48 Hours of NWA Dining

Ashley Sutterfield picks the can’t miss NWA restaurants.

Local Table is a company that brings people together around intentional dining experiences, and a program partner at Brick Avenue Lofts. We asked Local Table founder Ashley Sutterfield to describe the ideal weekend for someone with only 48 hours in Northwest Arkansas. Here’s her jam-packed itinerary.

Day 1

Breakfast at Louise at Thaden Field is a must. Cozy up in a modern-vintage atmosphere to watch planes take off and land on the runway. The quiche of the day and a side of cheese grits will get your day off to a good start!

For a quiet space to peruse books or get some work done head to Airship Coffee. Go for the lumberjack. You’ll be dreaming about it after you leave — a cult favorite that’s only available seasonally.

Head to Sweet Freedom Cheese and eat your way through the cheese case. Enjoy a cheese plate or pack a picnic complete with a wedge of Ewephoria, a hunk of Barber’s Reserve English Cheddar, and a slice of Frommage d’Affinois paired with a baguette from Rockin’ Baker.  For a sweet ending give Gjetost a try!  It’s a cheese you won’t forget and it will satisfy any sweet tooth! Pick out your favorites for a customized cheese plate (or ask them to pack you a picnic so you can take it with you as you explore the trails at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art).


To end the day head to Bike Rack Brewing Co.  It’s where community gathers. Order tacos from Yeyo’s around the corner, grab some Loafin’ Joe’s ranch chips and settle in on the Bike Rack patio to share a pint and conversation with friendly locals.  Grab a pint of Urban Trail Golden or Slaughter Pen IPA to enjoy the local scene.  If you’re in the mood for variety order a flight and give their seasonal brews a try!

Day 2

A pancake flight at Prelude Breakfast Bar is one of the best decisions you’ll make on your trip.  Seasonal selections with fluffy textures make these pancakes craveable!

For a mid-day snack grab a breakfast taco from Doomsday Coffee and Roasterie.  

Bike Rack Brew

Make room for a slice of pie at Fork & Crust Pie Company if you have a sweet tooth during your visit.

Head to Mockingbird Kitchen for a phenomenal Ozark-style dinner. The Parsnip & Potato Smash is an absolute must.  Alongside the Pimento Cheese Bacon Burger which highlights house-made pimento cheese, a locally made English muffin and the most divine caramelized onions.  You can’t go wrong!

Fork and Crust's Confetti Pie
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