Win, Place, and Show Dining in Hot Springs

Events / Travel
Start and amazing meal at Bone’s Chophouse with the crawfish cornbread. (Courtesy of Bone’s Chophouse)

Racing fans heading to Hot Springs, Ark. for the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 14 at Oaklawn Park have plenty of options for dining.

No matter the budget, a winning plate awaits in the Spa City.

Dinner entree at Bone’s Chophouse. (Courtesy of Bone’s Chophouse)

WIN: Bone’s Chophouse

Bone’s Chophouse, which opened in December, quickly became a favorite among horsemen and fans during its first live race meet. The restaurant offers unparalleled service in an elegant environment. Begin with house favorites like crawfish cornbread or fried green tomatoes. Next, savor a signature steak or their one-of-a-kind shrimp and grits. Finish with heavenly crème brulee. All of this can be paired with selections from a premium wine list. Bone’s is a great place to celebrate your wins or forget about your losses.

Patio dining at Rolando’s. (Sara Dacus photo)

PLACE: Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante

Serving Ecuadorian cuisine, Rolando’s is a gem in historic downtown Hot Springs. If the weather lends to dining al fresco, ask to be seated on the patio, where light-drizzled trees illuminate the miniature cliffs of the national park in a patio garden. If dining inside, ask to be seated upstairs in the speakeasy. Either location often offers live music, and both locations are great for enjoying a champagne margarita, featuring an inverted miniature bottle of Korbel, or Rolando’s famous mojito.  Recommended plato principal: Camorones Bohemios.

Rose Schweikhart at Superior. (Courtesy of Superior Bathhouse Brewery )

SHOW: Superior Bathhouse Brewery

Superior Bathhouse Brewery, located on iconic Bathhouse Row, is the only brewery located in a national park, and it is the first to utilize thermal waters in beer. Currently, the Superior serves 12 beers on tap, and some of the beers rotate. Proprietress Rose Schweikhart gives each beer a name that invokes its story. For example, Hitchcock Springs Kolsch is named for the closest spring to the Superior, which is right outside the brewery window. Another beer name with history is Madden’s No. 1. It is brewed using the same recipe New York gangster Owney Madden, who died and is buried in Hot Springs, used during prohibition. The Superior has an eclectic menu featuring paninis, brats, and salads and also serves homemade gelato.

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