310 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Dinner Hours: Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m-10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Lunch Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
It seems almost presumptuous to recommend a long-established landmark restaurant, but sometimes familiarity makes people forget good things when they are close by, and besides, visitors to northwest Arkansas should know that there is a world-class restaurant in the region.
Thanks to the creative artistry of Chef Chrissy, a graduate of The Culinary Instute of America in Hyde Park, New York, the cuisine at Bordinos has evolved beyond its original Northern Italian focus. The menu changes seasonally, and Chrissy offers patrons new specials on most evenings, but the regular selections always include Salads, Meat and Fish Dishes, and Pastas and Risottos. There are many wonderful dishes available, and they all deserve commentary, but if I were asked to pick a personal favorite, it would be the Fettuccini, Wild Boar Sausage, Cremini Mushroooms, and Roasted Bell Peppers, about which I sometimes dream.
The dessert menu includes creme brule, tiramisu, and what must be the finest bread pudding on the planet.
Vonnie, the wine and bar manager, working closely with Chef Chrissy, has created a constantly-updated wine list designed to provide ideal pairings for the restaurant’s cuisine. The proof of the success of their collaboration lies in the great number of loyal patrons who visit Bordinos frequently, as well as the accolades and awards the restaurant has received, including the much-coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2006, 2007, and 2008. Patrons will also make the happy discovery that the courteous, helpful wait staff at Bordinos is thoroughly conversant with the food and wine purveyed in the restaurant.
Finally, in addition to its outstanding staff, wonderful food, great wine, and immensely attractive decor, on most evenings patrons will have the opportunity to meet the guiding genius of the restaurant, founder, co-owner, and host Joe Fennel, who traditionally greets customers with his justly famous query, “How is it?” This salutation reflects both Joe’s extensive background in philosophical studies and his mastery of the Socratic method, and so if someone wants to experience an evening that offers both the promise of magnificent dining and the possibility of metaphysical dialogue, there is no better choice than Bordinos.