Rumbles: kBird is Back, Merrick Fagan Joins Big Orange Team, Crawfish at The Faded Rose

The Little Rock food scene is a little brighter this week with the return of Richard Glasgow to kBird. Glasgow spent his traditional month away in Thailand, touring several towns and eating way more delicious food than most of us will in a year. Glasgow is still nursing some severe jet lag (it took me two weeks to feel right after my trip to India), which means this week is lunch service only, no dinner. Glasgow has promised some new dishes at kBird that he picked up over the past month; those should be rolling out over the next few weeks. For now, you’ll have to settle for some old favorite, like the Green Papaya Salad or the Pad Phrik King (PPK).

One of Little Rock’s better bartenders is pulling some double duty around town. Trio’s head barman Merrick Fagan will now spend his Sundays at Big Orange Midtown. Fagan will still remain in charge of the bar at Trio’s, but is using the opportunity to enhance his knowledge. He had no formal bartending education, and says it’s a way to expand his learning and skills behind the bar. For not having formal training, Fagan has worked wonders at Trio’s; his seasonal cocktail menus have been both festive and technically crafted. If you want to say hi to Fagan at Big Orange Midtown, stop in Sundays between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

It’s official: crawfish season is back at The Faded Rose. Every year, the David family opens crawfish season on Mardi Gras and then runs it every Wednesday evening throughout the spring. Each order gets a heaping pile of crawfish, plus potatoes and corn served in a traditional boil style. The half platter (1 pound) is $9.25, while the full platter (2 pounds) is $17.95. The next crawfish day at The Faded Rose is this coming Wednesday, and every Wednesday after, starting at 4 p.m.

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There isn’t a faster-growing restaurant group in Arkansas right now than Tacos 4 Life. What started as a couple of locations in Conway and Northwest Arkansas has ballooned into a regional chain restaurant with locations planned in Texas, Tennessee and North Carolina. And of course, the growth will continue in Arkansas as well. The restaurant group plans to open up a North Little Rock location this fall near McCain Mall. Tacos 4 Life is leasing the land from Dillard’s and hopes the partnership will lead to future expansion opportunities in other markets.

Central Arkansas has experienced a wave of growth in breweries and coffee houses, but now perhaps its time for tea to take center stage. Check out our First Look of Abbi’s Teas and Things, a new tea shop that opened up last week in Hillcrest.

Flyway fans, today is the day you’ve been waiting for. We sat down with owner Jess McMullen to talk about the release of Lord God Imperial Chocolate Stout (we also found out what’s up with that name).

Events

  • February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A Capital Cooking Class – Sushi

    at The Capital Hotel

    The masterful art of sushi making doesn’t have to be intimidating. Join us for an evening of fun and learning as Georgi McNeal, former sushi chef at Botika in San Antonio, will lead you through all the basics. Learn the art of chopping ingredients, cooking sushi rice, perfecting the rolling ...

  • February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Italian Wine Dinner

    at Ristorante Capeo

    Travel to the northern province of Piedmont, Italy without leaving Arkansas! Chef Eric Isaac will prepare four courses with special wine pairings that will transport you to the foothills of the Italian Alps. Come feast with friends to benefit our 2018 Nonprofit Partner (to be announced on Jan 9th). ...

  • February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night at Flyway Brewing

    at Flyway Brewing

    Game Goblins, your friendly local game store, will be providing unique, fun games of all types. Come on by from 5pm until 9pm on Tuesday, January 27th, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some delicious food.

  • March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    LIVE Music: Mark Currey

    at Core Public House – North Little Rock Argenta

    Early show. No Cover. Solo acoustic music, great food, and fine Arkansas Craft Beers!

  • March 17 @ 9:00 pm - March 18 @ 12:30 am

    Big Red Flag live Dugan’s Irish Pub St. Paddy’s Day Blowout!

    at Dugan’s Pub Little Rock

    St. Paddy’s Day at Dugan’s Irish Pub is where ya wanna be this year. Legendary block party, madness ensues. Then, move it all inside the pub for a night of raucous Irish hedonism with Big Red Flag. We’re gonna dust off some old school Irish drinkin’ tunes, along with our ...

  • April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Food & FoamFest

    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 400 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs.

  • April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Diamond Chef Arkansas

    at UA – Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute

    The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Tech Technical College Foundation and the UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (CAHMI) present the premier culinary competition and fundraiser—Diamond Chef Arkansas. Diamond Chef Arkansas is a competitive culinary competition that pit...

  • April 21 @ 9:00 am

    10th Annual B Street Rib Off

    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!

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Rumbles: kBird is Back, Merrick Fagan Joins Big Orange Team, Crawfish at The Faded Rose