When you can’t make to Grandma’s for a good meal, Ceci’s is a delicious substitute for real home cooking.
Photography by Sara Edwards Neal
[dropcap]Ceci[/dropcap] McDowell’s restaurant makes its home in an unassuming building just a stone’s throw away from Verizon Arena. But don’t judge this book by its cover or the food by the building: McDowell and family serve food on par with — dare I say it — my mother’s. I grew up eating soul food, such as crispy, well-seasoned fried chicken and turnip and collard greens with delectable candied yams and creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, and both of my grandmothers’ cooked pork chops worth driving miles for — they were so tasty, we literally left no meat on the bones. Ceci’s chops come pretty darn close.
“These are my grandmother’s recipes. It’s food prepared the way she did,” McDowell said. It’s a labor of love and a family affair. “My mother, two sisters and my cousins have joined me in the business, and we’re pretty busy.”
That’s an understatement. We visited one Sunday, and the line was out the door. Ceci’s has seating for 40 or so, however, you can get your own serving of Southern goodness prepared for carry out or delivered via Chef Shuttle. McDowell has also cornered the market on chicken and waffles; her red velvet and caramel waffles have become legendary, and we hear the salads are delicious as well. On Sundays, the menu expands to include chicken and dressing and more.
Stop by Ceci’s, and enjoy a bit of home-cooked goodness served with soul.
Ceci’s Chicken & Waffles
324 E. 13th St. • North Little Rock 501.372.1121
11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays