With a reputation that includes titles such as the "Pie Guy" and "The Man Who Made 100 Different Pies in One Night," it's no great surprise that Chris Monroe—a dedicated pie lover and enthusiast—runs Hunka Pie. Open since 2007, the restaurant is dedicated to small-batch and handcrafted pies that boast flaky, hand-rolled crusts and are made without the preservatives found in big-batch bakeries. Equipped with the childhood pie memories and experience of growing up with three generations of pie makers, Chris claims the "largest selection of handcrafted pie in Arkansas." And judging from his list, he may be right. Interesting flavors such as chocolate hazelnut baklava and peach with rum glaze pop out alongside classic combinations such as southern pecan and key lime.
But though Chris and Hunka Pie specialize in pie, they also bring their A-game to breakfast, lunch, and dinner food, as well. They tout classic and creative burgers made with a third-pound of ground beef, some seasoned with secret spices, and others with more exotic flavors. The bombay burger adds garam masala to the mix, and the turkey burger's patty is seasoned with herbs. And though the restaurant was once relegated to a small drive-in counter, the restaurant's new digs invite patrons to sit and relax in the classic chrome and red of a former diner.
The chefs at Lemongrass Asian Bistro stir-fry flavorful entrees, vegetarian noodles, and rice, and roll fresh sushi—some of the myriad dishes of authentic Asian cuisine on an extensive menu. Chicken, snow peas, mushrooms, and carrots practice their backstroke in the moo goo gai pan's white-wine sauce ($8.45–$9.95), and the Ten Tigers lets crispy jumbo shrimp rub elbows with garlic and dried chili ($16.95). A lengthy roster of sushi options tempts tongues with classic and exotic varieties, such as the Sunset—tuna tartare and crab salad tidily enveloped in pink soy paper ($12.95). Like a parental-advisory warning on a Hall & Oates CD, the menu’s labeled spicy dishes indicate what may be too hot to handle.
The dough doyens at Za Za Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co. draw from a menu of authentic Italian eats, sizzling up Napoli-style wood-fired pizza, mixing fresh salads with locally sourced ingredients, and crafting house-made gelato from scratch. Guests can kick off their evening of chewing, chatting, and cowabungaing over a Perella pizza slathered with goat cheese, prosciutto, and garlic atop a crust made with imported Italian low-gluten flour ($12), or the tangy barbecue shrimp pizza with scallions and wood-oven roasted shrimp ($12.50). Otherwise, delve into one of the dozen specialty salads, including the asian salad blended with chicken tenders, mandarin oranges, and wonton crisps ($9.25), or mount a one-sided staring contest with the chefs as they blend custom salads tableside ($5.25 + $0.50–$4/ingredient). A scoop of silky gelato, which is made fresh in-house every morning ($3.75 for a small), joyously arrives at tables to conclude hearty nosh fests.
Rich Hicks and Todd Istre are the masterminds behind many a national food concept—from Rich's southwestern taco at Tin Star to Todd's spicy seafood dishes at Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen. When the duo joined forces to create Mooyah, however, they cleared the tortillas and crawdads from their mind in order to focus on formulating a quintessential American burger.
Today, within scores of Mooyah locations throughout the nation, chefs bustle behind counters, grilling up burgers in accordance to Todd and Rich's formula. Cooks pile lean-beef, turkey, and veggie patties onto white or wheat buns before loading on cheeses and toppings of bacon, fried onion, and avocado. Meanwhile, freshly cut potatoes simmer in fryers, and blenders whirl with ice-cream shakes. Out in the dining room, tabletops and booths sit atop checkered floors beneath walls of chalkboards, where customers can write messages or draw portraits of what they wished they looked like, could they only grow a beard.
When you stay at Holiday Inn Little Rock-Airport-Conference Center in Little Rock, you'll be near the airport and close to MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park. This hotel is within close proximity of William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park and William J. Clinton Presidential Library.
Make yourself at home in one of the 201 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, as well as direct-dial phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on recreational opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and a concierge desk.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Breakfast is available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and a computer station. Planning an event in Little Rock? This hotel has 11804 square feet (1062 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.
A waiter, hands full of fresh avocado, peppers, and tomatoes, approaches the table. He expertly slices and stirs the ingredients in a lava-stone bowl with the nimble precision of a seasoned chef. Along with whipping up fresh guacamole prepared tableside, Santo Coyote cooks also grill sizzling fajitas, bake spicy seafood specialties, and roll freshly made tortillas that have been lauded by the Arkansas Times at two locations, with one recently opened on Pleasant Ridge Road. Meanwhile, bartenders blend their staggering selection of more than 100 tequilas into specialty margaritas beneath the metal sun sculptures that adorn the walls.