Delicious Food Trucks, Festivals & Faves
The Metro has some of the best locally owned restaurants in the South, including popular food trucks serving scrumptious street food, yummy food-focused festivals and trending treats you must try.
Most-Loved Food Trucks & Street Food
Slader’s Alaskan Dumplings
Don’t miss these buttery, curry-covered Pel’meni-style dumplings at this Riverdale-based truck (or keep an eye out for it at local festivals and events).
Smoke Beast BBQ
Are you craving lip-smackin’ barbecue? Smoke Beast’s slow-smoked meats and homemade sides are sure to satisfy and keep you coming back for more.
The Twisted Noodle
This Metro newcomer cooks up indulgent Italian fare, from garlic-y crostinis to spaghetti and meatball sandwiches to melty flatbreads and rich cheesecakes.
Get a taste of authentic Mexican tacos, nachos, cheese dip and more. Located in Little Rock or at their restaurant located in West Little Rock.
The Prickly Pickle
Unique spot for fried pickles and other Southern fried favorites. Try the “Fried Kool-aid Pickles” or the pickled okra. Travels the Metro from Bryant to Little Rock to Conway to Camden.
Juicy J Chicken & Fish
Classic fried catfish, shrimp, hush puppies, chicken strips and fries served hot and fresh with hefty sides of coleslaw.
The Cajun Trouxth
For those craving traditional New Orleans savory gumbo, The Cajon Trouxth has you covered! Spot this food truck in Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood and Mayflower.
Lili’s Mexican Street Food
From mouth-watering street tacos to Mexican ramen to warm you up on cooler days, this women-owned food truck also offers catering. Usually found parked in downtown Little Rock.
Honorable mentions: Kay Kay’s Classic Hot Dogs, Mr. Keith’s Kettle Corn, Pon’s Thai Kitchen, El Sur Street Food Co.
Where to Find the Trucks
Food trucks frequent local festivals, including several food truck-specific events like the Black Food Truck Festival at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (Downtown) and Food Truck Fridays at War Memorial in Midtown. They also regularly park at key "food truck courts" such as The Rail Yard (East Village) and Food Truck Stop at Station 80 (Downtown).
Famous Food Truck Festivals You'll Love
Main Street Food Truck Festival
Now the highlight of summer in Little Rock, this festival was created in an effort to help revive Main Street and bring people back to Downtown.
Check out all the autumn-themed activities for all ages, grab a cup of coffee at Mylo Coffee Co. or River City Coffee, and pick up a snack at one of your favorite local food trucks.
International Greek Food Festival
Attend the largest ethnic festival in Arkansas. From savory gyros to sugary-sweet baklavas, celebrate and appreciate culture at the Greek Food Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.
World Cheese Dip Championship
Recognized locally and nationally as one of the best food festivals in the country, this family-friendly event serves up the nation's best cheese dip and other cheesy creations.
Arkansas State Fair
Attracting more than 400,000 visitors each year, the Arkansas State Fair features a livestock show, rodeo, carnival rides and deep-fried goodness every October.
Jewish Food & Cultural Festival
Enjoy homemade Jewish foods, such as, braised brisket, kosher hot dogs, cabbage rolls, kugel and more.
Toad Suck Daze
This family-friendly event has concerts, shopping, carnival events and the World Championship Toad Races.
Honorable mentions: Arkansas Italian Food & Culture Festival, Little Rock Pride Fest, Chili Fights in the Heights
Trendy Tacos (and Where to Eat Them)
Tacos 4 Life | Multiple central locations
Baja Grill | Benton and Little Rock
Heights Taco & Tamale Co. | The Heights
The Fold: Botanas & Bar | Riverdale
Don Pepe’s | Conway
Local Lime | Chenal
Mockingbird Bar & Tacos | SoMa
Local Craving: Mouth-Watering Takeout
Dales Donut Shop | Benton
Fantastic China | The Heights
Italy in Town | Benton
The Root Cafe | SoMa
Star of India Restaurant | West Little Rock
Stoby’s Restaurant | Conway
Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co. Downtown
Zangna Thai Cuisine | West Little Rock
ZaZa Pizza & Salad | The Heights, Conway
Popular Patios (Most are Dog Friendly!)
The Fold: Botana & Bar | Riverdale
Known for: Delicious chips and dip, burritos and refreshing margaritas to enjoy all year long, plus it is dog friendly
Petit & Keet | West Little Rock
Known for: A spacious patio, farm-to-table fare, and fun whiskey- and wine-flight nights
Cheers in The Heights | The Heights
Known for: Being one of the most coveted patios in The Heights, its smoked salmon salad, a great wine list and the filet with blue cheese sauce
Hill Station | Hillcrest
Known for: Its hip, casual setting, abundant picnic tables, dog-friendly locale, big screen TVs, space heaters, local beer and unique cocktails
Lost Forty Brewing | East Village
Known for: Incredible local beer, dog-friendly patio, all-day Sunday brunch, October’s Festival of Darkness and hearty food
Camp Taco at Lost Forty Brewing | East Village
Known for: Its vintage aesthetic and having some of the best quesabirria tacos in the Metro, as well as its seasonal “Bug Juice” beer, and “Lava-Lamp-A-Ladas”
Flyway Brewing | Argenta
Known for: Outdoor trivia on Monday nights, their popular pretzels and the “Blue Wing Berry Wheat” beer
Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom | SoMa
Known for: Brunch and Bloody Mary’s on the street-side wood deck, creative brick-oven pizzas and luscious desserts
Valhalla Restaurant & Axe Throwing | Benton
Known for: Live music, “Singles Night,” brunch, yard games, bloody mary flights, creative and flavorful pizzas, axe-throwing lanes
Honorable mentions: U.S. Pizza, Ciao Baci, Hideaway Pizza, 42 Bar and Table, The Patio Cafe, Cregeen's Irish Pub, The Rail Yard, Press Waffle Co.