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.
Bar Louie's casual atmosphere, marked by indoor and outdoor seating sprinkled with flat-screen TVs and artistic photography, surrounds a menu full of classic American cuisine. Kick-start lunch, available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the Italian Stallion pizza, where double sausage and pepperoni bathe in a marinara lake ($9.99). Turn midday munchies into an excuse to stamp flavor passports with the Four Tacos Plato served with black beans and rice ($12.49) or an exotic burger, such as the Southsider, topped with crumbled fried potatoes, sharp cheddar, Guinness mustard sauce, grilled onions, and bacon ($10.49). Bar Louie's brunch offerings, available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., include the Hangover Helper, a smattering of tater tots, chorizo, bacon, and queso sauce mixed and served with two eggs ($8.99), as well as elusive pancakes ($7.99) that are only available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or during simultaneous solar and lunar eclipses.
At The House, it’s always time for a good meal. The brunch, lunch, and dinner menus feature many variations on same delicious food, always starring the joints signature burgers, made with local, organic ingredients. Classic beef patties sport bourbon glazes and slices of black apple or a dusting of Guillermo’s espresso combined with thick mole sauce. The mac and cheese burger offers a unique set of double patties, the bottom beef and the top a lightly browned cake of breaded elbow noodles and cheese. Signature spicy bloody marys and a selection of craft beers wash down every meal.
Mallard's Bar echoes the era of classic cocktails with its shaken and stirred elixirs, refined pub fare, and decadent 19-page cigar menu. Bartenders muddle fizzy flavors into Brandon's Gin Collins with fresh-squeezed lemon, simple syrup, and a topper of tonic and fruit ($8). Dozens of premium liquors ($8) can be used as props in British secret-agent costumes, and sultry glasses of red wines ($8–$10) seduce lips with jammy hints of cherry, plum, and blackberry. Set a savory base for libation-laced interludes with selections from the bar menu, such as Southern fried chicken tenders dressed in honey-mustard duds ($9.95) or a capriccio hamburger outfitted with a half-pound Angus patty and seasoned fries ($10.50).
Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.
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.