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The best restaurants of 2009 are chosen by Arkansas Times readers

click to enlarge MODEL ROLLS: Sushi Cafe's cuisine gives it top Japanese honors.
  • MODEL ROLLS: Sushi Cafe's cuisine gives it top Japanese honors.

The year 2009 didn't see a remarkable boom in restaurants. But Arkansas still managed to welcome some bright additions to its dining scene and old favorites continued to satisfy.

You'll see both old and new in this year's results in the Arkansas Times Readers Choice contest to select the best restaurants in Arkansas.

Ballots were distributed in our weekly paper and voting also was conducted on-line. As ever, we tried to weed out blatant efforts to stuff the ballot box.

Enough said. On to the results.


OVERALL

LITTLE ROCK
Brave New Restaurant

RUNNERS-UP: Ashley's, Lulav, Ya Ya's, Trio's

AROUND ARKANSAS
Mike's Place of Conway

RUNNERS-UP: James at the Mill of Johnson, Bordino's of Fayetteville, Michelangelo's of Conway


NEW


LITTLE ROCK
Capi's

RUNNERS-UP: The House, Maddie's, Union

AROUND ARKANSAS
Sassy's Red House of Fayetteville

RUNNERS-UP: Casa Colina Mexican Grill and Cantina and the Garden Bistro, both of Eureka Springs


ITALIAN

LITTLE ROCK
Bruno's

RUNNERS-UP: Ristorante Capeo, Prego, The Villa

AROUND ARKANSAS
Ermilio's of Eurkea Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Michelangelo's of Conway, Pesto Cafe and Bordino's of Fayetteville


CHINESE

LITTLE ROCK
Fantastic China

RUNNERS-UP: Fu Lin, Pei Wei, Chi's

AROUND ARKANSAS
Jade China of Conway

RUNNERS-UP: PF Chang's of Rogers, Hunan Manor of Fayetteville, Lucky Dragon of Berryville


JAPANESE

LITTLE ROCK
Sushi Cafe

RUNNERS-UP: Shogun, Mount Fuji, Sekisui

AROUND ARKANSAS
Fuji Restaurant of Springdale

RUNNERS-UP: Shogun of Fayetteville, Kobe of Rogers, Wasabi of Fayetteville


MEXICAN

LITTLE ROCK
Senor Tequila

RUNNERS-UP: La Hacienda, Casa Manana, El Porton

AROUND ARKANSAS
La Huerta of Conway

RUNNERS-UP: La Hacienda of Hot Springs, Casa Colina of Eureka Springs, Los Amigos of Conway


FUN

LITTLE ROCK
Purple Cow

RUNNERS-UP: Playtime Pizza, Flying Fish, Cajun's Wharf

AROUND ARKANSAS
Sparky's Roadhouse of Eureka Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Mike's Place of Conway, Larry's Pizza of Bryant, Buffalo Wild Wings of Hot Springs


OTHER ETHNIC

LITTLE ROCK
Taziki's

RUNNERS-UP: Star of India, Layla's, Lilly's Dim Sum,Then Some

AROUND ARKANSAS
Taste of Thai of Fayetteville

RUNNERS-UP: Thep Thai of Fayetteville, New Delhi of Eureka Springs, Rolando's of Hot Springs


BAKERY

LITTLE ROCK
Community Bakery

RUNNERS-UP: Boulevard Bread, Silvek's, Old Mill

AROUND ARKANSAS
Ed's Bakery of Conway

RUNNERS-UP: Rick's Bakery of Fayetteville, Little Bread Company of Fayetteville, Ambrosia of Hot Springs


PIZZA

LITTLE ROCK
Damgoode Pies

RUNNERS-UP: U.S. Pizza, ZaZa, Pizza Cafe

AROUND ARKANSAS
Larry's of Bryant

RUNNERS-UP: Tim's of Fayetteville, Chelsea's Corner Cafe of Eureka Springs and Old Chicago of Conway


BARBECUE

LITTLE ROCK
Whole Hog Cafe

RUNNERS-UP: Sims, Corky's, Chip's

AROUND ARKANSAS
McClard's

RUNNERS-UP: Penguin Ed's of Fayetteville, Craig's of DeValls Bluff, Smoke House of Heber Springs


BREAKFAST

LITTLE ROCK
Ozark Mountain Country Restaurant

RUNNERS-UP: Satellite Cafe, IHOP, Mimi's

AROUND ARKANSAS
Stoby's of Conway

RUNNERS-UP: Common Grounds of Fayetteville, Mud Street Cafe of Eureka Springs, Pancake Shop of Hot Springs


CATFISH

LITTLE ROCK
Flying Fish

RUNNERS-UP: Grampa's, Cock of the Walk, Catfish City

AROUND ARKANSAS
Catfish Hole of Fayetteville

RUNNERS-UP: Fish House of Conway, Dondie's of Des Arc


FRIED CHICKEN

LITTLE ROCK
Popeye's

RUNNERS-UP: Kitchen Express, Capital Hotel Bar, Bobby's Country Cookin'

AROUND ARKANSAS
AQ Chicken House of Springdale

RUNNERS-UP: Holly's of Conway, Momma Dean's Soul Food Kitchen of Fayetteville


DELI/GOURMET SHOP

LITTLE ROCK
Boulevard Bread

RUNNERS-UP: Jason's Deli, Diane's, Fresh Market

AROUND ARKANSAS
Jason's Deli of Fayetteville

RUNNERS-UP: McAlister's of Conway, Corsey's of St. Joe


HAMBURGER

LITTLE ROCK
The House

RUNNERS-UP: Buffalo Grill, Arkansas Burger Company, Cheeburger Cheeburger

AROUND ARKANSAS
CJ's of Russellville

RUNNERS-UP: Whatta-Burger of Russellville, Hugo's of Fayetteville, Sparky's of Eureka Springs


SEAFOOD

LITTLE ROCK
Bonefish Grill

RUNNERS-UP: Cajun's Wharf, Brave New Restaurant, Flying Fish

AROUND ARKANSAS
Cajun Boilers of Hot Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Mike's Place of Conway, Powerhouse of Fayetteville


STEAK

LITTLE ROCK
Sonny Williams' Steak Room

RUNNERS-UP: Doe's, Butcher Shop, Faded Rose

AROUND ARKANSAS
Mike's Place of Conway

RUNNERS-UP: Doe's and Herman's of Fayetteville, Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse of Eureka Springs


BUFFET

LITTLE ROCK
Golden Corral

RUNNERS-UP: Franke's, Star of India, Larry's Pizza

AROUND ARKANSAS
Brown's Country Store and Restaurant of Benton

RUNNERS-UP: Golden Corral of Fayetteville, New China of Russellville, Myrtie Mae's of Eureka Springs


DESSERTS

LITTLE ROCK
Trio's

RUNNERS-UP: Ashley's, Community Bakery, Copeland's

AROUND ARKANSAS
Stoby's of Conway

RUNNERS-UP: Mike's Place of Conway, Michelangelo's of Conway, Mud Street Cafe of Eureka Springs


COFFEE

LITTLE ROCK
Starbucks

RUNNERS-UP: Boulevard Bread, Guillermo's Coffee House, Satellite Cafe

AROUND ARKANSAS
McDonald's, various locations

RUNNERS-UP: Something Brewing of Conway, Common Grounds and Arsaga's Espresso Cafe of Fayetteville


HOME COOKING


LITTLE ROCK
Your Mama's Good Food

RUNNERS-UP: Dixie Cafe, Homer's, Bobby's Country Cookin'

AROUND ARKANSAS
Holly's Country Cooking of Conway

RUNNERS-UP: Momma Dean's Soul Food Kitchen of Fayetteville, Myrtie Mae's of Eureka Springs, Cracker Barrel of Bryant


PLACE FOR KIDS

LITTLE ROCK
Purple Cow

RUNNERS-UP: Playtime Pizza, Chuck E. Cheese, Cheeburger Cheeburger


ROMANTIC

LITTLE ROCK
Ashley's

RUNNERS-UP: Brave New Restaurant, 1620, Acadia

AROUND ARKANSAS
Michelangelo's of Conway

RUNNERS-UP: Rogue's Manor of Eureka Springs, James at the Mill of Johnson


WINE LIST

LITTLE ROCK
Ashley's

RUNNERS-UP: Trio's, Ciao Baci, Ferneau

AROUND ARKANSAS
Bordino's of Fayetteville

RUNNERS-UP: Mike's Place of Conway, Michelangelo's of Conway, Theo's of Fayetteville


BENTON/BRYANT
Brown's Country Store and Restaurant

RUNNERS-UP: Dizzy's (now closed), Ed and Kay's, Colton's Steakhouse


CONWAY
Mike's Place

RUNNERS-UP: Marketplace, Stoby's, Michelangelo's


EUREKA SPRINGS
Ermilio's

RUNNERS-UP: DeVito's, Local Flavor, Mud Street Cafe


FAYETTEVILLE/SPRINGDALE/ROGERS/BENTONVILLE

Bordino's of Fayetteville

RUNNERS-UP: Hugo's of Fayetteville, James at the Mill of Johnson, Greenhouse Grille of Fayetteville


HOT SPRINGS
McClard's

RUNNERS-UP: Rolando's, Belle Arti, Cafe 1217


SERVER
Vinnie Suha of Lilly's Dim Sum in Little Rock

RUNNERS-UP: Lloyd of Trio's, Scott Robertson of Brave New Restaurant and Blair Wallace of Ciao Baci, all in Little Rock; Shawna Brumett at Sassy's Red House of Fayetteville, Tiffany Murphy at Pesto Cafe in Fayetteville, Brent Garrett at Gaskins Cabin in Eureka Springs


CHEF
Donnie Ferneau of Ferneau in Little Rock

RUNNERS-UP: Peter Brave of Brave New Restaurant, Capi Peck of Capi's, Lee Richardson of Ashley's at the Capital Hotel, all in Little Rock; Miles James of James at the Mill in Johnson


$100 DRAWING WINNER
Melanie Turner of Benton

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