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Anytime I ride to an unfamiliar town, one of things I always want to do is to go where the locals go, whether it be restaurant, bar, or music venue. Those are always the good places and they are almost always locally owned. We’re blessed with a lot of those places in northwest Arkansas, and especially in Fayetteville. So, the next few articles in this space will concentrate on some of those places. Again, I’d like to mention that the businesses I spotlight here are not necessarily sponsors or even involved with the rally. They are just places I like. When you come to Fayetteville for the 2016 rally, check them out.

Just off Dickson St. (about 200 feet) lies a place that is so “Fayetteville” in every way. Arsaga’s at the Depot embodies the cool, funky feel of Fayetteville to a tee. Located in a historic railroad freight building, Arsaga’s at the Depot is home of great coffee, and eclectic foods. Actually, Arsaga’s roasts its own coffee, thus assuring that the product that comes to your table is pristine, pure, and tasty.   The dishes are made fresh, of course, and are as unique as you might expect. I personally recommend the curry chicken salad, hand cut beer cheese fries, and the Crepe Atlas (herb roasted chicken, bacon, shiitakes, caramelized onions, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, oh yeah).

And, they have a great selection of wines and beers. So far, what’s not to love?

But maybe the coolest thing is the place itself. There’s a picturesque porch out front, and the interior is nicely spacious, and doesn’t have that chain restaurant crowded feel. And then you go out back. The back area is open air and adjacent to the Frisco Trail, part of an extensive trail system spanning several of the areas towns and cities. The trail system is always full of joggers, runners, walkers, bicyclists, and lots of families just enjoying the sights. If that’s not enough, just on the other side of the trail is the railroad track upon which the A and M railroad transports rally goers from Dickson St. to the Baum Stadium Motorcycle Village. Pretty cool.

We always have folks down on Dickson early, looking for coffee and breakfast, so that problem is solved for you. This is the simplest way to find Arsaga’s at the Depot. Go to the north vendor lot, next to Chipotle and walk toward the back of the lot. Arsaga’s will be the last building on your left. They are open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sundays. It’ll be a lot better than the breakfast buffet at your hotel. I promise.

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Area Info

Northwest Arkansas is full of fun things for bikers and their families to do when they aren’t riding

Rally Camping

The official campground of Bikes, Blues & BBQ is the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Official 2015 Merchandise

Get geared-up for the 2015 Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally with official merchandise.

Rally with a Purpose

From the very beginning, the founders of Bikes, Blues & BBQ realized that although the three festival components of the rally — bikes, blues and barbeque — would be enough to put on a great event, so much more was possible. They wanted to hold Bikes, Blues & BBQ to a higher standard and give it a greater purpose. With that in mind they designated Bikes, Blues & BBQ as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting local charities with funding raised during the rally.