For whatever reason, whether it’s small size, an out-of-the-way location, or just a lack of publicity, some restaurants tend to fall under the radar with a larger audience. This series takes a look at these Underrated Places.
Where: Rosalinda Restaurante Hondureño (NEW LOCATION: 900 W 35th St, North Little Rock)
The Restaurant: Rosalinda has been a favorite of NLR-ers for several years and recently moved from JFK Blvd to a bigger, albeit more hidden, location on 35th Street in Levy. Rosalinda serves up authentic Honduran food to an adoring and loyal fan base.
The Atmosphere: As stated, the new location is bigger, and while it doesn’t possess that certain charm of the old spot, it does offer a relaxed setting with ample seating and several flat-screen televisions scattered around the restaurant. Rosalinda is casual and family-friendly…making it a perfect spot for a quick lunch or a spur-of-the-moment dinner.
The Service: The service is adequate—it won’t blow you away but it also won’t leave you shaking your head in disbelief. Food typically arrives in a timely manner, although sometimes getting your check proves to be a bit challenging. In that case, just head straight for the cash register to pay your bill.
The Food: Start off any meal with a cheese pupusa–a thick, handmade corn tortilla filled with gooey cheese. Rosalinda’s soups, including the sopa de camarones con cream (shrimp soup) and the chicken caldo, are not to be missed. Neither is the platanos frijoles y crema, a fried plantain and cream dish that is a true hallmark of Honduran food. Pass on ordering the cheese enchiladas. Instead, opt for the carne asada, platanos, arroz y frijoles, a dish centered-around fantastically tender steak. Need something to wash it all down? The horchata is one option, although I’m a huge fan of the agua de pina. Rosalinda also has breakfast options, although I’d be lying if I said I’ve tried them out. If you have, please let me know.
The Price: It’s inexpensive. Pupusas are only $2 and most entrees will run in the $7-$11 range. A family of four could get out of Rosalinda for easily under $45-$50 (and that’s with a tip).
The Verdict: A part of me is just thankful we even have an authentic Honduran option here in the Little Rock area. But Rosalinda goes beyond that … way beyond. In a city lacking in ethnic cuisine diversity, Rosalinda offers a beacon of hope for others looking to make a future impact on our dining scene.
The Info: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10AM-9PM Saturday-Sunday: 10AM-10PM; Closed Wednesday (501) 771-5559