Rourke and I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Arkansas’ capital of Little Rock. Can I first say ya’ll that the people there are SO DOGGONE NICE!!!!!
Everybody we met was so very friendly and hospitable. We never met a stranger and everyone made us feel right at home.We stayed at the full-service Marriott downtown on the river. It was nice, but right across the street is the remodeled Capital Hotel that I hope to stay on our next visit.We did have drinks at one of their two restaurants, Capital Bar & Grill. Their adjacent restaurant is more high-end, One Eleven. Next time!Their downtown area is so clean and safe for walking. It is chock-full of food options, too. We read about Samantha’s and decided on dinner there.We started with the wood-fired grilled artichokes with lemon aioli.As you can see they were quite a hit!Rourke ordered the Cuban….And I ordered the fish tacos. They have a great wine list, too!For dessert, we caught an Uber to this cute bakery that dates back to 1947. I want to say Little Rock also did the right thing as far as their downtown goes. Apparently, there was a time when it was not safe to go downtown. But they redid their streets and riverfront area. Soon, it was safe, clean and a great place to visit.They have a streetcar that takes you all around downtown.They have an awesome market area with lots of food options and a weekly farmer’s market.They even have rentals to take advantage of the scenic riverfront.There is science museum a lot similar to our Shreveport’s Sci-Port.There is a nature center.There is the Bill Clinton Library and Museum.And, a walking/running path…With a walking bridge across the river to North Little Rock. I ran this whole area twice and felt very safe!
We also ventured out of downtown. We discovered this super-cute, charming restaurant not far from downtown by recommendation.
Southern Table’s chef, Margie, makes everything from scratch. The cheese, the bread, pickles, jams, everything. She actually owns a winery in California and proudly serves her wine, too. She did her culinary training in Europe, and boy did it pay off.
She co-owns the restaurant with Al, who I could tell right off the bat, was from south Louisiana. He is actually from Lafayette. He remodeled this 60’s car dealership and made it just adorable.We started with the seafood dip. Yum!Rourke ordered the shrimp orzo salad. How beautiful!I ordered the duck bruschetta. Superb!
You must visit this place!! We then ventured a bit further from downtown in an unassuming office building to Brave New Restaurant. It is an elevator ride up, but worth every bit of the ride.The scenery was gorgeous. We even saw a bald eagle while dining al fresco.We started out with a goat cheese souffle. It was as good as it looks!I had a salad.And the fish.Rourke had the wild meat sampler. Everything was presented beautifully and tasted divine!
Another area that we just fell in love with is The Heights. It is in a suburbia-like setting with tons of great shops and restaurants!We thoroughly enjoyed lunching at Boulevard Bread Company.Great soups, salads and sandwiches!!Another lunch fave is Zaza’s….Really good soups, salads, and brick-oven pizzas!And for a Mexican flare….We love the Baja Grill!There tacos were delish!!!
And, for dessert….LePops has the best popsicles!!!And….Cupcakes on Kavanaugh had the yummiest cupcakes and cake pops! As far as shopping goes, The Heights had some unique spots.By Invitation Only is an adorable stationery and gift shoppe. Great personalization options, too.Right next door is Fresh I. D. Gorgeous things to purchase for your home or as a gift.Another must when visiting LR is to stop into Southern Life. Great gifts for anybody with a southern theme.And, for design services, interiors, furniture, lamps, bedding, and more, Cobblestone & Vine is the place to go! I wanted everything in there!! Plus, they have not one, but TWO locations!!!Look at that bar cart! I could have stayed in there for days!
If you get the opportunity to visit Little Rock, you ought to check out some of these awesome places! It truly is an amazing city with lots to do and see, plus it is home to so many wonderful people!!