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Kevin Shalin

Kevin Shalin
Kevin Shalin has spent time writing about all things food related in both Houston and Boston over the past four years but is now firmly entrenched in the burgeoning Little Rock food scene.

  My weekly views… The Pantry was humming along quite nicely last Friday night–par for the course for this cozy West Little Rock restaurant which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. What continues to make The Pantry better than 95% of the restaurants in our town? Consistency and quality. It’s really …




  Great deals and values are all around us here in Little Rock. You just have to be willing to look for them. Here are eight you won’t want to miss, all located in West Little Rock and all pretty tasty eats. Cheese Pizza at Layla’s For $4.99, yes, that’s …




  My weekly views… With the ever-changing landscape in the Little Rock restaurant scene, it’s quite common to overlook and under-appreciate places that have been around for a number of years. Boulevard Bread Company is one of those spots. Specifically, the SoMa location on 1417 S. Main is a wonderful …




  Creativity in the kitchen is the hallmark of any inspiring cook. Conjuring up new recipes, making due with what’s already on hand or even slightly tweaking previous creations, are all admirable attributes. But sometimes you just want to follow a tried and true recipe from a chef who’s been …




My weekly views… Back-to-back fantastic lunches at Capital Bar and Grill has finally eliminated all discontent from a past dinner experience that, quite frankly, soured me on the restaurant for several months. This is due, in large part, to a thoughtful and attentive wait staff whose actions were only trumped by …




  Attention foodies! There will be plenty to keep you busy at this year’s Riverfest. Things get going with Flowing on the River, a wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres tasting event (a.k.a. “the party before the party”) that will be held on Thursday, May 22nd from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. …




  My weekly views… I rarely, if ever, lead with a cocktail mention on these weekly Around the Rock pieces, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have The Morris #2, and all its beauty, featured right from the start. It’s from the creative mind of Dylan Yelenich, …




The sun was beginning to set last Wednesday evening as I strolled up to the front of The Faded Rose. I was there for crawfish, and in the end, the night played out exactly how I had imagined. As I walked through the patio and reached for the front door, …




  If sweets are your thing, here are my 10 Noteworthy Desserts in Little Rock. Are they the best? Maybe … maybe not. I haven’t eaten every dessert in town, but I have sampled a lot of them, and these are the ones that truly stand out: Chocolate Soufflé at …




My weekly views… E’s Bistro in North Little Rock quietly puts together a complete dining experience. Well-executed meals are served in a casually elegant, yet unpretentious environment, all at a very reasonable cost. My recent meal of crab stuffed grouper with roasted vegetables, followed by locally grown strawberry shortcake, proved …




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