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eat like a local: downtown dining destinations
by Emily Merrell and Audrey Poff, illustration by Brittney Guest

Whether you are looking for a quick appetizer, a spectacular Saturday morning brunch, or a four-course meal and a fine bottle of wine, Downtown Jonesboro offers an amazing array of options to please any palate.

Here’s a quick guide to what you’ll find when you make Downtown Jonesboro your dining destination:

Chef’s In • 105 Burke Ave.
The menu varies each day, but locals know that Chef’s In offers an amazing Southern buffet that includes a variety of salads, entrees and desserts for lunch. Breakfast menu also available.

Cregeen’s Irish Pub • 201 S. Main St.
An Irish pub featuring fresh salads and sandwiches, as well as fish and chips and other classics. Cregeen’s offers a variety of beers on tap, as well as an extensive wine and bottled beer list. Live music offered each week.

Skinny J’s • 205 S. Main St.
Although Skinny J’s first planted its roots in the small neighboring town of Cash, Chef James Best’s restaurant has been an anchor on Jonesboro’s Main Street since its opening in 2010. With menu offerings that include certified angus beef ribeyes, seared scallops, fresh ahi tuna, burgers, sandwiches and homemade pastas, Skinny J’s packs the house each evening. Also open for lunch.

Eleanor’s Pizzeria • 211 S. Main St.
James Best, owner of Skinny J’s, has recently expanded his culinary repertoire with Eleanor’s Pizzeria, the newest dining destination in Downtown Jonesboro. Eleanor’s made-to-order gourmet pies are crafted with house-made sauce and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Also open for lunch.

Therapy • 241 S. Main St.
Enjoy wine and tapas in a relaxing, low-key atmosphere at Therapy. Tucked away in a quaint downtown location, Therapy is perfect for unwinding at the end of the day and enjoying good food and conversation. Open for dinner only.

Omar’s Uptown • 301 S. Main St.
Located in the heart of Downtown Jonesboro, Chef Omar Barry has provided fine dining at Omar’s Uptown since the restaurant opened in 2011. Entrees include fish, seafood, pasta and steaks with a creative edge such as Pasta Pontchartrain, Gnocci Picatta, Chicken Rodolpho and hand-trimmed fillets. Top of your meal with an exquisite dessert – perhaps Godiva chocolate crème brulee, Bananas Foster or Baked Alaska. Open for dinner only.

N’awlins Arkansas • 303 S. Main St.
Get a taste of traditional Cajun and Creole delights downtown! N’awlins serves up classic Louisiana fare like muffalettas, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, and seafood gumbo in a festive Mardi Gras atmosphere. Top off the meal with the restaurant’s New Orleans-inspired bread pudding – big enough for two. Also open for lunch.

Doe’s Eat Place • 411 W. Washington Ave.
Just a couple of blocks from Main Street, Doe’s Eat Place is one of the newest additions to the downtown area. The original, family-owned Doe’s Eat Place is located in Greenville, Miss., but since opening it’s doors in Jonesboro in 2016, Doe’s has been serving locals its signature items, which include thick-cut ribeyes, Doe’s original all-beef tamales made the same way since 1941, and homemade chili.

Partovi’s Gyros & Falafel • 210 S. Main St.
Get your Greek food fix on Main Street! Partovi’s has become a local favorite, grilling up delicious gyros and falafel from their food truck. Try a traditional or spicy lamb gyro or choose Partovi’s delicious Greek salad, and don’t forget to try the freshly made Baklava for dessert! Also open for lunch.

McClard’s Boro Dogs • 210 S. Main St.
The best and only hot dog cart in Jonesboro, serving up specialty dogs, classic favorites, and everything in between. Stop by the cart and pick up a quick and delicious lunch or dinner!

Garotos Samba Rock BBQ • 210 S. Main St.
Garotos offers Brazilian style BBQ, served up from their food truck in the style of traditional Brazilian street fare. Try a “Little Brazilian” or Mama’s Chicken Salad for lunch or dinner.

Brickhouse Grill • 218 S. Main St.
This vibrant New Orleans-inspired restaurant and live music venue has something for everyone, from hand-cut steaks to fresh seafood and Cajun pasta, sandwiches and burgers. With a full bar, extensive beer menu, and live music every weekend, everyone is welcome to “La Bon Temp Roule” at Brickhouse.

Godsey’s Grill • 226 S. Main St.
A casual eatery with American classic dishes, Godsey’s is a local favorite for burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and more. Try their famous Hog Wild Dip for starters while you enjoy live music and a full bar. Also open for lunch.

Dragon City • 300 S. Main St.
Craving some authentic Chinese food? Look no further than Dragon City on Main Street. The chefs at Dragon City use fresh and natural ingredients to prepare classic Chinese dishes such as Kung Pao Beef, General Tso’s Chicken and Ting Ting Shrimp. Available for dine in, take out, or delivery 7 days a week.

The Parsonage 322 • 322 S. Main St.
This farm-to-table eatery is a must-try, with daily specials artfully created by Chef John Myers. Local brunch enthusiasts can be spotted at The Parsonage every weekend for the restaurant’s signature Belgian waffles, open-faced omelettes, mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Sue’s Kitchen • 524 S. Church St.
Located in the historic Church Street Station, Sue’s Kitchen offers delicious Southern fare in a charming atmosphere. Sue’s extensive breakfast menu includes scrumptious dishes such as Banana Praline French Toast and Huevos Rancheros, and locals love Sue’s Famous 3-Way Salad for a light lunch. Don’t forget to pick up a slice of peanut butter pie on your way out!