I figure folks are going to be working up an appetite after seeing all the art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. There is a restaurant at the museum, Eleven, that's getting rave reviews, but Bentonville has many culinary options.
No. 1: Petit Bistro, at 2702 N. Walton Blvd., is a French Mediterranean eatery in a sweet cobblestone house. Owner Dario Amini and chef Dane Mane serve superior cuisine that's getting raves from the folks in town. Our chateaubriand steak salad was divine and the shrimp and polenta dish our companion tucked into delicious. ("Remember when we used to call this corn meal mush?" companion asked.) Unfortunately, the pumpkin brulee — served in tiny pumpkins — wasn't on the menu the day we lunched.
The dinner menu includes such delights as mussels, tuna tartare, Lebanese lamb chops and other distinctive fare. When the weather's nice, the back patio looks out on woods and a brook and is a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and rest up after seeing after hiking around Crystal Bridges.