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.
The decorative photographs and hand-placed tiles in Bar Louie may emanate a cosmopolitan elegance, but, at the core, the bar persists as a local establishment known for its signature martinis. The Pom Peche and S’Mores martinis represent just a fraction of a libation list longer than Rapunzel's motorcade; this list also includes margaritas and mojitos, beer, and wine. The food menu fills space left after cocktails with traditional American eats, including the Louie Burger, topped with grilled onion, provolone cheese, and spicy giardiniera sauce, and beer-battered fish 'n' chips.
At W.T. Bubba's, the decor has the gleeful clutter of a neighborhood yard sale or a friend’s basement. Moose antlers hanging over the bar, as though they were a tangible trophy from the Big Buck World machine in the arcade. A trailer adorned with Christmas lights flickers, punctuating the wailing slide guitars and meandering bass of country music, whether it's coming from live bands every weekend or karaoke. Line dancing helps build up appetites for slow-smoked pulled-pork sandwiches and a sliders trio that includes a smoked burger with bourbon onions.
Sporting 4,000 Christmas lights and conversation-sparking quotes upon its freshly black interior, this Little Rock stalwart has been rechristened with an abbreviated name and a Prohibition-themed ambiance. Choose from a creamy cornucopia of American, cheddar, pepper jack, or swiss cheeses to top your house burger served with potato chips ($5.95) while rocking to the racket of local bands, which appear on select nights. Subterranean patrons can savor Welsh chicken served atop a hoagie roll, which comes smothered in hot pepper cheese sauce and further accosted with fried onions ($6.95). The balance of the bar menu proffers myriad other fried fare, not to mention a guarantee of tasty times and absolutely no attacks from sentient flatware.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality, spiced Italian preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the spicy shrimp and chicken, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.