Almost every restaurant in the Northwest Arkansas offers at least one or two chicken menu items, but there are some that specialize in just chicken. Do you like it baked, broiled, fried, or served in an appetizing plate of dumplings?  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 the Top 10 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.


Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken $
617 N. College Ave, (479) 445-5885

A fabulous food truck serving Nashville-style hot chicken just the hot level your tastebuds will enjoy. Using fresh, local poultry and produce, Dot’s is the place to go for finger licken’ chicken strips and delicious sides. Give Dot’s a try once, and I’m betting you’ll be back for more.

Slim Chickens $
2120 N. College, (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.

Southern Food Company $$
3575 W Wedington Dr, (479) 313-7646

If you love southern cooking touched with a little Cajun spice, you will love Southern Food Company where the menus are full of all the classic southern food items plus a few you may not have tasted before. All menus are liberally sprinkled with delicious chicken options. Welcoming atmosphere, and top-notch service are the norm.


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. Image at top of the page is courtesy of Monte Ne Inn.

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.

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