Roundup: Midnight snack

Move over, Nachos Bell Grande—we’re craving these local late-night bites

Taco Bell, we’re sorry. Much as we love you, we’re breaking up. It’s not you—it’s just that, well, we’ve learned there are local Little Rock spots that can cure our post-bar-crawl cravings with things like crabcake tortas and andouille sausage rolls. (OK, it is you.)

Closest to The River Market

Dugan’s cheese-covered Irish chips (basically, cheese-dip-smothered fries) and Twinkie-sized mozzarella sticks are in stumbling distance from most downtown watering holes. Best part? The pub-y fare still tastes good when you’re stone-cold sober. (Kitchen open till midnight on weekends; duganspublr.com)

Best for lighter bites

If you tend to lean more ceviche than slider, you’ll appreciate The Fold Botanas & Bar’s super-fresh guac, citrus-spiked jicama and Mexican street corn. And if you’re not counting calories, there’s always that aforementioned crabcake torta and bang-up burritos. (Kitchen open till 11 p.m. on weekends; thefoldlr.com)

Place where you’re most likely to linger

At The Pantry West and The Pantry Crest, owner Tomas Bohm has created homey environments that ooze hospitality. The fact that we still think about his bistros’ pommes frites and bacon-wrapped dates for days after devouring them just adds to our affection for the guy. (Kitchen open till midnight on weekends; littlerockpantry.com)

Best place for insomniacs

One of the best burgers in town can be yours until close (5 a.m.!) at recently revived SoMa darling Midtown Billiards. Sister bar Four Quarter across the river in Argenta serves treats like smoked-pork chimichangas and gravy-soaked poutine till 1:30 a.m. (facebook.com/midtown-billiards; fourquarterbar.com)

Best for summer evenings

That patio, though—Ciao Baci’s biggest draw is its outdoor space, tucked in a grove of old trees strung with lights. Also irresistible: the fried calamari (as in, we’ve been snacking on it for nearly two decades) and the Creekstone-beef burger. (Kitchen open till midnight on weekends; ciaobaci.org)

Best if you want to keep drinking

We’re just going to admit it: Much as we love the burgers (and we, like, really do), we come to Big Orange for the cocktails. The fact that we can get our Negroni with a side of truffle fries doesn’t hurt. Bonus: Cocktails are $5 during “reverse happy hour” from 9 p.m. to midnight. (Kitchen open till 11 p.m. on weekends; bigorangeburger.com)

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