April Good Tasting

What we've been eating this month

Salpicao over white rice topped with Batata Palha

03_cafebossanova_TCafe Bossa Nova, Little Rock

This Brazilian chicken salad with Fuji apples, sweet peas, carrots and herbs crowned with thin strips of fried potato has been a crowd favorite since this South American eatery opened in 2002. (2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Suite 203; (501) 614-6682)

Jerk chicken plate

03_jerkys_TJerky’s Spicy Chicken and More, Little Rock

The utterly captivating smells wafting up from the smokers in the parking lot of Arkansas’ first “Jamerican” restaurant may have drawn us in, but the savory jerk chicken and ribs had us coming back for lunch the very next day. (2501 S. Arch St.; (501) 246-3096)

Steamed Mussels with Tasso ham and tomatoes

06_southonmain_TSouth on Main, Little Rock

After this Southern eatery debuted a “bar bites” menu in Feb. featuring seven small dishes under $10, we’ve found ourselves wanting to spend a lot more time bellied up to their bar. (1304 S. Main St.; (501) 244-9660)

Crab cakes with chipotle remoulade

03_thebutchershop_TThe Butcher Shop, Little Rock

This small Memphis-rooted chain may be famous for its hickory-charcoaled steaks, but that just makes its bountiful golden-brown crab cakes an even more welcome surprise. (10825 Hermitage Road; (501) 312-2748)

Farmers’ Market grilled cheese

11_themaincheese_TThe Main Cheese, Little Rock

With sandwiches like this one—avocado, grape tomatoes, arugula and spinach aioli held together by gooey cheddar and Parmesan—this fromagerie is changing the way we think about grilled cheese.
(14524 Cantrell Road; (501) 367-8082)

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