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

Winner: Burge's Hickory Smoked Turkeys & Hams

Winner: The Craig Brothers Cafe

Winner: Keeney’s Food Market

Finalist: 4-Dice Restaurant

Finalist: AQ Chicken House Restaurant

Finalist: Bruno’s Little Italy

Finalist: Doe’s Eat Place

Finalist: Kream Kastle

Finalist: The Ohio Club

Finalist: Star Of India Restaurant & Bar

237 Grocery

500 Grill

Backyard Barbeque Co

Bar-BQ Barn

Bass Haven

Big John’s Shake Shack

Big Poppa’s BBQ

Black Angus Resturant

Brave New Restaurant

Brewsters 2 Soul Food Cafe

Brown’s Catfish

Cajun’s Wharf Restaurant

Capital Bar & Grill

Cattleman's Steak House

Charbroiler Restaurant

Cheers in the Heights

Chester Country Cafe

Chuck’s Diner & Steakhouse

The Cliff House Restaurant

Community Bakery

Crossbow Restaurant

Crossroads Cafe & Catering

Dairy Dream

Dairy Queen Store

Daisy Queen

Dale’s Donut Shop

Dam Grill Restaurant

Dam Grill Restaurant

DeLuca's Pizza

DeVito's Restaurant

DeVito’s of Eureka Springs

Downtown Bar And Grill

El Rio Lindo

The Faded Rose

The Faded Rose Restaurant

Fat Jacks Oyster and Sports Bar

Fowler’s Restaurant

Frank's Italian Restaurant

Gadwall's Grill

George's Restaurant

Chef Todd Gold

Grandma’s House Café

The Grapevine Restaraunt

Grider Field Restaurant

Heards Country Market

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

Winner: Loretta Tacker

Finalist: Peter Brave

Finalist: Sami Lal

Finalist: Scott McGehee

Finalist: Capi Peck

Mark Abernathy

Jack Allison

Joel Atunes

Paul Baird

Matt Bell

Garner Blanchette

Tomas Bohm

Diana Bratton

David Alan Bubbus

Chris Tanner

Mike Dampier

James DeVito

Gina Diorio-Puckett

Marc Guizol

John Haywood

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

Winner: Hope Watermelon Festival

Finalist: International Greek Food Festival

Finalist: Our Lady of the Lake Church’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Finalist: Tontitown Grape Festival

Arkansas Rice Festival


Dermott Community Festival

Diamond Chef Arkansas

UA - Pulaski Tech's Diamond Chef Arkansas

Fayetteville Roots Festival

Hope Watermelon Festival

Hot Springs Chocolate Festival

Downtown Little Rock Partnership

MHS Chocolate Roll Contest and Festival


People's Choice

Winner: Honey Pies Bakery & Cafe

28 Springs Restaurant

3 B's Bar and grill

67 Grill

Aj’s oyster house

Allen's BBQ Company

American Artisan Eatery & Gallery

Ari’s Little Italy

August Moon Chinese Restaurant

Backyard Barbeque

Barb's bbq

Big Orange

Big Poppa’s BBQ

Big Springs Trading Company

Branding Iron BBQ & Steak House

The Buckeye Food Trailer

Buffalo Grill

Catfish Tez

Chatz Smoked Meats & Catering

Chester Country Cafe

The Cookie Basket

The Copper Grill

Corner Market

Country Girls Cafe

Deer Creek Fire & Stone

Dondie's White River Princes

El Puerto

Fox & Fork

Hen House Cafe

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

Winner: Klappenbach Bakery

Finalist: La Scala Italian Restaurant

Finalist: Mary Maestri’s Italiano Grillroom

Finalist: The Shack Barbecue

Finalist: Uncle John's

The Afterthought

Arnold's Catfish Place

Arthur's Barbecue

Barlow Hotel and Restaraunt

Brain Freeze Shaved Ice

Bryce's Cafeteria

Club Cafe

The Corner Cafe

Dad's Hamburger Stand

Don Quixote's Gourmet Restaurant

The Downtowner

El Casina Mexican Restaurant

El Cena Casa

Front Porch Restaurant

Gajun’s Catfish & Shrimp

Gayle’s Family Restaurant

Hungry Man Restaurant

The Next Level Kitchen

Pier 27

Purity Barbeque


Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

Winner: Franke's Cafeteria, Little Rock

Winner: McClard's Bar-B-Q, Hot Springs

Winner: The Venesian Inn, Tonitown

Finalist: Feltner's Whatta-Burger, Russellville

Finalist: Doe’s Eat Place, Little Rock

Finalist: Dixie Pig, Blytheville

Finalist: Kream Kastle Drive-In, Blytheville

Finalist: Bruno's Little Italy, Little Rock

Finalist: White House Cafe, Camden

Finalist: Ed Walker's Drive-In, Fort Smith

Finalist: Neal’s Cafe, Springdale

Finalist: DeVito’s, Eureka Springs

4-Dice Restaurant

Atkinson's Blue Diamond Cafe

Brothers B-B-Q

Brown's Catfish

Buffalo Grill

Cheers in the Heights

Clara's Midway Cafe

Dale's Donut Shop

DeVito's of Harrison

Fred's Fish House

Frontier Diner

H.B.'s BAR-B-Q

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

Winner: Mary Beth Ringgold, Little Rock

Finalist: Matthew McClure, Bentonville

Finalist: Capi Peck, Little Rock

Finalist: Scott McGehee, Little Rock

Anthony Valinoti

Barb Wilson

Cliff Brown

David Bubbus

Don Neal

George Eldridge

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

Winner: Gillett Coon Supper

Finalist: Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, Warren

Finalist: Hope Watermelon Festival

Finalist: International Greek Food Festival, Little Rock

Finalist: World Championship Duck Gumbo Cookoff, Stuttgart

Marshall High School Chocolate Roll Contest and Festival

A Taste of South Logan County

Arkansas Cornbread Festival

Fayetteville Roots Festival

Herb Harvest Fall Festival

Main Street Food Truck Festival

Soup Sunday

People's Choice

Winner: JJ’s Lakeside Cafe

109 Main

21 West End

3B's Bar and Billiards

Arrow's Cafe and Barbecue

Bailey's Country Cookin'

Big Poppa's BBQ

BIG's of Batesville

Chef's Inn

Chester Country Cafe

Dannie's Cafe

Dawn's Diner

DeLuca's Pizzeria Napoletana

Fat Dawgz BBQ

Flyway Brewing Co.

Frontier Diner

Heights Taco & Tamale Co.

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

Gone But Not Forgotten

Winner: Cotham's Mercantile, Scott

Finalist: Jacques and Suzanne, Little Rock

Finalist: Klappenbach Bakery, Fordyce

Finalist: Coy's Steaks and Seafood, Hot Springs



Arthur's Barbecue

Back Door Bar-B-Que

Casa Montez

Casa Taco

Coy's Place

Duchess Drive-In

El Patio


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

Winner: Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales, Lake Village

Finalist: Feltner's Whatta-Burger, Russellville

Finalist: Sims Bar-B-Que, Little Rock

Finalist: Franke's Cafeteria, Little Rock

Finalist: Kream Kastle, Blytheville

Finalist: Bruno's Little Italy, Little Rock

Finalist: Doe's Eat Place, Little Rock

Winner: Lassis Inn, Little Rock

Finalist: McClard's Bar-B-Q, Hot Springs

Finalist: Craig's Bar-B-Q, DeValls Bluff

Finalist: Neal's Cafe, Springdale

Winner: Jones Bar-B-Q Diner, Marianna

DeVito's, Eureka Springs

Augusta Grill, Augusta

BJ'S Market Café, North Little Rock

Bobby's Country Cookin', Little Rock

Brave New Restaurant, Little Rock

Bubba's Barbeque, Eureka Springs

Café Amoré, Eureka Springs

Catfish N, Dardanelle

Cheers in the Heights, Little Rock

DeVito's, Harrison

Dixie Pig, Blytheville

Ermilio's Italian Home Cooking, Eureka Springs

Ferguson's Country Store and Restaurant, St. Joe

Gadwall's Grill, North Little Rock

Gaskins Cabin Steakhouse, Eureka Springs

Gayle's Family Restaurant, Kirby

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

Winner: Paul Bash, Ed Moore, Louis Petit and Denis Seyer (Contiental Cuisine Partnership), Little Rock

Finalist: Capi Peck, Little Rock

Finalist: Joe St. Columbia, Helena-West Helena

Finalist: Scott McGehee, Little Rock

Austin and Ashton Samuelson, Conway

Chris Tanner, Little Rock

Donna and Brandon Cox, Eureka Springs

Donnie Ferneau, Little Rock

George Eldridge, Little Rock

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

Winner: Cave City Watermelon Festival, Cave City, Arkansas

Finalist: Annual Bean Fest & Great Arkansas Championship Outhouse Races, Mountain View

Finalist: World Cheese Dip Championship, Little Rock

Finalist: World Championship Duck Gumbo Cookoff, Stuttgart

World Championship Steak Cook-Off, Magnolia

World Championship Squirrel Cook Off, Gravette

Watson Fish Fry

A Taste for Business, North Little Rock

Chocolate Roll Contest and Festival, Marshall

Fleur Delicious Weekend, Eureka Springs

Hot Springs Chili Cook Off

Little Italy's Spaghetti Dinner and Bazaar, Bigelow

Main Street Food Truck Festival, Little Rock

People's Choice

Winner: Grotto Wood Fired Grill and Wine Cave

AQ Chicken House, Springdale

Bruno's Italian Villa, Benton

Capital Bar and Grill, Little Rock

Crawpappy's Cajun Cuisine, Alma

Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro, Little Rock

Eat My Catfish, Little Rock

Excaliburger, Little Rock

Flossie's Funnel Cakes Inc., Hot Springs

Four Corners Kitchen, Fayetteville

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