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Your Favorite Fried Catfish in Little Rock

Fried Catfish Sandwich at Burge's

Fried Catfish Sandwich at Burge’s

 

We absolutely love our fried catfish in this town, so when I asked the other day on Facebook what your favorite restaurant was that serves up this Southern classic, there was a great response. Forty-six different restaurants were mentioned, to be exact. Here’s a list of every place and the number of votes each restaurant received.

Tier I (each restaurant received between 21-30 votes)

Flying Fish
Eat My Catfish
Soul Fish Café

My Take: I’ve eaten at FF and Eat My Catfish and definitely agree they are some of the better versions in Little Rock. Soul Fish was mentioned a lot, and is still fairly new to town, so that was an impressive showing for the downtown eatery.

Tier II (each restaurant received between 5-10 votes)

Bobby’s Café
Lazy Pete’s
The Faded Rose
Lassis Inn
Burge’s
Smokin’ Buns BBQ & Catfish
Grandpa’s Catfish House

My Take: Burge’s and The Faded Rose both serve up outstanding fried catfish, the latter of which is super thin and crispy. I’ve been to Lazy Pete’s a few times, but have never tried the catfish a few times. Very underrated restaurant that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but apparently serves up some mean catfish. I’ll have to go check that out in the near future. Lassis Inn has great catfish, although I’d definitely rate a few others in town a little higher, but a visit to Lassis combines food, history, and an amazing atmosphere.

Tier III (each restaurant received between 1-4 votes)

Mick’s BBQ
BJ’s Market Café
Feastro’s
Brewsters II Café
Crazee’s Café
1515 Café (Fridays)
Chicken Wang Café
Maddie’s Place
Riverside Grocery
Homer’s
Heights Taco & Tamale Co.
Cotham’s
Pig’N-Chik BBQ
Cajun’s Wharf
Cock of the Walk
Uncle Dean’s Catfish & Such
Sharks
Peter’s Fish Market
South on Main
The Oyster Bar
Saline Memorial Hospital
Homer’s West
Thirst N Howl
JoJo’s
Captain Tom’s
KJ’s
The Wing Shack Bar
C & S Restaurant
Corky’s
East End Café (Fridays)
Davids Family Kitchen
The Hook
Samantha’s
Dixie Café
Catfish City

My Take: Granted, I don’t eat a ton of fried catfish, but, damn, there are several places in this tier that I’ve never even heard of, much less eaten the catfish at. Personally, I’m a huge fan of the version Brewsters is cranking out and would rate it as the very best I’ve eaten in town.

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Little Rock Restaurant Month Hits Midtown

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Baja Grill

 

As many of you already know, Little Rock Restaurant Month is in full swing AND has taken a new approach with things this year. Instead of participating restaurants from all over the city offering specials throughout the entire month, different areas of the city each get a week of specials. August 8-14 marks Midtown’s turn. Below, you’ll find a complete listing, as well as a few of my takes…

American Pie
Free appetizer up to $6 with purchase of a large pizza

Arkansas Burger Co.
$5 hamburger
My take: Solid deal on a good-to-great burger.

Baja Grill
20% off food purchases
Mention restaurant month to get your discount (Alcohol not included)
My take: Another great deal here and Baja does some very good food, especially the Pig Sooie and Cuban tacos. The Triple Dipper appetizer is also a winner, as are the burritos.

Big Orange Midtown
Free cheese dip or hummus with a purchase of a burger or salad

Boulevard Bread Company
$12 Harissa and honey wings served with lemon, cilantro & buttermilk
My take: I’ve never had these wings, but I love Boulevard and can’t imagine this being anything but awesome.

Cafe Bossa Nova
$3 off menu price – deep fried mahi­ mahi strips encrusted with Panko bread crumbs, served on corn tortillas. Topped with napa cabbage, pink chipotle sauce, a mango radish salsa and fresh cilantro with a side of rice and beans.
My take: Bossa Nova doesn’t get a ton of press, so I guess it could be considered underrated. The food is fantastic.

Cajuns
$33 3-course prix fixe: starter, entrée, and dessert.

Cantina Laredo
$17.99 all-day 3-course set menu per person. Includes starter, entrée, and dessert.
My take: True story…I’ve never eaten at Cantina Laredo, but have heard solid reports.

Casa Mañana
$9.99 Fish ceviche with michelada

Cheers
$13 fried green tomatoes with grilled shrimp and remoulade.
My take: I love fried green tomatoes. I love grilled shrimp. And I love remoulade. This seems like a no-brainer.

Ciao Baci
$25 3-course dinner 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
My take: Jump on this one because it’s a great deal on great food. If you’ve never been to Ciao Baci for dinner, this is a perfect opportunity at a lower cost.

Damgoode Pies (2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. & 6706 Cantrell Rd.)
$5 off any 18” pie and half off any appetizer

Graffiti’s
$18 jumbo crab cakes with remoulade sauce over field greens with a side of avocado slices and roasted chicken salad.

Heights Taco & Tamale
Free cheese dip or salsa trio with purchase of an entree or salad

Hillcrest Artisan Meats
$1 off any sandwich order
My take: I’m pretty sure every human living in Little Rock loves H.A.M. and getting a $1 off any sandwich this week might inspire another visit.

Homer’s West
15% off total ticket – mention Restaurant Month to get discount (excluding alcohol)

Juice Bar
1/2 off happy hour 7 AM -9:30 AM Monday-Friday: buy one item, get second item of equal or lesser value half-off (includes smoothie, juice, or food. Excludes smoothie bowls.)

Kemuri
Bogo – buy any sushi roll, get one free (of equal or lesser value)
My take: Best sushi in town, and honestly, this is one of the best deals on the page. The Crazy Monkey Roll is tops. *Update* this deal applies to traditional rolls only.  So no Crazy Monkey Roll. :(

La Terraza
20% off off lunch or dinner. Also: chef’s choice — free appetizer for lunch with purchase of one entrée
My take: Have only eaten at La Terraza once, but I came away impressed. Nice folks and good food.

Layla’s Gyros and Pizzeria (9501 N. Rodney Parham)
$7.25 Gyro sandwich with fries and drink

Leo’s Greek Castle
$9.99 Gyro platter

The Oyster Bar
$3 off 1 lb. shrimp

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Free milkshake with purchase of a “big” size pastrami sandwich

Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema
$15 chicken tenders, fries and beer of the day.
My take: You can get chicken tenders at a movie theater? Go figure.

Taziki’s (8200 Cantrell Rd.)
Free child’s feast with purchase of adult entree. Dine-in only. Monday- Wednesday 5 PM – 9 PM
My take: Taziki’s is a regional chain serving solid, consistent food. And my kids love it, so I love it.

The Fold Botanas Bar
Free queso with the purchase of any taco plate. Limit one per table.

The Purple Cow (8026 Cantrell Rd.)
Free soft drink or tea with any of our new menu items. New items include fried green beans, supreme cheeseburger, and turkey pesto burger, just to name a few.

Town Pump
$1 off our topsy turvy nachos
My take: The ultimate dive bar serves better-than-expected food.

Trio’s
30% off in celebration of our 30th anniversary. Lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch! Dine-in only. Mention Restaurant Month for discount.
My take: 30% off your entire meal puts this deal right at the top. Get the Farmers Market Splendor.

Zaza
$1 off gelato

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The 10 Worst Named Dishes in Little Rock

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Recently, my buddy (pictured above, but will remain nameless) and I were talking about the worst named dishes in Little Rock. We both thought an admittedly somewhat juvenile post to honor our pathetic exchange was in order. I believe his exact words were: “Hey, I’d read it.”

Well, here it is: The 10 Worst (but really the best) Named Dishes in Little Rock

10. Flamed Seared Pork Intestines at Mr. Chen’s

Flamed seared food is awesome, except when you combine the cooking method with pork intestines. In fairness, it’s probably the best way to eat pork intestines. I’ll never know.

9. The Garlichoke at Damgoode Pizza

Unless it has “arti” in front of it, never use “choke” as part of your dish’s name.

8. Fugley at Kiyen’s

I guess if you drink enough of these cocktails, even the fugliest of dates will seem appealing. Be sure to drink responsibly.

7. Chocolate Sack at SO Restaurant-Bar

Ummm … I would have gone with “Chocolate Tote.”

6. Cat-toufee at The Oyster Bar

Dammit, Oyster Bar … that is just wrong. Although, I must admit, the dish’s description sounds awesome, and I plan to try it out very soon.

5. Thai One On! at Jimmy’s Serious Sandwich

Excellent play on words, but what the hell does a sandwich have to do with a commonly used expression for continuing to drink excessively?

4. The Dirty Bird at Gusano’s

Great name for a former NFLer’s end zone dance, but terrible for a pizza.

3. Bumblebee Stew at J. Gumbo’s

Relax, no actual bumblebees were harmed in the making of this stew.

2. Sergeant’s Sausage Roll at NYPD Pizza

Envision ordering this one: “Err, ummm… I’ll have the Sergeant’s Sausage Roll…. and a Diet Coke.”

1. Clear Soup at Sky Modern Japanese Restaurant

Quite possibly the most uninspiringly-named menu item in the history of restaurants.

OK…in all of my internet research, did I happen to miss a dish that belongs on the list? If so, please let me know.

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