fbpx
Close

Uh oh...

It appears that you're using a severely outdated version of Safari on Windows. Many features won't work correctly, and functionality can't be guaranteed. Please try viewing this website in Edge, Mozilla, Chrome, or another modern browser. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused!

Read More
Close
Central Little Rock
Get directions
Central Food 0

The Fold is the Place to Be

T

The Fold’s ascent in the Little Rock food scene has been a fun one to watch, but also one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Raduno, which is under the same ownership, has been on an upward trajectory as well for the past couple of years.

It’s hard to imagine two restaurants doing a better job navigating the rough terrain throughout a global pandemic. For The Fold, that includes special dinners, a ramp-up of an already dynamic social media presence, and the physical updates throughout the restaurant–the most pronounced being an outdoor tent area that I imagine will now become a permanent fixture at the restaurant. But as nice as all these things are, ultimately, the food is what powers the ship. So, after two recent visits, I am happy to report there’s a lot to like.

Start your meal off with an order each of the Habanero Queso, Salsa Roja, guacamole, and Street Corn Dip to share amongst friends. The queso is fairly mild in flavor, so don’t be intimated by the threat of heat, and it’s a touch thicker in consistency than many around the area. It’s truly some of the very best queso/cheese dip I’ve come across in my nine years of living in Arkansas. The Street Corn Dip comes with a tostada topped with fresh corn, jalapenos, guacamole, queso fresco, pepitas, and cilantro, and, as we quickly discovered, there’s even a layer of “bonus guac” (credit goes to my buddy for that term) under the tostada. This acts as a base, holding up the impressive tostada in an impressive act of food architecture.

Tacos, although small in size, are a big part of The Fold’s menu. I suggest ordering the Taco Plate, which comes with three. The chicken tinga, chorizo potato, and Diablo shrimp are good options. And while the tacos are fun to eat, the crown jewel of the menu is the Steak Burrito. If you go to The Fold only one time and order only one item, get the steak burrito. A flour tortilla is packed with sliced steak, mushrooms, and caramelized onions. Then it’s grilled on the flat top and finished with a dousing of the queso, pico, and queso fresco. It’s a vision.

Those with a sweet tooth will want to save a little room for an order of house-made churros. The donut sticks are crisp on the outside with a soft, chewy interior. The restaurant is conservative with the sugar coating, instead relying on the accompanying side of honey for a punch of sweetness.

The Fold also does a fabulous job with cocktails, especially with any of its margarita offerings. And if you’re a brunch person, try out the huevos rancheros on the weekend. This mountain of food is unlike any huevos rancheros you’ve had in the past, with two sunny-side-up eggs, smoked pork, rice, refried beans, pickled onions, and pico. It’s a fun dish. In fact, most everything at The Fold is fun. Cheers to this lively restaurant.

The Fold: Botanas & Bar
3501 Old Cantrell Rd (Little Rock)
Phone: 501-916-9706
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Closed Monday

 

Meet the
author.

Learn more about .

A little about .

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.

Read more stories by Kevin Shalin

 

Visit Kevin Shalin’s Website

Like this story? Read more from Kevin Shalin

0
0
0
0
1
1

Join the Conversation

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Submit a photo

We select one featured photo per week, but we show many more in our gallery. Be sure to fill out all the fields in order to have yours selected.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, Max. file size: 5 MB.
Regions Topics
Social

What are you looking for?

Explore Arkansas

Central Arkansas

Little Rock, Conway, Searcy, Benton, Heber Springs

Northwest Arkansas

Fayetteville, Bentonville, Springdale, Fort Smith

South Arkansas

Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, Arkadelphia

Explore by Topic

[type='email']
[type='email']
[type='text']
[type='text']