We all love discovering new places to eat delicious food. In the state of Arkansas now we have found out about some great restaurants throughout the state with the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. Arkansas Heritage announced the winners for the 2021 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. 

The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame was launched by Arkansas Heritage in 2016 to recognize Arkansas’s iconic restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events. The last two years we had some local wins with Cattleman's Steak House entering the Food Hall of Fame in 2020 and Hope Watermelon Festival was named Food-Themed Event in 2019.  

Nominations were accepted from the public in five categories: Food Hall of Fame, Proprietor of the Year, Food-Themed Event, Gone But Not Forgotten and People’s Choice.

The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Class of 2021 are::

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame:

Feltner's Whatta-Burger, Russellville (Pope County)

Monte Ne Inn Chicken, Rogers (Benton County)

Star of India, Little Rock (Pulaski County)

Proprietor of the Year Matt McClure, Bentonville (Benton County)

Food-Themed Events Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival, Warren (Bradley County)

Gone But Not Forgotten Roy Fisher's Steak House, North Little Rock (Pulaski County)

People’s Choice; Bistro Bar & Grill, Helena-West Helena (Phillips County)

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Food of the Year for 2021: Corn

According to a press release, the fifth class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame received more than 2,000 submissions from all 75 Arkansas counties, marking a nearly 40% increase year-over-year.

“Each year we take pride in honoring some of the incredible restaurants and industry stakeholders within our state, but something felt extra special this year,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “Celebrating Arkansas food is a great way for all of us to enjoy our state’s heritage and share it with others, especially during uncertain times. We are thankful for each person across the state for getting involved.”

Be sure to check out all the past winners at the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame website.

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