The re­gion’s top dishes made their way to NWA

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUT & ABOUT -

North­west Arkansas is filled with thou­sands of restau­rants. From na­tional chains to fam­ily run busi­nesses that have ex­panded to mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, to bar and grills with their reg­u­lars that go mul­ti­ple times a week.

Be­ing cen­trally lo­cated be­tween lots of big mar­ket cities, North­west Arkansas is blessed to have tastes from a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­where.

New Or­leans, Louisiana

9+ Hours from NWA

Fa­mous for their Po’Boys, many lo­ca­tions around the North­west Arkansas area have grabbed onto the ob­ses­sion from the bayou. Po’Boys are sand­wiches that al­ways con­sist of meat. Usu­ally sloppy roast beef or fried seafood which could in­clude shrimp, craw­fish oysters and crab. A restau­rant around NWA that serves Po’Boys is Boar’s Nest in Rogers and Fayet­teville.

Kansas City, Mis­souri

3+ Hours from NWA Mem­phis, Ten­nessee

4+ Hours from NWA

Austin, Texas

8+ Hours from NWA

Now, this isn’t where we are go­ing to try to solve the great de­bate of what city has the best BBQ in the na­tion, but sim­ply em­brace how North­west Arkansas is sur­rounded by three le­gends in the BBQ world. One of the rea­sons why the great de­bate will go on for­ever is be­cause every city has their own thing or fla­vor that is what makes that city BBQ roy­alty. Kansas City thrives on their Burnt Ends, Mem­phis loves their pulled pork, and Austin with their over­loads of ribs and brisket. So, in NWA, all three of those fla­vors come to­gether to meet and ex­pand the BBQ lov­ing com­mu­nity. A restau­rant around NWA that serves BBQ based off of one of th­ese cities is Pen­guin Ed’s in

Fayet­teville. Ed first love for BBQ be­gan when he lived in Kansas City and worked for KC Master­piece.

Chicago, Illi­nois 9:30+ Hours from NWA

One of the most rec­og­niz­able food items linked to a United States city is Chicago’s Deep Dish pizza. Peo­ple come from far and wide to have a taste of that thick, fill­ing pizza in Chicago. With lay­ers and lay­ers of top­pings, sauce and cheese. A restau­rant around NWA that serves that thick style pizza? Well, of course Mar­ley’s Chicago Style Pizze­ria in Fayet­teville as well as other lo­cal pizze­rias.

Amar­illo, Texas 7+ Hours from NWA

Home of the world fa­mous ‘Big Texan’ steak that is 72 oz. Now, every where in the coun­try has steak, but the home of steak is Amar­illo for that fa­mous, thick piece of meat. You can­not find an­other place like that around that will leave you speech­less with the size of meat. A restau­rant around NWA that serves great steaks is Colton’s Steak­house which can be found in many dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions not only around North­west Arkansas but also into neigh­bor states.

Austin, Texas

8+ Hours from NWA

Un­der­stand­ing that Austin has al­ready been on this list for their BBQ, but ac­cord­ing to the Huff­in­g­ton Post, the city that is most well-known for a spe­cific food is Austin, Texas and their Tacos. Lo­cated near the Mex­i­can boarder, tacos have be­come a sta­ple of the Univer­sity of Texas col­lege town. Like Fayet­teville, Austin is filled with lots of Food Trucks for the stu­dents. A restau­rant around NWA that serves great tacos and other Tex-Mex items is Maria’s Mex­i­can Restau­rant in Ben­tonville.

All of th­ese cities may be fa­mous for spe­cific foods, but North­west Arkansas will gladly be their neigh­bors and ac­cept all kinds of de­li­cious feasts.

Th­ese styles of food didn’t in­clude the in­ter­na­tional treats that have so many lo­ca­tions through­out North­west Arkansas such as Thai, Chi­nese food, Greek and many more food that has made its way into North­west Arkansas. Please see our the North­west Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette’s Din­ing Guide sec­tion that pub­lishes every Fri­day for more sto­ries about our lo­cal fla­vors, recipes, and restau­rant list­ings.

GET THICK, JUICY STEAKS at Colton’s Steak­house through­out North­west Arkansas.

GET A TASTE of Chicago’s world fa­mous deep dish pizza at Mar­ley’s Chicago Style Pizze­ria.

de­li­cious steak tacos. DE­LI­CIOUS RIBS, sliced and pulled meats to go with fan­tas­tic sides at Pen­guin Ed’s in Fayet­teville.

YOU CAN FIND GREAT PO’BOYS at Boar’s Nest in Rogers and Fayet­teville.

GET THE MON­TANA at Maria’s Mex­i­can Restau­rant to taste

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