The Best Restaurants in Hillcrest, Little Rock, Arkansas

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9 February 2017

Strategically located in the heart of Arkansas, Little Rock has a history dating encompassing the civil war and many other significant events. The Hillcrest Historic District has been witness to these events, here are our favorite places to eat in this historic location.

Hillcrest Artisan Meats

Sandwich Shop, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
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Hillcrest Artisan Meats is your ultimate shop for meat products and charcuterie. Meat lovers can find anything from shredded duck to regular ham. Served with an abundance of fresh vegetables, sauces and various types of breads, this Hillcrest venue can give you all the necessary ingredients for a healthy daily diet and enough energy to continue touring Little Rock. For vegetarians, the menu offers good choices of soups, salads and custom sandwiches.

SO Restaurant

Bar, Bistro, Restaurant, American, French, African, $$$
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Quite luxurious SO Restaurant in the Hillcrest Historical District of Little Rock offers a rich choice of scrumptious meals for brunch, lunch, dinner and desserts. Of course, nothing goes better than the combination of a fancy meal with compatible wine. If you are not a fan of luxurious meals or don’t have enough time to enjoy one, the lunch menu offers steak burgers, turkey clubs and BLTs, which will still give you a taste of SO Restaurant’s modified and tasty recipes. If you’re in town for business or looking for a place to take your date, take a good look through the dinner menu because the seafood fondue, caprese salad, and the oyster spoon bread are not be missed.

Boulevard Bread Co.

Sandwich Shop, American, Pastries, Dessert, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, Coffee, $$$
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The Boulevard Bread Co. isn’t your regular grocery or bakery around the corner. Established in 2000, the company makes its breads and pastries under the influence of the “spirit of San Francisco.” Its commitment to a sustainable community only attracts more bread-lovers to the store. The combination of artisan cheese, gourmet pantry items and charcuterieoffer a wide variety of healthy fast food on the daily menu. You can be sure of the quality of products and service you will receive at the Boulevard Bread Co. because it is an environmentally friendly business and is highly dedicated to help its community. Their sandwiches, made out of freshest ingredients, and ten cakes listed on the menu board are to die for.


Restaurant, Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Kemuri offers authentic Japanese food right at the heart of Arkansas‘s capital. Offering exotic meals to Arkansans and its visitors, Kemuri brings a different taste to the city. Its highly skilled chefs and excellent serving personnel contribute to an unforgettable dining experience right at the top of the Hillcrest District. Your choices vary from sushi to robata, to cold and/or hot plates, to entrees, to desserts. Kemuri gives you an opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a blend of Japanese and American culture, while experiencing a New York/Tokyo style ambiance.

Sushi Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, $$$
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Sushi Café will wow you with their rich collection of the best meals from land and sea. Located at the heart of the Heights Historic District, Sushi Café offers a fine dining ambiance for both large groups and intimate dates. The skilled chef and his staff make every possible sea creature into a scrumptious meal enriched by wide variety of aesthetically pleasing sides. From their Hawaiian tuna tartare, sashimi, nigiri to salads and desserts, the Sushi Café will make your Little Rock experience even more delightful and memorable.

Mylo Coffee Co.

Cafe, Coffee Shop, American, Coffee, Tea , Vegetarian, $$$
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If you’re a coffee lover, then you really want to swing by the Mylo Coffee Co. at Hillcrest Historic District. They currently offer whole beans, pour-over coffee, cold-brew and espresso-based drinks. If you’re looking for a home away from home for a moment during your stay in Little Rock, the Mylo Coffee shop is the place for that. Stephanos and his wife Monica have established this venue by fulfilling their dream to promote the enjoyment of good coffee, good food and good company.

Leo's Greek Castle

Restaurant, Pizzeria, Mediterranean, Greek, Fast Food
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A town in America would not be the same without an authentic Greek restaurant offering a wide variety of Mediterranean delicatessen. Leo’s Greek Castle/Leo’s Burgers and Gyros is a real asset to the Hillcrest Historic District in Little Rock. Here you can find the famous chortiatiki salad made out of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, red onions, green or black olives and soaked in olive oil. Mousaka, dolmades, and fresh crépes are also on the menu.

Damgoode Pies

Pizzeria, American, $$$
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Damgoode Pies in downtown Little Rock will give you the best pizza experience possible. Hand-tossed dough, a rich choice of toppings, homemade tomato sauce, and skilled chefs are what it takes to create a real pizza. If you’re not a pizza fan, don’t worry, because the menu does not end there. There’s plenty to choose from among the pastas, appetizers, sandwiches, salads; something for every hungry guest.

Zaza Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co.

Pizzeria, Fast Food, American, $$$
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Zaza Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co. is another venue that aims to strengthen local farms, the use of organic ingredients, and simultaneously bring a true Italian spirit into downtown Little Rock. Zaza offers a real experience of a truly made-from-scratch pizza. Of course, pizza goes best with ice cream for a dessert and their gelato menu will give you a hard time in choosing between flavors. Kids can have as much fun as the adults by enjoying the kids’ meal menu.

Heights Taco & Tamale Co.

Restaurant, Bar, Mexican, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Beer, Wine, $$$
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The Hillcrest Historic District only covers a square area of a few miles, but it’s still big enough to host restaurants offering traditional worldwide cuisines. Heights Taco & Tamale a famous and well-attended Mexican restaurant-bar-grill. It has its own charm and simplicity and relaxed atmosphere where people gather to spend evenings with friends and family. Their rich assortment of drinks will make your Sunday night football game even more enjoyable.

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