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A Delightful Chicken Salad at Scallions

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I’ve driven past Scallions a hundred times over the course of the past two years, but never have stopped in for a bite to eat, due in large part to the restaurant’s breakfast/lunch only hours.

Well, my non-Scallions streak finally ended … and I’m glad it did.

I was immediately impressed by the warm environment, from the tree-adorned outside seating area to the cozy interior with all of the beautiful wall art. The service, too, was certainly worth mentioning—attentive, friendly, and prompt.

But while service and atmosphere certainly play a key role in how we judge a place, a restaurant is nothing without excellent food. Fortunately, my chicken salad lunch special ($10.95) completed the “happy dining trifecta.”

The plate included a heaping pile of creamy chicken salad over a quartered Arkansas tomato, along with a delicious house salad (substituted for soup) and a sweet poppy seed muffin.

The chicken salad was outstanding—laced with crisp, diced pieces of celery, shredded breast meat and halved, tiny red grapes. Pairing it with the juicy tomato pieces was a wise choice, as the balance from the sweet grapes and acidic tomatoes was just right. Not to be overlooked was the unassuming poppy seed muffin, a dense, yet welcoming addition to my plate. The salad included seasoned croutons, fresh greens, shredded cheese and carrots, along with a raspberry vinaigrette.

My first visit to Scallions certainly won’t be my last. The sizeable portions, fair prices, warm environment and friendly service all guarantee a return visit.

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Buzz Word: Terry’s Cheeseburger Hits the Spot

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BUZZ WORD … where each month a word is posted over on The Mighty Rib Facebook page, followed with a request for reader suggestions centered-around the term. One of the suggestions is randomly picked, dish is eaten, and a review is written.

This month’s BUZZ WORD was “burger.”

The cheeseburger at Terry’s Finer Foods was suggested by Jacquelyn, which was cool, because I had no idea Terry’s even had one on its menu.

Turns out, it’s a pretty damn good representative in the wildly debated burger field. A sizable patty (I’m guessing at least a 1/3-pound) sits atop a soft bun and comes with all the essentials, including: red onion, Romaine lettuce, pickles and tomato. This is a French restaurant, so the cheese options are plentiful, as is the amount of it they layer on your burger. I opted for the Swiss, which proved to be an excellent choice. As you can see, the abundance of cheese really made for a visually appealing burger. I’m guessing this is what originally captivated Jacquelyn.

I asked the burger to be cooked to “medium.” And although it was juicy, I’d say the burger was just a tad overcooked and under-seasoned. Also, I’m not a fan of the bulkier Romaine lettuce as it creates a somewhat messier eating experience.

But these are very slight criticisms, and as a whole, I’d say Terry’s fresh ground beef cheeseburger ($11.50) probably falls in the top 20 range in Little Rock.

The bottom line is that Terry’s cheeseburger certainly won’t blow you away, but it deserves a try. You’ll find that it’s definitely respectable enough to inspire a return visit and a repeat order.

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