above: the Palace Hotel and Bathhouse in Eureka Springs

Tie Dye Travels has many articles on Arkansas food such as one on the regional cheese dip served throughout the state.

Arkansas Tips 

 True Story:
In June, 2009, The Former Lady Travel and I were at the Little Rock, AR Target Store.  We went to the Starbucks to get a cup of tea.  When I asked to get two cups of black tea, the counter girl had to look up how to make it in the manual.

Bentonville, AR


Sparks Soda Fountain- 105 N Main St, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712  (479) 273-1329-next to the….sigh…Walmart Museum.


Coal Hill, AR


Dee’s Drive-In, 306 West U.S. 64, Coal Hill, AR 72832 (479) 497-1777-Small cafe on US 64 with catfish, malts, onion rings and something called a leroyburger.


Devalls Bluff, AR


Ms. Lena’s Pies – 2885 AR-33, De Valls Bluff, AR 72041-Fried pies and regular pies but open Saturdays only.


El Dorado, AR


Minute Man-318 W Main St, El Dorado, AR 71730 Closed Sunday  (870) 862-7995-Lost in Time charcoal grill burger joint/mexican restauant.  Used to be part of a big chain and now the lone survivor.  The burgers come with a relish sauce.  The storefront is Mid century Modern.

Flying Burger-704 S Timberlane Dr, El Dorado, AR 71730 (870) 864-0014-odd combo of retro style hand patties burger joint and fresh seafood restaurant.  There are 2 locations.


Eureka Springs, AR


Two Dumb Dames Fudge Factory-33 South Main Street, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
(479) 253-7268-Fudge factory in the very cute Eureka Springs.


Fort Smith, AR


Miss Anna’s-5001 Towson Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901  (479) 649-6300-Southern food, Tuesday is free pie day.  Open til 10 pm.  Great apple pie.

Ed Walker’s Drive-In & Restaurant -retro style dining room & drive in restaurant with French dip sandwiches, giant burgers & beer.
1500 Towson Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901
Most days · 10AM–12AM
(479) 783-3352

George’s Restaurant-2120 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72901-Mom and pop burger  shop with tamales and a bean chili.

Yellow Umbrella-1608 S Greenwood Ave ,Fort Smith, AR 72901  (479) 783-7929 Mon to friday 10:30 am – 4:00 pm closed weekends.  seasoned crinkle cut fries.  Heavy mustard on the burgers.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Magic Springs & Crystal Falls Amusement Park
Park Address: 1701 East Grand Ave., Hot Springs, AK 71901
Phone Number: (501) 624-5411

McClard’s Bar-B-Q -505 Albert Pike, Hot Springs, AR 501-623-9665, closed Sunday and Monday.  BBQ ribs smothered with French Fries, or Tamales with BBQ meat and condiments similar to Frito pie.


Lake Village, AR


Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales – 714 Saint Mary St, Lake Village, AR 71653  (870) 265-3108-Tamales, delicious burgers and Soul food. Get the Pecan Pie!  Cash only  Closed Sunday.  Daily 8 am to 7 pm.

Little Rock, Arkansas

The Local weekly paper for Little Rock is the Arkansas Times.  You can Also get theLittle Rock Free Press.

Mr. Mason’s BBQ which is the heir to the recipes of an earlier operation. 915 West Capitol at Chester Street.
Sim’s BBQ restaurants, noted for their thin, reddish, mustard-based sauce. Various locations around LR.
Cotham’s In The City, 1401 West 3rd Street, 370.9177-home of the hubcap burger, huge one pound monster.
Whole Hog CafÉ, 2516 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.  Well, you gotta have bbq, right?  Good looking ribs.


Live music clubs- Juanita’s -1300 S. Main St. -Little Rock AR 501-372-1228
Vinos Brewpub-Pizza, beer and bands.


Live Music-Sticky Fingerz Rock-n-roll Chicken Shack – 107 River Market Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201  (501) 372-7707

Town Pump -1321 Rebsamen Park Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202 (501) 663-9802

White Water Tavern – 2500 W 7th St, Little Rock, AR 72205-: (501) 375-8400-beer, food and live music


Fayetteville, Arkansas

The Local alternative paper is the Fayetteville Free Weekly.


Catfish Hole-4127 W Wedington Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72704-mostly fried seafood joint
Sassy’s Red House-708 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 856-6366-BBQ joint with really good sides
Dot’s Nashville Hot Chicken-617 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (615) 208-3272

Whole Hog Cafe -3009 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703 (479) 442-0100-delicious saucy ribs.

Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese-326 N W Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 521-1669

Sit & Spin is a gorgeous retro style burger and salad joint but this might be the top of your list as you can eat and do laundry at the same time.-737 N Leverett Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 249-6570

A Q Chicken House- Southern-style chicken recipes , 1207 N Thompson St, Springdale, AR 72764

Hugo’s-25 1/2 N Block Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701 (479) 521-7585-An everything but the kitchen sink overly decorated college hangout.  Famous for grasshopper crepes for dessert topped with mint ice cream

Feltner Brothers -2768 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703 (479) 935-4545-Slightly too stylized burger joint from the descendents of the whattaburger family.

Live Music-

Smoke and Barrel, (479) 521-6880 324 W Dickson St Fayetteville, Arkansas, Whiskey bar with live music

Drive In Theater-
112 Drive In-3352 Hwy. 112 N., Fayetteville, AR 72703, (501) 442-4542-Old drive in with classic stick it on your car speakers.


Record Store-
Clunk Records, 2147 North College, Fayetteville, AR 72701


Leslie, AR


Two good cafes in this town

Leslie Cafe -408 Main St, Leslie, AR 72645 (870) 447-6101-Great pies, great sign, great rings

Skylark Cafe-401 High St, Leslie, AR 72645 (870) 447-2354-Cute cafe with great pies. Great corn chowder.


Ozark, AR


Hillbilly Hideout -3202 Pence Ln, Ozark, AR 72949 (844) 240-7281-A little slick on the decor but a 24 hour restaurant off I-40 with homemade pie and the deep fried Heavenly Hog sandwich, Ham and turkey and two cheeses.


Paris, AR


Eiffel Tower Park, 101-111 W Walnut St, Paris, AR 72855- Seven foot model of the eiffel tower on a fountain.

Redfield, AR


Mammoth Orange Cafe – 103 AR-365, Redfield, AR 72132 (501) 397-2347-Sunday Closed.   Trashy travel LOVES giant oranges and its even more excited when the giant orange serves burgers, because normally giant oranges just serve orange juice.  Great looking burgers.  Also diner food for burger haters.  Since 1964

Rogers, AR


Susie Q Malt Shop – 612 N 2nd St, Rogers, AR 72756 Cute drive in restaurant for ice cream, burgers and fries. Sunday Closed Daily 10:30AM–8PM  (479) 631-6258

Russellville, AR


Eats-Taco Villa, 420 East Fourth Street, Russellville, AR 72801 ,(479) 968-1191-Tiny cash only hole in the wall mexican joint with the hyper regional queso and simple mexican food.


St Joe, AR

Eats-Coursey’s -Highway 65, St. Joe, AR -870-439-2503 -Smokehouse where they cure old fashioned hams and bacon.  They also have has a small counter in back where you can have a sandwich made of ham, turkey, or peppered beef of their amazing smoked products.  And get a summer sausage to go.


Van Buren, AR


Kopper Kettle Smokehouse – 6310 Alma Hwy, Van Buren, AR 72956 Breakfast and lunch only, closes at 3 pm.  Burgers on homemade rolls. Sunday Closed Presumable near kopper kettle candies.

Waldron, AR

Rock Cafe – 355 S Main St, Waldron, AR 72958  (479) 637-2975-Main street restaurant with cool old decor.  Next to a donut shop.

Wiederkehr Village, AR



Wiederkehr’s Weinkeller Restaurant-3324 Swiss Family Dr
Wiederkehr Village, AR 72821  (479) 468-3551-Out of time restaurant in a winery.  Get the fondue which feeds many.  Gorgeous.