It is difficult to keep track of all the amazing new restaurants that are opening in Northwest Arkansas. From a cool new food truck, to a trendy new restaurant offering a new concept in Indian Cuisine, to a wood fired grill and wine cave, NWA is teeming with new and different dining options.
Here are the top new dining experiences in NWA:
A Spoonful Food Truck (closed for winter season)
405 SW A Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
A lunch time food truck offering homemade sandwiches, salads, soups, pies and other desserts. Fans rave about the Bumble Bee Pie and the Bread Pudding. Come early or plan to stand in line.
208 NE 3rd St.
Bentonville, AR 72712
Just off the Bentonville Square, this cozy little restaurant offers farm-to-table fresh food and fabulous scrumptious pastries from their busy bakery that will keep you coming back time after time. Service is fast and efficient and delivered with a smile.
500 SE Walton Blvd #2
Bentonville, AR 72712
Our local folks, having eaten at a Smashburgers in another city, were thrilled to see this counter-serve chain open its doors in NWA. According to its rabid fans, it serves some of the very best gourmet burgers you’ll find anywhere. Burgers feature Angus Beef, and the thick and creamy, hand-spun, indulgent shakes are made with premium Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream. They also offer beer pairings.
Grotto Wood Fired Grill & Wine Cave
10 Center Street Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Although the Grotto has been open only a short time, it has already garnered outstanding reviews from locals and visitors alike right from the start. Chef Rodney Slane’s seasonally inspired menu selections include exciting, flavorful appetizers, amazing perfectly prepared entrees and desserts that will tempt ;your taste buds every single time.
The full bar is tended by professional, outgoing Mixologists who make a mean Moscow Mule served it in a copper mug. Thee wait staff is friendly and efficient, and they are genuinely interested in making sure your experience on their watch is nothing short of terrific. Wine is on-tap and there is also a good selection of beer – some of them of are gluten free. Fans can’t get enough of the Grotto’s atmosphere, excellent food, and terrific drinks. Try it for yourself the next time you’re in Eureka.
300 W Dickson St
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Located on famed Dickson St, San Lio, a fine neighborhood restaurant, employs the use of ancient Chinese cooking techniques with fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create a distinct and delicious modern Chinese menu. Dumplings, stocks and sauces are all handmade fresh daily. Unique teas, specialty beers and hand-crafted cocktails are refreshingly unique. The food rivals the best in San Francisco’s Chinatown, even the fortune cookie is homemade delicious.
5001 W Pauline Whitaker Pkwy
Rogers, AR 72758
Roma’s, located in the Pinnacle Hills shopping district offers a perfect blend of authentic Italian and Italian-American classic made from scratch menu items. The pasta is in-house homemade. A wood burning oven turns out everything from yummy garlic bread to wood-fired pizzas to delicious wood-fired roasted meats and fish. Other menu options include appetizers, grinders, salads, authentic gelato and other scrumptious desserts like their killer tiramisu. The cocktails are magical, the contemporary atmosphere is inviting and relaxing and the service is attentive, efficient and friendly.
Pei Wei Asian Dinner
4895 W. Pauline Whitaker Parkway
Rogers, AR 72758
Pei Wei is a welcome addition to our Rogers cuisine options. Located close to Embassy Suites on the same side of the street, the new diner offers fast, fresh handcrafted Asian food that is made to your specifications. All kinds of sushi, salads, lettuce wraps, soups and desserts are on the menu, and there are 35 fresh ingredients on hand to use in your order’s preparation. The chicken is all-white meat, and there are dozens of gluten-free menu items available to meet your dietary needs. The woks cook at 700 degrees to lock in the bold flavors, and both the egg and spring rolls are hand-rolled. With the high demand for a quick, healthy lunch in the area, Pei Wei’s excellent, fresh food is sure to be a hit.
838 N 48th Street, Suite 1
Springdale, Arkansas 72762
Featuring a family friendly open kitchen atmosphere that is both fun and inviting, Chef Miles James and his culinary team have created an innovative chef-inspired fast casual eatery that is already popular with locals and visitors to the area. Neapolitan-styled pizzas, made from the Chef’s unique hand tossed and kneaded dough, and fresh ingredients are wood fired in a fantastic new oven in just 2.5 – 3 minutes. Other menu offerings include starters, salads, homemade pastas and fabulous desserts. In addition to the signature craft drink specialties, there is an extensive wine list with wine-by-the-glass, and cocktails. The pizzas are so good, that customers want to try every single one on the menu, and the chocolate cake is reported to be lip-smacking good..
107 E Emma St, Springdale, Arkansas 72764
Located just west of the Razorback Greenway on Emma Street in historic downtown Springdale, The Steam is a welcome addition to the Springdale restaurant scene. The Steam features a fun, old steam engine theme that people of all ages can enjoy. Soups, gourmet sandwiches, dinner, Saturday breakfast, Sunday Brunch, local beer, fabulous cocktails and a full bar make The Steam a gem among NWA’s new eateries.
Photo at top of page is courtesy of The Steam.