Driving down Kavanaugh, it’s easy to pass by Vieux Carre without giving it much thought. Its small wooden sign hangs unassumingly in the shade of the covered sidewalk—no thirty-foot inflatable balloon animals or flashing neon signage to announce its presence. To the average American, the name itself, Vieux Carre (French for “Old Square”) gives little insight as to what lurks inside its walls. But what this small Southern bistro lacks in outward flare, it makes up for in well-executed, affordable fare. After one visit, you’re likely not to forget its offerings, and “passing-by” obliviously, becomes nigh unto impossible. A recent visit for lunch left us more than impressed with the small space, and after only a duo of sandwiches, I’m anxious to feel out the rest of the menu.
Feeling a bit brunchy at the time, we also selected the bacon and egg croissant sandwich—results were equally impressive. The croissant is expertly done, flaky and warm on the inside with a slightly crispy exterior, with rich, buttery tones throughout. The eggs were of the scrambled variety, light and fluffy, and the bacon salty and crisp. They top it off with grilled tomato and cheddar cheese. The sandwich was not large, borderline dainty, but it was substantial and we left feeling wholly satisfied with our selections.
Little Rock is establishing quite a reputation for fantastic sandwiches—indeed, diners on a ‘wich hunt may find a noteworthy bite in nearly every corner of town. Places such as HAM, Southern Gourmasian, The Food Truck, White Water Tavern, The Pantry, and Guillermo’s readily come to mind when considering the superlatives. Vieux Carre, no matter how foreign their name paints them out to be, is incredibly approachable, familiar, and comforting—a Little Rock staple that deserves far more attention than it receives.
(Vieux Carre is located at 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock)
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