People who choose to live in urban neighborhoods tend to be a little different. While we are adventurous on many levels, we tend to stay fairly close to home when it comes to dining. I think it is kind of like the “Cheers” thing, we want everyone to know our names. Four blocks from the Governor’s Mansion, and P. Allen Smith’s garden, Robinwood Bed and Breakfast is in the middle of Little Rock’s historic neighborhoods. This blog will come in several parts, since I know I will miss some of the restaurants that are beloved by my neighbors, and will hear about it later.
Let’s start with Caio. It is a wonderful Italian restaurant at 405 W. 7th Street. I send guests here all the time. The food is wonderful and the service is great. It has a really quaint and cozy atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome. Lunch is very reasonably priced, and dinner can be moderate or expensive depending on selection. And they do have a great selection! I have never been to Caio without seeing a neighbor.
Then there is the Copper Grill at 3rd and Cumberland. What a modern and sleek restaurant! This time of year, the patio is a great place to have an appetizer and a glass of wine and watch the world go by. Great burgers with onion rings or sweet potato fries for a hearty appetite or wonderful soups for a light meal. The bar area is a spot many of the locals meet for a quick drink before dinner.
Can’t forget the Capital Hotel on Markham. The Capital Grill has the best deep fried black eyed peas I’ve ever had. As a matter of fact, the only ones I’ve ever had. The menu is great for guest coming in a little late and wanting to grab a relaxing dinner to finish off the evening. Ashley’s in the Capital Hotel, is always a crowd pleaser. The lunch menu is as affordable as the atmosphere is elegant. And any special evening is much more special when spent at Ashley’s. The service is impeccable. The food is wonderful. And the wine list is impressive. Before or after a meal, the architecture of the building is incredible. Explore the lobby and see history at its finest. Built just after the Civil War, the Capital Hotel is the crown jewel of Little Rock.