Chicken Salad Chick
Top 3, Best New Restaurant
Owned by Emily Gray and business partner Hudson Sandefur, Chicken Salad Chick has three Arkansas locations — in Benton, North Little Rock and Little Rock.
Chicken Salad Chick was born from Stacy Brown’s kitchen in Auburn, Alabama, in 2007, when she found herself newly divorced with three small children. She couldn’t imagine putting them through another life change in having their mother go to work full time and sending them to daycare. So Brown worked on making the best chicken salad any of her neighbors would ever have, eventually selling it out of her home.
Gray found herself in Brown’s very first restaurant in 2011 as a freshman at Auburn.
“My dream was always to have my own community to bring my own store(s) to,” Gray says. “Through friends, my business partner Hudson and our corporate office identifying Central Arkansas as a prime new market, I found my new home — a home I am so grateful for and humbled to have found.”
Chicken Salad Chick features all of their great, handmade chicken salad, sides and more on their catering menu. They deliver all over the Little Rock and Hot Springs areas. Their box lunches make for great business luncheons, and their gorgeous fruit platters, pimento cheese ball platters, mini croissant platters and strawberry trays add to any gathering.
Gray recalls how she felt when she found out about their nomination in AY’s Best of 2021.
“We were shocked and so grateful,” she says. “I know that those who come here love us — I mean, obsessed — but I didn’t realize the number of individuals who would have felt this way! We are so grateful, excited and encouraged!”
The folks at Chicken Salad Chick are grateful for this designation as one of Arkansas’ top favorite new restaurants.
“As we grow to new locations, expand our catering and introduce new flavors, we would be honored to be your favorite restaurant in 2022,” Gray says.