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Readers Choice 2018 results 

Soup to nuts, restaurant-wise.

click to enlarge BEST MEX: La Hacienda, newly remodeled last year, was a favorite with readers. The Camarones Veracruz is one of our favorites.
  • BEST MEX: La Hacienda, newly remodeled last year, was a favorite with readers. The Camarones Veracruz is one of our favorites.

Overall

Little Rock

Winner: Petit & Keet

Finalists: Brave New Restaurant, The Pantry, Samantha's Tap Room, Soul Fish Cafe

Around the state

Winner: Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs)

Finalists: DeLuca's Pizzeria Napoletana (Hot Springs), The Hive (Bentonville), Mike's Place (Conway), Tamale Factory (Gregory)

New

Little Rock

Winner: Petit & Keet

Finalists: Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe, District Fare, KamiKaito, Southern Table

Around the state

Winner: John Daly Steakhouse (Conway)

Finalists: The Griffin (El Dorado), Pea Farm Bistro (Cabot), Tour of India (Conway), Wunderhaus (Conway)

Chef

Little Rock

Winner: Peter Brave (Brave New Restaurant)

Finalists: Matthew Bell (South on Main), Steven Binotti (Petit & Keet), Donnie Ferneau (Cathead's Diner), Scott McGehee (Big Orange, Heights Taco & Tamale Co., Local Lime, Lost Forty, ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co.)

Around the state

Winner: Matthew McClure (The Hive, Bentonville)

Finalists: Matthew Cooper (The Preacher's Son, Bentonville), Michael Dampier (The Ohio Club, Hot Springs), Rob Nelson (Tusk & Trotter, Bentonville), Anthony Valinoti (DeLuca's, Hot Springs)

Bakery

Little Rock

Winner: Community Bakery

Finalists: Boulevard Bread Co., Dempsey Bakery, Honey Pies, Rosalia's Family Bakery

Around the state

Winner: PattiCakes Bakery (Conway)

Finalists: Ambrosia Bakery (Hot Springs), Julie's Sweet Shoppe & Bakery (Conway), Rick's Bakery (Fayetteville), SugarDumplin's Cupcakes (Bryant)

Barbecue

Little Rock

Winner: Whole Hog Cafe

Finalists: Corky's BBQ, Cross-Eyed Pig, HB's Bar-B-Q, Sims Bar-B-Que

Around the state

Winner: Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que (Conway)

Finalists: Craig's Bar-B-Q (DeValls Bluff), Hog Pen BBQ (Conway), McClard's Bar-B-Q Restaurant (Hot Springs), Penguin Ed's Bar-B-Que (Fayetteville)

Barista

Little Rock

Winner: Jeremy Bragg (River City Coffee)

Finalists: Lizi Arnett (Honey Pies), Kara Bibb (Boulevard Bread Co.), Molly Brantley (Boulevard), Zarah Williams (Mugs Cafe)

Brunch

Little Rock

Winner: @ the Corner

Finalists: Lost Forty Brewing, Red Door, The Root Cafe, YaYa's Euro Bistro

Around the state

Winner: The Hive (Bentonville)

Finalists: The Arlington Hotel (Hot Springs), Arsaga's at the Depot (Fayetteville), Tusk & Trotter (Bentonville), ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co. (Conway)

Buffet

Little Rock

Winner: Taj Mahal

Finalists: Al Seraj Mediterranean Restaurant, Golden Corral, Star of India Restaurant and Bar, Tokyo House

Around the state

Winner: Dondie's White River Princess (Des Arc)

Finalists: Abe's Ole Feed House (Benton), Brown's Catfish (Russellville), Hibachi Sushi Buffet (Hot Springs), Mulan (Conway)

Burger

Little Rock

Winner: Big Orange

Finalists: David's Burgers, Doe's Eat Place, Petit & Keet, The Root Cafe

Around the state

Winner: David's Burgers (Conway)

Finalists: Big Orange (Springdale), CJ's Butcher Boy Burgers (Russellville), Hugo's (Fayetteville), Mike's Place (Conway)

Business lunch

Little Rock

Winner: Capital Bar & Grill

Finalists: Brave New Restaurant, Cache Restaurant, Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill, Soul Fish Cafe

Around the state

Winner: Mike's Place (Conway)

Finalists: Arsaga's at the Depot (Fayetteville), The Hive (Bentonville), Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs), Tusk & Trotter (Bentonville)

Butcher

Little Rock

Winner: District Fare

Finalists: Edwards Food Giant, Fresh Market, Hogg's Meat Market, Tommy's Country Meats (Maumelle)

Around the state

Winner: Paul's Meat Market (Fort Smith)

Finalists: Butcher & Pint (Bentonville), Richard's Meat Market (Fayetteville), Weldon's Meat Market (Hot Springs)

Catfish

Little Rock

Winner: Eat My Catfish

Finalists: Doe's Eat Place, Flying Fish, Lassis Inn, Soul Fish Cafe

Around the state

Winner: Eat My Catfish (Benton)

Finalists: Cafe Rue Orleans (Fayetteville), The Catfish Hole (Fayetteville), Flying Fish (Bentonville), Woods Place (Camden)

Chinese

Little Rock

Winner: Fantastic China

Finalists: Chi's Chinese Cuisine, Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking, Fu Lin Chinese Restaurant, Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co.

Around the state

Winner: China Town (Conway)

Finalists: Mulan (Conway), Jade China Restaurant (Conway), Madame Wu's Hunan Restaurant (Russellville), Wok Express (Hot Springs)

Coffee

Little Rock

Winner: River City Coffee

Finalists: Blue Sail Coffee; Boulevard Bread Co.; Guillermo's Coffee, Tea & Roastery; Starbucks

Around the state

Winner: Onyx Coffee Lab (Fayetteville)

Finalists: Arsaga's Fayetteville Coffee Roasters, Blue Sail Coffee (Conway), Jitterbug Coffeehouse (Heber Springs), Round Mountain Coffee (Conway)

Deli/gourmet to go

Little Rock

Winner: District Fare

Finalists: Boulevard Bread Co., Catering to You, Community Bakery, Jason's Deli

Desserts

Little Rock

Winner: Honey Pies

Finalists: Community Bakery, Loblolly Creamery, Petit & Keet, Trio's

Around the state

Winner: PattiCakes Bakery (Conway)

Finalists: Arsaga's at the Depot (Fayetteville), The Hive (Bentonville), Julie's Sweet Shoppe & Bakery (Conway), Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs)

Dog friendly

Little Rock

Winner: Bark Bar

Finalists: The Fold: Botanas and Bar, The Root Cafe, Stone's Throw Brewery, U.S. Pizza Hillcrest

Around the state

Winner: Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs)

Finalists: Apple Blossom Brewery (Fayetteville), Crepes Paulette (Bentonville), Stoby's (Conway), The Farmer's Table (Fayetteville)

Food truck

Little Rock

Winner: Excaliburger

Finalists: Hot Rod Weiners, Katmandu MoMo, Truckin' Delicious, Wunderbus

Around the state

Winner: Truckin' Delicious (Fort Smith)

Finalists: Big Sexy Food (Fayetteville), Crepes Paulette (Bentonville), Say Cheese (Austin), Wild Ginger (Conway)

French fries

Little Rock

Winner: Big Orange

Finalists: @ the Corner, Boulevard Bistro, David's Burgers, Doe's Eat Place

Around the state

Winner: Big Orange (Springdale)

Finalists: David's Burgers (Conway), Feltner's Whatta-Burger (Russellville), Hugo's (Fayetteville), Stoby's (Conway)

Fried chicken

Little Rock

Winner: Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

Finalists: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Maddie's Place, Slim Chickens, South on Main

Around the state

Winner: Monte Ne Inn (Rogers)

Finalists: A.Q. Chicken House (Fayetteville), Holly's Country Cooking (Conway), Old South Restaurant (Russellville), Slim Chickens (Conway)

Fun

Little Rock

Winner: Dave & Buster's

Finalists: All Aboard, Big Orange, The Fold: Botanas and Bar, Petit & Keet

Around the state

Winner: Silks Bar and Grill at Oaklawn (Hot Springs)

Finalists: Crepes Paulette (Bentonville), Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse (Eureka Springs), The Hive (Bentonville), Mike's Place (Conway)

Gluten-free

Little Rock

Winner: Dempsey Bakery

Finalists: Baja Grill, Big Orange, The Root Cafe, Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

Around the state

Winner: Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs)

Finalists: Crepes Paulette (Bentonville), The Preacher's Son (Bentonville), Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe (Bentonville), ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co. (Conway)

Healthy

Little Rock

Winner: The Root Cafe

Finalists: Green Leaf Grill, Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co., ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co.

Around the state

Winner: Taziki's (Conway)

Finalists: Crepes Paulette (Bentonville), The Farmer's Table (Fayetteville), Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs), ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co. (Conway)

click to enlarge TOP CHARCUTERIE: Southern Table was a finalist for best new restaurant.
  • TOP CHARCUTERIE: Southern Table was a finalist for best new restaurant.

Home cookin'

Little Rock

Winner: Homer's Restaurant

Finalists: Bobby's Country Cookin', Franke's Cafeteria, Sandy's Homeplace Cafe, Soul Fish Cafe

Around the state

Winner: Holly's Country Cooking (Conway)

Finalists: Home Plate Diner (Bryant), Mary's Kitchen (Russellville), Monte Ne Inn (Rogers), Old South Restaurant (Russellville), Wagon Wheel Restaurant (Greenbrier)

Ice cream/cool treats

Little Rock

Winner: Loblolly Creamery

Finalists: Le Pops Gourmet Iced Lollies, Kilwins, Scoop Dog Frozen Custard, Shake's Frozen Custard

Around the state

Winner: ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co. (Conway)

Finalists: Andy's Frozen Custard (Conway), Freddo's Frozen Treats (Russellville), Frozen Delite (Searcy), Uncle Louie G (Fort Smith)

Indian

Little Rock

Winner: Taj Mahal

Finalists: 4square Cafe and Gifts, Banana Leaf Indian Cuisine, The Indian Feast, Star of India Restaurant and Bar

Around the state

Winner: Tour of India (Conway)

Finalists: Chennai Cafe (Bentonville), Curry Point (Bentonville), India Orchard (Bentonville), New Delhi Cafe & Patio (Eureka Springs)

click to enlarge HIDEAWAY PIZZA: The Conway pizzeria was a finalist.
  • HIDEAWAY PIZZA: The Conway pizzeria was a finalist.

Italian

Little Rock

Winner: Bruno's Little Italy

Finalists: Cafe Prego, Ciao Italian Restaurant, Ristorante Capeo, Vesuvio Bistro

Around the state

Winner: Pasta Grill (Conway)

Finalists: Bocca Italian eatery & pizzeria (Fayetteville), DeLuca's Pizzeria (Hot Springs), Ermilio's Italian Home Cooking (Eureka Springs), Tavola Trattoria (Bentonville)

Japanese

Little Rock

Winner: Kemuri

Finalists: KamiKaito, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, Mt. Fuji Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Cafe

Around the state

Winner: Umami Sushi Lounge & Grill Fusion (Conway)

Finalists: Crazy Samurai (Hot Springs), Meiji Japanese Cuisine (Fayetteville), Sumo Sushi and Steak (Bryant), Sushi Cafe (Searcy)

Mexican

Little Rock

Winner: La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

Finalists: The Fold: Botanas and Bar, Heights Taco & Tamale Co., Local Lime, Taqueria El Palenque

Around the state

Winner: El Acapulco (Conway)

Finalists: La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant (Hot Springs), Patron Mexican Grill (Conway), Table Mesa (Bentonville), Taco Mama (Hot Springs)

Other ethnic

Little Rock

Winner: Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe

Finalists: kBird, Layla's Gyros and Pizzeria, La Terraza Rum & Lounge, Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe

Around the state

Winner: Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs)

Finalists: A Taste of Thai (Fayetteville), Little Greek (Fayetteville), Pho Vietnam (Fort Smith), Steinhaus Keller (Hot Springs), Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe (Bentonville)

Outdoor dining

Little Rock

Winner: U.S. Pizza Hillcrest

Finalists: Brave New Restaurant, Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe, La Terraza Rum & Lounge, Petit & Keet

Around the state

Winner: Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs)

Finalists: Cliff House Inn (Jasper), Fisherman's Wharf (Hot Springs), Mike's Place (Conway), Patio Cafe (Conway)

Pie

Little Rock

Winner: Honey Pies

Finalists: @ the Corner, Alley Oops, Petit & Keet, Soul Fish Cafe

Pizza

Little Rock

Winner: U.S. Pizza

Finalists: Damgoode Pies, Pizza Cafe, The Pizzeria, ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co.

Around the state

Winner: DeLuca's Pizzeria (Hot Springs)

Finalists: Hideaway Pizza (Conway) Rod's Pizza Cellar (Hot Springs), Rocky's Corner (Hot Springs), Tommy's Famous (Mountain View)

Place for kids

Little Rock

Winner: All Aboard

Finalists: Chuck E. Cheese's, Dave & Buster's, Larry's Pizza, Purple Cow

Sandwich

Little Rock Winner: District Fare Finalists: Boulevard Bread Co., Burges, Jimmy's Serious Sandwiches, Paninis and Co.

Around the state Winner: Stoby's (Conway) Finalists: Charlotte's Eats and Sweets (Keo), Cross Creek Sandwich Shop (Conway), Pea Farm Bistro (Cabot), Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs)

Seafood

Little Rock

Winner: Flying Fish

Finalists: The Oyster Bar, Oceans at Arthur's, Petit & Keet, Soul Fish Cafe

Around the state

Winner: Eat My Catfish (Conway)

Finalists: Cafe Rue Orleans (Fayetteville), Mike's Place (Conway), Postmasters Grill (Camden), Toad Suck Bucks (Toad Suck)

Steak

Little Rock

Winner: Petit & Keet

Finalists: Arthur's Prime Steakhouse, The Butcher Shop, Doe's Eat Place, Sonny Williams' Steak Room

Around the state

Winner: Mike's Place (Conway)

Finalists: Herman's Rib House (Fayetteville), John Daly Steakhouse (Conway), Postmasters Grill (Camden), Tamale Factory (Gregory)

Vegetarian/vegan

Little Rock

Winner: Taj Mahal

Finalists: Cafe Bossa Nova, The Root Cafe, Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co., Viva Vegan

Around the state

Winner: Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs)

Finalists: The Farmer's Table (Fayetteville), Greenhouse Grille (Fayetteville), Local Flavor Cafe (Eureka Springs), Thai Kitchen (Fayetteville)

Wine list

Little Rock

Winner: Petit & Keet

Finalists: Arthur's Prime Steakhouse, Samantha's Taproom, and Wood Grill, SO Restaurant-Bar, YaYa's Euro Bistro

Around the state

Winner: The Hive (Bentonville)

Finalists: 28 Springs (Siloam Springs), Belle Arti (Hot Springs), Rolando's Restaurante (Hot Springs), The Preacher's Son (Bentonville)

Yogurt/smoothies

Little Rock

Winner: TCBY

Finalists: I Love Juice Bar, Scoop Dog, Tropical Smoothie, Yogurt Mountain

Best restaurants in areas around the state:

Benton/Bryant

Winner: Eat My Catfish

Finalists: Brown's Country Kitchen, Fire Dancer BBQ, Rib Crib, Tacos 4 Life

Conway

Winner: Mike's Place

Finalists: Eat My Catfish, Pasta Grill, Tacos 4 Life, Stoby's

Eureka Springs

Winner: Ermilio's Italian Home Cooking

Finalists: DeVito's, Gaskins Cabin, The Grotto, Mud Street Cafe

Fayetteville/Springdale/Johnson

Winner: Hugo's (Fayetteville)

Finalists: Arsaga's at the Depot (Fayetteville), Bocca Italian Eatery (Fayetteville), The Farmer's Table (Fayetteville), Greenhouse Grille (Fayetteville)

Hot Springs

Winner: Rolando's Restaurante

Finalists: Angels in the Park, Bella Luna, Cafe 1217, DeLuca's Pizzeria

Rogers/Bentonville

Winner: The Hive (Bentonville)

Finalists: Crepes Paulette (Bentonville), Pressroom (Bentonville), Table Mesa (Bentonville), Tusk & Trotter (Bentonville)


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