When in Springdale, the locals say:
Don’t miss the AQ Chicken House Restaurant over on 71B. With good reason, it is world-famous for its delicious fried chicken. Definitely one of the best restaurants in the area and hands down a local favorite.!
If you are celebrating a special occasion, you can’t beat James at the Mill. Current and returning natives always make it a point to eat at James at the Mill. Everything served there is delicious, but a local favorite continues to be the James at the Mill Caesar salad.
Get the jambalaya pasta and ribs at the MarketPlace Grill. The sweet potato fries are also to die for, the spinach dip is superb and the salmon is scrumptious. MarketPlace Grill is often mentioned as the best place to eat in NWA.
If you are a baseball fan, visit the $33-million Arvest Ballpark, the home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League. If you are visiting May through September, you can catch more than just one of the 70-plus home games and cheer our boys on!
To get a true feel for the essence of the city, take the time to stroll along Emma Avenue in the heart of downtown Springdale, where you will find shops like Sire Boutique, and Midtown Downtown. Or stop to enjoy a freshly prepared meal at Natural State Sandwiches, Taqueria Don Guero’s, and Neal’s Cafe, Susan’s or Fratelli’s Italian Grill, but not before you try Arkansas’ only cider house, Black Apple Crossing featuring nearly a dozen handcrafted hard ciders on tap. Also, the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History and the Arts Center of the Ozarks are both right off of Main Street giving you plenty of rich, cultural experiences while you visit. If you have time, you can take a ride on the fully restored A & M Excursion train car, which provides frequent round-trips to historic Van Buren, AR and back.
In April you can catch the Hogeye Marathon beginning downtown, or The Little Craft Show in May with over 100 vendors and 5,000 shoppers, and in June you can attend the popular Rodeo of the Ozarks. But if you prefer the indoors, the Jones Center has you covered! Featuring a massive indoor pool with slides, an ice rink which is home to the University of Arkansas’ hockey league, and plenty of outdoor public art and trails for you to spend the entire day exploring.
The first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon, the Downtown Springdale Alliance hosts Coffee and Cars. Located on the corner of Emma Ave and Spring Street downtown, Coffee and Cars is a terrific opportunity to see beautifully restored cars and trucks. Also, the Downtown Springdale Farmers Market takes place from April through October on Mill Street from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring local produce and crafts while a free yoga class takes place nearby every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the greens close to the boardwalk of the Razorback Greenway.