Arkansas’ Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: The Meat Shoppe

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Meat Shoppe is a two-time 2019 award winner in Arkansas!

For southern barbecue at its finest, there’s no better restaurant to eat at in Gravel Ridge than The Meat Shoppe.

The Meat Shoppe has received hundreds of reviews on five verified sites with an average rating of 4.75 stars, earning them a magnificent Rating Score™ of 97.49 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for being ranked among the top 100 businesses and the top 10 restaurants in all of Arkansas!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Kent has taken care of our family for years. We’ve never had a bad experience here. The lunch is great. The meat is great. Call ahead for special orders. [Our] favorites are the summer sausage, the stuffed pork loin and the Cajun spices near the register. We live out of town now and stock up every time we’re back here.” – Lauren C.

Not Your Average Restaurant

We wanted to learn more about this two-time award winner and how they managed to build such an impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Kent, the owner of The Meat Shoppe.

The first thing we wanted to know was what makes The Meat Shoppe a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Arkansas. Here’s what Kent had to say:

“You can’t imitate authenticity, and you can’t imitate fresh! We make our own barbecue sauce, and we use only fresh ingredients.”

He went on to add:

“We’ve been here almost 20 years! We’re a hybrid between a meat market and restaurant specializing in southern cooking.”

We also asked Kent what their mission is at The Meat Shoppe and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s his response:

“We sell fresh meat, and we aim to get people back around the dinner table. We want to make a positive impact on the community. We offer fresh, high-quality products at good, affordable prices.”

Building Success Through Hard Work and Quality Service

Kent attributes The Meat Shoppe’s strong online reputation to their commitment to working hard and offering their clients quality service and products:

“We make everything from scratch. We just try to be authentic and fresh!”

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, The Meat Shoppe has gotten their name out there mostly through word of mouth; although, they’ve invested a little bit of money into advertising and promotions on television and the radio.

Every business owner wants to build the kind of online reputation The Meat Shoppe has. When we asked Kent what advice he has for those business owners, he said:

“Work hard, and try to do right. Just do the best you can do! If you do that, your business will get better.”


Congratulations to the team at The Meat Shoppe for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Kent, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend The Meat Shoppe in Gravel Ridge. Visit their website today!

Arkansas’ Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: AJ’s Oyster House

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that AJ’s Oyster House is an award winner for restaurants in 2019!

If you are looking for a restaurant that has not only a friendly environment but delicious food, look no further than this award-winning company!

AJ’s Oyster House has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.67 stars, earning them an incredible Rating Score™ of 96.71 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking not only among the top 10 restaurants in Arkansas, but among the top 100 businesses in the state overall!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[The] food was excellent! [The] oysters are fresh and [the] prices [are] great! My husband is originally [from] South Louisiana and is usually very picky about seafood, and he loved it! [The] food was priced just right and drinks were delicious. [We] will definitely come back for more!” -Samantha M.

It is because of fantastic reviews like this that AJ’s Oyster House is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about how AJ’s Oyster House has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the co-owner, Destiney Cameron.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes AJ’s Oyster House stand apart from their competitors. In Destiney’s words, “We have very fresh food, all of our food is made from scratch with homemade recipes. We have lots of repeat business. The same and consistent staff creates a family feel all around with employees and patrons.”

When asked about the AJ’s Oyster House mission, Destiney said, “We want to provide a welcoming place with great food to keep people coming back.”

Building Success Through Consistency

We couldn’t let Destiney go without finding out what she considers to be the AJ’s Oyster House secret to success. “We try to be consistent with every aspect of the business both with the front and back of the house. We get lots of repeat business and others traveling to the area frequent their reviews. We’ve been open for almost six years.”

When it comes to marketing, AJ’s Oyster House focuses on word of mouth and Facebook.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as terrific a reputation as AJ’s Oyster House has managed to. We asked if Destiney could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Find what works for you and do it well.”


Congratulations to AJ’s Oyster House for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Destiney for taking the time to speak with us! Check out their Facebook page here!

North Carolina’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: The Melting Pot of Charlotte

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that The Melting Pot of Charlotte is a 2019 award winner for restaurants in North Carolina!

Don’t settle for just any restaurant. Make your night out a memorable experience at The Melting Pot of Charlotte.

The Melting Pot of Charlotte has received thousands of reviews with an average rating of 4.67 stars, earning them a magnificent Rating Score™ of 96.67 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 restaurants in all of North Carolina!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I took my husband to the Melting Pot last night to celebrate our anniversary. Our server…was a delight, and we had a wonderful dinner. The friendly young woman who prepared our Wisconsin Trio cheese (I’m so sorry I didn’t get her name) made a point of wishing us ‘Happy Anniversary’ when she saw us on our way out, and that just put a star on the visit. Thank you, everyone, for making our evening special!” – Misty M.

Not Your Average Restaurant

We wanted to learn all about The Melting Pot of Charlotte and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with the Marketing Director, Madison Collins.

The first question we had for Madison was what is it that sets The Melting Pot of Charlotte apart from their competition in North Carolina. Here’s Madison’s response:

“We’re a very large location. We’ve been here for 30 years and have a lot of large private areas. We always go out of our way and go above and beyond to make sure that our guests have a great night out! We also offer romantic and birthday packages to make the night that much more memorable.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at The Melting Pot of Charlotte and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Madison had to say:

“We aim to deliver the perfect night out!”

Building Success With Great Servers and a Personal, Interactive Meal

Madison attributes The Melting Pot of Charlotte’s strong online reputation to the great servers they have and the personal, interactive meal they offer:

“You get a lot of time with your servers and learn a lot about them. Those connections really add to the experience. Our management staff also makes an effort to talk to every table. When people make an online reservation, I believe it asks for feedback, but most of our reviews are left organically!”

When we asked Madison how The Melting Pot of Charlotte has gotten their name out there outside of building a powerful online reputation, she said:

“We do our own marketing for the location. Corporate does handle a few things, but we do a lot of social media and email blasts. Social media is really our focus. We do some paid ads on Facebook, but most of what we do is posting regularly. Fondue is kind of an older concept, so we need to stay relevant.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation The Melting Pot of Charlotte has. Here’s Madison’s expert advice for them:

“I would say to make sure that you’re thinking out of the box! Keep things interesting on social media. Some people may think it’s silly to take pictures of things, but that is how your patrons are seeing what you have to offer!”

Madison ended our conversation with this:

“We will be going through Charlotte Restaurant Week in July. We always participate and would love to see you here!”


Congratulations to the team at The Melting Pot of Charlotte for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Madison, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend The Melting Pot of Charlotte. Visit their website today!

Wisconsin’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Sanford

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Sanford is an award winner for restaurants in 2019.

If you are looking for a fantastic dining experience in Milwaukee, look no further than this award-winning company!

Sanford has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.84 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 98.40 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 100 businesses and the number one restaurant in all of Wisconsin!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Sanford’s is a unique dining experience. It is an exceptionally intimate small setting with exceptional staffing… The menu of creative and unusual dishes, combined with the presentation and service, makes one feel culinarily pampered. This is a stellar choice for a special occasion. [They provide] outstanding service and a chef who has amazing vision and utilizes the local market for seasonal dishes that taste out of this world.” – H.L.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Sanford is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about Sanford and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the General Manager, Sarah.

Sanford pays close attention to the needs and wants of their customers, and their level of service and attention to detail are unmatched. Sarah said that they pay close attention to celebrations, too! This fantastic service is paired with even more outstanding food.

Sarah shared a bit about their general mission and philosophy at Sanford:

“It is the philosophy of Sanford Restaurant to start with the finest possible ingredients, coming from as close to home as possible, and supporting local farms and artisans whenever possible. We then treat those ingredients with the utmost respect, coaxing and elevating their natural flavors to the highest possible level. We treat people with the highest level of respect.”

Building Success Through Word of Mouth

Sanford has grown their incredible reputation thanks to word of mouth and recommendations from nearby hotels. Sarah said that while they appreciate the online reviews, they don’t usually ask for them! Their reviews are organic.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Sanford has managed to. We asked if Sarah could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what she had to say:

“Do not procrastinate!”


Congratulations to Sanford for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Sarah for taking the time to speak with us!

Nevada’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Cattlemen’s Cafe

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Cattlemen’s Cafe is a 2019 award winner for restaurants in Nevada!

When you’ve got an appetite for a mouth-watering burger in Fallon, you won’t find a better option than Cattlemen’s Cafe.

Cattlemen’s Cafe has received dozens of reviews with an average rating of 4.80 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 93.98 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 restaurants in all of Nevada!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I believe this is the best place in Fallon to get hamburgers. Cattlemen’s Cafe has 40 different hamburgers on their menu, and they are delicious. [It is a] small, quiet cafe [that’s] perfect for those who don’t like crowds of people. I ordered the ‘Octane Burger.’ It was topped with an onion ring, jalapenos and hot sauce. It was cooked perfectly juicy, not dry and not overly greasy, like you get at other places. [The] hamburgers came with a pile of big home fries. I will definitely be stopping in here more often.” – Adam V

Not Your Average Restaurant

We wanted to learn all about Cattlemen’s Cafe and its impressive online reputation, so we took a few minutes to talk with Jeff, who co-owns Cattlemen’s with his wife.

The first question we had for Jeff was what is it that sets Cattlemen’s Cafe apart from their competition in Nevada. Here’s Jeff’s response:

“We cook everything per order. Our meat is fresh. Our restaurant is spotless. We have 40 different burgers…a fresh salad bar, awesome steaks and rib-eye sandwiches. Burgers are our specialty; they call me the burger master.”

Jeff went on to add:

“[We’ve] been cooking burgers for over 30 years. We do everything for scratch. We make our own patty’s, no frozen meats, no steroids, no chemicals — everything is natural.”

We also wanted to know what their mission is at Cattlemen’s Cafe and how they work to make the world a better place. Here’s what Jeff had to say:

“Our mission is to make a small part of someone’s day — an enjoyable eating experience. We’ve created a very comfortable atmosphere; everyone is very friendly — it’s local. They find us on Google.”

Building Success by Doing Their Best

Jeff attributes Cattlemen’s Cafe’s strong online reputation to their commitment to doing good quality work and to trying to do their best each and every day.

Outside of building a powerful online reputation, Cattlemen’s Cafe has gotten their name out there by posting daily specials on social media every day, but most of their business comes from word of mouth. Jeff added:

“We have people that travel from all over to eat our burgers.”

There are so many business owners out there looking to build the kind of online reputation Cattlemen’s Cafe has. Here’s Jeff’s expert advice for them:

“If you are going to be a business owner, you have to be hands-on; you have to be there all the time, especially in the food industry. You cannot leave it to other food people; you really have to keep an eye on it.”


Congratulations to the team at Cattlemen’s Cafe for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Jeff, for taking the time to speak with us!

We highly recommend Cattlemen’s Cafe in Fallon. Visit their Facebook page today!

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Table 79 Foodbar

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Table 79 Foodbar is an award winner for restaurants in 2018.

For delicious food and unique cocktails, look no further than this award-winning company!

Table 79 Foodbar has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.60 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 90.99 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 restaurants in Colorado!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[The] drinks, food, and service were all incredible! My wife and I were celebrating our first anniversary, and Table 79 made it such a special occasion. Our waiter…had great suggestions and always made sure we were well taken care of. [They are] highly recommended!” – R.C.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Table 79 Foodbar is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about Table 79 Foodbar and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the General Manager, Jeff.

Table 79 Foodbar brings a big-city vibe into the mountains. With its fun, hip atmosphere, it brings a whole different concept than many other local spots. Jeff says that their employees make all the difference and are 100 percent to thank for their incredible reputation. They have very little turnover and are focused on the culture of their restaurant. Employees receive full health insurance and become a part of the Table 79 family. Jeff said:

“Atmosphere is something that you cannot really put a dollar sign on. This is an exciting place to be. We try to be a humble and inviting place — not snooty. We like to be creative and have a lot of fun, and that attracts great staff.”

Building Success Through Consistency

Table 79 Foodbar has managed to build an incredible reputation, and Jeff says that is entirely thanks to word of mouth. He said that they are in a weird spot in town, so it was a challenge to get their name out at first, but word quickly spread! Now they are working towards having a strong presence on social media sites, like Facebook and Instagram.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Table 79 Foodbar has managed to. We asked if Jeff could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Be really consistent. Each day is better than the last; every day, we want to put an experience on for our guests. It’s easy to buy someone a drink or give them a dessert. We find other ways to show customers our support… Our staff is big on building an inner community.”


Congratulations to Table 79 Foodbar for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Jeff for taking the time to speak with us!

Arkansas’ Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Paizi’s Gyros Restaurant

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Paizi’s Gyros Restaurant is a two-time award winner in 2019.

For fresh and delicious Greek food in Fort Smith, look no further than this award-winning company!

Paizi’s Gyros Restaurant has received hundreds of overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.77 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 97.67 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking as one of the top 100 businesses and one of the top three restaurants in Arkansas!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“I love both the food and the staff. [They have] lots of quality food for a very reasonable price. Even their tea is the best in town. If you have room, definitely get one of their desserts.” – K.C.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Paizi’s Gyros Restaurant is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about Paizi’s Gyros Restaurant and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the owner, Hari Paizi.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Paizi’s Gyros Restaurant stand apart from their competitors. This unique, buffet-style, Greek eatery puts all of their lovely food on display. Everything is fresh, made to order, and hand-carved right in front of the customer. That means that their food offers that perfect balance of fast and delicious. They use only high-quality ingredients, and their gyro meat comes straight from Chicago. Hari said of the restaurant:

“We are deliciously different.”

Building Success Through Word of Mouth

Paizi’s Gyros Restaurant has grown its reputation and business with help from a five-star point system where people can earn free food. There are currently over 7,000 people participating in the program. Hari said that word of mouth is their most important kind of advertising.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Paizi’s Gyros Restaurant has managed to. We asked if Hari could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Your target market is very important, and you must evolve and grow. Marketing is important, as is the quality of food, but service is the most important.”


Congratulations to Paizi’s Gyros Restaurant for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Hari for taking the time to speak with us!

Arkansas’ Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Grider Field Restaurant

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Grider Field Restaurant is an award winner for restaurants in 2019.

If you are looking for a great, home-cooked meal and an awesome atmosphere, this is the place!

Grider Field Restaurant has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across five different verified sites with an average rating of 4.61 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.12 and two 2019 Top Rated Local awards for ranking as one of the top 100 businesses and one of the top 10 restaurants in all of Arkansas!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“Wow! This restaurant is a hidden gem of homemade goodness! The food was so good; I thought I was eating brown beans from my cousin’s house and cabbage from my MOTHER’S stove! I highly recommend this busy local lunch spot. [They have] great staff, service, and prices.” – E.L.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Grider Field Restaurant is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about Grider Field Restaurant and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the manager, Stan.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Grider Field Restaurant stand apart from their competitors. Stan told us that they put out consistently fresh and delicious food, and that they have the best, home-cooked meals that are unique to the area. Their unique location also helps them to stand out — they are located inside a regional airport!

Building Success Through Word of Mouth

Grider Field Restaurant has built up quite an impressive reputation over their 10 years in business, so we were excited to talk with Stan about some of the ways they have marketed and grown in that time. He told us that they have really grown thanks to word of mouth, and that people will often go out of their way to stop and eat there. He said that maybe someday they will make a website. Many of the overwhelmingly positive reviews certainly refer to this spot as a ‘hidden gem.’

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Grider Field Restaurant has managed to. We asked if Stan could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“[You need to have] great customer service, be friendly, and put out a consistently exceptional product.”


Congratulations to Grider Field Restaurant for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Stan for taking the time to speak with us!

New Mexico’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Sazon

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Sazon is an award winner for restaurants in 2019!

If you are looking for a restaurant that will give you an experience to remember, look no further than this award-winning company!

Sazon has received many overwhelmingly positive reviews across verified sites with an average rating of 4.76 stars, earning them a stellar Rating Score™ of 91.59 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top three restaurants in New Mexico!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“The service we received was wonderful, everyone there was extremely welcoming, which can be hard with a group with two small kids. This wasn’t our initial choice because we have kids, but we are so glad we went there. The food was amazing.” -Tassie Z.

It is because of rave reviews like this that Sazon is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about how Sazon has been able to build such an impressive reputation, so we sat down with the Executive Chef and owner, Fernando Olea.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Sazon stand apart from their competitors. In Fernando’s words, “The food that I serve here is the traditional Mexican food that my grandmother used to prepare at home! People don’t have time to cook this way anymore. Grandmothers used to spend hours preparing food for their families! We specialize in moles, and we have six to eight of them every single day. We’re not just another restaurant. We offer an experience to our patrons. Eating is a physical activity. Dining is a cultural activity. We provide a dining experience.”

When asked about the Sazon mission, Fernando said, “First, to make people feel welcome. My rule for my staff is for them to make everybody that comes and dines with us should feel like they are in someone’s house. Our second mission is to be as professional as we can!”

Building Success Through Three Key Elements

We couldn’t let Fernando go without finding out what he believes to be his business’ secret to success. When asked what it is that makes Sazon not only a Top Rated local award winner but one of only three AAA four-diamond restaurants in the state, he told us, “We get it because every visit has three elements: ambiance, service, and food. Those three categories are what we focus on. Our staff has done an incredible job on the decoration. My food is based in Mexican cuisine. I call it ‘new world’ cuisine because I infuse different cuisines into it. I guarantee we have the most professional service in the United States!”

When it comes to marketing, Fernando’s more than 30 years of influence in Santa Fe make customers excited to come in.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as tremendous a reputation as Sazon has managed to. We asked if Fernando could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Perseverance is the magic. If you want to reach the stars, you can do it, but you have to do it one step at a time. Stick with what you’re good at. Don’t be changing! Follow your dreams, and be persistent.”


Congratulations to Sazon for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Fernando for taking the time to speak with us! Check out their website here!

Delaware’s Top Rated Local® Restaurants Award Winner: Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli is an award winner for restaurants in 2019.

If you are looking for a restaurant that offers authentic and tasty Mediterranean food, look no further than this award-winning company!

Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli has received hundreds of overwhelmingly positive reviews across four different verified sites with an average rating of 4.86 stars, earning them an impressive Rating Score™ of 96.60 and a 2019 Top Rated Local award for ranking as one of the top 10 restaurants in Delaware!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews:

“[The] food is always excellent, and the staff is always a pleasure. Marlena is super sweet and always asks how the family is doing. I highly recommend the Shawarma wrap. [This is a] great local business.” – M.C.

It is because of excellent reviews like this that Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli is now able to call themselves a Top Rated Local award winner!

Not Your Average Restaurant

We were excited to learn all about Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli and how they have gotten where they are today, so we sat down with the Co-Owner, Wessam Alachouch.

The first thing we wanted to know was what it is that makes Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli stand apart from their competitors. Wessam told us that they work hard on their mission to keep everyone happy by keeping the food authentic and always focusing on quality. Wessam told us that they actually make everything from scratch!

Building Success By Providing Quality

After two years in business, Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli has managed to build an incredible reputation, so we were excited to learn more about how they have grown and marketed their business. Wessam told us that they have used Instagram, Facebook, and word of mouth.

There are many businesses out there that are looking to build as impressive a reputation as Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli has managed to. We asked if Wessam could share any expert advice with these companies. Here’s what he had to say:

“Keep it authentic; do not copy anyone else. Be yourself.”


Congratulations to Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli for being a 2019 Top Rated Local award winner, and special thanks to Wessam for taking the time to speak with us!