Feltner’s Whatta-Burger first opened its doors in 1967 and is one of Russellville’s oldest restaurants. Family-owned and -operated, it serves the best-loved burgers in town from its homey, retro space filled with local memorabilia just across from Arkansas Tech University. Sandwiches and hot dogs are served, too, but the joint’s real must-try items are its legendary, custom-made burgers, available with double and triple patties for super hungry diners. Combine with sides like bacon, chips, fries, and onion rings and wash down with one of Feltner’s thick, creamy milkshakes.
For authentic Italian eats in Russellville, look no further than Venezia’s Pizza & Pasta. Choose from hearty plates of homemade pasta, hand-tossed pizzas and subs, or opt for an entrée like salmon piccata or veal parmigiana. Of course, a meal at Venezia’s wouldn’t be complete without a traditional Italian dessert, the cannoli or lemoncello mascarpone should hit the spot.
Specializing in southern-style, Cajun-inspired seafood, Brown’s Catfish has been serving its award-winning buffet and attracting guests from far and wide for over 25 years. Open for lunch and dinner, guests can load their plates with a smorgasbord of Southern seafood staples, from the Arkansas-grown catfish and homemade hushpuppies (both voted the best in the area many years running) to the fried, Gulf-caught shrimp and seafood gumbo; or opt for BBQ ribs and hand-breaded chicken strips. Sides include pinto beans, corn on the cob, and fried onion straws, and fruit cobbler and cinnamon rolls feature on the dessert menu.
Brown’s Catfish, 1804 E Main Street, Russellville, AR, USA +1 479 968 3360
A sushi lounge and grill specializing in authentic Japanese cuisine and creative Asian fusion eats, Umami is the place to go in Russellville for something a little out of the ordinary. An extensive sushi and hibachi menu is served alongside plenty of salads, soups, noodles, and fried rice dishes, or guests can opt for one of Umami’s signature creations, like the bayou bites appetizer (fried Louisiana crawfish with pepper seasoning and served with a side of homemade chili and lime sauce) or the Baja tacos, soft taco shells stuffed with fried shrimp and topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado, yum yum sauce and spicy sauce.
Umami, 304 N Elmira Avenue, Russellville, AR, USA +1 479 967 8889
Located across the Arkansas River in neighboring Dardanelle, Front Street Grill may not technically be a Russellville joint, but its standing as one of the best local spots for casual American eats and live music makes it a worthy mention. A number of pizzas, pasta dishes, and juicy burgers (including its signature Front Street Burger, topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, jalapenos, and pepper jack cheese) are served alongside a few steaks, seafood, and Cajun-inspired eats, while live music (from the likes of homegrown Arkansas talents the Willie Stradlin Band) features almost nightly.
Front Street Grill, 115 S Front Street, Dardanelle, AR, USA +1 479 229 4458