Working downtown has its perks — literally. Vince, Betsy, Lydia and Kelli all give top java honors to Nexus Coffee & Creative in the River Market.

In this issue, you'll find the winners of our annual Soirée Recommends Awards, the best of the best when it comes to service in central Arkansas, crowned by those they serve.

But alongside the best chiropractor, florist and groomer, this list got me wondering: What Little Rock musts would Team Soirée recommend? So I did a little investigating and, dear reader, they did not disappoint.

Here are the local spots with the Team Soirée seal of approval (trademark pending).


Mandy Richardson, Publisher
Best shop to pick up a gift: Roberson's for myself, Box Turtle for everyone else
Recent Little Rock discovery: Donuts & Deli
Best brunch spot: Red Door
Favorite place to take the family: Dinner (and a marg) at Local Lime and a movie at Chenal 9


Maddie Brodell, Ad Coordinator
Favorite place to grab a cup of coffee: Zetêo
Best shop to pick up a gift: Pout, Belle & Blush or All Thru the House
Can't-miss festival: World Cheese Dip Championship or Arkansas Cornbread Festival
Best view in town: Balcony of the Capital Hotel


Lydia McAllister, Writer
Best shop to pick up a gift: Box Turtle
Recent Little Rock discovery: Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos
Favorite place to take the family: South on Main for the true "Southern" experience
Can't-miss festival: HarvestFest


Jess Ardrey, Editor
Best shop to pick up a gift: Electric Ghost
Recent Little Rock discovery: The parmesan chicken croissant sandwich at Delicious Temptations. Life-changing.
Best brunch spot: Lost Forty
Can't-miss festival: Riverfest. Ride or die, baby.

 

There's just something about SoMa. From brick oven pizza to fiddle leaf figs, nearly every member of our team mentioned a love for the South Main neighborhood.

Bethany Johnson, Ad Coordinator
Favorite place to grab a cup of coffee: Mugs
Best brunch spot: Kemuri. They have a mimosa bar and amazing desserts as a bonus!
Favorite place to take the family: Box sledding on the Clinton Library lawn
Best view in town: Junction Bridge


Kelli Roy, Marketing and Events Assistant
Recent Little Rock discovery: 42 Bar and Lounge
Best brunch spot: Raduno
Can't-miss festival: Black Food Truck Festival
Best view in town: Heifer International's fourth floor balcony


Betsy Smith, Account Executive
Best shop to pick up a gift: Belle & Blush
Best brunch spot: At the Corner
Favorite place to take the family: Museum of Discovery
Best view in town: Two Rivers Bridge


Vince Palermo, Art Director
Recent Little Rock discovery: The turkey and swiss sandwich at Mugs. Pulled turkey, avocado, bacon on a toasted Kaiser bun for the win.
Best shop to pick up a gift: Eggshells Kitchen Co.
Best brunch spot: Cathead’s Diner
Best view in town: Knoop Park

Working downtown has its perks — literally. Vince, Betsy, Lydia and Kelli all give top java honors to Nexus Coffee & Creative in the River Market.