The city of Rogers, Arkansas, is a vibrant place in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. Known for its natural beauty, rich history, and warm Southern hospitality, Rogers offers a wide range of attractions and activities for locals and visitors. And when it comes to dining, this city does not disappoint. From traditional Southern comfort food to international cuisines and innovative farm-to-table fare, you will definitely have a full stomach. So whether you’re craving a juicy steak, fresh seafood, mouthwatering barbecue, or different vegetarian options, Rogers has you covered. We find the best restaurants that offer a haven for foodies in this naturally beautiful Arkansas town.
While many restaurants specialize in getting one meal down pat, Bonefish Grill supplies everything you could possibly want for brunch, lunch or dinner. There is a full range of entrees, desserts and cocktails to complete every meal perfectly. For brunch, you can expect eggs Benedict with peach martinis on the side. The dinner menu comes with a full range of steaks and delectable desserts. Make sure to stop by for the restaurant’s current ‘Tuesday Tales of Lobster + Shrimp’. Here you can get generous portions of the restaurant’s celebrated seafood for a steal.
The Rail-A Pizza Company is the perfect place to get pizza by the slice and an ice cold beer in Rogers. The manager creates a friendly atmosphere which will have you coming back for more. Plus, the range of pizza toppings is truly impressive. A menu highlight is the ‘Everything’ pizza, which, as the name suggests, includes everything that you could think of adding to a pizza. This restaurant is a little pricier than you might be used to for a slice. However, it more than makes up for it in terms of quality.
Heirloom Food and Wine
Health-food destination Heirloom Food and Wine is one of the most popular restaurants in Rogers. It is usually advisable to place a reservation. It’s not hard to see why – the owners make a point of supporting local producers and creating a rustic atmosphere to reflect their business ethos. The restaurant’s trademark is to take high-quality vegetables and give them minimum fussy preparation. This is to present a dish that is truly delectable. The menu changes every week to reflect local produce and recent inspiration. Check out their Facebook page to see details of their latest creations, such as coconut milk custard and zucchini hummus.
Levi’s Gastro Lounge & Bar
Levi’s Gastro Lounge & Bar have regular live music, so check out their website to time your visit for when your favorite bluegrass band is in town. The restaurant is an historic building which has been part of the town’s community for more than 100 years. It first operated as a bank, before taking the form of several different restaurants until current owner Levi Rush opened his own restaurant. Menu highlights include truffle-infused ribeye steaks and made-to-order donuts. Portions are huge, even for appetizers and sides. This makes it the perfect place to grab a cocktail and a platter to share between friends.
Susie Q Malt Shop is one of the original drive-in restaurants in the area and has reached institution statue after being part of the Rogers dining scene for more than 50 years. Some local families have been frequenting the Malt Shop for generations. The owners repay their customers’ loyalty by supplying huge portions of classic dishes at affordable prices. The menu includes a full range of burgers and hot dogs. However, the real reason for heading to this restaurant is for the malts, which come in a huge range of flavors. These include butterscotch and cherry.
Smokin Joe’s BBQ Ribhouse
Smokin Joe’s BBQ Ribhouse has served the best barbecue in Rogers for the past 22 years. The menu is exactly what you’d expect from a barbecue restaurant in the Southern states. There are burgers, nachos and burritos galore, all served with a huge range of sides that are sure to satisfy your appetite. The proprietors focus on the quality of every aspect of preparing barbecue dishes. They only source from the finest local suppliers and use real wood to cook their meat. As a result of their hard work, the restaurant has been recognized as the best barbecue in the area multiple times by county radio stations.
Theo’s is advertised as a steak restaurant, but in reality, it has so much more to offer. Along with filet mignon and ribeye steaks, the menu also supplies a huge range of pastas and seafood dishes. They come at more affordable prices than traditional meat dishes. A menu highlight is the tempura avocado and tuna tacos, and the bacon bleu cheese mashed potatoes. They also have a great selection of wines and cocktails, and include a fantastic happy hour deal. This is perfectly complemented by a range of share plates and bar food. Included are delights such as as duck confit quesadillas, spicy calamari and grilled shrimp bruschetta.
Monte Ne Inn Chicken
Monte Ne Inn Chicken is the unofficial home of southern-style fried chicken in Rogers. The restaurant’s menu is unusual, mainly because they don’t have one. Every meal starts with a crock of bean soup, before being served an all-you-can-eat meal of fresh fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and cream corn. This is rounded off with a selection of cobblers, cheesecakes and hot fudge cake. This menu set-up may not be for everybody. But for dedicatees of fried chicken, it’s the closest thing to heaven. The restaurant attracts patrons from all over the state who want a fuss-free approach to Southern dining.
JJ’s Grill on the Lake
JJ’s Grill on the Lake has built a reputation as both a great restaurant and a nightlife hotspot in Rogers due to its nightly live music and friendly atmosphere. Their fan base includes everyone, from local musicians who value JJ’s support, to friends who want to gather for great live music and happy hour, to local families who appreciate the restaurant’s ‘Kids Eat Free’ option. The menu is a classic mix of Tex Mex and all-American. It includes a huge range of jalapeño burgers, tacos and nachos. The serving staff also make a point of ensuring everyone feels welcome. They get to know the customer base, so you’ll feel right at home the moment you step through the door.
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