Gather 'round, foodies. The Department of Arkansas Heritage recently announced the finalists for the 2019 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame.

The DAH awards highlight five categories of Arkansas eats: restaurants, proprietors, food-themed events, people's choice and "Gone But Not Forgotten." Nominations were opened to the public and judged by a 13-member committee.

"This is the first year we’ve heard from every county across the state," DAH director Stacy Hurst said. "We are so pleased to be leading this conversation about food as a special part of Arkansas’ heritage and culture. We look forward to celebrating the flavors of Arkansas for many years to come."

Here are the Pulaski County finalists who made the list:


  • Bruno’s Little Italy
  • Burge’s Restaurant
  • Doe’s Eat Place
  • Star of India


  • Capi Peck
  • Peter Brave
  • Sami Lal
  • Scott McGehee 


  • International Greek Food Festival

Gone But Not Forgotten:

  • La Scala Italian Restaurant
  • The Shack Barbecue

The People’s Choice Award is chosen based on the number of nominations for a particular restaurant.

The winners will be announced at the induction ceremony on Monday, Feb. 25, at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Get your tickets online or by calling (501) 324-9346.

You can learn more and see the full list of finalists on the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame website.