Eating Adventures in a Little Big City – Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, to me, is a pleasant surprise.  You don’t hear much of it.  It’s not on the many lists you can find for places you need to visit, and to be honest, it’s in the middle of nowhere.

When I moved there, I wasn’t expecting to like the city, let alone fall in love with it.  But that’s exactly what I did.  I’d lived in Dallas, Milwaukee, Baltimore, DC, and my favorite was Little Rock, Arkansas?  Imagine my surprise!  And one of my favorite things?  The beer and food.

If you ever end up in this little big city, by passing through or coming to stay, take a bit and check out the food and things to do!  I guarantee you won’t regret it!


  1. Breweries, breweries, breweries!!  The city has seven and more are opening!

Lost Forty, Rebel Kettle (my favorite!), Blue Canoe, Flyway, Diamondbear, etc.  All of them have a casual atmosphere and lots of different kinds of beer to try!

Most, if not all, have different kinds of food to try as well! Rebel Kettle has cajun choices, Flyway has interesting apps that use all different kinds of meats, and Lost Forty uses mostly food from local suppliers and farmers.

If you’re there on a Sunday, the brunches at Stone’s Throw and Lost Forty are magnificent!

Lost Forty – 501 Byrd St, Little Rock, AR 72202 (Website)

Rebel Kettle – 822 E 6th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 (Website)

Flyway – 314 Maple St, North Little Rock, AR 72114 (Website)

Blue Canoe Brewing Company – 425 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201 (Website)

Stone’s Throw – 402 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202 – (Website)

Diamond Bear – 600 N Broadway St, North Little Rock, AR 72114 (Website)

2.  Bruno’s Little Italy – This family-owned Italian restaurant opened in the early 1900’s and has a rich, interesting history!

We ate here once and it was an instant favorite!  The food is to-die-for and the atmosphere is fun!  Be ready for their awesome wine and cocktail list!

Bruno’s Little Italy – 310 Main St #101, Little Rock, AR 72201 (Website)

3. The Root Cafe – This little cafe is full of local food, new and interesting recipes, and you’ll learn a little bit about the farms they work with as you wait at the table!

I’ve never been less than impressed at this little eatery.  The menu changes for dinner constantly, and there are some main options for lunch and breakfast available every day, but the specials vary and are never disappointing!  Their mimosas are fresh-squeezed and the lavender lemonade is a favorite of mine.

The Root Cafe – 1500 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202 (Website)

Let me know your favorites and how you like mine!


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