We have no shortage of food bites throughout Arkansas, so each week, we’ll be providing you with a snapshot of the goings-on inside the culinary world, from events and specials to restaurant openings and awards. Do you have news to share? Please email our online editor, Kilee Hall, at khall@aymag.com.


Hokkaido Ramen House, a restaurant offering authentic Japanese dishes, recently opened a new location at 3310 Central Ave Q in Hot Springs.


Wright’s Barbecue, located at 2212 Main Dr in Johnson, has been rated by Yelp critics as the No. 1 barbecue spot in Arkansas. Click here to read more about it.


The Saucy Tomato, an Italian food truck, recently opened up at 4001 Club Manor Dr in Maumelle.


Flaming Hot Pot & Korean BBQ will be opening a new location at 310 Shackleford Rd in Little Rock. Click here for all the details.


The Buttered Biscuit will open its first Little Rock location – 17815 Chenal Pkwy, Suite F101 – on Wednesday, May 29. Click here for more details.


Fayetteville Strawberry Festival will be held on Sunday, May 19 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the downtown Fayetteville square. Click here to read about what you can expect.


Peggy Sue’s Coffee, located at 203 E. Court St. in Jasper, is officially open for business as of Wednesday, May 15.


ZAZA Fine Salad and Wood Oven Pizza Co. in Little Rock is celebrating its 16th anniversary this month! Click here to find out how you can celebrate with them.


Flashback Pizza & Milkshakes, an 80s and 90s themed restaurant with free arcade games, recently opened at 105 S 3rd Street in Rogers.


Shorty Small’s, a longtime favorite restaurant to many central Arkansans, will be opening a new location in Beebe. Click here for more details.


World Food Tour featuring cuisines from Germany, Italy, Africa and beyond, will be held at Brick Room Events in Conway at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.


Layne’s Chicken Fingers will be opening 10 locations in Arkansas, with the first one opening in Benton by the end of 2024. Click here for all the details.


Damgoode Pies has officially closed the doors of its last remaining restaurant, which was located at 37 E. Center St. in Fayetteville.


Five Guys is opening a new location at 1229 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fayetteville, which is located in the Arena Village Shopping Center.


The 2024 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists have been announced, and this year, you can help decide the winner of one of the categories. Click here to see the full list of finalists and find out how you can participate.


Chefs in the Garden is the Botanical Garden of the Ozark’s signature spring fundraiser and Fayetteville’s favorite foodie event! The competition between Northwest Arkansas’ best restaurants kicks off at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.


Wingstock, the annual chicken wing festival presented by the Poultry Federation, will be held Saturday, Aug. 10. Click here for more information.


Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville will host the Mini Makers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.


La Torcia Brick Oven Pizza is making its way to Jonesboro at the intersection of E. Highland Drive and Rains Street. Its anticipated opening is this fall.


Jersey Mike’s Subs is officially making its way to Jonesboro, according to Haag Brown Commercial. It’s expected to open this June in the newly developed Wolf Creek Shopping Center. Click here for more details.


Isabella’s Italian, located at 908 E Rollings Hills in Fayetteville, will be opening a second location in Bentonville, according to NWA Daily.


Starbucks will be opening another store in Conway – this time, in the Lewis Ranch area. Click here for more details.


Cold Stone Creamery is opening a new location at The Highlands Shopping Center in Jonesboro. Click here for all the details.


The Melting Pot, a fondue franchise that provides a one-of-a-kind experiential dining atmosphere, will open its first Arkansas location in Bentonville. Click here for more details.


Noche En Jalisco, a curated tequila tasting experience, will take place at Ledger Bentonville on Saturday, June 15. Catering will be provided by Tula and Taquería Lucha.


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