Fine dining is returning to the Ice House Revival space previously occupied by Andre’s, in Hillcrest on Kavanaugh Boulevard. Furneau’s has targeted Dec. 1 for its opening. The chef already was showing off some of the daring kitchen creations at a wine-and-dinner tasting hosted by the Arkansas Hospitality Association last week at the Statehouse Convention Center.
Celebrities is the new bar and restaurant (with a dance floor adjacent to the bar) that has opened in the Market Street Shopping Center where the defunct Tang’s was situated. Celebrities opened in late September, and its TV-filled bar features food offerings until late, including Hooters-style buffalo wings in a variety of heat levels and with blue cheese dressing and celery on the side.
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FADED ROSE Ed David’s built this Rebsamen Road restaurant, more or less identically, three times. The most recent construction job was the result of a fire. He doesn’t believe in changing a winning formula, so all your favorites are there, not to mention the usual big crowd, sure service and surprisingly fair prices for food this good. The filet was big and rare and tender. The snapper meuniere remains one of the city’s best seafood dishes, a huge crunchy filet with a lemon and browned butter sauce. (Dare we say it, the fish was a touch overcooked.) The soaked salad is still the preferred starter, though we have to confess we wanted more of a soaking than our serving got. Another starter of note: crabcakes. We’d have liked a little crisper finish on the two fat cakes, but nobody, and we mean NOBODY, puts as much sweet crabmeat and as little filler in their cakes as David does. The bloom isn’t off this Rose. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road (also 400 N. Bowman Road) 663-9734. LD $$-$$$. CC Full bar.
< b>MUD STREET CAFE Except for a lengthy wait for our food — attributable, we think, to the busy kitchen losing our order ticket — this place lived up to the locals’ suggestions that we MUST have breakfast here. Breakfast itself was terrific when it arrived, the tasty coffee flowed freely and the specialty drinks — we had a mocha and a latte — were perfect. Not just near-perfect; they were perfect. The restaurant sits below street level in this wonderful little town, and though it was a hopping Saturday morning, we had to wait only a couple of minutes for a table (one of our Eureka acquaintances, after the fact, told us we should have requested seating on a couch, and we’ll remember that next time). While the basic breakfast of scrambled eggs, ham, the recommended garlicky hashbrowns and toast ($7.95) was well received, the omelets drew the biggest raves. The Mexican-style omelet had just enough spiciness, while the cheese omelet was loaded with cheddar. The surprise was the cheese garlic grits, cut and shaped like polenta, and with a wonderful flavor. But back to our drinks, which we nursed while waiting on the food. The mocha came in one of those deep, extra-large cups and was covered in cold whipped cream that didn’t disappear in seconds, but provided a nice balance to the chocolate. The latte — steamed milk and espresso — was flavored with hazelnut. Ooo, la, la, our latte lover exclaimed. The cool furnishings and wall decorations added to the charm. The dessert counter was stunning; we wished we weren’t just having breakfast. Here’s to Mud Street Cafe. 22-G S. Main St., 479-253-6732. BL Mon.-Tue., Thu.-Sun. Closed Wed. $-$$ CC Full bar, espresso bar.
After the success of the Main Street Food Truck Festival last year, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership is organizing a regular event, Main Street Food Truck Fridays, scheduled to kick off Friday, April 13.