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Looking for a great place to eat in Northwest Arkansas? Even better, looking for kid-friendly places to eat? Whether you’re traveling through or you live here, Northwest Arkansas has an abundance of good eats. Take a look at just a few listed here….
Susie-Q Malt Shop
This little drive in restaurant, in Rogers, is my top pick. The Susie-Q Malt Shop kinda takes me back to the good ole days. It really reminds me of places we found on Route 66, especially Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive In. Our kids have been begging to try this place out, and we finally did. They serve an abundance of ice cream and frozen treats, including ice cream floats and banana splits. But they also serve real food, from burgers to a variety of sandwiches, as well as onion rings and fries. Walk up to the window, order, and then just wait for your order, as they freshly prepare it all right then and there. You can eat outside or take it with you.
This pizza place is actually one of the first places we ate out together in Rogers. Mellow Mushroom actually has locations all over the country, but we’d never heard of them until coming here. Usually, we order a whole pizza to share as a family, but we also love their pretzels with beer cheese. Yum! They have a great kids’ menu, and kids can actually watch the pizza cooks throw the dough. My boys love the awesome decor, including a very sparkly VW Bug hanging above our heads when we walk in the door.
The Station Cafe
Finally, The Station Cafe, located on the Bentonville Square, is where you’ll find steakburgers, sandwiches, fries, salads, subs, baked potatoes, and more. To be honest, I haven’t taken my kids here yet, but I’ve eaten here a few times with co-workers. It’s a vintage cafe atmosphere, and the food is good. You can also enjoy your meal outside, as they offer outdoor seating. You can enjoy more than just lunch, though; they serve breakfast here, as well.
Acambaro Mexican Restaurant
Who doesn’t love Mexican food? We love it! At Acambaro Mexican Restaurant, in Bentonville, they have a great kids’ menu with a variety of choices. Plus, on Mondays, kids eat FREE! While waiting for your food, enjoy some chips and salsa. You’ll find an abundance of good food to curb those cravings for enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, guacamole, and more.
Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese
What kid doesn’t love grilled cheese? Or a good hot dog? My youngest loves a good hot dog. Hammontree’s, in Fayetteville, uses local foods when possible. They serve 15 different grilled cheese sandwiches, plus a build your own grilled cheese. They also serve soups, hot dogs, and other types of sandwiches. Older kids may appreciate this restaurant more. I highly recommend their Cheebacca, which involves Sharp White Cheddar, House Cheese, bacon, pulled pork, grilled onions, and garlic cilantro sauce on sourdough. I’ve also had the pleasure of eating at their food truck, the Falcon.
The Spark Cafe
The Spark Cafe, on the Bentonville Square, is also attached to the Walmart Visitor Center, where you can walk through a museum. My friend and co-worker, Jo, visited the diner when she came to the States back in May. She was checking an item off of her #40thingsbefore40 list, including drinking a milkshake in an American diner. She was also gracious enough to share a photo she’d taken while there; be sure to check out her post. The Spark Cafe is an old time soda fountain that offers delicious ice cream treats. It reminds me so much of the old soda fountain my grandma used to take me to at our local drug store, growing up. Decorated in 50’s style, kids will absolutely love it! Not to mention they get to pick out their favorite ice cream or candy treats. My personal recommendation: Try the Blackberry Cobbler ice cream in a milkshake. Yum!
Fast Lane Entertainment
Want a place that will both feed kids and entertain them for awhile? Fast Lane Entertainment, in Lowell, has pizza, bowling, go-karts, video games, laser tag, and more! It’s also a great place to host a birthday party. Right now, they have all sorts of specials, including a Summer Special where kids under 15 get to bowl FREE. My kids had a blast when we recently went to a friend’s birthday party here.
Mmmm, if you like catfish or fish tacos, Flying Fish, in Bentonville, is the place to go. One of my remote co-workers, @CraftyMamaof4, loves their fish tacos and usually finds time to go grab lunch there when she travels here to work in the office. Just a quick walk from the Bentonville Square, this restaurant has a full menu, along with a Daily Special. Kids can order one of their “Kids Boats,” which includes their choice of a Kid Burger, Catfish Fillet, Jumbo Shrimp, Chicken Strips, or a Chicken Sandwich. The Kids Boats also include fries and a drink and are only $3.99. Just in case you have a child with peanut allergies, everything is fried in 100% peanut oil, also trans fat and cholesterol free.
Mama Fu’s Asian House
Another restaurant with multiple locations is Mama Fu’s Asian House in Bentonville. You can eat in or order take-out; they also offer delivery. All of their food is made-to-order, and they also have a kid’s menu. Another fun thing about Mama Fu’s and a great way to save is their rewards program. You earn reward points with every purchase. On Sundays, kids eat FREE, meaning you get one kid’s entree with each adult entree.
Wherever you choose to eat, you’re sure to find good eats in Northwest Arkansas. It’s really a foodie haven. Enjoy!
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