Lunching in Little Rock: Leo’s Greek Castle


In our Lunching in Little Rock blog series, Michael Kirkpatrick will explore and review the best restaurants in Little Rock and its surrounding area – all in time to get back to the office. This week, Michael ate lunch at Leo’s Greek Castle.

Kavanaugh in Hillcrest is one of Little Rock’s most iconic streets. Shops, stores and restaurants, both old and new, fill the small buildings, packing the street and each adding their own touch of flair. To preserve that unique style and keep it from fading into a stamped-out, every-other-town-in-America look, we need to fight hard and defend our treasure of a thoroughfare. To front this defense, you need a fortress, or a castle. Leo’s Greek Castle may not be the biggest stronghold, but it is big on flavor and style. The whole team from my office wanted to try this icon.

Hummus at Leo's Greek Castle in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood.

For almost a century, Leo’s has been a presence on Kavanaugh. First as a gas station, then a barbecue joint, and finally what we have come to love as Leo’s Greek Castle. Just because it has castle in the name doesn’t mean it’s a large space. Walking through the heavy arched wood door, the interior is cozy. With seven people in tow, we took up all but one table. There are a few tables outside and the street is always a great place to see and be seen.

Leo’s menu is heavy on Greek food, but there are lots of options if you’re not feeling that Mediterranean life, including award-winning burgers, a club sandwich and a foot-long chilidog. We had a couple burger orders in the group, but most were really excited about the gyros and falafel. We started with the combo hummus and baba ghanoush. I honestly, don’t know what a “baba ghanoush” is, but it’s fun to say and fun to eat. I ordered the gyros platter. It was truly a platter fit for a Greek king, with generous sliced gyro meat, pitas, tzatzikis sauce, onions and tomatoes. The meat was tender and mixed all together was a wonderful uncommon taste.

Leo’s Greek Castle has been keeping watch over Kavanaugh for almost a century. Visit them this week to be treated like a king.

1 Comment

  1. by Frank Cox on June 27, 2018  11:07 am

    Nice review -- all true!! Leo's also has the best down-home breakfast in Little Rock. You've gotta try it!

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