AshAhrens 
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Re: “Samantha's taps into new Main vibe

The waffle. OH MY the waffle. Unlike any other waffle I've ever eaten. Likely quite dangerous that Samantha's is only a two minute walk from our front door. Love this place! They had me at PURSE HOOKS.

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Posted by AshAhrens on 02/18/2015 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Food Feedback Friday: National Doughnut Day, etc.

On Wednesday, BigFun and I visited the latest incarnation/phoenix-like rebirth of LULAV. In case you hadn't heard, the Cellar 220 sign is down and the former Lulav is apparently back. Official email communications from the restaurant are calling it the "re-launch of a downtown classic."

We honestly want that restaurant, any restaurant, to do well there because (a) selfishly, it is a half-block from our condo, (b) it's a really cool space and (c) downtown needs all the good restaurants it can get. (I mean, look at EJ's next door. That place is SOLID. Huge lunch business, steady happy hour and dinner business. The location isn't the issue.)

We, like many others, had stopped going to Lulav (later Cellar 220) mostly because of poor service and by extension what seemed to be poor management. BUT, ever optimistic that THIS time would be THE time the place got it right, we went for drinks and appetizers after work. We were pleased.

They've been advertising $3 martinis, so we gave them a whirl. Our options were pineapple or mixed berry. Mixed berry it was. If you're looking for a fresh-made martini, this is not it. It was pre-made and punch-like, light on the booze, but still cold, refreshing and drinkable, especially for the price. It was delivered quickly and wet our whistle while we pondered the "real" drink and appetizer menu.

First, we chose to share a Blue Point crab cake. I'm not kidding when I report that it may be the best crab cake in the city (not IN THE WORLD but in Little Rock). I'd estimate it was 85-90% lump crab with just enough filler to bind it. Evocative of what one gets on the East Coast though not as tall/thick. It's a $10 app but worth it.

Next, we chose the "Street Truck" taco app with blackened tilapia (other meat choices are available). It was a surprisingly nice mix of fresh grilled fish, pineapple, mango and bacon - yes, BACON. Sweet, salty - really good. Served in plain flour tortillas, they're not not fab, but the filling is great. Two tacos per order. I've forgotten the price, maybe $7-8.

Our "real" cocktails were also pleasantly satisfying and plenty strong. BigFun chose the Godfather Iced Tea and pronounced it appropriately stout like most drinks of the "iced tea" variety. My choice, the Active Volcano, was DEEEE-LISH. It's made of Sailor Jerry's dark spiced rum, Amaretto, peach schnapps and OJ. It may become my summertime standard. Both drinks were of generous volume and served in tall pilsner glasses.

Our server was attentive and pleasant and our orders arrived in acceptable time. I really, really want Lulav to make it. Our first try of this latest version was encouraging. We'll go again later and see how it's going. Fingers crossed.

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Posted by AshAhrens on 06/08/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Food Feedback Friday: The merry month of May

The hubs and I went for an impromptu lunch date at Forty Two on Wednesday. Locals, like us, tend to forget about this gem. Thankfully, visitors to the Clinton Presidential Library keep it hopping. It was my first time to try their tuna and smoked cheddar melt sandwich. Won't be my last!This isn't your mother's mayo-laced tuna salad. Nope. There's no mayo in sight. Very light and loose tuna mixture with chopped apple, onion, egg, herbs and probably a little light oil to meld it all together. Topped with melted cheddar on toasted sourdough bread, it's a tasty treat. I started my meal with a cup (read: bowl-sized cup) of their soup of the day, a creamy spring pea concoction that was not only beautiful but delicious. Could have easily made a meal on that alone with a side of cheese and crackers. Dessert? Yes. We split a serving of their vanilla creme brule which I highly recommend too. Our take-away? Besides full tummies ... was that Forty Two is rather affordable, especially for a NICE lunch in an elegant atmosphere. It offers chef-prepared, high-quality and interesting food at very reasonable prices and the portion sizes are generous. http://dineatfortytwo.com/about/about-fort…

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Posted by AshAhrens on 05/02/2014 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Bennett's Military moving to 608 Main Street

Glad to know where Bennett's is moving - will be a great space for them. But what's the status of ReCreation Studios who have been conducting classes in that very space for at least a year?

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Posted by AshAhrens on 03/19/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Sweet on Treatsie

Yep! We've had a Treatsie subscription for several months now and have also given 3-month subscriptions as gifts (well-received). Really proud of this local start-up and the guys who are making it work. Keith's co-founder is our friend Jamie Walden who has a great head for marketing. Thanks for featuring their business here.

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Posted by AshAhrens on 02/13/2014 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Now at Dollar Tree: The Mayo of Mayonnaiseness

Thanks so much for the shout-out, David! Glad you nabbed some and tried it. I can't wait to slather ole Duke on some Arkansas 'maters.

Posted by AshAhrens on 05/16/2013 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Mr. Dunderbak's grand re-opening is veggie friendly

Mr. Dunderbak's has such a special place in my heart and memory. No trip to McCain Mall in the 80s and 90s was complete without a Dunerbak's port-wine-cheese covered pretzel or Reuben sandwich. In fact, the restaurant's convenient location close to a mall entrance made it easy run inside for a "to go" order.

I was terribly saddened when it closed; I was shocked and ELATED when I read it was coming back under ownership of the same family. I'm happy the menu has been expanded to meet the needs of more diners with veggie and gluten-free options. I cannot wait to visit and sink my teeth into a pretzel.

Editorial: The year 2012 has brought to phoenix-like rebirth two restaurants that hold important places in my sentimental memory. Mr. Dunderbak's is one and The Packet House (Grill) is the other. When I visited the reopened and revived Packet House earlier this year, I literally got choked up. I won't be surprised if the same thing happens when I visit Mr. Dunderbak's. Thank you, Richard and Laura!

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Posted by AshAhrens on 12/12/2012 at 12:10 PM

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