Best Hole in the Wall: Hugo’s
Since 1977 Hugo’s has been a hidden gem in Fayetteville and was voted best hole in the wall restaurant. Located in a basement on North Block Avenue, people have to keep an eye out for the hidden restaurant, only illuminated by a tiny neon sign with a downward pointing arrow.
“You have to be led down here by a friend,” Hugo’s owner Jason Piazza said. “We don’t do any advertising so you have to be let into the secret that we’re here.”
Hugo’s has culinary options for every demographic, from their famous Bleu Moon Burgers to a range of vegetarian options and three different kinds of nachos. It was one of the first places in Northwest Arkansas to put nachos on the menu.
“Over the last 10 years we’ve been known more for burgers than anything else, but we’ve had the same menu since 1977,” Piazza said. “We have third-generation customers.”
For 35 years, Hugo’s has been a Fayetteville tradition with their unique charm and delicious food.
“They have a great reputation,” junior Afsaneh Nimroozi said. “Most people know them for their awesome burgers and chill atmosphere. I seriously only hear good things about that place.”
Hugo’s is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Customers can expect a place that is like no other. “No one can match our atmosphere,” Piazza said. “We’re in a basement.”
Runner Up: Pesto