Photography by Jamison Mosley

Arkansas is home to some of the tastiest restaurants in the South. Many of these gourmet and unique dishes remain on menus for years and are true classics. Others are brand new, from restaurants that have just opened. All are irresistible. These foods exhibit exquisite flavors and pairings: they consist of tender meats, fresh vegetables, homemade sauces and condi- ments, and spices and herbs galore.

These local Little Rock restaurants all have something in common — they make inventive and savory dishes that are perfect for all palates.

Southern Table

Southern Table offers a shared, seasonal menu for those with a diverse food palette. One of the restaurant’s most well-known dishes is its bruschetta. Chef Margie Raimondo prepares different types of bruschetta, ranging from vegetarian to meat and seafood based toppings. A key ingredient is the grilled bread, which is the canvas for the fresh and flavorful ingredients.

Southern Table uses seasonal ingredients to create toppings, including the sweet and sour eggplant caponata, mushrooms with fresh basil, smoked duck and fig, and house-cured salmon to name a few. Each topping is made from scratch with locally grown and produced ingredients and herbs, whenever possible. The possibilities are endless, so stop by and see what is cooking in the kitchen.

323 South Cross St., Little Rock | 501.379.9111 | southerntablefoods.com

Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill

New Zealand Spring Lamb Chops Swith New Orleans Dirty Rice and Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Samantha’s Tap Room and Wood Grill, a contemporary eatery, is known for its a la carte dishes that allow you to pair your favorite sides. The restaurant has fine cuisine ranging from excellent wood-grilled tacos and delicious sandwiches,
to fine-grilled meats and tasty sides. The New Zealand Spring Lamb Chops are so juicy, tender and savory due to the Asian barbeque marinade. The tender chops are paired with New Orleans dirty rice and bacon-wrapped asparagus, two things food lovers can never go wrong with.

322 Main Street, Little Rock | 501.379.8019 | samstap.com

Doe’s Eat Place

Doe’s Eat Place is an Arkansas favorite. It’s a no-frills diner known for its award-winning steaks, along with being one of the popular restaurant spots for elite customers like President Bill Clinton. One of Doe’s delicious appetizers includes its beef tamales paired with its spicy chili. The tamales are wrapped in cornmeal and the chili is homemade. The largest entree on the menu is the choice porterhouse steak, one of Doe’s most well-known dishes. The steak is served family style with new potatoes covered in butter and paired with Texas toast, crunchy, fresh-cut fries and a marinated salad. These dishes are perfect for out-of-towners to get a taste of homemade Arkansas dishes.

1023 W Markham St, Little Rock | 501.376.1195 | doeseatplace.net

Heights Taco & Tamale

Heights Taco and Tamale is now serving up a tasty Ark-Mex brunch every Sunday which features crunchy, savory, ‘can’t miss’ Breakfast Nachos. Heights Taco and Tamale Co. has breakfast nachos which consist of crispy tortilla chips with black beans, fresh grilled chicken and melted jack cheese. After the concoction is melted in the oven for a moment, the dish is finished with green chile sauce, Cholula Hot Sauce, jalapenos and cilantro. The nachos come with house-made pico de gallo, sour cream, fresh-made guacamole and two eggs placed on top, cooked however guests like them. The breakfast nachos are the perfect menu item for anyone that loves Mexican food.

Enjoy this brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

5805 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock | 501.313.4848 | facebook.com/heightstaco

Big Orange

Big Orange offers their Razorback burger. This burger is offered only on Arkansas Razorback Football game days. This burger features a Creekstone Farms Premium All-Natural Beef patty piled high with delicious ingredients. The star of this game day burger is sweet and savory lacquered bacon made with local Petit Jean Meats bacon, brown sugar, and molasses. Smoked cheddar cheese, house-made jalapeño ketchup, an crispy onion straws add the perfect amount of heat and crunch.

bigorangeburger.com

17809 Chenal Pkwy, STE.G-101, Little Rock | 501.821.1515

207 N University Ave, Ste 100, Little Rock | 501.379-8715