Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one at this landing spot downtown. Surprisingly inexpensive with a great bar staff and a good selection of unique desserts.
This wood-paneled, white table-clothed restaurant and bar in the Capital Hotel is where powerbrokers meet to decide the fate of the universe — or at least our little corner of it — while drinking the best brown liquor money can buy. To wit, the Capital is the only bar in town that serves Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve, perhaps the most revered (and scarce) bourbon on the market. But don't leave the Capital to the suits. It's a required stop for all discerning drinkers no matter how you're dressed. The cocktail menu and selection are just about unparalleled in Central Arkansas. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. From Wednesday to Saturday, the city's finest jazz trio, the Ted Ludwig Trio, holds court. After concerts or other special events downtown and on the weekends, the bar's hoppin'. Pro-tip: try the second floor balcony, which has seating and great views of Markham, on busy nights.
This could easily be the best burger in the state. Fresh chopped Creekstone beef, a house-made bun and pickles highlight the expert care put into assembling Capital burger ($9 with Parmesan fries). It's usually cooked just right, too. Add pimento cheese for a real treat.
Arguably the state's best jazz ensemble, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio, is the house band at this swank hotel bar. They play from Thursday through Saturday.