The 10 Best Lunch Spots in Arkansas!

It’s important to know where the best spots to grab lunch are, whether it’s during a busy work week or for a leisurely weekend meal with friends. It doesn’t matter if you’re craving a delicious deli sandwich, or if you’re seeking the atmosphere of a quaint café with gourmet delights, here are our picks for the 10 best lunch spots in Arkansas. 

1. The Root Café, Little Rock, AR

The mission at this popular café in Little Rock is to build community through local food. The Root Café sources as much as they can through small farms and producers located right here in Arkansas. Popular for burgers and sandwiches, The Root Café is one of the best spots for lunch in the Central Arkansas area.

2. Rolling Pin Café, Fayetteville, AR

Happily serving Northwest Arkansas since 1993, the Rolling Pin Café has made a name for itself for reliability and quality service. Because the folks at this popular spot won’t serve what they won’t eat, you can rest assured that everything on the menu tastes good! Popular menu items include chicken fried steak, burgers, and, of course, the handmade pies that the locals love so much.

3. Rose Stop International Delicacy, Springdale, AR

This gas station deli, which is open seven days a week, has been a Springdale favorite since it opened in 2003. The Rose Stop is known for serving some of the best Middle Eastern food and sweets in the area. In addition to the always quick and friendly service, the locals love the falafel and gyros.

4. Lazzari Italian Oven, Jonesboro, AR

The family-owned and operated Lazzari Italian Oven has been serving the Jonesboro community since 1995. With a lunch menu ranging from coffee and cannoli to pizza and pasta, it’s not hard to find something for every taste palette. 

5. Café 1217, Hot Springs, AR

Named for its street address, this bistro has been a Hot Springs favorite since 1997. Although the menu at this popular lunch spot changes monthly, customers can always order their favorites, like the southwest cobb salad and the shrimp and crawfish cakes.

6. Brown’s Catfish, Russellville, AR

This family-owned and operated joint has been serving up some of the best catfish with all the trimmings in the Arkansas River Valley for over 24 years. Brown’s is best-known for its southern, Cajun-inspired seafood buffet. 

7. Mud Street Café, Eureka Springs, AR

Take a break from your day with a delicious lunch at the Mud Street Café in historic Eureka Springs. Burgers, wraps, and sandwiches (hot or cold) are among the most popular items on this menu at this spot. Just like with its award-winning breakfast, the Mud Street Café uses only the freshest ingredients for all of its tasty lunchtime offerings.

8. Spring Street Grill, Springdale, AR

You’ll find All-American goodness at this popular diner in Springdale. The Spring Street Grill, open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is a great spot for a quick lunch. And it’s not just the food that is good; you’ll love the prices too!

9. Hammontree’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Fayetteville, AR

It doesn’t get more “lunch” than a good, old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich! With 26 types of cheese to choose from, it is definitely all about the cheese here at Hammontree’s. If you can’t decide between the 15 grilled cheese sandwiches found on the menu, then you can also create your own or try one of the delicious handmade soups.

10. Flying Fish, Bentonville and Little Rock, AR

This fun, “fast-casual” spot is open seven days a week in both the Bentonville and Little Rock locations. Although the Flying Fish is mostly known for catfish, shrimp, and oysters, guests also enjoy the burgers, chicken tenders, and fresh salads. 

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