The 10 Best Mom and Pop Restaurants in Arkansas!

Sometimes you need a little home cookin’—but maybe you don’t especially feel like cooking at home. And that’s what makes a locally-owned, family restaurant so special: It’s like home but without all the dishes. If you need some yummy comfort food in Arkansas, head over to one of these mom and pop restaurants.

1. Phil’s Restaurant, Hot Springs National Park, AR

Phil’s Restaurant specializes in Southern-style home cooking that will “make you feel like one of the family.” And they do it three meals a day. Breakfast is always a favorite, but don’t overlook down-home comfort foods like fried ham, grilled pork loin, or one of Phil’s daily specials.

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2. Fish Net, Caddo Valley, AR

If you like your down-home dining with a Creole twist, Fish Net Restaurant in Caddo Valley is the spot for you. From frog legs and fried green tomatoes to catfish and chicken fried steak, as well as gumbo and etoufee, you’ll find plenty to crush your cravings at Fish Net.

3. Jones Family Restaurant, Perryville, AR

When one thinks of a mom and pop eatery, Jones Family Restaurant in Perryville is exactly what comes to mind. Small-town, down-home, scratch-made meals. Jones Restaurant is popular for breakfast, but you’re in Arkansas: Come back for the catfish and hush puppies.  

4. Mud St. Café, Eureka Springs, AR

In Eureka Springs, Mud St. Café is the place to go for a delicious, scratch-made (and award-winning) breakfast, lunch, or dessert. This café has some of the freshest and tastiest food in town. Try the prime rib sandwich.

5. Jimmy’s Family Restaurant, Malvern, AR

In Malvern, Jimmy’s Family Restaurant serves up just the kind of classic comfort foods you want in a mom and pop eatery. From fried chicken and mashed potatoes to livers and gizzards, you’re sure to find something to satisfy at any (meal) time of the day.

6. Miss Anna’s on Towson, Fort Smith, AR

When you eat at Miss Anna’s on Towson, you may want to start with the pie (especially on Tuesdays, when it’s free!). But be sure to save room for one of the delicious, scratch made meals. Whether it’s breakfast—try the chicken fried steak and eggs—lunch, or dinner, you’ll be happy you stopped by Miss Anna’s.

7. Rosalinda Restaurante Hondureño, North Little Rock, AR

Down-home, Southern cooking doesn’t have to stop at the border. In fact, Rosalinda Restaurante Hondureño offers up some awesome home cooking from south of Southern. Honduran and Salvadoran comfort foods like like yuca and chicharrones will warm your belly and put a smile on your face. 

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8. Marth Jean’s Diner, Beebe, AR

Martha Jean’s Diner is the place to go for a rib-sticking, home-style meal in Beebe. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and are renowned for their fish which is reportedly as good as cold leftovers as it is piping hot on the plate. Martha Jean’s is also beloved for breakfast in Beebe.

9. Stroud’s Diner, Mayflower, AR

If you’re looking for real, made-to-order, down-home cooking in Mayflower, head over to Stroud’s Diner. Country breakfasts, fresh-made daily specials like meatloaf or sliced ham, and friendly, hometown service keep folks coming back for more. 

10. Lewis’ Family Restaurant, Fort Smith, AR

Another awesome option for mom and pop food in Fort Smith is Lewis’ Family Restaurant. They’re open for early and serve through the lunch hour. And plenty of folks say that Lewis’ has the best breakfast in town, especially the French toast. But don’t pass up the grilled ham or any chance to try the house-made breads.

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