Congratulations to all nominees! You are the true “taste-setters” among our state and we are proud to recognize you here. Don't see one of your favorites below? Be sure to nominate them in their respective category next year!

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Nominees

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

Herb's Creamland

Hercules Dining Facility

Herman's Ribhouse

Homer's Restaurant

House of Lee Restaurant


Janssen's Lakefront Restaurant

Jerry Neel's Bar-B-Q & Catering

Jerry's Steakhouse

Jimmy's Drive-In


Junction 166 Cafe

K Hall & Sons Produce

Kenda Drive-In

Kirby Restaurant

Krispy House

La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

Leo's Greek Castle

Lindsey's Hospitality House

Lions Den Drive In

Luigi's Pizza & Pasta

Magnolia Bake Shop

Mama Z's Cafe

Mammoth Orange Cafe

Marlar's Cafeteria

Maumelle Country Club

Meacham's Family Restaurant

Midtown Billiards

Minute Man

Molly's Diner

Monte Ne Inn Chicken

Moore's Dairy Creme

Morrilton Drive Inn Restaurant

Ms. Lena's Pie Shop

Mt. Fuji Japanese Restaurant


Nick's Bar-B-Q & Catfish

Oscar's Cafe

Ozark Cafe

Paizi's Gyros

Pancho's Mexican Restaurant

Patrick's Restaurant

Pickens Store & Restaurant

Pine Bluff Country Club

Pizza Barn

PJ's White River Lodge & River Run Restaurant

Polar Freeze


Renee's Restaurant

Rocky's Corner

Rods Pizza Cellar

Rogue's Manor Restaurant and Lodging

Salem Dairy Bar

Sims Bar-B-Que

Skipper's Restaurant

Steffey's Pizza


Stubby's BBQ

Sue N' Carol's Kitchen

Sue's Kitchen Express

Proprietor of the Year

Susie Powell

Marci Smith

Jeff Taylor

Jimmy Weisman

Neale Lawrence

Angela Kasper

Phyllis Parsons

Mark Abernathy

Forrest Catlett

Alix Meacham McDonald

Lisa Hackett

Natalie Cox

Mike Dampier

Mike Pettey

Omar Barry

Frank Sharp

Joe St. Columbia

Steve Reid

Eric and Brian Isaac

Cody Robertson

Adrianna Morrisette

Billy and Dana Waller

Chad and Jessica Gallagher

Janice Stroud

Carol Rodenroth

Food-Themed Event

Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-Off

Main Street Food Truck Festival

Marshall High School Chocolate Roll Contestand Festival

Mountain View Arkansas Bean Fest and Outhouse races

Mt. Nebo Chicken Fry

Silent Sunday

Soup Sunday

People's Choice

Herman’s Rib House

Hobo Beef Shack

Hog Wild

HogWild Family Fun Center

Holly’s Country Cooking

Hollywood’s Café

Holy Smokes BBQ & Catering

Hoots BBQ & Steaks


In the Raw

Iron Skillet Restaurant

J & J Restaurant

J&S Italian Villa

Jackrabbit Dairy Bar

Java Primo

JB’s Speedy Burger

JoJo’s Catfish Wharf

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner

Jones Family Restaurant

Jose’s Bar and Grill

Jose’s Mexican Grill and Cantina

Jude’s Delight

Judy’s Drive In

K Hall & Sons Produce


Keeney’s Food Market

Kennon’s Dairy Bar

Khana Indian Grill

King Burrito

Kiss the Cook

KJ’s Restaurant

Kob Jai Thai Restaurant

Kountry Kitchen Grille

Kream Kastle

KT’s Smokehouse BBQ and Catering

Large Mouth Pizza

Lassis Inn

Le Stick Nouveau

Leo’s Greek Castle

Let’s Eat

Letty's Mexican Restaurant

Little A’s Cafe

Local Lime

Lost Creek Grill

Lotta Bull BBQ Food Trailer

Lovelady’s Courthouse Cafe

Low Gap Cafe

Low Ivy Catering and Food Truck

Lucky Dragon Café

Mama K’s

Mama's Gyros Grill

Market One Eleven

McClard’s Var-B-Q Restaurant

Meacham's Family Restaurant

Megan’s Diner

Mel’s Diner

Mel's Hwy 10 Cafe

MeMe’s Twisted Potato

Mickey’s Smoked Meats & Deli

Mockingbird Kitchen

Momma’s Diner

Mona Lisa Café

Mong Dynasty

Monte Ne Inn Chicken

Morrison's Fried Pies

Mrs. Miller’s Chicken and Steak House

Ms. Punkin’s Creations

Mule Kick

Myrtie Mae’s Café

Naaman’s BBQ

Nachos Fine Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Natalie’s Cafe & Catering

Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Café

NeNe’s Dishes

Nibbles Eatery

Nick’s Bar-B-Q & Catfish

Nima’s Pizza & More


Noodles Italian Kitchen

North Bar

Oark General Store

Old South Restaurant

Ole Southern Smokehouse

Omar’s Uptown

On The Mark Sports Bar & Grill

Outer Limits Foods

Ozark Cafe

Ozark Mountain Grill

Papa Mike’s

Parkview Pizza

Patio Lino

PC Dugout

Pea Farm Bistro

Pesto Cafe

Petit & Keet

Pharmacy Barn

Phil's Family Restaraunt

Pho 85 Noodle House

Pho Vietnam Restaurant

Poblano’s Mexican Restaurant

Pookie’s Gourmet Popcorn

Pop’s Place

Popplo’s Pizza & Que Burgers

Prairie Market Tallgrass

Prestonrose Farm and Brewery

Pruitts Cafe

Pupp's BBQ

Que 49 Smokehouse

Quetzal Authentic Mexican Restaurant

R. Landrys New Orleans Café

Rabbit Ridge Farms

Razorback Ribs

Red Door Restaurant

Red’s Restaurant

Reid’s Hometown Barbecue

RibCrib BBQ & Grill

Ridgewood Brothers BBQ

River Grille Steakhouse

RJ’s Sports Grill And Bar

Rockin’ Pig Saloon Rogers

Rocky's Corner

Roll It! Frozen Cream


Roxanne's Novedades

Rub ’em Tender BBQ

Ryan’s Main Street Grill

Sam’s Southern Eatery & Seafood

San Miguel Mexican Grill & Bar

Sassy’s Barbecue and Grille

Sauced Bar and Oven

Sauced Barbeque & Brews

Señor José Grill

Serenity Farm Bread

Shannon's 24/7 Restaurant

Shrimpin’ Ain't Eazy

Silver Dollar Grill

Skylark Café

Smachs’ Kountryfied Cafe

Smile Bull

Smokin’ Bull

Smokin’ In Style BBQ, Inc.

Smokin’ Joe’s Ribhouse

Smokin’ Mills BBQ & Catering

Smokin’ Rick’s BBQ

SO Restaurant-Bar

South Park Restaurant

Southern Cravings & Catering

Southern Slice

Speakeasy Cafe & Coffee Bar

Spices Food Truck

Spud Doctors

Star of India

Starz Family Restaurant

Stonehouse at Chaffee Crossing

Gone But Not Forgotten

Homer & Martha's

Jacques and Suzanne





Mama Max's

Mom and Pop's

Mrs. Miller's Chicken & Steak House

Perry's Truck Stop and Restaurant

Pete's Place

Pig Pitt

Pruitt's Cafe

Restaurant on the Corner

Rocky Mountain Grill

Saigon Cuisine

Sawmill Depot Restaurant

Sergeant Major's Chicken

Smokey Joes

Spero's Restaurant

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

Herman’s Ribhouse

Hickory House Bar-B-Q

Irian’s Pizza

Jason’s Catfish Buffett

Jerry's Steakhouse

K Hall & Son’s Produce

Kennon’s Dairy Bar


Lindsey Hospitality & Barbeque

The Lion’s Den Drive-In

Local Luna

Los Aztecas Mexican Restaurant

Low Gap Café

Mel’s Steaks and Catering

Memory Lane Cafe

Mexico Chiquito

Minit Shop-Oakhurst

Minute Man

Leslie shell station

Mona Lisa Café

Monte Ne Inn Chicken

Moore’s Dairy Crème

Neal’s Café

Oaklawn Jockey Club

Oark General Store

Old South Restaurant

Ole Southern Smokehouse

Ozark Café

The Parsonage 322

Paul’s Bakery Inc

Pea Farm Bistro

Peppermill Cafe & Grill

Phil’s Family Restaurant

Pine Bluff Country Club

Polar Freeze

Postmasters Grill

The Purple Cow Restaurant


Razorback Ribs

Red Apple Inn & Country Club

Riverbend Restaurant

Rocky’s Corner

Seaton’s Scott Place

Seventh Street Market

Shangri La Resort

Sims BBQ

The Skillet Restaurant

Skyline Café

Smokin’ Rick’s Hickory House

Spudnut Shoppe

Steffey's Pizza


Sue 'N Carol's Kitchen

Proprietor of the Year

Kevin Hicks

Ryan Lewis

Bob and Flora Long

Petit & Keet

Greg and Teresa McClellan

Chris and Wendy McDonald

Buddy and Lori Merritt

Michael Dampier

Adrianna Morissette

John Myers

Rob Nelson

Jason Pannell Owens

Ben Parker and Jaye Vang

Louis Petit and Jim Keet

Steve Reid

Food-Themed Event

Hope Watermelon Festival

Hot Springs Chocolate Festival

Downtown Little Rock Partnership

MHS Chocolate Roll Contest and Festival


People's Choice

Herman's Ribhouse


The House Of Mental


Hwy 10 Diner

Jason's Catfish

Johnson's Fish House & Diner

Jude’s Delight Food Truck


Keeney’s Food Market


Laddie Daddys' HillBilly Kitchen

Lake Erling Country Store

LaKens Soul Food

Lindsey Hospitality & Barbeque

Lotta Bull BBQ

Low Gap Café

Mama's Gyro's

Mel’s Diner

Mike’s Place

Minute Man

MJ’s Restaurant & Catering-to-Go

Natalie’s Cafe & Catering

Neal's Cafe

Neon Moon

Ole Sawmill Restaurant

Ole Sourthern Smokehouse

The Parsonage 322

Pasta Grill

Pea Farm Bistro

Petit & Keet

The Pizza Cafe

Postmasters Grill

Pure Joy Ice Cream

Rainbow Cafe

Rebels Smokehouse

Reid’s hometown BBQ

Renee's Cafe

Robertson Smokehouse


Rocky's Corner

Samantha's Tap Room and Wood Grill

Serenity Farm Bread

Seventh Street Market

The Silver Dollar Grill

The Skillet Restaurant

Skylark Cafe

The Smokin' Bull

Smokin’ Taters BBQ

The Southern Table

Star Of India Restaurant & Bar

Gone But Not Forgotten

Hungry Man Restaurant

The Next Level Kitchen

Pier 27

Purity Barbeque


Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

K Hall and Sons

Mexico Chiquito

Monte Ne Chicken Inn Restaurant

Pickens Store and Restaurant

Presley's Drive In

Rocky’s Corner

Rod's Pizza Cellar

Sims Bar-B-Que

Stubby's Hik'ry Pit BAR-B-Q

Proprietor of the Year

James DeVito

Joe Cartwright

Judy Waller Breece

Justin Patterson

Katherine Eldridge

Loretta Tacker

Mario Torres

Mark Abernathy

Michael Dampier

Natalie Cox

Paul Wilson

Rob Nelson

Rodney Slane

Food-Themed Event

Main Street Food Truck Festival

Soup Sunday

People's Choice

Hog Pen BBQ

Honey Pies

Hoots BBQ, Bakery, Bar & Grill

Jerry Neel's BBQ

Josie's Steakhouse

Kin Folks B-B-Q

Le Stick Nouveau

Loblolly Creamery

Maddie's Place

Mel's Steaks and Catering

Mike's Place

Miss Anna's

MJ's Restaurant & Catering-to-Go


Natalie’s Cafe

Next Level Kitchen

Nima's Pizza

Omar's Uptown

One Eleven at the Capital Hotel

Pho Vietnam

Pho Vietnam

R&R's Curry Express

Renee's Cafe

Samantha's Tap Room and Wood Grill

Skylark Cafe

SugarDumplin's Cupcakes

Gone But Not Forgotten

Hotel Sam Peck

Irish Maid Donuts

King Pizza (the original)


Mary Maestri's

Mary Maestri's

Minute Man restaurants

Olivers' Restaurant & Bar

Osborne Family Barbecues

Perry's Truck Stop and Restaraunt

Shadden's Barbecue

Sir Loin's Inn

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

Homer's, Little Rock

Keeney's Food Market, Malvern

Kin Folks Bar-B-Q, Mountain View

Lindsey's Hospitality, North Little Rock

Local Flavor Café, Eureka Springs

Mammoth Orange, Redfield

Mel's Diner, Mountain Home

Mexico Chiquito, Maumelle

Murry's Dinner Playhouse, Little Rock

Myrtie Mae's Café, Eureka Springs

Noodles Italian Kitchen, Fayetteville

P.J'S Rainbow Cafe, Mountain View

Pasquale's Tamales, Helena-West Helena

Skillet Restaurant, Mountain View

Skylark Cafe, Leslie

Skyline Cafe, Mena

Southern Girls BBQ, Pangburn

Proprietor of the Year

K. J. Zumwalt, Eureka Springs

Louis Williams, Hot Springs

Mary Beth Ringgold, Little Rock

Miles James, Springdale

Nori Menegaldo, Sherwood

Peter Brave, Little Rock

Robert Best, North Little Rock

Rodney Slane, Eureka Springs

Rosalia Monroe, Little Rock

Stephanos Mylonas, Little Rock

Food-Themed Event

Hot Springs Chili Cook Off

Little Italy's Spaghetti Dinner and Bazaar, Bigelow

Main Street Food Truck Festival, Little Rock

People's Choice

KJ's Caribe Restaurant & Cantina, Eureka Springs

La Hacienda, Benton

Le Stick Nouveau, Eureka Springs

Loca Luna, Little Rock

Lucy's Diner, Fort Smith

Mike's Place, Conway

Mylo Coffee Co., Little Rock

Next Level Kitchen, Hot Springs

Parkview Pizza, Flippin

Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill, Little Rock

Serenity Farm Bread, Leslie

Sparky's Roadhouse Cafe, Eureka Springs