Texarkana people, including me, love to eat! I don't mean that in a bad way, I'm just saying that you can't go out on the weekend without finding all the restaurants packed.

Mention a new restaurant coming to town and you can bet Texarkana naturally wants to know all about it. We have plenty of chain restaurants but I prefer the Mom and Pop places. These eateries are very popular with the local community who live and work here. Not only that, but I think the local restaurants have much more charm and character and represent what this city is all about. Let's take a look at some of Texarkana's favorite local restaurants.

Hopkins Ice House

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Formerly Hopkins Feed and Seed, this local hangout opened in 2007 in downtown and has become a favorite place for Texarkana people to meet and socialize. Patrons can enjoy some great homemade food and, from time to time, live music. The restaurant has been so successful through the years that they built and opened a brand new state of the art Hopkins on Gibson Lane near Richmond Road.

Fat Jack's Oyster and Sports Bar

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Everybody in Texarkana knows the party starts at Fat Jack's. They have been around for quite some time and chances are your friends will be there. Besides serving some of the coldest beer in town they also cook up some great southern dishes including my personal favorite the catfish platter. It's off the chain. Fat Jack's is the place to gather especially when local bands perform on the weekend.

Pecan Point Gastropub & Brewery

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Pecan Point, located in historic downtown is fast becoming a favorite place where locals meet and enjoy some great food. And of course it's Texarkana's only gastropub and micro brewery with other specialty drinks at their full bar. Oh, make sure you order some duck-fat fries!

Pop's Place

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Another gathering place in Texarkana is Pop's Place, best known for serving up some of the best steaks and seafood around. You can dine inside or outdoors in their covered patio. If you're hungry then you have to try Pop's Big Ass (24 oz) Steak and don't forget the bacon-wrapped shrimp.

Twisted Fork

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For people who want to dine in a more intimate setting the place to go is Twisted Fork. Serving some exquisite cuisine prepared by local chef, Jeff Loving, you can't go wrong. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion like a wedding or an every day event, Twisted Fork can cater to all your needs big or small.

Dixie Diner

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If you love great southern home-style cooked food then you're going to love Dixie Diner. Their chicken fried steak covered in creamy white gravy is to die for and their homemade meatloaf is pretty tasty, too. Make sure you top off your meal with some made from scratch banana pudding or pies. Oh, did I mention they have arguably the best breakfast in town?

Bryce's Cafeteria

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If you grew up in Texarkana then you know all about Bryce's. They are a local icon in this area. Since 1931, Bryce's has been serving some of the best food to our community and the surrounding area for years. This local restaurant opened its doors in downtown Texarkana and eventually moved to their current location off of I-30. It's a favorite place where families gather after church and just about every other time. People have been known to drive for miles just to eat here.

There are so many other great local restaurants I could mention but I just wanted to speak of the ones that you hear a lot about on a regular basis. So if I didn't talk about your restaurant don't take it personally. Just please support your local restaurants.