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It’s All About Beer, Cake, Soup, and a Burger

Zara's Cinnamon Roll Cake

Zara’s Cinnamon Roll Cake

 

Thoughts on my eating escapades around Little Rock…

Josiah Moody’s latest creation, an Oatmeal Pale, is now available at Vino’s and is an absolute winner. I purchased a growler of the new beer before attending a house party and everyone who tried it gave it a thumbs up. This comes as no surprise … most any beer Josiah creates is met with rave reviews.

A Thai soup called Gway Teeow Muu is currently on kBird’s menu. I have no idea how long the soup is available, so don’t procrastinate on this one. The broth is damn near perfect, with a tinge of sweet and sour flavors that are only surpassed by these crispy slivers of pork belly. With a pile of rice noodles, cilantro, and green onions, this soup eats like a Vietnamese pho but is far better than any of those you’ll find in town. And the best part, as with all dishes at kBird, you can manipulate the level of heat with accompanying tableside condiments.

Zara Abbasi Wilkerson is a dear friend, so sometimes I forget she is actually running a highly successful cake business. Truth be told, I tend to forget to order cakes from her. But a weekend trip to Oklahoma City for a visit with the in-laws provided a perfect opportunity to order her new Cinnamon Roll Cake, thus keeping me in good graces with my wife’s folks. Mission accomplished. This cake, which was Zara recommended, is everything you are envisioning it to be … simply put, it’s a spot-on cake version of our beloved cinnamon rolls. A cream cheese based frosting and a heavy hand of cinnamon and sugar, along with a wonderful caramel sauce topping, are the signature elements of a cake which will soon be one of the more popular ones in town.

Props to At the Corner, the modern, downtown breakfast/lunch diner, on its Big Damn BBQ Burger. The burger consists of a sous vide-cooked beef patty topped with house-made bbq sauce, pickles, cheese and fried onion rings. ATC also uses that signature Arkansas Fresh brioche bun, which is super ideal for a burger with this many ingredients. A side of hand-cut fries finishes off the plate of high caloric goodness.

South on Main was up to its creative tricks last week for a Lee Edwards’ bar invasion night. I enjoyed a delicious cocktail concocted by the former Little Rock bartender, along with the night’s special, a Yock Box—spaghetti topped with pulled pork, Carolina gold bbq sauce and fermented black beans. The Yock Box is bar food at its finest … simple, rustic, and wildly addictive. Give it a go the next time it’s on the menu.

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Plenty of Pride & Joy at Ron Robinson Theater

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What an enjoyable evening last Saturday night at the Ron Robinson Theater! Foodies got together for beers, bites, the viewing of Southern Foodways Alliance’s Pride & Joy and a discussion panel comprised of food and drink heavyweights Chef Matt Bell (South on Main), Chef Travis McConnell (Butcher & Public), Sally Mengel (Loblolly Creamery), Ian Beard (Stone’s Throw Brewing), Cody Hopkins (Falling Sky Farm) and Josiah Moody (Moody Brews), and moderated by yours truly.

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Things got going at 6 p.m. with nibbles of food in the alleyway provided by Bell, Mengel and McConnell. Truthfully, speaking in front of folks kind of kills my appetite, so I passed on the food. But walking around and listening to others indicated things were well-received.

Before I knew it, 6:50 p.m. had arrived and it was time to grab a Moody Brews beer in the lobby and take my seat for Pride & Joy. This Joe York documentary captures the essence of the Southern food culture by spotlighting icons such as Allan Benton of Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Earl Cruze of Cruze Dairy Farm and Arkansas’ own Rhoda Adams of Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales, just to name a few. The film proves not only to be informative, but profoundly inspirational and at times funny, as you view one segment after another of passionate people dedicating their lives to food.

After the movie, most of the crowd stuck around and listened to some of Little Rock’s finest talk food, drink, ice cream and causes like No Kid Hungry—a perfect transition as many of their stories were similar to those of the people highlighted in the film and certainly resonated with the audience.

The entire evening only cost $10 a ticket (which included the film and food), an amazingly reasonable price for an evening filled with such culture. Here’s hoping the crew over at Ron Robinson puts together more of these evenings.

Little Rock needs them.

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