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Readers Choice 2014 results 

The people have spoken.

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Thirty-three years: It's got to be some kind of record. That is the number of years that readers of the Arkansas Times have weighed in — sometimes a few pounds heavier after a delicious meal — on the best places to dine, sup, chow down, grab a bite, nibble, whatever, in Arkansas.

A restaurant called The Hive is giving everyone an itch to get to Bentonville and experience the 21c Museum Hotel's fine dining amid fascinatingly curious artwork. South on Main is getting rave reviews from the readership, proving that the Oxford American magazine's notion to back good Southern eating as well as good Southern writing was a super idea. The chefs behind both, along with other products of the Capital Hotel kitchen, are profiled in one of our accompanying stories. Elsewhere, look for features on chicken and waffles in Central Arkansas, restaurants worth driving to Benton for (yes, you read that right), waitress extraordinaire Joann Sims, meat savant Rob Nelson of Bentonville's Tusk and Trotter and the continuing evolution of Southern Gourmasian. Fair warning: You're going to have a hard time reading on an empty stomach.

Overall

Little Rock: The Pantry

Runners-up: South on Main, Brave New Restaurant, Trio's

Around the state: The Hive (Bentonville)

Runners-up: ZaZa (Conway), Mike's Place (Conway), James at the Mill (Johnson)

New

Little Rock: South on Main

Runners-up: Bruno's Little Italy, Table 28, Big Orange Midtown

Around the state: The Hive (Bentonville)

Runners-up: Tusk and Trotter (Bentonville), Umami Sushi and Grill Fusion (Conway), Table Mesa Bistro (Conway)

Chef

Little Rock: Matthew Bell (South on Main)

Runners-up: Anthony Talley (Terry's Restaurant), Peter Brave (Brave New Restaurant), Scott McGehee (ZaZa, Local Lime, Big Orange)

Around Arkansas: Matthew McClure (The Hive)

Runners-up: Mark Cook (Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse), Jerrmy Gawthrop (Greenhouse Grille)

Server

Little Rock: Joann Sims (Cache)

Runners-up: Scott Roberts (Brave New Restaurant), Wayne Pyland (Trio's Restaurant), Aimee Stockton (Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro)

Around the state: Brent Garrett (Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse, Eureka Springs)

Bakery

Little Rock: Community Bakery

Runners-up: Boulevard Bread Co., Rosalia's Family Bakery, Dempsey Bakery

Around the state: SugarBelles Cupcakes (Ward)

Runners-up: Ed's Custom Bakery (Conway), Rick's Bakery (Fayetteville), Arkansas Fresh Bakery (Saline County)

Barbecue

Little Rock: Whole Hog Cafe

Runners-up: Sims Bar-B-Que, Corky's BBQ, HB's BBQ

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

Runners-up: Craig's Bar-B-Q (DeValls Bluff), Jones Bar-B-Q Diner (Marianna), Whole Hog Cafe (Conway)

Breakfast

Little Rock: The Root Cafe

Runners-up: Ozark Country Restaurant, B-Side, Red Door Restaurant

Around the state: Mud Street Cafe (Eureka Springs)

Runners-up: Stoby's Restaurant (Conway), The Pancake Shop (Hot Springs), The Hive (Bentonville)

Brunch

Little Rock: Trio's

Runners-up: YaYa's, The Root Cafe, Red Door Restaurant

Around the state: The Hive (Bentonville)

Runners-up: Tusk and Trotter (Bentonville), Mud Street Cafe (Eureka Springs), Local Flavor Cafe (Eureka Springs)

Buffet

Little Rock: Franke's Cafeteria

Runners-up: Tokyo House, Star of India Restaurant, Panda Garden Restaurant

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

Runners-up: Buffet City (Benton), Who Dat's Cajun Restaurant (Bald Knob)

Business lunch

Little Rock: Capital Bar & Grill

Runners-up: South on Main, Copper Grill, Trio's Restaurant

Around Arkansas: Mike's Place (Conway)

Runners-up: The Hive (Bentonville), Fayrays (El Dorado)

Catfish

Little Rock: Flying Fish

Runners-up: Lassis Inn, South on Main, Cock of the Walk

Around Arkansas: Eat My Catfish (Benton)

Runners-up: Flying Fish (Bentonville), Catfish Hole (Fayetteville), Fred's Fish House (Mammoth Spring)

Chinese

Little Rock: Fantastic China

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

Around Arkansas: Jade China (Conway)

Runners-up: Grand Fortuna (Harrison), Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant (Conway)

Coffee

Little Rock: Boulevard Bread Co.

Runners-up: Starbucks, River City Coffee, Mylo Coffee Co.

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