My thoughts on recent eating experiences around Little Rock…
Pop-In at Cinnamon Crème Bakery
It’s probably a good thing I now live 20 minutes from Cinnamon Crème Bakery, the new-ish confection shop off Chenal Parkway in WLR. Any closer and I’d be gaining some serious pounds. Think I’ve now visited the shop four times over the past couple months and I have nothing but positive things to write about the place. The glazed donuts, pictured above, are second only to Mark’s in this area, which is a big compliment, and the cinnamon rolls still hold Little Rock’s top spot in my heart. The folks running the shop are so friendly when you walk through the door and their products are always fresh. Side note, if you see a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread on the shelf, just buy it and ask questions later.
Delta Biscuit Co. Pop-Up at Flyway
From time to time, Flyway Brewing lets local food-makers from around town do a kitchen takeover or “pop-up.” The latest to infiltrate the kitchen was Delta Biscuit Co. with its assortment of biscuit sandwiches, traditional biscuits and gravy, and even biscuits and chocolate gravy. I passed on the latter, instead opting for the MiMi, a biscuit sandwich comprised of a perfectly seasoned, deep fried chicken breast, apple butter, and a fried egg. It was a well composed sandwich with a nice blending of sweet and savory flavors. I particularly enjoyed the apple butter and fried chicken combo, but the biscuit was a little over baked, making the sandwich lose its form pretty quickly upon consumption. All and all, the food was satisfying and the service was outstanding. By 10:30 a.m., Flyway was packed but our food still came out within 10-15 minutes. Kudos to all involved in what seemed to be another successful pop-up at the brewery.
Dinner at The Pantry West
I don’t go to The Pantry West as much as I used to, mainly because I now live a few minutes closer to the Crest location. But, truth be told, aren’t most of us drawn to a newer place? Anyways, I really need to visit Pantry’s original location more often. The setting is so warm and inviting and the service is second to none in this town. We had dinner at the small nook near the bar area and front door … a perfect spot to enjoy a nice, quiet dinner away from the action. I ordered the Grilled Romaine with Shrimp. Aside from the lettuce needing an extra minute or two on the grill (I like a good char), the meal was fantastic. I even got to sneak a few bites of my daughter’s lasagna, a dish that still is one of my favs. The heavy hand of béchamel sauce is what makes this lasagna stand out from the rest.