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alabubba

What to do in Little Rock

I am going to be in Little Rock next week and was wanting to ask the locals if there was anything I should do while there. Great restaurants, bakery supply, gourmet grocery, ect...

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nypoodle

hi all.. I am a newbie... but I, too would like recommendations for the Little Rock area! Thanks

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whosinthekitchen

Whole Hog Cafe | 2516 Cantrell Road | Little RockArkansas | 501-664-6596  is a must stop...


great BBQ, great potato salad.


Ask at the hotel where you can get spudnuts.... doughnut sort of thing made from potato flour.... I know they are from El Dorado not far from LR... there have to be some in LR


and for cajun food go to the Faded Rose.  It is tricky to find but you can get directions from a local.


Don't miss Whole Hog... I don't go to LR but that we make at least one stop there if not several per visit.


I would so like to have spudnuts with my morning coffee now that you have me thinking about them....


Otherwise, you will find old time home cookin' where everything is fried, over done, covered in gravy and washed down with iced tea


An ol' Arkanese Girl

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thumpergal

A lurker emerging from shadows. TO DO IN LITTLE ROCK Shopping: The Sauce Co. cooking supplies, a more nuts and bolts restaurant supply, Krebs Bros in North LR. For best take out in West LR, Diane's Foods, and shop for all sorts of delicacies. ingredients.


Sad to report no Spudnuts (doughnuts) in L R since the early 60's, only in El Dorado south 100 plus miles. For very upscale $$$$ dining, 5 * Capitol Hotel Dining Room, also in downtown, Sonny Williams Steak Room. Bonefish Grille is good too.


Bakery cravings: Boulevard Bread Co. good sourdough and imported butters, or bustling Silvek's European Bakery, inside the Height's Kroger Food Store. Pastries galore too. Grocery markets of interest: Fresh Market and Whole Foods.


Upscale but delicious Mexican menu at Cantina Laredo in Midtown Mall, Markham at University Av. BBQ is plentiful in town, primarily pork, if they would just learn to pair it with some decent bread. Local magazine SYNC just voted top BBQ flavor to Capitol Smokehouse on Capitol AV, (ate there 2 days ago, and loved the Foggy Bottom Sauc), also good Whole Hog, and ditto previous entry their creamy potato salad, made prob. with sour cream, not mayo. Very good BBQ at Smoke Shack in Maumelle, or drive 340 miles to Conway and have a crispy cornstick with your 'Cue, at the Smokehouse on Donaghey Drive.


Good fast food, fish and more at The Flying Fish in River Market, close to Clinton Presidential Library, which is big tourist destination. Good cookware shops, Blue plate special, try the hole-in-the-wall called Homer's, with rib-stickn' southern cookn', catfish, widfe variety good entrees, fresh turnip greens, chicken fried steak with white gravy, and it's only open for lunch, so call ahead for hours, closed at night and on weekends. Near airport on East Roosevelt Rd. a standard for area businessmen. Enjoy your visit, pace yourself, and have seconds.


Brave New Restaurant, (Chef Peter Brave) is on everyone's must list. Have a great visit in my hometown, and pace yourself, 'cuz there's lots to eat here. 

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thumpergal

I said it was 340 miles to drive to have BBQ with crispy breadsticks.....while I love them, I wouldn't drive 340 miles....Icorrect that to only 30 miles to Conway. If in Conway, check out the good kitchen shop across from the courthouse.


I also forgot to mention the wonderful TRIO'S for lunch or dinner, in Little Rock.


Enjoy!   Thumpergal

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kenyerpek

Go to Sim's for barbecue.

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Frequent Flyer

 ...he'll show you around the Whole Hog cafe and treat you right.


For walking and biking, the Big Dam Bridge is amazing.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Dam_Bridge


If you like bread (and I think you just might), there's this in Leslie (north on hwy 65).  http://www.serenityfarmbread.us/oven.htm


The world record brown trout was caught in my old home town, Heber Springs ('little over an hour north) on the little Red River.  The Ozark Angler folks in LR and Heber can fix you up.  I rented waders for a friend for $5 once.  Course, they leaked a little, but hey, for $5...).


 

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alabubba

Thank you all for the delicious directions. Did I mention that I actually live in Arkansas? I have lived in Arkansas for the last 17 years, but I think in all that time I have been to little rock twice. I had been living in the Harrison, AR/ Branson, MO area but a few months ago I moved to Russellville to be closer to my grand babies.


I LOVE good BBQ, That said, I haven't had Good BBQ since I moved to Arkansas. (except when I cook, and I prefer KC style) I know its out there but I haven't found it. I will be heading to Whole Hog when I am in Little Rock. And I will give "The Smoke Shop" a try. Its about 45 miles from me.


I have driven through Leslie about 100 times and had no idea about Serenity Farms. WOW. I think I am going to plan out a trip up there to check that out.


For any one else in the Arkansas area be sure to check out War Eagle Mill. http://www.wareaglemill.com/ I get up there about once a month.

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nypoodle

hi all...Thanks for all that info on Little Rock.. should make for a great eating experience!

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Frequent Flyer

Have you tried their whole wheat?

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alabubba

Yes. I have some in my pantry now. Along with some rye. I love that it is still sold in cloth sacks.

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Labernathy

Delurking to say--Frequent Flyer--I live on Greers Ferry Lake outside Heber Springs now. 


Back to lurking. . .

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Frequent Flyer

Thanks for delurking.  I was in Heber last year twice (long drive from Georgia) and really love that area.  My family all worked at the Red Apple Inn and I enjoyed eating there last year.