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AQ Chicken House

1207 N. Thompson, Springdale, AR - (479) 751-4633
One of the nation's great chicken houses, AQ -- short for 'Arkansas Quality' -- opened in 1947 and offers classic pan-fried chicken, charcoal-cooked chicken and barbecue chicken along with a slew of excellent downhome side dishes and fried peaches for dessert.
85% Approval Rating (7 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Fried Chicken
Cloverleaf Rolls
Chicken Over the Coals
Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken Sampler Platter
mac-n-cheese
Fried Peaches
fried okra

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"NWA, locals' shorthand for Northwest Arkansas, produces tons of poultry; and there are several restaurants in the region that make a big deal out of chicken dinner. AQ Chicken House, opened in 1947, is the daddy of 'em all. Now a big, family-friendly outfit with a ..."   [Read More]
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Kathy Anderson
February 09, 2011
"We try to stop here on the way to OK and regularly go 100 miles out of the way. One of the locations (I can't remember if it is Springdale or Fayetteville since we have been to both) does have a take-out shack out back. The lemon pepper seasoning is perfect. ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1207 N. Thompson, Springdale, AR
(479) 751-4633

http://www.aqchickenhouse.net

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:No Data
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:No
Dark meat is the way to go. This drumstick is luxurious beyond description, the meat tender, the skin chewy and resonant with spice.
"Dark meat is the way to go. This drumstick is luxurious beyond description, the meat tender, the skin chewy and resonant with spice."
Michael Stern





Can't make up your mind? A chicken sampler platter offers one piece each of fried, over-the-coals and barbecued. Sharing plate space are battered French fries (yu-um) and sweet potato casserole (yu-um +).
"Can't make up your mind? A chicken sampler platter offers one piece each of fried, over-the-coals and barbecued. Sharing plate space are battered French fries (yu-um) and sweet potato casserole (yu-um +)."
Michael Stern


'Chicken over the coals' is hugely flavorful with a peppery, lemony punch.
"'Chicken over the coals' is hugely flavorful with a peppery, lemony punch."
Michael Stern


Meals begin with a basket of fluffy cloverleaf rolls.
"Meals begin with a basket of fluffy cloverleaf rolls."
Michael Stern


The must-eat dessert: slices of fresh peach are dipped in a sweet, cinnamony batter and fried to a crisp, served warm under vanilla ice cream.
"The must-eat dessert: slices of fresh peach are dipped in a sweet, cinnamony batter and fried to a crisp, served warm under vanilla ice cream."
Michael Stern


Since opening day in 1947, the menu has expanded to include many other items, but it's chicken that has made AQ (short for 'Arkansas Quality') the go-to place in northwest Arkansas.
"Since opening day in 1947, the menu has expanded to include many other items, but it's chicken that has made AQ (short for 'Arkansas Quality') the go-to place in northwest Arkansas."
Michael Stern


The AQ interior is filled with lots of chicken decorations, including a large metal chicken sculpture in the foyer.
"The AQ interior is filled with lots of chicken decorations, including a large metal chicken sculpture in the foyer."
Cliff Strutz


The chicken and dumplings has wide flat homemade noodles and big chunks of tender meat.
"The chicken and dumplings has wide flat homemade noodles and big chunks of tender meat."
Cliff Strutz



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