NWA Highlights: Great Food in Unlikely Places
The ambiance of a restaurant is just as important as the food served. Whether you are looking for a fun night out or a romantic date night; the decor, music, and menu can be a deciding factor in where to go. Many restaurants are well-known for their food, but some are known for the history and the uniqueness of the building. There are many restaurants in Northwest Arkansas that inhabit old buildings, eclectic spaces, and unconventional locations. We wanted to highlight some restaurants in interesting places that everyone should check out for their next meal out on the town.
201 NW A St. Bentonville, AR 72712
Monday-Friday: 11:00 am-2:00 pm & 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Saturday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Preacher’s Son is among the most unique spaces in Northwest Arkansas. The 100% gluten free menu features dishes created from fresh, sustainable ingredients. Executive Chef, Matthew Cooper, describes his cooking as rustic and traditional. The restaurant harbors history in the fact that it “is located in a beautifully restored, historic church, across the street from where Chef Matt’s father taught his first sermons over 40 years ago.” Preacher’s Son has the perfect atmosphere for date nights or business dinners. They recently remodeled the rooftop area making it a welcoming space for a photo op in Downtown Bentonville.
1431 S School Ave Fayetteville, AR
Thursday-Saturday: 10:00 am-11:30pm
Sunday: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Breakfast, brunch, and lunch, lovers- Nomad’s is your place! They serve all day brunch Thursday through Sunday as well as burgers and wraps. This eccentric restaurant is known for it’s Mimosa Brunch that features colorful mimosas topped with fruity pebbles and sugar. Located in South Fayetteville in an “old rustic gas station,” Nomad’s hosts live music, comedy shows, and other community events.
Cheers at the Old Post Office
1 W Center St. Fayetteville, AR
Monday- Thursday: 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Based on Cheers in the Heights in Little Rock, Cheers at the OPO has opened its doors in Fayetteville in the spring of 2019. The Old Post Office is a nationally registered historic building, but Cheers at the OPO has made the 100 year old space feel as lively as ever. The menu has a variety of options from seafood to steaks, cooked on their wood-fire grill and locally sourced ingredients.
2205 SW I St. Bentonville, AR
Monday-Friday: 7:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Sunday: Brunch from 8:00 am-2:00 pm
Dinner with a view sounds nice right? Well, Louise has a view unlike any other being steps away from the runway at Thaden Field. Enjoy your breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the modern, diner-style cafe while planes come and go. The name Louise comes from Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden, a Bentonville native and “one of the greatest aviators of her time.” Bring your family and friends to Louise for a one-of-a-kind experience.
25 1/2 N Block Ave. Fayetteville, AR
Monday-Thursday: 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00 am-11:00 pm
Serving Northwest Arkansas for 42 years, Hugo’s is one of the best burger joints in the area. Whether you’re a NWA native, or out-of-town visitor you may have heard about the restaurant in a basement. That’s right, Hugo’s is in the basement of an old, historic building on the Fayetteville Town Square. Their menu has remained true to their roots throughout the years and has been consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas.
Arsaga's at the Depot
548 W Dickson St. Fayetteville, AR
Monday-Saturday: 7:00 am-9:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Arsaga’s at the Depot is a signature spot for breakfast and brunch. While they also have lunch and dinner, their coffee and breakfast items are favorites among locals. Arsaga’s has many locations in Northwest Arkansas, but “the Depot is housed in an old train freight building on the Frisco walking and biking trail near the corner of West and Dickson Streets” making it a unique dining experience. The remodeled space has an outdoor patio perfect for peaceful morning coffee or enjoying a meal with a friend. Arsaga’s also roasts their own coffee which can be found at local retailers.
Heirloom at The 1907
101 E Walnut St. #301 Rogers, AR
Thursday-Saturday: 6:00 pm-10:30 pm
Heirloom is a reservation only restaurant hidden in the brand new Onyx Coffee headquarters called the 1907. Formerly the Dollar Saver building, the site has been a landmark in Downtown Rogers for many years. Heirloom serves a chef-picked dinner 3-4 nights a week in their 20 seat setting and unfortunately, they are completely booked for the next couple of weeks. But don’t fret! There will be more reservations available soon, follow Heirloom’s social media so that you can be among the first notified! Heirloom is an intimate, personal setting for date nights or special occasions.