Rumbles: Restaurant Inspections Soon Available Online, HTT Unveils Brunch, John Daly Steakhouse Opens Next Month

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In a move that’s probably long overdue, the Arkansas Department of Health is set to make restaurant inspections publicly available online. THV11 was first to report on the new portal that will go live on Friday, allowing anybody to access inspection results of any restaurant in the state. In the past, local restaurant owners we’ve spoken with have been in favor of more transparency like this. Most owners take great pride in their cleanliness and devotion to safe cooking standards, and this will make it easier for the public to see just how well they’ve been doing.

Brunch has overtaken this city as the food scene’s hottest trend of late, but there’s been one holdout restaurant that a lot diners have wanted to join the party. That will happen Sunday, when Heights Taco & Tamale Co. will open its doors at 10 a.m. for Ark-Mex Brunch, a new service that will be available every week. The brunch menu is small but delicious-looking, featuring a churros waffle, chicken biscuit, biscuits and gravy, and a crazy idea called “Breakfast Nachos” (which I will be trying very soon). Of course, the All-Day Breakfast Tacos are available, as are a new vegan brunch taco and a host of brunch cocktails. Yellow Rocket’s Lost Forty already makes one of the best brunches in town, so we’re excited to see what the team has come up with for HTT.

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John Daly, the Arkansas golfer known for his irreverent style on and off the golf course, will soon open his first restaurant in Conway. John Daly’s Steakhouse is set to open Sept. 1 at 912 Front Street. Construction delays and late issuance of the restaurant’s liquor permit prevented the steakhouse from opening on its original target date of Aug. 1. The two-story restaurant will feature a 5,000-square foot dining room, a private dining space and a large bar area. It is the first of several locations planned for John Daly’s Steakhouse.

Little Rock’s top Thai restaurant kBird is set to close all next week for an undisclosed reason. The Hillcrest spot will be closed Aug. 7 and will reopen on Monday, Aug. 14. By the way, when it opens again, be sure to be on the lookout for the next wave of tickets for the outstanding Khantoke dinner series. Three Khantoke events in June sold out in just minutes. It’s easily one of the best dinners I’ve ever eaten, and I hope you get the chance to go to the next Khantoke offered.

It seems hard to believe it’s only been around for one year, but this weekend Honey Pies will celebrate its first anniversary. The pie shop will mark the occasion all day Saturday with some crust cookies for visitors (Honey Pies says they’re perfect for dipping in coffee). If it seems like longer, it’s probably because Sharon Woodson was making her outstanding pies for a while before opening up the storefront on Bowman Road. Make sure to stop in, and then make sure to ask her to make the Honey Pecan Pie a year-round thing. You know, for me.

The recently opened restaurant at Heights Corner Market is adding lunch hours starting this week. The initial menu keeps it simple with three options each for sandwiches, salads, and soups. Lunch service runs Tuesday – Saturday from 11-2.

Head out to Raduno today for their Better Lives Through Pizza Pies promotional event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from sales at Raduno will go to provide funds the foundation uses to research cures for cystic fibrosis.

Little Rock Restaurant Month is here, with special deals on dining throughout the city. We combed through the list to highlight some of our favorite specials that will save you money at some of Arkansas’ finest restaurants.

After the shooting at Power Ultra Lounge in July that wounded 25 people, The Veg is looking for its third restaurant location in 2017. We caught up with owner Shiem Swift and his contagious passion for getting his restaurant open again as soon as possible.

Events

  • February 22 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

    National Margarita Day

    at The Fold: Botanas & Bar

    Remember that time someone decided to create the best holiday ever?!? Well this AMAZING HOLIDAY is upon us again! NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY is this Thursday!! Come celebrate with us and sip on $5 TWO TIME AWARD WINNING BEST MARGARITA IN ARKANSAS. Our Jalapeño and Classic Margarita (frozen & rocks)...

  • February 22 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    4:30 Thursday: Jackie Brown Toasted Coconut Double Brown Ale

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    “And let me tell you something about my beer. This beer’s name is Jackie Brown.” That’s right! This week’s beer hitting the tap at 4:30 is a Toasted Coconut Double Brown Ale – the JACKIE BROWN. We took our rich and malty Double Brown Ale and infused it with 100% ....

  • February 23 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Canned Food Drive

    at The Fold: Botanas & Bar

    Come out and help us fill the food banks of Arkansas back up! We have partnered with Arkansas Food Bank and The Property Group to help restock. After the Holidays the food bank is most in need. Donations slow and a lot of their food runs out. On Friday, February ...

  • 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.

Specials

Yellow Rocket Concepts has unveiled its specials for the month of August:

  • Big Orange: Pineapple BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Key Lime Pie Milkshake
  • Local Lime: Fried Avocado Tacos with pineapple, lime slaw, and pickled carrots and onions
  • Zaza: Ahi Tuna Niçoise Salad with Arkansas cherry tomatoes, green beans and roasted potatoes

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a fresh fish entree. The risotto of the week is made with mushroom.

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Rumbles: Restaurant Inspections Soon Available Online, HTT Unveils Brunch, John Daly Steakhouse Opens Next Month