At the end of each month, I take a look back at all of the wonderful things I have eaten over the past thirty days. Here is a look at my top 10 dishes in September.
Sisig with Garlic Fried Rice at Filipino Munchies
Honestly, I could include any one of the numerous dishes Filipino Munchies is cranking out of their food trailer on this list, but I will go with the sisig, a spicy offering of tender yet crispy pork that’s mingled with purple onions and peppers. It’s served with garlic fried rice, Pancit noodles and one piece of lumpia.
Burrito (Pastor) at El Palenque
A great burrito is all about an even dispersal of awesome ingredients. In the case of El Palenque’s burrito pastor, that includes a perfect balance of pork, rice, refried beans, lettuce, and tomatoes. While I usually opt for the shrimp, the pastor was a nice change of pace.
Vegetarian Special Pizza (without green olives) at Vino’s
Vino’s is still at the very top of the Mt. Little Rock of Pizza, thanks in large part to their hand-tossed dough and plentiful toppings. I tend to favor the Vegetarian Special, sans green olives, of course. Those vile things do not belong anywhere near pizza.
Camarones a la Brava at La Terraza Rum & Lounge
La Terraza’s Camarones a la Brava, a creamy, spicy tomato reduction, laced with jalapenos and plump shrimp, really blew me away. I already can’t wait to go back and enjoy this dish with a mojito on the restaurant’s deck.
Cheeseburger at The Root
Per usual, quality, often local, ingredients make all the difference at the Root, as is the case with their cheeseburger. Pasture-raised beef from Simon Farms combined with a pillowy bun from where I’m almost positive is Community Bakery, make for one of the very best burgers in Little Rock.
Miso Cheesy Burger at The Lab Food Truck
This one is a little bittersweet, as Chef Gilbert Alaquinez just closed the Lab Food Truck. Congrats to chef on a new career, but with him goes one of the most delicious smash burgers on the market. The combination of beef, mayo, and grilled onions will have me dreaming about this burger for a long time.
Fried Pork Chop at HallBros2Go
Just about everything you see in this HallBros2Go pic could be included on this list, but I will go with the fried pork chop. Drenched in flour and seasonings, the tasty chop is best eaten with your hands, in the confines of your car.
Cheesecake at Cheesecake on Point
Cheesecake on point, where have you been all of my life? Check the trailer’s social media to find where they will be, then carve out a little time to try this cheesecake. It comes in a variety of flavors (like cookies ‘n cream, strawberry shortcake, lemon blueberry, and turtle).
Legit Cheesesteak at Brood & Barley
Brood & Barley’s aptly named Legit Cheesesteak will transport you to the East Coast with an authentic take on a Philadelphia classic. The highlight for me is the shaved rib-eye, but, honestly, a great cheesesteak sandwich is all about the sum of its parts: bread, cheese, onions, steak. Props to Brood for nailing it.
Donuts at Mark’s Do-Nuts
Here in Arkansas, we love debating which donut shop is the best. To me, and no offense to anyone else, but Mark’s in North Little Rock just can’t be beat. The doughy glazed donut will have you waking up early on a Saturday morning to beat the crowds.