Asian Food and Sushi
Winner: Fuji Kim's Sushi & Grill
Offering Japanese cuisine with a fusion of American and Korean flavors, this sushi lover's restaurant has offered Texarkana its flavors since 2008. Fuji Kim's offers a huge range of sushi options as well as other items. Fuji Kim's also offers a wide range of beverages and cocktails to accompany one's meal. Customers rank it as the go to place to treat yourself.
Runner Up for Asian Restaurant and Sushi: Osaka Japanese Steakhouse
Winner: Julie's Deli & Market
Julie's Deli & Market, with sandwiches, daily specials, desserts and more, this local deli makes its offerings fresh to order. With occasional menu surprises, check in regularly to see what's new at Julie's Deli. Rumor has it this place has some of the best deviled eggs in the city.
Runner Up for Bakery : Graham Slam Bakery
Runner Up for Carterer: The Lunch Box
Winner: Hopkins Icehouse
Part of the downtown renaissance, Hopkins Icehouse has established itself as a place with a solid, flavorful menu at reasonable prices and appetizers like the Spinny Dip. With a range of beers and cocktails, entertainment is also the thing with all the games on large screens as well as local and regional talent regularly featured.
Runner Up: Fat Jacks Oyster and Sports Bar
Barbecue and Ribs
Winner: Naaman's Championship BBQ
This well-known name in Texarkana barbecue is an award winner with its range of meats and side dishes. Besides great barbecue made with skill and craft, the staff credits their success to purpose and passion. They know why they are there and love to do what they do. They prepare the dishes with old-fashioned value, authentic quality and that American tradition of passionate excellence.
Runner Up for Barbecue: Big Jake's Bar-B-Que
Runner Up for Ribs: Texas Roadhouse
Winner: Cracker Barrel
A chain and region favorite that embraces Southern comfort and culture, customers see by both the offerings on the menu and the items in the gift store that Cracker Barrel is a haven for down-home. Taste and see the American South at Cracker Barrel.
Runner Up : Johnny B's
Winner: Red Bone Magic Brewing
Red Bone Magic Brewing on Texas Boulevard is one of the latest manifestations of the renaissance of Texarkana's downtown. Located at the gateway to downtown, Red Bone Magic Brewing offers a range of beers made on location, as well as a simple menu of bar food, including oven-baked pizza. "Make Texarkana fun again," is the establishment's motto.
Runner Up: Pecan Point Brewing Company
Brunch and Romantic Dinner
Winner: Verona Fine Italian Restaurant. Verona's fine Italian cuisine is complemented by an extensive wine cellar and beer selection. Mouthwatering food, exceptional service and of course, the perfect romantic atmosphere make Verona the ideal spot for a special date night or anniversary dinner.
Runner Up for Brunch: Benchmark American Brasserie
Runner Up for Romantic Dinner: Longhorn Steakhouse
Winner: Golden Corral Buffet & Grill
The Golden Corral franchise has served and continues to serve as buffet central for thousands of all-you-can-eat fans from miles around. Producing and delivering quality cuisine made from scratch each day remains the steadfast goal of this buffet specialty outlet.
Runner Up: Golden Palace
Chips and Salsa and Queso
Winner: Amigo Juan
Amigo Juan has won several awards for their fantastic service, and won the hearts and stomachs of everyone who has sat at one of their tables — because they treat customers like their family. Amigo Juan serves the very best special family recipes.
Runner Up for Chips and Salsa and Queso: Zapata Grill & Mexican Cantina
Cocktail, Happy Hour, Margarita and Mexican Food
Winner: Zapata Grill & Mexican Cantina
Fans of Zapata's enjoy everything from the potent margaritas, great food and unique atmosphere. The Tex-Mex Restaurant features Mesquite-grilled meats, seafood and other Mexican fare in a laid-back, rustic setting. A bar and several dining areas make Zapata's the perfect place for special occasions. Located in historic downtown Texarkana, Zapata Grill & Mexican Cantina is the place to see and be seen in Texarkana.
Runner Up for Cocktail: Twisted Fork
Runner Up for Happy Hour: Sonic
Runner Up for Margarita: On the Border
Runner Up for Mexican Food: Amigo Juan
Winner: Brewsters on the Boulevard
Brewsters on the Boulevard is a centrally located, locally owned and operated coffee house bringing artisan coffee to the four states area. BB's features classic espressos as well as their own twists on some of the traditional favorites. The free WiFi allows for studying and business while sipping on a favorite java. A gathering room is equipped with a Smart TV. Catering is available. Brewster's can accommodate meetings as well as special occasions.
Runner Up: Starbucks Coffee
Winner: The Cookie Lady
Charkeitha Washington, the Texarkana Cookie Lady, has been causing a stir in town since kicking off her business earlier this year. Since that time, cars line up regularly to pick up her freshly made cookies and brownies in her kitchen. She offers more than 100 different cookies, tea cakes, brownies and other items.
Runner Up: Julie's Deli
Winner: Shorty's Donut Shop and Diner
Shorty's Donut Shop and Diner satisfies the longing of those looking for burgers, other lunch items and their signature Southern Maid doughnuts. In business for more than 50 years, Shorty's is legendary for its doughnuts including glazed, chocolate topped, blueberry and buttermilk. Rounding out their pastry-inspired breakfast offerings are apple fritters, butter rolls, crisps, fried pies, long johns and calachis.
Runner Up: The Donut Cafe
Family Restaurant and Home Style Cooking
Winner: Dixie Diner
Dixie Diner has been serving up homestyle cooking for decades. A hometown favorite, Dixie Diner makes meals from scratch and serves them with a heaping helping of Southern hospitality. The diner has a dedicated following locally and earns great reviews from those passing through town. It's a great place to meet and eat.
Runner Up for Family Restaurant and Home Cooking: Mother Kelley's Home Cooking
Winner: Cold Stone Creamery
The Arizona-based ice cream parlor chain's Texarkana location has become a favorite for frozen yogurt and more. Cold Stone ice cream is freshly created by hand in each store, each ice cream treat for customers being churned on a slab of frozen granite stone. The creamy frozen yogurt has won fans here in Texarkana, and yogurts here have been stamped with approval by National Yogurt Association's Live & Active Cultures seal.
Runner Up: Orange Leaf
Winner: 30 Burger
Texas-side burger joint 30 Burger aims to be your craft destination for burgers and more. The restaurant touts a variety of signature burgers: ranging from the Welcome to Texas with its Texas and sweet jalapeno sauces, an Angus beef patty, smoked cheddar cheese and more to the Truck Wash with house-made chili and other accompaniments on an Angus patty. Distinctive premium burgers include the Aporkalypse, the Pig Kahuna, the Carlos & Kumar and the Keto Burger. 30 Burger recently added a bar, too.
Runner Up: Reggie's Burger
Winner: Wingstop Wingstop offers a tasty array of wings and sauces, usually to a snappy classic rock beat in the background. Its aviation-themed atmosphere is in keeping with things with wings. For just the delicious taste of wings, this one allows you a quick stop for wings.
Runner Up: Slim Chickens
Winner: McAlister's Deli Texarkana's tea devotees raise their glasses to McAlister's Deli. They put a lot of care and pride into this well-loved brew. It's Rainforest Alliance certified, specially filtered, made fresh every four hours and poured directly over ice. It's Texarkana's tea-riffic drink.
Runner Up: Chicken Express
Winner: Joe's Pizza & Pasta Joe's Pizza and Pasta serves wonderful Italian fare in downtown Texarkana. Described as a low-key, old-school Italian eatery serving subs, pizza, pasta and classic entrees, Joe's is the local choice to gather for great food and service.
Runner Up: Verona Fine Italian Restaurant
Winner: Chubby Cheeks Liquor A huge range of wine, beers and spirits as well as cocktail mixing ingredients makes this a one-stop shop for adult beverage needs. In addition, check out a variety of foods that fit with tavern snacking. You won't believe how much variety you can find in pickled eggs alone.
Runner Up: Party Factory
Winner: Gusano's Chicago Style Pizzeria Gusano's authentic Chicago-style pizza boasts "all the flavors you've been craving buttery-flaky crust, sweet-tangy tomatoes, gooey mozzarella cheese and perfectly seasoned sausage. Every pizza is handmade from scratch and served to your specifications." They also offer sandwiches, salads and appetizers.
Runner Up: Joe's Pizza & Pasta
Winner: Jason's Deli Jason's Deli boasts an expansive salad bar including fresh organic greens, dozens of topping choices, fresh-made sides, famous mini-muffins and much more. The restaurant also offers a full deli menu with sandwiches, soups, desserts, specialty salads and more.
Runner Up: Julie's Deli
Winner: Pop's Place Whether you're in the mood for seared ahi tuna, crab legs, grilled shrimp or all of your fried fish favorites, Pop's Place has it all. This unique, one-of-a-kind restaurant is not part of a chain and your dining experience will not be ordinary. Pop's offers a variety of seafood and steak options as well as wine, beer and a full-service bar.
Runner Up: Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux & Bar
Winner: Tropical Smoothie Cafe Tropical Smoothie Cafe's menu boasts bold, flavorful smoothies with a healthy appeal, all made to order with quality ingredients. Their smoothies are made with real fruits, veggies and juices. Their mission is to inspire a healthier lifestyle by serving amazing food and smoothies with a bit of tropical fun.
Runner Up: Texarkana Nutrition
Winner: Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux & Bar Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar is described as a restaurant that offers a game-day atmosphere with Southern hospitality featuring menu items made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Walk-On's name comes from founders Brandon Landry and Jack Warner who were walk-ons on the Louisiana State University basketball team. Drew Brees is also a co-owner and partner of the restaurant chain.
Runner Up: Fat Jacks Oyster and Sports Bar
Winner: Texas Roadhouse Texas Roadhouse A Texarkana favorite for steak and fresh meats, the local Texas Roadhouse regularly sends a representative to the company-wide competition for the best steak cutter in the the chain nationally. With a country kind of atmosphere, you can see the meat in a glass display counter.
Runner Up for Steaks: Cattleman's Steak House