“Moe’s knows burritos,” the sign says, and along with burritos, there are tacos, quesadillas, nachos, fajitas and more on the menu at the new Moe’s Southwest Grill, 4834 North Hills Blvd. in North Little Rock. Beer and frozen margaritas are the drink offerings, and Moe’s also features a salsa bar, a kid’s menu and catering. Our source checked out Moe’s last week and found the burritos “huge and delicious,” with marinated steak rather than ground beef for the filling. The nachos also got a thumbs-up. The ingredients all appeared fresh, and Moe’s claims to not use lard or animal fat in its cooking.
The phone number is 812-5577. The website is www.moes.com.
ROGUE’S MANOR This comfortable, dimly-lit and old European-style restaurant, with its friendly but unobtrusive wait staff, is a great place to enjoy a romantic dinner. We had appetizers of curried seafood chowder and potted montrachet. The chowder — creamy tomato and curry with salmon, scallops and shrimp — was delicious and the best thing we had (you can order it as a main course). The tasty potted montrachet was a spread of goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives and herbs, accompanied by toasted bread. For main courses, we chose one of the house specialties, bonsai chicken, strips of chicken, red bell peppers, green onion, mushroom over linguini with a spicy peanut sauce. The sauce was advertised as hot but wasn’t so much. Still, the large serving was very good and creamy, and it came with bread freshly baked in a ceramic bowl. Our other entree was pan-fried sea bass with mashed potatoes and julienne vegetables. The lightly breaded and seasoned fish was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The potatoes and vegetables served as accompaniments. As the night’s capper, we split a serving of bread pudding — the real kind, all sweet and gooey and chockfull of nuts and raisins, and made from the restaurant’s homemade bread. Whipped cream and sauce came on the side. Simply put, this was great food in gorgeous surroundings. 124 Spring St., 479-253-4911. D Wed.-Sun. $$-$$$ CC Full bar.
BRICK HOUSE GRILL They have great potato soup, spicy, with chunks of skin-on potatoes floating in it, and bacon sprinkled on top. The six-ounce burgers are impressive (and filling) too, especially as they come with real, fresh-cut french fries. The prime rib was perhaps a little gristly, but the salad greens were fresh, the service attentive and the selection of wines by the glass larger than you might expect. It’s a comfortable sort of place, not loud or pretentious, and very convenient for patrons of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. 801 Central Ave., Suite 24 (Spencer’s Corner), 501-321-2926 LD Mon.-Sat. $$-$$$ CC Full bar.
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