Russellville Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Russellville

April 14, 2018 Rebbecca Marino

Russellville is the county seat and largest city in Pope County, Arkansas, United States, with a population of 27,920, according to the 2010 Census. It is home to Arkansas Tech University and Arkansas Nuclear One, Arkansas' only nuclear power plant. Russellville borders Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River.
Things to do in Russellville

1. Brown's Catfish

1804 E Main St, Russellville, AR 72801-5333 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 479-968-3360
Excellent
77%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 258 reviews

Brown's Catfish

Reviewed By Erika B - Henagar, Alabama

Everything on the buffet was delicious. There was a large selection of foods to choose from including salad, cole slaw, beans, fried and baked fish, and desserts to name a few. The highlights for me was the fried shrimp, fried catfish, hush puppies, and of course the cinnamon rolls. Those have to be the best cinnamon rolls I have ever tasted! Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. We definitely want to go back!

2. Freddo's Frozen Treats

407 N Arkansas Ave, City Mall, Russellville, AR 72801-3934 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Lunch, Dinner +1 479-968-5665
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Freddo's Frozen Treats

Reviewed By MeadowQueen - Newport, Arkansas

Freddo's is a must stop for the frozen yogurt lover in the crowd. The shop is quaint with it's vintage soda shop / candy store theme. The selection of frozen yogurt and toppings was perfect...not to much not to little. The vintage and unique candy selection was fun to shop. They also had a nice selection of gelato. The shop was perfectly clean and tidy and service was top notch. I look forward to visiting this little shop again soon!

3. C-Js Butcher Boy Burgers

2803 N Arkansas Ave, Rte 7 and Hwy 40, Russellville, AR 72802-8986 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Lunch, Dinner +1 479-968-2300
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 284 reviews

C-Js Butcher Boy Burgers

Reviewed By Anazeteo - Arkansas

Freshly ground beef every morning and seasoned with spice blend makes this 1/3 lb. hamburger the best in Arkansas. Sear and cooked on a flat top grill the juices remain inside the burger. The great soft bun held the condiments and cheese. Fresh cut fries cut when they cook your burger makes this a great meal and stop.

It was 7:00 pm and it was packed. Great meal!

4. Old South Restaurant

1330 E Main St, Russellville, AR 72801-5323 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 479-968-3789
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Old South Restaurant

Reviewed By Valedc03ls - Russellville, Arkansas

Ever since I lived in Russellville in October 1999, I never once tried out Old South Restaurant. I would usually try other places in town to see how I like the food. My first visit today was impressive! I love the retro diner feel to it, and the building was kept up well. When entering, the staff quickly seated me. I was greeted with Southern friendliness when I was seated; so, I knew I was in for a treat. I decided to order their 1/3 pound hamburger with a side of mashed potatoes. The food prep was quick, and the waitress brought the food out. The 1/3 pound burger was incredibly juicy and luscious; the burger was cooked excellently! I wanted to have some ranch dressing for the burger, and that tasted very well. For the mashed potatoes, the taste was delicious, and their country gravy was great. Pricing for the food on their menu is very reasonable and inexpensive compared to other places I visited. One tip I have is that parking is somewhat limited, and the diner was at least 3/4 filled during my visit close to 10:30 a.m. After this awesome first visit, I would love to come back again to try their other items, including their fried okra and fried green tomatoes!

5. Venezia's Italian Kitchen

1321 E Main St, Russellville, AR 72801-5322 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 479-968-2588
Excellent
76%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

Venezia's Italian Kitchen

Reviewed By posibility409 - Anacortes, Washington

I was working in a factory and smell tomato basil all day. 12 hour shift and i had a PB sandwich so i was lookin for Italian food for dinner. Passed this place a couple times. So this time i stopped. I was greeted immediately, shown the specials and informed i could seat myself anywhere when i was ready. My drink order was taken almost as soon as i was seated. I skimmed the menu but then decided on a special. The tortellini al sugo. I was brought bread that appeared made in house since its ropes curled into a roll shape with a little butter/oil, hint if garlic (i couldnt taste the garlic) and some course salt. It was actually quite pretzel like but good and the marinara was well prepared and flavorful (ive been places where its appeared to be canned chopped tomatoes with italian seasing blended in...). I got a salad to and was a little disappointed to not have an option (garden, csaesar, etc) but chose a vinegrette. The salad came out and was just greens, onion and tomato, so again i was a little disappointed there wasnt some olives and freshly grated cheese to make it look a little more palatable. Additionally the vinegrette looked like chef boyardee cheese sauce. I poured and started in and to my surprise the vinegrette was actually really good and brought that salad to life. My entree came out and was a large portion. It was cheese tortellini with spinach, mushrooms and walnuts in a cream sauce. The ugly truth is, even when ordering this i was skeptical. I was afraid it would be a buttery overly cheese laden cheap alfredo sauce. BOY am i glad i was wrong! And im glad i took a chance. The tortellini was cooked just right, the pasta held up well but was so tender to bite, the mushrooms were fresh not canned, the walnuts made it interesting and the sauce was perfect! It was this wonderful light cream sauce that made you feel like you were cheating on a diet without the guilt. No binders, no extenders, no thickeners, just a few natural ingredients cooked to perfection. So Service was great, bread was good, salad was ok and entree was fantastic. Highly recommend and i’ll definitely return.

6. Stoby's Restaurant

405 W Parkway Dr, Russellville, AR 72801-3734 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 479-968-3816
Excellent
47%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Stoby's Restaurant

Reviewed By Gorj - Lamar

This place is located by the railroad depot in downtown Russellville, AR. They have a variety of sandwiches and other entries. You are entertained by an overhead electric train moving throughout the restaurant. I have always found the food tasty and the service good.

7. Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que

104 N Denver Ave, Russellville, AR 72801-3715 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Barbecue, Grill Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 39 +1 479-967-0420
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Fat Daddy's Bar-B-Que

Reviewed By James G - Grove, Oklahoma

Excellent downtown restaurant. Very casual with excellent waitress and really good bar-b-que. Our waitress helped us pick just the right dishes and was attentive and helpful, even bringing us a sample of their excellent onion rings. This is a fun place to eat and you know you are in an old-fashioned bar-b-que joint! You won't leave hungry!

8. Whatta Burger

1410 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR 72801-2942 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 479-968-1410
Excellent
53%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 174 reviews

Whatta Burger

Reviewed By Anazeteo - Arkansas

Okay, I know many people really like Whatta Burger but I just don’t get it. I drove up to Russellville to eat CJ’s Butcher Boy Burgers and sadly they were closed. Karla and I headed to Whatta Burger and I had the cheeseburger and Karla had the regular hamburger. We had everything put on them and they tasted good but the patty was tiny. We shared a order of large fries and a drink. The price was not bad but the time it took to prepare my order was too long. I would rate them a 2 but the food is good so I rated them a 3. However, the don’t compare to CJ’s BUTCHER BOY a 5. Next time I’ll go there for a large beef patty burger.

9. Umami

304 N Elmira Ave, Russellville, AR 72802-9603 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 479-967-8889
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Umami

Reviewed By vfraven - Huntersville, North Carolina

First time here.. passing thru and staying the night in town.. we were very hungry and were not disappointed.. Ordered sushi rolls, and lobster.. The lobster Food is all very good and the service was outstanding.. will definitely be back on our next visit!

10. Ruby Tuesday

115 E Harrell Dr, Russellville, AR 72802-2256 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 479-858-7151
Excellent
42%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 141 reviews

Ruby Tuesday

Reviewed By sloopjonb69 - Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Checked into the motel and right across the parking lot is Ruby Tuesday so we ate there. The girl at the motel said it was pricy but I was hungry and tired so we picked it because it was close. I ordered a 6 oz steak, baked potato and salad and it was all perfect. Wife ordered a salad bar trip and she was satisfied. We got our food quick the service was good was not crowded for a Thursday, all in all a good experience.

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