The holiday season is upon us, and that means DeLuca’s Pizzeria is about to go on its usual break. The outstanding Hot Springs pizzeria will close after Saturday’s service so owner Anthony Valinoti and his staff can visit family and loved ones for the holidays. However, Valinoti will be reopening DeLuca’s earlier than in years past. The team will take 12 days off and be back in business on Thursday, Dec. 29, including staying open for New Year’s (I can only imagine the party that will be thrown at DeLuca’s that night). So if you want some of the best pizza you can find before Christmas, get down to Hot Springs by Saturday and reserve your dough in advance. If you’re there, try out the new Capi Peck pie with capicola and peppadew peppers, named after Little Rock’s incoming city director and the owner of Trio’s Restaurant.
DeLuca’s isn’t the only spot that will be open New Year’s Eve. Party plans are already underway around town at several Central Arkansas restaurants. At Table 28, the 8:30 p.m. reserved dinner service is already sold out; the 5 p.m. dinner event still has some seats available. South on Main is hosting a $30 dance party with performer Amasa Hines to usher in the new year (make your reservation for after 9 p.m. if you want a table for the evening). And Rebel Kettle Brewing Company is hosting a party event with Rob Gnarly brewmosas and a special late-night menu. Keep an eye here for more New Year’s Eve party announcements around Central Arkansas.
As we reported last week, David’s Burgers opened its River Market location on Tuesday. The restaurant company’s eighth location is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and David’s Burgers isn’t done expanding. Three more new locations have been announced, with crews already starting work at the upcoming Bryant spot. A second Conway location and a Benton opening will likely come in fall 2017.
Good progress is being made on rebuilding Three Sams BBQ Joint in the Mabelvale neighborhood. Electrical crews are on site this week to power up the expanded kitchen and smoker area, which is framed by a new cinderblock wall that was put up last week. Three Sams was destroyed in a fire in March that started in a smoker in the back of the building. We will keep you updated as the restaurant looks to reopen in 2017. In the meantime, you can still get your Three Sams fix from a concession trailer in front of the restaurant for lunch Wednesday through Friday every week.
And it was hard to miss, but belated congratulations are in order for Scott McGehee and Ben Brainard of Heights Taco & Tamale Co. for winning a cheese dip taste test against Texas. The two flew to Washington, D.C., and put up their cheese dip against the queso from Uncle Julio’s in Dallas. Senate Republicans voted HTT’s version as their favorite, settling a friendly dispute between Arkansas senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and their Texas colleagues, senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. The contest settled a tongue-in-cheek debate that came up after The Wall Street Journal wrote about the popularity of Arkansas cheese dip in November.
There are two days left to participate in Restaurants Give Back, a food drive to help feed food-insecure students in Little Rock over the winter break. Here is a list of where you can donate and the food items that are needed the most.
As always, Rock City Eats had a great time competing at the Historic Arkansas Museum “Nog Off” Competition. We have a rundown of this year’s winners as well as where you can find the winnings nogs to take home for yourself.
- March 21 @ 10:00 am - March 26 @ 5:00 pm at Loblolly Creamery
Here’s to Spring Break! Calling all students, college kids, lunch breakers, and families, let’s get wild and party with crazy ice cream sandwiches. Loblolly is your ice cream destination for a sweet treat vacation. The Loblolly Soda Fountain will have party specials all week long with a...
- March 27 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Lost Forty Brewing
STOP. DEMO TIME! When Omar heard that we’d be shutting down brewhouse beer production for a few days to install new tanks, he began crafting an easy drinking Cider for #FreshCutMonday. Our small batch Demolition Day Cider has been aging for 4 months and features Organic Apple Cider fermented w...
- March 30 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.
It’s a 4:30 THURSDAY Three-way! Next Thursday we’re bringing back 3 beers; our Spring Seasonal Saison, Season of Sin, Our White Limo, Golden Stout, and the long awaited Hell Camino, Chipotle Porter. See you at 4:30pm!...
- March 31 @ 12:00 pm - April 1 @ 3:00 pm at War Memorial Stadium
A unique market showcasing products that are created or produced in the Natural State. Shoppers can browse and purchase art, crafts, jewelry and food created or produced by Arkansans. Market will take place on the field at War Memorail Stadium. Arkansas Made – Arkansas Proud is brought to you...
- April 1 @ 11:00 am - April 2 @ 12:00 am at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.
It may be April Fools but we’re not fooling. Come out to celebrate our One Year Anniversary with us at Beer & Loathing in Little Rock- the (hopeful) start of an annual tradition stocked with food trucks, live music, beer tents & laughter. Free admission and kid friendly. Gates open ......
- April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm at
Join us for dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille with lots of beer from Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. at 6:30pm on April 6th. Enjoy five scrumptious speciality courses each paired with a Rebel Kettle brew. Tickets are $55. Call 501-448-2631 to make your reservation! Our menu will feature: Course 1 – ......
- April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm at Children’s Hall – Arkansas Children’s Hospital Campus
Taste & Treats From 20 of central Arkansas’ finest eateries Silent Auction Camps, Hunts, Fine Jewelry, Trips & More Introducing: Art a La Carte Original works of art created at ACH by patients with Arkansas artist advertisement...
- April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Dickey-Stephens Park
Food & Foam Fest is a creative twist to the traditional wine tasting event and is a beer sampling event offering samples of over 380 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs....
Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of December:
- Big Orange: Ribeye Sandwich with onion strings and Eggnog Cheesecake by Honey Pies
- Local Lime: Chicken, Spinach and Poblano Tamales
- Zaza: The Libby pizza with prosciutto and basil, and the Arkansas Waldorf Salad
Ristorante Capeo’s weekly dinner special is cioppino cod stew. Its risotto special is one made with sausage and mushrooms.