Eat This Street: 10 Reasons to Show The River Market Some Love

Over the years the River Market has gone from a nearly ghost town to a bustling hub of activity. There’s ample shopping, lodging, and some killer river views along the River Trail. Thankfully there’s also some local eateries to love, too. Check out our list below.

Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro: One of the best places to grab a working lunch when downtown, Dizzy’s is a solid option for anyone with an appetite. You seriously have to try the Mac N Cheese – plus – rumor has it the Cheese Dip is some of the best in the Rock. Enjoy the covered patio or eat inside amongst a warm, inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re stopping in for happy hour or your own lunch time blues, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy.

Dugan’s Pub: A fixture in the scene for some time now, the Irish pub is warm and welcoming no matter what time of day you cross the threshold. The menu boasts of traditional Irish faire, along with some of the best pub food in Little Rock. Sit at the bar and enjoy something from the tap while catching the latest game, or catch up with friends while playing darts next to the stone fire place. Either way see if you can catch owner Don Dugan, who will offer you a quick smile and, if you’re lucky, a great one-liner.

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Skye’s Bistro: Next door to Dugan’s, Skye’s is a lovely addition to the Third Street strip. The small establishment leans toward French Bistro, and the daily menu scribbled on the chalk wall gives new meaning to the word fresh. I’ve had some of the best soups from Skye’s, including an out-of-this-world Chicken Noodle, but you can’t go wrong with dishes boasting of lamb, thanks to Chef Stephen Burrow’s careful preparation. Dine-in along the cute tables nestled on third street, or take your food with you. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of wine from Stratton’s Market next door.

Cache: Cache is impossible to miss in the River Market. Mostly because it is the biggest, brightest, and best positioned location in the area. After early struggles, Cache seems to be finally hitting a groove and is serving up good dishes. The atmosphere is high end in the dining area, but don’t skip out on the upstairs area, which is much more casual and has one of the best patios in town.

At The Corner: Perched at the edge of the River Market, At The Corner is a happening finer-diner that should be on your foodie radar. For local dishes with fresh ingredients – ranging in healthy salads and wraps to indulgent burgers and more – At The Corner checks all the boxes. Plus, the eatery likely has one of the top brunches in the city right now – don’t believe us – the line out the door on Sunday mornings can attest to that.

Blue Canoe Brewing Co: We’ve watched a transformation take place at Blue Canoe since they opened. If you haven’t been in lately, it’s time to give it another chance. Their Lime Gose is a solid option, and their menu (now fully branded Blue Canoe) has some surprisingly good Cheese Dip and Guacamole. Play shuffleboard or darts while enjoying the newest tap, or head to the other side of the taproom and, if the weather’s nice, enjoy the open garage doors.

Damgoode Pies River Market: Catch some of the best river views from Damgoode’s patio. You can enjoy a slice or two perched high above the Amphitheater, with ample views of the Junction Bridge and river. The location is the flagship for Damgoode’s brews, so enjoy a fresh pint or two over trivia or grab a quick lunch at the bar.

Buenos Aries Grill & Cafe: New to the area, this eatery is for real. One of the best patios in town – tiered and busy – you’re guaranteed to find something you love on their full, authentic menu.

Iriana’s Pizza: An often overlooked eatery, Iriana’s has been established for over 25 years. The pizza is decent enough, if you know which pies to order. The staff is downright friendly, and the interior – while small – is comfortable enough for a work meeting, meeting friends, or lunch date. All you have to do is stop in and check it out for yourself. The pizzeria also delivers downtown which can be incredibly convenient if you’re looking to treat the office.

Zin Urban Wine & Beer Bar: If you need a place with atmosphere to meet in the River Market for a drink or two, stop by Zin. The vibe is nice, but friendly and makes for the perfect after-work drink destination. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur, you’re just learning the ropes, or you’d rather have a Stella, the staff has you covered.

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  • Robert P Richardson

    Including Cache and excluding Sonny Williams is comical….. If Cache is high end…… you’ve never eaten in a good restaurant

  • Deena Shaddox Dougherty

    And Flying Fish is not here? Consistently voted by the public as the best seafood restaurant?? What are you thinking??? And no Sonny Williams??? This is ridiculous!!
    And Dizzy’s? It’s a BAR, with just okay bar food… Come on!!!

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Eat This Street: 10 Reasons to Show The River Market Some Love