Fayetteville, Arkansas, home to the University of Arkansas, is more than just a college town. With cuisines of all sorts, there is no limit on what to eat. Featured in this article you’ll find where to eat if you need a morning wake-up cup of joe, Southern delicacies, places to watch your Razorbacks take on & defeat Ole Miss, and many more!
Credit: Wright’s Barbeque
Starting off as a food truck and later expanding to a brick & mortar, Wright’s Barbeque has worked up the ladder to become one of Fayetteville’s favorite barbeque joints. You have the option of purchasing a regular meal or you can get a tray full of their meats including that delicious sliced brisket. The barbeque is so good they now sell their own sauces and seasonings.
110 S College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Explore the world from Arkansas with Feed & Folly’s ‘Destination Cocktails’. Travel to Greece, Korea, Brazil, and more from the comfort of the bar. A cultural getaway experienced through your tongue. A first-class flight to Asia can be experienced if you order the ‘Koknut Banc’ drink, a drink that takes influence from Thailand, and the Bánh mì, which is a Vietnamese sandwich.
1 E Center Street #160 Pryor Center, Fayetteville, AR 72701
This is as close to Mexico as you’ll get from Arkansas. Serving dishes traditionally made in Jalisco, Mexico, and named after a town in the state, TULA brings the freshest ingredients to the table. Looking for a good appetizer? Esquites are a good choice to have before your main course.
3575 W Wedington Dr, Suite 3, Fayetteville, AR 72704
Mouth-watering goodness that tastes just like your momma made it. Southern delicacies like fried green tomatoes and biscuits & gravy are what you’ll find here. The owners, who are University of Arkansas alums, met there in 1984 and have been in love since. They hope the love that they have for each other transfers into the food they serve.
Tacos for a cause. Tacos 4 Life is not only concerned about feeding the people of Fayetteville but also the children of the world who are food insecure. They partner with the organization ‘Feed My Starving Children’ and have helped donate over 2 million meals to children across the world. While enjoying the blackened mahi-mahi tacos or chicken bacon ranch quesadilla, you can also enjoy knowing that you are helping children.
436 West Watson Street, Fayetteville, AR 72701
Doomsday is perfect for a quick pick-me-up before heading to an 8 am class or for after-class studying. From classics like Iced Mocha to fun seasonal items, Doomsday will easily become your go-to coffee spot. Doomsday is veteran owned and gives back to veterans who have PTSD and TBI by partnering with non-profit organizations.
745 E Joyce Blvd Ste 218, 2nd Floor, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Arkansas may not be on the coast but that doesn’t stop Juicy Tails from serving up seafood faves! Lobster, King Crab, Crawfish, you decide when you create your own seafood boil. If you like your seafood battered, you’ll want to find the ‘Fried Baskets’ section of the menu. This is where you can find gator bites and crispy calamari.
100 E Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, AR 72703
Bye happy hour and hello ‘Rad Hour’. Smitty’s Garage is a great place for hanging out and watching Saturday college football. While cheering on the Razorbacks try the ‘Hogarita’ frozen cocktail, named for our favorite team, it’s mixed with Blanco tequila, pomegranate liqueur, and fresh lemon & lime juice. Saturday’s rad hour is from 3 pm-6 pm, just in time for kickoff!
1466 North College Avenue, Fayetteville AR 72703
Need a light lunch between classes? Mockingbird Kitchen has light lunch combos perfect for you. A grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup is filling enough to hold you over in class before having dinner. Keep in mind this special is only available Wednesday-Friday from 11:00-2:00 pm.
1431 S School Ave Fayetteville, AR 72701
Nomads will make you want to become a permanent resident after you finished dining. Open during breakfast/brunch hours on Monday-Wednesday, mimosas are a must-try here! Along with mimosas, there are 19 beers on tap and plenty of “eclectic” cocktails to also choose from. You’ll be thoroughly entertained while you dine as they often have live music performances from local artists wanting to showcase their talents.
To learn more about the delicious food spots at other SEC schools, check out our Best Restaurants in the SEC guide, which includes all 14 college towns and their amazing eateries.