Lunching in Little Rock: Red Door Restaurant

Red Door Restaurant in Little Rock. Photo by Maggie McNeary

The entrance to Red Door Restaurant. Photo by Maggie McNeary.

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 Red Door Restaurant. 

Ozark Mountain Jams cinnamon pear jam made in Arkansas

Cinnamon pear jam at Red Door Restaurant. Photo by Michael Kirkpatrick.

A conventional lunch is a great thing. Soup and salad, PBJ and a bag of chips, or a burger and fries are always appetizing and will get you fueled and back to work. Sometimes, a surprise will change what you’re craving and add something new to your worn out lunch ritual. My lunch partners stumbled across one of these welcome surprises during a recent lunch when we visited Red Door Restaurant. My dad has fond memories of eating there with my grandfather and wanted to go back.

Red Door has been right on the corner of Cantrell and Old Cantrell Road for a long time, and it’s hard not to notice with its large Red Door sign. The restaurant also has a great program, along with its sister eatery Loca Luna, of offering a free entree on your birthday. My wife is a huge Loca Luna fan, so we always end up there when in the area.

The staff at Red Door was very friendly, there was a huge assortment of jams and jellies on the bar and the breakfast menu was available until 2 p.m. I don’t know if this is something new or I’ve just missed it in the past, but the extended breakfast hours really excited me. I could eat breakfast for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My favorite is eggs benedict; I prefer a very tangy hollandaise sauce. Red Door’s hollandaise wasn’t especially tangy, but it was very good and traditional.

In addition to the (almost) all day breakfast, we enjoyed the do-it-yourself jelly bar. Our lovely server brought me a piping hot fluffy biscuit and told me to dig in. The biscuit was already perfect, but the collection of toppings before me was too sweet to pass up. I tried several, but the cinnamon pear was the best, hands down. Don’t tell my Aunt Roxie, but she has some competition.

If you want to have something familiar but different, head to the Red Door Restaurant for lunch this week.

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