Thursday, December 23, 2010

Congrats to Winner of Holiday Gift Certificate Give-Away

Congrats to Brent C. Gilbert - winner of this week's trivia. No one got all three questions right so we went with two. Here are the answers: come Jan. 14th - we'll be going into the third year for Pam's Picks, believe it or not. The very first restaurant featured was Big Whiskey's. The segment runs during Live at Five.

Brent wins:  a gift certificate for two  to enjoy a meal at this week's feature, The Pantry;  gift certificate to the Hilton Garden Inn; a prize pack featuring a custom custard cake to Shake's;  gift certificate to Chang's Thai Restaurant ; a gift certificate to Orange Leaf  and gift certificates to TCBY - valued at about $250.

Want to take this time to say a special "thank you" to all who have supported this segment over the past two years.  I'm told we've aired over 100 episodes!!!!  I enjoy giving you a peek inside a few of the great restaurants and sharing the sidebar stories about the chefs and/or owners.  Hope you've enjoyed the ride, almost as much as I have - since I get to sample first.:)



In this season of hope and thanksgiving - I wish you and your families a wonderful and safe holiday season!!!! 

Pam

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Trivia Questions

                                                         Happy Holiday's Everyone!!!!!


Since you've been so nice this year...Santa has a special treat for you, provided that you can answer a few simple trivia questions.  All correct answers will be entered in a drawing for a holiday prize pack valued at more than $200 which takes place tomorrow on MidDay.  Come on, you know it's worth it.  So put on your thinking caps... and go back to the very first time KATV started featuring Pam"s Picks.  Here you go...

1)  What year is the Pam's Picks restaurant segment entering:  2, 3, 5 or 7?

2) What was the first restaurant featured:  Izzy's,  Fantanstic China, 1620 or Big Whiskey's?

3) In which news program does Pam's Picks air (OK, so at least one of these is fairly easy :) ):  MidDay, 6pm, 5 pm or Good Morning Arkansas?

Answer these questions correctly and you could be enjoying a meal at the Pantry along with some other restaurant goodies.......leave your answers here or on Facebook.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Congrats to Winner of Gift Certificates to Lulav in Little Rock and Flying Burger in Magnolia

Congrats to Christina Grantham -  winner of  the tapas and wine party at Lulav in Little Rock and Susan Medina - winner of gift certificate to the Flying Burger in Magnolia. 

Special thanks to all who continue to watch and participate each week.  We'll have a nice give away in honor of Christmas and New Year's Eve coming up... so be sure to tune in!!!!

Until Next Time,
Bon Appetit
Pam

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Trivia Question for Flying Burger

Wanna Try It?
Answer the Trivia Question Below



Famous Fresh Burgers - Namesake


Flying Burger Crew Plus One :)

                                                             Crispy Tilapia Tacos


                                                  Blackened Tilapia Salad with Dill Sauce


Answer the question below for a chance to win a gift certificate to Flying Burger in Magnolia and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.

Trivia:

How many restaurants has owner Robert Smith opened over the course of his career?

By the way, Flying Burger is opening a restaurant in El Dorado in April.  Stay tuned......

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Trivia Question for Lulav - A Modern Eatery, Little Rock

                                             Executive Chef Robert Henthorn Presents:
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Unfortunately, the lobster dinner was last week... but giving you something to think about for next year... it's usually held at the end of November or early December. 

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To win a chance for a meal at Lulav, answer the trivia question below. All correct answers will be entered in a drawing held tomorrow on MidDay.

Trivia:

How many varieties of wine does Lulav carry?


By the way, Lulav gets its name from its original chef who offered a Kosher menu.  The name basicially means the harvest.  But owner Matt Lile likes to refer to it as meaning good food - good times.!

Lulav is open for breakfast and lunch five days a week; dinner seven days a week.  Price Range: $10-30 plus.  Fresh fish flown in daily, wine dinners offered regularly and wine tastings on Wednesday - 8 for $8.
Limo service available for about $10 pp.

Inside the historic Mathis Building; 220 W. 6th
(501) 374-5100
LULAVEATERY.COM

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Congrats to Winner of Gift Certificate to Great American Grill

Thanks to all of you who fatithfully tune in each Wednesday to catch 'Pam's Picks.'  Please keep watching.  Just in time for Christmas - will have a nice give-away and I want you to have a chance to win. 
Meanwhile, congrats to Michael Elliott of Sherwood who won the $50 gift certificate to Great American Grill.  The pic above is of their amazing baked apple with caramel pecan sauce (made in-house)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Trivia Question for The Great American Grill

Wanna Try It?
The Great American Grill
4100 Glover Lane, NLR (Inside the Hilton Garden Inn)


Baked Apple with Caramel Pecan Sauce


                                                           Chicken Wellington

Answer the question below for a chance to win meal for two to The Great American Grill, NLR  and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.



Trivia:



Name the local restaurants where Chef Ed House worked prior to The Great American Grill.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Going Whole Hog at Whole Hog But They do Turkeys Too - Answer Trivia Question



Answer the question below for a chance to win a  Four-Pak to Whole Hog Cafe - NLR, 5107 Warden Road and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.


Trivia:

What are the three steps Whole Hog Cafe uses to cook its brisket?



*****
Remember, if you're going to check them out - do it Friday, they're closed Thanksgiving Day.

http://www.wholehogcafe.com/

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Answer Trivia Question for Free Lunch to Grider Field Airport Restaurant, Pine Bluff




                                                                Want to try some?



Answer the Trivia question below for your chance to win lunch-for-two to Grider Field Airport Restaurant, 709 Hangar Row, off Highway 65 in Pine Bluff and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.






Trivia Question:


What does cold-dipping mean for the cooks at Grider and on what item is this technique used? 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Congratulations - Ellen Busch, Winner of $100 dollar gift certificate to Cantina Laredo

Submitted by Janice Brown
Queso

1/2 stick butter

4 T flour



1 t paprika

1 t chili powder

1 t ketchup

1/2 t dry mustard

1/2 t cumin

1/2 t pepper sauce



2 cups milk

1/2 lb Velveeta cheese

1/2 t red pepper

1/2 t garlic powder



Melt butter in a sauce pan then mix in flour; cook 1 minute until paste-like.



Add in paprika - pepper sauce ingredients; mix thoroughly.



Add in rest of the ingredients; cook together until thick; stir constantly so it does not burn.


Janice Brown
Conway, AR



Queso Dip

Submitted by Ellen Busch - Winner Selected by Cantina Laredo

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup chopped yellow onion

1 teaspoon Mexican chili powder

1 cup chopped seeded tomato

2 teaspoons minced garlic

8 ounces white Cheddar cheese (1/2 pound), shredded (about 2 cups)

8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese (1/2 pound), shredded (about 2 cups)

1 10 oz cup canned, chopped mild or hot green chiles

3 tablespoons sour cream

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon ground white pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt



Cooking Directions:



Heat the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until hot.

Add the onion and chili powder and cook, stirring, until soft.

Stir in the tomato and garlic and cook, stirring, for another 2 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the cheeses and chiles. Cook, stirring constantly, until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the sour cream, cilantro, white pepper, and salt.

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.


Ellen Busch


Submitted by Lynann Papan
6 8-oz blocks of cream cheese


8 oz of shredded Monterey jack cheese

2 cans Rotel

1 lb of spicy ground sausage

1 lb of regular ground sausage

(Sometimes I use taco meat instead of sausage.)



Brown the sausage. Add the cheeses and melt. Add the Rotel. Heat for 20 minutes or so. Serve with tortilla chips. It is YUMMY!



Thanks!

Lynann Papan


Submitted by Tommie Parker
Monterey Jack cheese-2cups shredded


Chedder Cheese- 1 cup shredded

1clove garlic-chopped

1teaspoon oregano(I like more)

1teaspoon cumin (I like more)

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1pepper-chopped (your choice of pepper)

1tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/2 teaspoon basil

1 cup diced tomatoes in juice (16 oz)

Melt butter & oil in large pan, low-medium heat, add the garlic, pepper,add the tomatoes, herbs, cheeses. Heat slowly, melt & mix ingredients. Top with chopped tomatoes, shallots, capers & sunflower seeds. Serve with favorite chips, crackers, tortillas.

Tommie Parker

Submitted by Kevin Hamman
1/2 stick butter


4 Tbsp flour

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp pepper sauce

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp garlic

1 Tbsp ketchup

dash of tabasco sauce

2 cups milk

1/2 pound American Cheese



Melt the butter and then mix in flour. Add remaining ingredients and mix then add cheese and melt. Enjoy!


Kevin Hamman




Submitted by Elizabeth Kellett
Ingredients:
1 lb Velvetta cheese chopped into small squares 1can Rotel 1can Rotel blended in a blender to juice consistency Cumin powder to taste

In a large bowl mix first 3 ingredients together and microwave 3-4 minutes at a time stirring in between. Melt completely and add cumin powder to taste. Stir well and serve hot with tortilla chips. Yum

Simple but a family favorite.

Thanks,
Elizabeth Kellett

 
 
Submitted by Mitch
2 cans of rotel


1 packet of dry taco seasoning

1 block of mexican velveeta cheese

1/2 pound of hamburger meat

Slice cheese into cubes. Combine the 2 cans of rotel (with juice for extra kick) with the cheese in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave the cheese/rotel mixture for 2 minutes, then stir. Repeat the process until cheese is all melted. Brown hamburger meat and drain grease. Add in the dry taco seasoning along with a half cup of water. Place the cooked seasoned hamburger meat in the melted cheese. Done!

*Diced habaneros can be added to the dip to give it a super kick!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Trivia Question for Cantina Laredo




Ok... because the prize is so generous this week - sorry guys, gotta make you work a little harder for it.  Here's the deal...please shoot me (written) your best queso recipe (cheese dip).... and the experts at Cantina Laredo will pick the winner.  Just leave the written recipe in the comment box at the bottom of this blog or you can email it to me: psmith@katv.com.  Believe you me, it will be worth it - $100 gift certificate.  You can eat a whole lot of fajitas for that amount.  :)  Ok... get typing.  Winner will be announced on MidDay Show as soon as winning recipe is selected.  Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Answer Trivia Question for Free Breakfast/Brunch to B-side in WLR

Beignets and Lemon Curd

Biscuit Bridge

Bacon-Wrapped French Toast or French Toast Kabobs


Looks Yummy Doesn't It?
Want to try some?

Answer the Trivia question below for your chanceto win a meal for two to B-Side Restaurant in the Market Place Shopping Center, 11121 North Rodney Parham, Little Rock (Next door to Lilly's Dim Sum) and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.




Trivia Question:

B-side does something different to its grits - what is it?

Monday, November 1, 2010

AY Magazine's 2010 Celebrity Chef Cook-Off


Be sure to check out the Celebrity Chef Cooking Competition this Thursday at Pulaski Technical College (November 4 - 6:30 pm) in the Campus Center Grand Hall. 
Tickets are $50 and benefit the Culinary Arts program at Pulaski Tech. 

So much fun last year... plus the food is aweseme.  Hope to see you there.  For more information, check out  aymag.com/go/cookoff.  AY Magazine's 2010 Celebrity Chef Cook-Off


Nov. 4, 2010 • 6:30 pm

Pulaski Technical College • Campus Center Grand Hall

3000 West Scenic Drive • North Little Rock

Please order tickets by calling 501.244.9700

Tickets: $50 per person

Dress: business casual • Open bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres



Seating is limited. Proceeds from the evening will benefit The PTC Foundation Arkansas Culinary School Fund in honor of John and Debbie Barnes.


Enjoy a lovely evening as these celebrity chefs prepare recipes submitted in our 2010 Reader Recipe Contest: David Bennett of Vieux Carre, Brian Deloney of Maddie’s Place, Donnie Ferneau of Ferneau Restaurant, Timothy Morton of 1620 Restaurant, Ted Roman of Arlington Hotel and Tandra Watkins of Capital Hotel. Event judges will be Mark Abernathy of Loca Luna & Red Door Bistro, Faith Anaya of KidsCook Arkansas, Peter Brave of Brave New Restaurant, Todd Gold of Purple Cow and Mary Twedt of KUAR’s “Arkansas Cooks.”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Trivia Question for free lunch at Perciful's Famous Hot Dogs

If you're a child of the 50's and 60's, you probably remember Perciful's Footlong Hot Dogs. Now's your chance to relive those memories of yesteryear... or for inductees to get a bite for the first time.




Answer the question below for a chance to win a meal for two to Perciful's in Little Rock, 20400 Arch Street Pike, near East End, (Across the street from Harvest Foods) and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.

Trivia Question:
What is unique about Perciful's cole slaw?


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Trivia Question for Free Lunch to Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro



Wanna try this award-winning cheese dip at Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro at 200 Commerce in the River Market District of Little Rock?




Answer the question below for a chance to win a meal for two to Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow , October 21, on MidDay.
Trivia Question:
What does Darla Huie call her winning cheese dip?
(Click on Pencil below to Post Answer)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Award-winning NW Arkansas Chef Visits MidDay



I'm linking a special visit by a Chef for whom I have much admiration to the blog. If you're ever in the Northwest Arkansas area, specifically, Johnson - just north of Fayetteville, you must visit James at the Mill. I promise you will have an unforgettable experience... one that will have you planning your next trip back. Chef Miles James is the Executive Chef/Owner.



Look for link below and to the right - under KATVPam

Congratulations to Winner of Gift Certificate to Skeeter and Millie's in Sheridan

Hi fellow foodies:

I apologize for just getting this posted but Trish Matthews of Mabelvale won the gift certificate to Skeeter and Millies in Sheridan. Her name was pulled on MidDay last Thursday after she correctly answered the trivia question: Of the two, who was famous and why - Skeeter or Millie? The correct answer: George 'Skeeter" Dickey - he and his Hall of Famer brother, Bill Dickey, were professional baseball players.

All correct answers are entered in a drawing.

Thanks for to all for taking the time to leave a post. Your chance to win this week!!! It's another good one, so you'll want to tune in.




Meantime, if you have a spot in your 'neck o' the woods' you want to recommend, please leave me a note. I check the blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Also, since it's getting cooler outside - if you've got a great chili recipe you want to share - leave it here and we'll post it.

Thanks and see you during Pam's Picks, tomorrow on Live at Five!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Trivia Question for Skeeter and Millie's in Sheridan

In Sheridan? Yes......






Answer the question below for a chance to win a meal for two to Skeeter and Millie's in Sheridan, 1208 North Rock, and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.

Trivia Question:

Of the two, Skeeter and Millie, who is famous and why?
(Click on Pencil below to Post Answer)

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Silent Sunday 2010
October 24, 2010
12:00 - 3:00
Statehouse Convention Center
Little Rock
Participating Restaurants
1620
Biff's Coffee Roasting Company
Black Angus
Boulevard Bread Company
Bruno's Little Italy
Cajun's Wharf
Caper'sCapital Smokehouse and Grill
Catfish City
Ciao Baci
Community Bakery
Copper Grill
Cotham's
Dave's Place
Dave & Ray's Downtown Diner
Dixie Café
Faded Rose
Flight Deck
Graffiti's
The Hop
Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some
Little Rock Hilton Grand Café
Maddie's
Markham Street Grill & Pub
McBride's
Mexico Chiquito
Morningside Bagels
Oyster Bar
Peabody Hotel Pastry Shop
Purple Cow
Salut
Scallion's
Sonny Williams' Steakroom
Starving Artist Café
Terrace on the Green
Vieux Carre
Whole Hog Café
ZaZa

Advance ticket prices are:
$20 for adults ($25 at the door)
$10 for children 6 – 12

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Arkansas State Fair Stuff and Such

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72nd Annual Arkansas State Fair, October 8-17, 2010

Everything imaginable and perhaps not imaginable on the menu at the State Fair this year. From fried alligator to fried sausage on a stick wrapped with a potato, fried Hershey's Kisses and fried peanut butter cups - fried onions, fried mushrooms, fried pickles, fried zucchini - need I say more. What got my goat, literally was the goat served in a wrap, like a pita goat. And barbecued rabbit. Safe to say not many have experienced that delicacy before. Wash any of that down with Hillbilly Hollow or Hollerin' (wasn't quite sure) Juice.



If that seems a little untamed for your taste buds, you can always revert to the old standards, smoked turkey legs, corn dogs, cotton candy and candy apples. Don't know if my friends are back in the Hall of Industry this year. But if you must do a candy or caramel apple - you must check them out. Not cheap but crisp delicious Granny Smith apples served whole or sliced, dipped in nuts or not. I would save all my calories just to indulge in one of those at least one time a year.

My personal menu usually consists of a polish sausage sandwich, roasted corn on the cob and a caramel apple - I'm good after that. And a few laps around the fairgrounds help work off the extra lbs. or at least that's what I tell myself.


I highly recommend checking out the newest exhibit (free with admission) - the museum which chronicles the history of the fair and features some pretty interesting photos from yesteryear, like the one of President Roosevelt at the Hot Springs location in 1910. I'm told he stopped in following a game hunt. You can also see a photo of the gentleman for whom the coliseum is named as well as a photo of the building itself when it did not have a roof.

Organizers are hoping fairgoers will take advantage of free admission and parking during the weekday, from 11 am to 1 pm, so can visit and have lunch.

Bar Louie Salutes Race for the Cure


Pleasant Ridge Town Center

Congrats to Winner of Gift Certificates to Bleu Monkey Grill








The answer to the trivia question:


Shrimp, steamed rice, mango salsa, black beans and jerk sauce (plantain)


Congratlations to Norman and Catherine. Hey you guys - I need you to email me your contact info so you can get your gift certificates: psmith@katv.com.


Special thanks to all participants - it's easy to win. Just watch the story and answer the related trivia question. All correct entries are entered into a drawing which takes place on the Thursday edition of MidDay.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Answer Trivia Question for Free Lunch/Dinner to Bleu Monkey













Answer the question below for a chance to win a meal for two to Bleu Monkey in Hot Springs, 4263 Central Avenue and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.

Trivia Question:
What does the Bleu Monkey Shrimp consist of?
(Click on Pencil below to Post Answer)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trivia Question for Free Yogurt at TCBY


Dedicated to those who have a sweet tooth... but doctor's say you can't have sweets!!!!




Answer the question below for a chance to win gift certificates to TCBY in Little Rock, 11418 West Markham and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.
Trivia Question: Who is the founder of TCBY? (Click on Pencil below to Post Answer)






Free Lunch Winner at Bar Louie

Thanks for sharing, Jessica.

Jessica sent the following email after her visit at Bar Louie:

Pam,I want to thank you again for allowing me to dine at Bar Louie "on the house." Me and my husband dined there on Sunday afternoon. We really enjoyed it. I had the Big Louie breakfast which was really good. It came with scrambled eggs, bacon, tater tots and pancakes. I especially liked the complimentary doughnut holes and bloody mary!We had a fried shrimp appetizer. The shrimp was great, but the sauces that were served with them weren't very good (in my opinion.) They were all either too hot, or had a weird "twang." My husband had a Big Louie cheeseburger, and he really liked it. My husband liked it so much he wanted to eat there again yesterday! The service and the management was very friendly. The restaurant wasn't very busy around 1 when we went, so we did not have to wait very long for anything. The only downside to our visit was the fact that we were sat right next to the kitchen, so we could hear the employees yelling at each other (there were a few profanities thrown in there.) Other than that, everything was great. We will definitely be back, but we will sit somewhere different next time.Thanks Again!Jessica O'Baugh

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Winner of Lunch for Two to 4square

Congrats to Robin Carlos - this week's winner. The correct answer was blackeyed pea salad.

And thanks to the rest of you who tune in each week.

Pam

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Free Lunch at 4square - Answer the Trivia Question


All Vegetarian Restaurant
Trivia Time:



Answer the question below for a chance to win lunch for two to 4square Deli at 405 President Clinton Avenue (Across the street from the River Market shops) and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.

Trivia Question:
What dish does Rashimi Jain say they eat for breakfast in her native India?
(Click on Pencil below to Post Answer)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Answer Trivia Question To Win Lunch for Two to Bar Louie in WLR
















Trivia Time


Answer the question below for a chance to win and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.
Trivia Question:
What complimentary item does Bar Louie offer for Saturday-Sunday Brunch?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Satisfied Viewer!

Blaine Petersen has sent you a link to a blog:

Beef O'Brady's is what a sports bar should be. Great food, cold beer and more tvs than games. Great place to hang.
Thank you and them for lunch.
Blaine Petersen

Monday, September 13, 2010

$1.00 Sandwiches - Limited Time Only

FYI:


NORTH LITTLE ROCK JIMMY JOHN’S SANDWICH SHOPS CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING
Four-Hour Event Includes $1.00 Sandwiches


WHAT: Jimmy John’s Sandwich Shops is celebrating its North Little Rock location by throwing a grand opening celebration. During the event, Jimmy John’s will be selling their delicious sandwiches for $1.00!


WHEN: Thursday, September 16
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


WHERE: 4120 E. McCain Blvd.,
North Little Rock, AR 72117


WHY: Who wouldn’t want a Jimmy John’s freaky fast, freaky fresh sandwich for only $1.00?!? But don’t be greedy—only one $1.00 sandwich per customer. Don’t be late either. This four-hour event will be over before you know it.
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INFO: Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shops was founded in 1983 by 19-year-old Jimmy John Liautaud in a converted garage in Charleston, Ill. Since its inception, the company has grown to over 1,000 corporate and franchised locations in 38 states throughout the U.S. The company is known for its obsession with fresh, quality products and high-speed execution. For more information, visit http://www.jimmyjohns.com/ or contact the store at 501.945.9500.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Beef O'Brady's in Maumelle - Where Kids Eat Free on Tuesday's




If you're looking for a place to catch the game this weekend... this little neighborhood spot is certainly worth a mention - for the food and the fun. Here's why I like doing this kind of story. You have to know where Beef O'Brady's (Not much Irish Pub fare at all), affectionately referred to as Beef's, is located ... or you might miss it. As a matter of fact, I did. I even asked a guy who's lived in Maumelle for a while if he could give me directions - incredibly, he said he'd never heard of it! And Beef's has been there for 8 YEARS!!!! 115 Audubon... just off Maumelle Blvd in the Town Center Shopping Center - down the sidewalk from the Wal-Mart Grocery Store - not the Super Center - the grocery store.










Beef's is known for its signature wings - Owner of the Maumelle location, Rebecca Jones, says they come in come in 8 varieties and during the week of Superbowl, the franchise, couuntry-wide, sells about 2 million of them. Lot a wings... lot a bones! My favorite - the Sweet Jalapeno, a blend of just the right sweetness with a little kick.


But they also have grilled options, like the chicken you see above right (the chicken is tender and tasty- it's marinated then grilled to perfection, served with mashed potatoes and gravy and broccoli); a variety of sandwiches including the Cuban and Reuben and salads - the one with the grouper looked really tasty but I didn't sample it.


For those looking for more traditional sports-themed fare, burgers are on the menu as well as
all things fried - chicken fingers, mini turkey corn dogs, nachos - and it was the first time I'd ever seen the jalapenos grilled - cheese dip and salsa, to name a few.


And you must not leave without trying dessert (not made in house but still worth having) - the signature is a decadent chocolate cake, however, my personal favorite is the turtle cheesecake.

Jones stresses that while she does have a bar - Beef's is a family restaurant with a game room for kids to play while their parents catch the games on one of 20 televisions. Beef's carries the NFL ticket as well as college games. During the football season the restaurant will feature discount wings and "build your own nachos." Beef's caters and also has a private party room. The restaurant is also non-smoking.
115 Audubon Dr, #10
Maumelle, AR 72113
Phone:(501) 803-3500
Price Range $4-18
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday 11 am - 10 pm (if there's a game, they stay open later)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Answer Trivia Question for Gift Certificate for Two to Beef O'Brady's in Maumelle







Trivia Time
Answer the question below for a chance to win and leave your contact information. Only your name will be published on this site. All correct entries are eligible for a drawing that takes place tomorrow on MidDay.Trivia Question:
How many wings did owner Rebecca Jones say the Beef O'Brady franchise goes through over the week of the Superbowl ?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Who Knew? Gluten-free Pizza at Boston's























Since it's football season, I decided to look for places that would be a good hangout if you weren't going to a game. You get the ambiance of a sports atmosphere and get to fill on tasty options as the side benefit. I had forgotten about Boston's at the Airport Holiday Inn. Some of you probably hadn't even heard of Boston's even though the restaurant has been in Little Rock for 3 years. It's in the former Bobbisox location. (Haven't seen that name in so long, don't remember how to spell it)

What I like about Boston's is a lot, actually: they have a family style dining on one side and a sports bar atmosphere on the other - both of of which are non-smoking. For those who have to have their nicotine fix, there is an enclosed patio outside the dining area. There's also a wide-ranging menu with not "your typical pub food" - in addition to their gourmet pizza offerings, they have fish dishes, pastas, salads, sandwiches and soups.



The Asian Glazed salmon is my favorite for a light option- grilled salmon, rice and steamed broccoli. And I love the thick cut, made in-house potato chips, referred to as cactus cuts. I didn't try desserts, usually too full, but I've heard the unique cheesecake offering is the bomb!

Check out Boston's Facebook page for specials - become a fan and you're eligible for other discounts. In honor of the kick-off to football season, Boston's is running a rib special, called "Rib Ragious" featuring 4 kinds of ribs. Kid's menu available. Price Range $6-18. On-site parking. Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 am - midnight; Sunday - 11 am - 10 pm. Business delivery only - Limited area. Catering available. 3201 Bankhead Drive (Airport Holiday Inn) (501) 235-2000

http://bostonsgourmet.com