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Three days in Little Rock.......

Sep 27, 2010
jennib in Central South

Three days in Little Rock.......

good call on The Pantry. love that place.

I've also been enjoying ZaZa quite a bit lately!

Sep 24, 2010
jennib in Central South

Three days in Little Rock.......

Sep 12, 2010
jennib in Central South

Three days in Little Rock.......

I second the Ashley's and Doe's recommendations. More of LR's best include Brave New Restaurant, Loca Luna, Faded Rose, Ciao Baci, Ferneau, and Trio's. I also love The Pantry and The House.

For BBQ, a lot of people like Whole Hog, but personally I would recommend Sim's. It's a different kind, though, more vinegary, and served on white bread (nominally it's a sandwich but I dare you to pick it up and eat it!)

For seafood, I'd recommend the Oyster Bar over Flying Fish, and for catfish, Cock of the Walk or Grampa's. A lot of people like Flying Fish, though; it's especially popular with tourists.

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Ferneau
2601 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72205

Faded Rose Restaurants
400 N Bowman Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211

Brave New Restaurant
2300 Cottondale Ln Ste 105, Little Rock, AR 72202

Loca Luna Restaurant
3519 Old Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202

Sep 12, 2010
jennib in Central South

Arkansas BBQ............

Sim's was always my favorite.

Capital Smokehouse was chosen best bbq by one of the local publications recently, but I haven't been there.

Sep 08, 2010
jennib in Central South

Nicer restaurants in Hot Springs

here are some reviews of Hot Springs restaurants. Chef Paul's sounds the closest to what you are looking for.

http://www.arktimes.com/gyrobase/LocationSearch?locationSection=861377&neighborhood=861397

http://www.chefpaulsfinedining.com/

I wish I was more familiar with Hot Springs and be more helpful!

Sep 08, 2010
jennib in Central South

Little Rock Eateries

Oh! And how could I forget Midtown Billiards: Dive Bar Extraordinaire. Go there after everyplace else closes.

Jul 10, 2010
jennib in Central South

Little Rock Eateries

As far as nightlife, besides the aforementioned Funny Bone:

Sticky Fingerz (relaxing comfy-cozy bar with a patio on the front, live music in the back), Rumba/Revolution (Rumba is a tapas place with a fantastic brunch and a deck overlooking the river, the Rev Room is a bar with live music), and Ernie Biggs and Willy D’s (piano bars that become increasingly raucous as the night goes on) are all in the River Market district.

Cornerstone Pub and Reno’s are just a trolley ride away in Argenta and have live music as well.

Juanita’s (TexMex restaurant with live music venue next door), Vino’s (grungy pizza/brewpub with mostly hardcore music in the back) and Downtown Music (metal and hip hop shows plus the very popular Cool Shoes dance parties) are all downtown within a mile or of your hotel. Whitewater Tavern (ruckus-y hole in the wall near the Capitol) and Cajun’s Wharf (see-and-be-seen parties on the deck overlooking the river) are on the outskirts of downtown.

(PS – Rumba and Cornerstone both have karaoke nights, if that’s your thing.)

For just hanging out, shooting pool/darts/whatever, Underground Pub and Flying Saucer are very popular, as is Gusano’s, a pizza joint with sports on the bigscreens, and are all in the River Market district. West End Marketplace is across town in West Little Rock but is also very popular.

Also, I thought of another DO NOT MISS place: Ashley’s (upscale) or Capital Bar and Grill (less expensive but still fantastic) in the Capital Hotel. It’s a block or so down President Clinton Avenue from the River Market proper. A few more places downtown worth checking out are Lulav (Mediterranean/California), Ciao (Italian), Juanita’s (TexMex) and Hanaroo (sushi). Also, for lunch, EJ’s, Community Bakery, Boulevard Bread Company, or just about any of the River Market hall kiosks (though the hall IS NOT OPEN ON SUNDAY which annoys and confounds me to no end). And Rumba for brunch.

If you do venture out of downtown, a few more favorites (*especially recommended):

Riverdale
La Hacienda (TexMex) (Cotija’s downtown is a spinoff)
Loca Luna or Brave New Restaurant* (American)
Faded Rose* or Maddie’s (Creole)

Hillcrest/Heights
Acadia or Ferneau (American)
The House* (burgers/eclectic)
Café Bossa Nova (Brazilian/South American)
Vieux Carre (Creole)
Sushi Café (sushi)
ZaZa (gourmet pizza and gelato)
Fantastic China (Chinese)
Oyster Bar* (seafood)
Satellite Café (brunch)

Midtown
Van Lang (Vietnamese/Korean)
Casa Manana (TexMex) (also has a kiosk in the River Market hall)
Ali Baba (Middle Eastern)

West Little Rock
Star of India* or Amruth (Indian)
B-Side* (brunch)
Fu Lin (Chinese)
Igibon (Japanese)
Lilly’s Dim Sum (Asian)
Layla’s* or Taziki’s (Middle Eastern)
The Pantry* (Czech/European)
Bruno’s or Graffiti’s (Italian)
Saigon Cuisine* (Vietnamese/Thai/Chinese)

Southwest Little Rock
Taqueria Karina* (Mexican – NOT TexMex)
Las Americas* (Salvadoran)

North Little Rock
Starving Artist Café (soups/salads/sandwiches)
Cregeen’s (Irish pub)
Taqueria Guadalajara (Mexican – NOT TexMex)

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Ferneau
2601 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72205

Taziki's
4855 Whitesburg Dr S, Huntsville, AL 35802

Taqueria Karina Cafe
5309 W 65th St, Little Rock, AR 72209

Casa Manana
6820 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72207

Faded Rose Restaurants
400 N Bowman Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211

Brave New Restaurant
2300 Cottondale Ln Ste 105, Little Rock, AR 72202

Willy D's
322 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201

Vieux Carre
2721 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR 72205

UNDERGROUND
500 President Clinton Ave Suite 40, Little Rock, AR 72201

Star of India Restaurant
301 N Shackleford Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211

Community Bakery Cafe
1200 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202

Saigon Cuisine
6805 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72207

Starving Artist Cafe
411 Main Street, North Little Rock, AR 72114

Loca Luna Restaurant
3519 Old Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202

Lulav
220 West 6th Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Taqueria Guadalajara
58 Southpark Shopping Ctr, Nashville, AR 71852

Jul 10, 2010
jennib in Central South

Little Rock Eateries

You will be right in the RiverMarket district, which is fantastically convenient for most of the dining and entertainment you could want. You can also catch the trolley over to Argenta, North Little Rock's entertainment district.

Since you mentioned you like comedy, I thought I'd mention the Funny Bone in the River Market district as another place you might enjoy.

As far as local specialties, I would say they would probably be bbq and catfisth. littleman gave some good suggestions, also Capitol Smokehouse and Grill was just chosen best bbq in LR by Sync magazine. it's about a 17 blocks from your hotel.

http://www.capitolsmokehouseandgrill.com/

Sim's is legendary, and my personal favorite. There's a location at Broadway and Roosevelt, a couple of miles from your hotel.

http://simsbarbeque-ar.com/Locations_and_catering.html

Adam's catfish is a good local representation, but it's certainly nothing fancy, just walk up and carryout with odd hours (used to be a roach coach type operation). Other than Flying Fish it's the only catfish downtown.

http://www.pleaseeatfish.com/

If you can get away from downtown, Grampa's and Cock of the Walk are both good.

If you can get away from town, Leon's in Pine Bluff is the best. Hushpuppies with cheese dip! (Don't question it, just dig in.

I hope you enjoy your visit!

Jul 10, 2010
jennib in Central South

Breakfast in Little Rock

This may be a little late, sorry.

1) Senor Tequila (on Camp Robinson) has some pretty good chilaquiles, if you like a Mexican breakfast. Boulevard Bread Co. in the RiverMarket (in LR) is a nice place to sit outside and people-watch while breakfasting. Community Bakery on South Main Street in LR is also nice. Also. David Family Kitchen on South Broadway is one of my favorites. Home cookin'/soul food.

2) If you've only got an hour or two I'd just stick around downtown. Check out the River Market, the Quapaw Quarter, the Old State House and the Clinton Library.

Aug 03, 2009
jennib in General South Archive

Maumelle / West Little Rock?

In West Little Rock, I would also recommend the Buffalo Grill (burgers), Faded Rose (Creole), and La Hacienda (Mexican).

Saigon Kitchen (Vietnamese/Thai/Chinese) is a bit further east on Cantrell, but not far at all. Certainly not as far as Cajun's.

Sushi Cafe is in the Heights, also not far.

Aug 03, 2009
jennib in General South Archive

Little Rock breakfast

I wish I had seen this sooner. Definitely check out David Family Kitchen on South Broadway. Unfortunately they are closed on Saturdays, but are kickin' on Sunday mornings.

I hope you found someplace you enjoyed!

Aug 03, 2009
jennib in General South Archive