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Rock City Kitchen is Looking Good

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I am a sucker for a restaurant with a good view, and you will not find a better vantage point of our capitol building in Little Rock than peering out one of Rock City Kitchen’s expansive windows. The fast-casual eatery is serving up comfort food classics. And it’s literally just a stone’s throw from our most iconic building in Arkansas.

And, as I came to find out, the view was not the only good thing about Rock City Kitchen. A recent takeout lunch proved to be a positive experience, one in which I could find very little, if anything, to fault about one of the newer restaurants in town.

Rock City Kitchen

Rock City Kitchen’s menu is simple and straightforward, designed to cater to nearby, on-the-go workers. While I didn’t fall into this customer category, I did appreciate how quickly everything went from start to finish. Within minutes, I was in my car, enjoying some of the more popular items on the menu. Speaking of the menu, it is comprised of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, wings, and even a 2 or 3-piece catfish plate. I opted for the chicken salad wrap, cheeseburger, and a 6-piece wing plate.

The chicken salad was a hit, creamy and loaded up with shredded cheddar, lettuce, and red onions inside a tortilla. But it was the burger and wings that will inspire a return visit. The wings are battered and fried, then drizzled with a sweet barbeque sauce. Other sauce options include the popular Truth Sauce, Buffalo, lemon pepper, teriyaki sweet chili, or “Rock City,” the latter of which I still need to check on to see exactly what it is. For now, I am perfectly content with the sweet barbeque. And I appreciated how the restaurant went with a drizzle, rather than a toss. This allowed me to appreciate the crispiness of each wing, with the sauce acting as a true condiment.

The cheeseburger was just as delightful, thanks to the juicy Angus beef patty cooked to a perfect medium and covered in melted cheddar. All the standard fixings, like lettuce, tomato, pickles, and red onion, make an appearance, as does a side of waffle fries. Kudos for the restaurant’s choice in their cut of fries, as I am a huge fan of waffle fries. These had a nice, crispy outside with a soft, potato interior. Rock City Kitchen also does a Dessert of the Day. On this particular Friday, it was raspberry cheesecake with a thin graham cracker crust. The perfect ending to a delightful and satisfying meal.

Hopefully, my next visit to Rock City Kitchen will take place inside the restaurant, trying out some fried catfish and enjoying that lovely view of our capitol building.

Rock City Kitchen

Did You Know?

Rock City Kitchen also serves breakfast, with a 7-item menu featuring dishes like Quick Fix Breakfast Sandwich, Rock City Omelet, The Speedy Gonzalez (breakfast burrito), Rock City Breakfast Sandwich, and fresh fruit and oatmeal bowls.

Rock City Kitchen
1515 W 7th St (Little Rock)
Phone: 501-500-2015
Hours: Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and two daughters, Natalie (12) and Sydney (7). He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, seven years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for almost five years. During that time, he’s written for Little Rock Soiree, Rock City Eats, Treatsie, and Bourbon and Boots.

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