1996

1981

GRAND PRIZE RESTAURANT

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Restaurant Jacques and Suzanne, Little Rock

BEST OVERALL

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That Little Restaurant, Little Rock

The Old Post Office, Fayetteville

Le Mirabelle, Hot Springs

Linwood Steakhouse, Paragould

Habib’s, Helena

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

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The Black-Eyed Pea, Little Rock (with Le Case Croute a close runner-up)

Coy’s Place, Fayetteville

The Peking, Jonesboro

BEST VALUE

The Black-Eyed Pea, Little Rock

Bowen’s, Fayetteville

Couch’s, Jonesboro

BEST AMERICAN

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The Black-Eyed Pea, Little Rock (with Cheers a close runner-up)

Heinie’s Steakhouse, Springdale

Mrs. Miller’s, Hot Springs

The Sharecropper, Earle

BEST FRENCH

Restaurant Jacques and Suzanne

Le Mirabelle, Hot Springs

BEST ITALIAN

The Villa, Little Rock

Mary Maestri’s, Tonitown

BEST PIZZA

Slice of Life, Little Rock

Rod’s Pizza Cellar, Hot Springs

King’s Pizza, Fayetteville

Pizza Hut, Jonesboro

BEST MEXICAN

Browning’s, Little Rock

Pancho’s, West Memphis

BEST ORIENTAL

Fu Lin’s, Little Rock

Peking Restaurant, Springdale

BEST BRUNCH

The Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs

Buster’s, Little Rock

The Old Post Office, Fayetteville

BEST SEAFOOD

Cajun’s Wharf, Little Rock

The Lighthouse Inn, Fort Smith

The Ramada Inn, Blytheville

BEST STEAK

Coy’s, Little Rock

Linwood Steakhouse, Paragould

The Hamilton House, Hot Springs

Heinie’s Steakhouse, Springdale

BEST BARBECUE

McClard’s, Hot Springs

HB’s, Little Rock

B & B’s, Fayetteville

Couch’s, Jonesboro

BEST PLATE LUNCH

Bard’s, Little Rock

Ed and Alma’s, Benton

Drake’s, Fayetteville

Pete’s Place, Fort Smith

Bill’s Grill, Marion

Triebel’s, Crossett

BEST BUSINESS LUNCH

Buster’s, Little Rock

Heinie’s Steakhouse, Springdale

The Woodlands, Ramada Inn, Crossett

MOST LEISURELY LUNCH

Buster’s, Little Rock

The Woodlands, Ramada Inn, Crossett

BEST COCKTAILS

That Little Restaurant/The Afterthought, Little Rock

Tomfoolery, Fort Smith

BEST DESSERTS

Andre’s, Little Rock

The Old Post Office, Fayetteville

MOST ROMANTIC

That Little Restaurant, Little Rock

The Hamilton House, Hot Springs

Red Apple Inn, Heber Springs

The Old Post Office, Fayetteville
The Tale of the Trout, Rogers

1986

BEST OVERALL

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville

Northeast: Bailey’s, Newport

Southwest: (tie) Mrs. Miller’s, Hot Springs; Hamilton House, Hot Springs

Southeast: Colonial Steakhouse, Pine Bluff

Central: Jacques and Suzanne, Little Rock

BEST NEW

Northwest: Ice House, Russellville

Northeast: Rax, Jonesboro

Southwest: Buffy’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Hunan, Monticello

Central: Graffiti’s, Little Rock

BEST AMERICAN

Northwest: Calico County, Fort Smith

Northeast: Bailey’s, Northwest

Southwest: Mrs. Miller’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff

Central: Black-Eyed Pea, Little Rock

BEST ITALIAN

Northwest: Taliano’s, Fort Smith

Northeast: no winner

Southwest: Rocky’s Corner, Hot Springs

Southeast: no winner

Central: Villa, Little Rock

BEST FRENCH

Northwest: Plaza, Eureka Springs

Northeast: no winner

Southwest:Le Mirabelle, Hot Springs

Southeast: Le Metro/Union Station, Pine Bluff

Central: Jacques and Suzanne, Little Rock

BEST ORIENTAL

Northwest: Lin’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: Peking, Jonesboro

Southwest, Hunan, Hot Springs

Southeast, Hunan, Pine Bluff

Central: Fu Lin, Little Rock

BEST MEXICAN

Northwest: Jose’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: Pancho’s, West Memphis and Jonesboro

Southwest: El Chico, Hot Springs

Southeast: El Cocina, Pine Bluff

Central: Mexico Chiquito, Little Rock and North Little Rock

BEST ETHNIC

Northwest: Emmy’s, Fort Smith

Northeast: no winner

Southwest: Mollie’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Pickett’s Soul Food, Stuttgart

Central: Terrace, Little Rock

BEST SEAFOOD

Northwest: Red Lobster

Northeast: Chopping Block, Biggers

Southwest: Captain’s Walk, Hot Springs

Southeast: Trotline, Pine Bluff

Central: Cajun’s Wharf, Little Rock

BEST CATFISH

Northwest: Catfish ‘N, Russellville

Northeast: Fred’s, Cord

Southwest: Fish Net, Arkadelphia

Southeast: Murry’s Cafe, Devalls Bluff

Central: Cock of the Walk, Maumelle

BEST FRIED CHICKEN

Northwest: AQ, Springdale

Northeast: Kentucky Fried Chicken

Southwest: Mrs. Miller’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: no winner

Central: Kentucky Fried Chicken

BEST PIZZA

Northwest: Pizza Hut

Northeast: Mazzio’s

Southwest: Rod’s Pizza Cellar, Hot Springs

Southeast: Mazzio’s

Central: U.S. Pizza Company, Little Rock, North Little Rock and Sherwood

BEST BARBECUE

Northwest: B and B, Fayetteville

Northeast: Couch’s, Jonesboro

Southwest: McClard’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Craig’s, Devalls Bluff

Central: Sims, Little Rock

BEST STEAK

Northwest: Red Barn, Fort Smith

Northeast: Linwood Steak House, Paragould

Southwest: Coy’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Colonial Steakhouse, Pine Bluff

Central: Coy’s, Little Rock

BEST HAMBURGER

Northwest: Whattaburger, Russellville

Northeast: Midway Sandwich Shop, Newport

Southwest: Wendy’s

Southeast: no winner

Central: Buffalo Grill, Little Rock

BEST BREAKFAST

Northwest: Shoney’s

Northeast: Shoney’s

Southwest: Shoney’s

Southeast: Shoney’s

Central: Shoney’s

BEST BRUNCH

Northwest: Hilton Inn, Fayetteville

Northeast: Red Apple Inn, Eden Isle

Southwest: Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs

Southeast: no winner

Central: Excelsior Hotel, Little Rock

BEST PLATE LUNCH

Northwest: Bogey’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: Fred’s Grill, Newport

Southwest: Club Cafe, Hot Springs

Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff

Central: Bard’s, Little Rock

BEST DESSERTS

Northwest: Cagle’s Mill, Russellville

Northeast: (tie) Sue’s Kitchen, Jonesboro; Red Apple Inn, Eden Isle

Southwest: Club Cafe, Hot Springs

Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff

Central: Andre’s, Little Rock

BEST BARGAIN

Northwest: Whattaburger, Russellville

Northeast: Bonanza

Southwest: Club Cafe, Hot Springs

Southeast: no winner

Central: Black-eyed Pea, Little Rock

MOST ROMANTIC

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville

Northeast: Red Apple Inn, Eden Isle

Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

Southeast: Pines, Pine Bluff

Central: Jacques and Suzanne, Little Rock

1991

BEST OVERALL

Northwest: AQ Chicken House, Springdale

Northeast: Sue’s Kitchen, Jonesboro

Southwest: Facci’s, Hot Springs

Central: Graffiti’s, Little Rock

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Northwest: Emma’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: Kowloon, Jonesboro

Central: Regas Grill, Little Rock

BEST FRENCH

Northwest: The Plaza, Eureka Springs

Southwest: Cafe New Orleans, Hot Springs

Central: Alouette’s, Little Rock

BEST ITALIAN

Northwest: Mary Maestri’s, Tonitown

Northeast: Piero and Company, Jonesboro

Southwest: Facci’s, Hot Springs

Central: The Villa, Little Rock

BEST ORIENTAL

Northwest: Lin’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: Kowloon, Jonesboro

Southwest: Hunan, Hot Springs

Southeast: Fu Mei’s, Pine Bluff

Central: Hunan, Little Rock

BEST MEXICAN

Northwest: Jose’s, Fayetteville
Northeast: (tie) El Casa Nacho, Jonesboro; Pancho’s, Jonesboro

Southwest: La Hacienda, Hot Springs

Central: Juanita’s, Little Rock

BEST BARBECUE

Northwest: B & B, Fayetteville

Northeast: Couch’s, Jonesboro

Southwest: McClard’s, Hot Springs

Central: Sims, Little Rock

BEST SEAFOOD

Northwest: Coy’s Place, Fayetteville

Southwest: Cajun Boiler, Hot Springs

Southeast: Murry’s, Hazen

Central: Cajun’s Wharf, Little Rock

BEST STEAK

Central: Coy’s, Little Rock

Southwest: Coy’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: (tie) The Cow Pen, Lake Village; The Pines, Pine Bluff; Colonial Steak House, Pine Bluff

BEST BRUNCH

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville

Northeast: Red Apple Inn, Greers Ferry Lake

Southwest: Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs

Central: Buster’s

BEST DESSERTS

Northwest: (tie) Bernard’s Pies Plus, Fort Smith; Old Post Office, Fayetteville

Northeast: Sue’s Kitchen, Jonesboro

Southwest: Bryce’s Cafeteria, Texarkana

Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff

Central: Andre’s, Little Rock

MOST ROMANTIC

Northwest: Tale of the Trout, Rogers

Northeast: Linwood, Jonesboro

Southwest: Hamilton House

Central: Ashley’s, Little Rock

BEST LATE-NIGHT

Northwest: Waffle House

Northeast: Shoney’s, Jonesboro

Southwest: Surf-n-Turf, Hot Springs

Central: Denny’s, Little Rock

BEST VEGETARIAN

Northwest: The Station, Fayetteville

Northeast: Sue’s Kitchen, Jonesboro

Southwest: Rheta’s, Hot Springs

Central: Delicious Temptations, Little Rock

STIFFEST DRINKS

Northwest: LJ’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: 501 Club, Jonesboro

Southwest: Sawmill, Hot Springs

Central: Buster’s, Little Rock

BEST PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville

Southwest: Coy’s, Hot Springs

Central: Buster’s, Little Rock

BEST ATMOSPHERE

Northwest: Old Post Office, Fayetteville

Northeast: Linwood, Jonesboro

Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

Central: Ashley’s, Little Rock

1996

BEST OVERALL

Central: Brave New Restaurant, Little Rock

Northwest: James at the Mill, Johnson

Northeast: Candlelite Steak House, Paragould

Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff

BEST NEW

Central: Spaule
Northwest: Marketplace Grill, Springdale

Northeast: Dixie Cafe, Jonesboro

Southwest: Dixie Cafe, Hot Springs

Southeast: Harbor Oaks, Pine bluff

BEST AMERICAN

Central: Dixie Cafe, Little Rock

Northwest: Kirby’s

Northeast: The Dixie Cafe, Jonesboro

Southwest: Dixie Cafe, Hot Springs

Southeast: Jones Cafe, Pine Bluff

BEST ITALIAN

Central: Macaroni Grill, Little Rock

Northwest: Belvedeer’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: Piero & Co., Jonesboro

Southwest: Belle Arti, Hot Springs

Southeast: No winners.

BEST ORIENTAL

Central: Forbidden City, Little Rock

Northwest: Madame Wu’s, Russellville

Northeast: China Garden, Jonesboro

Southwest: Hunan’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Fuh Mei’s, Pine Bluff

BEST MEXICAN

Central: Juanita’s, Little Rock

Northwest: Jose’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: El Acapulco, Jonesboro

Southwest: La Hacienda, Hot Springs

Southeast: Trejo’s, Pine Bluff

BEST CONTINENTAL

Central: Cafe Saint Moritz, Little Rock

Northwest: Folie a Deux, Fort Smith

Northeast: No winners

Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

BEST OTHER FOREIGN

Central: Terrace, Little Rock

Northwest: Emmy’s, Fort Smith

Northeast: No winners

Southwest: Yanni’s

BEST BAKERY

Central: Community Bakery, Little Rock

Northwest: Aunt Clyde’s Bakery, Rogers

Northeast: Hearthstone Bakery, Mountain View

Southwest: Klappenbach’s, Fordyce

Southeast: Lybrand’s, Pine Bluff

BEST BARBECUE

Central: Sims, Little Rock

Northwest: Bubba’s, Eureka Springs

Northeast: Couch’s, Jonesboro

Southwest: McClard’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Craig’s, DeValls Bluff

BEST BREAKFAST

Central: Ozark Mountain Smokehouse, Little Rock

Northwest: Stoby’s, Russellville

Northeast: Nanna’s Kitchen

Southwest: Shoney’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: No winners

BEST BRUNCH

Central: Cafe St. Moritz, Little Rock

Northwest: Uncle Gaylord’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: No winners

Southwest: Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs

Southeast: No winners

BEST CATFISH

Central: Cock of the Walk, Maumelle

Northwest: The Catfish Hole, Alma

Northeast: Mr. B’s, Heber Springs

Southwest: Wood’s Place, Camden

Southeast: Leon’s

BEST HAMBURGER

Central: Buffalo Grill
Northwest: Feltner’s Whatta-burger, Russellville

Northeast: The Hamburger Station, Paragould

Southwest: Burgers and More, Hot Springs

Southeast: Sno-White Grill

BEST PIZZA

Central: U.S. Pizza, Little Rock
Northwest: Fayetteville’s Cable Car

Northeast: Tommy’s Famous, Mountain View

Southwest: Rocky’s Corner, Hot Springs

Southeast: (tie) Big Banjo and Mazzio’s, Pine Bluff

BEST SEAFOOD

Central: Red Lobster, Little Rock

Northwest: Powerhouse Seafood

Northeast: Candlelite Steak House, Paragould

Southwest: Cajun’s Boiler’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Lil’ Cajun’s, Stuttgart

BEST STEAK

Central: The Outback Steakhouse, Little Rock

Northwest: (tie) Plaza, Eureka Springs; Red Barn, Fort Smith

Northeast: Candlelite Steak House, Paragould

Southwest: Coy’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Colonial Steak House, Pine Bluff

BEST DESSERTS

Central: Andre’s, Little Rock

Northwest: Kirby’s

Northeast: Nanna’s Kitchen

Southwest: Mary’s Place, Hot Springs

Southeast: Jones Cafe

BEST COFFEE

Central: Cafe D’Roma, Little Rock

Northwest: Arsaga’s, Fayetteville

Northeast: Piero’s

Southwest: Mollie’s, Hot Springs

Southeast: Sassy Jones, Montrose

BEST PLATE LUNCH

Central: Dixie Cafe, Little Rock

Northwest: Neal’s Cafe, Springdale

Northeast: Nanna’s

Southwest: Mary’s Place

Southeast: Jones Cafe

BEST DELI/GOURMET SHOP

Central: Jason’s Deli, Little Rock

Northwest: Judy’s Gourmet Gallery, Fort Smith

Northeast: No winners.

Southwest: Cobbler Shop and Deli, Texarkana

Southeast: The Classic Touch, Pine Bluff

BEST WINE LIST

Central: La Scala, Little Rock

Northwest: James at the Mill, Johnson

Northeast: Candlelite Steak House

Southwest: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

Southeast: No winners

2001

BEST OVERALL

Little Rock: Trio’s

Around Arkansas: James at the Mill, Johnson

BEST NEW

Little Rock: Whole Hog Cafe

Around Arkansas: Marketplace Grill, Conway

AMERICAN

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe

Around Arkansas: Cracker Barrel

ITALIAN

Little Rock: Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Around Arkansas: Amore, Conway

CHINESE

Little Rock: Chi’s

Around Arkansas: Jade China, Conway

MEXICAN

Little Rock: Hacienda

Around Arkansas: La Hacienda, Hot Springs

FUN

Little Rock: Chuck E. Cheese

Around Arkansas: Jerry Van Dyke’s, Benton

OTHER FOREIGN

Little Rock: Star of India

Around Arkansas: Brau Haus, Hot Springs

BAKERY

Little Rock: Community Bakery

Around Arkansas: Ed’s, Conway

BARBECUE

Little Rock: Corky’s

Around Arkansas: McClard’s, Hot Springs

BREAKFAST

Little Rock: Ozark Mountain Smokehouse

Around Arkansas: Pancake Shop, Hot Springs

CATFISH

Little Rock: Cock of the Walk, Maumelle

Around Arkansas: Denton’s Trot Line, Benton

DELI/GOURMET SHOP

Little Rock: Jason’s

Around Arkansas: Cafe 1217, Hot Springs

HAMBURGER

Little Rock: Buffalo Grill

Around Arkansas: Feltner’s Whatta-Burger, Russellville

PIZZA

Little Rock: U.S. Pizza

Around Arkansas: Pompeii Cafe and Pizzeria, Hot Springs

SEAFOOD

Little Rock: Red Lobster

Around Arkansas: Cajun Boilers, Hot Springs

STEAK

Little Rock: Sir Loin’s Inn, North Little Rock

Around Arkansas: Coy’s, Hot Springs

DESSERT

Little Rock: Trio’s

Around Arkansas: Ed and Kay’s, Benton

COFFEE

Little Rock: Sufficient Grounds

Around Arkansas: Something Brewing, Conway

PLATE LUNCH

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe

Around Arkansas: Ed and Kay’s, Benton

HEALTHY

Little Rock: Beans, Grains and Things

Around Arkansas: Cafe 1217, Hot Springs

FAMILY

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe

Around Arkansas: Cracker Barrel

ROMANTIC

Little Rock: Ashley’s

Around Arkansas: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

WINE

Little Rock: Spaule

Around Arkansas: Hamilton House, Hot Springs

OTHER CITIES

Eureka Springs: DeVito’s
Fayetteville: James at the Mill, Johnson

Fort Smith: Calico County

Hot Springs: Coy’s

Jonesboro: Couch’s

Pine Bluff: Jones Cafe

2006

OVERALL

Little Rock: Brave New Restaurant

Around Arkansas: Chef Paul’s, Hot Springs

NEW

Little Rock: Ferneau

Around Arkansas: Mike Place, Conway

ITALIAN

Little Rock: Bruno’s

Around Arkansas: J’s Italian Villa, Hot Springs

ASIAN

Little Rock: Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Some

Around Arkansas: Jade China, Conway

MEXICAN

Little Rock: Senor Tequila

Around Arkansas: La Hacienda, Hot Springs

FUN

Little Rock: Purple Cow

Around Arkansas: Doc’s Pizzeria, Hot Springs

OTHER ETHNIC

Little Rock: Star of India

Around Arkansas: Brau Haus, Hot Springs

BAKERY

Little Rock: Community Bakery

Around Arkansas: Ambrosia, Hot Springs

BARBECUE

Little Rock: Whole Hog Cafe

Around Arkansas: McClard’s, Hot Springs

BREAKFAST

Little Rock: Ozark Mountain Smokehouse

Around Arkansas: Pancake Shop, Hot Springs

CATFISH

Little Rock: Catfish City

Around Arkansas: Fish Nest, Pearcy

DELI/GOURMET SHOP

Little Rock: Jason’s

Around Arkansas: Cafe 1217, Hot Springs

HAMBURGER

Little Rock: Sports Page

Around Arkansas: Jason’s Burgers and More, Hot Springs

PIZZA

Little Rock: Damgoode Pies

Around Arkansas: Doc’s Pizzeria, Hot Springs

SEAFOOD

Little Rock: Cajun’s Wharf

Around Arkansas: Cajun Boilers, Hot Springs

STEAK

Little Rock: Sonny Williams’ Steak Room

Around Arkansas: Coy’s, Hot Springs

DESSERT

Little Rock: Trio’s

Around Arkansas: Perkins Family Restaurant, Hot Springs

COFFEE

Little Rock: Starbucks

Around Arkansas: Common Grounds, Fayetteville

HOME COOKING

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe

Around Arkansas: Dixie Cafe

FAMILY

Little Rock: Dixie Cafe

Around Arkansas: Dixie Cafe

ROMANTIC

Little Rock: 1620

Around Arkansas: Chef Paul’s, Hot Springs

WINE

Little Rock: Capers

Around Arkansas: Pompeii Cafe and Wine Bar, Hot Springs

OTHER CITIES

Eureka Springs: DeVito’s

Fayetteville: James at the Mill, Johnson

Hot Springs: Coy’s

BEST CHEF

Peter Brave, Brave New Restaurant