The Conway food scene has been on an upward trajectory for the past couple of years. Now, more than ever, local restaurants are making a real impact and capturing an audience that once was hooked on big chains. Below, you will find ten of my favorite spots, followed by twenty reader recommendations.
Bulgogi Korean BBQ
In a relatively short period of time, Bulgogi has vaulted into the upper echelon of Conway eateries. This fast-casual restaurant specializes in a variety of noodle and rice bowls. The sweet and spicy chicken wings are also a winner, but honestly, Bulgogi’s entire menu is a winner.
PattiCakes Bakery (2 locations)
PattiCakes has it all—cakes, pies, cookies, brownies, fudge, and cinnamon rolls—and everything they do, they do quite well. And you will find a cozier, more downhome setting than the Robinson location. The newer Front Street shop is still a work in progress, but it has that same feel.
There might not be a restaurant more synonymous with Conway than Stoby’s. The menu is huge, but I’d recommend starting out with an order of their famous cheese dip, followed by a bacon cheeseburger. If you’re there at breakfast, try out the burrito.
Run, don’t walk, to Fresh Donuts. You will need to run to burn off all those calories. Just off Dave Ward, this new-ish spot runs little donut circles around the neighboring Krispy Kreme. The cinnamon twist is the star, but the glazed and blueberry cake donuts are also excellent choices.
You will not want to miss out on owner MaryAnn Strange’s creative spins of Cajun classics. And great news, YGFBFKitchen is about to open its brick-and-mortar. Start out with the heaping portion of creamy, slightly spicy shrimp and grits.
Rubis Mexican Food
Rubis Mexican Food is a food truck located at 701 First Ave (Lot #49), specializing in the best Mexican-style tamales I’ve come across in Central Arkansas. Pork is my favorite, but the chicken isn’t too shabby either. Both have that ideal masa-to-meat ratio and run about $14 per dozen.
WunderHaus is one of the very few true farm-to-table restaurants in Arkansas. The staff’s ability to take these great ingredients and craft European comfort food dishes is what separates WunderHaus from many other restaurants.
Round Mountain Coffee
Conway has no shortage of coffee shops, but I have been digging Round Mountain. Their coffee is also at Nexus in Little Rock, which is another great spot. Their shop in Conway has a fresh, modern feel and the fresh-brewed java is sure to please.
Faby’s Mexican & Italian Cuisine
Talk about a restaurant I really want to dive into even more of the menu. Both the carnitas and asadas tacos are so flavorful, just make sure to pair them with the thin, house-made flour tortillas. These are not street tacos, so expect two–along with sides of refried beans and Spanish rice–to fill you up.
Mike’s Place continues to be one of the most beloved restaurants in Conway. Consistency is the key and if you’re looking for a winner on the menu, opt for the thin-cut, honey-soy pork chop with Parmesan spinach.
Pasta Grill, Pho Huyen, Streetside Creperie, Hog Pen BBQ, Oriental Kitchen, Tacos 4 Life, Taqueria Gonzalez, Holly’s Country Cooking, Cross Creek Sandwich Shop, Xen Thai and Ramen, Hole in the Wall, Kawaii Boba House, ZAZA, Naru, T.H.I.N.K. Coffee, The Patio Café, Zeteo Coffee.