Come close, foodie friends, and let west Little Rock grant all your wishes. You’re looking for delicious drinks, delectable dishes and divine details, and this restaurant scene has that and more. Little Rock Soirée pulled together five of our must-visit spots in west Little Rock, no matter what you’re hungry for.
1. Sweets: TracyCakes
10301 N. Rodney Parham Road, 227-4243
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
A sweet tooth is not something to take lightly, and the good people of TracyCakes know exactly what we mean. Located in the Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, this bakery boasts every type of sweet treat from cupcakes and cookies to pies and cakes. Need a cake in a day’s time? Sure thing. Need a custom, sugary work of art? Not a problem. Just really wanting a cupcake to get you through the afternoon? You got it. Just thinking about the extensive list of offerings will lock your jaw — and we mean that in the best way. We highly recommend the turtle cupcake: a dark chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream drizzled with chocolate ganache and caramel sauce and sprinkled with chopped pecans. It’s sure to bring a swift end to any questions you once had.
2. Santo Coyote
11610 Pleasant Ridge Road, 225-1300
Hours: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
No matter the time of day, there’s just something about salsa and chips that feels so right, especially when Santo Coyote is involved. The modern Mexican cuisine joint boasts a great patio, guacamole made table-side and a full bar with more than 150 tequilas to choose from, all of which go perfectly with a menu full of favorites. There’s always a plate of sizzling fajitas with your name on it, or even mahimahi cooked in smoked chipotle cream sauce. Do yourself a favor and try their Famous Molcajete, also known as the lava stone dinner. The stone is filled with grilled chicken, Mexican sausage, marinated skirt steak, tomatillo sauce, green onions and cheese. Plus, on Wednesdays they serve margaritas for $1.99 all day. Your dinner plans have been made.
3. NYPD Pizza
6015 Chenonceau Blvd., 868-3911
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Monday-Sunday
Garlic knots. We live and breathe for the garlic knots. Buttery, garlicky, soft and poppable, these dream dots are just the right size and flavor to get you ready for the pie coming your way. Locals flock to NYPD for their fresh, high-quality ingredients, as well as their range of alternatives for those with dietary restrictions, including gluten- and lactose-free options. The pasta, the salads, the desserts — it’s all drool-worthy. There is one thing on the menu that turns us downright gluttonous: the Manhattan Meat Lovers Pie, complete with pepperoni, meatballs, smoked bacon, mozzarella cheese and no regrets. Word to the wise: Wear something with an elastic waistband. No one is immune to the tasty temptation.
4. 1620 Savoy
1620 Market St., 221-1620
Hours: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
“Congratulations!” “I love you.” “I just like Thursdays.” Whatever message you’re trying to convey, 1620 Savoy makes it special. This fine dining establishment is a refreshing break from the outside craziness with cool, calm elegance. Their Sunday brunch options are incredible (including a chicken and waffles dish that you would not believe), but dinner is the main event. Start off with the seared sesame tuna loin with candied ginger chutney and wakame salad. Then dive in with the rack of lamb provençal brushed with mustard and crusted with fresh herbs and olive oil. Top it off with the Jamaican rum soufflé. If you don’t have room, make room.
11220 N. Rodney Parham Road, 225-6893
Hours: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Daily
What’s a restaurant list without a killer breakfast place? A sad list, and that’s why we included Delicious Temptations. Offering a full breakfast and lunch spread, their down-home menu is hard to beat. Don’t let that fool you, though. Their expertise runs the full gamut. From decadent omelets and French toast piled high to lemon-peppered chicken croissants and open-faced crab melts, you’re guaranteed to leave full and happy. If you’ve got a taste for sweets, Delicious Temptations has them, too. Indulge in a slice of key lime, caramel fudge or bourbon pecan pie, or take home a whole loaf of their signature fruit bread. You know, you might as well take a stack of their pancakes while you’re at it. They’re good enough for dessert and we won’t judge you.