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---- WELCOME ---Welcome to the first 2018 issue of The Best of Northwest Arkansas Top 10, the home of the lists that you can’t pay to be on. Our engagement rates continue to grow at an amazing rate due to our ever expanding social media network. We currently have the ability to reach our readers instantly via the power of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and others. Through our up-to-date Things to Do list, we can keep you, our readers informed about live music, special events, activities and other happenings throughout Northwest Arkansas. Many residents, newcomers and visitors to the area consult this weekly Things to Do list before making weekend plans.

Wherever we go in NWA, the first question people have about our publication is about how the various Top 10 lists are comprised. While the actual formula must remain proprietary, a very simple explanation is that we use an algorithm that is based on thousands of online reviews, select reader polls and the covert experiences of the NWATravelGuide.com’s street team. You could think of them as mystery shoppers. This three pronged approach is very good at determining the Top 10 in any particular category.

The magazine is free for all to read either online or in print, and while we do accept a limited amount of advertising, in no way does it determine which businesses are included on our category lists. It is our aim to avoid even a hint of impropriety, and this practice establishes our Top 10 magazine as a reliable source for the best of what our Northwest corner of the state has to offer its residents, newcomers and visitors.

You may be sure that if a business is on one of our Top 10 lists, it means that it is one of the very best in its category, and it also means that you should enjoy a first-rate experience. Our lists showoff the best of NWA! We identify for you the best places to eat, play and stay in NWA so that you don’t have to waste your time and money stabbing in the dark. When you’ve had a delightful experience, you’re naturally not only going to frequent that business again and again, but you are also very likely to tell others, helping to spread the word about how wonderful NWA is.

This issue has a brand new ‘At a Glance’ section. The pages in this section highlight, in bullet point fashion complete with links, the five major cities of Northwest Arkansas. Readers can conveniently and quickly click through to the best of what any particular city has to offer.

Thank you so much for your continued support and readership. We have great plans for the Top 10 this new year, and we want you to be a part of it. If you know of a category you would like to read about in upcoming issues, please submit your new category for consideration. All Good Things,

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KIDS copy Kids Eat Free Bentonville...........................................................6 Fayetteville..........................................................7 Rogers.................................................................8 Springdale...........................................................9 Indoor Activities............................................... 10-11 Outdoor Activities............................................ 12-13

17. Rogers Restaurants..................................... 44-45 18. Seafood.................................................... 46-47 19. Southern Cooking...................................... 48-49 20. Sports Bars................................................ 50-51 21. Springdale Restaurants............................... 52-53 22. Steak......................................................... 54-55

THINGS TO DO 23. Consignment............................................. 56-57

RESTAURANTS 1. BBQ........................................................... 14-15 2. Bentonville Restaurants................................ 16-17 3. Breakfast.................................................... 18-19 4. Brunch....................................................... 20-21 5. Burgers...................................................... 22-23

24. Flea Markets....................................................58 25. Microbreweries.......................................... 60-61 26. Mountain Bike Trails.................................. 62-63 27. Museums................................................... 64-65 28. Things to Do.............................................. 66-67

6. Coffee........................................................ 24-25

ACCOMODATIONS

7. Eureka Springs Restaurants.......................... 26-27

29. Pet Friendly......................................................68

8. Fayetteville Restaurants................................ 28-29

30. Unique Hotels .................................................69

9. Food Trucks................................................ 30-31 10. International.............................................. 32-33 11. Italian....................................................... 34-35

AT A GLANCE

12. Late Night................................................. 36-37

31. Bentonville................................................. 70-72

13. New Restaurants..............................................38

32. Eureka Springs.......................................... 72-73

14. Tacos..............................................................39

33. Fayetteville................................................ 74-75

15. Pizza......................................................... 40-41

34. Rogers....................................................... 76-77

16. Pubs.......................................................... 42-43

35. Springdale................................................. 78-79

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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

• 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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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!

MONDAY

WEDNESDAY

SATURDAY

THE FLYING BURRITO COMPANY:

FIREHOUSE SUBS:

DENNY’S:

BUFFALO WILD WINGS:

THAI CUISINE:

Kids Eat FREE - Two kids per adult entree purchased at regular price.

GUSANO’S PIZZERIA:

Kids Night (kids 12 yrs & under) 8” Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza - $1.99, 5 PM to close.

LAS PALMAS:

5pm to close-children 12 and under get a free kid’s meal per adult entrée

MAMA FU’S (BENTONVILLE):

One child’s meal free with the purchase of adult entrée

PANDA EXPRESS:

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.

RON’S HAMBURGERS: Kids eat free after 3 PM

VILLAGE INN:

Monday free kid’s meal with paid adult entree.

TUESDAY BEEF ‘O’ BRADY’S:

One FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.

CHICK-FIL-A:

Kids eat free with each adult purchase, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

DENNY’S:

Kids eat free 4-10 PM

GUSANO’S PIZZERIA:

Kids Night (kids 12 yrs & under) 8” Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza - $1.99, 5 PM to close

PIZZA HUT:

Kids 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult buffet.

RON’S HAMBURGERS: Kids eat free after 3 PM

THE FLYING BURRITO COMPANY: Kids Eat FREE - Two kids per adult entree purchased at regular price.

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Kids Eat FREE after 4 PM. After 3 PM: kids meals are $1.99 with adult entree purchase.

RON’S HAMBURGERS: Kids eat free after 3 PM

THE FLYING BURRITO COMPANY: Kids eat free all day (quesadilla or taco, chips & small drink) w/ purchase of adult meal

WHOLE HOG CAFE:

Kids eat FREE with a purchase of an adult meal.

THURSDAY RON’S HAMBURGERS:

Kids eat free after 3 PM

Kids eat free 4-10 PM Kids eat free all day 11 AM - 9 PM

THAI BASIL:

Kids eat free during dinner and weekends.

SUNDAY MAMA FU’S ASIAN HOUSE:

One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase. Dine-in only.

THAI BASIL:

Kids eat free during dinner and weekends.


KIDS EAT FREE - FAYETTEVILLE EVERYDAY:

TUESDAY

BOAR’S NEST BBQ:

APPLEBEE’S:

CICI’S PIZZA:

ATLANTA BREAD COMPANY:

Kids eat free all the time (one kid’s meal per adult entree) 12 & under.

Kids ages 12 and under eat free when an adult purchases a full price meal. (5 -9 PM)

& small drink) w/purchase of adult meal. GOLDEN CORRAL:

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.

Fayetteville & Rogers locations. Kids 12 & under eat free 4 PM until close. 1 per adult meal purchase. Fayetteville location offers free balloons & face painting.

LA HUERTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT:

GRUB’S BAR & GRILLE: JJ’S GRILL:

CHICK-FIL-A:

4 PM - close: kids eat FREE!

Kids under 3 eat Free. One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase. One kid 12 and under eats FREE from the kid’s menu with each adult meal purchase.

Kids eat free with each adult purchase, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM.

SASSY’S REDHOUSE:

DENNY’S:

THE CATFISH HOLE:

EAST SIDE GRILL:

All $3.99 kids meals are marked down to 99 cents every day with purchase of adult meal. Every day kids ages 4 and under eat FREE with adult purchase.

MONDAY BLISS CUPCAKE CAFÉ:

For children 10 and under - one free mini cupcake, frosting shot, or candy pretzel with purchase of a cupcake or cookie sandwich.

COLTON’S STEAKHOUSE:

Kids eat free after 4 pm. 2 per paid adult. Includes child’s drink.

FLYING BURRITO:

Kids 12 & under eat free all day. (quesadilla or taco, chips & small drink) Up to 2 kids per paid adult meal.

GOLDEN CORRAL:

Kids eat free 5-9 PM kids under 10 eat free with adult meal purchase.

GUSANO’S PIZZERIA:

Kid’s Night (kids 12 yrs & under) 8’’ Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza only $1.99 (5 PM to close)

HOG HAUS:

M-F 3-7 PM 1 free kids meal per paid adult. 2nd child 1/2 price off kids menu.

LAS PALMAS:

5 PM to close-children 12 and under get a free kids’ meal per adult entrée.

MCALISTERS:

Kids eat free after 4 PM. 1 per paid adult. Ages 12 and under.

MOJITOS:

Kids 12 and under eat free all day - one per adult meal.

SLIM CHICKENS:

Kids 12 & under eat FREE with purchase of adult entrée.

QUIZNOS:

Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.

VILLAGE INN:

Monday free kid’s meal with adult entree.

Kids eat free 4-10 PM. One child per paid adult. Kids Eat Free, 4 PM to close.

FIREHOUSE SUBS:

5 - 9 PM: one FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase!

FLYING BURRITO:

Kids 12 & under eat free all day. (quesadilla or taco, chips & small drink) Up to 2 kids per paid adult meal.

GENGHIS GRILL:

Kids 11 and under eat free. One free kid’s meal per adult bowl purchased. Dine in only. Includes one free soft drink.

GOLDEN CORRAL:

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.

HOG HAUS:

M-F 3-7 PM 1 free kids meal per paid adult. 2nd child 1/2 price off kid’s menu.

IHOP:

Kids 12 and under eat free from 4-8 PM. One kid’s menu item per adult entree. Drinks not included.

LAS PALMAS:

5pm to close-children 12 and under get a free kids’ meal per adult entrée

LUCKY LUKE’S BBQ:

Kids Eat FREE with the purchase of adult entree.

MOJITO’S FAYETTEVILLE:

Kids eat free, one child per paid adult all day Mon & Tues.

PIZZA HUT:

Kids 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult buffet.

RED ROBIN:

Kids eat free when you buy one adult entrée.

QUIZNOS:

Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.

WEDNESDAY FIREHOUSE SUBS ON MLK:

Kids 10 & under get one FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase!

NOODLES ITALIAN KITCHEN:

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.

QUIZNOS:

Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.

WHOLE HOG CAFE:

Kids Eat free w purchase of adult entree. One kid’s meal per adult meal.

THURSDAY BARIOLA’S PIZZERIA:

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.

QUIZNOS:

Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.

FRIDAY 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.

SATURDAY DENNY’S:

Kids eat free 4-10 PM.

GOLDEN CORRAL:

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.

QUIZNOS:

Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.

SUNDAY BUFFALO WILD WINGS:

until 9 PM: kid’s meals are $1.99 with adult entree purchase. Dine-in only.

GOLDEN CORRAL:

Children 3 and under eat FREE from the buffet with the purchase of an adult meal.

STEAK ‘N SHAKE:

Kids eat free w/purchase of adult meal 4-10 PM.

Kids Eat Free all weekend. One free kid’s plate for every $8 spent. Dine-In only.

FLYING BURRITO:

QUIZNOS:

Kids eat free all day (quesadilla or taco, chips

Free kid’s entree with purchase of adult meal.

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KIDS EAT FREE - ROGERS EVERYDAY BOAR’S NEST BBQ:

Kids eat free all the time (one kid’s meal per adult entree) 12 & under.

GRUB’S BAR & GRILLE:

One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase

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.

QUIZNOS:

Free kid’s entree with purchase of an adult meal.

MONDAY COLTON’S STEAKHOUSE:

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.

FLYING BURRITO:

PINNACLE BAR AND GRILL:

Kids Eat Free 4-9 PM. Dine in only, limit of three free kids meals per one adult entree

PIZZA HUT:

Kids 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult buffet.

ZAXBY’S:

Kids eat Free

MOJITOS MODERN MEXICAN GRILL: One FREE kid’s meal per adult meal purchase.

Kids eat for 99 cents from 5 - 8 PM w/adult purchase.

WEDNESDAY FIREHOUSE SUBS:

Kids eat free w/ purchase of adult sandwich after 4:00 PM.

TUESDAY ATLANTA BREAD COMPANY:

Fayetteville & Rogers locations. Kids 12 & under eat free 4 PM until close. 1 per adult meal purchase.

APPLEBEES:

5-9 PM - kids 12 & under eat free with the purchase of a full price adult entree.

CHICK-FIL-A:

Kids eat free with each adult purchase, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

FLYING BURRITO:

FLYING BURRITO: Kids eat Free.

GOLDEN CORRAL:

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

Kids eat Free

GENGHIS GRILL:

Kids eat free all day- any kid’s meal w/ drink, age 12 and under

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 menu item per adult entree. Drinks not included.

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

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:

Order a 9” pizza or larger & kids get a free 6” pizza of their own.

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:

Kids Eat FREE at Dickey’s. Kids 12 and under can choose any item on the kid’s menu, each served with one of our delicious sides and a drink. One free kid’s meal for every adult meal purchased. Dine-in only.

SLIM CHICKENS:

Kids 12 and under 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.

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KIDS EAT FREE - SPRINGDALE EVERY DAY 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.

FRATELLI’S ITALIAN GRILL: Kids Eat Free.

MONDAY FLYING BURRITO:

2 free kid’s meals per adult meal purchase. All day.

RIB CRIB:

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.

FLYING BURRITO:

2 free kid’s meals per adult meal purchase. All day.

LAS PALMAS:

5 PM to close-children 12 and under get a free kids’ meal per adult entrée

LOAFIN JOE’S:

4:00 PM - close - Kids under 12 eat free with each adult meal

PIZZA HUT:

Tuesday Kids 10 and under eat free with the purchase of an adult buffet.

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY AQ CHICKEN HOUSE:

Kids eat FREE in the PM with purchase of adult meal.

JOSE’S SOUTHWEST GRILLE:

One FREE kid’s meal per adult entree purchase.

SUNDAY 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.

FLYING BURRITO:

2 free kid’s meals per adult meal purchase. All day.

JOSE’S SPRINGDALE:

Kids eat free 11 AM-10 PM, One kid’s meal per adult meal.

TUESDAY APPLEBEE’S:

Kids ages 12 and under eat free when an adult purchases a full price meal (4 PM - 10 PM)

AQ CHICKEN HOUSE:

Kids eat FREE in the PM with purchase of adult meal.

DENNY’S:

Kids eat free 4 - 10 PM, Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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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

FAYETTEVILLE

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Bentonville Library Bentonville Community Center Great Day Skate Place - Skating Rink Trike Theatre - Theatre for Youth Painting With A Twist - Painting fun MUSEUMS

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.

EUREKA SPRINGS

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 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.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES Intrigue Theater - Magical demonstrations, feats of astonishing mental capabilities, and other inexplicable mysteries. Ghost Tours - The Crescent Hotel hosts popular Ghost Tours.

Walton Arts Center - Arkansas’ premier center for performing arts

MUSEUMS

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)

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.

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and entertainment. MUSEUMS

Arkansas Air and Military Museum - Colorful history of aviation

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LOWELL

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

Fast Lane Entertainment - A Family Entertainment Center that

includes 32 bowling lanes, Lazer Tag, video games, arcarde and indoor roller coaster! MUSEUM

Lowell Historical Museum - Rich history of Lowell.

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

ROGERS

to educate visitors about the history of the local area.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

SPRINGDALE

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. MUSEUMS

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.

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 second-run movies. MUSEUMS

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History - A regional history museum focusing on the Northwest Arkansas Ozarks.

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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:

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES 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 A summertime splash pad, and then in mid Nov - Jan it turns into an outdoor ice rink

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.

LAKES/PARKS Belle of the Ozarks

A 12-mile cruise on Beaver Lake.

Cosmic Cavern

View two underground lakes in one of the Ozarks prettiest caves.

Walking/Cycling Trails

Harmon Park

Bentonville has a number of very pleasant parks with beautiful walking trails and playgrounds for the kiddos.

City park with playground equipment and a cement skate park.

Lake Leatherwood Park

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.

EUREKA SPRINGS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES Eureka Springs Garden

One mile of garden trails at the Blue Spring Heritage Center.

Onyx Cave Park

Take a 30-minute self-guided tour of Onyx Cave.

Eureka Springs Trolley Service

Trolley service to various locations throughout town.

SUP Outfitters

Stand-up Paddle-boarding on Beaver Lake.

Ozarks Mountain Zipline

A 2-hour canopy tour, billed as the largest zipline with the highest cables in Arkansas.

The New Great Passion Play

Outdoor drama of the last days of Christ’s life.

Snake World

Live educational reptile exhibit including 50 plus snakes

Dinner Bell Ranch and Resort

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.

Bear Mountain Riding Stable

Hour-long rides with incredible views of the surrounding hills.

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Withrow Springs State Park

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.

ELKINS OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES White River Creamery

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.


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A fun miniature golf course nestled in the hills with a helpful staff attending to your every need.

fun time for the entire family. There is a 4-mile drivethrough 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.

Gator Golf

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.

Devil’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.

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

The park is located on 86 acres adjoining Lake Fayetteville. It includes 12 themed gardens and a butterfly house.

Lake Wedington

ROGERS LAKES/PARK 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. Glowgolf Located next to the Old Navy Store, Glowgolf offer an exciting new twist on mini golf. Great for families, parties or a group of friends.

Hobbs State Park

A park filled with woodland hiking and biking trails.

A 102-acre lake and 424-acre red area are popular for swimming, canoeing, picnicking, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Pea Ridge National Military Park

39 miles from Fayetteville, Mulberry Mountain offers cabins, campgrounds, ATV trails, canoeing, hiking, fishing, and more in the beautiful Arkansas Ozark Mountains.

A working grist mill that grinds corn and wheat daily.

Mulberry Mountain

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.

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.

Civil War battlefield that includes self-guided tours and a bookstore.

War Eagle Mill

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.

Wild Wilderness Safari - 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

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TOP 10 BBQ RESTAURANTS IN NWA Selecting the best BBQ establishments in

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preparation and smoking of the essential dish is an art form in and of itself. It can be spelled BBQ, B-B-Q, Bar-B-Q, barbecue, barbeque, barbecue or even bar-b-cue. NWA has some of the best authentically American barbecue eateries in the world. Check out the Top 10 list below for the best BBQ in the area:

1721 Forest Hills Blvd, (479) 268-6858 Many customers drive from miles around just to enjoy the unique barbecue served at the local chef owned and operated Rhythm and Q. This place has a loyal and rabid fan base. Diners love the perfectly smoked meats, delicious sides and flavorful sauces. The Baby Back Ribs are meaty, tender and tasty. For you music lovers, there’s live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Note: The hours are a little tricky.

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. 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.

. Whole Hog Cafe

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1400 SE Walton Blvd, (479) 271-6566 Award-winning, World Champion BBQ - Menu includes some of the best pork, chicken and beef BBQ. Try the jumbo pulled pork sandwich, which is always a hit!

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. Rockin’ Pig Saloon

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. Sassy’s Red House

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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.

. Lucky Luke’s BBQ

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1220 N Garland Ave, (479) 521-7550 Stoked for a really good BBQ sandwich? Some say this is the best pulled pork in the region. Their pork, kielbasa sausage and chicken is premium quality and smoked right on the premises. Lucky Luke’s is a friendly, very casual, BBQ joint that specializes in good food and knowledgeable, efficient service. A favorite with the U of A crowd, it is also a good choice for your catering needs. Try the rib or pulled pork sandwich once, and you’ll be hooked.

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. 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.

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. Pit Master’s BBQ

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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.

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. The Big Rub Urban Eatery

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(inside Walmart SuperCenter) 4208 South Pleasant Crossing, (479) 282-1405 Delicious urban BBQ, sandwiches, homemade sides, and street tacos made from the freshest ingredients to be found anywhere. Smokehouse and Brisket taco are awesome as is the Jordan (large portion) sandwich. Great tasting barbecue, convenient location and reasonable prices make this a regional favorite.

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. Pop’s BBQ $

121 E Poplar St, Rogers, AR, (479) 633-8150 Get ready to be WOWED when you first taste the BBQ ribs from Pop’s. These are ribs that make you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Pop’s is operating as a food truck directly across the street from the Rogers Chamber. If you haven’t yet sampled Pop’s BBQ, you absolutely must give it a try.

. Tyler’s Craft BBQ

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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.

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TOP 10 BENTONVILLE RESTAURANTS Bentonville is home a host of outstandToptoText

. Blu Fresh Fish Marketplace $$

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607 S. E. Fifth St, (479) 925-5300

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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.

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2806 S Walton Blvd, (479) 254-8081

Mediterranean, Ozarks, Gluten Free, Steak, Sushi, Seafood, BBQ, Refined Country Cooking and wood-fired Pizza. Each one

Bentonville restaurants:

. Doe’s Eat Place $$$

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

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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.

. MOD Restaurant & Social $$$

110 2nd Street Suite 110, (479) 544-9455 Experts in the art of mixing favorite Ozarks foods with modern cooking techniques the chef led team at MOD’s produces some of the most unusual and delicious dishes to be found in all of NWA. The menu rotates weekly and makes use of seasonal local ingredients. For a set rate of $39 per person, MOD features an unusual concept with starter options, a main course, Artisan bread and fabulous dessert. Cocktails are creative, hand mixed delightful experiences.

. Preacher’s Son $$

201 NW A St, (479) 445-6065

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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


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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 $$

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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.

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. Oven and Tap $$

215 South Main St, (479) 871-2542 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.

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TOP 10 RESTAURANTS FOR BREAKFAST IN NWA This popular morning meal can be anything from toast and coffee to a hungry man’s feast. The Northwest Arkansas Top 10 breakfast eateries we’ve listed below serve a full breakfast with eggs any way to like them, bacon, ham, biscuits and gravy, juice, toast, pancakes, French toast, hash browned potatoes and more:

BENTONVILLE

. 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.

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111 North Main St, (479) 273-0553 The Station Cafe, located on Bentonville’s Historic Downtown Square, specializes in humongous breakfasts including biscuits and gravy, killer omelettes, pancakes and skillets. The restaurant is fitted out comfortably retro, but, weather permitting, you can also choose to eat outside. They are also famous for their mouthwatering steak burgers, fries and onion rings. Try it once, and you’ll be hooked for life.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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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.

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.

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. 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.

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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.

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. 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.

. Susan’s $$

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.

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. Prelude Breakfast Bar

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509 W Spring St #210, (479) 435-6435

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.

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Locals love to come and indulge in their famous strawberry banana waffles or their Texas skillet. The fun atmosphere adds all the more to the excitement. With a name like “The Egg and I”, who wouldn’t want this restaurant to be their new daily breakfast spot?

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TOP 10 RESTAURANTS FOR BRUNCH IN NWA Generally served from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, and accompanied by a tasty Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Champagne or cocktail. It is typically a leisurely meal served in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. NWA has no shortage of divine brunch restaurants as you’ll notice when you check out the Top 10 list:

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. 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.

. 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.

. Table Mesa $$

108 E Central Ave, (479) 715-6706

A favorite Sunday brunch hot spot, Table Mesa serves fabulous food and beverages from 10 -2. The Fajita Bar has 15 delicious items including pulled pork, chicken, salmon, and beef fajitas. The Emporium Table features seasonal fruit and scrumptious gluten free desserts. The Brunch Platos include items like Prime Rib and Eggs, Table Mesa Huevos Rancheros, and Mesa Pancakes. The Bloody Mary Bar and the La Lola 6 make the Breakfast Liquids the talk of the town. The staff is knowledgeable and gifted with the ability to make your Brunch a memorable event. Try Table Mesa for Brunch, you’ll be glad you did.

. Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie $$ 200 NE A St, (479) 286-6500

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.

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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.

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 the prices are reasonable.

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. 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.

. Emelia’s Kitchen $$

309 W. Dickson St, (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.

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. Copeland’s of New Orleans $$ 463 N 46th St, (479) 246-9455

Looking for New Orleans inspired food? Copeland’s, true to their mission, is committed to the idea that all of their menu items are founded on the culinary traditions of New Orleans. Brunch features dishes like the Arkansawyer made with local free-range eggs, Animal Welfare Approved meat, handmade biscuit topped with either sausage or vegetarian gravy and local sauteed greens. Staff is friendly, efficient and helpful. Fans rave about this restaurant.

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. Fiamma 1873 $$$$

101 W Central Ave, Bentonville, AR, (479) 268-4935

Enjoy soulful Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines from around the world in an elegant setting when you choose to dine at Fiamma 1873. Fresh, local ingredients are purposely incorporated into the various menu options whenever possible, and the brunch experience is nothing short of amazing.

. 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!

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TOP 10 BURGERS IN NWA What makes a perfect burger is up for debate, but most connoisseurs of the savory delight agree that the bun to meat ratio needs to be perfect, the meat should be seared to seal in flavors and the vegetables must all be fresh. Look at the list below to find one of the Top 10 burger joints in Northwest Arkansas:

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111 N Main St, (479) 273-0553 Located only two doors down from the Wal-Mart Visitor’s Center and Museum on the Bentonville Downtown Square, Station Cafe draws locals, people from miles around, and visitors from across the globe. Their burgers are cooked to order, from real Angus beef, and their french fries are incredible. Don’t miss this one; it is a fun place to eat.

. Tusk & Trotter $$

110 SE A St, (479) 268-4494 An American Brasserie housed in rustic-chic digs, Tusk & Trotter has a seasonal menu built around locally sourced produce whenever possible. The TNT Burger made with Creekstone Black Angus Beef is a mouthwatering treat that you will return to time and again. Awesome restaurant located right off the Historic Bentonville Downtown Square.

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. The Rockin’ Pig Saloon $$ 2039 E Van Buren, (479) 363-6248 Visitors and Eureka Springs locals alike all rave about the burgers at The Rockin’ Pig Saloon. Starting with 100% fresh ingredients and all natural raised Wagyu beef, the burgers, grilled over an open fire, are nothing short of sensational. People drive from miles around just to get one of their mouthwatering burgers. The staff is friendly and efficient, and they are genuinely interested in making sure that you have a good experience in their popular restaurant.

. Sparky’s Cafe $$

147 E Van Buren, (479) 253-6001 From their tasty burgers cooked from freshly ground meat, to their huge list of beers to their friendly outdoor patio service, this burger joint in Eureka aims to please. The cooks are uncanny in their ability to cook your burger just the way you like it. If you are a picky eater, just tell your server exactly what you want.

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2768 N College Ave, (479) 935-4545 Crispy fries, delicious burgers, chili cheese onion rings and quick counter service are all a part of the scene when you choose to dine at Feltner Brothers. When you crave a great burger, head on over to this friendly burger joint.

. Hugo’s $$

25 1/2 North Block Ave, (479) 521- 7585 A Fayetteville institution, this basement located burger joint, in business since 1977, offers delicious burgers and a truly different assortment of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The French fries are homemade and should be ordered even though the burgers come with chips (order is big enough for two). Try the Bleu Moon cheeseburger, it will send you over the Moon! Hugo’s is a local, regional and international favorite.

. Smitty’s Garage Burgers and Beer $$ 100 E Joyce Blvd Suite 102, (479) 301-2046

With over 15 TV’s, Smitty’s Garage is a place for fun while you are chowing down on one of the area’s truly great burgers. When reasonable prices, great service, awesome atmosphere and 17 burgers plus a build-your-own come together under one roof, you have a winning combination that is really hard to beat. Try the bacon avocado ranch burger for a real treat.

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. Big Sexy Food $

bodyon copy the menu including a peanut butter version and a gluten free burger that is actually delicious. Great casual place to hang out, chow down on a really good burger and toss back a couple of cold ones.

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. Angus Jack $$

2638 W Sunset Ave, (479) 717-2940 Don’t let the outside facade fool you, Angus Jack is an indie doing it right in NWA. Offering made-to-order hamburgers made from hand-pressed Angus meat, wraps, sandwiches including a B.L.T. made from Applewood bacon, 22 different flavors of shakes made from hand dipped ice cream, frosties and a special menu for the kids. Their buns are GF too.

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. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers $

4300 W Walnut St, Rogers, AR, (479) 936-9797 What makes Red Robin Gourmet Burgers so great? When you have people driving from miles around just to eat here, there has to be some very good reasons. The burgers are beyond delicious, they are simply mouthwatering, food allergies are accommodated without it being a big deal (the entire restaurant is GF), the service is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. In addition, it’s a kid friendly spot where table games are provided for the little ones. All good reasons to make the extra drive to eat where the entire family can enjoy a delightful experience.

623 W Walnut, (479) 222-1675 Brent Hale, owner and chef brings the concept of fine dining to the food truck scene. Fourteen different, outlandish and delicious burger creations are served. Inspired burgers like the Bacon Mac, Wellington and The Oinker offer amazing, unique flavors to tickle the taste buds while satisfying your deepest hunger pangs. Expect the extraordinary when you sample Big Sexy’s burgers, they are filled with scrumptiousness to rival the best in the world.

. ParkSide Public $$

112 S 1st St, (479) 636-7275 Creative burgers and local microbrews on tap, who could courtesy of askphoto for more? There are no less than 15 different burgers

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TOP 10 INDIE COFFEE SPOTS IN NWA BENTONVILLE Drinking coffee and relaxing at a trendy coffee shop has become a national pastime across America, and Northwest Arkansas is no different than the rest of the country. The Top 10 coffee spots listed serve delicious coffee in an almost endless variety of ways:

. Kennedy Coffee Roasting Company $$ 2501 SE Moberly Ln, (479) 464-9015 Terrific local coffee roaster! Many think this is one of the best neighborhood coffee shops in Bentonville. Their specialty coffees are roasted on site and the staff is efficient and friendly. Try their frozen mochas and fruit blended smoothies.

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. Mud Street Cafe

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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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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.

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. 7 Brew Coffee 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.

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220 S 1st St, (479) 631-9977 The atmosphere makes it the perfect place to chat the afternoon away with good friends. Everything they serve is exceptional including the coffee, espresso, refined coffee drinks, bagels and gourmet sandwiches.

. Trailside Coffee Company 101 W. Johnson Ave. Suite B, (479) 236-2421 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.

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. 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 EUREKA SPRINGS RESTAURANTS Fortunately, this enchanting alpine-like village has attracted top chefs from around the world, and some of the most popular restaurants in Northwest Arkansas are located in Eureka Springs. Many of the finer restaurants require a reservation, due in large part to their enormous popularity.. The Top 10 list contains a variety of amazing restaurants:

. Aquarius Taqueria $$ 91 South Main, (479) 253-6888 Fabulous fresh Mexican food, delicious drinks, great service and friendly people all combine to make Aquarius a top choice. The Pescado Fish Tacos and the Asade Steak Tacos made with homemade corn tortillas are mouthwateringly delicious. Aquarius Taqueria has a great location for people watching.

. Café Amore $$

2070 East Van Buren (Hwy 62E), (479) 253-7192 Looking for authentic and superb Italian food, impeccable professional service and an intimate, yet friendly setting? Look no more, Chef Katherine and her staff are determined that every guest leave determined to return again and again. Try a pizza from the large and varied pizza selection.

. Cottage Inn $$

450 W Van Buren, (479) 253-5282 A peaceful country setting is the backdrop for this enchanting, chef driven Mediterranean restaurant. If you enjoy a romantic, cozy ambiance, you will love the Cottage Inn where Chef Linda Hager and her outstanding staff make every effort to give you a memorable experience. Appetizers and main dishes are filled with delicious blended flavors, and the desserts are nothing short of amazing. This is a restaurant that you can be comfortable recommending to anyone.

. Devito’s of Eureka Springs $$ 5 Center St, (479) 253-6807

A long-standing Eureka Italian restaurant, Devito’s specializes in trout direct from their family owned trout ranch. You may choose to dine intimate street-side dining, a glassed in porch overlooking East Mountain or the #2 rated sky dining deck in the state. Food is excellent. Try the Trout Italiano made from a National award-winning recipe.

. Ermillios Italian Home Cooking $$ 26 White St, (479) 253-8806

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Ermillios offers fine Italian food in a charming atmosphere. Unless you get there early, be prepared to wait a bit, but there’s a cute little bar upstairs where you can play board games and have a drink while you wait. Service is both friendly and efficient. The roasted garlic is amazing as is the Ravioli with the gorgonzola cheese sauce.


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. Grand Taverne Restaurant & Lounge $$$ 37 N Main St, (479) 253-6756

Unforgettable aptly describes the fine dining experience at the Grand Taverne Restaurant.& Lounge. Every menu item is prepared and cooked to perfection including, just to name a few, the amazing Grilled Filet of Beef, Roasted Rack of Lamb, Stuffed Portobello Mushroom and Pan Seared Scallops. Presentations are a work of art from start to finish, service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is warm and intimate. This restaurant is not just a cut above the rest, it is fine dining at the highest level.

. Grotto Wood-Fired Grill and Wine Cave $$$ 10 Center Street, (479) 363-6431

Set into a cave spring, Grotto’s unique atmosphere is delightfully different. The ambiance is warm and cozy, the service is friendly and knowledgable and the food is nothing short of amazing. Chef Rodney strives for perfection every time. Prepare to be wowed when you cut into your steak cooked over a wood fired grill. Additionally, Grotto sports a full bar including a large selection of wines and beers.

. Local Flavor Café $$

71 S Main St, (479) 253-9522 Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, this delightful restaurant offers fresh delicious food for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. There are so many outstanding dishes to try that it is hard to pick just one, but before you

bodyleave copytown try one of their scrumptious burgers. Additionally, the pork tenderloin is to-die-for as are the crab cakes, and drinks including their homemade Sangria are all simply amazing.

. Mud Street Cafe $$

22 S Main St G, (479) 253-6732 Serving award-winning coffee, food, and taste-trippin’ desserts, Mud Street Cafe is located in quaint Underground Eureka Springs. Open for breakfast and lunch everyday except for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, this unique restaurant offers veggie grits and hashbrowns as a specialty. You won’t find a better place to chow down on a delicious, filling breakfast.

HONORABLE MENTION Bombaldil’s Cafe $$ 580 West Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR, (479) 363-6024 Featuring amazing food prepared from fresh locally sourced ingredients, Bombaldil’s Cafe also offers a relaxing, atmosphere and brilliant attentive service. Menu items do change with the seasons as ingredients become available. Sunday brunch features such items as Spicy Shrimp Benedict and Biscuits with Wild Mushroom Gravy. Go out of your way to treat yourself to the cuisine at Bombaldil’s Cafe. You’ll be glad you did.

. Thai House $$

2059 E Van Buren, (479) 363-6632 Open for lunch and dinner the Thai House specializes in the authentic flavors of Thailand. The Pad Thai is amazing as is the Evil Jungle Prince Vegetables. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, and the service is friendly and efficient.

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TOP 10 FAYETTEVILLE RESTAURANTS Fayetteville has some of the finest and most unique restaurants in NWA. Being a college town, there are many pizza, fine dining and burger destinations of long –standing notoriety. Regardless of the cuisine you seek, you’ll find just the right spot in Fayetteville. Review the Top 10 list, and choose the restaurant that suits you fancy.

. 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-of-town guests or a group of friends. Expect to have fun and a memorable meal when you dine at Bocca.

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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.

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326 N West Ave #8, (479) 521-1669 Dine-in or take out, this wildly popular Fayetteville vegan, vegetarian gourmet grilled cheese sandwich joint creates amazing grilled cheese sandwiches (19 different types of cheese), scratch-made daily soups and fresh locally sourced salads. Only the highest quality ingredients are used, ensuring that you have a top-notch experience with them.

. Hugos

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25 1/2 North Block Avenue, (479) 521-7585 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. The staff is both cordial and efficient. Taste just one burger from Hugos and you’ll be hooked for life.

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1466 North College Ave, (479) 435-6333 Specializes in a seasonal menu of New American food and family-inspired recipes created from local Ozarks ingredients. Housemade 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.

. Pesto Cafe

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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 delish Caesar salad and housemade 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. This is another restaurant that will have you coming back even if you move out of town.

. Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante $$ 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.

. The Farmer’s Table

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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 selfserve coffee in the corner.

. Theo’s

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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.

. Vetro 1925

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17 E Center St, (479) 966-4649 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.

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. Thep Thai

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TOP 10 FOOD TRUCKS IN NWA Food Trucks offer both the convenience of quick eating and the opportunity to experience the flavors and concoctions of up and coming chefs in the area. Today, food trucks fill a much needed gap between fast food and brick and mortar restaurants. Northwest Arkansas is fast becoming a mecca for talented people wishing to initiate or expand their culinary dreams The Top 10 list contains those food trucks that produce the most delicious food in NWA:

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. Crazy Pear $ 903 SW A St, (479) 445-2103 Crazy Pear has delicious, real food creations including amazing wraps, adult grilled cheese, fresh wholesome salads, fresh healthful smoothies and Gourmet Mac & Cheese. Looking for a catering service for your next event? Look no more, Crazy Pear’s chef, Randy McGuffin, a Graduate of Culinary Arts School has over 30 years experience. Leave your next catering event to Chef Randy.

. 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.

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715 SW A St, (479) 790-2988 This Bentonville food truck specializes in Asian cuisine with street food specialties from many cities in Asia. With a commitment to using only the freshest of ingredients, the truck dishes up flavorful food consistently. The Dan Dan noodles and the Satay Chicken are highly recommended.

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. Frickin Chicken $ 372 W Dickson St, (479) 571-0008 Located in Shulertown (off Dickson) in Fayetteville, Frickin Chicken is the finest piping hot fried chicken on the bone you’re likely to find in NWA. Hot fried chicken and waffles - umm sooo good! They are open until 3 AM Thurs - Sat., perfect for late night bites. The owners dish out friendly hospitality regardless of the hour, and for every adult meal they offer one free kid’s meal.

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. Green Goat $ 583 South Wood Avenue, (479) 310-5444 Offering a lively patio complete with deck and umbrella’s, and some of the very best Cuban, vegan and vegetarian food you’ll find anywhere. Everything on the menu is a taste sensation, but try the Classic Cuban and the Monster Veggie Sandwich and let your tastebuds have a ball. For dessert, try The Banana Heath Crepe.

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2060 N Crossover Rd, (479) 445-2003 Great place to get fresh, authentic Indian food in Fayetteville. Customer service is excellent, and owner is friendly and accommodating. Try the Palak Paneer and the Chicken Tikka Masala. Try it once and you’re bound to become a regular.

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412 Government Street, (479) 595-4898 Handcrafted, scrumptious gastric creations including original recipe soups, fresh made salads and crostini are the backbone of Zuppa Zuppa. Only the freshest of ingredients are used from local growers and producers. The menu flexes from day to day, giving you a chance to sample more of the many culinary savory creations coming out of this popular food truck.

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. Big Sexy Food Truck $$ 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. photo courtesy of

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. 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 Loukoumades(donuts), they are available on Saturdays and Sundays and are a taste of Heaven. Note: Image at top of the page is courtesy of Persephone on Wheels and is a (Logo, Hummus, Honey Bee Bowl, & Sprouted Falafel Pita)

. Pop’s Hog Wild BBQ $

121 E Poplar St, (479) 633-8150 In the food truck industry, it is difficult to maintain consistency, but Pop’s is one food truck that has met and conquered that challenge. The BBQ at Pop’s is raving good every time, the sides are delicious, and the service is both friendly and professional. Stop by and enjoy eating a meal on their cool patio. You’ll become a regular after just one visit.

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. Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken

617 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR, (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.

. South In Your Mouth

693 W North St, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 236-8322 As you might expect, South In Your Mouth serves up amazing southern and west Texas food that will tickle your taste buds and have them begging for more. The Southern Poutine is every so tasty as are the Hickory Smoked Spare Ribs. If you haven’t tried this food truck yet, do yourself a favor and plan to stop by soon.

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TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS IN NWA Fortunately for residents and visitors, the northwest corner of the state has a large number of International restaurants owing mainly to a large influx of workers from other countries. Eateries include Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Korean, Salvadoran, Cuban and Vietnamese. Whatever food you’re craving can most likely be found within minutes of where are in NWA.

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. Sushi House - Japanese

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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

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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.

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. Rolando’s Restaurante - Latin

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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

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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

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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.

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. Khana Indian Grill - Indian

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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.

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. China Cafe - Chinese

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2600 W Pleasant Crossing Dr #80, (479) 246-0888 Specializing in a wide variety of Chinese food including fried rice, noodles, soups and more. Try the Orange Flavor Chicken, the Seafood Delight or the House Special Soup. They also have a menu of Szechuan cuisine. This is a great place for delicious, yet reasonably priced Chinese.

. Havana Tropical Grill Restaurant - Cuban

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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

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. R and R Curry Express $$ 2576 W Sunset Ave, Ste C 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.

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. Cabañas Restuarant

$$ Salvadoran & Mexican Restaurant 609 S 8th St, Rogers, AR, (479) 340-1140 This Salvadorean and Mexican restaurants serves fresh, authentic, delicious food, and the service is friendly and exceptional. Try the yummy fried avocado appetizer and the homemade natural waters for a truly different culinary experience. Life is good when you eat at the Cabañas.

. Pupuseria Salvadorena $$

1400 W Walnut St, Rogers, AR (479) 631-8911 If you enjoy authentic Salvadorian food, you will love the food at Pupuseria Salvadorena. The list of pupusas is long and varied. Don’t let the basic restaurant look put you off, the food really is delicious. In general, be prepared to wait a bit for your food, but your wait will be worth it.

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TOP 10 ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN NWA Top rated Italian restaurants abound in Northwest Arkansas. Award-winning chefs who focus on creating Italian specialties are the norm in NWA’s Italian eateries. Almost every city in NWA has an Italian restaurant or two. Listed are the Top 10 Italian restaurants in NWA:

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. Fiamma 1873 $$$$ 101 W Central Ave, (479) 268-4935 Extensive wine list, fabulous cocktails, intimate ambiance, great food and impeccable service characterize this downtown Bentonville Italian restaurant. Steaks are exceptional, as are the Pan Seared Scallops.

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. Devito’s of Eureka Springs

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5 Center St, (479) 253-6807 Located in Historic Downtown Eureka Springs, Devito’s of Eureka Springs, in business for 27 years, offers farm-raised trout and Italian specialties. Dine overlooking East Mountain in their glassed-in porch, choose intimate street-side dining, or try their newest addition, sky-view dining on the roof-top. Trout are obtained from their own family-owned trout farm making it a true farm-to-table restaurant. The trout gets a huge nod, but so does the seafood fettuccine.

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. Bocca Italian Eatery & Pizzeria 2036 N College Ave, (479) 301-2688 At Bocca’s you’ll find delicious hand-made pastas, woodfired pizzas and sauces made from fresh locally grown ingredients. Salads are fresh and scrumptious as are the house-made dressings. Delivers consistently awesome food and service each and every time you visit. Gluten free options are also available. 34 NWA Travel Guide l

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310 West Dickson St, (479) 527-6795 Located on West Dickson St., Bordinos is an upscale restaurant offering refined Italian menu items, delicious deserts, wine flights and a weekend brunch. A great romantic dinner venue, it is also appealing to parties. Try the steak, and even if you are not eating bread, taste the profiteroles. Make reservations as they do tend to get crowded.

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1830 College Ave, (479) 582-3330 With pestos made from the freshest ingredients including, the finest extra virgin olive oil, farm fresh herbs, pine nuts, hazelnuts, and walnuts, The Pesto Cafe’ located on College Ave, specializes in amazing Italian creations guaranteed to tempt your appetite. Enjoy relaxing to fun live acoustic music on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Try the Eggplant Parmesan, you will be glad you did.

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. Napoli’s Italian Restaurant

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4408 West Walnut Street #5, (479) 270-5320 Located on West Walnut St, Napoli’s Italian Restaurant serves some of the best Neapolitan style pizza in NWA. Even people from NYC rave about it. Try the Sausage Pizzaioa once, you’ll be hooked for life. Known in the region for its authentic Italian food, their pasta is amazing as is their Alfredo sauce.

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. Fratellis $$

1008 W Sunset Ave, (479) 347-7562 A welcome addition the Springdale restaurant scene, Fratellis offers amazing classic Italian fare done right and delicious pizzas to please everyone in your family. The rolls are out-of-this-world, the various Italian dishes are

spot on. The owners take pride in their freshmade cuisine, and also their service. The portions are large and the prices are affordable. Try the Lobster Ravioli and the Chicken Murphy.

. Venezia’s Italian Kitchen

2009 N Thompson St, (479) 419-9499 The food at this charming Springdale Italian restaurant rivals the food in Italy. Delicious bread and marinara sauce are at your table as soon as you are seated. The menu offers authentic New York style pizza, amazing pasta, and heavenly cheesecake. The owner is friendly, and determined that all customers have an excellent experience from the moment they walk through the door. Atmosphere is cozy, service is attentive and portions are large. Try the Chicken Tuscany.

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. Venesian Inn $$

582 West Henri De Tonti Boulevard, Springdale, AR (479) 361-2562 In business for more than 60 years and located in Tontitown, the Venesian Inn prides itself on serving only authentic Italian food, homemade rolls, Southern fried chicken and delicious steak entrées. Its diverse menu has something for everyone. Experience a little taste of Italy when you choose to dine at the Venesian Inn. Bring a friend and a very healthy appetite and try the spaghetti and fried chicken combination.

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17 East Center St, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 966-4649 Vetro 1925 Ristorante, located on East Center Street in a charming old renovated building with exposed brick, offers classic Italian flavors & wine in a classy atmosphere. The presentation and service are excellent. Try the cannelloni or the Spaghetti Carbonara made in the Roman way.

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TOP 10 LATE NIGHT ESTABLISHMENTS IN NWA NWA’s growing, diverse population and its world-wide recognition as a travel destination has made it necessary to offer expanded restaurant, bar and lounge hours. No longer does Northwest Arkansas roll up the sidewalks at 8:30. We have many eateries and such staying open past midnight. The Top 10 list contains a solid mix of NWA’s best late night establishments:

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. The Hive $

200 NE A St, (479) 286-6575 Located inside the beautiful 21c Boutique Hotel, The Hive offers late night dining surrounded by spectacular art. Chef Matthew McClure, an award winning chef, is in command of the kitchen and the food is totally amazing. Try the fried chicken, it may be the best in the country. Open until 12:00 am.

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410 SW A St, (479) 268-3285 Has delicious brick oven pizza, burgers and sandwiches, local craft beer, wine and mixed drinks. Casual, friendly atmosphere with top notch service, make this a favorite late night pick. Open until 11:00 pm.

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. Pied Piper Pub & Inn $ 82 Armstrong St, (479) 363-9976 The Pied Piper is a bar and grill, late night restaurant and nightclub featuring excellent food, great drinks, friendly service and live music. Try the fish and chips with housemade tartar sauce. Open until 12:00 am.

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. Con Queso’s $

2016 M.L.K. Jr Blvd #8, (479) 249-8495 A casual fusion taco restaurant featuring an array of traditional and fusion tacos and specialty dips. Try the Los Cobos or Gameday and give the Cozumel queso a whirl.

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372 W Dickson St Frickin Chicken is a food truck serving some of the best fried chicken on the bone you will ever taste. From the first bite you take, this chicken will knock your socks off. Stop in on your way home from a fun time down on Dickson Street. Open until 3:00 am.

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. Hapa’s Hawaiian Bar & Grill $ 105 S 3rd St, (479) 633-8213 Looking for a late night spot that offers a fun atmosphere, cold brews and creative cocktails, excellent food and live music? Hapa’s in downtown Rogers is just the place you’re looking for. This Hawaiian Grill and Tiki bar has Hawaiian comfort foot and Tiki-style drinks. It’s open til 12:00 am.

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1271 N Steamboat Dr, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 443-0700 Open from 11:00 am - 2:00 am Monday - Saturday, JJ’s offers a varied, made-from-scratch menu including killer burgers and sandwiches. Live music is provided free of charge, and JJ’s is a good choice for kicking back and having fun with family and friends.

. Farrell’s Lounge, Bar and Grill $

311 W Dickson St Ste 101, Fayetteville, AR Farrell’s Lounge, Bar and Grill, GastroPub and Sports Bar is open late every day of the week including Sunday’s. From wild Alaskan Salmon to mouthwatering cheeseburgers, Farrell’s chef-driven kitchen turns out excellent perfectly cooked food. Open until 1:00 am.

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TOP 10 NEW RESTAURANTS IN NWA New restaurants are opening at a breakneck pace in Northwest Arkansas, and that pace is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. The Top 10 list below features the best new restaurants in NWA:

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with an unusual array of craft brews and wines. The 3 Cheese Lasagne and the Plum Good Ribs are both outstanding.

. Purple Banana $

900 S Main St, (479) 770-9969 The Purple Banana, a food truck, offers 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.

. Wood Stone Craft Pizza

3619 Mall Ave, (479) 287-4800

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. K’Zolis $

Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm; 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri Serves absolutely scrumptious American/Italian comfort food including spaghetti & meatballs, chicken fettuccini, salad and out-of -this-world breadsticks and chocolate cake.

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. Andouille $

4204 S JB Hunt Dr. Suite 80, (479) 202-5073 Juicy Tails Rogers, a new Rogers seafood restaurant, specializes in seafood, but is famous for its unique and perfectly seasoned boils. Everything comes together in a bag and can be a bit messy, but the sensational flavors make up for any inconvenience.

. Chicago Pizza $

758 W. North St Andouille is a cajun and creole food truck currently operating at 758 W North St, Tuesday - Friday from 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM, and at Cyclofrost at Lake Fayetteville from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Food is fresh with just the right amount of authentic spicy. Even Louisiana natives rate it as top notch. Service is efficient and friendly too.

. Foghorns Express

2558 E Mission Blvd, (479) 445-6404 Guests at Core Public House on Mission Blvd now have a Foghorns Express located inside its doors. The Express will offer a mini version menu than that of Foghorn’s full service restaurants, but will still serve its most popular items including wings, cheeseburgers and pulled pork.

. Juice Palm

3959 N Steele Blvd #132, (479) 479-8611 A new north Fayetteville juice bar offering fresh cold-pressed juices and healthy food items including smoothies, acai bowls, and salads.

. Leverett Lounge

737 N Leverett Ave, Ste 1, (479) 249-6570 Leverett Lounge offers delicious noshes and main dishes along

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1900 W. Pleasant Grove, (479) 877-6555 Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom serves up amazing hand crafted pies that are among the very best that Northwest Arkansas has to offer. Diners may choose from four dough options including a Tavern Thin, a Chicago Thick, an Original Deep Dish and an Ale-Infused version.

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. Natural State Sandwiches $ 107 E Emma Ave, (479) 225-1103 Natural State Sandwiches specializes in scrumptious and humongous sandwiches piled high with fresh, local ingredients. These sandwiches are a culinary experience that literally everyone raves about.

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124 1st St, (479) 372-4423 Characterized by friendly, knowledgeable staff, excellent drinks, awesome craft beer, good bar grub including wings and fries and a fun atmosphere.


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addition to famed Dickson Street. A cash only establishment that serves authentic Mexican tacos and tortas (Mexican sandwiches). Try their scrumptious fish tacos, people drive from all over the region to eat them.

. Table Mesa

Table Mesa, a boutique style bistro, and the home of delectable dining creations with a Latin flair. The Tacos, including the Mahi Mahi and lobster tacos are scrumptious. They simply take gourmet tacos to a new level, and they have the capacity to get you hooked for life.

. Trick Dilly

2500 SW 14th St, Suite 10, (479) 544-9119 TrickDilly’s offers fancypants (non-traditional) tacos in a casual setting. Tacos like Korean, PorkDilly, General Tso, Adobo Chicken, brisket taco and many more are on the menu, and all are delicious. Try the loaded fries, they will have you coming back time after time.

. Yeyo’s Mexican Grill $ 801 SE 8th St

Yeyo’s Mexican Grill now has a brick and mortar restaurant located in the fabulous 8th St Market. Famous for its food truck fare including Mexican street tacos, tamales and watermelon fresca, Yeyo’s on 8th St continues the same great tradition, but has also extended its menu. You’ll love the atmosphere and the friendliness at Yeyo’s. The highly popular Yeyo’s Food Truck will open back up March 1st.

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. Aquarius Taqueria Tequila & Mezcal Bar

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91 S Main St, (479) 253-6888 This amazing taqueria serves uniquely flavored margaritas, made with fresh juice, in a friendly atmosphere. All drinks are made fresh with each order, and are extraordinarily delish. All of their tortillas are handmade to order, helping to make their tacos and carnitas perfect. Try the blue corn tortillas, and I’m certain you’ll be hooked. To cap it off, the menu is gluten free to accommodate those with restricted diets.

. Mangos Gourmet Taco Shop

2050 W Martin Luther King Blvd, (479) 301-2793 Ingredients are fresh. Flavorful tacos that are out-of-this-world delicious are served. Their only problem is they get busy and stay busy, so you might have to wait a few minutes to taste these taste tempting tacos.

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. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 4204 S JB Hunt Dr, (479) 899-8226 Fuzzy’s specializes in Baja-style tacos, both soft and crispy, including more than a dozen different varieties. Want to spice up your breakfast? Try the Huevos Rancheros or the Breakfast Tacos. Everything is fresh, delicious and addictive. Counter-service only, but orders come out quickly.

. Social Taco

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2882 W Walnut Ste 1, (479) 633-8055 Can’t say enough good things about the Social Taco. It’s a chef-driven restaurant specializing in flavorful artisan tacos made with only the freshest of ingredients. The Margaritas are top shelf, the Sangria is housemade, and the local craft beer is cold.

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. Taquería Don Güero 332 E Emma Ave, (479) 361-8073 Amazing authentic Mexican food, including some of the best tacos you will ever taste is the daily fare at this conveniently located restaurant on E. Emma Ave. You can definitely get your taco on at this spot.

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Flavor is the name of the game at Con Queso’s. Fusion tacos and tasty cheese dips are their specialties. Choose from a wide variety of tacos including fish, beef, several different types of chicken and portobello.

Outside appearances withstanding, this little family owned restaurant has superb authentic Mexican food including delicious tacos. Try the Tacos El Pastor (marinated pork) or the Tacos de Lenqua (beef tongue). Both are tender and full of authentic flavors.

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. Los Bobos Taqueria

404 W Dickson St, (479) 799-8687 Only open Thursday – Saturday from 6 a.m. – 3 a.m, this is a good place to get your taco on late night in Fayetteville. Featuring a limited menu of scrumptious beef, marinated pork, chicken and Mexican sausage tacos photo courtesy of and tortas, Los Bobos is an authentic Mexican Taqueria and a welcome

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103 N Thompson St, (479) 750-1949 Terrific friendly service, delicious authentic Mexican food and very reasonable prices are the rule here. Who could ask for more? Try them for Taco Tuesdays, you’ll be pleased.

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TOP 10 PIZZA JOINTS IN NWA Pizza is another type of culinary creation

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. 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.

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. 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.

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. Cafe Amore

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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.

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. Z’s Brick Oven

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2730 N College Ave, (479) 935-4299 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.

. Wood Stone Craft Pizza

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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.

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. Wicked Wood Fired Pizza

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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.

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. The Rail – A Pizza Company

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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.

. Uncle Maddio’s Pizza

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2012 S Promenade Blvd, (479) 636-1880 If the sound of 3 types of crust, 6 homemade sauces, 7 cheeses, 15 meat options, and 48 toppings appeals to you, then you will likely become a fan of Uncle Maddio’s. They also offer made-to-order gourmet salads and yummy warm cookies in their family friendly eatery. There is something different in the air at Maddio’s, the staff is genuinely friendly and keenly focused on making your experience with them something you’ll want to repeat often.

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. 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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363 W Henri De Tonti Blvd, (479) 361-9101 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.

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. Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar

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10 Mountain St, Eureka Springs, AR, (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.

. Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza $$

700 SE Walton Blvd #10, Bentonville, AR, (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.

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TOP 10 PUBS (WITH FOOD) IN NWA Pubs are known for delicious craft beer, good bar food, board games and relaxing laid-back atmosphere. Northwest Arkansas has a number of really good pubs that fall into this category. Here are the Top 10 pubs in NWA:

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. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s $$ 2500 SW 14th St #108, (479) 268-4545 Beef’s is a family-friendly neighborhood pub and sports bar. There are plenty of TVs throughout for viewing games and hanging with friends. The wings are simply delicious, and the rest of the food is pretty darn good too. You’ll love Beef’s!

. Scotch and Soda $$

121 W Central Ave, (479) 319-6874 Scotch and Soda has over 300 different whiskeys including a wide variety of bourbon, scotch and other whiskeys. They also have craft beer with one or two local brews on tap. The eats menu is limited, but you can still find something for everyone. A beautiful new addition to downtown Bentonville.

. The Forge $$

407 SW A St, (479) 254-3699 This is an Irish restaurant and pub. Beautiful decor, and furnishings are uniquely hand forged by owners. Authentic Irish food is beyond delicious, especially the White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Shepherds Pie and Reuben Rolls. Draft beer is cold, really cold with a good selection on tap. Terrific place to gather with family and friends. Service is exceptional, and there is a kid’s menu.

. Pedalers Pub $$

410 SW A St, (479) 268-3285 Has screaming good wood fired pizzas, salads and sandwiches, indoor and dog friendly patio seating, cold brews and friendly, helpful service. All around great atmosphere and a good place to enjoy an outing with friends.

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. Apple Blossom Brewing Company $$ 1550 E Zion Rd, Ste 1, (479) 287-4344

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509 W Spring St, (479) 966-4383 Located next to Walton Arts Center Parking lot. This is a terrific spot for dinner and drinks before a show and happy hour through the week. Wine, cocktails and draft beer are served, and the menu consists of light pub fare. Atmosphere is relaxing and intimate, and the service is excellent. Try the spinach artichoke dip for a taste sensation.

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. Foster’s Gastropub

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2001 South Bellview Road Suite 2, (479) 621-0093 Foster’s is a lively, modern upscale gastropub sporting 84 taps of craft brew. They pride themselves on flatbreads and handhelds made from only the freshest of ingredients, including organic meats, vegetables and cheeses. Catch the live music on the patio, but get there early to save your spot.

. Growler USA $$

4204 S JB Hunt Dr #40, (479) 633-8233 With 100+ taps of local, regional and specialized microbrews, you’ll be sure to find several beers that suite your taste buds at Growler’s. Has a full-service kitchen which turns out exceptional food including a variety of beer bites, salads, handhelds and main dishes. Also has outdoor seating.

. Levi’s Gastropub $$

224 S 2nd St, (479) 372-6640 Located in the basement, Levi’s has gourmet bar food including appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, steaks and made-to-order donuts for dessert. It provides a truly different bar experience in a fun atmosphere and has live music on the weekends. Terrific place to enjoy a night out with friends and family.

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. Saddlebock Brewery 18244 Habberton Rd, (479) 419-9969 Offers a wide range of beers including ales, lagers, porters, stouts and bocks. Steaks prime rib and burgers are simply out of this world, and are made from the grain fed beef raised right on the owner’s land. Service is friendly and efficient. Housed in a barn, it’s a fun atmosphere.

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TOP 10 ROGERS RESTAURANTS Rogers has many chain and independent restaurants. From the finest steak houses to the best in good old southern cooking, Rogers has got you covered. The Top 10 list below is sure to have just the restaurant you are looking for:

. 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 $$ 1207 W Walnut 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.

. 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.

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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.

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. Bocca Italian Eatery & Pizzeria $$$ 2011 S. Promenade Blvd. Ste. 440, (479) 899-6646 Bocca is a popular Italian eatery featuring its famous woodfired pizzas, housemade pastas, sauces, breads and fresh salads. Its full service bar talent can whip up any cocktail your heart desires, and the wine and local brews list is ample. .Service is both friendly and impeccable, and the atmosphere is fun and relaxing. Your out-of-town guests will love Bocca.

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.

. 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

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TOP 10 SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS IN NWA BENTONVILLE Although Northwest Arkansas is located right in the middle of America, and probably wouldn’t be widely thought of as a place that would have fresh seafood, shipments of the fresh-caught bounty of the sea arrive daily by air. Many fine dining restaurants offer seafood that it is so fresh it compares with coastal eating. Below are the Top 9 restaurants in NWA:

. 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, Po’ 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.

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. Cafe Rue Orleans - Cajun & Seafood $$ 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 $$

2217 College Ave, (479) 443-3737 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.

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. Bonefish Grill $$ 3201 Market Street, (479) 273-0916 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.

. Crabby’s $$

1800 S 52nd St, (479) 273-0222 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

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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, 2203 South Promenade Blvd #3110, (479) 636-8833 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.

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TOP 10 SOUTHERN FOOD RESTAURANTS IN NWA As is to be expected, Southern cooking is not difficult to come by in Northwest Arkansas. In fact, many restaurants are cooking up and serving down home cuisine without even realizing it. Fried chicken, chicken fried steak, ham, corn, beans, mashed potatoes, and buttermilk biscuits are all examples of a southern cooked meal. The Top 10 restaurants listed have a good selection of southern cooked food:

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. 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.

. Willliams Soul Food

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3404 SE Macy Rd, (479) 273-3922 Locally known for their delicious chicken and sides. The owners, the Williams family, are friendly and are usually there to ensure their customers experience real down-home food. Try their award-winning wings for a real taste-treat-delight and don’t forget the amazing desserts like the scrumptious Sweet Potato Pie, Pecan Pie, Buttermilk Pie or Coconut Cream Pie.

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. 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 downhome 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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. Pea Ridge Cafe

467 Lee Town Rd, (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.

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. Monte Ne Chicken Inn

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13843 AR-94, (479) 636-5511 Favorite for all-you-can-eat fried chicken, bean soup, country mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, coleslaw, green beans, home-made 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.

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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.

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. AQ Chicken House

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bodychicken copy 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.

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167 N Main St, Decatur, AR, (479) 752-3577 Gallery Cafe in Decatur specializes in home-style 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.

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4080 N Thompson St, Springdale, (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 SPORTS BARS IN NWA Expect lots of flat-screen TVs, sports related and good natured teasing, beer and bar food such as pizza, wings, fries, burgers and the like. They are places to gather with like-minded friends and catch a game, and some might describe them as fun booze joints. The Top 10 Sports bars are listed:

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. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

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2500 SW 14th St, (479) 268-4545 Beef’s is a chain, family-friendly sports bar/restaurant that offers good food including their pizzas, flatbreads, burgers and more. It also has drinks to satisfy anyone’s preference, plenty of TVs, friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, menu to go, and catering. This is a great place to meet to watch the game with friends or to take the family after the game.

. One Eyed Jack’s

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2308 SE 28th St, (479) 876-8898 Customer service is a top priority at this unique cigar and spirits spot. Everyone is welcome, and every effort is made to answer your questions regarding cigars or drinks. There’s a 360 sq. ft. walk in humidor stocked with choice cigars, spirits include cocktails, scotches, premium bourbons, local craft beers and wines. Share a cigar and drink with friends in the comfortable lounge or sit on the spacious patio.

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. Foghorns

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1815 N Green Acres Rd, (479) 527-9464 Enjoy great atmosphere, beer, killer wings, music, and a cordial staff at Foghorns in Fayetteville. TVs are everywhere; you’ll be sure to catch your game or event here. Open mic is on Wednesday nights. 50 different sauces for the wings. Very popular spot.

. Smitty’s Garage Burgers and Beer

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100 E Joyce Blvd, (479) 301-2046 For drinks, beer, fabulous burgers (try the Big G and the Sticky Finger), really good fries, fish tacos, and a terrific game day atmosphere, you can’t go wrong when you choose Smitty’s. If beef is not your thing, Smitty’s has several other kinds of proteins you can choose from for your burger. Great place to kick back, relax and watch the game with friends.

. Farrell’s Lounge Bar & Grill

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2588 N Gregg Ave, (479) 575-0123 With 55 TVs, this sports bar and grill pretty much has all the sporting events covered regardless of which game or other sporting event you are interested in. There is a full bar with great daily specials and a terrific happy hour. The food menu is typical sports bar fare including delicious burgers and fries. With pool tables and darts, this is a great place to take in a game with friends. The energy in the place is fantastic. You’ll have a good time here.

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. Growler USA - Rogers $$ 4204 S JB Hunt Dr #40, (479) 633-8233 Has a great selection of craft beer on tap including both local and regional varieties. This cool concept is a terrific way to sample from around 90 micro-brews and find your new favorite.

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. JJ’s Bar and Grill

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4500 W Walnut St #3, (479) 372-4460 JJ’s features a full menu including burgers, fries, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, tacos and complete meals and desserts. Cold craft beers, well-mixed cocktails and top notch bartenders characterize the bar. Local bands get a chance to play during Friday and Saturday nights, and there’s a terrific patio too.

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2400 Promenade Blvd Twin Peaks has the ultimate sports lodge atmosphere plus it has an amazing wait-staff composed of attractive women and delicious food and cold, cold beer to boot. Great place to relax with friends and co-workers after work, and it’s a super place for traveling salespeople to meet new friends.

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. Buffalo Wild Wings

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6938 W Sunset Ave, (479) 419-5374 It is a well-known chain featuring many TVs, cold beer, awesome wings and other food, and a great place to gather with friends to watch the Hogs play. Try the Mango Habanero Wings.

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TOP 10 SPRINGDALE RESTAURANTS As testimony to their popularity, most restaurants in Springdale have been around for a many years, however, there are some new ones that are beginning to get traction as well. Here is a list of Top 10 restaurants in Springdale:

. 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.

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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 out-of-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.

. 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.

. Neal’s Cafe $

806 N Thompson St, (479) 751-9996 Known far and wide for its wonderful home cooking and mouthwatering 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.

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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.

. R & R’s Curry Express $$

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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.

. Venesian Inn $$

582 W Henri De Tonti Blvd, (479) 361-2562 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-in-your-mouth homemade rolls for a taste treat delight.

. Venezia’s $$

2009 N Thompson St, (479) 419-9499 Serves phenomenal Italian food including New York-style pizza in a friendly, delightful atmosphere. Venezia’s is also known for their large portions and reasonable prices.

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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.

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. Natural State Sandwiches $ 107 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR, (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.

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TOP 10 STEAK RESTAURANTS IN NWA There’s no shortage of really good steakhouses in Northwest Arkansas, which is good news for the people of region as well as its many visitors. When you crave a steak, nothing else will fill the bill, will it? Listed here are the Top 10 steak restaurants in Northwest Arkansas:

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. River Grille Steakhouse

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1003 McClain Rd, (479) 271-4141 The River Grille, an upscale restaurant, has an impressive steak menu, intimate, quiet setting, and live piano music. Chef Lonnie Lynch turns out some of the best steaks you will find in the area. The restaurant is somewhat formal, so many visit the River Grille to celebrate special occasions.

. Doe’s Eat Place

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2806 S Walton Blvd, (479) 254-8081 Besides having some of the best steaks and tamales in NWA, the dedicated owner is almost always roaming around making sure every meal turns out as ordered. The casual atmosphere lends itself to meeting friends and having fun as you enjoy a cold one. Doe’s has more than 175 types of beer, a good selection of whiskies, and a good collection of fine scotch.

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. Grotto

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10 Center St, (479) 363-6431 Grotto offers a unique, intimate setting and simply marvelous steaks cooked over a wood-fired grill. The Black Angus beef comes from Creekstone known for their humane treatment of cattle. Try the melt-in-your-mouth boneless ribeye or the mouthwatering filet mignon. Oh my, you’re in for a treat.

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. Ella’s

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The Inn at Carnall Hall, 465 Arkansas Ave, (479) 582-0400 Located in the Inn at Carnall Hall, Ella’s is an opportunity to experience fine dining in a historical environment. Sit back in the elegant dining room’s upholstered chairs, take in the exquisite ambiance, and look forward to a flavorful, cooked to perfection, Ribeye or Beef Tenderloin Filet.

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can be assured of a delicious steak cooked just the way you like it. The friendly, helpful wait staff is attentive and bent on every customer having a great experience each time they walk through the door.

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2901 College Ave, (479) 442-9671 As the name suggests, they are widely known for their ribs, but their steaks are equally as good. Eat in a cozy atmosphere where the friendly wait staff knows how to anticipate your needs as your meal moves along. You won’t be disappointed here. Give the 16 oz. Ribeye a try.

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People love this place for its cozy atmosphere, friendly wait staff, terrific owners, and consistently fantastic food. The Filet of Tenderloin is available in 6, 8, or 10 oz. Portions are fork tender and cooked to your order every time.

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2206 S Promenade Blvd, (479) 246-0911 Offers delicious fresh, aged, and hand-trimmed mouthwatering steaks. Other menu items include starters, soups, salads, chicken, desserts, burgers, sandwiches, lamb chops, salmon, fresh baked honey wheat bread and tasty sides. All steaks are expertly grilled and seasoned to perfection. These are steaks you won’t soon forget. Try the legendary thirst-quenching strawberry margarita.

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. Callahan’s Steakhouse $$ Callahan’s has consistent delicious food, terrific service, and a warm inviting family atmosphere. Steaks are juicy, tender and mesquite grilled to your specifications.

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. Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse

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2883 AR-23, Eureka Springs, AR (479) 253-5466 This restaurant enjoys rave reviews from around the region. Fans drive from Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas just to eat here, even savvy steak connoisseurs recommend Gaskins highly. The owners, Bert and Lisa, are fantastic people who really enjoy seeing their guests have a terrific dining experience. The mushroom soup is flavorful beyond description, and the Ribeye and Prime Rib are heavenly.

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TOP 10 CONSIGNMENT STORES IN NWA TOP 10 FLEA MARKETS IN NWA text Consignment Stores typically stock a much higher quality of clothing, furniture and other items than thrift stores do. These stores are a win-win for the owner of the item and also for the purchaser. They are a great way to realize money from lightly worn clothing and other items that are in excellent condition. Here are the Top 10 NWA stores:

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. Little Darlings Children’s Store 401 SW 24th St, (479) 464-8492 Beautiful baby and kid’s furniture and other kindly and only slightly used kid’s items can be found at Little Darlings. This is a really cool place to find everything you need to clothe your baby or child, to deck out the new baby’s room or to completely redecorate an existing child’s room. You’ll enjoy shopping at this children’s consignment store as there is so much to choose from.

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. A-Line Consignment Boutique 200 E Poplar St, (479) 442-2251 A-Line specializes in gently used clothing, purses, shoes and accessories. Want to update your wardrobe for a fraction of buying new? A-Line is just the place to help you replenish your closet in style. Everything from casual to formal wear is on the floor.

. CeCe’s Closet Women’s Consignment Boutique 246 E Sunbridge Dr, (479) 316-8141

CeCe’s is an upscale consignment boutique for women offering clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry and purses. The beautiful boutique is a store that you will return to time and again for just that perfect item you need to complete an ensemble. Especially noted for their wide selection and awesome service, you’re sure to find some delightful treasures at CeCe’s. Why pay more when you can shop at CeCe’s?

. Plato’s Closet

3108 College Ave, (479) 251-1778 Smart spot to find trendy clothes for teens and young adult women and men at up to 70% off what you would pay in the Mall. Plato’s buys, sells and trades gently used clothing suitable for their clientele. Adorable outfits for any occasion are on the racks now. You’ll enjoy your shopping excursion to Plato’s.

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. Clothing Connection 1001 W Hudson Rd, (479) 636-6122 Clothing Connection has more than 5000 consignors, and consigns more than 1000 items each week. It resales clothing for all ages, and also has a good assortment of jewelry, formals, prom dresses and other accessories to suite every occasion, and they’re open every day of the week. Chicos, Coldwater Creek, Hollister, Ann Taylor, Jones New York, Gap, Ralph Lauren, American Eagle, and Abercrombie are just some of the name brands you’ll find.

. Clothes Mentor

4200 W Green Acres Rd #302, (479) 633-8322 Looking for some of the hottest trends? You’ll find like new designer women’s clothing, shoes and purses at the Clothes Mentor. Featured brands include favorite upscale brands like Banana Republic, White House Black Market and Coach. Their selection is very good and the stock fluctuates constantly. The Clothes Mentor is a great place to expand your wardrobe in the most cost-effective way.

. Once Upon A Child

4404 W Walnut St, Ste 10, (479) 372-4006 Pays cash on the spot for gently used kid’s items. This is a bustling resale shop where you can find kid’s clothing, shoes and other kid related items at deep discounts. Inventory turns quickly, so shop often. Open 7 days a week for your convenience.

. Pink Bag

1500 W Walnut St, (479) 936-7465 Pink Bag is an upscale consignment store featuring clothing, purses, shoes and accessories including little girls and infant items. Consignments are regularly taken on Mon - Weds from 10 - 5, and on Thurs and Fri by appointment only. If you want to look like a million, but have a limited budget, this is a terrific place to shop.

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. Midtown Downtown 308 S Thompson TEMPORARY Location Luxury guys and gals women clothing, accessories, shoes and purses boutique. They also have a variety of home decor and small furniture. Great place to drop off your gently used clothing and other items, and to shop for items to spice up your wardrobe.

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. Cari’s Closet

205 A Main E, (479) 238-0009 Conveniently located in downtown Siloam Springs, and offering designer clothing and accessories for women of all ages including teens and twenty-somethings. Has large inventory of prom and wedding dresses and also offers TUXEDO Rentals. If staying in style is important to you, shop Cari’s Closet before you even consider retail. You won’t find a funkier or more fun place to shop in NWA.

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. The Cannery

1225 W. Hudson Rd, (479) 631-8974

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.

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, repurposed, handsome crafts and more.

. The Rose Antique Mall

2875 W Walnut St # A, (479) 631-8940

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693 W North St, # 1, (479) 445-6545

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. Fayetteville’s Funky Yardsale 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.

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. Daisies & Olives Antiques, Vintage, Flea Market 129 East Buchanan (Business 62 - 62B), (479) 846-1800

. Me & The Flea

4388 N Thompson St, (479) 756-3532 There’s so much to love about Me & The Flea. The owners 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.

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.

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3223 W Hudson Rd, Rogers, AR, (479) 631-9003

. Abundant Treasures 1140 W Walnut St, (479) 936-7200 Abundant Treasures is filled with over 8,000 sq. ft. of exciting finds. Treasures include antiques, one-of-a-kind, DIY pieces, vintage, jewelry, tools and much, much more. Home, garden and personal use items are all there to be discovered.

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. Homestead

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.

. 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.


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TOP 10 MICROBREWERIES IN NWA Exciting microbreweries are liberally scattered throughout Northwest Arkansas. Most offer a viewing and tasting room, and all offer delicious craft beer made right on the premises. Here are the Top 10 microbreweries in NWA.

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. 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, recently moved to 8th Street Market, and named for the propensity of the community to be involved in cycling, was the first microbrewery in Bentonville. 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.

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. 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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TOP 10 MICROBREWERIES TOP 10 TOPIC IN NWA IN NWA FAYETTEVILLE (CONT.) Top Text 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.

. Tiny Tim’s Pizza & West Mountain Brewing

21 West Mountain St, (479) 442-9090 Food Available: Yes Tours Available: No Brewery Hours: Mon -Thurs: 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat: 11-12am, Sun: 10am-10pm Located in the downtown area of Fayetteville, this pizza/pub has terrific pizza and some of the best craft brews in the area. Try the Meat Head Pizza and wash it down with one of their house brews or choose another locally brewed beer.

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. 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

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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.

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. Core Brewing and Distilling    2470 Lowell Rd, (479) 372-7780

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.

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. 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!

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TOP 10 MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS IN NWA Using the beautiful Ozarks as a backdrop, NWA’s existing mountain bike trails are some of the best and most picturesque in

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Trail: Slaughter Pen Hollow Trail is a 30-mile loop trail located near Bentonville, Arkansas and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

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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.

you might be in Northwest Arkansas.

Description: Slaughter Pen trails are fast and have flow with enough technical stuff to make it hard.

Participation in the sport is growing every

Note: Slaughter Pen plays host to the Slaughter Pen Jam, a three day festival with trials exhibition, rides, races, music, and food.

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year, but there’s still plenty of room on the trails for beginners and those new to the sport. Listed are the Top 10 mountain bike trails in NWA:

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. Trail: Back 40

Directions/Parking: When you park at Lake Ann, you’ll be in the middle of this fantastic trail system. Regardless of where you start, you’ll end your ride with a great downhill back to the parking area. 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.

. Trail: Blowing Springs

Directions/Parking: (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 to make room for the new Back 40 Trail: Officially opening Oct. 15th. Access via Blowing Springs Park, it’s 40 miles of soft surface trails featuring bluffs, ravines, caves and rock outcroppings.

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. Trail: Lake Leatherwood Location: 1303 Co Rd 204, Eureka Springs, AR 72632 Description: Lake Leatherwood has over 21 miles of low impact multi-use trails. Note: Lake Leatherwood plays host to the annual Fat Tire Festival in Eureka Springs each July with 3 days of mountain bike racing and social rides

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. Trail: Lake Fayetteville

Location/Parking: 71B take Zion road to Veterans Memorial Park.

The trail loops around Lake Fayetteville, starting and ending there. Description:

Lake Fayetteville is located on the north side of

Fayetteville. It has a 5.50-mile loop that is family-friendly

and is a good place to get a quick ride. It includes a hardwood forest, waterfall, wild flowers and is primarily used for mountain biking and trail running and is also accessible year-round.

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Lake Atalanta Trail

Location: 120 Lake Atalanta Rd, Rogers, AR 72756 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, 20-foot gaps and even railroad cars. Cyclists of every skill level can enjoy this park.

. Trail: Mt. Sequoyah

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Location/Parking: Parking is available at the intersection of Happy Hollow Road and East Paddock Road.

Bentonville Trail: Coler Creek

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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.

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, you’ll be able to enjoy them all at the new Coler Creek Trail.

. Trail: Mount Kessler

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). The parking will be on your right. Description: Mount Kessler is a lot like Sequoyah (unique and rocky trail) but a little more technical with some great scenery as well.

. Trail: Devils Den State Park 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: Devils Den State Park has one of the oldest mountain bike trails in the State of Arkansas. The park also offers scenic hiking trails and camping and fishing. 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.

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Hobbs State Park

Location: 20201 AR-12, Rogers, AR 72756 Description: Hobbs State Park trail system is really smooth with a lot of climbing.

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TOP 10 MUSEUMS IN NWA Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, located in Bentonville is a must-see attraction when visiting NWA, but there are also many other museums are located in the Northwest Arkansas area including one that traces the origin and growth of Walmart and its founder, Sam Walton. Here are the Top 10 museums in NWA:

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. 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

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

Georgia O’Keefe painting at Crystal Bridges Museum

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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.


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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.

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. 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

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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN NWA There are so many fun and unique things to do in Northwest Arkansas, that it is impossible to do them all in just a few days. Among them are shopping, cycling, museums, spectator sports, world-famous Dickson St, wildlife reserves and much more. Listed are the Top 10 things to do in NWA:

. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Considered the top attraction of Northwest Arkansas, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a stunning 1.2 billion dollar wonder founded by Alice Walton, daughter of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart. Five centuries of American art are on display in the museum proper. Additionally, the beautiful rolling woodlands of the surrounding grounds also feature other American art.

. Scott Family Amazeum

The amazeum is an exciting interactive museum for children, the young at heart and families. Children of all ages are inspired to learn as they engage with the various exhibits. Learn while playing is the idea. Kids love this place and beg to return again and again.

. Walmart Museum

Located on the historic downtown Bentonville square, the Walmart Museum combines a working 5 & 10 store, a museum about the history of Walmart and its founder, Sam Walton and the Sparks Cafe, an old-time soda fountain. Prices are reasonable and the ice cream is yummy.

. Walton Arts Center

See and hear world-class artists from around the world in this premier performing arts center. Located on famed Dickson Street in Fayetteville and close to the University of Arkansas campus, the Walton Art Center is the epicenter for the arts in Northwest Arkansas.

. Dickson Street

Considered one of the top two entertainment districts in Arkansas, Dickson Street is not only home to the Walton Arts Center, but it is also home to a diverse collection of delightful bars, unique shops and excellent restaurants.

. Cycling

NWA is home to hundreds of miles of single track, multiuse and paved trails including some IMBA sanctioned trails. Trails like Slaughter Pen, Mount Kessler, Lake Bella Vista, Thunder Chicken, Lake Atalanta, Mount Sequoyah Woods, The Back Forty and the 36-mile Razorback Greenway offer riding opportunities for every skill level. Experience the amazing beauty of the Ozarks as you ride with the wind on your skin and through your hair. Good bike shops are plentiful and most rent bikes.

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If you enjoy sports, you’ll be in hog heaven watching the world-famous Razorbacks play football and basketball, but if baseball is more to your liking, be sure to catch the Arkansas Naturals, a Minor League team based in Springdale.

. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

This modern 459-acre retreat for wildlife gives refuge to more than 130 big cats and other large animals, most of them victems of the exoitic pet animal trade. Turpentine gives a lifetime home to the animals is rescues. Guided tours are available every hour, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can stay in one of the Safari lodges located on the premises. Great family fun!

. World-class Shopping

Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers offers upscale shopping, The Historic Downtown District in Eureka Springs is characterized by many unusual shops, art galleries, unique restaurants and delightful B&B’s and historic hotels.

bodyFayetteville copy is home to the Northwest Arkansas Mall with more than 100 specialty stores. Boutiques both trendy and classic are scattered throughout the region as are fine antique stores and huge well organized flea markets and resale stores.

. Culinary Opportunities Extraordinaire

You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy all the culinary opportunities in NWA. Bentonville, Eureka Springs, and Fayetteville all have world-class chefs busy turning out signature dishes at premier dining destinations. In addition, the recently opened 8th Market District and the NWACC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program will support and enhance the exploding food scene in Northwest Arkansas.

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. The Jones Center

A 220,000 sq. ft. indoor recreational facility which includes an ice rink, two pools, fitness center and gym and soccer court. All are welcome.

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TOP 10 PET-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN NWA More people are traveling with their pets today than ever before, and more accommodations are allowing pets than in the past. Northwest Arkansas is lucky to have many pet friendly hotels including ones that allow large breed dogs. Note: It is definitely a good idea to call ahead to see what the requirements are before check-in. Check the Top 10 list below for a pet friendly hotel that meets your needs:

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21 C Comfort Suites Courtyard Days Inn Econo Lodge Inn & Suites La Quinta Inn & Suites Microtel Inn Motel 6 Simmons Suites Home-Towne Suites Super 8 TownPlace Suites Value Place Wingate by Wyndham

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast

Aloft Candlewood Suites Country Inn & Suites Embassy Suites Homewood Suites Horseshoe Bend Campground Hyatt Place Lost Bridge North Campground Microtel Inn & Suites Prairie Creek Campground Residence Inn by Marriott Staybridge Suites

Arsenic and Old Lace Basin Park Magnuson Grand Best Western Eureka Inn Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Kettle Campground & Cabins Main Street Inn Motel 62 Eureka Springs Pond Mountain Lodge & Resort Quality Inn of Eureka Springs Stone Meadow Resort The Retreat at Sky Ridge The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa Travelodge Eureka Springs

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LOWELL Hickory Creek Park Campground Super 8

Candlewood Suites Comfort Inn & Suites Econo Lodge Laquinta Inn and Suites Motel 6 Sleep Inn Southgate RV Park Staybridge Suites The Chancellor Hotel Towneplace Suites

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TOP UNIQUE HOTELS IN NWA If the idea of staying in a treehouse, museum hotel, haunted hotel, castle, cave, wildlife refuge lodge or a caboose appeals to you, you’ll find them all among the unusual places to stay available to you in NWA. Children and adults alike enjoy staying in Below are the Top 10 unique accommodations in Northwest Arkansas:

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. 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!

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. Cedar Lodge

18 Mason Ln, (479) 250-3124 Featured in USA Today’s 50 Awesome Vacation Rentals, Cedar Lodge is a stunning lakefront property with 7 bedrooms that sleeps 21. Venue is perfect for reunions and business planning meetings. Decor is rustic yet elegant, and every amenity imaginable is provided. This is a great place to step out of your hectic life and into peace and tranquility.

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. 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.

. 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. Mini-fridge, 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 year-round 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.

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. 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, FlatScreen 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.

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. 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, FlatScreen 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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at a glance: BENTONVILLE

Bentonville, home of Walmart, combines small-town charm with a contemporary cultural scene including art galleries, world-class museums and award-winning restaurants. Situated in the rolling hills of the Ozarks, opportunities for outdoor experiences abound. Depending on your interests, must do’s could include any of the following:

top restaurants

Coffee

Dinner

- Onyx Cafe

- Blu Fresh Fish Market

- 211 Cafe

- Preacher’s Son

- Kennedy Coffee

- The Hive

Breakfast

Lunch

- The Buttered Biscuit

- Table Mesa

- The Station Cafe

- Eleven

- Ozark Mountain Bagel

(located within Crystal Bridges)

- Snack Lab - Yeyo’s (at the 8th St Market location)

- Pressroom The Hive at 21c photo courtesy of Arkansas Tourism Association

Sweet Treats - Bizzy B’s Bakery - Gooseberry Pies - Spark’s Cafe

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Food Trucks - Crepes Paulette - Dough Zone

Late Night - Pedaler’s Pub - Beef ‘O’ Brady’s - Undercroft


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things to do

Museums

Mountain Bike, Multi Use Trails and

- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Nature Trails - Slaughter Pen

- Walmart Museum

- Compton Gardens

- Amazeum

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- Razorback Greenway

- Museum of Native American History

Live Entertainment

Boutiques & Specialty Stores

- Meteor Guitar Gallery

- Remedy Road - Bleachers

Kid’s Eat Free:

Theater

- Ramo d’Olivo

- The Cannery

Bentonville

- Skylight Cinema

- Bike Rack Brewing

- Phat Tire Bike Shop

Kid’s Eat Free link: See page 6

Photo courtesy of Bleachers

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at aEUREKA glance: SPRINGS

Known globally as a shopping, wedding and vacation destination, Eureka Springs is a delightful Alpine-like, Victorian-era resort village. B&B’s, cabins, treehouses and other unique accommodations are everywhere in Eureka, but there are also some charming old hotels. The things to do we’ve listed below just barely scratch the surface, but they do give you a good idea of what to expect when you visit Eureka, Springs:

top restaurants

Breakfast

Dinner - Grotto Wood-fired Grill and Wine Cave

- Mud Street Cafe

Brunch

- Ermilio’s Italian Home Cooking

- Local Flavor

- Cafe Amore

Lunch - Oscar’s

Late Night

- Rockin Pig Saloon

- Pied Piper Pub & Inn

- Aquarius Taqueria

- Chelsea’s Corner Cafe & Bar

- Sparky’s Cafe Photo courtesy of Local Flavor

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things to do

Shopping -

Attractions

- Nelson’s Eureka Springs

- The Great Passion Play

- Crystal Waters

- Christ of the Ozarks

- QuickSilver

- Turpentine Creek Wildlife Rescue

- Zarks-A Fine Design Gallery

- Thorncrown Chapel

- Two Dumb Dames

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- Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour

Outdoors

- Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down

- Fish the crystal-clear trout streams - Ride a zip-line, explore caves

Museums

- Hike to Pivot Rock and Natural Bridge

- Eureka Springs Historical Museum

- Belle of the Ozarks

- Cornerstone Bank

Events

Transportation

Weddings

- Basin Spring Park

- Eureka Spring Trolley

Almost every B&B and hotel can easily facilitate your special event.

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A T A G L A N C E : F AY E T T E V I L L E

at a glance: FAYETTEVILLE

Situated on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains and deep within the Ozarks, Fayetteville is a college town, home to the University of Arkansas and its famous Razorbacks sports programs including its championship track & field program. JB Hunt, Tyson Foods and Walmart are all headquartered nearby, making Fayetteville a diverse, inclusive city. Boutiques, fine dining restaurants, a lively nightlife, and antique shops all abound, as do outdoor and indoor recreational opportunities. The city also has many Civil War historical sites The list below gives but a glimpse of this beautiful Northwest Arkansas city:

top restaurants

Coffee

Lunch

- Arsaga’s at the Depot

- Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese

- Mama Carmen’s Espresso Cafe

- Hugo’s - Smitty’s Garage

Dinner

Breakfast

- Bocca Italian Eatery & Pizzeria

- Prelude Breakfast Bar Farmer’s Table Cafe

- Mockingbird Kitchen - Vetro 1925 - Theo’s

Brunch - Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar

Photo courtesy of Local Flavor

- Con Queso’s - Frickin Chicken,

- Cafe Rue Orleans photo courtesy of Bordinos Restaurant and Wine Bar

Photo courtesy of Meteor Guitar Gallery

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- Farrell’s Lounge Bar & Grill


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things to do

Museums - Clinton House Museum - Arkansas Air & Military Museum

Flea Markets & Consignment Stores

Mountain Bike & Multi-use Trails

- Funky Yardsale

- Lake Fayetteville Trail

- George’s Majestic Lounge

Indoor Activities

- Nomad’s Music Lounge

- Arkansas Razorbacks

- Walton Arts Center

- Lives Boutique

Outdoor Activities - Botanical Garden of the Ozarks - Locomotion Family Fun Park - 112 Drive In Theater

Live Music & Entertainment

Kid’s Eat Free:

- Dickson St

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- Terra Studios

Fayetteville Kid’s Eat Free link: See page 7

Shopping - Dickson Street Bookshop - Maude

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at a glance: ROGERS

Vibrant business community, brick lined streets, historic architectural, eclectic restaurant mix, art galleries, specialty stores, premier shopping, outdoor wonders and recreational opportunities are all a part of Rogers, one of the fast growing cities in the country. While there are many other options, the ones listed below offer a good sampling of what awaits you in Rogers:

top restaurants

Breakfast

Dinner: - Crabby’ Seafood Bar & Grill

- Wesner’s - The Egg & I

- Levi’s Gastrolounge

Lunch

- Bocca Italian Eatery

- Catfish John’s

- Saiwok

- Parkside Public - Social Taco - Foster’s Pint & Plate

Late Night: Food Trucks:

- Hapa’s Hawaiian Bar and Grill

- Persephone on Wheels

- Brick Street Brews

- The City Pump Food Truck Court

Coffee

Sweet Treats

- HCC (Iron Horse Coffee Company)

- Fork & Crust - Kirby’s Kupcakes

Photo courtesy of Saiwok

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- 7 Brew Coffee


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things to do

Shopping - Pinnacle Hills Promenade - Village on the Creeks - Russell Knives

Museums

Pinnacle Hills Promenade

- Daisy Airgun Museum

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Tourism

- Rogers Historical Museum

- Lewis & Clark

Flea Markets, Vintage & Antiques

Indoor Adventures

- Abundant Treasures

- Highrise Extreme Airsports

- The Rose Antique - Somewhere In Time

Downtown Shopping

Outdoor Adventures

- Honeycomb Kitchen Shop

- Beaver Lake

- Woof & Wander

- The Railyard Bike and Dog Park

Consignment Stores - Clothes Mentor - Clothing Connection

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- Lake Atalanta

Kid’s Eat Free Dining out with kids can get expensive, many Rogers restaurants let kids eat for free or for a minimal fee. See page 8

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at a glance: SPRINGDALE

Springdale, officially known as the Poultry Capital of the World, is home to Tyson Foods, the largest meat producer in the world. The entire Springdale area is dotted with chicken hatcheries and processing plants. Recently, Springdale’s downtown area has seen a major revamping to accommodate the rapid influx of new people moving into the area.

top restaurants Coffee

Lunch

Dinner

- Trailside Coffee Co

- Angus Jack

- Fratelli’s Italian Grill

- Breweries & Cidery

- Natural State Sandwiches

- AQ Chicken House

- Black Apple Crossing

- R & R Curry Express

- Venesian Inn

- Saddlebock Brewery

- Taqueria Guanajuat

- Core Public House

Breakfast

Wineries

- Neal’s Cafe

- Sassafras Springs

- Susan’s Restaurant

Vineyard

Razorback Greenway

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Kid’s Eat Free: Springdale Kid’s Eat Free link: See page 9


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things to do

Museums

Attractions

- Shiloh

- Arkansas &

Museum of

Missouri

Ozark History

Railroad, the A & M

- NWA Reptile Museum

- The Northwest Arkansas

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Naturals - Jones Center The Northwest Arkansas Naturals

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SHOW

THE

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS’S FINEST & FANCIEST CRAFT SHOW SINCE 2011

4TH ANNUAL SPRING EVENT DOWNTOWN SPRINGDALE ON SATURDAY, MAY 12TH FROM 10AM TO 4PM

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