Brave New Restaurant chef/owner Peter Brave has worked in the kitchen alongside an executive chef for the past 15-plus years. When he hired Ben Lindley in January of 2022, he ushered in a new era at Brave New, stepping out of the kitchen but not out of the restaurant — bicycling across America notwithstanding.
Dining at Pizzeria Ruby requires enough patience to reckon with a mighty crowd. Chef Michael Robertshaw and Meredith Butler, his business partner and significant other, are responsible for one of the hottest spots in Northwest Arkansas. And that’s saying something, given the sizzling streak the region’s culinary scene has been on lately.
We passed the baton around the editorial room this week, each tasked with naming some of our favorite dishes in Central Arkansas at this very moment in time. So, what you’re seeing here isn’t a Top 25 list, it’s simply a list of bites we long for and need in our lives right now.
The restaurant’s move to West Little Rock took a winding path, transpiring after owner Lisa Zhang’s dreams of opening Haybird — a 9,000-square-foot facility on Rebsamen Park Road that would incorporate three concepts: Chinese fried chicken, a sake brewery and an Eastern pantry — were dashed by the coronavirus pandemic.
People often wonder about the diet of Kevin Shalin, author of the popular Facebook food blog The Mighty Rib. Does he eat out three times a day? How is he not 600 pounds? What are his hours because his restaurant looks great? Fresh off winning best blog in the annual Arkansas Times Best Of Arkansas survey, we thought it would be a good time for a detailed three day food diary from Central Arkansas’s favorite food blogger. Tag along to find his favorite margarita in Little Rock (hint: you’ll never guess) and why you should always tip your barista.
Kelli Marks is a self-taught cake decorator-turned-pastry chef, and author of “Easy One-Bowl Baking: No-Fuss Recipes for Sweet and Savory Baked Goods." Catch Marks at Central Arkansas Library System's Six Bridges Book Festival 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 and again at 4 p.m. that day for a baking workshop.
Downtown Little Rock’s largest gathering of food trucks celebrates its 10th birthday this year with more than 60 food trucks rolling in to cure your hankerings for wok-fired soba noodles, frozen lemonade, loaded fries, elotes, gulf shrimp, funnel cakes, Italian ice and lots more.