Restaurant Guide

ITALIAN

Bravo Cucina Italiana It’s Italian….All your favorites with creamy sauces and a host of veal and chicken specials. And specialty sandwiches. Promenade at Chenal, 17815 Chenal Parkway Little Rock, AR | 501-821-2485; Full bar, CC $$, Mon-Thurs 11-10pm, Fri-Sat 11-11pm, Sun 10-9pm

Ristorante Capeo Argenta’s star that grew from the beloved Cassinelli’s on the north side of the river.  Italian through and through. The Hunter plate is a great way to start the meal. House made pastas and sauces. If they have the Elk Chop available, you should try it! 425 Main Street North Little Rock, AR 72114 | 501-374-3463; Full bar, great wine list, CC, $$$ Mon-Sat 5-10pm

Vesuvio Bistro Elegant atmosphere and food make this a stand out in the selections for Italian fare in Little Rock.  Don’t miss the wheel of Parmigianino Reggiamo for your Caesar salad flown in from Italy. Handmade pastas and sauces make you think you are in Italy without the jet lag. 1315 Breckenridge Drive Little Rock, Ar 72227 | 501-225-0500;Full bar, great wine list, CC $$$ Daily 4-10pm

AMERICAN CASUAL

Big Orange Yummo—this is the burger spot in Little Rock. Want some variety to choose from in the burger department?? This is the place for you and all the meat is Black Angus, so the flavor is deep and meaty. And, oh, those fries!! Great shakes for the kids or specialty cocktails for the adults. They use all top quality ingredients for the best flavors. 2 locations: Promenade in Chenal and Midtown-corner of Markham and University; Full bar, CC, $, Sun-Thurs 11-9pm, Fri-Sat 11-11pm

Capers A bit of Southern influence in this menu with shrimp and grits or pork tenderloin with garlic white cheddar mashed potatoes. Several great fish dishes. Start with the signature Confetti Dip or house made chips with Bleu Cheese Fondue. 14502 Cantrell Rd,Little Rock, AR 72223 | 501-868-7600; Full bar, CC, $$, Mon-Thurs 11-2pm, 5-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11-2pm, 5:00-10:30p

Copper Grill This is downtown’s favorite patio on the corner of 3rd and Cumberland. Start with the fried oysters or crab and crawfish cakes. The menu offers a variety of seafood and meat entrees or burgers and sandwiches. Feel like a PoBoy? Catfish or Oyster, you can pick it! Southern bread pudding can top it all off. 300 E. 3rd Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 | 501-375-3333; Full bar, CC, $$, Mon-Sat 11-10pm

Cheers in the Heights Tucked away in the Heights neighborhood you will find some great items at Cheer’s.  How bout a Kobe burger! Nightly specials offer seafood or a great rib eye steak. Select wine on the chalkboard priced by the glass. Cobb salad or yummy sandwich with homemade chips-—it’s all good here! 2010 N. Van Buren Little Rock, AR 72207 | 501-663-5937; Full bar, wine/beer, CC, $$, Mon-Sat 11-9:30pm.

Dugan’s Pub Want to watch the game and have some real Irish fare?? This is the place. Great beer selection! Or just have a great burger and some outstanding cheese dip. Out door patio makes a great people watching spot in the thriving downtown residential area. Dining room has fireplace for those chilly football afternoons! Good fried stuff too. In a hotel in the River Market area–they will deliver to you; 401 E Third Street, Little Rock, AR 72201 | 501-244-0542; Full bar, CC, $$, Mon-Fri 11-2am, Sat 11-2am, Sun 11-10pm.

Izzy’s It’s bright, clean and casual, with a snappy service team serving up sandwiches and fries, fresh salads, pasta about a dozen ways, hand-rolled tamales and (dinner only) brick oven pizzas. Wholesome, all-American food prepared with care. Locally sourced ingredients and fresh teas from China show that the owners Heather and Robert will take special care to make sure you have a good dining experience. Just off Cantrell Road. 55601 Ranch Dr Little Rock, AR | 501-868-4311; Beer and wine, CC $$, Mon-Thurs 11-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 11-9pm

Loca Luna Local Star Chef Mark Abernathy’s spot offers you a great selection of menu items. Start with great cheese dip and salsa with crispy chips or try the Shrimp/Brie quesadillas. Then just take your choice of some great entrees that are home made from Chef’s recipes. A Veggie’s skillet includes the “no meat” crowd.  Pizzas and calzones, and even Delta Pot Roast.  So you can see there is something for everyone at Loca Luna.  Did we mention the Fun atmosphere?? And enjoy a great outdoor patio!! 3519 Old Cantrell Rd Little Rock, AR 72202 | 501-663-4586; Full bar, good prices on wines, $$, Mon-Fri lunch 11-2pm, Sun-Thurs 5:30-9pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-10pm, Sunday Brunch 10:30-2:30pm Sat 11-10pm.

Natchez Outstanding newcomer to our foodie scene there are lots of very special items to choose from on Chef Alexis Jones menu. She has an impressive culinary background and it shows up in some of the most original twists on Southern Classic dishes.This is definitely a contender for best restaurant in town! Look for the striped awning on 4th St between Center/Louisiana Downtown | 501-687-4279: Full bar, CC, $$-$$$, Tues-Fri 11-2pm. Wed-Sat 5:30-9pm.

Red Door The sister to Loca Luna, this restaurant features sophisticated modern Southern cuisine, steaks, hearty soups and creative salads.  Nightly specials of fresh seafood and sometimes a juicy lamb chop.  Well priced wine specials too.  Great breakfast here folks!!!Tues-Sat. Lots of patio space to enjoy the nice seasons of Arkansas weather. 3701 Old Cantrell Rd Little Rock, AR 72202 | 501-666-8482; Full bar, CC, $$, Mon-5-10pm, Tues-Thurs 7-10am, 11-2pm, 5-9pm, Fri same day hours open til 10pm.  Sat 9:30-2pm, 5-10pm.  Sun 5-9pm.

1620 Savoy 1620 Steaks, chops, choice of fresh seafood and meal-sized salads are just a few of the offerings on the menu at this popular upscale bistro. It’s a romantic, candlelit restaurant, elegant without being fussy or overly formal.  OR a great sports bar with plenty of room to meet your friends and watch the game.  All the wonderful food is available in both sides of restaurant! 1620 Market St  Little Rock, Ar  72212 |  501-221-1620; Full bar, CC, $$-$$$, Mon-Sat 5-10pm, Sun 10-2pm

CAJUN

Cajun’s Wharf A Little Rock legend is still going strong. Large bar downstairs and deck overlooking the Arkansas River keep this a “great place to meet your friends” kinda spot. Check out the website to see the music line up as there is always live music at Cajun’s.  Food is fresh seafood and steaks with a bit of creole influences. It’s always a good time at Cajun’s. 2400 Cantrell Road Little Rock, AR 72202 | 501-375-5351; Full bar, CC, $$$, Mon-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 5-11pm

PIZZA

Pizza Café` Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce and plenty of toppings covered with gooey cheese. Draft beer—frosty and generous—is appealing on the open-air deck.   Meet your friends there on Sun afternoon on some of our great weather days.  Add a lil honey to the crust. 1517 Rebsamen Park Rd, AR | 501-664-6133; Full bar, CC, $ 7 days a week 11-10pm

US Pizza  Most of us have to get our regular fix of this thin crispy pizza.  I would call it highly addictive. Great salad do go along and always very cold beer.  Several locations. No delivery.  Full bar, CC, $,  Hillcrest  2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. | 501-663-2198 Call for hours—7 days a week

Damgoode Pies Local favorite and they deliver.  They also offer a nice variety of sauces.  Fresh ingredients and pasta dishes add to the menu here.  The spicy, garlic white sauce offers an alternative to the traditional red sauce.  Several locations. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd.  Little Rock, AR 72205 | 501-664-2239; Beer/wine, CC, $ Mon-Thurs 11-11pm, Fri-Sat 11-11pm, Sun 11-9pm

MEXICAN

Local Lime Restaurant guru Scott McGehee’s delish version of tacos and tequila is a huge hit! The freshest of ingredients make each bite a treat. Love the selection of salsas to start the fun.  Beautiful bar and patio seating.  Other Mexican entrees too. No problem if you have to wait, just stroll around the Promenade and they will text you when your table is ready! The Promeade at Chenal, 17815 Chenal Parkway Little Rock, AR 72223 | 501-448-2226; Full bar, CC, $-$$, Sun-Wed 11-9pm. Thurs-Sat 11-10pm

Cantina Laredo This is gourmet Mexican food, a step up from what you’d expect from a real cantina. From the modern décor to the well-prepared entrees. We can vouch for the enchilada Vercruz and the carne asada y huevos, both with tasty sauces and high quality ingredients perfectly cooked. 207 N. University-Midtown Shopping Center Little Rock, AR 72205 | 501-280-0407; Full bar, CC, $$, Mon-Thurs 11-10pm, Fri-Sat 11-11pm, Sun 11-9pm

Casa Manana
The real deal Tex-Mex with crispy chips and combo plates. Good breakfast too! 6820 Cantrell Road  Little Rock, AR 72207 | 501-280-9888; Full bar, CC, $, Mon-Fri 10-10pm, Sat 9-10pm, Sun 9-9pm

La Hacienda Another great Tex-Mex original with many locations in the area.  Huge variety of favorite combos made from family recipes. 3024 Cantrell Rd. Little Rock, Ar 72202 501-661-0600; Full bar, CC, $-$$

STEAK HOUSES

Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse A classic menu offers succulent steaks and seafood in a beautiful dining room.  They have a bone in filet.  Owner Jerry keeps all thing running smoothly and service at a high level.  Many say it is the best in LR. You will not be disappointed. 27 Rahling Cr.  Little Rock, Ar 72223 | 501-821-1838; Full bar, CC, $$$, Mon-Thurs 5:30 to 9:30, Fri-Sat 5- 10:30pm, Sun 10-2:30pm

Sonny Williams Steak Room Upscale and classic, this is the place in downtown to get a beautiful steak with all the trimmings. Extensive menu with fish selections.  Try the shrimp roulade appetizer, huge tender shrimp with a wonderful sauce!  Attentive service. Little Rock’s version of Morton’s or the Palm. 500 President Clinton Ave. Little Rock, Ar 72201 501-324-2999; Full bar, CC, $$$, Mon-Sat 5-11pm 

SUSHI

Ocean’s Upscale locally owned with beautiful fresh fish.  Creative rolls and other selections from an extensive menu. (just in case one of you doesn’t want sushi)  Beautiful space with great bar too.  Service is spot on and very attentive from owner and staff. 27 Rahling Cr.  Little Rock, AR 72223 501-821-1838; Full bar, CC, $$$, Mon-Thurs 5-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5-10:30

Sushi Café Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and believe it or not, the Tokyo Cowboy burger. So many great options for the non-sushi person too. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd.  501-663-9888; Full bar, CC, $$, Mon-Sat 11-2pm, 5-9:30pm, Sun 5-9pm

WINE BARS

By The Glass A broad wine list is studded with interesting, diverse selections and uniformly reasonable prices. The food focus is on the high-end items that pair well with wine—olives, hummus, cheese, bread and meats, and sausages. Owners are always there to greet you and make you feel welcome and discuss the latest wine buzz. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd Little Rock, AR 72207 | 501-663-9463; Beer and wine, CC, $-$$, Mon-Wed 4-10pm, Thurs 4-11pm, Fri-Sat 4-12am

ZIN Downtown spot to share a glass of wine. Wonderful cheese/meats and original dips. Also, good beer selection.  Don’t miss the Wednesday Zin’s Day wine tasting every week!  Great value, with usually 5 wines to taste.  Food provided to pair with the selections.on Contemporary setting with a great urban feel. 300 River Market Ave  Little Rock, AR 72202; Beer and wine, CC, $, Mon-Wed 4-10pm, Thurs til 11pm, Fri-Sat til 12 and Sun 5-9pm

 

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