In our Lunching in Little Rock blog series, Michael Kirkpatrick will explore and review the best restaurants in Little Rock and its surrounding area – all in time to get back to the office. This week, Michael ate lunch at Lost Forty Brewing.
The past few years there has been a big boom in small breweries around Little Rock. It’s a great boost for our style and economy. These places are more than just small batch beers though; some of them are brewing the freshest and tastiest food in town. Lost Forty is a leader of brews and bites.
Situated downtown near the Heifer International headquarters, there are a few breweries/restaurants in the area. Pulling into the parking lot, I wasn’t exactly sure where to enter. It was a beautiful spring day and the giant garage door to the brew house was open, but I found the door under the big “Lost Forty” sign. Entering, I felt like a guest invited for a special tasting. The taproom is industrial with concrete floors, plank tables and comfortable leather chairs. The restaurant lighting is dark, but the brewery is well-lit and totally visible through the giant factory window that allows you to watch all the action.
The menu seemed like it was tailored for me; it was full of smoked meats, salty cheeses, rich mustards and hearty, chewy breads. The lunch menu is small, but each item is perfectly designed to maximize flavors. Immediately the first item listed, the Rustic Meat Plate, had to be mine. I couldn’t say no to Honey Bock braised pork belly and a bevy of sides. The pork belly was tender and didn’t need the dipping sauces; it was perfect on its own. I also had the House Smoked Turkey Reuben Sandwich. Honestly, it was one of the best Reubens I have ever had. The Spent Grain Molasses Bread is thick cut and ties together the salty sweetness of the sandwich. Lastly, the often overlooked pickle was a crispy dill crunch delight.
Little Rock is lucky to have these local establishments investing back into the culture of our great city. More than a bar, Lost Forty is setting the bar for food and drink. Visit them this week.
P.S. On Thursdays they have a limited supply of smoked ribs and I have also heard great things about their brunch.
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