As is to be expected, Southern cooking is not difficult to come by in Northwest Arkansas. In fact, many restaurants are cooking up and serving down home cuisine without even realizing it. Fried chicken, chicken fried steak, ham, corn, beans, mashed potatoes, and buttermilk biscuits are all examples of a southern cooked meal.
The Top 10 restaurants below all have a good selection of southern cooked food:
Cracker Barrel $$
2307 SE Walton Blvd, (479) 268-5907
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is known for their country cooking and gracious, friendly service. The Cracker Barrel offers
traditional country food like biscuits and gravy. Each restaurant has an on-site general store. Try their Buttermilk Fried Chicken Plate, you’ll be hooked.
Williams Soul Food Express
3404 SE Macy Rd, (479) 273-3922
If you crave down-home cooking and a family atmosphere, then you must visit Williams Soul Food Express where the food is just like your momma used to make. Oh my! The fried chicken and collards are simply out of this world as are the wings and fresh made pork rinds. You won’t ever eat another bag of store-bought pork rinds without thinking of how they should really taste. It’s a family operated place, and the service is spot on. Give it a try, you won’t leave disappointed.
Note: Image at top of the page is courtesy of Williams Soul Food.
Gallery Cafe $
167 N. Main Street, Decatur, AR (479) 752-3577
Gallery Cafe in Decatur specialized in home-styled cooking and friendly service. The menu is packed with down-home selections including juicy burgers, chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, sandwiches, veggie dinner plates and cream and berry pies.
Southern Food Company $$
3575 W Wedington Dr Suite 3,(479) 313-7646
Southern Food Company serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. As the name suggests, food is authentic southern food, and compares favorably with down home Memphis flavors. Dirty Bird and Chicken Fried Steak are exceptional. Atmosphere is fun, and service is friendly and efficient. Go there once, and you’ll probably be hooked.
Wooden Spoon $
1000 S Gentry Blvd, (479) 736-3030
You may have to wait a minute or two to be seated, but the amazing down-home food will more than make up for the wait. Located on HWY 59 in Gentry, the Wooden Spoon specializes in excellent, taste-tripping food whether you’ve ordered their signature chicken salad, excellent meatloaf, or fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs. Their bakery items including, breads, cobblers, pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and cakes are made-from-scratch fresh daily. The chocolate Bread Pudding and the Red Velvet Cake are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The plain fact is, you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu.
Monte Ne Chicken Inn $$
13843 AR-94, (479) 636-5511
Favorite for all-you-can-eat fried chicken, bean soup, country mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, coleslaw, green beans, homemade rolls and apple butter served family style. In business for forty years, loyal customers keep coming back year after year. This is the only menu that is served. Reservations are encouraged.
Cathy’s Corner $
1910 US-412, (479) 524-4475
The management and staff at Cathy’s corner know how to ensure you have a terrific dining experience. The food is marvelous regardless of what you order, and the service is friendly and efficient. The burgers are awesome and the fries are perfectly cooked. Good food, good service and good prices can be expected at Cathy’s Corner.
AQ Chicken House $$
1207 N Thompson St, (479) 751-4633
Dishes up a variety of chicken recipes including delicious chicken and dumplings, classic pan-fried, BBQ, and charcoal-cooked chicken. It’s all served in a warm, down-home setting. Dessert is fried peaches. Yum! They have been at the top of the chicken favorite’s list for many years. Did you know that AQ stands for Arkansas Quality. Try it once, you’ll be back.
Neal’s Cafe $
806 N Thompson St, (479) 751-9996
Since 1944 Neal’s Cafe has been specializing in delicious homemade meals including fried chicken cooked in the old iron skillets. Other standard southern dishes on the menu are catfish, chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, chicken pot pie, smothered steaks and homemade pies and rolls. And they may have some of the best fried pickles in the NWA area. Look for the familiar pink building.
1440 W Sunset Ave, (479) 751-1445
You can expect home cooking, great prices and a friendly, efficient staff at Susan’s. The cinnamon rolls are out of this world, so say their loyal customers. The pecan waffles can’t be beat, and are a local favorite. Open 7 days a week from 6 AM to 2 PM; breakfast is served until 2 PM.
Pea Ridge Cafe $
467 Lee Town Road, (479) 488-6014
Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, the Pea Ridge Cafe has delicious down-home cooking, friendly atmosphere, fast and friendly service, large portions and consistency. Restaurants can be on off, but this one seems to be on all the time. In fact, you can pretty much depend on great tasting, fresh, food every time you come in. And if you’re a picky eater, just tell your server exactly how you’d like your food prepared. The cooks at Pea Ridge Cafe do an excellent job of making sure your food comes out just right.
Wagon Wheel Restaurant $$
4080 N Thompson St, Springdale, AR 72764
Fans think it is the best family restaurant in town. Homemade rolls, real mashed potatoes, country fried chicken are just a few of the favorite menu items. The owners do their very best to ensure that you have a good dining experience each and every time you
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