I liked it back in 2012 when transplants from Seattle, Carl & his wife first opened Table Mesa - "Asia Pacific meets Mexican cuisine", I wrote and people wondered if I or they were crazy. Fast forward three years and their reputation precedes them in spades.
A visiting guest asks a local 'where's a good restaurant?' and out pops "Table Mesa or their sister restaurant Tavola Tratoria". And they just keep expanding - now there is Table on the Hill, in the Legacy Building down in Fayetteville, plus Concept restaurants The Painted Table Grill & Liquids and Fork American Kitchen & Bar.
It's hip, it's casual, it's consistently good, and it has already received this years 2015 Trip Advisor Excellence Award. So what are you waiting for, beat a path to Table Mesa's door.
Reservations get priority seating, otherwise be prepared to wait. Like the mysterious hum heard by some in Taos, the buzz in Bentonville around the square is still Table Mesa.