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The best restaurants in Arkansas 

Our readers pick them.

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For more than three decades now the drill has been more or less the same.

We distribute ballots in issues of the Arkansas Times.

Readers fill them out.

Editors laboriously tally the votes — taking care to set aside obvious efforts to stuff the ballot box.

Then we announce the winners of our annual restaurant contest, accompanied by a variety of feature articles on good food and places to get it (not all necessarily winners in this contest).

This year’s winners (and don’t forget that being a runner-up — they are listed alphabetically — is a whole lot better than kissing your sister):

OVERALL

LITTLE ROCK

Brave New Restaurant

RUNNERS-UP: Ferneau, Loca Luna, Trio’s.

AROUND ARKANSAS

James at the Mill of Johnson

RUNNERS-UP: Bordino’s of Fayetteville, Ella’s of Fayetteville, Mike’s Place of Conway.

NEW

LITTLE ROCK

SO Restaurant Bar

RUNNERS-UP:

Imagine, Starving Artist Cafe, Vieux Carre.

ITALIAN

LITTLE ROCK

Ristorante Capeo

RUNNERS-UP: Bene Vita, Bruno’s, Graffiti’s.

AROUND ARKANSAS

Ermilio’s of Eureka Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Belle Arti of Hot Springs, Bordino’s of Fayetteville, Pesto Cafe of Fayetteville.

ASIAN

LITTLE ROCK

Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Some

RUNNERS-UP: Fantastic China, Mount Fuji, P.F. Chang’s.

MEXICAN

LITTLE ROCK

Casa Manana

RUNNERS-UP: El Porton, La Hacienda, La Palapa.

AROUND ARKANSAS

La Hacienda of Hot Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Jose’s of Fayetteville, La Huerta of Fayetteville, Los Amigos of Conway.

FUN

LITTLE ROCK

Purple Cow

RUNNERS-UP: Gaucho’s, Loca Luna, Sticky Fingerz.

OTHER ETHNIC

LITTLE ROCK

Star of India

RUNNERS-UP: Bossa Nova, Terrace on the Green, Van Lang.

AROUND

ARKANSAS

Rolando’s of Hot Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Acropolis of Fayetteville, Bavarian Inn of Eureka Springs, Mollie’s of Hot Springs.

BAKERY

LITTLE ROCK

Community Bakery

RUNNERS-UP: Boulevard Bread Co., Old Mill, Silvek’s.

AROUND

ARKANSAS

Little Bread Co. of Eureka Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Ambrosia of Hot Springs, Ed’s of Conway, Rick’s of Fayetteville.

BARBECUE

LITTLE ROCK

Whole Hog Cafe

RUNNERS-UP: Chip’s, Corky’s, Dixie Pig.

AROUND ARKANSAS

McClard’s of Hot Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Bubba’s of Eureka Springs, Craig’s of DeValls Bluff, Rib Crib of Benton.

BREAKFAST

LITTLE ROCK

Ozark Mountain Smokehouse

RUNNERS-UP: IHOP, Mimi’s Cafe, Satellite Coffee Co.

AROUND ARKANSAS

Pancake Shop of Hot Springs

RUNNERS-UP: Cracker Barrel of Bryant, Mud Street Cafe of Eureka Springs, Uncle Gaylord’s of Fayetteville.

CATFISH

LITTLE ROCK

Flying Fish

RUNNERS-UP: Catfish City, Cock of the Walk of Maumelle, Grampa’s of North Little Rock.

AROUND ARKANSAS

Denton’s Trotline of Benton

RUNNERS-UP: Dondie’s of DeValls Bluff, Fish House of Conway, Jason’s Burgers and More of Hot Springs.

DELI/GOURMET SHOP

LITTLE ROCK

Boulevard Bread Co.

RUNNERS-UP: Diane’s, Jason’s, Wild Oats.

AROUND ARKANSAS

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