic, intimate dinner for two or for special celebrations. Delicious, mouthwatering steaks and excellent service are the rule at this upmarket restaurant.
. Saiwok Vietnamese Street Food $$ 2882 W Walnut St, (479) 202-5961
If you enjoy Vietnamese food, you will love Saiwok where you are treated as though you were the most important person in the world. The food is beyond exceptional, it
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TOP 10 PIZZA JOINTS IN NWA Northwest Arkansas is a great place to get your pizza on regardless of which style you prefer. Pizza joints in NWA are prevalent. In fact, there’s one on almost every corner. If you enjoy this wonderful food, you’ll find just the style you’re craving on the Top 10 list below:
. Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza $$ 700 SE Walton Blvd #10, (479) 268-6748 If you’re not from New York, you might be wondering what is different about a New York-style pizza? Basically, it’s a hand-tossed pizza with a thin pliable crust except on the edge where it is wide and crisp. It typically can be folded over and eaten with one hand. Johnny Brusco’s also has delicious calzones, strombolis and craft beer. The atmosphere is fun and the service is friendly and efficient. Great place to take the family for pizza.
. Pedaler’s Pub
410 SW A St, (479) 268-3285 Wood fired pizza to write home about. Located in downtown Bentonville, and killing it with their delicious pizzas. Definitely give them a try.
. Gusano’s Pizza
$$ Chicago Style Pizzeria since 2004 19 Cunningham Corner, (479) 876-6969 Gusano’s has some of the best authentic Chicago-style pizza outside of Chicago. Has flakey crust and perfectly blended flavors. Enjoys a premier sports bar reputation.
. Cafe Amore
2070 East Van Buren (Hwy 62E), (479) 253-7192 Cafe Amore serves delicious, fine Italian cuisine. The menu devotes an entire page to mouthwatering pizzas including a gluten free option, but the pizza is not all that is superb, the pasta dishes are equally as varied and scrumptious. Date night or any night, this place will win over your tummies and your hearts.
. Z’s Brick Oven
2730 N College Ave, (479) 935-4299
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Said to be Z best pizza around. The Z Bread is very, very tasty. Try the Margherita pizza and the Bruschetta. They are both out of sight.
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. Wood Stone Craft Pizza
363 W Henri De Tonti Blvd, (479) 361-9101
557 S School Ave, (479) 444-1947 “Absolutely the best pizza I have ever eaten” is echoed over and over when Wood Stone is mentioned. The salads are out-of-this-world too. You’ll be doing yourself a favor by checking them out Here’s where you find out what real pizza is all about.
. Wicked Wood Fired Pizza
Locals consider Guido’s a staple. The pizza is good and filling and large enough for a small family. The service is friendly and efficient. Make your own party with the jukebox in the corner. You’ll have a good time at Guido’s.
. MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
372 W Dickson St, (479) 466-2759 For pizza that is cooked in an Italian made wood fired oven, you must try the pies served up at Wicked Wood Fired Pizza, a food truck, conveniently located right on Dickson Street. Deliciously unique, their pizzas will keep you coming back time after time. The Tuscan Chicken Pizza is to-die-for.
. The Rail – A Pizza Company
218 S 1st St, (479) 633-8808 The Pig Wings are very good here. Order a variety of pizzas, all will be delish. This place probably has one of the best Caesar Salad’s in town. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and great atmosphere ensure a terrific experience each time you stop in.
2203 S Promenade Blvd #3110, Rogers, AR, (479) 877-6733 Neapolitan Pizzas are baked for 90 seconds in a 1000 degree oven. They are typically about 12 inches, and are meant to be eaten by one person. The crust has only 4 ingredients: non-GMO Double zero Neapolitan flour, water, sea salt and yeast. The sauce is made of just one ingredient: non-gmo crushed Italian peeled tomatoes. The cheeses are are find Italian, and the mozzarella is known as white gold. This is a pizza experience to be savored and repeated often.
. Birra-Vino’s Pizzeria
1004 S Mt Olive St Suite O, Siloam Springs, AR, (479) 549-1346 Known for its fast, friendly service and excellent Italian food including its five signature pizzas plus you may build your own. These pizzas are exceptional regardless of which one you order. The place is cozy and inviting. Beer and wine are also available.
. Fratelli’s $
118 S Broadway St, (479) 599-9197 Fratelli’s has true Italian-style, hand-tossed pizza made from flour imported from Italy. They make authentic wood-fired pizza providing a pizza experience you won’t forget.
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TOP 10 RESTAURANTS WITH BARS IN NWA A top ranked restaurant goes hand-inhand with a top ranked bar. Many people expect to enjoy a drink before dinner, and the trained mixologists at the below Top 10 restaurants with bars are only happy to oblige them:
Photo courtesy of Foster’s Pink and Plate
. Table Mesa $$
108 E Central Ave, (479) 715-6706 Stop by The Local Lounge, a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. It features a relaxing ambiance, live music, cold refreshing beer, a splendid wine selection, and creative classic and signature cocktails. You can count on the wait staff to be friendly and knowledgeable.
. Tusk and Trotter $$
110 SE A St, (479) 268-4494 In the casual lounge area on the North side, Tusk and Trotter, offers an extensive list of beer including domestics, imports, ambers and brown ales; India pale ales; wheat beers; stouts; and blond, golden and farmhouse ales. As you can see, beer enthusiasts will be delighted with the beer selection. There’s also a good selection of wine by the glass or bottle including reds, whites, blushes, champagnes, and red and white reserves. In addition to their beers and wines, they offer a terrific selection of house-infused cocktails including several Bloody Mary flavors, martinis, and an Award-Winning Pink Lady. Relax and enjoy your libation of choice here.
. Grotto Wood-Fired Grill and Wine Cave $$$ 10 Center St, (479) 363-6431 Enter off the Spring Street entrance and literally descend down into a unique, cozy cave-like restaurant and bar. Specializing in wine on tap, including those from around the world and fabulous cocktails including classic cocktails made with a fresh Grotto twist like their Moscow Mules served in copper mugs, their Basil Gimlets, and their Fresh Mint Mojitos. The service is stellar, the ambiance is superb, the food is delicious, and you just can’t beat those awesome drinks.
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TOP 10 RESTAURANTS WITH BARS IN NWA FAYETTEVILLE
. Bordinos $$
310 W Dickson St, (479) 527-6795 Bordinos offers a brilliant and enormous selection of wines either by the glass, half bottle or full bottle including Rose, White, Red, Sweet and Sparkling. They also have a good selection of wine flights including some delicious madein-Arkansas wines. Not a wine lover? Let their mixologists whip up a hand-crafted martini, specialty on the rocks, or classic cocktail for you. In addition, Bordinos also has a nice selection of beer including three on draft.
. Theos $$$
318 N Campbell Ave, (479) 527-0086 Many say that Theo’s has the best happy hour in Fayetteville! It has a lounge inside and weather permitting, a terrific patio outside. Theo’s offers white and red wine flights, and also sells wine by the glass or bottle. There are always two local brews on tap, and there’s also a good selection of bottled beer. In addition, they also offer a delicious $5 House Cocktail. Let one of their talented bartenders create something special for you.
. Bonefish $$ 3201 Market St, (479) 273-0916 Complete with beer, wine and martinis, the bar menu offers a wide variety of libations to please everyone’s preference. The beautiful martinis are really something to see, and they are delicious to boot. Try the Ultimate Infused Dirty Martini or the Cosmopolitan. Beer selection includes crafts, specialties, imports and classic domestics. Kick back, and have a cold one. Bonefish has a diverse wine selection that offers perfect pairings regardless of the entrée.
. Houlihan’s $$ 2203 Promenade Blvd, Ste 15100, (479) 246-0296 Houlihan’s is famous for its laid back atmosphere and vast array of drinks including micro-brewed beers, mini martini flights, and wide array of wines. Synonymous with good food, good drinks and good friends, Houlihan’s provides the perfect environment for a fun-filled gathering.
. Foster’s Pint and Plate $$
2001 S Bellview Rd #2, (479) 621-0093 Foster’s is a micro-brewery with 82 beers on tap. They also have a fabulous selection of wines and hand-crafted cocktails. Mainly a gastropub featuring freshly prepared farm-to-table food in a casual upscale environment, Foster’s has a stunning patio with a huge fire pit for your enjoyment. Join them on Wednesday evenings for Wine Down Wednesdays featuring wine for $4 a glass.
. Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill
3000 S Pinnacle Hills Pkwy, (479) 319-4111 Get ready for a mouthful of flavor with every bite regardless of which of the many menu options you choose. Food is fresh, cooked to perfection and fresh to order. Excellent bar area with beer, wine and delicious sangria.
. 28 Springs $$
100 E University St, (479) 524-2828 28 Springs has many local beers on tap, makes superior cocktails, and has a beautiful selection of wines. Their spirits are curated from around the world including some thirty different Bourbons, more than seventy whiskies and twenty plus bitters. Cocktails range from Classic to Imported to Contemporary. Unsure about which whiskey to try, give the popular whiskey flights a try. In short, this bar is equipped to deliver your favorite drink in short order. You won’t be disappointed here!
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TOP 10 SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS IN NWA How is it possible for a landlocked state to have fresh seafood? Northwest Arkansas residents and visitors alike can enjoy live and fresh caught seafood flown in from the coasts daily. This ability is made possible mainly through the vision and efforts of one man, Barry over at Blu Fresh Fish Market & Restaurant. He flys it in and then distributes it throughout NWA. If you crave truly fresh seafood, choose one of the Top 10 restaurants below:
. Blu Marketplace Fish $$ 607 SE 5th St, (479) 273-5400 Blu is your place for the absolute freshest seafood in the area. The fish is flown in daily and has that just-caught flavor. Blu is a fish market where you can select your seafood from ice filled cases or large live fish tanks, and you may also dine in or order takeout. This is fun place to visit with out-of-town guests or the kids.
. Flying Fish $$
109 NW 2nd St, (479) 657-6300 If you enjoy fine fish, catfish or ocean fish, in a laid back lakefront atmosphere, you will love the Flying Fish. Selections include catfish, shrimp, oysters, crab, gumbo, Poâ€™ Boys, shrimp cocktail, salmon, trout, and tilapia. Baskets include hush puppies and fries. The main selections are fresh fried catfish and shrimp and oysters, though the restaurant also offers a wide selection of grilled fish, shrimp cocktail, snow crab legs, burgers, chicken and crawfish. Beer, margaritas and wine also are served.
. River Grille $$$
1003 McClain Rd, (479) 271-4141 Upscale, and well worth the price. Features steaks grilled to perfection, chicken and a good selection of seafood including halibut, a fresh catch (flown in daily), fresh Atlantic Salmon and Alaskan King Crab Legs. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wine pairings. You can expect a great time every time at the River Grille.
. Local Flavor Cafe
71 S Main St, (479) 253-9522 Appreciated for its outstanding food, drinks and service. Seafood is prepared and cooked to perfection including the Crab Cakes, shrimp Diablo and Salmon are all delicious. You can expect a terrific experience when you choose to dine at the Local Flavor. Photo courtesy of Blu Marketplace Fish
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TOP 10 SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS IN NWA . Crabby’s $$
. Cafe Rue Orleans - Cajun & Seafood $$
1800 S 52nd St, (479) 273-0222
1150 N College Ave, (479) 443-2777 Casual restaurant offering classic New Orleans-style seafood dishes including such favorites as Shrimp Pontchartrain, Crawfish Etouffee and Eggplant Napoleon. Easy laid-back atmosphere, authentic flavors and impeccable service make this an area favorite. Make it a point to go there for Sunday brunch, your tastebuds will thank you for it.
. Mermaids Seafood $$
Elegant ambiance, fresh seafood and fantastic drinks make this Rogers restaurant a great choice for a romantic evening or a fine dining experience for anyone. Chef insists on only the freshest of ingredients whether he is grilling scallops and shrimp to perfection or creating a colorful, crisp salad. This excellent restaurant consistently delivers flavorful, perfectly cooked seafood based food.
. Fish City Grill $$
Pinnacle Hills Promenade,
2217 College Ave, (479) 443-3737
2203 South Promenade Blvd #3110, (479) 636-8833
Upscale restaurant, known for its whimsical decor and Chef Todd’s expertly prepared and superb seafood cuisine featuring many seafood items including salmon, shrimp, fish of the day and scallops. A full bar run by experienced, creative mixologists, ensures that your beverages taste delightful every time. Live music provides a relaxing, entertaining atmosphere.
Prides itself on being your neighborhood seafood joint. Specializing in great food and friendly, attentive wait staff, Fish City Grill offers NWA residents and visitors from around the world some of the best tasting seafood to be found anywhere. Even Florida Gulf folks love this eatery. Try the Shrimpapalooza, if it is available, or the try the Serafin’s Fish Tacos.
3201 Market Street, (479) 273-0916
1721 Forest Hills Blvd, Bella Vista, AR
Outstanding Rogers seafood restaurant featuring marketfresh seafood cooked over a wood-burning grill. Enjoys rave reviews from many repeat patrons stemming from excellent, top of the line service and excellent food. Seafood items include Chilean Seabass, Atlantic Salmon, Coldwater Lobster Tails and so much more. Try the Bang Bang Shrimp Appetizer.
. Rhythm And Q
. Bonefish Grill $$
• Furnished 1 & 2 Bedroom Condo’s • Nightly, Weekly & Monthly Rates • Full Service Management
Great seafood is hard to come by in Northwest Arkansas, and that’s why the by monthly seafood buffets at Rhythm And Q are such an overwhelming success. Get there early for the crab legs, they go quickly. If you’ve been waiting to sample really good seafood in NWA, this is a must for you. You won’t be disappointed.
Clubhouse Rental for Events - 2,000 sq. ft. - 52 Max Occupancy - Kitchen, Tables & Chairs
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TOP 10 SPRINGDALE RESTAURANTS Springdale has a number of restaurants that have been in business for many years, and it also has a smattering of new and newer restaurants that are mainly ethnic including an Italian, Punjabi and two Mexican restaurants. Check out the Top 10 list below for a Springdale restaurant near you.
. AQ Chicken 1207 N Thompson St, (479) 751-4633 A long-standing Springdale restaurant, AQ Chicken is famous for its mouthwatering pan fried chicken. If you love chicken cooked Southern-style, you’ll love AQ.
. Fratelli’s Italian Grill $$
1008 W Sunset Ave, (479) 347-7562 Craving authentic Italian food, and not just the run of the mill old stand bys? You owe it to yourself and your family to visit Fratelli’s just as soon as you can. The fresh rolls with marinara dipping sauce are outof-this-world, the Chicken Picatta is to-die-for, the salad comes out cold, crisp and clean, just as it is meant to be served and the staff is both friendly and professional. You’ll love this place.
. Natural State Sandwiches $ 107 E Emma Ave, (479) 225-1103
Oh my! Are you ever in for a treat when you visit Natural State Sandwiches on E Emma. The owners/ chef knows exactly how to blend flavors to create a mouthwatering sandwich that will give your taste buds a deliciously different sensation. When you’ve once had a Natural State Sandwich, it will be the standard by which you judge every other sandwich you eat.
. Neal’s Cafe
806 N Thompson St, (479) 751-9996 Known far and wide for its wonderful home cooking and mouth watering homemade pies and other desserts, Neal’s captures the down-home cooking feel to a tee. Try the Chicken Fried Steak. It is so tender you can cut it with a fork.
3976 Elm Springs Rd, (479) 751-9245 A Springdale burger eatery, Patrick’s is home to the Old Fashion Hamburger, soft ice cream treats, homemade fried pies, reasonable prices and great friendly service. Patrick’s is a welcome departure from fast food chain fare.
Photo courtesy of Natural State Sandwiches
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TOP 10 SPRINGDALE RESTAURANTS . Punjabi Kitchen $$
. Venesian Inn
2576 W Sunset Ave #C, (479) 717-6500
582 W Henri De Tonti Blvd, (479) 361-2562
A casual Indian/Pakistani restaurant featuring vegan, vegetarian and traditional Indian Curry dishes made with the freshest of ingredients including an array of flavorful spices. Known for its excellent, Punjabi food, patrons make it a regular weekly stop.
Serving homemade Italian food for more than 60 years, the Venesian Inn serves delicious spaghetti, chicken alfredo, lasagna, fettuccine, steaks and much more. Try the melt-inyour-mouth homemade rolls for a taste treat delight.
. Susan’s Restaurant
1440 W Sunset Ave, (479) 751-1445 Susan’s is another longtime Springdale restaurant serving Southern-style food and lots of it. Bring your appetite and leave satisfied whether you’re there for breakfast or lunch. Susan’s serves great omelets that are jam packed with delicious fresh ingredients, and burgers, lunch specials, and sandwiches that are prepared just right.
. Taqueria Guanajuato
103 N Thompson St, (479) 750-194 A small roadside hole-in-the-wall serving excellent Mexican food including tacos, tortas, tamales, quesadillas, burritos and house specials. Service is friendly, quick and efficient, and prices are surprisingly inexpensive for the ample portions served.
. Las Margaritas $
2313 W Sunset, (479) 756-1088 Serves fresh traditional homemade Mexican food along with delicious Margaritas and cold beer. Wait staff is both friendly and efficient, making sure your meal moves along at an even pace. Restaurant is clean with ample seating. Try one of the tasty fruit-flavored monster margaritas.
. Marketplace Grill $
1636 S 48th St, (479) 750-5200 A family style restaurant featuring typical American food including soups, steaks, seafood, salads (large selection), baked potatoes, sandwiches and burgers. Pizza, tacos and pasta are also served. Everything on the menu is fresh and freshly made. Great place to take the family.
Black Apple Crossing
Photo Courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism
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TOP 10 SOUTHERN RESTAURANTS IN NWA Who doesn’t love Southern food? We’re talking down-home cooking that tastes heavenly, comes in large portions, sticks to your ribs and is affordable? That fits a large majority of the population, doesn’t it? Fortunately, there are plenty of Northwest Arkansas restaurants that serve down-home cooking. Take a look at the top 10 list below and select a Southern restaurant near you:
. Cracker Barrel $$ 2307 SE Walton Blvd, (479) 268-5907 Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is known for their country cooking and gracious, friendly service. The Cracker Barrel offers traditional country food like biscuits and gravy. Each restaurant has an on-site general store. Try their Buttermilk Fried Chicken Plate, you’ll be hooked.
. Williams Soul Food Express
3404 SE Macy Rd, (479) 273-3922 If you crave down-home cooking and a family atmosphere, then you must visit Williams Soul Food Express where the food is just like your momma used to make. Oh my! The fried chicken and collards are simply out of this world as are the wings and fresh made pork rinds. You won’t ever eat another bag of store-bought pork rinds without thinking of how they should really taste. It’s a family operated place, and the service is spot on. Give it a try, you won’t leave disappointed.
. Gallery Cafe $ 167 N. Main St, (479) 752-3577 Gallery Cafe in Decatur specialized in home-styled cooking and friendly service. The menu is packed with down-home selections including juicy burgers, chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, sandwiches, veggie dinner plates and cream and berry pies.
. Southern Food Company $$ 3575 W Wedington Dr Suite 3,(479) 313-7646 Southern Food Company serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. As the name suggests, food is authentic southern food, and compares favorably with down home Memphis flavors. Dirty Bird and Chicken Fried Steak are exceptional. Atmosphere is fun, and service is friendly and efficient. Go there once, and you’ll probably be hooked.
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. Wooden Spoon $ 1000 S Gentry Blvd, (479) 736-3030 You may have to wait a minute or two to be seated, but the amazing down-home food will more than make up for the wait. Located on HWY 59 in Gentry, the Wooden Spoon specializes in excellent, taste-tripping food whether you’ve ordered their signature chicken salad, excellent meatloaf, or fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. Their bakery items including, breads, cobblers, pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and cakes are made-from-scratch fresh daily. The chocolate Bread Pudding and the Red Velvet Cake are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The plain fact is, you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu.
. Monte Ne Chicken Inn $$ 13843 AR-94, (479) 636-5511 Favorite for all-you-can-eat fried chicken, bean soup, country mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, coleslaw, green beans, homemade rolls and apple butter served family style. In business for forty years, loyal customers keep coming back year after year. This is the only menu that is served. Reservations are encouraged.
. Cathy’s Corner $
1910 US-412, (479) 524-4475 The management and staff at Cathy’s corner know how to ensure you have a terrific dining experience. The food is marvelous regardless of what you order, and the service is friendly and efficient. The burgers are awesome and the fries are perfectly cooked. Good food, good service and good prices can be expected at Cathy’s Corner.
. AQ Chicken House $$ 1207 N Thompson St, (479) 751-4633 Dishes up a variety of chicken recipes including delicious chicken and dumplings, classic pan-fried, BBQ, and
charcoal-cooked chicken. It’s all served in a warm, downhome setting. Dessert is fried peaches. Yum! They have been at the top of the chicken favorite’s list for many years. Did you know that AQ stands for Arkansas Quality. Try it once, you’ll be back.
. Neal’s Cafe $
806 N Thompson St, (479) 751-9996 Since 1944 Neal’s Cafe has been specializing in delicious homemade meals including fried chicken cooked in the old iron skillets. Other standard southern dishes on the menu are catfish, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, smothered steaks and homemade pies and rolls. And they may have some of the best fried pickles in the NWA area. Look for the familiar pink building.
. Susan’s $
1440 W Sunset Ave, (479) 751-1445 You can expect home cooking, great prices and a friendly, efficient staff at Susan’s. The cinnamon rolls are out of this world, so say their loyal customers. The pecan waffles can’t be beat, and are a local favorite. Open 7 days a week from 6 AM to 2 PM; breakfast is served until 2 PM.
. Pea Ridge Cafe $
467 Lee Town Road, (479) 488-6014 Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, the Pea Ridge Cafe has delicious down-home cooking, friendly atmosphere, fast and friendly service, large portions and consistency. Restaurants can be on off, but this one seems to be on all the time. In fact, you can pretty much depend on great tasting, fresh, food every time you come in. And if you’re a picky eater, just tell your server exactly how you’d like your food prepared. The cooks at Pea Ridge Cafe do an excellent job of making sure your food comes out just right.
. Wagon Wheel Restaurant $$
4080 N Thompson St, Springdale, AR, (479) 927-1510 Fans think it is the best family restaurant in town. Homemade rolls, real mashed potatoes, country fried chicken are just a few of the favorite menu items. The owners do their very best to ensure that you have a good dining experience each and every time you come in.
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TOP 10 TEX MEX IN NWA People, as a general rule, love Tex Mex. In fact, some people love it so much they could eat it every day of the week. Northwest Arkansas has many excellent Tex Mex restaurants to please even the most discriminating palate. The Top 10 list below contains the very best of these:
BENTONVILLE Maria’s Mexican Restaurant $$ 2503 S Walton Blvd, (479) 271-0920 With seating room for 150, this is a family owned Tex-Mex restaurant offering a large variety of menu items including tasty appetizers, salads, dips, seafood, beef, chicken and pork dishes. Quesadillas, nachos, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, combination plates, and tacos are popular. Groups from 50 to 500 can be catered. In the NWA area since 1999, two additional stores have opened in Rogers and Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
Glasgow’s $ 411 SE Walton Blvd, (479) 273-9958 A long standing Tex Mex restaurant, specializing in traditional Tex Mex cuisine including enchiladas, tacos, beans, guacamole and rice. Glasgow’s also has some American food including burgers.
Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant $$ 301 N Walton Blvd, (479) 254-8801 In business since 2012, Las Palmas serves a variety of delicious Tex-Mex food. The food is made from the freshest of ingredients, and good Mexican beer is on tap. Owners, the Reyes family, are determined to see that your meal is more than satisfactory each time you come in. They also do catering and have a terrific outdoor seating area.
BELLA VISTA Las Fajita’s $ Sugar Creek Shopping Center, 42 Sugar Creek Center, (479) 855-7048 Las Fajitas located in the Sugar Creek Shopping Center in Bella Vista enjoys rave reviews from its loyal customers. The portions are generous, their specials are terrific, and the service is great too. They have a varied menu selection. Try their fabulous house margaritas, and ask for the spicy sauce instead of their regular one. If you like Tex-Mex, you’ll love this sauce.
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TOP 10 TEX MEX IN NWA EUREKA SPRINGS Oasis $ 37 Spring Street, 479-253-0886 The Oasis has Ark-Mex rather than Tex-Mex, and the menu items include lots of meat dishes as well as their vegetarian and vegan options. The food is reasonably priced. Everything is fresh and tasty. The salsa is sold by the bottle, and people travel to Eureka just to stock up. The place is small, but cozy, and enjoys many great reviews.
FAYETTEVILLE Acambaro Mexican Restaurant $$ 2605 College Ave, (479) 442-3454 Open seven days a week from 11 AM – 9 PM, but on the weekends they stay open until 10 PM. Many of their fans believe they make the best margarita in town. This could be because they stock a wide variety of tequilas. It is a friendly, casual restaurant featuring a large selection of all your Tex-Mex favorites. Parties and catering are welcome.
Mojito’s Mexican Grill $$ 100 E Joyce Blvd, (479) 527-9200 Open until 10 PM Mon – Thu; open until 11 PM Fri – Sat. This is a great place for mojitos (traditional Cuban highballs), beer, margaritas (there’s a good selection), and delicious Tex-Mex food with a Cuban twist. Menu items include Cabo Style Fish Tacos, Glazed Salmon, Fajitas, Chorizo Quesadillas and Tacos Carne Asada. Atmosphere is perfect for both a business lunch or a romantic date. Parties are welcome.
authentic flavors from the border towns and south Texas area. Service is impeccable, ambiance is fun, food portions are large and delicious. You simply cannot go wrong by taking your family, friends or business associates here. Also check out the happy hour and large comfortable patio.
Local Lime $$ 2103 S Promenade Blvd, Rogers, AR 72758 (479) 903-7300 Inspired by Mexican street fare, this hip restaurant dishes up delicious Latin flavors including salsa, botanas, salads, bowls, sweets, tacos, plates, fajitas and more. Watch from your perch at the full bar as your mixologist whips up a perfect cocktail or mixes the margarita of your dreams. All the food is fresh and freshly made. Very popular spot, be prepared to wait a few minutes.
SPRINGDALE Las Margaritas Mexican Restaurant $$ 2313 W Sunset Ave, (479) 756-1088 Offers a varied menu of Tex-Mex food including appetizers, soups and salads, fajitas, quesadillas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more.
HONORABLE MENTION Abuelo’s $$ 4005 W Walnut St, Rogers, AR(479) 621-0428 Open from 11 AM – 10 PM Sun – Thur; and until 11 PM Fri – Sat. Abuelo’s has a large menu featuring made-fromscratch food including hand-rolled enchiladas, traditional Tex Mex, and family recipe house specialties.
Chuy’s $$ 4889 W Pauline Whitaker Pkwy, (479) 254-2489 Open 11 AM – 10 PM Thurs – Sun and open until 1 1 PM Fri & Sat. Serves fresh, authentic Tex-Mex and other
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TOP 10 MICROBREWERIES IN NWA Microbreweries have sprung up all up and down Northwest Arkansas. If you enjoy craft beer, you’ll be happy to know that there are many microbreweries in NWA where you can sample the brew right where it is made, and you can also find your favorite craft beer at many of the local bars and restaurants. Check out the Top 10 list below to find a favorite microbrewery near you:
. Bike Rack Brewing Company 410 SW A St, (479) 268-6648
Food Available: No Tours Available: Yes Brewery Hours: Mon. CLOSED, Tues & Wed 4pm – 9pm, Thurs & Fri 3:30pm – 11pm, Sat 11am – 11pm, Sun 11am – 7pm Bike Rack Brewing Co. has three locations. The original is in the heart of the newly rezoned Arts District right on the bike trail, another is located in the popular 8th Street Market, a community focused food and drink hub where both tenants and members of the community work together to serve the larger community. Using local inspiration for it’s flavorful craft beers, the brewpub also has live music in its tap room, and plenty of room to hang with friends. The original location 410 SW A Street is still open and going strong, and a 3rd location is open in Springdale.
. Apple Blossom Brewing Company 1550 East Zion Rd, (479) 287-4344 Food Available: Yes Tours Available: Yes Brewery Hours: Mon -Thurs: 11am - 9:30pm, Fri-Sat: 11am - 10:30pm, Sun: 12 - 9pm The 250 seat brew/restaurant enjoys rave reviews about both the beer and the food. Whether you’re there to share a unique beer, an appetizer, a salad or a full meal, Apple Blossom Brewing Company serves up some of the very best in all categories. Their beer selection runs from favorite great pale ales and ESB’s to beers trending from the west and east coasts and Colorado. Food specials are created from the freshest ingredients to be found locally. Try the French Dip sandwich, which is said to be one of the very best in town.
. Columbus House Brewery
701 N. West St, (479) 935-3752 Food Available: No Tours Available: Yes Brewery Hours: Mon - Thurs 6 pm - 10 pm, Fri 5 pm - 12 am, Sat 12 pm - 12 am, Sun 1 pm - 8 pm Owned and operated by loyal Fayetteville residents, Columbus House Brewery, located next to the trail on North Street, makes it easy for folks engaged in an active life style to stop by to enjoy one of their delicious cold ones. It’s one of the popular go-to places for locals wanting to enjoy excellent local brews, a terrific atmosphere and friendly bartenders. Experienced beer drinkers will enjoy the IPA and the Stout, and for the smoothest brew around, try the Brown. The place is Fido friendly too.
. Fossil Cove Brewing Co.
1946 N. Birch Ave, (479) 445-6050
Food Available: Nomad’s Natural Plate on Wed. occasionally other days Tours Available: Yes, if master brewer is available Brewery Hours: Tues – Thu: 4-10pm, Fri: 4pm–11pm, Sat: 2-11pm, Sun: 2–10pm
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If you are looking for high-quality, locally-made beer, Fossil Cove Brewing Co. won’t disappoint you. Make it a point to sample some of their brews even if you have to go out of your way to try one. It’s a craft beer so flavorful that you’ll be coming back time after time. Ben Mills, the owner and brew master, brews some of the most flavorful beer in NWA. Curious customers can watch the brew room through the large windows. Great place to kick back and relax with friends. Try the Coffee IPA, available on tap and six-packs.
2470 Lowell Rd, (479) 372-7780
. Bentonville Brewing Company 1700 S. 1st St, (479) 903-7330 Mon - Wed Closed; Thur - 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday - 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Sat - 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm Sun - 1 pm -7:00 pm With a solid core of five delicious beers, Bentonville Brewing Company is keen on morphing average light lager beer and non-beer drinkers into craft beer lovers. Bottles are available now, and you can also find the production brewery’s beer in their tasting room and on draft in outstanding bars and restaurants throughout Benton and Washington Counties. Live music is available for special events only. Tours available on Friday and Saturday only.
. Ozark Beer Company
109 N Arkansas St, (479) 636-2337 Food Available: No Tours Available: Yes Brewery Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-5:30pm, Sat: 1-7pm, Sun: 2-6pm
*Open for growler fills and tastings seven days a week, with pints available only on the weekends. These people pride themselves on producing some of the very best beer in NWA. You can bring your own food and relax in the sitting area with one of their excellent house beers. Nice and efficient folks make up the management and wait staff team, and your satisfaction is their primary concern. Even on Sunday’s, the tasting room and Tyler’s craft BBQ is open to serve you. Current patrons love this place and you will too.
. New Province Brewing Company 1310 W Hudson Rd, (479) 246-0479
Food Available:Fri-Saturday nights and Wednesday night Tours Available: Upon request Brewery Hours: Mon - Fri 3pm-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun12 - 9pm Stemming from the operating philosophy that brewing is a delicate balance between science and art, you could easily say that at New Province crafting the perfect brew is a drop by drop obsession. They are keen to have you, their customers, experience the taste sensation created by their perfectly crafted beers. Visit their taproom soon to sample the Philosopher IPA and the Yeoman Porter.
. Core Brewing and Distilling Food Available: No Tours Available: Yes Brewery Hours: Mon-Fri: 3-9pm, Sat-Sun: 12-9pm An award-winning brewery featuring some of Arkansas’ most flavorful beer, Core Brewing now produces more than 500 barrels of beer sales per month, and it can be found in more than 500 locations. Stop by the tap room soon to try the Leg Hound Marzen-style lager or the American Wheat. Both are great beers with amazing flavors. “Core Brewing has multiple pub locations in Northwest Arkansas including Fayetteville, Rogers, XNA, Bentonville and 3 Springdale locations including the main distilling location, HarBer and the Emma location.
. Saddlebock Brewery
18244 Habberton Rd, (479) 419-9969
Food Available: Seasonal food carts Tours Available: Yes Brewery Hours: Mon-Thurs: 2-9pm, Fri-Sat: 12-9pm, Sun: 1-8pm Located on the beautiful White River, Saddlebock was the first production brewery in NWA. For great brews by people who are particular about the kind of beers they produce, drop by Saddlebock Brewey to enjoy the view, unwind, relax and feast your taste buds on some of the most flavorful beer you will find in the Ozarks. The brewery features a unique design with a triple deck. Try the delicious flight of four, which has 4 oz. portions.
. Black Apple Crossing
321 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR, (479) 751-0337 Black Apple Crossing is the first cidery to open its doors in Arkansas. For those of you who don’t know, there are alcoholic and non-alcoholic ciders. Alcoholic ciders are called hard ciders and are fermented, while non-alcoholic ciders are called soft ciders or sweet ciders and are not fermented. Black Apple Crossing brews delicious, hard ciders. These ciders offer a completely different taste in adult beverages, and may actually convert some beer drinkers as they are gluten-free. The place is fast becoming a favorite for date nights, and it is also a great place to hang out with friends. They have a killer patio, a beautiful wooden bar, and there’s also an intimate space. You may order the cider in flights or by the glass. While no food is served, a food truck is typically nearby. Great new addition to Emma Street!
. Hawk Moth
710 N 2nd St, Rogers, AR A beer lover’s brewery. Classic old-world brews made with a slightly modern twist await your tasting at Hawk Moth. Barrels are used for aging & blending, and the amazing taste reflect the extra effort and time. Friendly people run the place, and all are dedicated to making sure your experience with them is a pleasant one. Great place to hang out with friends and catch a game or just jawjack.
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TOP 10 MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS IN NWA Mountain bike trails in Northwest Arkansas are plentiful, beautiful and demanding. Oz trails, Coler Creek, Fitzgerald Mountain, Slaughter Pen, Back 40, Lake Leatherwood and Mt. Kessler are all well-known on a regional and national level. With more than 200 miles already, and more in the works, NWA is now a world-class single track destination that attracts mountain bikers from around the world. Although the trails, as a whole, are known to be challenging for even the most experienced mountain bikers, there are trails suitable for every skill level.
. Trail: Back 40 & Blowing Springs Loop Length of Trail: Back 40 = 22.2 miles, Blowing Springs Loop 4 miles Type of Trail: 100% Singletrack
Description: A world-class and favorite cross country single track with awesome berms and some great downhills with some tech stuff and a little bit of everything else. Directions/Parking for Back 40 and Blowing Springs Loop: (from Town Center on Arkansas 340/Lancashire Boulevard): Take U.S. 71 south. Turn left on Dartmoor Road. Parking is off Blowing Springs Road before you get to the guard shack for the RV Park. Description: Blowing Springs trails are fast and have flow with the more technical stuff and better scenery than Slaughter Pen. The trails include caves, waterfalls, springs, and cliff riding and is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners yearround. The loop nets about six miles and connects easily to Slaughter Pen for more mileage.
. Trail: Slaughter Pen Hollow Trail This is a loop trail located near Bentonville, Arkansas and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Length of Trail: 23.7 miles, Type of Trail: 50% Singletrack Directions/Location: Take Interstate 540 and exit at U.S. 71B in Bentonville. Follow U.S. 71B south for one mile to the parking lot on the left. Bike north on the concrete trail for one-half mile to the Slaughter Pen Hollow trail head.
Description: Slaughter Pen trails are fast and have flow with enough technical stuff to make it hard.
. Trail: Coler Creek Preserve
Length of Trail: 16 miles when completed, Type of Trail: 100% Singletrack Directions/Location: 11840-11850 Peach Orchard Rd
Description: Built for skilled mountain bikers, the Coler Creek Trail features 8 different lines, all starting from a central hub. Whether you want rocks, flows or jumps, youâ€™ll be able to enjoy them all at the new Coler Creek Preserve Trail.
. Trail: Lake Leatherwood
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Length of Trail: 20.8 miles, Type of Trail: 95% Singletrack Location: 1303 Co Rd 204, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 Description: Lake Leatherwood sports the only natural downhill feature in the area. There are technical rock drops and tons of short tough climbs. A mid travel trail bike would be great for this trail.
TOP 10 MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS IN NWA Note: Lake Leatherwood is the site for the annual Fat Tire Festival. This festival is 3 day weekend that is packed with downhill, super-d, short track, and cross country racing. In addition, there are group rides, social gatherings, live music and craft beer.
Description: Hobbs State Park trail system is really smooth with a lot of climbing. Winds and twists through the woods, and has some tight tree squeezes.
. Trail: Railyard Bike Park & Lake Atalanta Trail
. Trail: Mount Kessler
Length of Trail: 10 miles, Type of Trail: Singletrack Location: 120 Lake Atalanta Rd, Rogers AR 72756
Length of Trail: 13.6 miles, Type of Trail: Singletrack Location/Parking: Take exit 60 off I-49 and go south about one-half mile on Cato Springs Road and turn right on Judge Cummings Road (WC 200) and the parking will be on your right.
Description: Lake Atalanta Trail circles the springfed lake, and takes you through some Ozark forest. The Railyard Bike Park has world-class dirt jumps, wood ramps, 20foot gaps and even railroad cars. Cyclists of every skill level can enjoy this park.
Description: Mount Kessler is unique and rocky trail but a little more technical with some great scenery as well. NOTE: Kessler Mountain Jam (formerly the Slaughter Pen Jam) is a mountain biking event that is family friendly and features live music, food, and much more. This singletrack race is part of the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series (AMBCS).
. Trail: Fossil Flats - Devil’s Den State Park Length of Trail: 5.6 miles, Type of Trail: 80% Singletrack
Location/Parking: 11333 West Arkansas Highway 74, West Fork 72774. South of Fayetteville, Parking is available at the campground across Lee Creek from the Visitor Center. Description: Devil’s Den State Park has one of the oldest mountain bike trails (Fossil Flats) in the State of Arkansas. The park also offers scenic hiking trails and camping and fishing.
. Trail: Fitzgerald Mountain Length of Trail: 7 miles (3 additional miles completed Fall 2018) Type of Trail: Natural-surface multi-use trail Location: A trailhead kiosk and temporary parking are available at Bayyari Park at 2400 Deer Valley Street, Springdale, AR.
Description: Using the natural rock formations at Fitzgerald Mountain as a major feature, the trail is not only beautiful, but is fun for cyclists of all skill levels.
. Trail: Lake Fayetteville
Note: Devil’s Den park plays hosts to the annual Northwest Arkansas Championship mountain bike race in the fall and a mountain bike festival each spring.
Length of Trail: 6.6 miles, Type of Trail: 75% Singletrack Location/Parking: 71B take Zion road to Veterans Memorial Park. The trail loops around Lake Fayetteville, starting and ending there.
Length of Trail: 40.0 miles, Type of Trail: 90% Singletrack Location/Parking: Knuckles Creek Road Trailhead: GPS Coordinates 35˚ 51´ 23.151” N -93˚ 29´ 40.056” W
Description: Lake Fayetteville is located on the north side of Fayetteville. It has a 6.6 mile loop that is family-friendly and is a good place to get a quick ride includes a hardwood forest, waterfall, wildflowers and is primarily used for mountain biking & trail running and is also accessible year-round.
. Trail: Upper Buffalo Headwaters
Description: Offers about 40 miles of singletrack that surrounds the highest point in the Ozarks Mountains. It is comprised of beautiful vistas including dense forest, sustained climbs, steep pitches, rocky cliffs, berms, drops, water crossings and more. While beautiful, this trail is remote.
Hobbs State Park
Length of Trail: 19 miles, Type of Trail: Ridgeline Singletrack Location: 20201 AR-12, Rogers, AR 72756
. Trail: Mt. Sequoyah
Length of Trail: 5.0 miles, Type of Trail: 100% Singletrack Location/Parking: Parking is available at the intersection of Happy Hollow Road and East Paddock Road.
Description: This popular 10-mile natural-surface trail is situated above downtown Fayetteville and winds its way through the forested hillside of Mount Sequoyah. It is considered technical with lots of rocks but the scenery is well worth it. NWA Travel Guide l TOP TEN 59
TOP 10 THRIFT STORES IN NWA Marie Kondo’s deciptly different ‘Tidying Up’ tips has caused a boom in the thrift store industry. People are going through their closets like mad and turning unwanted and gently used items into cold hard cash. Shoppers are getting a deal too. They can buy items with miles of use still left in them for literally pennies on the dollar. The Top 10 list below has the best thrift stores in Northwest Arkansas:
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BENTONVILLE DEB Project Deserving Enriched & Blessed- Thrift Boutique 1140 N Walton, (479) 544-9397 A wonderful non-profit that supports the children of Northwest Arkansas with clothing and accessories. Want to shop for top quality clothing at bargain basement prices and have the proceeds go towards helping NWA children in need, shop this spotless, well organized thrift store.
Helping Hands 320 Airport Rd, (479) 273-2511 Helping Hands of Bentonville sells good to new quality clothing, shoes, jewelry and other accessories, household items and more. This store helps Benton County residents in need and its sister project, the Food Pantry Garden, helps feed some 900 families each month. Great cause and really good items at reasonable prices.
TOP 10 THRIFT STORES IN NWA EUREKA SPRINGS The Good Shepherd Humane Society Thrift Shop 124 W. Van Buren, (479) 253-9115 Another quality thrift shop that benefits the Good Shepherd Humane Society, a non-profit, no kill dog and cat shelter dedicated to saving the lives of every adoptable dog and cat in the Eureka Springs area. Clothing, furniture, jewelry, art, collectibles and other seasonal items are currently being sold. If you love animals, why not shop here first?
FAYETTEVILLE Beautiful Lives Boutique 1108 N. College Ave, (479) 601-7277 Beautiful Lives Boutique in Fayetteville is a nonprofit women’s thrift shop & and upscale boutique benefiting hurting women and children near, and as far away as Kenya. Lovely, gently worn clothing, shoes and accessories can found here.
Peace at Home Family Shelter 1200 North Garland Ave., (479) 973-9571 Peace at Home Family Thrift shop benefits the Peace at Home Family Shelter, which provides emergency shelter and supportive services to those fleeing domestic violence and their children. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, furniture, clean linens, household items, accent pieces, books, working small appliances and seasonal items are sold.
Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, Thrift Store 1622 S 8th St, (479) 621-6116 This thrift store benefits the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, which provides many services and shelter to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Items sold are clean women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes, furniture, household goods and appliances.
Samaritan House Rogers 2115 W. Walnut in Rogers The Samaritan Shop benefits the hurting and hungry of Northwest Arkansas. You’ll find bargains almost every single time you come in. Items sold are clean clothing, furniture, appliances, seasonal decor, books, exercise equipment, framed art work and much more.
SPRINGDALE Arkansas Council of the Blind Thrift Store 419 E Robinson Ave, (479) 756-3908 This thrift store benefits the Arkansas Council of the Blind. Items sold are varied and include clothing, shoes, tools, furniture and more.
Compassion NWA 2407 S Thompson St, (479) 717-5662 Sponsored by Cross Church, Compassion NWA’s, a 501c3 non profit, mission is to give 100% of its proceeds after operational expenses back to the community through various impact programs including its Free 2 Be program. Sale items are donated by individuals as well as companies, and many are new.
Goodwill in Rogers
4301 Pleasant Crossing Blvd, (479) 636-0257
Goodwill in Rogers is a huge, clean, well laid out store. You can find clothing for men, women and children, household goods, home decor, furniture and more at this fantastic new store.
2101 Highway 412 E, Siloam Springs, AR, (479) 373-6373 Great place to find deep discounts on furniture, mattresses, clothing, home decor, hats, framed artwork, books, seasonal items and more. Sales are held often and inventory turns over quickly.
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TOP 10 WINE BARS IN NWA There’s nothing quite like relaxing with friends over a delicious glass of wine. Your favorite wine bars provides an atmosphere where that can routinely happen. Just walking through their doors puts you in a mood to loosen up and begin to let the cares of the day lift from your shoulders. Popular wine bars are stocked with your favorite wines, have excellent friendly service, and seating that is conducive to quiet conversation and are comfortable. Check out the Top 10 wine bars we’ve listed below to find a top ranked wine bar near you:
. The Preacher’s Son 201 NW A St, (479) 445-6065 The Preacher’s Son in Bentonville offers an extensive wine list and includes wines on tap, by the glass or by the bottle. Your server is pleased to suggest wine pairings for your meal selection. Being housed in a restored church, the restaurant’s ambiance is characterized by beauty and serenity. Reservations are available via opentable.com.
. Ramo d’Olivo
217 S Main St, (479) 715-6053 This New York-like trendy spot features specialty olive oils and balsamics, an extensive list of wines, local craft beers, a fun outdoor deck and patio, live music, tasty bites, amazing owners and friendly knowledgeable staff, outstanding deli and great location. Wine down Wednesdays offers wine by the glass for $1.00 off. Spaghetti night is on Mondays. There’s live music on the patio (check our Things To Do List for schedule). Ramo’s may be reserved for get togethers, weddings, meetings or other events. A must visit place for so many reasons.
. The Stone House
89 S Main St, (479) 363-6411 Looking for a fantastic little wine and cheese bar? Owners, Rob and Amanda, feature amazing wines with cheese pairings, and good music on Friday nights at The Stone House. This is a terrific place to gather with friends.
. Grotto Wood-Fired Grill and Wine Cave 10 Center St, (479) 363-6431
Grotto features a seasonally inspired food menu, and an amazing wine, beer and cocktail selection with some wines being on tap. Professional Mixologists enjoy whipping up drinks including their Moscow Mules served in copper mugs, and their Fresh Mint Mojitos. Some Gluten Free beer is available. This place is top-notch from the ambiance to the food to the libations to the professional and impeccable service.
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TOP 10 WINE BARS IN NWA FAYETTEVILLE
310 W Dickson St, (479) 527-6795
6461 E Guy Terry Rd, (479) 419-4999
Bordinos, an award-winning restaurant, is known for its chic environment, delicious classic and eclectic menu, wine, mixed drinks, beer, and weekend brunch. Their wine selection is beyond extensive, it is almost limitless, and you may buy it by the glass, flight, half bottle and full bottle.
Away from the busy energy of the cities, Sassafras Springs Vineyard has a fabulous wooded event venue, wonderful tasting room featuring wines and beer from the region and wines from around the world. Wine tasting flights are offered daily. This is a great place to meet with friends for a glass of wine and some great conversation. Staff is very efficient and friendly.
. Bordinos Restaurant & Wine Bar
. Cork & Keg
509 W Spring St, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 966-4383 Located adjacent to the Walton Arts Center Parking Lot on the corner of West and Spring, the Cork and Keg is a favorite place to enjoy food and drinks before or after a show, and it’s a terrific place for happy hour every night of the week. Wines are available by the half glass, glass or bottle. Vintage cocktails and craft beer are also available. Wine connoisseurs of all ages gather here to talk wine.
. Vetro 1925 Ristorante
17 E Center St, (479) 966-9649 Vetro 1925 offers refined Italian food and fine wines from around the world. More than 95 wines are available at any given time, making it easy for your server to suggest just the right one for your particular meal. If you enjoy exceptional Italian food paired with an excellent wine, Vetro 1925 is a must for you. Reservations are available via opentable.com.
. Brick Street Brews
208 W Walnut St, (479) 633-8483
. Sassafras Springs Vineyard
. Tontitown Winery
335 N Barrington Rd, (479) 361-8700 The Tontitown Winery is located in an old 1917 home called the Taldo House. The wine tasting room is open 7 days a week and offers local wines made from Tontitown grown grapes. There is also a History Room devoted to the winemaking traditions of the Italians who founded the city of Tontitown.
HONORABLE MENTION Komodo Modern Asian Cuisine 5204 W Village Parkway, Suite 1, Rogers, AR, (479) 268-6871 Creates and serves delicious classic cuisine from Thailand, China and Vietnam. Has a chef driven, scratch kitchen. The full bar uses only fresh squeezed juice for mixing its delicious cocktails. The bar also features 15 taps of local ciders and beers and the wine list contains a wide variety of wines from many different regions. The service is impeccable, and the decor is modern and conducive to enjoying a delicious meal accompanied by the perfect wine. If you haven’t tried Komodo yet, you must make a point of trying it. You won’t be disappointed.
This is a wonderful place to enjoy craft beer from some of our awesome NWA breweries and fine wines from around the world while watching a game or listening to live music when there’s someone there to play (call ahead to see about the music). Cozy, convenient and fun downtown Rogers establishment. Food is bring-your-own.
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TOP 10 FLEA MARKETS IN NWA If you enjoy browsing through flea markets to see if you can find a bargain or two, or just because you enjoy poking around to unearth a truly valuable item, one that no one else has guessed its real value, then you are in luck. Northwest Arkansas has plenty of flea markets to rummage through. Check out the Top 10 list below for flea markets near you:
. The Cannery
2606 E Central Ave, (479) 225-1808 The Cannery has over 4,100 sq. ft. of indoor display, more than 1,600 of covered porch display and an acre and a half of ever-changing outdoor displays. You are sure to find just what you need or want as it specializes in hard-to-find cool stuff including an appealing mix of re-purposed, furniture, gifts, vintage, decor, antiques and much, much more.
. True Treasures
10770 AR-72, (479) 795-9396 On the hunt for vintage home and garden items? Don’t miss the seemingly countless hidden treasures to be found among the constantly fluctuating inventory of vintage, shabby to nearly new furniture, gift items, holiday decor and so much more at True Treasures.
. Fayetteville’s Funky Yardsale 693 W North St, # 1, (479) 445-6545 If you are in search of an awesome flea market, then you have to check out Fayetteville’s Funky Yardsale. With over 10,600 sq. ft. and 150 booths to shop, you will find an affordable option to find that special item you may be looking for.
. Daisies & Olives Antiques, Vintage, Flea Market 129 East Buchanan (Business 62 – 62B), (479) 846-1800 Daisies & Olives is located in the historic Beverly Theater building in downtown Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Antiques, collectibles, furniture, primitives, gifts and other intriguing flea market items are sold.
. Homestead 3223 W Hudson Rd, Rogers, AR, (479) 631-9003 Clean, well-lit, open 7 days a week, 100 + vendors, plenty of parking for RV’s and buses and friendly people at this Rogers Mall. You’ll find antiques, collectibles, furniture glassware, pottery, jewelry and much more.
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TOP 10 FLEA MARKETS IN NWA . Outside the Box 1225 W. Hudson Rd, (479) 631-8974 Outside The Box is a really cool, clean, well organized store with amazing buys on furniture, home decor, collectibles, brand new “as seen on TV” items, bikes, clothing including children’s clothing, toys, tools and much, much more. You could spend your entire day there looking through 150 rooms of wonderful treasures. If you can’t find it at Outside The Box, you’re just not shopping!
. Somewhere in Time
719 W Walnut St, (479) 636-0474 Welcome to a treasure hunter’s heaven. Located just steps from downtown Rogers, Somewhere in Time offers 13,500 sq. ft. of antiques, collectibles, primitives, shabby chic, vintage, re-purposed, handsome crafts and more.
. The Rose Antique Mall
and staff are friendly and helpful, the merchandise is varied, clean and displayed so you can see everything. If you’re looking for a hard-to-find item, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to pick it up at a very reasonable price when you shop at this outstanding flea market.
. Midtown Eclectic
308 S Thompson St, Springdale, AR, (479) 750-2987 Home to approximately 300 consignors, and about 50 vendors at any given time, Midtown Eclectic is a very popular flea market. They sell furniture, home decor, handcrafted one-of-a-kind items and re-crafted, up-cycled merchandise. Don’t delay your visit.
. 410 Vintage Market
410 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 521-2444
2875 W Walnut St # A, (479) 631-8940 Open 7 days a week, this 14,000 sq. ft. NWA flea market shopping jewel offers everything including shabby, rusty relics, retro, vintage, glassware, upscale furniture and much more.
This one has a fast turnover in merchandise, so if you’re on the fence about something, make your decision sooner rather than later when it might have flown the coop. Store has a good collection of MCM (mid century modern) furniture) that is simply amazing. The people that run 410 are pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable, and the prices are affordable.
. Me & The Flea
4388 N Thompson St, (479) 756-3532 There’s so much to love about Me & The Flea. The owners
Bella Vista Estate Sales & Service David Hamilton 479.225.3372 • Eric Bruggeman 479.466.1538 Call anytime or visit: bellavistaestatesales.com Check Facebook for upcoming sales
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TOP 10 HIDDEN TREASURES IN NWA Most areas of the country have a hidden treasure or two, but here in Northwest Arkansas, there are many such places. These are typically places that are known to the immediate locals, but hidden to even regional visitors, and certainly hidden to travellers passing through. Here’s a list of Top 10 hidden treasures in Northwest Arkansas:
. Urban Forest Axe House 1706 SE Walton Blvd Ste 12, (479) 319-8149 One of the most exciting concepts to locate in Northwest Arkansas, Urban Forest Axe House is the art and skill of throwing an axe at a target with the ultimate goal of hitting the bull’s eye. Coaches first teach you to throw, then they are with you every step of the way. Anyone can learn how to throw the axe properly, and even rank beginners have fun. There are three different ways to rent the throwing lanes, by the person, by the lane or by the hour. If you haven’t tried it yet, it is a must do in Northwest Arkansas
. 8th Street Market 801 SE 8th St
8th Street Market has it all including food trucks and restaurants, specialty shops including a cheese shop and a chocolatier, places to study and places to just chill, bars and places to have fun too. Imagine a sunken shuffleboard court smack in the middle of all this excitement and fun, and you’ve got a general feel for what 8th Street Market is all about. For an evening of pure fun, take yourself and your family out to this Northwest Arkansas rising star where you’ll find a juice bar, eateries like the Columbian, Indian, Phillipino food trucks, a chocolatier, an ice cream shop and more.
. One Eyed Jacks Fine Tobacco Lounge 2308 SE 28th St, (479) 876-8898
Even if you’re not a cigar devotee, it’s worth a trip to One Eyed Jacks Fine Tobacco Lounge to find out what it’s all about. You’ll find a huge collection of cigars, a state -ofthe-art 360 sq ft walk-in humidor, a full bar that is second to none, a cutting-edge purification system, free WiFi, big comfortable eating and flat screened TV’s . Big Joe and Joyce, the owners, or one of the other knowledgeable staff will be happy to give you a short tour. Surprising, a good many of its customers are women.
The Holler in Bentonville Arkansas Photo courtesy of Jon Cadieux
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. 72 West
11507 AR-72, (479) 715-6595 Think of 72 West as an upscale flea market. If you are intrigued by curiosities, you will absolutely love 72 West where you will literally find something for everyone. Pass the time looking for the hidden gems among the junk. They are there just waiting for you to find them. As the merchandise is rotated often, every visit to the place proves to be an exciting adventure, even if you visit frequently. The items for sale are either brand spanking new or gently used quality items. Service is terrific and the store is clean and inviting.
. Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar $ 10 Mountain St, (479) 253-6723 Great place to kick back with friends. Has a welcoming atmosphere, a wide variety of pizzas, friendly efficient service, full bar, good beer selection, and live music. Both locals and visitors to Eureka Springs love to frequent this unique establishment.
. Big Box Karaoke 115 N Block Ave, (479) 249-6295 Who doesn’t enjoy Karaoke? This is Fayetteville’s first private-suite Karaoke bar. It differs from traditional Karaoke where there is only one mike for the whole room, to private suites, which are much smaller, and offer privacy where small groups of friends and family can meet to sing, eat and drink. Don’t feel like getting up in front of an entire room full of people, Big Box Karaoke offers the perfect solution for you. Great for celebrating special occasions or for gathering with friends. The equipment is state-of-the-art, and there is a huge list of songs to choose from.
. The Vault
112 W Center St b001, Fayetteville, AR 72701 This former actual vault is stylish and intimate with a hip vibe. The Vault, located just off the alley, has some of the friendliest and most talented bartenders you’ll find
anywhere. They create beautiful and delicious craft drinks branded with their signature ice cubes, and they pour some of the best high end bourbons in the country. They also stock a good many premium scotches for you scotch drinkers out there. Great place to meet for elegant cocktails in Fayetteville.
. Workman’s Travel Center 898 W Monroe Ave, (479) 419-9424 Truck stops are not generally known for their excellent, tasty food, clean restrooms and stores, and friendly, helpful staff, but Workman’s Travel Center has all this and more. What a great place to stop in for truckers, mountain bikers and other cyclists looking for a nice break and a clean restroom or for travellers passing through the area. Once users find out about this hidden treasure, they will look forward to making it a regular stop.
. Rogers Experimental House Rogers Experimental House Inc. a 501c3 is a gallery and studio that schedules its space for all kinds of learning opportunities for artists and makers. There’s a wide variety of classes and artist showing. For example, the fluid art classes are very popular as are the mixed-media classes, and the mini alcohol paint classes. Classes are modestly priced. If you’ve ever want to learn how to learn an art form, this is the place for you.
. Creekside Taproom
Serving the downtown communities of Siloam Springs,Creekside is all about Arkansas. It has 21 taps representing 17 different Arkansas craft breweries, and 8 different wines from 3 different Arkansas wineries. The place is a fun happening place anytime owing to its Live Music Fridays, Cornhole Tournaments, and Trivia Nights. Great place to kick back on the beautiful patio or beer garden with family and friends. Owners are terrific, and keen that you have a great time. If you haven’t been yet, put it on your schedule soon. You’ll have a fun time while creating some great memories.
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TOP 10 LIVE MUSIC VENUES IN NWA The Ozarks are filled with live music of every sort, and the Northwest corner of the state being a portion of the Ozarks has more than its fair share of live music. When the weekend rolls around, local, regional and even national act electrify the air with amazing music. Whatever your musical preference is, you’ll find that you can enjoy it live here in Northwest Arkansas. The Top 10 list below has music that will enliven your spirit and fill you soul:
. JJ’s Grill
12 Cunningham Corner, (479) 802-6455 JJ’s Grill supports local talent by providing them a venue where they can play most nights during the week. Check the schedule at jjsgrill. com/live-music. This down-home bar has happy hour from 3 - 6 PM, Mon - Fri. The varied menu features appetizers, salads, soups, wraps, sandwiches, grilled burgers, tacos, sides, and serious meals. A cool place to enjoy local music, visit with friends and chow down on some great food.
. Bike Rack Brewing 801 SE 8th St, Unit #61, (479)319-6593 The first brewery in Northwest Arkansas crafts some of the most delicious beer in the region, plays host to many live musical events and recently launched its own record label. It is ideally situated at the popular 8th Street Market District where it is surrounded by quality food trucks, and also indoor restaurants. The music scene in Bentonville and neighboring cities is made better due to the efforts of Bike Rack Brewing. Location in Springdale too.
. Meteor Guitar
128 W Central Ave, (479) 268-1500 Bentonville Power of Music Festival Photo courtesy of Arkansas Dept. of Parks & Tourism
Located in downtown Bentonville, the Meteor Guitar is a musical instrument store, event and concert venue. It’s a restored 100 yr old movie theater that is perfect for parties and concerts. Inventory includes more than one thousand musical instruments, amplifiers, and pieces of art from local artists. One of the best things about the place is Leslie Key, one of the owners. He is a walking, talking history book on guitars and people who play them. If he is around, you might be able to persuade him to tell you about some of his guitars.
. Chelsea’s Corner Café
10 Mountain St, (479) 253-6723 It’s easy to see why Chelsea’s has remained one of NWA’s best loved waterin’ holes for 20+ years. With live music, an enormous selection of beer, a full bar, great food including
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TOP 10 LIVE MUSIC VENUES IN NWA some of the best pizza to be found anywhere, and an awesome atmosphere and staff, Chelsea’s has all the elements for a good local music venue.
5079 W. Northgate Rd, (479) 443-5600
. George’s Majestic Lounge
519 W Dickson St, (479) 527-6618 Being the oldest and longest running music club in Arkansas, George’s has heard many music acts perform on its stages including Little River Band, Cate Brother, Oteil Burbridge, and many more. Upcoming acts include Shooter Jennings, Funk Factory, and Martin Sexton. The popular night spot has a full bar, and Yazzetti’s Homemade Pizza Pasta Salads is located within the club. George’s is a Fayetteville institution, if you’ve not been, you’re missing out.
. JJ’s Beer Garden & Brewing Co. 3615 Steele Blvd, (479) 435-6502
. Walmart AMP The Walmart AMP or Arkansas Music Pavilion is situated across from the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers, AR. It seats up to 10,000 for its hit concert lineup including such upcoming acts as Jason Aldean, Ellie Goulding, Journey and the Doobie Brothers, Kenny Chesney, Sammy Hagar and Miranda Lambert. Offering amazing acoustics and magnificent views of the horizon, the AMP is definitely the place to go to enjoy big time concerts in the region.
. Black Apple Crossing 321 E Emma Ave, (479) 751-0337
Located in the uptown District of Fayetteville, JJ’s, a lively 12,000 sq ft beer garden, brewery and unique culinary destination, provides a one-of-a-kind experience for the people of NWA. The summer concert series happens on Thursday nights when JJ’s has live music featuring popular local and regional talent at no cost to the public.
Black Apple Crossing makes and serves hard cider. Bands are scheduled every weekend. The atmosphere is friendly and the other patrons are welcoming too. If you enjoy cider, but have never had hard cider, do yourself a favor and try a flight of this delicious cider brewed right here in NWA. Check their FB event page for upcoming events.
1200 N Garland Ave, (479) 935-3459
. Mojo’s Pint and Pies
Mojo’s Pint and Pies offers great pizzas, Italian food, new American food and live music on Wed, Fri and Sat evenings. The pizzas are off the- charts good, the beer selection is good, and the bar makes some really good drinks including their awesome Whiskey Sour and Long Island Ice Tea. Great place to kick back and have fun with friends.
. Nomads Music Lounge
1431 S School Ave, (479) 443-1832 Featuring a great combination of rotating live, mostly local music; 19 beers on tap; wicked drinks whipped up by talented mixologists; laid back, friendly atmosphere; and fresh, healthy food; this place is a one-of-a-kind music lounge experience. People drive from miles around just to enjoy a night at Nomad’s Music Lounge.
1100 48th Pl, Springdale, AR, (479) 717-2020 Featuring a large patio, great beer selection, fabulous burgers and fries and friendly servers, Foghorns is the place to go to hang out with friends and family and listen to the latest band on deck. Awesome drink specials are available too.
. Tontitown Winery $$
335 N Barrington Rd, Springdale, AR, (479) 361-8700 Tontitown Winery makes wine from the recipes of the original Italians who first populated Tontitown and caused it to prosper. Sip and Sing musical events are regularly scheduled, and fun is had by all. This is a unique place to meet friends, relax with a glass or two of wine and listen to some terrific music.
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TOP 10 MUSEUMS IN NWA With Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art being at the top of the list, Northwest Arkansas has many museums for visitors and locals to enjoy. There’s even an interactive museum especially for the children in your life. Look at the Top 10 list below to find those museums that appeal to you and your family:
. 21 C Musuem Hotel Bentonville 200 NE A St, (479) 286-6500
This 104-room upscale boutique hotel is also the home of a contemporary art museum. It consists of curated rotating exhibitions, dynamic installations and live art events.
. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 600 Museum Way, (479) 418-5700
Crystal Bridges is a world-class museum of American art that combines the power of art with the beauty of nature. The museum is actively involved in collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works of American art spanning five centuries. Many famous works including Rosie The Riveter by Norman Rockwell and Kindred Spirits by Asher B. Durand can be observed in the free-to-view permanent collection. Even if you are not into art, you will enjoy the stunning natural setting with amazing architecture that lends a great view to the beautiful trails that surround the museum complex. The icing on the cake is that general admission is free to the permanent collection.
. Museum of Native American History 202 SW O St, (479) 273-2456
Walk through America’s past as you visit the exhibits in the museum and gift shop. Divided into five different time periods including the Paleo, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, Historic and the Pre Columbian, there are relics from every time period. On display are relics dating back from over 14,000 years old to historic times. Great for the family and educational for the kids.
. The Scott Family Amazeum
1009 Museum Way, (479) 696-9280
The Scott Family Amazeum, a hands-on museum for children and families. The dream of the Amazeum founders is to educate and engage the entire family in exploration, learning and fun to help prepare youngsters for their future years.
. The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens 400 S Walton Blvd, (479) 254-3870 Photo courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism
The Peel Mansion, built in 1875, as well as the gardens are a living display of that time period. Furnished with authentic artifacts and antiquities on loan from the Old State House and the Historic Arkansas Museum, it is a landmark of that era. It welcomes people to enjoy a look at historic Bentonville.
. Walmart Museum
105 N Main St, (479) 273-1329
Located on the Downtown Square in Bentonville, the museum is in three parts, a museum, a working 5 & 10, and The Spark Cafe. Trace the origin and growth of Walmart, the world’s leading retailer. Experience the working 5 & 10. Enjoy interactives for all ages. Visit the 50’s themed Spark Cafe where the entire family can enjoy a delicious ice cream treat for under $5. 70 NWA Travel Guide l
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. Eureka Springs Historical Museum 95 S Main St, (479) 253-9417
See photographs & art exploring the town of Eureka Springs when the healing waters were discovered. Current exhibits feature pieces from the Museum’s collection and loans from individual artists, including work by David Zimmerman, Elsie Freund, Catherine Osterhage, and Charlie Stehm. Also work by Gary Eagan, and four of his former apprentices, Stephen Beacham, Karen Foster, Sally Williams Gorrell and Jane Tucker are on display.
. Arkansas Country Doctor Museum
107 N Starr Ave, Lincoln, AR, (479) 824-4307
The fascinating museum was the former private home and clinic of three country doctors who lived in the space from 1926 to 1978. There is only one other country doctor museum in the United States. Exhibits include an antique horse buggy, medical instruments, a vintage car, and memorabilia.
. Arkansas Air & Military Museum 4290 S School Ave, (479) 521-4947
Housed in an all-wood hanger that is almost as famous as the aircraft, the exhibits and memorabilia it contains, tells the colorful story of Arkansas aviation. It also has on display aircraft ranging from the golden age of aviation to the jet age, including Vietnam-era Army helicopters and a Navy carrier fighter.
. Clinton House Museum
930 W Clinton Dr, (479) 444-0066
Air Rifle and the Daisy BB Gun. People of all ages enjoy this amazing collection. Older visitors can enjoy the Daisy models they used when they were younger, and youths get to see the latest in fascinating air guns, ammo and accessories. The gift shop has a limited selection of items that can only be purchased from the museum gift shop.
. Rogers Historical Museum
322 South Second St, (479) 621-1154
This is a small museum with lots of history of the area. It is a super way to educate your kids about how things were done during the time of the city’s beginning, and up to and including the present. There are fun, hands on stations for the kids to learn and enjoy themselves. Great family, educational fun. Staff is patient and friendly.
. Hindman Hall Museum (479) 846-2990
Museum and visitor center located on the grounds of the Battle of Prairie Grove State Park bring the history to life using interactive exhibits that interpret and detail the Battle of Prairie Grove. Learn stories about the battle, understand what part the landscape had to play, and hear about the devastating aftermath of the Civil War on the local community. Drive through the battle field, or walk the hallowed ground where more than 2700 men were killed.
. NWA Reptile Museum
809 East Emma Ave #B, (479) 544-4170
The first home of the 42nd president of the U.S. offers a photographic and memorabilia peek into the Clinton’s life when they were proud residents of Fayetteville. You will also see campaign materials from his run for office.
Visit the live animals. Bring your camera and take pictures as you see and touch a variety of live reptiles. See a very large Boa Constrictor, some little milk snakes or even a giant tree frog. A reptile lover’s paradise.
118 E Dickson St, (479) 521-2970
118 W Johnson Ave, (479) 750-8165
. Headquarters House
During the Civil War, this home was the headquarters for both the Union and Confederate armies. Today it is the headquarters for the Washington County Historical Society. Arrange for a tour of the home by calling 479-521-2970.
. Daisy Airgun Museum
202 W Walnut St, (479) 986-6873
. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
The museum tells the history of NWA. It got its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which later became Springdale. The museum facilitates a research library, which houses a collection of over 500 thousand pictures. Also on the grounds are six buildings that highlight the lives of ordinary people who lived in the rural communities of the Ozarks. Additionally, there are also many permanent exhibits portraying the lives of these everyday NWA people.
The Rogers Daisy Airgun Museum is home to both the Daisy
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TOP 10 RV PARKS IN NWA RV Parks are rapidly increasing in number to make room for the huge influx of RV trailers, campers, buses and the like that have become all the rage across the country. Fans of the nomadic lifestyle are selling their homes, selling and giving stuff away and opting for a simpler way of living. Many popular parks are booked out a year in advance, and it now requires careful planning to hopscotch from one RV park to the next. Check out the Top 10 list below for an excellent park nearby:
. Blowing Springs Campground 725 RV Park Rd, (479) 855-8075 Has 64 RV sites with water, electric, sewer, Wifi, dump station and a facilities stations. Scenic surroundings are situated in a part of the Ozarks Mountains. Also has 2 covered pavilions and 8 picnic tables. Managed by the POA of Bella Vista, AR, it’s a great place to stay in Northwest Arkansas.
. The Creeks Golf and RV Resort 1499 S Main St, (479) 248-1000 Known as NWA’s only RV resort, The Creeks Golf and RV Resort is located right in the middle of everything. Featuring 15’ x 70’ concrete pads, asphalt streets & aprons, 30/50 amp electric, city water and sewer, cable TV, bar & grill, free Wifi, 18 hole championship golf course, reduced green fees, overnight, weekly & monthly rates. A beautiful resort if ever there was one, and it is also close to many area attractions like Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
. Kettle Campground
4119 E Van Buren, (479) 253-9100 Secure location with a trolley stop to take you to the fantastic shopping in the Alpine-like village of Eureka Springs. Amenities include a bath house, laundry facility, ice, propane, wood, in ground pool, free wifi, picnic area. You’ll be impressed with how clean the facility is, and how friendly everyone is.
. Eureka Springs KOA
15020, Eureka Springs, AR 72631, (479) 253-8036 Situated in the rugged natural beauty of the Ozarks, this one offers typical KOA amenities including a swimming pool, full hookups, cable TV, pet friendly with dog park, free Wifi, big-rig friendly (up to 85’), propane, shower, laundry, convenience store, 10 minutes from all the wonderful shopping in Eureka Springs and it’s only a short distance to massive Beaver Lake. What’s not to like? You’ll enjoy your stay at this KOA.
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TOP 10 RV PARKS IN NWA . Green Tree Lodge & RV Park 560 W Van Buren, (479) 981-1076 These folks are super friendly and welcoming. With 23 total spots and a host of amenities including a swimming pool, clubhouse, picnic area with TV, bunkhouse, bathhouse, trolley stop, gift shop across the street, farmto-table restaurant for a neighbor, pet friendly, fire pits, 1 mile to Lake Leatherwood, ¼ mile to ThornCrown Chapel and water, sewer and electric, this is a rare find. Nine spots are 45’ x 25’, and the other nine are smaller and range in size. The large sites have 50/30 amp, and the smaller ones have 30 amp. Great family friendly park.
. Wanderlust RV Park
468 Passion Play Rd, (479) 253-7385 Located only ½ milw from the Great Passion Play, Wanderlust RV Park has 90 full hookup sites, 57 pullthrus and 41 sites with 50 amp. Amenities include showers, pools, laundry facilities, and much more. This is a beautiful park sporting everything you might need for a family-friendly vacation.
. Tugboat’s Place Happy Camper RV Park & Restaurant 37928 AR-23, (479) 559-2700 This is an award-winning full service restaurant, general store and Happy Camper RV park featuring 17 sites with full hookups, 30/50 amp, electric water and sewer. Family owned and operated and located about 15 miles from Eureka Springs, AR. and 30 minutes from beautiful Beaver Lake.
. Mulberry Mountain Lodging 9306, 4117 Mulberry Mountain Loop, Ozark, AR, (479) 667-1919 Features many pull-thru sites with water and electric hookups (30 & 50 amp & 110v at each site). The area is scenic, and is only 1.5 miles from the Mulberry River. Has many ATV, hiking, biking and horse trails. People that run the place are friendly and welcoming. Great family-friendly operation throughout. Has clean shower/ bath house.
. Buffalo Outdoor Center RV Park 4699 AR-43, Ponca, AR, (870) 861-5514 Open year ‘round, features pull-thru RV sites with 20/30/50 amp electric service, spacious level concrete pads, full hook-ups, big rig and pet friendly, guest bath house with showers, picnic tables, fire pit, free Wi-fi, laundry-mat and more. Weekly and monthly rates are available.
. Beaver lake Beaver Lake has a number of RV parks scattered around the lake’s over 400 miles of shoreline including Monte Ne RV Park, which has electricity, city water and sewage hookups, hot showers & laundry facilities on site, 50 & 30 amp electricity, free WiFi and beautiful nature walking trails. Other favorites are Lost Bridge South at the Dam site, and Dam Site River Park. It is difficult to find out about amenities at COE RV parks online, and the best bet is to call the US Corps of Engineer’s office in Rogers (479) 636-1210.
. Devil’s Den State Park 11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74, 479-761-3325 Managed by the state of Arkansas Parks, it has 45 full hookup 50 amp sites, and is located in some of the most gorgeous country you’ll ever want to see. There is a park store where you can purchase gifts and groceries, and there is also the park cafe and swimming pool that is open only during the summer months. Devil’s Den is one of the best examples of the CCC natural stone and wood architecture built in the 1930’s. There are a 44 class AAA sites, and 42 sites in the horse camp that have water and electric.
HONORABLE MENTION Turpentine Creek Wildlife Reserve Stay within where you can see the beautiful and powerful tigers. This small RV park has 6 RV and tent sites. Most have water and electric hookups. The place to stay if adventure runs through your veins. NWA Travel Guide l TOP TEN 73
TOP UNIQUE ACCOMMODATIONS IN NWA BENTONVILLE Northwest Arkansas has many unique accommodations including tree houses, lakeside resorts, elite hotels, caves, hobbits, castles, teepees and elite modern hotels. Depending upon whether you want a quiet evening of calming rest or a night of adventure, you can find just what you’re looking for in the list below:
. 21c Museum Hotel 200 Northeast A Street, (479) 286-6500 This is an elite 104-room boutique hotel. It houses a contemporary art museum, a cultural civic center, and a world class restaurant, The Hive. Relatively new, it offers some of the finest accommodations in the world. 21c is located on the northeast corner of the Historic Bentonville Square and is within walking distance to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Definitely a hot hotel for hip people!
. Cedar Lodge
18 Mason Ln, (479) 250-3124 A stunning lakeside 7 bedroom resort, which sleeps 21. It is beautifully furnished with everything you might need during your stay. The gracious owners are welcoming, friendly and eager to make your time at Cedar Lodge a memorable one. Amenities include hot tub, sauna, covered cabana, large dock, fire pit, pool table, Foosball table, game room, kayaks & canoe, paddle boards, 120” home theater projection system, children’s playhouse, electric wood pellet smoker and large gas grill. Great for corporate and other business meetings, family reunions, wedding parties, cyclists events and any gathering where you would like space to interact, but also space to relax and read. Rents the entire complex and also individual rooms. Cyclists can band together to rent the the whole complex or just a few rooms or even an individual room can be rented.
. Eureka Springs Treehouses, Caves, Castles & Hobbits 526 W Van Buren, (479) 253-9493 Located only 1.8 miles from Eureka Springs’ Historic District, this lodging is an exciting change from the chain accommodations you’ve stayed in before. These offer romance, fun and adventure. Be sure to check out their romantic packages. The Treehouses - Are surrounded by trees and are situated on top of cedar logs. Whichever theme you choose from Venice to New York, a visit to your deck will seem like you are in a forest. The Hobbit Caves - Whisk you away to a magical time when you will feel you’re in a romantic magical cocoon. The Castles - Designed after a 1600 century Castle, you’ll be transported to the time of romantic fairytales and secret passage ways that take you to the romantic jacuzzi tower.
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TOP UNIQUE ACCOMMODATIONS IN NWA . Livingston Junction Cabooses
1 Stonehaven Lane, (479) 253-7143 Recently restored and renovated, staying in one of the cabooses takes you back to yesteryear when traveling by rail was a common way to travel. Each caboose has its own private driveway, an outdoor hot tub on the large deck with hammock, grill and outdoor furniture. Minifridge, sink and microwave are included. They are cozy and comfortable and are surprisingly roomy.
. The Crescent (Haunted)
75 Prospect Ave, (800) 342-9766
Known as America’s most haunted hotel, The Crescent is located only 1 mile from Eureka Springs’ Shopping and Historic District. There are nightly ghost tours and videos. Amenities include spa, sky bar, seasonal pool and yearround hot tub. Things to do include trails that connect to the city trails, mountain biking, walking the promenade of the Elite neighborhood, visiting Harmon Park, which offers skate boarding, picnic area, kid’s playground and hiking. On the 4th floor there are archives of the hotel’s history.
. The Grand Tree House Resort 350 W Van Buren, (479) 253-8733
Located just 1 mile from Eureka Springs’ Historic District and only 2.1 miles from the Pine Mountain Theater, The Grand Tree House Resort is an upscale resort. The treehouses are built on stilts. They all come complete with kitchenettes equipped with toasters, mini-fridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. In addition, they have flat-screen TVs, DVD players, stereo systems and whirlpool tubs. Parking is free. Trolley stop is across the street.
. Treehouse Cottages
165 W Van Buren, (479) 253-8667 These beautiful hand-built cottages are nestled in the treetops less than a mile from Eureka’s historic district with its many shopping opportunities and unique restaurants. There is also a 2nd location about a mile away. The cottages feature whirlpool tubs, hardwood floors, Persian rugs, handmade tiles, fireplaces, HDTVs and Wifi, and kitchenettes. One location has a stone terrace with a garden and waterfall that would be perfect for weddings, and the other location offers a private hiking trail. Guests rave about this place, saying the attention to detail is refreshing.
. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
239 Turpentine Creek Lane, (479) 253-5841 Sleep with the sounds of big cats roaring in the night.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge offers one of the most unique lodging opportunities in the country. Lodges have exotic names like Congo, Safari Lodge and Kalahari – Safari Lodge, and each lodge is decorated to reflect its name. The Refuge not only rescues big cats and other large animals from all over the country, they are busy educating the public about the conservation of these wonderful animals. Once you visit the Refuge, you will be committed to helping this non-profit organization in its rescue and education efforts.
. Inn at Carnall Hall 465 N. Arkansas Ave, 479) 582-0400 This is a unique boutique inn located on the campus of the University of Arkansas. It was the first women’s dormitory on campus. The Inn at Carnall Hall is located about a mile from downtown Fayetteville and just a short walk from famed Dickson Street nightlife. The rooms feature traditional decor, Flat-Screen HDTVs, and WiFi access. Some rooms also offer Jacuzzi tubs, work desks and sitting areas. Additionally, some offer spectacular views of the Old Main lawn with examples of every type of tree known to grow in Arkansas. The Inn at Carnall Hall strives to give every guest a taste of the best of Southern Hospitality. Ella’s restaurant features award-winning cuisine and serves 3 meals a day. Lambeth Lounge serves the Inn’s own private label wine, and the porches have relaxing rockers. The entire facility is smoke-free.
. Inn at the Mill
3906 Johnson Mill Blvd, (479) 443-1800 Described as a delightful mix of a comfortable hotel and a B & B, this is an Ascend Collection Hotel with 46 recently renovated rooms. Not far off Interstate 49, it is a modern wood-framed structure attached to a 19th-century water mill. Located less than 10 minutes from Fayetteville and about 15 minutes from Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club, amenities include sitting areas, Flat-Screen TVs and free WiFi. Each room is individually-decorated and may include marble bathrooms, antique furnishings, Jacuzzis, lofts and balconies, depending on the room. A contemporary, award-winning restaurant serves modern international cuisine. The continental breakfast is free. The staff is friendly, efficient, and helpful. During football season this place is booked solid, some people even book rooms a year in advance.
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Welcome to the 13th issue of the Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide's, Best of NWA Top 10 Magazine. It’s an exciting time to be living and wor...
Published on Jan 22, 2019
Welcome to the 13th issue of the Northwest Arkansas Travel Guide's, Best of NWA Top 10 Magazine. It’s an exciting time to be living and wor...