What’s better than burgers and beer in a legendary basement spot? One of the best places to eat in Fayetteville, Hugo’s has been serving up classic American grub since 1977. Checkered table clothes, dim lighting and memorabilia-covered walls bring the place to life. The standouts here are really the specialty burgers, made from 100% black angus beef, but you can’t go wrong with anything – especially with favorites like homemade fries and beer cheese soup on the menu. Plus, every order is made even better with a local draught brew on the side.
Nearby Restaurants in Fayetteville
Drenched in a rich history of Southern food and beaming with a new farm-to-table and international focus, Fayetteville is home to an excellent dining scene.
University students, locals and visitors alike flock downtown each week, to enjoy sweet and savory charcuterie plates from Feed and Folly, garlic cheese grits at the Leverette or to cheer on the Razorbacks while enjoying a local brew at Hugo’s.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, here’s five of the best restaurants and breweries to love in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Ozark Natural Foods Co-op
Every college town needs a grocery shop featuring fresh, responsibly sourced food items, and lucky for Fayetteville, there’s Ozark Natural Foods Co-Op. Local farmers, growers and makers have come together for the last 50 years to provide the community with quality food that’s good for everyone. Stop in to find an unparalleled selection of organic and natural products as well as a deli serving delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner items. There’s even outdoor seating where you can enjoy nice weather and your fresh market finds.
Check out the Recipes section on their website for chef-selected ideas featuring local ingredients you can find in the shop.
Small plates, big flavors, and house-crafted cocktails are the name of the game at Leverett Lounge. This fine-dining favorite is elevated yet Southern and simple all at the same time, making this a go-to for a nice dinner out or a quick, delicious meal while on the go.
Their dine-in menu is also prix-fixe, adding a little magic to the dining experience. For $35, you can dig into a seasonal soup or salad and appetizers like garlic cheese grits or burrata, followed by entrees like Korean fried chicken or cauliflower or seared red fish in garlic butter. Don’t miss Kenna’s blackout chocolate cake for an indulgent dessert.
Order the herb goat cheese appetizer, sweetened with Arkansas honey and drizzled with harissa.
Maxine’s Tap Room
You’ll always feel at home at Maxine’s Tap Room. The current owners of the bar actually consider themselves caretakers, maintaining this historic gathering place in honor of its original owner, Maxine Miller. Maxine envisioned the tap room as a place to enjoy a drink, connect with friends, and celebrate exciting downtown Fayetteville.
That celebratory and welcoming spirit remains intact, making Maxine’s Tap Room a local favorite. Stop by for quality cocktails, specialty drinks you’ll only find at Maxine’s, as well as local craft beer.
Don’t miss Happy Hour – every day (except Sunday!) from 4pm-7pm.
Feed and Folly
Fayetteville is as historic as small towns come, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a meal with a modern twist. Feed and Folly brings modern rooftop dining to the Fayetteville community, paying tribute to the traditions of Southern hospitality and house-cured meats.
Gather around a charcuterie plate, fill up on smoked wings or pastrami fries, or opt for a full meal like burgers, sandwiches, salads, and even bangers and mash.
Make sure you get The Archie Sour, Fox Trail Distillery bourbon, housemade sour mix and a Cabernet float. Named after colorful Arkansas historical figure Archibald Yell.
Stay Steps from Downtown Square
Feel at home amid colorful walls and rustic spaces, all just steps from Dickson Street and the heart of downtown Fayetteville. With nods to the Ozarks, the Razorbacks, and beloved Old Main, Graduate Fayetteville is the perfect place to be for avid Razorbacks and Fayetteville newcomers alike. Experience Northeast Arkansas like you never have before.See Rooms