Rogers, Arkansas: Your New Foodie Paradise

The culinary scene is red hot in Rogers, with new eateries—and drinkeries—popping up everywhere. From farm-to-table and brewhouses to authentic ethnic flavors, cooking studios and patios, local chefs are whipping up something good in Rogers.

Foster's Pint and Plate, Rogers, AR

Dishes at Foster's Pint and Plate

Roger's Restaurants

Burger

Chicken and waffles at Foster's Pint and Plate

Chicken and waffles at Foster's Pint and Plate

One of my favorite parts of going on any trip is trying new-to-me restaurants. I love experiencing both chains and local eateries that I don’t have access to close to home. Rather than try to describe the great food selection in Rogers, I thought I’d give my own recommendations for places you must try when enjoying a getaway to Rogers.

Burgers

My first recommendation is the locally owned, long-time Rogers favorite, Sam’s Old Tyme Burgers on East Locust. Then there's regionally owned Lucy’s Diner on Walnut (my favorite is the burger basket). Both featured old-fashioned (read: homemade tasting) burgers as well as many other items for your non-burger eating friends. My friends recommend the new Parkside Public on First Street in downtown (also locally owned by the folks who own Rail-A-Pizza Company, but more on that later). Be sure to try the Southern Slaw burger or the F26 (peanut butter on a burger is surprisingly good). While not locally owned, the new Whataburger on Pleasant Crossing Blvd. (the second one in the whole state!) is a new town favorite. I love their Sweet and Spicy Bacon burger but their usual Whataburger is pretty darn good. 

Italian

Rogers has several major chain Italian restaurants including Johnny Carino’s in the Scottsdale Center, Carrabba’s across from Embassy Suites NWA, and Olive Garden on 46th St.  A new local place is Mirabella's Table on West Pauline Whitaker Parkway (near the Pinnacle Hills Promenade) and several friends love it. When I go I’m probably going to struggle deciding which of their yummy pasta dishes to have.

Pizza

Feeling the need for a few slices of savory pie? You’ve come to the right place if you’re in Rogers. Several places offer a small pizza menu but let’s focus on the places that specialize in pizza. Mellow Mushroom (in Village on the Creeks) is by far my favorite in Rogers. The Kosmic Karma is out of this world (pun not totally intended) and the Funky Q. Chicken is also pretty tasty.   Another great local favorite is Rail-A-Pizza Company in downtown. I’ve only had the chance to go once and got a single topping pizza but would love to try The Dumpster.

Tea/Coffee

For great tea options (they have coffee too), you need to find Savoy Tea Company in the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. You will find great brewed tea but also the supplies to brew your own amazing tea at home. The Crumpet Tea Room and Restaurant on Village Parkway is delicious! They offer something unique with their afternoon English tea (reservation only). I love their orange rolls. Another place I’ve been told I must try is Iron Horse Coffee Company on First Street. Not only do they offer almond milk, but they also have sandwiches and other menu items for those who want more than a great latte.

Seafood

I’ll admit to not being much into seafood but I can make a few recommendations. I love the fish tacos or tuna melt at Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill on 52nd Street. Rogers also has a Red Lobster and the popular Bonefish Grill, where I’m told you must have the bang bang shrimp.

Mexican

My personal favorite is Las Palmas in Downtown Rogers. I love that they have such a plentiful ala carte menu because I’ve never been a fan of rice and beans with any dinner. I’ve only been there once, but would love to return to the chain, Chuy’s Tex-Mex. The décor is beyond fun and the white queso is amazing.

Honorable mentions

I have a few more recommendations for the next time you stop by Rogers. 

  • Foster's Pint & Plate on Bellview is a farm-to-table restaurant that specializes in handcrafted Southern cuisine. Their menu is seasonal but when I went I adored their flatbreads. 
  • Houlihan’s is in the Pinnacle Hills Promenade and offers a delicious assortment of pub food, steaks, and pastas.
  • Levi's Gastrolounge and Lowbar has a superb gourmet menu and full service bar. It's located in the basement of the Poplar Plaza Building, so be sure to stop by to experience the good food and the live music. 
  • Hammontree's Grilled Cheese serves up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches using local food and a wide variety of cheeses. 
  • One more final note: Northwest Arkansas is home to some fantastic local breweries including the Ozark Beer Company in Rogers and Core Brewing, which has a brew pub in Rogers.