The Cross Creek Sandwich Shop is something of a unusual venue, located inside Jenifer’s Antiques in the Downtown area of Conway, not far from the Asa P.Robinson Historic District and the Faulkner County Museum. The shop takes its name from Cross Creek Farm, once owned by the grandmother of the owner. Cross Creek Sandwich Shop is ideally situated, allowing local workers to drop in at lunchtime for a bowl of soup, a sandwich, salad or wrap. Look out on the menu for the Apple Creek sandwich – packed with bacon, smoked turkey, cheese, apple, spinach and Dijon sauce, or the chicken quesadilla Panini.
Cross Creek Sandwich Shop, Oak Street, Conway, AR, USA, +1 501 764 1811
Do not be fooled by the name – although there is plenty of fish and seafood on offer, The Fish House also serves up lots of classic barbecue meat dishes. The menu is focused on real classic Southern flavors, with Hickory-smoked barbecue meats cooked in the pit, all of them smothered in trademark sauces. Ribs, sausages, chopped and sliced beef and pork are all available with lots of fried okra, potato salad, baked or pinto beans. There is plenty of fish on the menu too: watch out for crawfish tails, breaded scallops, shrimp, catfish, tilapia and rainbow trout. The fillets of catfish are hugely popular.
The Fish House, S Harkrider Street, Conway, AR, USA, +1 501 327 9901
Owner Mike Coats hails from southern Louisiana and Mike’s Place offers a dose of Gulf Coast hospitality and cuisine. The Deep South inspiration influences everything from the interior decor to the flavor combinations on the extensive menu. The building dates back to 1907 and has been painted a deep red with extra features such as fountains and iron railings, giving it that New Orleans feel. Many residents of Conway head south to the Gulf Coast for their vacations, so the cooking of the Deep South is a real favorite. At Mike’s Place there are plenty of beef strips, shrimp and shellfish on the menu. You can choose from French-style pork chops, freshly caught salmon, pan-seared catfish, Gulf Coast shrimp, calamari, crab cakes and the house specialty of shrimp Brantley.
Mike’s Place, 808 Front Street, Conway, AR, USA +1 501 269 6453
The Italian Pasta Grill on Frost Street, near to the junction of 64th Street, offers a menu that incorporates bits of Cajun and Southern cooking into the Italian backbone of the menu. There are lunch, dinner, and specialty menus rotating during the different servings of the day. On the dinner menu, find curious fusions of gastronomic styles such as the Jambalaya Pasta that mixes Polish sausage, grilled chicken and Cajun cream sauce. If you fancy classic Italian dishes, there is chicken parmigiana, lasagne, manicotti, and tortellini on offer. On the specialty menu, enjoy dishes such as parmesan crusted scallops, crawfish tails with peppered sausage, filet mignon or New York strip.
Pasta Grill, Front Street, Conway, AR, USA, +1 501 205 8751