Where to Eat

Where to Eat – Student Picks

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A Student’s Perspective: Ten Places to Eat/Go When Your Parents Visit

We asked Kellie Audrain, a writer for the student newspaper and a journalism major in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, to give campus visitors her top 10 list of places that students and their families would enjoy eating.

Here’s her go-to list.

1. Sala Thai — A finalist for the Arkansas Times’ Best Ethnic Food Around the State, Sala Thai is a small family-run operation right off of campus. Their menu consists of meat and veggie options, including traditional dishes such as pad thai, lo mein and various curry options. If you’re worried about a wait, go before the dinner rush: none of the food is pre-made, except for the delicious ginger-rice soup.

2. Food Trucks — Fayetteville is home to numerous groups of food trucks, found on College Avenue, North Street, Dickson Street, and at Lake Fayetteville. If you enjoy a variety of food and like not being able to decide on what to eat, simply go to any of these locations. There’s ice cream, pizza, Asian food, burgers, tacos and more. Prices range from very cheap to still affordable. The nearest Food Truck enclave is called “Shulertown,” named for an early 20th century alumnus. It’s at the intersection of School Avenue and Dickson Street.

3. Rollin Pin Cafe — Established in 1993, Rollin Pin Cafe has been a staple of comfort food on the southeastern side of town. The 2016 winner of Best Breakfast from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Rollin Pin is known for its breakfast, obviously, as well as the café’s made-fresh-every-day pies. If you see a pie you want on the board, best order it when you order your meal in case they run out. Vegetarians rejoice, because you can find delicious choices on the breakfast menu.

4. Tokyo Sushi & Bar — Located on Dickson Street, Tokyo Sushi opened in 2010 to a town that was just learning how much it loved sushi. With a hole-in-the-wall vibe and great lunch specials, Tokyo Sushi attracts diners of many backgrounds for bento boxes and two-thirds for half-price rolls. The staff always greets diners with a cheery “Irasshaimase!” and boards on the wall teach customers various Japanese sayings, including seasonal terms and dining phrases in brightly colored Expo Marker. Tokyo Sushi is higher on the price scale, like most sushi places, but the atmosphere of the shop brings in a casual atmosphere that some sushi restaurants of Fayetteville can’t capture.

5. Hugo’s — This Fayetteville favorite has stayed true to its menu and customers since opening in 1977 on Block Street. Serving burgers, Beer Cheese Soup, appetizers and desserts, Hugo’s is the place to stop by if you’re around town. The restaurant is in the basement of 25 ½ North Block Ave., which makes the whole Hugo’s experience one for the books. Some locals may say skip it, but their reasoning follows the famous Yogi Berra quote: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

6. Grubs Bar & Grille Downtown — Another classic burger place, Grubs has two locations in Fayetteville, though most students will tell you to go to the downtown restaurant on West Avenue for the authentic experience. Grubs opened more than 10 years ago just off of Dickson Street and has served locals their award-winning burgers since. The downtown location is also one of the premier sports bars in town. Every weeknight the restaurant has different specials, whether they’re for food or drinks. Once again, vegetarians fear not, for they have salads, wraps, and other non-burger foods.

7. Kosmos Greekafe — Opened in 2005 on Dickson Street, Kosmos has evolved from a small campus favorite to a larger staple of Greek food in Fayetteville. Considered fast-casual, Kosmos’ current location on College Avenue offers both a sit-down restaurant and a drive through. They serve gyros, pitas, and more classic Greek/Mediterranean food, with or without meat.

8. Tacos 4 Life — This chain has five locations in Arkansas, and Fayetteville is the only town north of Conway to have one. Tacos 4 Life could be considered a charity, matching every meal purchased with a meal given to those in need. With over 500,000 meals donated from all their locations, you know their food has to be good. Tacos 4 Life has numerous tacos, such as their thai peanut chicken, fried chicken and magic tofu tacos, quesadillas and chips and queso.

9. Briar Rose Bakery & Deli — The only shop on the list outside of Fayetteville, Briar Rose is located in Farmington right on Main Street. The bakery has won awards for their cinnamon rolls, but their other baked goods, lunch and breakfast options shouldn’t be overlooked. For those who have to worry about gluten intake, every Thursday gluten-free options are freshly baked. During the summer, BBQ lovers can enjoy Damon’s BBQ on Fridays in the parking lot of the bakery, then go inside for a dessert.

10. Khana Indian Grill — Still relatively new on the College Avenue strip after opening in the fall of 2015, Khana serves traditional Indian food with style. Soft, colored neon lights up the curry, chicken tikka masala and samosas served on compostable plates. The khati rolls are a good introduction to Indian food for people who have yet to try it, and just one can fill you up. The only bad thing about Khana is there are too many dishes to try.

Dining hall on campus

Tasty options on campus

It’s easy to work up an appetite on campus, so we invite you to take a break and enjoy a meal while you’re here. No matter what you’re in the mood for, our campus eateries offer something that’s sure to hit the spot.

The Arkansas Union

  • Union Market Food Court — Flying Burrito, True Burger, Mondo Subs, Papa John’s Pizza, Chick-fil-A, and other options
  • Au Bon Pain – café, bakery
  • Freshens Crepes & Smoothies
  • Sushi with Gusto

Dining Halls

These “all you care to eat” dining halls offer everything from home-style favorites to made-to-order sandwiches and burgers.

  • Brough Commons
  • Fulbright Dining at the NW Quad
  • Pomfret Dining Center

Also at Brough

  • Quiznos
  • Starbucks

Founder’s Hall

  • Olympus Greek Grill (Concept, menu and recipes created by U of A students!)
  • Slim Chickens
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Rocket Taco

Cafés & More

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels – locations at Willard Walker Hall and the Bell Engineering Center
  • Arsaga’s – café at the Leflar Law Center
  • Garland Center — Subway
  • Club Red – campus convenience stores are located at Brough, Maple Hill and The Arkansas Union
  • Peabody Perks at Peabody Hall

Ella’s Restaurant

Fine dining featuring nouveau cuisine with a pinch of history in the Historic Inn at Carnall Hall, on the corner of Arkansas Ave. and W. Maple St.

Please note: Several dining options have summer hours or may be closed during the summer break. Check the hours of operation for each venue at https://www.dineoncampus.com/razorbacks

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