I’m going to sound so old saying this, but now that the students are gone for the summer, our dining options in Fayetteville just got a little more fluid. (Yes, I’m one of those people who barely goes to Dickson Street when the university is in session.)
With that in mind I polled some friends for this collection of favorite date night dinner spots in Fayetteville. We’d love to hear your additions to the list as well!
Meiji Japanese Cuisine (3878 N. Crossover Rd., Suite 8), listed first mostly because this is the place my husband and I hit up most often on childless evenings. Their sushi is always fresh and delicious, and we recently learned the crab and scallop cakes are something that should not be missed.
And if Meiji is too crowded (or vice versa), I have friends who swear by East Side Cantina, next door to Meiji in Suite 1. Try the cheese dip and tacos, and the punch bowl if you’re feeling adventurous and with friends (the recipe is a secret but I can tell you its peach flavored).
Hugo’s (25 1/2 N. Block Ave.) received the most raves among my friends, probably because we were all raised here and have been going there for decades. It’s great for consistently good food you remember and a dark and cozy atmosphere. And you can stare at the walls when the wait gets long.
Another great low-key choice one friend noted is Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese (326 N. West Ave., Suite 8), though I’m much more likely to go there on a date with my daughter than my husband. I’m a fan of the Scarlet Cheddar but also hear raves about the Chewbacca, the cobb salad and the sweet potato fries.
Powerhouse Seafood & Grill (112 N. University Ave.) is a fun place for seafood lovers. Oysters, crab legs and escargot are all available, as are shrimp, steak, lobster, pasta and more.
Pesto Cafe (1830 N. College Ave.) is a classic go-to for celebratory suppers in a casual environment. The tiramisu is a must. But we are blessed with lots of great Italian in town, so branch out to Bordinos (310 W. Dickson St.) and Vetro 1925 Ristorante (17 E. Center St.) for delicious, and rather more upscale, options.
Since they moved to Fayetteville Rolando’s Nuevo Latino (509 W. Spring St.) has been a favorite, with food rivaling the Fort Smith location. The best guacamole, and pretty much everything else. Others mention La Hacienda (with locations at 2901 E. Zion Rd., Suite 20 and 1545 W. 15th St.) as a great spot for a casual bite with a loved one.
Greenhouse Grille (481 S. School Ave.) is another fun choice for creative local cuisine and fun drinks. Or head down the parking lot to Wood Stone Craft Pizza (557 S. School Ave.) for a nicer take on beer and pizza.
There you go, a dozen solid choices for your next night out. Help us add to the list in the comments!