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20 Arkansas Restaurants for Quick Day Trips


Now is an ideal time to stay close to home and take a few quick food day trips throughout The Natural State. I live in Little Rock, so the only qualification for a restaurant to be included on this list is for it to be at least 30 minutes (but no more than an hour) away from our capital city.

The Whippet Restaurant (Prattsville)

What to Order: Fried catfish with “The Set-Up” (tomato relish, slaw, hush puppies, and beans), cheeseburger, coconut cream pie, and chocolate cream pie

Mammoth Orange Café (Redfield)

What to Order: Jumbo double cheeseburger, fries, and chocolate shake

Bulgogi Korean BBQ (Conway)

What to Order: Fried dumplings, spring rolls, chicken wings, spicy pork rice bowl, and chicken noodle bowl (with egg)

Suttle’s Road Hog BBQ (Beebe)

What to Order: Pulled pork sandwich, chopped beef sandwich, pork ribs, sides of slaw, beans, and potato salad, and Road Hog Potatoes.

Wild Sweet William's

Wild Sweet William’s Bakery (Searcy)

What to Order: Any of their varieties of kolaches, babka, cinnamon rolls, cookies, scones, brownies, muffins, and baby cakes

The Hive Café and Candy Shoppe (White Hall)

What to Order: Chicken & Dumplings, cinnamon rolls, Soup of the Day, Rueben sandwich, Skylar Club, and cheese dip

Seaton’s Scott Place (Scott)

What to Order: Onion rings, cheeseburger, French fries, cheese dip, chicken tenders, fried catfish, and pork ribs

Whilma’s Filipino Restaurant (Searcy)

What to Order: Lumpia, egg rolls, House Pancit Canton, House Pancit Bihon, Chicken or Pork Adobo, and pepper steak

Pea Farm Bistro (Cabot)

What to Order: House-made pimento cheese sandwich, roasted pork sandwich, Club, chili, potato salad, and Cuban sandwich

Deluca’s Pizzeria (Hot Springs)

What to Order: The Deluca’s Burger, Buffalo Caprese, homemade meatballs, The Patsy Searcy Pie, and The Lori Lane Pie

Elia’s Mexican Grill (Morrilton)

What to Order: Queso, guacamole, steak quesadillas, Super Burrito, enchiladas verdes, milanesa, and carnitas

Only In Arkansas - Charlotte's

Charlotte’s Eats & Sweets (Keo)

What to Order: Caramel pie, coconut cream pie, strawberry cake, Italian crème cake, Reuben sandwich, and Keo Klassic

Biggie’s Glen Rose Corner Store and Café (Malvern)

What to Order: Fried catfish, cheeseburger, fries, beans, cherry cheesecake, buttered Texas toast, coleslaw, and beans                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Rabbit Ridge Bee Branch

Rabbit Ridge Farms (Bee Branch)

What to Order: Any of their meats from the freezer case (to-go), ham, fried pork chops, burgers, beans, mashed potatoes, and grilled steaks

Craig’s Bar-B-Q (De Valls Bluff)

What to Order: Sliced pork sandwich with coleslaw, beef sandwich, coconut cream pie, and cheeseburger

Taco Mama (Hot Springs)

What to Order: Grilled shrimp puffy tacos, rice, beans, guacamole & chips, carnitas burrito, and chicken flour taco

Brew YaYa Coffee + Roaster (Cabot)

What to Order: Cortado, triple cheese grilled cheese sandwich, roasted red pepper soup, brownies, and personal pizza

Morrison's Fried Pies Hot Springs

Morrison’s Fried Pies (Hot Springs)

What to Order: All fried pies (coconut cream, chocolate, cherry, apricot, raspberry, blackberry, and chicken pot pie)

Petit Jean Coffeehouse (Morrilton)

What to Order: Iced coffee, mocha, chicken salad on a croissant, pimento cheese on a croissant, cookies, and strawberry shortcake (in season)

Patticakes Bakery Conway

PattiCakes Bakery (Conway)

What to Order: Cinnamon rolls, Apple Frangipane Tarte, spinach salad with hot bacon dressing, Gerald’s Spinach Salad, and croissants

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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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  1. Arkansas Traveler says:

    Is this a paid advertisement? DeLuca’s Pizza is not even the best pizza on Central Avenue. For a day trip go to the Ohio Club.

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