Have you ever heard the expression “if you feed them, they will come”? Okay, we haven’t either; however, this has proven to be true in Downtown Batesville.
Downtown is alive again! The street is busy and once-empty storefronts are now occupied. A large part of the resurgence of one of Arkansas’ oldest downtown districts is due to the unique dining experiences that can only be found on Main Street in Batesville, Arkansas.
Downtown Batesville is now home to four high-quality restaurants, each with a different atmosphere and menu to please any hungry patron.
231 E Main St.
T-SU 11AM-2PM/ TH-FR 5PM-9PM
Dining on Main Street begins with Elizabeth’s. In business for almost 18 years, Mrs. Diane White and her one of a kind menu have built a very large following. Elizabeth's offers a daily plate lunch special, or customers may choose from their diverse menu that does not have single item above $9.99. The Tropical Chicken Salad which is a blend of chicken salad mix with grapes, topped with almonds and served on a fresh pineapple boat surrounded by fresh fruit, is the most popular menu item by far.The evening menu offers steaks, seafood, and chicken dishes you will fall in love with. Did we mention the incredible freshly baked rolls?! Elizabeth’s intimate atmosphere and home-cooked style meals will leave you with a satisfied appetite and warm soul.
BIG’s of Batesville
101 E. Main St.
M-W 11AM-3PM/ TH 11AM-7PM/ FR-SAT 11AM-8PM
BIG’S is a sandwich, hot dog and burger restaurant located in the iconic W.B. Menard (“Coca-Cola”) Building on Main Street. At first glance, you may think their menu seems pretty normal, however BIG’s has somehow figured out to put flavor bombs inside every one of their dishes. The grilled sandwiches are the most requested items on the menu, with the most popular being the “Beverly” (sourdough packed full of turkey, bacon, swiss, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and mayo). However, there is one sandwich that when patrons finally try it, they won’t stop talking about it. The “Gabe Sr.” which is a peanut butter, banana, honey, cinnamon and bacon grilled sandwich. We recommend the spicy ranch fries to complement any item main entrée you may enjoy.
The Pinto Coffee and Comida
100 E. Main St.
T-FR 7AM-7PM/ SAT 9AM-7PM
The Pinto Coffee and Comida may be the wildest restaurant combination you will ever experience. The Pinto is a full-service espresso/coffee shop, but they also serve amazing style Mexican dishes with a southern flare. The Pinto is one place on Main Street you can enjoy breakfast! They serve burritos, tacos, and waffles. The lunch menu includes burritos, tacos, bowls, beans and cornbread, and they offer gluten-free and vegan options. Don’t forget to ask for the weekly specials and their sweet treats. If you really want to soak in Main Street Batesville, enjoy your meal outside under their covered patio. The most popular dish is the Spicy Bowl, which is a one-way ticket to Flavortown. Filled with pulled pork or chicken, jasmine rice, cheese, pico, and spicy mayo, the Spicy Bowl will have you planning your next trip back to The Pinto before you walk out of the door.
109 Main (CIX)
109 E. Main St.
T-TH 5PM-10PM/FR 5PM-10PM/SAT 11AM-12AM/SU11AM-2PM
Every time you step through the door into 109 Main, you are being teleported to a restaurant setting fit for Restaurant Row in New York City. The intimate atmosphere inside the 130-year old venue is quite possibly the coolest in the State of Arkansas. 109 prides itself on the complete experience of dining. Every menu item has been specially crafted by a chef on staff and the presentation is just as spectacular as the atmosphere. Independence County is still a dry-county; however, 109 Main operates as a private club, offering free memberships to patrons which allows them to serve a wide variety of domestic, foreign and craft beer as well as cocktails and specialty drinks. The hottest item on the menu is by far the Shrimp and Grits (10 jumbo shrimp atop the signature cheese grits paired with arugula salad).