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Unique Randomness: Weekly Food News, Views, & Notes

Unique Randomness: Weekly Food News, Views, & Notes
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When it comes to serving up quality steaks, The Butcher Shop doesn’t get a whole hell of a lot of attention. Places like Sonny Williams, Arthur’s, and Doe’s Eat Place grab a lot of the press, but The Butcher Shop serves up a pretty mean steak, if I do say so myself. I recently put down an 8-ounce blackened fillet with a twice baked potato and side salad, all for $19.82, which was a special, 2-day price commemorating the restaurant’s 35-year anniversary.  I was particularly impressed with the charred, spicy crust and the perfectly cooked medium rare center of the steak. My one knock on the restaurant? It’s small wine selection.

Coincidentally, I checked out Adobo To-Go, a food truck serving up Filipino food, which is located in The Butcher Shop’s parking lot on Monday afternoons. Check its Facebook page for location updates. Listen, I’m no expert on Filipino food, but I can tell you that what I had the other day–Chicken Adobo–was pretty damn tasty. Sweet and savory chunks of tender chicken, along with a couple scoops of white rice and some lumpia, made for an enjoyable and affordable ($6.75) lunch.

Big news for the restaurant formerly known as Forty Two. The revamped restaurant, located inside the Clinton Center, is now 42 bar and table, and will be open for dinner service on Thursday–Saturday evenings from 4-10 p.m., along with its Monday-Saturday (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) lunch service. Free valet parking will be available for dinner guests; the valet station will be located in Celebration Circle, the circle driveway directly in front of the Clinton Center’s fountains, and guest cars will be parked in designated spaces in the Clinton Center’s parking lot. The new designated entrance is located to the north of the Clinton Center’s main doors, with newly constructed stairs that will guide guests down to the restaurant’s lobby, located on the river level of the building. Please note, guests of 2 bar and table will not be required to go through security to enjoy the restaurant and bar.

Representatives from Del Frisco’s Grille passed along word that the restaurant has recently rolled out a new menu. Though many of its favorites will remain, diners can now also enjoy Artichoke Beignets, Coffee Braised Pork Shank, Pan Seared Scallops, Filet Burger, Roasted Baby Beets, 14 oz. Bone-In Filet, and 18 oz. Bone-In Prime Rib.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is accepting applications for the 2017 “Say It Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Baking Contest, which will be held on Sunday, December 3 from 2-5 p.m. Registration is open now and can be done right here (deadline is November 17 at 4 p.m.). Each year, MTCC hosts its signature “Say It Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Baking Contest in conjunction with its annual Holiday Open House. The festive, family-friendly event includes 12-16 participants who compete for bragging rights for the best sweet potato pie in Central Arkansas.

Special thanks to the folks at Loblolly Scoop Shop for hosting one of our events the other night. “Blood, Guts. and Ice Cream,” a 4-course, Halloween-themed dessert tasting was an absolute hit. The overall service and attention to detail was only surpassed by the fun and innovative sweets, the highlight of which was this Gore Cone (chocolate waffle cone, chocolate hard shell, Flyway chocolate stout ice cream, salted caramel sauce, and brownie “dirt”). The entire concoction was brilliant.

Props to Ken Dempsey and Flyway Brewing for pulling off a delicious pop-up at the brewery last Sunday afternoon. Dempsey was doing what he does best, BBQ, but did also manage to mix in a shrimp slider that was off the charts. His pulled pork slider was fantastic, as was the pork belly nachos. While it did take over an hour to get the food, good friends and beer made the time fly by. Here’s hoping Dempsey and Flyway can team up in the near future, as his bbq is the best I’ve come across in Little Rock. Full disclosure, Ken is a close friend, but bias aside, dude can bring it.

Kelli Marks and Donnie Ferneau are teaming up to open Cathead’s Diner in early 2018. The diner, which will be located at 515 Shall Avenue, will emphasize Southern-style comfort foods as part of its breakfast, brunch, lunch, and pastry and dessert menus.