Sims Bar-B-Que

Vince Palermo

The Oyster Bar, a hole-in-the-wall Little Rock institution, is known for its delicious gumbo.

Allen and Amelia Sims opened the original Sims in 1937. Since then, the barbecue joint has made a name for itself for their spectacular ribs and world-famous sauce. Be sure to grab a bottle for keeps.

Try: The ribs

More to savor: Whole Hog Café is another beloved barbecue spot.

The Oyster Bar

Vince Palermo
Sims Bar-B-Que is one of the most famous barbecue joints in Arkansas; try everything (twice).

The Oyster Bar has become a Little Rock mainstay after being open for more than 40 years. Some of the menu favorites include the legendary shrimp gumbo and their signature Cat-touffée.

Try: Shrimp Gumbo

Pro tip: Bring some quarters for the retro jukebox.

Lassis Inn

Vince Palermo

Although Doe’s huge, juicy steaks have diners flocking in, the tamales have solidified this restaurant as a foodie destination.

A recent inductee to the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, this little blue building has been serving up some of the state’s best catfish since 1905. Crowd favorites include the Big Bone Buffalo plate and the catfish filets.

Try: Big Bone Buffalo plate

Doe’s Eat Place

Vince Palermo
You can’t visit Arkansas without having some catfish, and there’s no better place to do so than Little Rock’s famous Lassis Inn.

Doe’s, a former hangout of President Bill Clinton and his staffers, is an unassuming steakhouse located in the heart of downtown. The no-frills eatery is famous for their perfectly cooked Porterhouse and housemade hot tamales served with chili on the side.

Try: Beef tamales