Places To Eat and Things To Do in Hot Springs

Last week I told you where to stay in Hot Springs. This week I’m giving you a few places to eat and some things to do. After this adventure, I’m pretty on convinced that everyone should go to Hot Springs at least twice.

Places To Eat:

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Bubba’s Catfish & Seafood
5411 Central Ave(Hwy 7 South)
Hot Springs, AR 71913

I passed Bubba’s on my way to Lookout Point Lakeside Inn and if you know me, I live a good roadside stand. That is exactly what this location of Bubba’s is. It’s a roadside trailer proudly frying up pond catfish and other delicious eats. If you’re in a hurry, you may want to call your order in because Bubba’s cooks to order. Be prepared to wait a few minutes for your catfish and shrimp to be fried to golden perfection.


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Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante
210 Central Ave
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901

Did you know that there is a 33% liquor tax in Hot Springs Downtown Historic District? Rolando’s keeps their drinks around $5-$6 so there’s not so much of a sticker shock for tourists. In addition to serving traditional and craft cocktails, Rolando’s dishes up yummy Latin dishes including a peculiar black been salsa that could serve as a meal by itself.


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Angel’s Italian Restaurant
600 Central Ave
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901

If you’re in the mood for wood fired pizza, Angel’s is your place. If you’re in the mood for traditional bruschetta, Angel’s is NOT your place. While tasty, what was called “bruschetta” was actually just a breadstick covered with cheese and tomato. Again I say it was super tasty but the crunch of bruschetta was definitely missing. The pizzas were thin, crispy, not too much sauce, and all around goodness.


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Luna Bella
104 Grand Isle Way
Hot Springs, AR 71913

I have to admit that I was extremely torn about writing about Luna Bella. First let me say that the food and drinks were ABSOLUTELY delicious. Wedge Salad? CHECK. Bellini Martini? CHECK. Osso Buco? CHECK. The service? Minus. I won’t go into all the details but there was a VERY lengthy wait between our appetizers and our entrees. Before we even made it to that point, the hostess wouldn’t look at nor talk to me but I was the one with the reservation. She chose to talk to my friend Lynn instead. Luna Bella came highly recommended by several so it was a must visit. Would I return? I’m not sure.

Things To Do:

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Drive up Hot Springs Mountain and if you’re brave, go up the mountain tower. I wasn’t brave so I just drove up the mountain and back down. Me and heights are a no go.

Walk along Central Ave and take in attractions like the Gangster’s Museum and Fordyce Bathhouse Museum and National Park Visitors Center. Get a sample and purchase some extra virgin olive oil and flavored balsamic vinegars from Evil-Os.

hot springs superior brewery

Also make sure you stop in Superior Bathhouse Brewery to try a flight of beer or even an entire beer bath. You can keep your clothes on for the beer bath. It’s a sampling of all of their beers. Before or after your beer, stop in Quapaw Bathhouse to get a full on spa treatment. Make sure you call ahead because reservations go quickly.

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If you’re a fan of racing and gambling, check out Oaklawn Racing. Since 1905, guests have enjoyed live horse races and gambling a plenty.

With Lake Hamilton running through the area, water activies are in abundance as well. Also don’t forget your water bottles. Hot Springs has water stations throughout the area to get FREE Hot Springs water. This is truly an area has something for everyone.

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  • SanTara C Cassamajor April 05, 2016 08.49 pm

    I might have slightly drooled. YUUUUUM!!!


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