Popular family restaurant All Aboard on Cantrell Road is planning to open a second location in Saline County. A manager at the restaurant told me the new spot would be in The Shoppes of Benton, which is currently under development just west of Alcoa Road at Interstate 30. The second location will have an identical theme and menu to the first. If you’ve never eaten at All Aboard, the restaurant is designed with children (and the young at heart) in mind. Automated model trains run on tracks overhead and deliver food to your table. If all goes well, All Aboard hopes to open its new location in September 2017.
A stop by the former Good Food by Ferneau and Argenta Market shows the latest restaurant isn’t getting very far, at least by appearances. The owners of Kiyen’s Seafood, Steak and Sushi in West Little Rock hoped to open Kamikaito in the space by the beginning of November. However, very little work has been done to the space in the past month, with the Good Food logos still up, no dining room furniture in place and a wrapped palette of supplies still sitting in the front entryway. We will continue to keep an eye on the space and let you know when things change.
Thanksgiving is only eight days away, and there are plenty of local restaurants in town offering to help you with the cooking this year. However, if you haven’t placed your order yet, you need to get moving on that now. Because while you can wait until Tuesday to make an order at South on Main for a smoked turkey or some pecan chess pie, places like Honey Pies are already down to their last few availabilities. Other options for Thanksgiving take-out include Franke’s Cafeteria, Forty Two, The Pantry and The Pantry Crest, Loblolly Creamery, and of course Burge’s in the Heights.
Yes, we still have Thanksgiving to come, but it’s never too early to plan for December activities, like the Historic Arkansas Museum Nog-Off on December 9. Rock City Eats is the defending champions of the competition, which will be entering its twelfth year next month. For the second straight year, the Nog-Off will accompany a special art exhibit. This year’s art gallery is entitled Eclectic Color: Diverse Color for a Diverse World by Rex Deloney.
We mentioned this in our Growlers feature on Monday, but Taco Beer Burrito, the downtown Tex-Mex restaurant from Blue Canoe Brewing Company, is now open for lunch seven days a week. The place is also open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. The brewery itself will remain closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Conway’s Blue Sail Coffee is hosting a fun event that it’s calling a “latte throwdown.” Baristas from all over Arkansas will be showing off their latte art skills in a creative competition to claim the crown of best coffee artist. Even if you can’t make a latte (or have no idea what it is), you can still come to Blue Sail Coffee on December 3 and watch the action. Blue Sail will have prizes from Lost Forty Brewing and food will be provided by Streetside Creperie.
Supporting local breweries is one of the things we at Rock City Eats are most passionate about, and now UALR is also joining in that effort. We found out the school has expanded its craft beer offerings at basketball games this season.
There’s nothing I’m more excited for in Arkansas’ future than the prospect of sake brewing starting in the Natural State. We spoke with Ben Bell about his big plans to make it all happen.
Next time you are heading west on Interstate 30, consider making a pit stop in Malvern for lunch. We found a classic Arkansas restaurant tucked away in a grocery store in this week’s Around Arkansas.
- October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Arkansas Arts Center
Fountain Fest is back for its fifth anniversary celebration! Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries, this year’s event features art, music, food, libations, all centered around a surprise installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain. Tickets are $25, and funds will go tow...
- October 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at South Main Street Commercial Historic District
New this year at the 2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, many local breweries will be showcasing local flavors. Heifer International will be bringing various outdoor games and some animals from the farm for a local meet-and-greet. The festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and South...
- October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Lost Forty Brewing
THE FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS 2017 Nighty Night Release Party & Celebration of Dark Beer Darkness is coming. And with it, one hellacious party. Our biggest, baddest, boldest 3 Barrel-Aged 2017 batch of Nighty Night Imperial Stout makes it’s limited debut Oct. 21st. The return of our most antic...
- October 27 @ 12:00 pm - October 28 @ 7:00 pm at Arkadelphia, AR
Central Arkansas Fermenters presents the Third Annual Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition! With cash prizes and traditional medals, the AHA/BJCP-sanctioned Arktoberfest Challenge should be at the top of every mid-South homebrewer’s list. Combine it with the Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival...
- October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm at Arkadelphia, AR
Come enjoy the third annual Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Caddo Valley Catfish Cook Off in Arkadelphia, Arkansas! Fun for the whole family including all Arkansas craft beers, a catfish dinner with all the fixins, Arkansas musicians and artisans, free kids’ activities, and more. Come to...
- November 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm at The Fold: Botanas & Bar
INAUGURAL DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION 2017 The Fold partners with Habitat for Humanity to celebrate the traditional Dia de los Muertos Keep the Halloween festivities going and join us for our inaugural Day of the Dead Celebration. We will be closing down the whole parking lot surrounding the restaur...
- April 21, 2018 @ 9:00 am at North Little Rock, AR
We’re excited to celebrate 10 years of the B Street Rib Off. Make plans now to join us in April 2018!...
kBird is posting a dinner special this week called khao soi gai, which is chiangmai curried noodles with chicken.
Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its lineup of specials for the month of November:
- Zaza: Salad of Moon Drop Grapes, Bosc Pears, Dried Fruit and Yogurt-Poppy Dressing
- Big Orange: Cherry Cheesecake Milkshake and French Onion Burger with Gruyere and Steak Sauce
- Local Lime: Butternut Squash Carnitas Enchiladas
Ristorante’s Capeo special risotto this week is mushroom.