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

April 14, 2018 Giuseppe Pratt

Van Buren /væn ˈbjʊərən/ is the second largest city in the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area and the county seat of Crawford County, Arkansas, United States. The city is located directly northeast of Fort Smith at the Interstate 40 - Interstate 540 junction. The city was incorporated in 1845 and as of the 2010 census had a population of 22,791, ranking it as the state's 22nd largest city, behind Searcy.
Things to do in Van Buren

1. Frank's Italian Restaurant

1906 Fayetteville Rd, Van Buren, AR 72956-6509 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner 479-474-7778
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

Frank's Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By don7614 - Oklahoma

Looking for a place for dinner while entoute to eastern Tennessee, we happened upon Frank's and were glad we did. Great menu. Great service. And you can get an iced tea to go. Great bread as an appetiser as well.

2. Paul's Bakery

1800 Main St, Van Buren, AR 72956-4734 +1 479-474-7044
Excellent
67%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By Guwisti - Van Buren, Arkansas

I love the sugar cookies here, especially the ones decorated like toads! But the donuts just aren't that great. There are better places to get donuts in Van Buren.

3. Braum's

1600 Fayetteville Rd, Van Buren, AR 72956-2231 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 479-474-3030
Excellent
49%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

Reviewed By Bethany H - Memphis, Tennessee

Love this place and visit every time we head west. Their super-sized double waffle cones ($2.50) are not to be missed--every flavor we've tried has been delicious. Their 1/3 lb. burger combo for only $6 is also delicious and a deal. You can also buy their many flavor of ice cream by the half gallon.

4. Stirred Catering and Coffee

710 Fayetteville Rd, Van Buren, AR 72956-3421 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American SGD 9 - SGD 13 +1 479-831-7847
Excellent
84%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Stirred Catering and Coffee

Locally owned and operated coffee and catering shop. Specialty coffee, chai, lemonade,tea, stirred sodas (similar to Italian Sodas) house-made sweet and savory muffins, brownies, cookies and various treats available 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Lunch served 10:30 to 1:30. Lunch menu includes grilled sandwiches, wraps, salads and house-made chips, dip and sides. As well as a daily lunch special. We also provide full service catering. We have catering menus available on our website or Facebook menu. But we also enjoy creating menus to suit your catering needs perfectly!

Reviewed By missinfishin2 - Arkansas

Had lunch here with a friend. The Tuscan Turkey sandwich was very, very dry and was very plain. Ordered iced tea but all they have to offer is flavored tea. Ordered water and was given a cup to fill it myself. Had to ask for ice. Not much seating area. I was disappointed but will try again. Maybe better next time around.

5. Kopper Kettle Candies

6300 Alma Hwy, Van Buren, AR 72956-7212 +1 479-474-6077
Excellent
88%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Kopper Kettle Candies

Reviewed By ArkieTripHound

Old-fashioned chocolate-making in real copper kettles. Finest, fresh ingredients. Nuts are NEVER old! Enjoy nuts, chewies, truffles, and creams that aren't congealed! Excellent taste and variety of bark. Try one of each! A superior, tasty gift for any occasion.

6. Sweet Bay Coffee Co.

518 N Plaza Ct, Ste 6, Van Buren, AR 72956-2686 +1 479-471-8991
Excellent
37%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Steve W - Cedarville, Arkansas

This is the coffee shop where they will call you by name. Lots of locals hang out here and most of the staff have been here for a while. Great coffee and great place to hang out.

7. Colton's Steak House & Grill

33 Access Rd, Van Buren, AR 72956-2201 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 479-262-6322
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 66 reviews

Colton's Steak House & Grill

Reviewed By kaytjc26

It's your average steak house. Good food but I wish they had a better variety. One of the only places in the county that serves alcohol.

8. Thai Curry

518 N Plaza Ct Ste 2, 518 North Plaza, Suite 2, 72956, Van Buren, Arkansas, Van Buren, AR 72956-2673 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 479-471-1409
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Thai Curry

Reviewed By GreggeryPeccary - Bowling Green, Kentucky

Place is a bit challenging to find in a strip mall off of the main drag Fayetteville St. My to-go order was ready when I got there about 10 minutes after ordering. Prices are very reasonable and portions quite large. Their hottest spice level is not hot by Thai standards. I had their basil rice dish with squid which I thought was pretty good but nothing outstanding. Nice choice in Van Buren.

9. Chili's

2024 Fayetteville Rd, Van Buren, AR 72956-6537 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 479-471-8445
Excellent
35%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 70 reviews

Chili's

Reviewed By Capt65 - Gilbert, Arizona

Had dinner here while traveling through. Sat at the bar and had good service food was presented well and tasted good. Shrimp Tacos and chicken wings. What's the typical Chili's meal.

10. Boom A Rang Diner

600 Main St, Van Buren, AR 72956-5112 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 479-262-6004
Excellent
30%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 43 reviews

Boom A Rang Diner

Reviewed By ray m - Ormond Beach, Florida

My wife and I stopped for lunch expecting some great food. While the place is very unique, the food was disappointing. The menu offers breakfast all day, Sandwiches, i.e., BLT, Grilled Cheese, Grilled Chicken, Foot long Chili Dog, and more. Sides, i.e., Fries, Tots, Onions Rings, and more. They also have dinners, i.e., Chicken Fried Steak, 1/2 LB Hamburger Steak, and more. I chose the BLT and it was very bland with practically no Lettuce. My wife had the Grilled Cheese with a side of Onion Rings and they were both burned. The bread was burned, while the cheese wasn't melted. I did have a Milk Shake that was very thick, good; and the Iced Tea was also very good. The place had some good Rock-n-Roll music and great hollywood posters. The staff was very friendly, attentive, and polite. Wish it could have been better. I hope you find this review helpful in making your travel arrangements.

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