Yes, who would of thought one could do a food tour here, but I did it, lived it, to talk about it!
Came here to visit some friends as part of a road trip and here are my thoughts:
Acadia Restaurant: Located in the Hilcrest neighborhood, this lies at the end of a stretch of shops and restaurants. Our friend picked it and overall, for value, it was a good choice. On Mon/Tues, they offer a pre-fixe meal for $25!! Tried a caesar salad (a bit overdressed), tomato basil soup which was very hearty and duck breast with a tasty truffle risotto. Dessert was a berry bread pudding. Overall and solid choice, nothing life changing but a good value esp on Mon/Tues.
The Root Cafe:
Albiet a small town, this a big gem in Little Rock! We swung by for lunch on a Wednesday around 1230 and found the place hopping! Had heard that the owner/chef has adopted the "support local, eat local" phenomenon that appears to be sweeping the food world. The space itself is very homey and has a co-op feel to it... bus your own tables, water comes from a water cooler, napkins are towels not napkins. Even reading more about it, you realize the building is "green" in construction. The food is fresh fresh!! Apparently they try to get everything from Arkansas which is awesome. Tried some of the shitake burger and that was DELISH for mushroom lovers (and veggies). I had the chicken salad, salad, which wasn't a revelation, but overall just delicious because it was so fresh. The rest of the menu is adventurous enough for those that dare but also so approachable that it can appeal to anyone swinging by for lunch. Lots of office people around for lunch. Definitely commend them for doing something so important and awesome. I think this concept could work in any city, but more endearing to find it in Little Rock.
Ashley's at the Capital:
Apparently the best restaurant in town, in the best hotel in town. We arrived just right after an appearance by Mitt Romney, in town for a fundraiser. The head chef recently left to open his own culinary project. Overall the food was thoughtful and forward thinking; although in comparison to big-city fine dining, they probably need to work on execution a bit more. A few thoughts included a cold rabbit papardelle dish. The frog leg was awesome, perfectly fried. The cheese course was odd, paired with a carrot salad which just didn't fit at the end of the meal. The wine pairings were overly generous and very tasty, so would recommend getting these.
Little rock does have some food highlights. Didn't try catfish or any BBQ, but memphis is a mere 2 hour drive away.
Acadia Restaurant 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd Little Rock, AR 72205
The Root Cafe 1500 S Main St Little Rock, AR 72206
Ashley's at the Capital Markham & Louisiana Little Rock, AR 72201