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Taking Care of Business at The Meteor


Most, not all, of my food writing takes place in the confines of the home. However, a couple of times a month, I do enjoy banging away at the old keyboard in a coffee shop.

That’s where The Meteor comes into the picture.

Over the past year, a fair number of the articles you’ve read by me were written at this establishment, a space which is half coffeehouse and half bike shop. I’m no bike enthusiast, so you can probably guess which side of the shop I’m usually found. The interior of The Meteor pops with that look so many of us have grown to love over the past few years. Exposed ceiling beams, brick walls, and ductwork blend seamlessly with hardwood flooring, enormous windows, and industrial finishes. A nice mix of background music and customers coming and going, along with those, like me, intensely focused on their laptops, make for the perfect writing environment.

While I almost always order a regular cup of coffee, rest assured the shop has a variety of coffee and tea drinks made by a team of talented baristas ably trained to handle any order thrown at them. The Meteor uses Intelligentsia Coffee, in part due to the fact that one of its co-founders, Doug Zell, is also a co-founder of the coffee shop, but also because the coffee is quite good.

Along with the coffee, a freshly baked blueberry muffin typically ends up on my table. It’s the perfect complement to my java, but so too is the carrot cake muffin or any one of the delicious scones resting by the register. If I’m at The Meteor during lunchtime and feeling hungry, I’ve been known to order either The Zell, a delicious turkey sandwich with arugula, jicama, shaved Parmesan, and jalapeno raspberry spread or the Chicken Pesto, which includes avocado, mixed greens, tomato, and mozzarella.

The Meteor offers a full breakfast menu, complete with a variety of tacos, biscuits, and toasts, as well a limited lunch menu of sandwiches and salads. The avocado toast seems to be a wildly popular item. I have noticed what seems to be hundreds of orders walk by my table over the past several months. On Saturday and Sunday, folks can take advantage of the shop’s “Weekend Wake-Up Menu” from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with options like waffles, toasts, breakfast sandwiches, fried eggs, biscuits, and mimosas.

As for me?

I’ll pass on the mimosas in favor of that smooth coffee and a few nibbles of my muffin. Remember, I have to keep my mind sharp so I can finish this article.

Did You Know?

The Meteor has a new rooftop beer garden that opened just a few weeks back. Keep an eye out on social media for Happy Hour specials on beer and wine. The shop also offers an “All Day” menu, which includes yogurt with granola, mixed berries, and toast with blueberry or raspberry compote.

The Meteor
1001 Kavanaugh Blvd (Little Rock)
Phone: (501) 664-7765
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-8 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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  1. […] my line of work, I am no stranger to local coffee shops, and in some cases, they even act as a workplace from time to time. Little Rock’s coffee scene is in the middle of an uptick in popularity, and […]

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