A couple of weeks ago we found out about all the nominees for the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. Even though no restaurants in Texarkana were nominated, there were some great restaurants on the list not far from here. Great eateries all across Arkansas. From Hot Springs, Springdale to Little Rock and Pine Bluff.

Well, the winners have been announced for the 2022 class of Arkansas Heritage’s Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. The was a virtual ceremony at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock on Feb. 7, 2022.

The great thing about this list is now we know where to go when we are traveling in the Natural State.

And the winners are (Drum roll please)

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Proprietor of The Year

Capi Peck and Brent Peterson, Trio’s Restaurant in Little Rock (Pulaski County)

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Food-Themed Event of The Year

World Championship Duck Gumbo Cookoff (Arkansas County)

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Gone But Not Forgotten

Coy’s Steak House (Garland County)

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Photo by Nate Johnston on Unsplash
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People's Choice

La Casa de Mi Abuelita (Jefferson County)

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Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

Colonial Steak House in Pine Bluff (Jefferson County)

Dairy King in Portia (Lawrence County)

Neal’s Café in Springdale (Washington County)

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 2022 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Food of the Year

Chicken

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In a press release Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism said;

“It’s special to see Arkansans from across the state come together to celebrate food, an important part of our state’s heritage and culture. We are honored to recognize such incredible proprietors, restaurants and food-themed events that mean so much to our state and its residents.”

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Congratulations to all this year's winners. The Arkansas Heritage started the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame program back in 2016. This event recognizes Arkansas’s legendary restaurants, proprietors and food-themed events across the state. There were more than 2,000 submissions this year from all across Arkansas' 75 counties.

You can see all the nominees here. What restaurants are on your list to check out? Keep scrolling to see the big food events the year you were born.

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