In our Lunching in Little Rock blog series, Michael Kirkpatrick will explore and review the city’s best restaurants – all in time to get back to the office. This week, Michael ate lunch at Southern Table at 323 S. Cross St. in Little Rock. Click here to read more in this series. Photo courtesy of Southern Table.
Eating lunch during the workweek often goes something like this: burgers and fries, barbecue, pizza, salad and then you restart the rotation. The regular places we hit can get a little stale, so I was happy to see a new restaurant pop up near my office. Variety is the spice of life, and that’s what is being served at the new Southern Table on Cross Street.
Fresh off a grand opening, Southern Table has a smorgasbord of bite-sized bites meant to be shared with the whole table. My wife and I, who are both foodies and both love meats and cheeses, had fun investigating the small but comprehensive menu. It is obvious that a lot of attention and detail has been put on each offering. In the end, we went with what Southern Table does best and gave way to variety.
Before the food, I have to mention the fresh-made lemonade and cucumber water. I usually like my water straight up, but it was refreshing. Southern Table specializes in wine pairings, but the lunch drinks were perfect. We ordered all at once, but the order in which the food came to the table was perfect. First up were the cheese bread puffs, light and fluffy bite-sized rolls that were stuffed with cheese and bacon. They are served with the house-made apple butter, which makes them melt in your mouth. Next was the chef’s choice small charcuterie. Plated beautifully, it was filled with three types of meats and cheeses, then accented by bread and butter pickles, bread, grapes and walnuts. I would recommend letting the chef pick the assortment and allowing yourself the opportunity to try new things. Each item outdoing the next, Southern Table saved the best for last. The smoked duck topped with house-made fig jam bruschetta was extraordinary.
Visit Southern Table this week for a relaxing lunch and don’t be afraid to try something new. You might find your latest food obsession. Remember, all the plates are meant to be shared, so try to hide the hate in your heart when someone takes the last bit of duck.