First Look

SOMA has become the poster child of revival in Little Rock. Once it held a handful of friendly confines among a large number of run-down storefronts, now it is frequently named the “hip” area of the city. It was a marriage of commercial and residential growth that brought about the change. …




For a while here in Little Rock, would-be restaurateurs or chefs would follow a predictable trend: get a food truck, learn the trade and then upgrade to a brick-and-mortar restaurant. The Southern Gourmasian, Pizzeria Santa Lucia [now The Pizzeria in the Heights], Katmandu Momo and Count Porkula have all followed …




Sometimes you can just tell when a restaurant has something special going on. That was my impression within five minutes of sitting down at the newly opened Mehfil Indo-Mughlai Pak Cuisine. There’s nothing obvious about its charm from the outside, with a small vinyl banner the only sign that anything …




The restaurant for the Arkansas Arts Center has always played an interesting role. Yes, it provides food to guests of the Arts Center, and it is also the main caterer for any of their events. The two previous tenants, Best Impressions and Canvas, played those two roles well. It also …




I often tell potential restaurant owners that the best part about living in Little Rock is that there is no pressure to create something new, we stay a solid 3-5 years behind trends and something unique will likely fail. The positive is that it gives restaurant owners a chance to …




Aji Ramen Bar couldn’t have picked a better time to open in Little Rock. The warm days of summer (and early fall) already seem like a distant memory, leaving behind a yearning for comfort food that warms you all the way up. A well-made ramen is ideal for the task, …




It has been two and a half years since we first heard about Delta Biscuit Co.’s plans to bring their breakfast oriented concept to Little Rock. In that time a lot has changed and they decided last year to forgo the initial brick and mortar spot and go with a …




Maybe I have a soft spot in my heart for the SoMa area because I live in the neighborhood, but it seems that no other area of the city is hitting its stride quite as well as the South side of Main street. With spots like South on Main, The …




Spots in the Rivermarket come up so infrequent that it was no surprise when Rumba Revolution on the corner of Clinton Ave and La Harpe closed earlier this year it was snatched up immediately. Just four months later the spot is ready to open as a new concept called Live …




At the beginning of 2017, chef Ira Mittelman announced he was closing Ira’s Park Hill Grill for a move to downtown Little Rock to participate in the revitalization of Main Street. At that time, he told me he was hoping to open by spring, though delays could push him into …




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