Eat This Street: Don’t Go Hungry Out West Eat These Local Options in Chenal

Whether you live out West, work in Chenal, or find yourself nearby on the weekend after hiking Pinnacle, you’ll need to stop for a bite at some point. Thankfully, the number of good local food along Chenal and the side streets options are on the rise. We’ve highlighted a few for you the next time you find yourself wondering where to go to satisfy your tastebuds.
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Honey Pies went quickly from a popular stand at food truck meetups to their brick-and-mortar, they now are constantly producing some of Rock City’s best desserts. Since claiming their new space, they have truly gone above and beyond the pie with the addition of coffee, breakfast, and even take-and-bake options, as well. Owner Sharon Woodson knows what she’s doing, especially when it comes to her Chocolate Fudge Brownie pie.
Offering some of the best burgers in town, Big Orange West boasts of a more family friendly vibe than its Midtown counterpart. Fear not, however, as the location still offers a killer beer list, cocktails, and boozy shakes. Stop in for lunch or dinner, try the State Fair Fries, and munch on the monthly special burger-of-the-moment.
When Local Lime first opened their doors in 2012, you were likely to wait a good two-and-half hours before sitting down to eat. Even now the hype hasn’t entirely died down, and for good reason. If you want a seriously solid Margarita, stop by the bar and place your order. You have to at least three of their salsas – verde included – before trying a taco or two. True aficionados live for the specials here – especially anything including hatch chiles.

For those craving Asian cuisine, check AW Lin’s. You can try sushi, Chinese and Thai food, all under one roof. Plus, the restaurant can fit most every need from a quick lunch to a more slow-paced, indulgent dinner. They also have an excellent bar to help keep your dinner lively.
It’s a bit of a trek to Milford Track if you’re not already stationed in one of the many office buildings on Executive Center Drive. It’s worth it, as the deli offers breakfast and lunch, with solid sandwich options, but you absolutely have to try the pasta. Mixing the flavors with the many sauces will satisfy your tastebuds. Pro tip: Order your food ahead of time and enjoy it on the patio outside – the lake and nearby geese will have you feeling eons away from the workday.
If you’re craving a steak and you’re ready to indulge, stop by Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse. The restaurant consistently puts out some of the best cuts of meat in town, and provides a quality atmosphere to go along with it. If sushi is more of your thing, don’t miss Oceans at Arthurs next door. Think fresh, and from oysters to the sushi bar, you’ll definitely get your seafood fix taken care of. Pro tip, if you can’t decide on which to eat, you can order off either menu from both restaurants.
Star of India is my go-to when I need samosas and naan in my life. An excellent choice for the indecisive diner, they have a killer lunch buffet at a great value, plus Indian cuisine is heavily vegetarian friendly, and their dishes don’t disappoint.
 If you want selection and quality Thai, Zangna Thai Cuisine is for you. The menu is huge –covering every type of Pahd dish imaginable, rice and noodles, as well as a fair few curries. In fact, you have to try the curry here at least once – they’re creamy, perfectly seasoned, and an all-around A +.

Sometimes all you need is a burger and fries, and David’s Burgers on Bowman can give you exactly that. You won’t get anything less than fresh, quality beef – a founding motto that ties back to the original “Butcher Boy” himself. Don’t skimp on the fries, which are actual stand-alone pieces of goodness.
 You might miss Pho Thanh My on an initial drive-by, what with it’s hole-in-the-wall vibe and easy-to-miss Shackleford location. But. It’s some of the best pho in the city, and well worth a trip or two. The eatery also boasts of a variety of Vietnamese dishes including banh mi sandwiches and bubble tea. The staff is always super friendly, making the place a definite foodie destination.
 For a cozy, lively setting, head to Lulu’s Latin Rotisserie and Grill. The food is excellent, and you’ll be hard pressed to hear anyone complaining about their specialty – Pollo a la Brasa – or South American Style Rotisserie Chicken. Pair it with any one of the available sauces, and you’re good to go. The empanadas are also a hit – get your favorite filling and share it with the table or keep it all to yourself.
Don’t forget about The Butcher Shop and Steakhouse. The steak shop is a bit of an institution in Little Rock, and everything is cooked over hickory charcoal. If you are feeling a bit adventurous the shop will still allow you to cook your own steaks over the grill in the back, perfect for a dinner out with friends.
Few spots in Little Rock do Asian Fusion like Kiyen’s Seafood Steak and Sushi. Tucked in the back of the Centre on Chenal shopping center they do a lot of great sushi, fusion dishes, steaks and seafood that make for a great variety. They recently removed the hibachi grills from the spot, but several of the favorite hibachi style dishes are still on the menu as well.
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