Six years ago, I was driving around downtown Little Rock in this whale of a sedan rental car, here for my wife’s job interview and having a couple of hours to kill on a Friday morning. Navigating the streets of Little Rock in that beast proved to be a challenge, with the pouring rain not helping matters. Angry, pissed, frustrated, and hungry, I pulled off Main Street, looked up, and there it was … Boulevard Bread Company.
I ran in, got a pastry, and was immediately impressed with the place. Little did I know at the time that I’d end up moving to Little Rock the following year and eating many more breakfasts at one of our town’s most iconic eateries.
To this day, Boulevard rarely disappoints, churning out house-made pastries in the morning hours, along with a simple menu of well-executed options like the Breakfast Sandwich with Pancetta, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and aïoli on 8-grain bread and the Toasted Bialy with cream cheese, salmon, capers, mixed greens, tomato and red onion.
Last Saturday morning, I ended up splitting both items with a friend, and, once again, they did not disappoint. The beauty of both sandwiches is really in their simplicity. Combining quality ingredients and preparing them just right is Boulevard’s M.O. Frying the egg until it’s perfectly cooked, with just enough softness to meld with the flat, thin, slightly crispy bacon is what makes this sandwich so wonderful. The smoked salmon bialy is much the same in regards to it meticulous execution, with a hefty portion of smoked salmon not hurting matters.
We also split a baked brioche custard-filled roll that was every bit as delicious as the sandwiches. And while I usually wash things down with a cup of the best coffee in town, I opted for water this time around.
Kudos to Boulevard for pulling off a consistently great breakfast with not a ton of fan fare. The restaurant is somewhat quiet on social media and generally lets their food do the talking.
Six years later, I’m still listening.
Did You Know?
For breakfast, you can also order oatmeal with toast or a slice of quiche.
Monday-Wednesday 7 am – 9 pm
Thursday-Saturday 7 am – 10 pm
Sunday 8 am – 2 pm
1920 N. Grant St.