By Sarah DeClerk and Dwain Hebda. Photos provided


While there are more chain restaurants than there used to be in Fort Smith, the city’s tradition of local restaurants is still going strong. From the picturesque downtown to the up-and-coming Chaffee Crossing area and all parts in between, diners can find unique culinary experiences to please any palate, and the stories behind the restaurants are just as flavorful as the cuisine.


Taliano’s Italian Restaurant

Calico County


Papa’s Pub & Pizzaria, Neumeier’s Rib Room & Beer Garden and Neumeier’s Whippoorwill Restaurant