Now that spinach has been deemed a performance-enhancing vegetable, Popeye's future shortstop career hinges on his transition to jambalaya. Get a sailor's worth of energizing Southern cuisine with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale Southern cooking at Vieux Carre in Hillcrest. This Groupon is not valid for Sunday brunch or the purchase of alcohol.
Executive chef and general manager David Bennett, who received his formal training at the Le Cordon Bleu–affiliated Scottsdale Culinary Institute, wants patrons of Vieux Carre to experience the sounds and tastes of New Orleans's French Quarter without having to fire up the motorized tuba sitting in the garage. The imaginative menu is brimming with seasonal creations and old favorites. The delectable crab cakes sit atop crispy polenta and are served with remoulade and Creole sauces ($12), and a thick concoction of shrimp, crab, scallops, crawfish, and andouille sausage takes up residence on rice in the classic bayou stew, Jambalaya a la Jacey ($18). Stop in for lunch at Vieux Carre and experience the rosemary pork sandwich, made with succulent grilled pork loin and rosemary aioli on a warm hoagie roll ($9). The chef's daily pick of tantalizing desserts ($6) will have your sweet tooth crooning even sweeter songs of praise.
Vieux Carre's brightly lit dining room, with its wide windows and warm color scheme, has been remodeled to resemble the original 1915 design of the historic building, which once housed the Pulaski Heights Town Hall. This family-owned restaurant often features live music from its neighbor, the Afterthought Lounge. Take a break from penning your rock opera about the life cycle of the magnolia and feast on the fare of Vieux Carre.
- We had a wonderful meal, enjoyed the great jazz music and agreed this will be at the top of our list for dining in Little Rock! – NDakGirl, TripAdvisor
- The leeks were divine; the potatoes and carrots were fantastic as well. I highly recommend the crab cakes. They are phenomenal. Best in Little Rock, in my opinion. – Gastroferrum, Urbanspoon
After gigs in several well-respected Little Rock restaurants, David Bennett further honed his culinary skills at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute before opening Vieux Carre in January of 2006. David's parents and his wife Sarah greet patrons at the front of the house as he captains his culinary team as executive chef in the back, whipping up electric eats inspired by the cooking of New Orleans’ French Quarter, which fuses French, Italian, creole, and Cajun-style cuisine. Bennett serves his bistro fare in a historic Hillcrest space that was designed by lauded Little Rock architect Charles L. Thompson and once housed the Pulaski Heights town hall. Vieux Carre also hosts jazz brunches every Sunday, where feasts are paired with the jazz styles of Ted Ludwig on guitar and Joe Cripps on standing bass.