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Did you know there are at least 365 ways to cook chicken? You can grill it, bake it, bbq it, fry it, boil it, roast it, crockpot it, etc. Thankfully, various restaurants in Northwest Arkansas have mastered chicken dishes that are on such a level, many have never even dreamed it could taste this good.

Below are restaurants that serve the best chicken dishes in Northwest Arkansas:


The Hive $$
200 NE A Street, (479) 286-6575

Starting with locally sourced chickens, the brunch menu at the Hive at 21c, a premier boutique hotel in Bentonville, AR features BMF (buttermilk fried) Chicken on a biscuit. Chef Matthew McClure has taken chicken to levels not seen or tasted before. Delicious beyond description if you’re a fried chicken devotee and to be tried at least once if you’re not.

Tusk & Trotter $$
110 SE A Street, (479) 268-4494

The menu features a wide variety of perfectly cooked meats, however, customers rave about the fried chicken and waffles.
Try it once and you’ll be hooked.

Tusk and Trotter

Photo Courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism

Eureka Springs

Myrtie Mae’s $$
207 W Van Buren, (479) 253-9768

You haven’t eaten chicken until you tried Myrtie Mae’s famous Ozark Fried Chicken.  People drive from all across the state to eat some of this delicious chicken.  Try it, you’ll love it.


Best Frickin Chicken (Food Truck) $
372 W Dickson St, (479) 966-4667

Customers love this chicken known for its flavorful breading. According to their regulars, they have some of the best bone-in
fried chicken in NWA, bar none. Other menu favorites are the fresh-cut fries, and ham hocks and beans.


708 N. College Rd.
(479) 856-6366

Their awesome smoked chicken speaks for itself. From their sliced smoked chicken dinners to their delicious smoked chicken sandwiches, they do chicken right.

Slim Chickens $
2120 N. College, Fayetteville, AR 72703
(479) 935-4444

With a variety of chicken tender baskets served with Texas toast, fries and a medium drink, and their chicken and waffles dinner, they’ve pretty much got chicken covered. Their dipping sauces will make a fan out of you. Slim Chickens has multiple locations in Northwest Arkansas.


Monte Ne Inn Chicken $$
13843 Hwy 94, Rogers, AR 72758
(479) 636-5511

This long-standing chicken house serves family style and includes all you can eat fried chicken, delicious bean soup, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, coleslaw, homemade rolls and apple-butter.  It’s as close to grandma’s country dinners as you can get.

Siloam Springs

Cathy’s Corner $
1910 U.S. 412, (479) 524-4475

This little roadside dinner serves some of the best homestyle cooking you will find in the country.  Staff is friendly and efficient, the place has top-notch management..


AQ Chicken $$
1207 N Thompson St, (479) 751-4633

In business since 1947, this famous chicken house serves a variety of Southern-style chicken recipes in a an old-fashioned setting.  Chicken lovers!  You must sample some of this chicken.

Neal’s Cafe $
806 N Thompson St, (479) 751-9996

In the famous pink building, the chicken is still fried in the old iron skillets of years gone by. In 2004, Southern Living recognized Neal’s as one of the top spots in the U.S. to eat fried chicken.

Honorable Mention

Cracker Barrel $
2307 SE Walton Blvd, Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 268-5907

Featuring down home cooking, and old general store, the Cracker Barrel can be counted on to deliver several tasty chicken dishes including their fried and grilled chicken tenderloin, fried chicken livers and, of course, their delicious homemade chicken n’ dumplins.

Venesian Inn $$
582 West Henri De Tonti Boulevard, (479) 361-2562

A Tontitown tradition since 1947, the restaurant mainly serves Italian-styled food, but it is known far and wide for its southern fried chicken items.  If you enjoy chicken, you must taste the flavorful chicken at Venesian Inn.


Note:  Picture at top of page is of Matthew McClure’s famous buttermilk chicken. Image provided courtesy of The Hive.