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The 10 Worst Named Dishes in Little Rock


Recently, my buddy (pictured above, but will remain nameless) and I were talking about the worst named dishes in Little Rock. We both thought an admittedly somewhat juvenile post to honor our pathetic exchange was in order. I believe his exact words were: “Hey, I’d read it.”

Well, here it is: The 10 Worst (but really the best) Named Dishes in Little Rock

10. Flamed Seared Pork Intestines at Mr. Chen’s

Flamed seared food is awesome, except when you combine the cooking method with pork intestines. In fairness, it’s probably the best way to eat pork intestines. I’ll never know.

9. The Garlichoke at Damgoode Pizza

Unless it has “arti” in front of it, never use “choke” as part of your dish’s name.

8. Fugley at Kiyen’s

I guess if you drink enough of these cocktails, even the fugliest of dates will seem appealing. Be sure to drink responsibly.

7. Chocolate Sack at SO Restaurant-Bar

Ummm … I would have gone with “Chocolate Tote.”

6. Cat-toufee at The Oyster Bar

Dammit, Oyster Bar … that is just wrong. Although, I must admit, the dish’s description sounds awesome, and I plan to try it out very soon.

5. Thai One On! at Jimmy’s Serious Sandwich

Excellent play on words, but what the hell does a sandwich have to do with a commonly used expression for continuing to drink excessively?

4. The Dirty Bird at Gusano’s

Great name for a former NFLer’s end zone dance, but terrible for a pizza.

3. Bumblebee Stew at J. Gumbo’s

Relax, no actual bumblebees were harmed in the making of this stew.

2. Sergeant’s Sausage Roll at NYPD Pizza

Envision ordering this one: “Err, ummm… I’ll have the Sergeant’s Sausage Roll…. and a Diet Coke.”

1. Clear Soup at Sky Modern Japanese Restaurant

Quite possibly the most uninspiringly-named menu item in the history of restaurants.

OK…in all of my internet research, did I happen to miss a dish that belongs on the list? If so, please let me know.

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Popsicle Time at Le Pops


N. Shalin is back with her monthly take on food in Little Rock!

It’s summertime and the best place for a sweet summer treat is Le Pops! If you want an ice cold popsicle, Le Pops has it! All the popsicles are natural, fresh, and local.

They have all kinds of great popsicles to choose from including: strawberry, chocolate marvel, and vanilla. They sell a special kind of popsicle that has no added sugar and is called sweet sunshine. They have other flavors like pineapple cilantro, blackberry mango, and salted caramel. They make different pops every day and you can decorate them in toppings. They freeze the pops in a below zero degree freezer and when you eat them they are ice cold.

I have tried the chocolate marvel which is very good. I have also tried the chocolate mint and it is amazing! It is very chocolaty, but then you get a nice twist of mint.

Also, they have a “Buy 10 Get 1 Free” stamp card, so definitely ask for it.

So if you need a sweet summer treat, I would recommend going to Le Pops!

By: N. Shalin

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Guest Post: Kids Menus in Little Rock


Most restaurants have a kids menu. Some of the menus are very good, although others could use a little work.

They say if you are 12 and under you can order off the kids menu. Some really good places in Little Rock serve only boxed mac and cheese or packaged chicken nuggets, which is fine, but these need to be of better quality. For example, you could do homemade mac and cheese and fresh cooked chicken nuggets. This is so kids can eat nutritiously!

Some restaurants in Little Rock do a great job with this, these include Chuy’s, South on Main, Franke’s and El Porton.

I would like to see more of these items on menus: lasagna, soups (including potato, chicken noodle, and tomato) and chicken sandwiches. I also would want to see homemade pastas with an assortment of different sauces you might find on the adult menu. Caesar salads, tacos and enchiladas would also be great. For sides, I would like to see tiny baked potatoes with a variety of toppings. For fruit and veggies, I would like to see watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, roasted broccoli, green beans, and carrots. All should be fresh produce.

I always appreciate places with good kid menus and I hope to see more in Little Rock soon. That is my dream for a kids menu!

N. Shalin

PS…I will be doing articles once a month!


Sneak Peek: All is Definitely Well at Baja Grill


Former Benton food truck turned Heights brick-and-mortar, Baja Grill, is set to open tomorrow at 11 a.m. The cozy neighborhood restaurant, located at 5923 Kavanaugh (the old Satellite Café location), will specialize in Mex-Cali cuisine.

Patrons can expect a menu filled with various burrito, taco and quesadilla options. I’ve eaten quite a few items from their food truck–all were good and some were absolutely spectacular. But none were better than the Cuban burrito; this “most craved” menu item consists of a flour tortilla filled with slow-smoked shredded pork and topped with house made chipotle aioli, red cabbage-jicama slaw, avocado slices and fresco cheese.

At tonight’s soft opening, I ordered the blackened shrimp as well as the Cuban taco. Both were quite substantial and filled with delightfully fresh ingredients. Our appetizer of chips and guacamole was also spot-on. The chips were thin and crisp and held up quite nicely when dipped into the chunky guac. Also, sides of black beans and rice are a must order.  In short, Baja Grill hasn’t skipped a beat. As far as I could tell, they are churning out the exact same quality food as they did during their truck days.

As with any new restaurant, I’d encourage folks to give the place a little time to work out any kinks. But when they do …  watch out.

Notes: Portions were large and prices were more than reasonable. Most tacos will run you around $3.50-$4.75 range and burritos about twice that. Patio and bar seating is available.  Baja Grill has 14 parking spots around the side and rear of the restaurant. Street parking is also available, as is parking at the bank across the street (as long as the bank is closed). Currently, the restaurant offers BYOW with a $7.95 table corkage fee (until their liquor license is approved). In the upcoming weeks, diners can expect nightly “specials” and an expanded dessert menu.

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