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Arkansas Times readers pick best restaurants 

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As has been recent tradition, this year, all Readers Choice voting took place online (print readers were directed to the online poll). Below are this year's winners. As usual, we have them in a number of categories, plus special votes for the top restaurants in four areas with vibrant restaurant scenes. Read on to find your favorite.

OVERALL

Little Rock: Brave New Restaurant

Runners-up: Big Orange, Capital Bar and Grill, The Pantry

Around the state: James at the Mill (Johnson)

Runners-up: Greenhouse Grille (Fayetteville), Mike's Place (Conway), Ermilio's Italian Restaurant (Eureka Springs)

NEW

Little Rock: Local Lime

Runners-up: Packet House Grill, Natchez Restaurant, Kitchen @ White Water Tavern

Around the state: Tusk & Trotter (Bentonville)

Runners-up: Baja Grill (Benton), The Pasta Grill (Conway), Tavola Trattoria (Bentonville)

ITALIAN

Little Rock: Vesuvio Bistro

Runners-up: Ristorante Capeo, Graffiti's Italian Restaurant, Cafe Prego

Around the state: Ermilio's (Eureka Springs)

Runners-up: Michelangelo's Italian Ristorante (Conway), Pesto Cafe (Fayetteville), Bella Arti Ristorante (Hot Springs)

CHINESE

Little Rock: Fantastic China

Runners-up: Chi's Chinese Cuisine, Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant, Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking

Around the state: Jade China Restaurant (Conway)

JAPANESE

Little Rock: Sushi Cafe

Runners-up: Tokyo House, Mt. Fuji Japanese Restaurant, Hanaroo Sushi Bar

Around the state: Meiji Japanese Cuisine (Fayetteville)

MEXICAN

Little Rock: Local Lime

Runners-up: Cantina Laredo, Casa Manana, La Hacienda

Around the state: Taco Mama (Hot Springs)

Runners-up: El Acapulco (Conway), Casa Colina (Eureka Springs), Burrito Loco (Fayetteville)

INDIAN

Little Rock: Star of India

Runners-up: Curry in a Hurry, Taj Mahal Indian and Mediterranean Cuisine, Banana Leaf food truck

Around the state: New Delhi Cafe (Eureka Springs)

OTHER ETHNIC

Little Rock: Layla's Gyros and Pizzeria

Runners-up: Cafe Bossa Nova, Pho Thanh Muy, The Pantry

Around the state: Taste of Thai (Fayetteville)

Runners-up: Rolando's (Hot Springs), Layla's Gyros and Pizzeria (Conway), Brau Haus (Hot Springs)

FOOD TRUCKS

Little Rock: Southern Gourmasian

Runners-up: Hot Dog Mike, The Food Truck, Banana Leaf

Around the state: Baja Grill (Benton)

Runners-up: Green Cart Deli (Conway), Hammontree's Grillenium Falcon (Fayetteville)

VEGETARIAN

Little Rock: The Root Cafe

Runners-up: ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza, Cafe Bossa Nova, Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some

Around the state: Green House Grill (Fayetteville)

Runners-up: ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza (Conway), Mean Bean Cafe (Conway)

BAKERY

Little Rock: Boulevard Bread Co.

Runners-up: Community Bakery, Silvek's European Bakery, Dempsey Bakery

Around the state: Ed's Custom Bakery (Conway)

Runners-up: Rick's Bakery (Fayetteville), Serenity Farm Bread (Leslie), Little Bread Co. (Fayetteville)

BARBECUE

Little Rock: Whole Hog Cafe

Runners-up: Sims Bar-B-Que, Corky's Ribs and BBQ, HB's Drive In

Around the state: McClard's Bar-B-Q (Hot Springs)

Runners-up: Craig Brothers Cafe (De Valls Bluff), Whole Hog (Conway), Dixie Pig (Blytheville)

BREAKFAST

Little Rock: B-Side

Runners-up: Ashley's, Root Cafe, Red Door

Around the state: Stoby's Restaurant (Conway)

Runners-up: Pancake Shop (Hot Springs), Common Grounds (Fayetteville), Mud Street Cafe (Eureka Springs)

BRUNCH

Little Rock: B-Side

Runners-up: YaYa's Euro Bistro, Ashley's, Trio's Restaurant

Around the state: The Arlington Hotel (Hot Springs)

Runners-up: Greenhouse Grill (Fayetteville), Michelangelo's Italian Ristorante (Conway), Local Flavor Cafe (Eureka Springs)

DELI/ GOURMET-TO-GO

Little Rock: Hillcrest Artisan Meats

Runners-up: Boulevard Bread Co., Bray Gourmet, Jason's Deli

Around the state: Cafe 1217 (Hot Springs)

CATFISH

Little Rock: Flying Fish

Runners-up: Lassis Inn, Cock of the Walk, The Catfish Hole

Around the state: Eat My Catfish (Benton)

Runners-up: Dondie's White River Princess (Des Arc), Woods Place (Camden), The Fish House (Conway)

FRIED CHICKEN

Little Rock: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Runners-up: Capital Bar and Grill, Bobby's Country Cookin', Kitchen Express

Around the state: AQ Chicken (Fayetteville)

Runners-up: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (Conway), Monte Ne Inn Chicken (Rogers), Cotham's (Scott)

HAMBURGER

Little Rock: Big Orange

Runners-up: Arkansas Burger Co., Capital Bar and Grill, David's Burgers

Around the state: CJ's Butcher Boy (Russellville)

Runners-up: David's Burgers (Conway), Hugo's (Fayetteville), Feltner's Whatta-Burger (Russellville)

PIZZA

Little Rock: ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza

Runners-up: Damgoode Pies, Pizza Cafe, U.S. Pizza Co.

Around the state: ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza (Conway)

Runners-up: Rod's Pizza Cellar (Hot Springs), Michelangelo's Italian Ristorante (Conway), Damgoode Pies (Fayetteville)

SEAFOOD

Little Rock: Flying Fish

Runners-up: Brave New Restaurant, Cajun's Wharf, Oyster Bar

Around the state: Mike's Place (Conway)

Runners-up: Dondie's White River Princess (Des Arc), James at the Mill (Johnson)

BUFFET

Little Rock: Tokyo House

Runners-up: Golden Corral, Star of India, Franke's Cafeteria

Around the state: Brown's Country Store (Benton)

Runners-up: Dondie's White River Princess (Des Arc), New China Restaurant (Hot Springs)

STEAK

Little Rock: Doe's Eat Place

Runners-up: Sonny Williams' Steak Room, Faded Rose, Riverfront Steakhouse

Around the state: Mike's Place (Conway)

Runners-up: Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse (Eureka Springs), The Porterhouse Steak and Seafood (Hot Springs), Postmasters Grill (Camden)

DESSERT

Little Rock: Trio's Restaurant

Runners-up: Loblolly Creamery, Community Bakery, Cupcakes on Kavanaugh

Around the state: Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse (Eureka Springs)

Runners-up: James at the Mill (Johnson), Michelangelo's Italian Ristorante (Conway), Ed and Kay's Restaurant (Benton)

COFFEE

Little Rock: Boulevard Bread Co.

Runners-up: River City Tea, Coffee and Cream, Starbucks, Guillermo's Gourmet Coffee

Around the state: Arsaga's Espresso Cafe (Fayetteville)

Runners-up: Something Brewing (Conway), Mud Street Cafe (Eureka Springs), Little Bread Co. (Fayetteville)

HOME COOKIN'

Little Rock: Homer's

Runners-up: Your Mama's Good Food, Bobby's Country Cookin', David Family Kitchen

Around the state: Holly's Country Cooking (Conway)

Runners-up: Momma Dean's Soul Food Kitchen (Fayetteville), Hole in the Wall Cafe (Conway), Ed and Kay's Restaurant (Benton)

FUN

Little Rock: Local Lime

Runners-up: Big Orange, White Water Tavern, 1620 Savoy

PLACE FOR KIDS

Little Rock: Purple Cow Restaurant

Runners-up: Playtime Pizza, All Aboard Restaurant and Grill, Big Orange

ROMANTIC

Little Rock: Ashley's

Runners-up: Brave New Restaurant, Acadia Restaurant, Ristorante Capeo

Around the state: James at the Mill (Johnson)

Runners-up: Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse (Eureka Springs), Michelangelo's Italian Ristorante (Conway), Red Apple Inn (Heber Springs)

GLUTEN FREE

Little Rock: Dempsey Bakery

Runners-up: Cafe Bossa Nova, Local Lime, The Root Cafe

Around the state: Greenhouse Grille (Fayetteville)

Runner-up: ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza (Conway)

YOGURT

Little Rock: Red Mango

Runners-up: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, TCBY, Yogurt Mountain

BUSINESS LUNCH

Little Rock: Capital Bar and Grill

Runners-up: Copper Grill, Forty Two, Homer's

Around the state: Mike's Place (Conway)

WINE LIST

Little Rock: Ashley's

Runners-up: Crush Wine Bar, Brave New Restaurant, Arthur's Prime Steakhouse

Around the state: Bordinos (Fayetteville)

Runners-up: James at the Mill (Johnson), Michelangelo's Italian Ristorante (Conway), Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse (Eureka Springs)

SERVER

Little Rock: Joann Sims (Capital Bar)

Runners-up: Aimee Stockton (Dizzy's), Lauren Murray (Ristorante Capeo), David Timberlake (The Pantry)

CHEF

Little Rock: Peter Brave (Brave New)

Runners-up: Scott McGehee (ZAZA/Big Orange/Local Lime), Matthew Bell (Ashley's), Anthony Tally (Terry's Finer Foods)

Around the state: Miles James (James at the Mill in Johnson)

Cities

BENTON/BRYANT

Eat My Catfish

Runners-up: Baja Grill, La Hacienda

CONWAY

ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza

Runners-up: Mike's Place, Michelangelo's Italian Ristorante, Stoby's Restaurant

EUREKA SPRINGS

Ermilio's

Runners-up: Local Flavor, Mud Street Cafe, Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse

FAYETTEVILLE AREA

Greenhouse Grill

Runners-up: James at the Mill (Johnson), Bordinos, Tusk & Trotter (Bentonville)

HOT SPRINGS

Rolando's

Runners-up: McClard's Bar-B-Q, Cafe 1217, Taco Mama

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