Lunch counter delight 

Burger, pork chop are the ticket at K. Hall.

K. Hall and Sons operates as a small market and grocery store with a take-out restaurant within. Go during lunch and you'll see a swarm of folks lining up at the order counter to get their hands on classic home-style favorites. The restaurant is certainly nothing fancy, but the smells issuing from the grease traps, flat tops, and ovens are so intoxicating, you'll forget all about those creature comforts you might expect from more elegant eateries.

Naturally, we had to sample the "jumbo" bacon cheeseburger ($4.69). In a place like this, it's almost criminal not to. We were not disappointed — this burger is special. It's a no-nonsense, no-frills cheeseburger. They grind the beef in house. This fact is evident in the freshness and texture of the beef. This beef isn't the sort of compact, previously frozen mess you'd find at other inferior burger establishments. It's tender, flavorful, and almost crumbles when bitten into. It's delightful. The fixins' are standard but adequate. The cheese wraps the hot beef like a velvety blanket, infiltrating each nook and cranny of the loosely packed beef patty. The bacon was nothing to scoff at either, thick, crisp, and deliciously curled upon itself multiple times.

There are a handful of fried options on the menu that warrant your attention as well. We're not sure if we've ever eaten a deep-fried pork chop ($1.99) before visiting K. Hall. Sure, we've had pan-fried pork chops, but never one batter-dipped and deep-fried. The chop has a little more chew than what you'd get from fried chicken. It's not a knife-and-fork deal either — this chop is handheld in its design. And sitting on a street corner, with a chop in one hand and a Mexican Coke in the other — there's not a finer dining experience in Little Rock.

The fried chicken ($1.19) was adequate, but a bit dry. There was some inconsistency between pieces, some faring better texturally than others. But it was served piping hot, the skin was crispy, and the bird was better when doused in a bit of their hot sauce. We'd order it again — if they were out of fried pork chops.

We finished with a slice of their sweet potato pie ($1.99), which sat beside the cash register at checkout. It was buried in a small round bowl, wrapped in wax paper—we almost missed it entirely. Thank heaven we didn't. The pie was soft, creamy and sweet. We would have enjoyed taking our slice home and adding a dollop of whipped cream, but it was too tasty to delay consumption. It was gone before we even sat down.

We've yet to drop by on a "Seafood Saturday," but we hear they can't keep the food coming out fast enough. Here, when the season's right, you'll find a grand seafood bake when K. Hall is dishing up heaping piles of crawfish, crab legs, shrimp and lobster tail. This all comes stacked up alongside red potatoes, corn, and sausage. Not really a better way to satisfy your craving for crustacean.

Related Locations

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

People who saved…

Most Shared

  • How the South became dead red

    Good piece in Politico from Stanford sociology professor Doug McAdam on the roots of our modern partisan divide. McAdam tells the familiar story of how the South flipped, as yellow dog Democrats in the old Confederacy abandoned the party in the wake of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Fact-checkers unaninmous: Tom Cotton is a liar

    Tom Cotton has hit the fact-checking trifecta: All three major fact-checking operations says his ad blaming his vote against the farm bill on President Obama is dishonest.
  • Bill Clinton sounds caution on charter schools

    A singular voice, former president Bill Clinton, sounded a note of caution about charter schools in a speech in New York yesterday and thank goodness.
  • Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

    The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.
  • Police: NLR real estate agent missing after showing house in Scott

    The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is currently searching for a North Little Rock real estate agent whose husband reported her missing after she apparently disappeared while showing a house in Scott.

Latest in Dining Review

Event Calendar

« »

September

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30  
 

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation