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Unique Randomness: Waffle House, Packet House, and a To-Do List for Shackleford

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Random thoughts and ramblings on local food and drink…

Apparently, Little Rock now has a new food truck court … or something of that nature … in downtown at 8th/Chester. According to the website, “The Food Truck Stop is the place to get all of the tasty Food Truck Food you crave everyday! It comes equipped with “Inside Seating to relax as you eat!” and “Multiple Food Trucks Daily offering a variety of menus you won’t find anywhere else!” There’s even, “On-site Parking, a large indoor open seating area, clean restrooms, free Wi-Fi and flat screen televisions make this a great place to take a food break everyday!–Oh and yes -we have an on-site bakery with the best sweets in town! –Brown Sugar Bakeshop-Express.” Personally, I’m not going to pass judgment on the place until I go check it out. Here’s hoping this is a quality spot, run right, that can provide an accessible place for our local food trucks. Looks like things get going on January 19.

By now, we’ve all heard the news on the latest development for Packet House. Coincidentally, this news broke hours after I brought up the damn topic. My insanely awesome plan of a rising chef taking over the spot and making it a culinary destination went straight to the shit can. Instead, it will be an exclusive club for politicians who fancy nice cigars. Oh well. In the end, I guess this is better than the place just sitting there vacant for years.

Rock Town Distillery is holding a special barrel tasting event on Friday, January 29th at 5:30. Looks like there’s only 10 spots available, so if you’re interested, better jump on it.

Igibon in WLR closed a couple weeks back.

Anyone else going through kBird withdrawal? I really need my fix. Soon.

I really think that stretch of Shackleford between Markham and Rodney Parham is prime for a Renaissance. Here’s my 5-step plan to make it happen: 1. Tell K-Mart to get a facelift or get the hell out. That store looks like a dump. 2. Make the old Ponchito’s spot into a world-class barbeque joint (ahem…Yellow Rocket). 3. Turn that old Famous Dave’s spot into a Melting Pot. (I know, I know…but you need a decent, well-known chain to help bring the folks out). 4. Make Pho Thanh My re-do its parking lot … for no other reason than I think it sucks. 5. Make the old Kroger across the street into a Trader Joe’s. Boom!

ICYMI, I really liked Lulu’s.

I mentioned Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches last week … looks like Little Rock’s newest food truck will be having a soft opening in front of Flyway Brewing next month.

I’ve been plugging the Vive La Vie show a lot on my social media. It’s a great show–highlighting personalities in the food and drink world–run by one of my favorite people, Alexia Elichiry of De Nux Distributors. Check it out on KABF 88.3 FM on Friday mornings from 9:30-10. You can even listen through the Listen Live link on the website.

“Was dipping my hair in this pot a bad thing? Because if I had known that was a bad thing, then I wouldn’t have done it.”

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Buzz Word: Shrimp

2013-06-27 16.44.39Buzz Word is back…with its second edition!

One of the best parts about food blogging is coming up with new ideas for regular pieces. It’s what I enjoyed most during my time with the Houston Press and certainly still rings true with TMR.

Say hello to Buzz Word…a new-ish weekly feature, designed to increase interaction among Little Rock foodies! On Sunday evenings, I will post a “buzz word” on The Mighty Rib Facebook page. The word could be anything food related (ie… steak, cheddar cheese, Swiss chard). I will then ask for reader suggestions on one dish that includes the “buzz word” of the week. All suggestions go into a hat, one is picked, dish is eaten, review is written…all within a week’s time.

The suggested dish can be a reader’s favorite dish, something they despise, or just something they’ve never ordered. Either way, good or bad…I will give my completely honest take on the dish.

Got it? Get it? Good! Let’s go!

Our latest “buzz word” was shrimp. We had some wonderful dish suggestions: boiled shrimp from Oyster Bar, shrimp ceviche from Casa Manana, and of course, endless shrimp from Red Lobster…just to name a few.

This week’s randomly selected dish was Louis V.’s volcano roll from Igibon.

Here’s a little known fact about yours truly: Igibon is the only sushi restaurant I’ve eaten at in Little Rock. Don’t get me wrong, I love sushi, but in a land-locked state like Arkansas, it’s rarely ever a cuisine I seek out. However, I do enjoy the reasonable prices and quality food served up at Igibon.

Unfortunately, the volcano roll proved to be a disappointment. The roll consisted of imitation crab meat, roe, shrimp, “crunch,” and a “special sauce.”  The thin “special sauce,” which I’m guessing was some combination of soy sauce, sugar, chili paste, hoisin, and peanut butter, had a beautiful orange hue and a perfect mix of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. I loved it.

There was just one little problem…the roll was drowning in the sauce. Also, upon closer inspection, the miniscule portion of shrimp was borderline laughable.

Fear not, Louis, Igibon’s volcano roll wasn’t a lost cause. Twice the amount of shrimp and half the sauce would have yielded an exception sushi roll. And who knows, it could have very well been an off night for the restaurant. I’ve also learned it’s often a little unfair to judge a restaurant when doing take-out (which was the case here).

I still love ya, Igibon.

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