Feel a Part of Little Rock With These Ethnic Eats
Taste your way around the globe with these six delectable dishes from Little Rock’s most worldly restaurants.
Soup Noodle Bowl
A downtown favorite, Three Fold Noodles & Dumpling Co. (611 S. Main St.) offers a carefully curated menu of truly authentic Chinese fare. Known for its beautiful minimalist all-white decor and dumplings, Three Fold offers dishes that are served every day in Northern China. Try the soup noodle bowl with house-made noodles, pickled veggies, signature slaw and your choice of protein.
Pad Phrik King
Richard Glasgow, owner of kBird (600 N. Tyler St.), shuts the restaurant down each year to travel to Thailand, collecting recipes and experiencing true Thai dishes firsthand. While you’re there, try the spicy Pad Phrik King served with stir-fried veggies and red curry paste. Not a big fan of heat? Try the milder peanut-infused Pad Thai (pictured above).
A mainstay in the Hillcrest neighborhood, Café Bossa Nova (2701 Kavanaugh Blvd.) boasts a large menu filled with Brazilian staples like the Feijoada. The dish known as “Brazilian soul food” is only available on Saturdays and features black beans cooked with assorted sausages, smoked pork hocks and carne seca alongside rice, farofa and a collard greens salad.
Zarzuela de Mariscos
If you’re feeling adventurous, make a reservation at La Terraza Rum & Lounge (3000 Kavanaugh Blvd.) for their Venezuelan cuisine. In particular, the Zarzuela de Mariscos is one of La Terraza’s specialties. The fresh, bold seafood stew with tomato broth and rice is traditionally served as a tapa, making is the perfect dish for sharing with friends and family.
New kid on the block Buenos Aires Grill & Cafe (614 President Clinton Ave.) serves up delicious Argentinian classics. One of their most popular dishes is the empanadas, a baked bread delicacy stuffed with your choice of meat. The Little Rock Guest Guide team liked the chicken empanadas the best, but all options were yummy.
Rainbow & Snow Blossom Rolls
Known for its pretty sushi creations, Kemuri (2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.) is Little Rock’s only Japanese fusion robata grill. Locals love the Snow Blossom roll with spicy tuna, crab stick and garlic albacore. The Rainbow roll features a california roll topped with a “rainbow” of tuna, salmon, hamachi and avo.