The best restaurants in Arkansas 

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That rumbling sound? That'd be your stomach. Even if you've just eaten. After 31 years of running this poll, we can attest: It is impossible to read the list of restaurants Arkansas Times readers have selected as the best in the state and look at pictures of food at those restaurants and not feel hungry. Don't fight it; there's bound to be a Readers Choice winner nearby.

This year, all 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.

Browse through for your favorites and read on for related features on good eats that follow.


Little Rock: Brave New Restaurant

Runners-up: Faded Rose, Ashley's, Copeland's Restaurant of Little Rock

Around the state: Mike's Place in Conway

Runners-up: Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse in Eureka Springs, James at the Mill in Fayetteville, Rolando's Restaurante in Hot Springs


Little Rock: Community Bakery

Runners-up: Boulevard Bread Co., Brown Sugar Bakeshop, Silvek's European Bakery

Around the state: Ed's Custom Bakery in Conway

Runners-up: Rick's Bakery in Fayetteville, pattiCakes in Conway, Little Bread Co. in Fayetteville


Little Rock: Whole Hog Cafe

Runners-up: Corky's Ribs and BBQ, Sims Bar-B-Que, Cross-Eyed Pig

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

Runners-up: Craig's in DeValls Bluff, Mean Pig in Cabot, Penguin Ed's Bar-B-Q in Fayetteville


Little Rock: B-Side

Runners-up: Ozark Mountain Family Smokehouse, Cracker Barrel, Mimi's Cafe

Around the state: Stoby's in Conway

Runners-up: Mud Street Cafe in Eureka Springs, Local Flavor Cafe in Eureka Springs, Calico County in Fort Smith


Little Rock: Ya Ya's Euro Bistro

Runners-up: Ashley's, Loca Luna, B-Side

Around the state: Arlington Hotel

Runners-up: Michelangelo's Italian Restaurant in Conway, Common Grounds in Fayetteville, Emelia's Kitchen in Fayetteville


Little Rock: Tokyo House

Runners-up: Franke's Cafeteria, Golden Corral, Panda Garden

Around the state: Dondie's White River Princess in Des Arc

Runners-up: Bryce's in Texarkana, Brown's Country Store and Restaurant in Benton, Myrtie Mae's in Eureka Springs

Business lunch

Little Rock: Capital Bar & Grill

Runners-up: Copper Grill, Dizzy's Bistro, Brave New Restaurant

Around the state: Mike's Place in Conway


Little Rock: Flying Fish

Runners-up: Grampa's, Cock of the Walk, Catfish City

Around the state: Catfish Hole in Fayetteville

Runners-up: Dondie's White River Princess in Des Arc, The Fish House in Conway, Georgetown One-Stop in Georgetown


Little Rock: Fantastic China

Runners-up: Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant, Chi's Chinese Cuisine, P.F. Chang's China Bistro

Around the state: Jade China in Conway

Runners-up: Lucky Dragon Cafe in Berryville, Mei Li Cuisine in Eureka Springs, Oriental Kitchen in Conway


Little Rock: Guillermo's Gourmet Grounds

Runners-up: Starbucks Coffee Co., Boulevard Bread Co., River City Tea and Coffee

Around the State: Common Grounds Gourmet Espresso Bar in Fayetteville

Runners-up: Midnight Oil Coffee House in Searcy, Mud Street Cafe in Eureka Springs, Something Brewing in Conway

Deli/gourmet to go

Little Rock: Jason's Deli

Runners-up: Argenta Market, Boulevard Bread Co., Diane's Gourmet

Around the state: Cafe 1217 in Hot Springs

Runners-up: Coursey's Smoked Meats in St. Joe, McAlister's Deli in Conway, Green Cart Deli in Conway


Little Rock: Trio's

Runners-up: Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, Community Bakery, Copeland's Restaurant of Little Rock

Around the state: Ed and Kay's Restaurant in Benton

Runners-up: Cafe 1217 in Hot Springs, Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse in Eureka Springs, Mike's Place in Conway

Food truck

Little Rock: Hot Dog Mike

Runner-up: The Food Truck, Green Cuisine, Grills on Wheels

Around the state: Green Cart Deli in Conway

Runners-up: The Grillenium Falcon in Fayetteville, Eat My Catfish in Benton


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