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5 Great Steaks from Around Arkansas


Ordering steak at a restaurant is typically an extravagance, so if you are taking the plunge, it is always nice to know it will be done well, or, in my case, medium-rare. Below are 5 Great Steaks from around Arkansas. I am not saying these are the absolute best steaks in the state, as I’ve not had every one out there, but these five below are unmistakably fantastic. Each one is unique from the others, so grab your steak knife and let’s get to it.

Hawaiian Ribeye at Omar’s Uptown (Jonesboro)

Truth be told, I was a little hesitant about ordering a marinated ribeye, as I’ve never gone that route, but this steak came so highly recommended that I just couldn’t pass it up. And boy, it did not disappoint. Omar’s Hawaiian Ribeye is cut a little thinner than your typical restaurant ribeye offering, but this allows the marinade to really work its magic, and, in this case, that’s providing a wonderful balance of sweet and tangy flavors.

8-Ounce Kobe Filet at Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse (Little Rock)

Arthur’s 8-ounce Kobe Filet is probably the most expensive steak I’ve ever ordered but also one of the best. A super tender interior and nice crusty charred exterior yield a steak that can be cut with a fork. A finely marbled piece of meat coupled with a masterful grill job has a way of elevating a steak to the upper echelon of choices.

120-Day Aged Ribeye at Taylor’s Steakhouse (Dumas)

Have you ever eaten a 120-day aged steak? I have, once, at Taylor’s. The downhome, lowkey establishment, in what feels like the middle of nowhere, churns out a steak that could rival any fancy steakhouse in America. Highlights include a beautiful red interior, grilled edges, and just the slightest hint of funk that lets you know this steak was properly aged. Follow Taylor’s on social media, and if you see the 120-day aged ribeye, reserve it and make the drive to Dumas. Even if it isn’t available, I have no doubt any of Taylor’s steaks will satisfy.

Blackened Ribeye at The Faded Rose (Little Rock)

While The Faded Rose is well-known for its Creole and Cajun cuisines, many folks will tell you that the steak is one of the most underrated menu items. Make sure to order the ribeye and request it blackened. The steak is as rich and flavorful as can be, just swimming in juices and butter, making it absolutely perfect to eat with a baked potato or a side of fries.

35-Day Aged Filet at Bocca Italian Eatery & Pizzeria (Fayetteville)

Steak, at an Italian restaurant? Yes! A friend ordered Bocca’s 35-day aged, wood fire-grilled filet and was kind enough to let me have a few bites. My goodness, the smoky flavors imparted from the grill on this filet are irresistibly good. And the presentation of the steak, which comes to the table already sliced, is almost as impressive as the taste. Almost. If you can resist the pasta or pizza, consider ordering a steak at Bocca.

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and one daughter, Sydney. His oldest daughter, Natalie, is a freshman at Loyola University in Chicago. He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, twelve years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for ten years. During that time, he’s written for publications like Little Rock Soiree, Arkansas Times, AY Magazine, and The Local Palate.

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12 responses to “5 Great Steaks from Around Arkansas”

  1. Barnhill's says:

    Barnhill’s Steak & Buffet awesome Ribeyes Jacksonville Arkansas

  2. Mike says:

    Roper’s in Beebe has a 12oz ribeye that’s better than most of the $100 a plate jobs for about 1/4 the price. Been going there for years and have never been disappointed.

  3. Terah says:

    Kevin, you have to try Sunshine’s ribeye at The Sandbar in Camden, Ar. Best steak I’ve had and people come from all over the united states to eat here. Its not just the steaks, everything is wonderful. Its out of place, and amazing.

  4. Rob says:

    Good call on Boca. They will often do some kind of fresh pasta on the side. It’s incredible.

  5. Erma Harris says:

    I live in California , but I am from Scott Arkansas down Hwy.. 160 next door to Cothams now burned down in 2017 looking forward to trying Dumas Arkansas Steak Place. I thought was too small for a grade A steak House.

  6. Keith Bostian says:

    Ryan’s Steakhouse in Leslie

  7. Marvin says:

    Colonial Steakhouse Pine Bluff Arkansas that the best state

  8. Paul says:

    Fatboy’s in Caddo Valley on Tuesday and Saturday nights hands down!!

  9. Quana says:

    Doe’s eatplace in Fort Smith…Hands down all over Arkansas.

  10. Vernita says:

    Roma’s in Jacksonville, AR has a great steak. Well seasoned always cooked just right.

  11. Steve says:

    Who Dat’s in Bald Knob. You won’t finish in one sitting! Doug Stelly has created a masterpiece

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