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Taste-bud temptations in Bentonville

LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN | 10/2/2012, 4:56 p.m.

Most everything comes with fries and hushpuppies, and there are a bevy of "additions" as well--pickled green tomatoes, red beans and rice, new potatoes and grilled squash and zucchini, just to name a few.

Although Flying Fish is a chain with other locations in Little Rock, Memphis and several cities in Texas, it still feels like a hometown place where both employees and guests greet each other like friends and family.

Other great places to eat around and within a few blocks walk of the square in this very vibrant dining scene include the Station Cafe, a very casual, family-oriented place and the oldest restaurant in downtown Bentonville, known primarily for its award-winning steak burgers.

Great Latin cuisine with a contemporary twist is served at Table Mesa Bistro, while Tavola Trattoria is popular for its "soul-satisfying riffs on Italian and Mediterranean cooking." At the Tusk and Trotter American Brasserie, the focus is on sophisticated yet casual meals encompassing Southern favorite, California cuisine, pub fare and James Beard Prix Fixe Menus with a heavy emphasis on using locally sourced produce and ingredients.

Other places to get your foodie fix on in and around town are Fred's Hickory Inn, Shogun Hibachi Grill, Hapa's Hawaiian Grill, Bistro 301, Jim's Razorback Pizza, Beef O'Brady's, Zary's Acropolis, Taste of Thai II and many, many others.

The nice thing about dining in Bentonville is that even though some of the restaurants serve mature gastronomic menu options, a great majority of their patrons are families, which lends to the neighborly aspect of the city and area. Likewise, the proprietors are more than happy to "child-tone-down" entrees to suit their tastes.

Next up: day trippin' in and around Bentonville.

Lysa Allman-Baldwin writes for numerous online and print publications, including as the cultural travel writer for www.Examiner.com and as a senior travel writer for

SoulOfAmerica.com, an Afrocentric travel website. Lysa can be reached at lallmanbaldwin@kc.rr.com.

Resource List

  • Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau: 479-271-9153, www.bentonville.org
  • Flying Fish: 479-657-6300, www.flyingfishinthe.net/Bentonville.php
  • Station Cafe: 479-273-0553
  • Shogun Hibachi Grill: http://shogunbentonville.com/index.php
  • Smokin' Joe's Ribhouse: 479-254-8383
  • Table Mesa Bistro: 479-715-6706, www.table-mesabistro.com/enter.html
  • Tavola Trattoria: 479-715-4738, www.tavolatrattoria.com/home.html
  • Tusk and Trotter: 479-268-4494, www.tusk-andtrotter.com