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 November.
Salad Burger at Black Angus
Can you believe this was my first time ever at Black Angus? Crazy. The “Salad Burger” with a house relish, lettuce and tomato is priced right, and its charbroiled flavor puts this burger a couple rungs above a fast-food chain burger. Make sure to get the double patty. I can see why Black Angus has been adored by the masses all these years.
Coconut Cream Pie at Honey Pies
As you will read again in just a bit, I am big fan of small desserts. And Honey Pies/Blue Cakes has cornered the market on baking the cutest tiny pies you’ve ever seen. I am particularly fond of their coconut cream. As an added bonus, the torched topping makes for a beautiful presentation.
Taco (Pastor) at Wicked Taco Factory
Truth be told, all the tacos I tried at Wicked Taco Factory in downtown were a hit, but I was particularly impressed with the pastor, a saucier version than you’ll typically find at most taquerias. The welcomed inclusion of pineapple added an appropriate level of sweetness to a corn tortilla concoction with a heavy hand of fresh cilantro and raw, chopped onion.
Chicago Dog at The Original ScoopDog
If you love a legit Chicago-style hot dog, then The Original ScoopDog in North Little Rock is the place to go. Just make sure to bring cash or a check. For those not in the know, this hot dog is comprised of an all-beef Frankfurter on a soft, poppy seed bun. It’s then topped with neon green sweet pickle relish, yellow mustard, a pickle spear, chopped raw onion, sliced tomato, pepper, and a sprinkle of celery salt. Sounds a little weird, but it definitely works.
Huevos Rancheros at The Fold: Botanas & Bar
The Fold’s huevos rancheros really blew me away, both with taste and looks. This dish typically includes eggs, refried beans, and ranchero sauce, but The Fold ramps things up with smoked pulled pork, rice, queso fresco, pickled onion, a fried tostada, and cilantro. It’s a lot of varying ingredients, but they blend together with brilliance and the smokinesss from the pork stands out, making for one of the better brunch dishes in town.
Appaloosa Burger at Esters
While I will always love a beef burger, I have profound respect for restaurants that are able to pull off a great veggie burger, as was the case with Esters’ 18-ingredient blackened patty with tomato, lettuce, remoulade, and crispy onion stings. There are so many bad, frozen veggie patty burgers out there, so when you find a good one, you must celebrate it. Esters has a great one.
Taco Salad at Mockingbird Bar & Tacos
I mean, just look at that picture. This salad is a total work of art. Have you ever seen a more beautiful, sliced avocado? The massive fried flour tortilla bowl is filled with Rabbit Ridge Farms seasoned ground beef, red beans, pico de gallo, and cheddar. It comes with a side of chimichurri ranch dressing. To give you an idea of this taco salad’s size, it’s served in a to-go cake box.
Gyro at Mama’s Gyros Grill
Plain and simple, this is the best gyro I’ve come across in Central Arkansas. Owner Randy Akel is never stingy with the meat, a ground lamb and beef blend shaved straight off a vertical rotisserie. It’s loaded onto a soft pita bread and topped with onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce.
Matt’s Burger at Knightfire BBQ
I had heard so much about the Matt’s Burger at Knightfire BBQ in Searcy that I was willing to drive an hour each way for it. This burger’s reliance on simple, quality ingredients executed to perfection stands out. The sizeable smoked brisket patty comes with American cheese, pickles, and a blended “Awesome Sauce,” all on a brioche bun. There is even a beautiful smoke ring in the patty. The burger is rich, decadent, and worth the drive.
Apple Crisp Cheesecake Cupcake at Cheesecake on point!
I recently made yet another visit to Cheeesecake on point!, the food truck specializing in, you guessed it, cheesecake. And while owner Matcha Norwood’s fun and whimsical cheesecake-on-a-stick gets a lot of the attention, I absolutely adore the smaller cheesecake cupcakes. Half cheesecake, half cupcakes, and all fantastic, I was particularly enthused about the apple crisp with a crumble topping that will transport you right to the holiday season.