At the end of each month, I will take a look back at all of the wonderful things I have eaten over the past thirty days. Here are my top 10 dishes in December.
Millennium Meatball at SO Restaurant-Bar
I promise this is like no other meatball you’ve ever eaten. Three-day braised beef is formed into a giant ball and then deep fried. The finished product balances in a pool of tomato, carrot, and cognac espagnole. It’s the perfect appetizer (or small plate) at SO – best to share.
The Perfect Margarita at The Pizzeria
Speaking of perfect, the Perfect Margarita, the aptly named cocktail at The Pizzeria is the rare drink that falls onto a post that typically consists primarily of food. The balance of citrus to alcohol makes it the best margarita in town and just one of many reasons to visit The Pizzeria.
Adobo Chicken at Filipino Munchies
Filipino Munchies has quickly turned into one of my absolute favorite food trucks in town, mainly for their ability to consistently deliver on the Filipino classics, like this Adobo Chicken. The pile of chopped chicken thigh meat is always so tender and flavorful and pairs nicely with a side of pancit.
Down and Dirty at The Cajun Trouxth
The Cajun Trouxth, where have you been all my life? I only heard about this food truck after they teamed up with my favorite cheesecake lady, Matcha Norwood, from Cheesecake on point. My order of Down and Dirty, a beautiful piece of golden fried catfish over a bed of dirty rice, which is then smothered in shrimp etouffee, was a hit. I highly recommend finding this food truck and giving them a try.
Lasagna at HallBros2Go
This straightforward lasagna from the popular food trailer that sets up on various Sundays next to the family’s K Hall & Sons Produce conjures up memories of what my mother used to make. The lasagna isn’t overly saucy but does have a heavy hand of cheeses (mozzarella, ricotta, and cheddar), along with a ground beef and Italian sausage. Classic, satisfying, and hearty.
Cinnamon Roll at Cinnamon Crème Bakery
The cinnamon roll at Cinnamon Crème is one of those items that will always land on a list like this. Heck, if I happen to eat one next month, you will probably see it on the Top 10 Dishes of January post. Doughy, buttery and filled with a massive amount of cinnamon, this cinnamon roll is unquestionably the best of its kind in Little Rock.
Smoked Wings at Charlee’s Good Time Drinkery
I live close to Charlee’s, a new-ish restaurant in the old Salut! Bistro space, so it was easy for me to pop over one afternoon for some takeout. The smoked wings doused in a thick, sweet barbeque sauce did not disappoint. I’ve been told by management that the wings are smoked for 3+ hours, then finished off with a flash fry. The result is a slightly smoky wing with a crispy bite. Other sauces include Buffalo (regular and spicy) as well as a spicy barbeque and a dry rub.
Pork Chow Fun at Mr. Chen’s
Chow fun is probably one of my all-time favorite Chinese food dishes, mainly because I adore the saucy flat noodles that I typically devour without hesitation. At Mr. Chen’s, the pork is a nice protein pairing, but so too is the beef.
Wings at Town Pump
Town Pump’s wings come fried, then coated with any one of a number of sauce flavors. I opted for six sweet barbeque and six garlic Parmesan. Both were excellent, but I’d probably give the edge to the latter, as I loved how the Parmesan was somewhat caked onto each wing. Public opinion says the Dirty Bird, a combination of garlic Parm and Buffalo sauce, is the way to go. Whatever flavor you choose, just know that Town Pump serves up some of the very best wings in town.
Shrimp a la Plancha at El Palenque
Such a simple dish, the Shrimp a la Plancha at El Palenque is comprised of grilled shrimp and onions topped with shredded lettuce and sliced avocado. The sides of refried beans and rice act as the ideal accompaniments in a plate that is one of El Palenque’s best. Why? The shrimp are big and plump and soak up all the flavor from the restaurant’s well-used grill.