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  • 1996

1981

GRAND PRIZE RESTAURANT

Restaurant Jacques and Suzanne, Little Rock

BEST OVERALL

That Little Restaurant, Little Rock
The Old Post Office, Fayetteville
Le Mirabelle, Hot Springs
Linwood Steakhouse, Paragould
Habib's, Helena

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

The Black-Eyed Pea, Little Rock (with Le Case Croute a close runner-up)
Coy's Place, Fayetteville
The Peking, Jonesboro

BEST VALUE

The Black-Eyed Pea, Little Rock
Bowen's, Fayetteville
Couch's, Jonesboro

BEST AMERICAN

The Black-Eyed Pea, Little Rock (with Cheers a close runner-up)
Heinie's Steakhouse, Springdale
Mrs. Miller's, Hot Springs
The Sharecropper, Earle

BEST FRENCH

Restaurant Jacques and Suzanne
Le Mirabelle, Hot Springs

BEST ITALIAN

The Villa, Little Rock
Mary Maestri's, Tonitown

BEST PIZZA

Slice of Life, Little Rock
Rod's Pizza Cellar, Hot Springs
King's Pizza, Fayetteville
Pizza Hut, Jonesboro

BEST MEXICAN

Browning's, Little Rock
Pancho's, West Memphis

BEST ORIENTAL

Fu Lin's, Little Rock
Peking Restaurant, Springdale

BEST BRUNCH

The Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs
Buster's, Little Rock
The Old Post Office, Fayetteville

BEST SEAFOOD

Cajun's Wharf, Little Rock
The Lighthouse Inn, Fort Smith
The Ramada Inn, Blytheville

BEST STEAK

Coy's, Little Rock
Linwood Steakhouse, Paragould
The Hamilton House, Hot Springs
Heinie's Steakhouse, Springdale

BEST BARBECUE

McClard's, Hot Springs
HB's, Little Rock
B & B's, Fayetteville
Couch's, Jonesboro

BEST PLATE LUNCH

Bard's, Little Rock
Ed and Alma's, Benton
Drake's, Fayetteville
Pete's Place, Fort Smith
Bill's Grill, Marion
Triebel's, Crossett

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH

Buster's, Little Rock
Heinie's Steakhouse, Springdale
The Woodlands, Ramada Inn, Crossett

MOST LEISURELY LUNCH

Buster's, Little Rock
The Woodlands, Ramada Inn, Crossett

BEST COCKTAILS

That Little Restaurant/The Afterthought, Little Rock
Tomfoolery, Fort Smith

BEST DESSERTS

Andre's, Little Rock
The Old Post Office, Fayetteville

MOST ROMANTIC

That Little Restaurant, Little Rock
The Hamilton House, Hot Springs
Red Apple Inn, Heber Springs
The Old Post Office, Fayetteville The Tale of the Trout, Rogers

1986

BEST OVERALL

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville
Northeast: Bailey's, Newport
Southwest: (tie) Mrs. Miller's, Hot Springs; Hamilton House, Hot Springs
Southeast: Colonial Steakhouse, Pine Bluff
Central: Jacques and Suzanne, Little Rock

BEST NEW

Northwest: Ice House, Russellville
Northeast: Rax, Jonesboro
Southwest: Buffy's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Hunan, Monticello
Central: Graffiti's, Little Rock

BEST AMERICAN

Northwest: Calico County, Fort Smith
Northeast: Bailey's, Northwest
Southwest: Mrs. Miller's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff
Central: Black-Eyed Pea, Little Rock

BEST ITALIAN

Northwest: Taliano's, Fort Smith
Northeast: no winner
Southwest: Rocky's Corner, Hot Springs
Southeast: no winner
Central: Villa, Little Rock

BEST FRENCH

Northwest: Plaza, Eureka Springs
Northeast: no winner
Southwest:Le Mirabelle, Hot Springs
Southeast: Le Metro/Union Station, Pine Bluff
Central: Jacques and Suzanne, Little Rock

BEST ORIENTAL

Northwest: Lin's, Fayetteville
Northeast: Peking, Jonesboro
Southwest, Hunan, Hot Springs
Southeast, Hunan, Pine Bluff
Central: Fu Lin, Little Rock

BEST MEXICAN

Northwest: Jose's, Fayetteville
Northeast: Pancho's, West Memphis and Jonesboro
Southwest: El Chico, Hot Springs
Southeast: El Cocina, Pine Bluff
Central: Mexico Chiquito, Little Rock and North Little Rock

BEST ETHNIC

Northwest: Emmy's, Fort Smith
Northeast: no winner
Southwest: Mollie's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Pickett's Soul Food, Stuttgart
Central: Terrace, Little Rock

BEST SEAFOOD

Northwest: Red Lobster
Northeast: Chopping Block, Biggers
Southwest: Captain's Walk, Hot Springs
Southeast: Trotline, Pine Bluff
Central: Cajun's Wharf, Little Rock

BEST CATFISH

Northwest: Catfish 'N, Russellville
Northeast: Fred's, Cord
Southwest: Fish Net, Arkadelphia
Southeast: Murry's Cafe, Devalls Bluff
Central: Cock of the Walk, Maumelle

BEST FRIED CHICKEN

Northwest: AQ, Springdale
Northeast: Kentucky Fried Chicken
Southwest: Mrs. Miller's, Hot Springs
Southeast: no winner
Central: Kentucky Fried Chicken

BEST PIZZA

Northwest: Pizza Hut
Northeast: Mazzio's
Southwest: Rod's Pizza Cellar, Hot Springs
Southeast: Mazzio's
Central: U.S. Pizza Company, Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood

BEST BARBECUE

Northwest: B and B, Fayetteville
Northeast: Couch's, Jonesboro
Southwest: McClard's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Craig's, Devalls Bluff
Central: Sims, Little Rock

BEST STEAK

Northwest: Red Barn, Fort Smith
Northeast: Linwood Steak House, Paragould
Southwest: Coy's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Colonial Steakhouse, Pine Bluff
Central: Coy's, Little Rock

BEST HAMBURGER

Northwest: Whattaburger, Russellville
Northeast: Midway Sandwich Shop, Newport
Southwest: Wendy's
Southeast: no winner
Central: Buffalo Grill, Little Rock

BEST BREAKFAST

Northwest: Shoney's
Northeast: Shoney's
Southwest: Shoney's
Southeast: Shoney's
Central: Shoney's

BEST BRUNCH

Northwest: Hilton Inn, Fayetteville
Northeast: Red Apple Inn, Eden Isle
Southwest: Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs
Southeast: no winner
Central: Excelsior Hotel, Little Rock

BEST PLATE LUNCH

Northwest: Bogey's, Fayetteville
Northeast: Fred's Grill, Newport
Southwest: Club Cafe, Hot Springs
Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff
Central: Bard's, Little Rock

BEST DESSERTS

Northwest: Cagle's Mill, Russellville
Northeast: (tie) Sue's Kitchen, Jonesboro; Red Apple Inn, Eden Isle
Southwest: Club Cafe, Hot Springs
Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff
Central: Andre's, Little Rock

BEST BARGAIN

Northwest: Whattaburger, Russellville
Northeast: Bonanza
Southwest: Club Cafe, Hot Springs
Southeast: no winner
Central: Black-eyed Pea, Little Rock

MOST ROMANTIC

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville
Northeast: Red Apple Inn, Eden Isle
Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs
Southeast: Pines, Pine Bluff
Central: Jacques and Suzanne, Little Rock

1991

BEST OVERALL

Northwest: AQ Chicken House, Springdale
Northeast: Sue's Kitchen, Jonesboro
Southwest: Facci's, Hot Springs
Central: Graffiti's, Little Rock

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Northwest: Emma's, Fayetteville
Northeast: Kowloon, Jonesboro
Central: Regas Grill, Little Rock

BEST FRENCH

Northwest: The Plaza, Eureka Springs
Southwest: Cafe New Orleans, Hot Springs
Central: Alouette's, Little Rock

BEST ITALIAN

Northwest: Mary Maestri's, Tonitown
Northeast: Piero and Company, Jonesboro
Southwest: Facci's, Hot Springs
Central: The Villa, Little Rock

BEST ORIENTAL

Northwest: Lin's, Fayetteville
Northeast: Kowloon, Jonesboro
Southwest: Hunan, Hot Springs
Southeast: Fu Mei's, Pine Bluff
Central: Hunan, Little Rock

BEST MEXICAN

Northwest: Jose's, Fayetteville Northeast: (tie) El Casa Nacho, Jonesboro; Pancho's, Jonesboro
Southwest: La Hacienda, Hot Springs
Central: Juanita's, Little Rock

BEST BARBECUE

Northwest: B & B, Fayetteville
Northeast: Couch's, Jonesboro
Southwest: McClard's, Hot Springs
Central: Sims, Little Rock

BEST SEAFOOD

Northwest: Coy's Place, Fayetteville
Southwest: Cajun Boiler, Hot Springs
Southeast: Murry's, Hazen
Central: Cajun's Wharf, Little Rock

BEST STEAK

Central: Coy's, Little Rock
Southwest: Coy's, Hot Springs
Southeast: (tie) The Cow Pen, Lake Village; The Pines, Pine Bluff; Colonial Steak House, Pine Bluff

BEST BRUNCH

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville
Northeast: Red Apple Inn, Greers Ferry Lake
Southwest: Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs
Central: Buster's

BEST DESSERTS

Northwest: (tie) Bernard's Pies Plus, Fort Smith; Old Post Office, Fayetteville
Northeast: Sue's Kitchen, Jonesboro
Southwest: Bryce's Cafeteria, Texarkana
Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff
Central: Andre's, Little Rock

MOST ROMANTIC

Northwest: Tale of the Trout, Rogers
Northeast: Linwood, Jonesboro
Southwest: Hamilton House
Central: Ashley's, Little Rock

BEST LATE-NIGHT

Northwest: Waffle House
Northeast: Shoney's, Jonesboro
Southwest: Surf-n-Turf, Hot Springs
Central: Denny's, Little Rock

BEST VEGETARIAN

Northwest: The Station, Fayetteville
Northeast: Sue's Kitchen, Jonesboro
Southwest: Rheta's, Hot Springs
Central: Delicious Temptations, Little Rock

STIFFEST DRINKS

Northwest: LJ's, Fayetteville
Northeast: 501 Club, Jonesboro
Southwest: Sawmill, Hot Springs
Central: Buster's, Little Rock

BEST PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville
Southwest: Coy's, Hot Springs
Central: Buster's, Little Rock

BEST ATMOSPHERE

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville
Northeast: Linwood, Jonesboro
Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs
Central: Ashley's, Little Rock

1996

BEST OVERALL

Central: Brave New Restaurant, Little Rock
Northwest: James at the Mill, Johnson
Northeast: Candlelite Steak House, Paragould
Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs
Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff

BEST NEW

Central: Spaule Northwest: Marketplace Grill, Springdale
Northeast: Dixie Cafe, Jonesboro
Southwest: Dixie Cafe, Hot Springs
Southeast: Harbor Oaks, Pine bluff

BEST AMERICAN

Central: Dixie Cafe, Little Rock
Northwest: Kirby's
Northeast: The Dixie Cafe, Jonesboro
Southwest: Dixie Cafe, Hot Springs
Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff

BEST ITALIAN

Central: Macaroni Grill, Little Rock
Northwest: Belvedeer's, Fayetteville
Northeast: Piero & Co., Jonesboro
Southwest: Belle Arti, Hot Springs
Southeast: No winners.

BEST ORIENTAL

Central: Forbidden City, Little Rock
Northwest: Madame Wu's, Russellville
Northeast: China Garden, Jonesboro
Southwest: Hunan's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Fuh Mei's, Pine Bluff

BEST MEXICAN

Central: Juanita's, Little Rock
Northwest: Jose's, Fayetteville
Northeast: El Acapulco, Jonesboro
Southwest: La Hacienda, Hot Springs
Southeast: Trejo's, Pine Bluff

BEST CONTINENTAL

Central: Cafe Saint Moritz, Little Rock
Northwest: Folie a Deux, Fort Smith
Northeast: No winners
Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

BEST OTHER FOREIGN

Central: Terrace, Little Rock
Northwest: Emmy's, Fort Smith
Northeast: No winners
Southwest: Yanni's

BEST BAKERY

Central: Community Bakery, Little Rock
Northwest: Aunt Clyde's Bakery, Rogers
Northeast: Hearthstone Bakery, Mountain View
Southwest: Klappenbach's, Fordyce
Southeast: Lybrand's, Pine Bluff

BEST BARBECUE

Central: Sims, Little Rock
Northwest: Bubba's, Eureka Springs
Northeast: Couch's, Jonesboro
Southwest: McClard's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Craig's, DeValls Bluff

BEST BREAKFAST

Central: Ozark Mountain Smokehouse, Little Rock
Northwest: Stoby's, Russellville
Northeast: Nanna's Kitchen
Southwest: Shoney's, Hot Springs
Southeast: No winners

BEST BRUNCH

Central: Cafe St. Moritz, Little Rock
Northwest: Uncle Gaylord's, Fayetteville
Northeast: No winners
Southwest: Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs
Southeast: No winners

BEST CATFISH

Central: Cock of the Walk, Maumelle
Northwest: The Catfish Hole, Alma
Northeast: Mr. B's, Heber Springs
Southwest: Wood's Place, Camden
Southeast: Leon's

BEST HAMBURGER

Central: Buffalo Grill Northwest: Feltner's Whatta-burger, Russellville
Northeast: The Hamburger Station, Paragould
Southwest: Burgers and More, Hot Springs
Southeast: Sno-White Grill

BEST PIZZA

Central: U.S. Pizza, Little Rock Northwest: Fayetteville's Cable Car
Northeast: Tommy's Famous, Mountain View
Southwest: Rocky's Corner, Hot Springs
Southeast: (tie) Big Banjo and Mazzio's, Pine Bluff

BEST SEAFOOD

Central: Red Lobster, Little Rock
Northwest: Powerhouse Seafood
Northeast: Candlelite Steak House, Paragould
Southwest: Cajun's Boiler's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Lil' Cajun's, Stuttgart

BEST STEAK

Central: The Outback Steakhouse, Little Rock
Northwest: (tie) Plaza, Eureka Springs; Red Barn, Fort Smith
Northeast: Candlelite Steak House, Paragould
Southwest: Coy's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Colonial Steak House, Pine Bluff

BEST DESSERTS

Central: Andre's, Little Rock
Northwest: Kirby's
Northeast: Nanna's Kitchen
Southwest: Mary's Place, Hot Springs
Southeast: Jones Cafe

BEST COFFEE

Central: Cafe D'Roma, Little Rock
Northwest: Arsaga's, Fayetteville
Northeast: Piero's
Southwest: Mollie's, Hot Springs
Southeast: Sassy Jones, Montrose

BEST PLATE LUNCH

Central: Dixie Cafe, Little Rock
Northwest: Neal's Cafe, Springdale
Northeast: Nanna's
Southwest: Mary's Place
Southeast: Jones Cafe

BEST DELI/GOURMET SHOP

Central: Jason's Deli, Little Rock
Northwest: Judy's Gourmet Gallery, Fort Smith
Northeast: No winners.
Southwest: Cobbler Shop and Deli, Texarkana
Southeast: The Classic Touch, Pine Bluff

BEST WINE LIST

Central: La Scala, Little Rock
Northwest: James at the Mill, Johnson
Northeast: Candlelite Steak House
Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs
Southeast: No winners

2001

BEST OVERALL

Little Rock: Trio's
Around Arkansas: James at the Mill, Johnson

BEST NEW

Little Rock: Whole Hog Cafe
Around Arkansas: Marketplace Grill, Conway

AMERICAN

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe
Around Arkansas: Cracker Barrel

ITALIAN

Little Rock: Romano's Macaroni Grill
Around Arkansas: Amore, Conway

CHINESE

Little Rock: Chi's
Around Arkansas: Jade China, Conway

MEXICAN

Little Rock: Hacienda
Around Arkansas: La Hacienda, Hot Springs

FUN

Little Rock: Chuck E. Cheese
Around Arkansas: Jerry Van Dyke's, Benton

OTHER FOREIGN

Little Rock: Star of India
Around Arkansas: Brau Haus, Hot Springs

BAKERY

Little Rock: Community Bakery
Around Arkansas: Ed's, Conway

BARBECUE

Little Rock: Corky's
Around Arkansas: McClard's, Hot Springs

BREAKFAST

Little Rock: Ozark Mountain Smokehouse
Around Arkansas: Pancake Shop, Hot Springs

CATFISH

Little Rock: Cock of the Walk, Maumelle
Around Arkansas: Denton's Trot Line, Benton

DELI/GOURMET SHOP

Little Rock: Jason's
Around Arkansas: Cafe 1217, Hot Springs

HAMBURGER

Little Rock: Buffalo Grill
Around Arkansas: Feltner's Whatta-Burger, Russellville

PIZZA

Little Rock: U.S. Pizza
Around Arkansas: Pompeii Cafe and Pizzeria, Hot Springs

SEAFOOD

Little Rock: Red Lobster
Around Arkansas: Cajun Boilers, Hot Springs

STEAK

Little Rock: Sir Loin's Inn, North Little Rock
Around Arkansas: Coy's, Hot Springs

DESSERT

Little Rock: Trio's
Around Arkansas: Ed and Kay's, Benton

COFFEE

Little Rock: Sufficient Grounds
Around Arkansas: Something Brewing, Conway

PLATE LUNCH

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe
Around Arkansas: Ed and Kay's, Benton

HEALTHY

Little Rock: Beans, Grains and Things
Around Arkansas: Cafe 1217, Hot Springs

FAMILY

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe
Around Arkansas: Cracker Barrel

ROMANTIC

Little Rock: Ashley's
Around Arkansas: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

WINE

Little Rock: Spaule
Around Arkansas: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

OTHER CITIES

Eureka Springs: DeVito's Fayetteville: James at the Mill, Johnson
Fort Smith: Calico County
Hot Springs: Coy's
Jonesboro: Couch's
Pine Bluff: Jones Cafe

2006

OVERALL

Little Rock: Brave New Restaurant
Around Arkansas: Chef Paul's, Hot Springs

NEW

Little Rock: Ferneau
Around Arkansas: Mike Place, Conway

ITALIAN

Little Rock: Bruno's
Around Arkansas: J's Italian Villa, Hot Springs

ASIAN

Little Rock: Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some
Around Arkansas: Jade China, Conway

MEXICAN

Little Rock: Senor Tequila
Around Arkansas: La Hacienda, Hot Springs

FUN

Little Rock: Purple Cow
Around Arkansas: Doc's Pizzeria, Hot Springs

OTHER ETHNIC

Little Rock: Star of India
Around Arkansas: Brau Haus, Hot Springs

BAKERY

Little Rock: Community Bakery
Around Arkansas: Ambrosia, Hot Springs

BARBECUE

Little Rock: Whole Hog Cafe
Around Arkansas: McClard's, Hot Springs

BREAKFAST

Little Rock: Ozark Mountain Smokehouse
Around Arkansas: Pancake Shop, Hot Springs

CATFISH

Little Rock: Catfish City
Around Arkansas: Fish Nest, Pearcy

DELI/GOURMET SHOP

Little Rock: Jason's
Around Arkansas: Cafe 1217, Hot Springs

HAMBURGER

Little Rock: Sports Page
Around Arkansas: Jason's Burgers and More, Hot Springs

PIZZA

Little Rock: Damgoode Pies
Around Arkansas: Doc's Pizzeria, Hot Springs

SEAFOOD

Little Rock: Cajun's Wharf
Around Arkansas: Cajun Boilers, Hot Springs

STEAK

Little Rock: Sonny Williams' Steak Room
Around Arkansas: Coy's, Hot Springs

DESSERT

Little Rock: Trio's
Around Arkansas: Perkins Family Restaurant, Hot Springs

COFFEE

Little Rock: Starbucks
Around Arkansas: Common Grounds, Fayetteville

HOME COOKING

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe
Around Arkansas: Dixie Cafe

FAMILY

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe
Around Arkansas: Dixie Cafe

ROMANTIC

Little Rock: 1620
Around Arkansas: Chef Paul's, Hot Springs

WINE

Little Rock: Capers
Around Arkansas: Pompeii Cafe and Wine Bar, Hot Springs

OTHER CITIES

Eureka Springs: DeVito's
Fayetteville: James at the Mill, Johnson
Hot Springs: Coy's

BEST CHEF

Peter Brave, Brave New Restaurant

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