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In recent weeks on the blog, there have been several mentions regarding our lack of variety as it pertains to food and drink in Little Rock. It got me to thinking … is there an area or, dare I say, multiple areas, where we have an embarrassment of riches? Maybe, maybe not, but “bars” popped into my head right off the bat. So I posed this question on Facebook…
“What is your favorite bar to grab a drink in Little Rock?”
We had 50 comments, with more than 34 different bars being mentioned. As always, these are very informal polls, so please treat this post as just a nice resource for quality bar options in our area.
Many times, choosing your favorite place to grab a drink is about more than if the bar serves bad ass cocktails or has local beers on tap. The atmosphere, the music, and the bartender(s) can all play such critical roles in choosing your favorite watering hole. For me, nothing beats South on Main. It’s got that amazing combination of stellar bartenders, a great list of cocktails, and inviting atmosphere that almost always puts it at the top of my list, and apparently, yours too. It finished second only to the iconic Capital Bar and Grill in voting.
The Pantry Crest and Big Orange Midtown were only a few votes short of South on Main and CBG, and for good reason. Both places are gorgeous, carry an excellent selection of beer, and often deliver some of the best cocktails in town.
The Pizzeria, Ciao Baci, Local Lime, and Flyway Brewing were next up. Local Lime serves the best margarita in town and Flyway, which usually offers 8-10 of their own beers on tap, is such a nice and relaxing spot to unwind.
The Fold, Trio’s, Rebel Kettle, The White Water Tavern, and Heights Taco & Tamale Co. also received multiple votes. In this group, the bartending skills of Merrick Fagan at Trio’s really stand out. Merrick is really starting to make a name for himself through his craft cocktail creativity.
Other places receiving votes include: Raduno, Baja Grill, YaYa’s, Four Quarter, Cache, Stickyz, Lost Forty, SO, One Eleven, The Faded Rose, JJ’s Grill, Zack’s Place, Pizza D, The Hillcrest Fountain, 109, Samantha’s, Stone’s Throw Brewing, By the Glass, Reno’s, Oyster Bar, and Boulevard Bistro. This is another excellent group of bars. I love the beauty of One Eleven and Samantha’s, enjoy grabbing a beer at The Faded Rose, and am looking forward to checking out JJ’s Grill.
Thank you to everyone who participated…we’ll try to do one of these each week for the immediate future. I’ll leave you with some more reader comments…
Lisa Prince Thomas: “I work in the Little Rock River Market and Cache Restaurant is in the same building and Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack is across the street. So that’s my easy two picks, both with completely different atmospheres and excellent places for a little after work ‘wet-your-whistle.'”
Mallory Burns: “South on Main, Capital Bar and Grill, Heights Taco. All are so happy and comforting in their own way.”
Alicia Tuggle: “For just drinks the new JJ’s grill in LR has good drink prices and happy hours and daily specials and also crafty hour and then there is the some minutes every hour for domestics too.”
E.W. Swan: “My wife and I had a couple of amazing cocktails at Ciao Baci a few weeks ago.”
Mason Hargett: “I have only been twice, but I really like going to Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.”
Amber Smith: “I have to give a shout out to the bars I’ve enjoyed due to the awesome bartender…Dylan when he was at Big Orange, The Fold…I don’t know your name, but you’re always accommodating, especially when my husband is on call and can’t drink but wants a watermelon drink, and Hunter when she was at Boulevard.”
Chef Arturo Solis continues tweaking the menu at Capital Bar and Grill, this time with his version of a NOLA classic … green gumbo or gumbo z’herbes.
“I’ve always liked the idea of new things. Honestly, it comes down to sharing new things with our guests. And in doing so, I truly believe this lesser known ‘underdog’ gumbo is fantastic. I would love for CBG to be the place that gets Little Rock hooked on green gumbo,” says Solis.
Primary ingredients in the CBG recipe include: turnip greens, mustard greens, kale, Swiss chard, and Andouille sausage.
I popped into the restaurant for a quick lunch last week to try out this new addition to the menu and was overwhelmingly pleased with both the taste and presentation. It’s lighter than most gumbos, has a nice spice, and definitely filled me up without weighing me down. In short, I loved it and wouldn’t hesitate ordering it again.
As you can see, the presentation—with beautiful, dehydrated okra, thin slices of sausages, and fluffy rice—isn’t too shabby either.
The green gumbo is available on both the lunch and dinner menus. I applaud Chef Solis for breaking something a little different to the table, and only hope the public embraces it.
Capital Bar and Grill
111 W. Markham St.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-12 a.m; Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.