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No matter your flavor, the Greater Fort Smith Region is a wonderland of tasty culinary creations and treasures sure to please even the most demanding of tastes. Dining options are available to suit everyone, from all-American cuisines to dishes from around the world. Fort Smith’s array of dining choices suits nearly every taste and budget in diverse settings from formal dining rooms to sports pubs to down-home country kitchens. In fact, with more than 300 restaurants in Fort Smith alone, there’s really no reason to cook – or to wash the dishes.

Our local restaurant themes span the globe – Asian, European, French, Greek, Italian, Mexican, Creole, Japanese and of course southern soul food. Try a legendary steak at Doe’s Eat Place, order the lasagna at Taliano’s, or enjoy an El Salvadorian dessert at Rolando’s – all located near downtown Fort Smith. Want to spice things up a bit? Try the Louisiana-inspired Landry’s New Orleans Cafe in Fort Smith or Cajun Back Door in Van Buren. Feeling even more adventurous? Try the alligator at the Light House Inn overlooking the Arkansas River with spectacular views.

If barbecue is more your style, there are dozens of local rib joints to choose from, including nationally renowned Ralph’s Pink Flamingo BBQ that boasts more than 250 awards for their secret recipe. If you’re interested in country cooking, Calico County is a Fort Smith classic that serves up everything from biscuits and gravy to catfish and country fried steak. Need a morning jolt? Visit the locally owned Fort Smith favorites Sacred Grounds and Sweet Bay Coffee Co. to grab a latte and croissant or even a quick lunch.

Across the Oklahoma border, the restaurant at Choctaw Casino is always a sure bet and offers an array of choices from steaks to seafood on a giant buffet. There are plenty of national chains with familiar names to choose from, including Olive Garden, Chili’s and Golden Corral. From national favorites to locally owned dining establishments, the Greater Fort Smith Region offers everything from burgers and barbecue to sushi and crawfish that is sure to satisfy any appetite.

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Choices in the evening extend far beyond what’s on the menu. After dinner, you can experience Fort Smith’s nightlife, which features bars, pubs, live music, theatre productions and dancing ‘til dawn. Many restaurants and bars downtown offer outside dining and live music while concerts are prominent at the amphitheatre on the river. From country and western dancing to an upscale martini bar, the Fort Smith nightlife offers something for everyone. Take a stroll down Garrison Avenue and enjoy one of the many entertaining hotspots while taking in the culture Fort Smith has to offer.

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