Family meals have been the latest rage for many restaurants as they try to maximize business by appealing to customers who are now in search of sizable portions at an affordable cost. Let’s take a look at 20 options around town.
- Star of India
Star of India was one of the very first Little Rock restaurants to master the family meal game, offering customers a variety of packages, all of which, by most accounts, include an enormous amount of food for between $40-$50.
- Mama’s Gyros Grill
Mama’s Gyros Grill happens to make the best gyro in the area. If you don’t believe me, take the short drive to Sherwood and partake in the Family Pack Special, which includes four gyros, one large Greek salad, four bags of chips, and four pieces of baklava for $30.95
- La Terraza Rum & Lounge
One of La Terraza’s recent offerings included stewed chicken with potatoes and Caesar’s salad for $30. They also have an arepa 5-pack for $25 (Pollo Guisado, Garlic Mushrooms, Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, and Carne Mechada ($1 additional)) and a mojito mix to brighten up your next virtual happy hour.
- Dave’s Place
Dave’s Place does a rotating list of family meals that are ready for pick-up between 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Expect items like lasagna, chicken cacciatore, smoked lamb k-bobs, pork chops, and pot roast. Cost typically ranges from $25-30 and trays feed 4-6.
- Low Ivy Catering
Low Ivy Catering has a weekly menu of kits/take and bakes, with items like pork steam buns, Lasagna Bianca, and Fried Chicken Tamale Bake. Cost is $40 (feeds 4-5) with free delivery on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in Little Rock and Wednesday in Benton/Bryant.
- Lindsey’s BBQ & Hospitality House
When it comes to family packs at Lindsey’s, each day is something different. Monday is BBQ Pork, Tuesday is BBQ Beef, Wednesday is Fried Chicken, Thursday is Smoked Chicken, and Friday is Fried Catfish. Cost ranges from $29-$37.
- Cantina Laredo
Cantina Laredo has some fun deals. The “Tamales by the Dozen” family-style promotion, which includes one dozen tamales, a bowl of chili con queso, two pints of cilantro rice, and two pints of black beans ($40, feeds 6-8) is a popular choice.
- The Fold: Botanas & Bar
I mean, seriously, what isn’t The Fold doing? They have build-your-own-taco packs, along with margarita, mojito, mimosa, and bloody Mary kits, as well as family-style meals featuring enchiladas, tacos, and salads. The restaurant is having fun, and it shows.
- Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom
Well, if The Fold is having fun, it makes sense that Raduno(same ownership) is as well. From crazy dessert packs to awesome brunch platters to build-your-own-pizza kits to family-style pizza, pasta, and salad packs, Raduno has you covered.
- Cotija’s Mexican Grill
Cotija’s Mexican Grill in downtown is keeping things simple, while maintaining an excellent value. You’ll find two options for family trays, including one dozen tacos or enchiladas, rice, beans, chips, and salsa for $25 and fajitas (chicken or beef) for four at $30 (sub shrimp, $35).
- ZAZA Fine Salad + Wood-Oven Pizza Co
ZAZA has a family-style Take & Bake Pack for $18.50, which includes all the ingredients you need to make two pizzas at home, as well as a selection of nine family-style salads ($42-$48), including my two favorite, the Petit Jean Ranch and Vietnamese Chicken Salad.
- The Pantry
The Pantry has this $50 family pack thing down pat. Monday is Beef Stroganoff, Tuesday is Whole Roasted Chicken, Wednesday is Meatloaf, Thursday is Roasted Pork Shoulder, and lasagna is available daily. On weekends, folks can get the grilled packs, steak ($35) and brats ($30).
- Eat My Catfish
Check out Eat My Catfish’s website for details on the Catfish, Chicken, and Ultimate (with ten pieces of fried catfish, four chicken tenders, three regular sides, and ten hushpuppies) family packs. There’s also a 6-piece, fried shrimp add-on option for each pack.
- The Library Kitchen + Lounge
At The Library Kitchen + Lounge, folks have two family pack options. Both include pulled pork or chicken with sides and differ only in size and price. Packages also include buns, barbeque sauces, and a family salad.
- Town Pump
While not technically a family meal, Town Pump’s 50-wing deal for $40 could feed a small family. Not in the mood for so many wings? You can also get 24/$24, 18/$18, and 12/$12, and they come in a million different flavors.
- Big Orange
Big Orange has embraced the family pack concept, featuring deals like Family-Style Thai Chop Salad, Family Fry Tray, Tender Lovin’ Pack, and the Big Dipper with cheese dip and beef chili. Packs range from $12.50-$42.
- Las Palmas
Las Palmas has family pack specials at all four locations (Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, and Russellville). They come in two sizes (feed 4-6 or 10) and feature tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, and nachos. Cost ranges from $34.89-$69.89.
- Local Lime
Did you really think Local Lime wouldn’t jump into the family pack game? Highlights include enchilada family packs from $25-$30, a Chip & Dip Pack for $15, and a Taco Fiesta Pack for $35. Each pack serves 4-6. And don’t forget to tack on a margarita mix.
- Capitol Smokehouse and Grill
Capitol Smokehouse has two options. Go with the Pig Out Dinner featuring pulled pork or beef brisket or the $33.99 Family-Style Dinner (Monday/Meatloaf, Tuesday/Chicken Spaghetti, Wednesday/Smoked Chicken Quarters, Thursday/Pot Roast, Friday/Chicken & Dressing).
- South on Main
South on Main offers up two family meals, Chicken Spaghetti ($33) and Crispy Catfish Platter ($32), along with proteins by the pound (brisket, smoked pork, and jalapeno cheddar sausage), and even side items.
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*Header pic courtesy of Dero