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You could probably count on two hands the number of Little Rock restaurants that are still in business after more than 30 years. Scallions is one of them. The restaurant, located in the Heights neighborhood at 5110 Kavanaugh, is still a popular lunch spot with an adoring fanbase of regulars. The current owners, husband and wife duo of Chip and Brandi Meadows, took over the restaurant four years ago from Rachael Crosby, niece of the original owner Bobbye Cazort. The two continue to maintain Scallions’ tradition of delivering an inviting dining experience through quality, consistent food and service.
“We both have years of restaurant experience, here in Little Rock and other markets. Brandi runs the kitchen, and I focus on front of the house operations. When we learned that Rachael would be willing to sell us Scallions, we were attracted by many things. It is a long-standing neighborhood lunch spot, has a great outdoor space, enjoys a loyal clientele, and is small enough that it would require us to work in it while not having to employ and manage a huge staff. Also, just being open for lunch meant we could focus our growth on dinner catering, both on-site at Scallions as well as off-site venues,” says Chip Meadows.
The aforementioned outdoor space is a huge draw for Scallions during the majority of the year.
“The centerpiece of Scallions is our courtyard patio that fills up quickly on pretty days. Summer has been very good to us with relatively mild lunchtime temperatures, and we’re hoping fall weather is right around the corner. We’ve added 22 seats to the patio over the past few years, and some days we wish we could fit even more. We’ve enjoyed hosting an array of different kinds of private events at Scallions, and the patio is always a big hit. In fact, we have already booked parties for just about every Saturday this fall, ranging from private dinner parties to wedding showers to engagement parties to birthday parties to Cotillion dinners for the youngsters. Fall is a great time of year for us on the patio at lunch, and catering and venue rentals really pick up as we head to the busy holiday season,” says Meadows.
And while a nice setting is important, the main draw for any diner is food. Fortunately, Scallions continues to churn out the classics. Throughout the years, the Chicken Salad Plate with Cheese Soup remains the most popular menu item. A large scoop of creamy chicken salad comes loaded with grapes and almonds, two ingredients that provide a perfect sweetness and crunch. The also popular Shrimp Salad is similar in nature, while that rich, velvety bowl of Cheese Soup is also a must-order. Whatever you do, make sure to get at least one of the subtly sweet poppy seed muffins.
And those items only scratch the surface of Scallions’ offerings.
“We’ve added the Stuffed Avocado full time to our menu after a successful run as a Special, and now the Stuffed Avocado with Chicken Salad is one of our best sellers. The new Grilled Salmon and Mango Salad with feta and toasted almonds has become a favorite salad choice. Also, our Turkey Pimento Bacon Club Sandwich featuring our house-made pimento cheese and the new Pastrami Melt with Brandi’s pickled coleslaw and spicy mustard have brought in more and more male customers and keeps them coming back,” says Meadows.
As is the case with other longtime Little Rock restaurants like Trio’s, The Faded Rose, and Brave New Restaurant, Scallions maintains its popularity with warm and friendly service to a nice mix of regulars and first-time customers.
“Scallions has always enjoyed the support of many neighborhood regulars, some of whom have been coming to Scallions since it opened. We also are fortunate to say that our average daily number of covers has grown consistently over the past four years and that growth is in increased visits from neighborhood regulars but also new, young families that have moved to the area. We have also seen an increase in the number of businessmen and women who come for business lunches or just a quick bite before heading back to the office.”
Here’s to another 30 years of serving up great lunches.
5110 Kavanaugh Blvd #3 (Little Rock)
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Closed Sunday
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