Culinary Climate Includes Farm Fresh and Fine Dining
PHOTO CREDIT: Kevin Young
Come for the food and stay for the flowers, crafts, fellowship and fun at the Rogers Farmers Market.
Located on Arkansas Street downtown behind Frisco Park, locals and visitors get a taste of growers’ bounty from May through October. Seasonal fruits and vegetables beckon, as do baked goods, bouquets of wildflowers, honey, perennials and more. It’s about as fresh as it gets.
If you don’t want to prepare the feast yourself, stop by Belle Arti Ristorante & Steakhouse at 117 West Walnut St. in the historic district. In an elegant setting with burgundy and tan tablecloths and chandeliers lighting the dining area, the food and the ambiance are excellent. Dishes such as baked penne and veal marsala awaken the tastebuds during the restaurant’s lunch and dinner hours.
For a more casual meal and a trip down memory lane, it’s always fun to visit the Susie Q Malt Shop at 612 N. Second St. Tasty snacks and everything guaranteed to satisfy a sweet tooth are available.
Another longtime Rogers tradition since the 1930s is the House of Webster. Just the mention of the name evokes thoughts of the mouthwatering jams, jellies, fruit spreads, ice cream toppings, barbecue sauce, salsa, syrups and more that the company ships all over the world. The food products are produced and packaged at the firm’s 100,000-square-foot facility in Rogers, and many of them are packaged in distinctive handcrafted ceramic containers.
One of the newest additions to the dining scene in Rogers is the Pinnacle Hills Promenade, an open-air, upscale shopping center with restaurants including P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Fish City Grill and Mimi’s Café. The Pinnacle Hills Art Festival, which started in 2007, and Taste of Rogers, introduced in 2008, are held in September at the Promenade.