The term “Ark-Mex” has been used to describe some rather strange combinations of food around these parts. In Eureka Springs, Ark-Mex is how you describe the food at The Oasis. If this really is the best definition, then… well, take THAT, Tex-Mex. We win. 

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It’s not easy to find The Oasis. It’s tucked down on a level below Spring Street just down from the New Orleans Hotel and Spa. It’s certainly not handicap accessible. You can’t get there without going up or down a flight or two of stairs. Inside, it’s tight — about ten tables packed into two rooms along with the kitchen area. Almost every surface is covered with posters and flyers and rock memorabilia. The service ware hovers between 50s kitsch and mis-matched china, and the clientele is just as diverse.

But that’s part of the charm of the place, and part of the reason it’s one of those places the locals only tell you about if they like you. Because chances are if you go, you’re likely to run into the same folks. And for such a small spot, there’s no real way to ignore someone you don’t want to speak to.

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Then again, you could just be absorbed in the food. You don’t really have to pretend about that. It’s pretty awesome.

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