A railroad themed restaurant sounds interesting and refreshing. And indeed, the delivery method of such a place seemed rather intriguing.
That sounds great for items such as sandwiches or burgers - but what about soup? I had to see if I could get the train to safely deliver hot and delicious soup to me without incident, so on this first visit I ordered the half-and-half deal with soup.
It didn’t take long for me to figure out the mechanism — when an order for a table comes up, the mechanical lift at that table elevates just enough to allow the tray under the train to pass but not the tray box underneath. We watched again and again as the trains circled by, dropping off tray boxes to one table after another.
My daughter’s hamburger meal came down, along with a cheeseburger and fries for the hubster and the half-and-half deal for me. By the time we’d unloaded the box an attendant came by to retrieve it.
So, our meals?
I was also irritated by this just because there was no vegetation with the kids’ meal. It’s the second time in a week (Cregeen’s being the other one) that Hunter got a burger order that contained no vegetation. She loves
The fries were bright yellow, sufficiently soft inside and just crisp enough. The patties bore grill char patterns and had a decent flavor but were on the thin side. Paul had asked for a medium rare burger but got one that was medium well… just like Hunter’s. Still, it was a pretty decent burger on a toasted sesame bun and it hit the spot.
Side items on both are variable — with a choice of fries, chips, carrot sticks, small salad, potato salad or fruit cup.
The wrap itself was pretty decent — maybe a few too many red onions but otherwise nice with sliced Swiss cheese, green leaf lettuce and chicken strips. Those grilled chicken strips had been Cajun spiced but not quite blackened, fine by me. The flavor was quite appealing.
My real joy was the soup, though. The broccoli cheese soup was thick — nicely thick, with a good cream base and huge pieces of broccoli inside. I felt a little guilty choosing the Choose Two while my husband had to make it with a burger… a little guilty. Not that bad guilty.
I did pass on dessert… but I did want to show you there are massive, massive cinnamon rolls there, almost as big as the ones you get at Ferguson’s up in St. Joe. They’re not listed on the menu, but chocolate chip cookies and brownies go for $2 each.
Actually, no, I know for certain I’ll be back. My daughter was entranced by the passing trains overhead… to the point of having to promise to bring her back with a friend at a later date. I guess I’ll wait until next time to determine whether the entertainment value is worth the sandwich prices.
You’ll find All Aboard behind Saigon Cuisine in the Stein Mart shopping center along Cantrell Road in Little Rock. It’s open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. (501) 975-7401 or check out the Facebook page.