It’s a tough business, the restaurant industry. Over the 37 years that the Arkansas Times has asked its readers to tell us which restaurants and bakeries, chefs and bartenders, hamburgers and home cookin’ and such are the best, even the favorites have come and gone.

You’ll find that some long-established eateries and food folk just keeping hauling in the plaudits: Peter Brave for Brave New Restaurant. Community Bakery. Fantastic China. But there are plenty of new places to dine and newer places proving they can hang in there. Petit & Keet, open for nine months, took best restaurant overall as well as best new, best steak and best wine list (and tied with Rolando’s Restaurante in Hot Springs for most mentions: 11). District Fare, founded last year, got the nod for best butcher, deli and sandwich; Bark Bar got its license last year and collared the dog friendly category. The Hive in Bentonville continues to thrive, with eight mentions; Big Orange with seven; Boulevard Bread Co. with six.


So here, readers, find your culinary choices, in dozens of categories and all around Arkansas.

Big on Petit & Keet
Readers give it several awards; Keet credits the loyal staff.
by Leslie Newell Peacock


Chiquintad meets Spa City
Rolando’s Restaurante is Ecuadorian — sort of.
by Stephanie Smittle

Readers Choice 2018 results
Soup to nuts, restaurant-wise.


The Griffin

El Dorado’s new restaurant showplace is worth the drive.
by David Koon

Faring well
Tomas Bohm’s new deli is on its way.
by Lindsey Millar

John Daly’s

Taking a drive for meat and potatoes.
by Jacob Rosenberg