Eat Dallas: Dan in Real Life

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Last Saturday morning, four dudes (myself included) jumped into a car and headed down to Dallas for a weekend filled with food gluttony. Make no mistake, we all ate a lot, but one member, Daniel F-ing Walker, truly separated himself from the group with his massive appetite. Here’s how his day went:

Dale’s Donuts (in Benton)
(1) buttermilk donut, (1) apple fritter and (12) donut holes

Commentary: Within 20 minutes of the start to our mini-vacation, the group was already in awe of Daniel’s greatness (insanity?). As you can see, he took down a face-sized fritter, along with a pile of holes.

CBD Provisions
(3) fried chicken legs, (1) bowl of mac and cheese, (1) cup of fried Brussels sprouts, (2) Dr. Peppers and random bites of cornbread and chili

Commentary: Pretty par for the course with Walker. He had gone 3+ hours without eating, so I knew he’d tear it up, without going too far. The problem? Within 30 minutes, we’d be at a pizza joint.

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Cane Rosso
(1/2) of a 13-inch Neo-style pizza

Commentary: Dan didn’t overdo it at Cane Rosso. Granted, the thin pizza crust wasn’t loaded down with cheese. But the other toppings, like sausage, bacon, and mushrooms, were quite substantial. And half a pizza is still half a pizza … especially when you’ve consumed five donuts for breakfast.

Top Pot Doughnuts
(4) donuts and (1) apple fritter

Commentary: Complete insanity has set in. No, you’re not seeing things…we headed straight to the doughnut shop after Cane Rosso, where Dan took down even more donuts. “I have to have something sweet after a big meal.”

Whole Foods
(1) cherry vanilla soda and numerous samples of food

Commentary: During my 20-minute chair massage at Whole Foods (damn proud of it), Daniel took time to reflect on his day’s eating habits. While doing so, he crushed a soda and various food samples.

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Tei-An
(1) dumpling, (3) pieces of sushi, (1/2) cup of soba noodles, (2) shrimp, mushrooms and (4) pieces of veggie tempura

Commentary: Pretty respectable dinner … maybe for someone who has eaten a VERY light breakfast and lunch. But, as you can see, that was not the case with Mr. Walker. At this point in the evening, he was starting to hate life. But not enough to miss out on…

Angry Dog
(2-3) cups of tortilla chips, (1/2) cup of salsa, (1/2) cup of queso, (3) Dr. Peppers

Commentary: Just a little snack, right? Wrong … that’s a lot of food for 10 p.m.

Fuel City Tacos
(3) street tacos, a few bites of a beef burrito, and (2) king-sized candy bars

Commentary: Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little late night snack, is there?

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The 10 Worst Named Dishes in Little Rock

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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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A Delightful Chicken Salad at Scallions

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I’ve driven past Scallions a hundred times over the course of the past two years, but never have stopped in for a bite to eat, due in large part to the restaurant’s breakfast/lunch only hours.

Well, my non-Scallions streak finally ended … and I’m glad it did.

I was immediately impressed by the warm environment, from the tree-adorned outside seating area to the cozy interior with all of the beautiful wall art. The service, too, was certainly worth mentioning—attentive, friendly, and prompt.

But while service and atmosphere certainly play a key role in how we judge a place, a restaurant is nothing without excellent food. Fortunately, my chicken salad lunch special ($10.95) completed the “happy dining trifecta.”

The plate included a heaping pile of creamy chicken salad over a quartered Arkansas tomato, along with a delicious house salad (substituted for soup) and a sweet poppy seed muffin.

The chicken salad was outstanding—laced with crisp, diced pieces of celery, shredded breast meat and halved, tiny red grapes. Pairing it with the juicy tomato pieces was a wise choice, as the balance from the sweet grapes and acidic tomatoes was just right. Not to be overlooked was the unassuming poppy seed muffin, a dense, yet welcoming addition to my plate. The salad included seasoned croutons, fresh greens, shredded cheese and carrots, along with a raspberry vinaigrette.

My first visit to Scallions certainly won’t be my last. The sizeable portions, fair prices, warm environment and friendly service all guarantee a return visit.

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Popsicle Time at Le Pops

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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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