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25 Places to Eat in North Little Rock Area

Mr. Chengs

Mr. Chengs


I hear it all of the time on the blog, “There are no good restaurants in North Little Rock. It’s a wasteland of chains.” Not true. Here are 25 places to eat in the area … most local, a few regional chains, but all of them reader suggested. Just click on the links below for more restaurant information, and check out my quick takes on the places I’ve actually dined at (1-25, in alphabetical order).

1. BJ’s Market Café

2. Bobby’s Café

3. Ceci’s Chicken N Waffles

4. Chang Thai & Asian Cuisine
My take: The food here is outstanding, and, depending on who you ask, its the best Thai food in the area. For me, kBird is still better, but that’s taking nothing away from the food at Chang.

5. Chinese Pavilion Hunan Restaurant

6. Cilantros Grill

7. Flyway Brewing
My take: I’ve written about Flway pretty extensively over the past year, mainly because it’s my favorite brewery in town. No matter your preference, Flyway almost assuredly makes a beer that you’ll enjoy. Just save some room for food. The tofu sliders, assortment of soft pretzel offerings, and smoked trout nachos are all outstanding.

8. Gadwall’s Grill



9. Guadalajara Mexican Grill

10. Hideaway Pizza
My take: Certainly not in my top 10 pizza joints, but Hideaway is a nice place to go with family and friends for good food and a warm atmosphere. The pizza is a bit doughy for my liking, but Hideaway certainly has a loyal following, as evident by its expansion into Arkansas.

11. La Casa Real
My take: This restaurant used to be located off Rodney Parham. I ate there once and remember really enjoying it. I haven’t made it up to the new location, but I’ve heard nothing but good reports. If you adore refried beans, like I do, this is the place for you.

12. Lindsey’s Hospitality

13. Littlefield’s Cafe

14. Mama’s Gyro Grill

15. Mr. Chengs
My take: I’ve only eaten at Mr. Chengs once and it was a few years ago, but I remember the food being very good. With not a lot of quality Chinese food restaurants in the area, this is definitely a nice option.

16. Mugs Cafe
My take: I haven’t been to Mugs since new ownership, but if things are business as usual, then it’s a great spot for coffee and breakfast items. I’ve also been told they serve one of the better brownies in town, although I can’t personally confirm it.

17. North Bar

18. Ristorante Capeo
My take: If you’re looking for quality Italian food served in a cozy, yet elegant setting, Capeo is a wonderful choice. The Hunter’s Board is a nice start to the meal, and I especially enjoy the pork chop or lasagna entrees.

19. Rosalinda
My take: One of the better restaurants in the area, anything and everything is great at Rosalinda. The pupusas, shrimp soup, fried chicken, and skirt steak with fried plantains are all elite dishes. And if whole, fried fish is your thing, then check out this restaurant.

20. Saddle Creek Woodfired Grill



21. Santo Coyote

22. Skinny J’s
My take: I’ve only been once to this regional chain located in Argenta, but I thought the food was solid.

23. The Garden Bistro

24. Whole Hog

25. Zaffino’s by Nori
My take: The drive up to Sherwood is definitely worth the fantastic food coming out of Zaffino’s kitchen. Casual and family-friendly, Zaffino’s is an Italian food gem. Definitely order the Italian sausage with mushrooms.

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Buzz Word: A Por-Pia-Sod to Remember

2013-09-29 10.43.56I will post a “buzz word” on The Mighty Rib Facebook page–then ask for reader suggestions for one dish that includes the word. One is randomly picked, dish is eaten, and review is written.

Our latest word was lettuce. And guess what? History was made this time around on Buzz Word. I actually dined with Erin Robinson, the same person whose suggestion of Chang Thai’s Por-Pia-Sod, was randomly selected this time around. Absolute insanity!

I had heard many a good thing about Chang Thai, a smallish restaurant located in a nondescript retail strip up north in Sherwood. We ordered several items off the expansive menu, and of course, started with the Por-Pia-Sod (spinach and basil spring roll).

If you’re a fan of Thai or Vietnamese food, you’ve no doubt partaken in a fine spring roll a time or two. To me, a solid spring roll is all about fresh ingredients and meticulous construction. Chang’s nailed it on both fronts—the delicious roll was loaded with tightly packed spinach, basil and shredded carrots, along with two pieces of shrimp resting on top. Everything was wrapped up inside a thin, chewy rice wrapper and ready to be dipped into the sweet peanut sauce. And the best part: the darn thing didn’t fall apart with each ensuing bite. That’s big for me.

Are spring rolls a game-changer? No. But for $1.60 each, they’re an inexpensive and tasty way to whet your appetite for the impending entrees. Speaking of which, my Pad Thai with tofu, along with the chicken rice, were both fantastic.

Great food, service, and company…I’d say this Buzz Word was a success!

Now, we if could just get Chang Thai to open up a Little Rock location. Dare to dream.

Have you been to Chang Thai? What are some of your favorite dishes?

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