Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Brunch in the Rock.

From Southern classics to Latin-inspired dishes to Oriental favorites, Central Arkansas restaurants offer a wide variety of choices for mid-morning weekend dining.

Ashley’s at the Capital.  Shrimp Bisque with Tarragon Cream.  Fried Green Tomatoes with Goat Cheese and Pepper Jelly.  Ham Hocks, Spinach and Mushroom Omelet with Marscapone and Potato Hash.  Ashley’s unique take on Southern classics shines at its Sunday-only brunch, a re-invigorated classic amongst Central Arkansas diners.  The three-course prix fixe menu offers a wide array of choices in an elegant atmosphere.  Charming desserts included.
Markham & Louisiana Streets *  (501) 374-7474 * *  Sunday only, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  

B-Side.  Chicken and Waffles, a breakfast-style BLT and a sausage-gravy covered concept called Biscuit Mountain dot the brunch menu for this breakfast-only joint in the Market Street Shopping Center.  The Bacon-Wrapped French Toast on a Stick has become a thing of legend.
11121 Rodney Parham *  (501) 716-2200 *  Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.  

Bar Louie.  A bag of beginet-like doughnuts with three complimentary dips accompanies each weekend brunch.  The selections range from Eggs Benedict served with your choice of Canadian bacon, turkey or steak -- to a Hangover Helper, a skillet full of tater tots covered in chorizo, red bell peppers, green onions, sausage and cheese dip.  Unlimited mimosas are available for $12.99.
11525 Cantrell Road *  (501) 228-0444 * *  Served 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 

Capi’s.  South-of-the-border inspired menu includes Huevos Montulenos -- corn tortillas topped with black beans, eggs, an avocado-tomatillo salsa verde and smoked salsa roja -- as well as El Charro (a potato-chorizo hash) and non-Latin flavors like pancakes and crepes.
11525 Cantrell Road (Pleasant Ridge Towne Center) * (501) 225-9600 * * Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Forty-Two.   Shredded pork fajitas, fresh-made waffles, fresh salads and a carving station are among some of the many rotating items offered in this fine-dining experience at the Clinton Presidential Center.  Champagne is on tap and there’s a dessert table that will impress you.
1200 President Clinton Avenue (inside the Clinton Presidential Center * (501) 537-0042 * * Sunday only, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

FuLin.  Chinese brunch?  Yes sir!  One of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Arkansas opens up a brunch buffet on Sundays serving lo mein, shrimp and classic Chinese dishes along with breakfast and fruit items.  A real steal of a deal from a place you might not associate with brunch.
200 North Bowman Road #17 * (501) 225-8989 * Sunday only, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  

The House.  A selection of Benedicts -- including the traditional, a Salmon-Caper version, a Florentine version with spinach and an asparagus-red pepper version served on risotto cakes -- all shine on this brunch menu.  The Hillcrest Breakfast with its choice of two eggs, fresh fruit, breakfast meat and fresh bread hits all the right notes.
722 North Palm Street * (501) 663-4500 * Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  

Loca Luna.  Mexican-inspired breakfast favorites meet brick oven pizzas and calzones on this creative brunch menu.  Choose from selections such as Fresh Spinach and Ozark Shiitake Mushroom Cheese Quesadillas, a Poke Meat and Maters Delight pizza or the Old Arkansas Country Breakfast.  Dozens of choices in this champagne brunch -- and a brilliant Bloody Mary to boot.
3519 Old Cantrell Road * (501) 663-4666 * * Sundays only 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  

Red Door.  Four egg omelets, homemade granola and all the other great items on the restaurant’s weekly breakfast menu, plus a selection of sandwiches and salads.  The cheese grits are amazing.
3701 Old Cantrell Road * (501) 666-8482 * * Saturday only 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Riverfront Steakhouse.  A classic Southern brunch buffet featuring a carving station, omelet station, waffle station, fried chicken and other entrees plus fruit and cheese.
Inside the Wyndham Riverfront * (501) 375-7825 * * Sunday only 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  

Victorian Garden.  Low Country Grits topped with shrimp and bacon, quiche and other breakfast favorites served up almost universally with fresh fruit and focusing on reduced fat options, this North Little Rock secret also serves up Dijon Brisket and Victorian Chicken on its brunch menu.
4801 North Hills Blvd. * (501) 758-4299 * * Saturday only 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Vieux Carre.  Cajun-inspired breakfast classics such as Crab Cake Benedict, a French Quarter omelet filled with crabmeat and asparagus with brie and savory Brunch Crepes.  This jazz brunch is the closest you’ll get to Louisiana on a Sunday morning without hitting the interstate.
2721 Kavanaugh * (501) 663-1196 * * Sunday only 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

Ya Ya’s.  Pizza, prime rib, seafood and salads are served alongside eggs, breakfast meats and some of Ya Ya’s signature entrĂ©e favorites.  $2 mimosas and Bloody Marys have made this brunch buffet a recent hit with Central Arkansas brunchers.
17711 Chenal Parkway (Promenade at Chenal) * (501) 821-1144 * * Sunday only 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

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