Every week, AY About You magazine takes its readers on a trip to see some of the best food in Arkansas. This week, we’re giving our trip a European flair. Of course, the restaurant is still in Arkansas – Little Rock to be exact – but it has all the flavors that you would expect at an upscale European restaurant.
AY Publisher Heather Baker and KARK host Carmen Rose are making a stop at YaYa’s Euro Bistro to taste some of its renowned appetizers and sip some beer for the final installment of the AY Appetizer Bucket List. “We’re at the amazing YaYa’s in the Promenade. They have an incredible patio and amazing food,” Baker says.
Both Baker and Rose are wasting no time today in getting inside restaurant – they are ready for some delicious food. “European food – a whole diverse array of it. I’m ready to dive in,” Rose says.
Inside, YaYa’s staff is hard at work preparing a bevy of foods for the pair. YaYa’s general manager, Angie Steed, highlights several standout dishes that Baker and Rose will be snacking on. These include the bruschetta and the beef carpaccio.
One of the restaurant’s best sellers, the bruschetta is a must-have for diners, according to Steed.
“Our bruschetta is made in-house. It’ a goat cheese fondue. It’s also served with balsamic tomatoes and sliced baguettes. It’s to-die-for,” Steed says.
Another tasty appetizer option is the beef carpaccio. Featuring beef that has been seared rare and sliced thin, it is served with a truffle goat cheese cream, oven dried tomatoes, capers and an arugula salad.
Once all the food arrives at the table, Baker and Rose are taken aback at the range of options. “We have scallops, crab cakes. We have roasted chicken and steak,” Baker says.
But Rose knows what she wants to start with. “The carpaccio –I want to start with this. I’ve heard wonderful things. How beautiful is this,” Rose says.
Baker dives into some of her favorites on the menu, including the crab cakes and the gnocchi. The gnocchi is a hand-rolled potato gnocchi with roasted chicken, gorgonzola cream, spinach and spiced walnuts.
“I love the dumpling and all the flavor,” Baker says. “That’s rich but so good.”
With such an amazing selection of food, it’s no surprise that Baker and Rose were both ecstatic with their trip to YaYa’s.
“I’ve very happy with all this wonderful food,” Rose says. “Everything is from scratch. I love the diverse menu.”
“This atmosphere is incredible, inside and out. The customer service is incredible,” Baker says.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and the Appetizer Bucket List has concluded. But never fear! Baker and Rose will be back next week with a new Bucket List Tour. In September, they will be searching for the best Southern foods in Arkansas.
Tune in next week to see where they go!
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