Comfort's cooking at K Hall and Sons | Rock Candy

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Comfort's cooking at K Hall and Sons

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Fried pork chops
  • Fried pork chops

When one of the top chefs in the state tells you where you should go eat, you don't just blow him off. Where does someone who cooks all day, everyday, go for a brief respite from the heat of the stovetop? It's probably going to be something remarkable in order for such space to occupy a special place in said chef's heart. Such was the case with one of my more recent discoveries. I had the opportunity recently to pick the brain of South on Main superstar, Matt Bell, about the revitalization of the South Main area and some his favorite hidden gems and underrated restaurants in Little Rock. The name "K Hall and Sons" came up. I'd never ever heard of the place, but Bell swore it was one of his favorite burgers in the city. I am no stranger to burgers, I've eaten one or two in my lifetime. I was intrigued.

K Hall and Sons sits unassumingly along Wright Ave in the Dunbar Historic District. It's a neighborhood that's probably a little less traveled for most foodies around town. Many of the homes and buildings remain in a moderate state of disrepair. It's an area a long ways off from the gentrified digs one might find a few miles away on Main Street. But I've been a fan of this stretch of road for sometime—from Wright to Asher to Colonel Glenn. It's no secret that these parts house some of the most diverse menus alongside a plethora of solid stick-to-your-ribs home cooking.

K Hall and Sons functions as both as a small market and grocery store with a take-out restaurant within. Go during lunch and you’ll see swarms of folks lining up at the order counter to get their grubby hands on classic home style favorites.

Of course, I had to sample the bacon cheeseburger based on Bell’s recommendation. I was not disappointed—this burger is special. It's easy to see why the guy holds it in such high esteem. 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 is nicely melted and 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—it cracks and crumbles when bitten into.

Fried chicken
  • Fried chicken

There's a handful of fried option on the menu that warrant your attention as well. I’m not sure if I’ve ever eaten a deep-fried pork chop before visiting K Hall. I mean, sure, I’ve had fried pork chops, but never eaten a battered and fried chop like they do here. 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 cold beverage in the other—there’s not a finer dining experience in Little Rock.

The fried chicken was adequate, but a bit dry. In truth, 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 finished with a slice of their sweet potato pie, which sat nonchalantly beside the cash register at checkout. It was buried in a small round bowl, wrapped in wax paper—we almost missed it entirely. But I’m glad we didn’t. The pie was soft, creamy, and sweet with a touch of sweet potato flavor. 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.

Exploring some of Little Rock’s lesser-known neighborhoods often yields surprisingly good meals. This is not the first time I found myself wondering what it would take to help this part of town get the support and recognition it deserves. What will it take to make Wright Ave. the next rejuvinated culinary gem? Time will tell. But certainly there’s enough good eating for the time being to entice a few fearless foodies to come see what’s cooking.

K Hall and Sons: 1900 Wright Avenue, Little Rock, 501-372-1513 and 501-372-4433, Mon-Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sun 8 am - 3 pm.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Daniel Walker

  • The Kraft Mac & Cheese Food Hack

    Recently, we held another food hack competition, taking another childhood classic, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and tried to turn it on its head, creating something entirely new and unique. Again, the results were pretty awesome. The rules were simple: Use a whole box of mac and cheese, both noodles and cheese powder, and turn it into any sinister monstrosity imaginable. We had a vote via the Eat Arkansas Facebook page to crown a winner. Here's what was submitted:
    • Jul 30, 2014
  • Food Feedback Friday: The "We need your vote!" edition know the drill with Food Feedback. Tell us what you're eating this week and what you thought about it. I love to hear all the suggestions and I'm frequently looking back through your recommendations to determine my next meal. So share away! Happy weekend, y'all.
    • Jul 25, 2014
  • Looking in on the new Le Pops, now in the Heights

    Le Pops is a wonderful addition to the Heights neighborhood. Laurie Harrison is incredibly dedicated to her product, she still works here 7 days a week and is constantly experimenting in the kitchen to develop new flavors. Check them out the next time you need a cool down.
    • Jul 24, 2014
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Coming Monday: Little Rock Black Restaurant Week

    MoTown Monday is Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. Tasty Tuesday is Sims BBQ and Brewster's Soul Food Cafe. Wing Wednesday is Chicken King and Chicken Wangs. Soul Food Thursday is Lindsey's BBQ and Hospitality House and Food Truck Festival Friday is @station801. It's the first Black Restaurant Week.
    • Mar 8, 2017
  • New music from Isaac Alexander

    New music from Isaac Alexander.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • No Small Talk Ep. 8: Katy Henriksen, Springs Arts preview

    A packed episode this week of "No Small Talk": a chat with Katy Henriksen, from Of Note on KUAF; Stephanie Smittle breaks down the Spring Arts issue; and we finish up with just a tiny bit of Oscar chatter.
    • Mar 9, 2018

People who saved…


© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation