Friday, July 18, 2014
LR Restaurant Review: Arkansas Ale House
Last Friday, I was reading the Arkansas Times, when I came across their review of the Arkansas Alehouse at Diamond Bear's new North Little Rock location. Their description of the veggie sandwich stuck out to me, so I sent Josh the article and asked if he wanted to go out on a date.
After an incredibly hot yoga class, we showered and headed to Argenta for some grub. I have been to the new Diamond Bear location once this year, because they offered up their bathrooms during the Little Rock Marathon, but I hadn't seen it complete.
The interior design is home-y and distinctly Arkansas. You walk through the gift shop to get to the restaurant, so I was very tempted by the Diamond Bear bike jersey. The restaurant was pretty full of people, with more people spilling out onto the patio. Since it was about 100 degrees outside, Josh and I sat inside. We ordered a few of Diamond Bear IPA's, and we looked over the menu.
Sorry for the grainy iphone photos. The restaurant was a little dim, and I didn't bring along the Nikon. You get the idea, though.
The first item that jumped off the menu at us was the hummus, so that's what we ordered to start. We were both really happy with this dish. It came with light and airy bread, olives, carrots and celery. It was delicious. The hummus had great flavor, and just the right amount of oil. With this dish, we really started to get excited about our upcoming meals.
The appetizer was good to the last olive. I would order it again.
I ordered the veggie sandwich without cheese. So many times, that could end up being a boring sandwich. That was so not the case this time. This sandwich is fantastic.
Believe me when I tell you, order this sandwich. The vegetables were roasted to perfection, the fig preserve was a nice hit of sweetness, and the bread was crusty and beautiful. It really was the best vegetable sandwich I've had in a long time.
Josh really enjoyed his meal too, and we were already planning our next visit. The really cool part about the dining room is you can see the brewery through a large window. So, go eat delicious food, have a tasty beer, and enjoy some local flavor!