Just got back from a 3-day trip to Little Rock. Here's the report:
Thursday lunch -- Shaka's (sp??) BBQ in the River Market Hall. Had the combo plate: smoked turkey, pork, ham, beef, rotisserie chicken and a rib, plus 2 sides for about $8. Absurd quantity of food, and with the spicy bbq sauce, it was really quite good.
Thursday dinner -- Cajun's Wharf. Didn't realize I was eating at a swinging singles scene (well, the bar there, that is). But the food and service were suprisingly good. Had a 1/2 bottle of a New Zealand Sauvingon Blanc (great to see a nice 1/2 bottle on the menu), a very serviceable gumbo, spinach salad with mandarin oranges (a special item) and bourbon creamed corn (yum!). Skipped the main course since the heavy lunch was still with me, but there looked to be a lot of very nice choices (mainly seafood).
Friday lunch -- Doe's Eat Place. Got there at the tail end of what was obviously a busy lunch hour. Ordered the world-famous tamales. The very sweet waitress helped me figure out that you don't eat the paper wrapper!! The tamales were delicious. Served with a "soak salad" and chili. Not a huge portion, so I ordered pecan pie for desert which was fabulous!!
Friday dinner -- Brave New Restaurant. Totally strange and off-putting location on the 2nd floor of an office building. The atmosphere was like being in an office building. Food was good, but not overwhelming. I had "layered trout" -- layered with fresh veggies. Nice service. I'd give it another try for food, but the atmosphere was too strange. Perhaps if I could be seated on the balcony overlooking the river it would have been much nicer (but it was way too hot that night).
Saturday & Sunday breakfast. Waffle House. What can I say, I'm a WH junkie!!
Saturday snack -- Hunka Pie in the River Market main building. Yummy Orange Icebox Pie. Perfect flavor and consistency. Sufficient sugar buzz to get me through the Clinton Library on a hot & lazy day!
Saturday dinner -- Acadia. A real winner. In a lovely historic neighborhood, very relaxed place, with both indoor and outdoor seating. Great waiter, who really knew his stuff, but was very unobtrusive. Excellent spinache salad coated in tzatziki (sp?) with feta and kalamata olives. Main course was the fish special -- grilled Amberjack, served with fresh sauteed mushrooms and polenta. Perfectly seasoned and cooked. Very nice size portion for $21.50 -- I thought this was very reasonable, as was the entire menu. This place is a winner. I'd be a regular here if I lived in LR.