Jacksonville Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Jacksonville

April 14, 2018 Milan Banda

Jacksonville is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, and a suburb of Little Rock. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 28,364. It is part of the Little Rock–North Little Rock–Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area with 729,135 people as of 2014.
Things to do in Jacksonville

1. Smokin Buns BBQ

25401 Highway 107, Jacksonville, AR 72076-2138 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 501-988-2867
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Smokin Buns BBQ

Reviewed By Bruce L - Cabot, Arkansas

Had dinner with group of friends Saturday. Very efficient service for group over 10. Waitress was very friendly and mindful. Everyone got their meal quickly except one which was misplaced but it happens. Food was hot and fresh tasting. Tried sweet sauce and it was delicious. I had the brisket and smoked sausage. The sausage was very flavorful and fairly mild. The brisket was good but a little dry. Overall, I’ll definitely be back. My wife had ribs and I’ll have to try them. She was licking her fingers and that’s always a good sign.

2. Tropical Smoothie Cafe

140 John Harden Dr, Ste 5, Jacksonville, AR 72076-3776 +1 501-241-2233
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By bluetravellerTexas - Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Have been to many tropical smoothies, this one was at best average. Visited during the lunch rush, so I understand a little wait, no issues there. The store feels very cramped and the chips racked was completely ravaged with only a few less than desirable flavors left. Overall it was fine, but I have been to much nicer locations.

3. Shipley Doughnuts

2021 N 1st St, Jacksonville, AR 72076-2862 +1 501-985-9050
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 6 reviews

Shipley Doughnuts

Reviewed By duranie4life - Chicago, Illinois

This place was near our hotel so we decided to try it. I had the chocolate cream filled yeast glazed donut. First of all, it was freah. Secondly, WHAT do they put in the glaze??? It tasted better than any donut glaze I can remember having before. Lastly, the chocolate filling is what they put on their long johns. So darn delicious, worth every bite, every calorie. They also have sandwiches on biscuits or croissants and something called kolaches. It's basically a sausage wrapped inside dough and cooked. My husband had one and liked it. Definitely worth stopping in for.

4. Roma Italian Restaurant

2126 N 1st St, Suite L, In old Wal Mart Shopping Center, Jacksonville, AR 72076-2870 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 501-241-1632
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 51 reviews

Roma Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By raz0rback4 - Jacksonville, Arkansas

Truly excellent Italian food. The sauces and pasta are very good. Seating is comfortable. The only draw-back was the noise level in the second seating area. Three large parallel lines of table and guests all competing for loudness and to be heard. Good food, bad noise level.

5. The Original Fried Pie Shop

1321 T P White Dr, Jacksonville, AR 72076-3261 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Diner, American Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 501-985-0508
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 89 reviews

The Original Fried Pie Shop

We are a family owned, older style burger joint with a twist. We make all of our delicious treats fresh from scratch as you order! We are Home of the Brisket Burger because we hand select fresh briskets to grind in house daily. Our fries are some of the best in the state as we hand cut gourmet Kennebec potatoes and sprinkle them with our house seasoning giving them a sweet, savory flavor. We keep an open kitchen so everyone can see how we make our World Famous Fried Pies! Now these are not your average fried pies either. These are just like grandma use to make. Our light and flakey pies are made from scratch to order. All of our pies are 8-10 ounces and range in flavors from fruit, cream and even savory meat pies! If that's not enough, customers can mix and match any two flavors to create their own pie. So stop by today, we would love to meet you!

Reviewed By raz0rback4 - Jacksonville, Arkansas

The pies are absolutely delicious and the variety of pies is vast. There are pies for all facets of the normal meal from entrees to desserts, and they are all very good.

6. Papito's

1700 John Harden Dr, Jacksonville, AR 72076-3164 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 501-982-0612
Excellent
48%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Papito's

Reviewed By Ryan H - Arkansas

I come here strictly for the queso. I haven't found another place in Jacksonville that has a better dip. Their other platters are typical of what you'll find at other Mexican places nothing really special of note.

7. Pho And More

123 S Jeff Davis Ave, Jacksonville, AR 72076-4328 Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Asian, Vietnamese Lunch, Dinner +1 501-241-1447
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Pho And More

Reviewed By Carl G - Jacksonville, Arkansas

Great pho but don't stop there. Try the fried tofu if you want to try something different. We have never had a so-so dish. The flavors jump out at you and the vegetables are fresh. Customer service is always good and the owners love to come and talk with you and answer any questions you have about their dishes.

8. Cancun Mexican Restaurant

1524 W Main St, Jacksonville, AR 72076-4354 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 501-985-3300
Excellent
55%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
10%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Cancun Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By michelle o - Memphis, Tennessee

We were trying to find a place to meet and eat. One of our friends did not want to go to a Tex mex but an authentic Mexican resturant. She suggested cancun in Jacksonville. Oh boy! It was delicious, service was great, every dish serve had a great flavor.
We have found an awesome place to eat authentic Mexican food. Can't wait to try the margaritas.

9. The Hook - Catfish Restaurant

1802 S Highway 161, Jacksonville, AR 72076-5511 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner +1 501-982-2700
Excellent
20%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 49 reviews

The Hook - Catfish Restaurant

Reviewed By Justuck

If you want good crispy fish and hush puppies, then this is the place for you. Super fast at getting your food to you as well. I ordered and had my food in less than 2 minutes and it was piping hot. Very nice family owned and operated restaurant.

10. Chicken Country

1922 W Main St, Jacksonville, AR 72076-4202 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner +1 501-982-2424
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
12%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Chicken Country

Reviewed By bradwest2006 - Arkansas

Southern fried chicken 2nd to only my mothers !! Family owned & operated hidden gem in Jacksonville, draws lunchtime crowd from miles away. Bridgett the owner very friendly. Big on community support

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