At Rock City Eats, we celebrate local Little Rock restaurants every day of the year (hey, it’s our thing). While we always encourage you to eat local and support Little Rock businesses, we know it’s not always convenient for everybody to do so. But this coming month, it’s going to get a lot easier for all of us. That’s because August is Little Rock Restaurant Month, a special observance and celebration held by the Little Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
“Little Rock Restaurant Month is a time to celebrate our local restaurants, and encourage residents to break out of their routines and enjoy great deals in our city’s unique neighborhoods,” says Gretchen Hall, president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. “It’s the perfect time to get out and explore Little Rock.”
All next month, different regions of the city will offer unique specials during one week of August. The first week, August 1–7, will focus on the downtown, South Main and East Village areas. And it’s hard to begin to pick a favorite deal that will be offered starting on Monday. Here is just a small sample:
- Dugan’s Pub and Skye’s Little Bistro are giving 50% off your entire order.
- South on Main will offer a three-course prix fixe meal for $30.
- The Southern Gourmasian has a $9 arugula salad with roasted cherry tomatoes, pickled watermelon rind and pork belly croutons.
- The Root is taking 20 percent off any weekday breakfast entrée.
- Rebel Kettle is creating a special crawfish mac and cheese for $12.99.
- Capital Bar and Grill has a locally raised lamb eggroll special (side note: see the picture at the top; it’s outstanding).
- Lost Forty Brewing is giving away a free cheese dip or hummus with the purchase of a big beer snack.
- Raduno Brick Oven and Barroom will take 20 percent off the cost of your pizza when you purchase a burrata appetizer (another side note: you should order the burrata anyway because it’s delicious).
See the bottom of this story for a complete list of the first week’s specials. There are more there than you can realistically hit in just one week, but that’s not the point. The point is to get people to experience Little Rock’s fantastic restaurant scene in a new way, or maybe even for the first time.
“We have seen such tremendous growth in our local culinary scene,” says Hall. “A number of fantastic new restaurants, artisan niche shops and our breweries, wineries and distillery have all added to the wonderful historic mainstays we’ve had for many years. This all makes for a very attractive city, for both our residents and our visitors.”
The downtown specials make up the first week. After that, week 2 is Midtown, Heights and Hillcrest; week 3 is West Little Rock; week 4 is Southwest Little Rock and the airport district; and week 5 celebrates Little Rock’s tireless food trucks. Each week, I guarantee there’s going to be something there for you to enjoy. I encourage you to use the month of August to really experience what Little Rock’s food scene has to offer.