My first travel post! Yay! Keep reading to learn more about my journey of eating gluten free in Little Rock, Arkansas 🙂 As I continue to travel to new places, I will post about restaurant recommendations and dishes that I tried while I was there.
On Friday April 15th, Josh (my husband) and I left Minnesota at 4:45 AM for our road trip down to Little Rock, Arkansas to visit his sister. This was our first long road trip together as a married couple. Between my husband’s somewhat crude humor and my sarcastic personality, you can only imagine the conversations that were sparked during that 13 HOUR drive (26 hours if you count the drive home). I get headaches from reading or focusing on things in the car so I had to entertain myself by either listening and singing to the music, sleeping or annoying Josh (I’m just kidding…..kind of). But anyways, it was a fun adventure and we did eventually make it!
Eating gluten free in Little Rock was not an issue for me whatsoever! I was very impressed with the restaurant options. Since my sister-in-law is gluten free too, she knows all the right places to go which is awesome. I honestly didn’t have one bad meal! Everything was absolutely delicious.
The journey of eating gluten free in Little Rock began with a restaurant called At The Corner which is located right in downtown Little Rock. This cute family-owned restaurant is a MUST if you are in that area. The staff was so friendly and charming. It was quite apparent that they take pride in serving you delicious wholesome food. They’re known for their grits so I knew I needed to try those (grits are made from corn and are naturally gluten free). I ended up ordering one of their specials. It was a bowl of creamy grits topped with fresh greens, beets, oranges, ricotta cheese and sunflower seeds. OH MY GOODNESS it was amazing! The flavors went together perfectly. And I now understand why they’re known for their grits….
That same day, we got lunch at McClard’s Bar-B-Q in Hot Springs, AR. I’m tellin’ ya, this was traditional BBQ and it was simply amazing. The fact that the restaurant has been open since 1928 and is still family owned made the experience that much more special. The restaurant has received several awards and great reviews over the years. And for good reason! I ordered the chopped beef plate which comes with beans and coleslaw (and bread if you aren’t gluten free). It was perfect. BBQ is an art and McClard’s definitely has it down to a T.
The Pantry Crest, located in a cute area of Little Rock, was where we got dinner and cocktails later in the evening. I must say, this was one of my favorite stops during the trips. It’s a quaint little restaurant with a fun atmosphere and excellent food (obviously). I ordered the Brussels sprouts as an appetizer……YUM. They were topped with an aioli that was to die for. We also shared the truffle deviled eggs which were extremely tasty as well. I was feeling something lighter for dinner so I just ordered one of their salads topped with salmon. That salmon was cooked to PERFECTION. No Joke! I’m drooling just thinking about it. I just had to include a picture of Josh’s meal too. He ordered the duck with egg dumplings and purple cabbage. Needless to say, that was delicious too.
Now for The Root Cafe, another one of my favorite stops. I love love love what this small neighborhood restaurant is doing. They source all of their ingredients locally and truly care about what goes into their food. It was fun to sit down at the table and see a description of the farm and the goats that they get their cheese from! It was a neat experience accompanied with wonderful fresh food. I ordered the “Eggs Banh Mi” because it sounded fun and unique. It was basically 2 fried eggs topped with a super yummy pickled carrot and daikon radish “hash”. The sweet and spicy sauce it was topped with was sent from heaven above. Oh and the espresso drinks are SUPERB. If you are ever in Little Rock, this place MUST be on your list of places to stop. But make sure you get there a little before they open because it’s not unusual for there to be a line out the door, especially on a Sunday morning.
I wish we would have had time to visit all of the fun restaurants in the Little Rock area but these 4 were definitely memorable for me! Eating gluten free in Little Rock wasn’t too shabby 🙂