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Northwest Arkansas has hidden treasures.

Every community, town and city has gems that are mostly known about and cherished by the locals.  Visitors rarely get to experience these hidden treasures tucked away and out of sight of the uninformed.  They rarely fall into broad categories like burgers, pizza or breakfast, and so they don’t appear on the radar as great places to eat.  The list below puts the spotlight on some of the area’s best loved, recently opened and most obscure places:

Louise at Thaden Field
2205 SW I St #100,, (479) 250-0477

Louise offers a unique dining experience for the entire family.  Eat delicious food, and drink beautiful cocktails while watching planes take off and land.  Restaurant has a clean, smart design, and the atmosphere is fun and exciting for kiddos and the kid in you.  Dining at the Louise is a memorable event.

Leverette Lounge
1707 N Leverette Ave #1, (479) 249-6570

Step into a unique, funky fun atmosphere and let your taste buds feast on some of the freshest, most flavorful food to be had in all of Northwest Arkansas.  If you’re not happy when you arrive, you will be before you leave. This delicious cuisine, amazing drinks, delightful staff and ambience have the capacity to change your mood from grumpy to cheerful all in one dining experience.

The Wooden Spoon
1000 Gentry Blvd, (479) 736-3030

Open Monday – Friday 10:30 am – 2:00 pm and Friday evenings from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and serving up some honest to goodness made-from-scratch cooking and scrumptious desserts, this popular Gentry spot features piled high sandwiches made with fresh baked homemade bread, amazing soups, salads, homemade dressings, delectable fried catfish, casseroles, babyback ribs (Friday Dinner Only), and so much more.  Service is fast and friendly. It’s like sitting down to lunch with a favorite neighbor.  

Johnson’s Hickory Creek Diner
12737 Hickory Creek Road, (479) 756-6900

Open Thur – Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Located on scenic Beaver Lake at Hickory Creek Marina, this delightful dining spot has beautiful views and excellent country food.  Relax by the lake while you enjoy a cool morning breakfast, lunch after boating, or dinner after fishing or a day on the lake. Great, fast, friendly service, and a fun place to be. Oh yes, the Friday Fish Fries are delicious too.

Bean Me Up Arkansas Espresso
130 Huntsville Rd, (816) 739-4466

Serving smooth, delicious Mountain Bird espresso and other drinks, Bean Me Up has just what you need for a morning wake-me-up.  The people are warm and friendly, the service is exceptional and the coffee is amazing. Give them a try real soon.

The Sale Barn Cafe
1581 E Emma Ave, (479) 751-5727

Open for breakfast and lunch Thursday – Friday only, and located inside The Farmers Lifestock Auction in Springdale, The Sale Barn Cafe serves up Southern comfort food.  You can taste the home cookin’ in every single bite. Food like meatloaf, chicken fried steak and hand pattied burgers and yummy pies are regularly on the menu. Service is friendly and fast.  Make it a point to visit them soon for an unusual experience and great food.