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With a menu rooted in tradition yet eager to innovate, a calendar full of cultural events and a loyal following across Little Rock, South on Main is one of the most happening venues in town. After featuring South on Main in our Little Rock dining top 10, we speak to the man behind the concept –Chef Matthew Bell – and explore the restaurant, as well as its gourmet hometown.
The dish that makes me most proud is the pork trotters dish. I love to take bits that most people don’t think they like, and change their viewpoints entirely. In this case the pork feet have been one of our most popular dishes.
As South on Main grows we hope to offer more of our chefs series events. This is where a chef or food professional comes in to meet our guests, and does a short Q&A while we serve food inspired by that person.
One of my most memorial bites was at an event in Nashville, Tennessee. It was prepared by the chefs from the Catbird Seat: a thyme crème brûlée with pine needle and bacon. It has stood out for many years as a transcendent bite. So much harmony in such a simple and clean bite.
I really like eating ethnic food on my days off. One of my favourites is Rosa Linda. This amazing Honduran spot is always right on the money with their flavours. I also really enjoy The Pantry and Ciao Baci.
This question is tough because I am very partial to my barman’s creations. Dave Burnette in my opinion is maybe the best beverage person in the state. If I am not drinking at my own place, I seek out a Lee Edwards-run bar. He is beverage director for several concepts and they are all high-level cocktail programs. Big Orange Midtown would be one of my favourites.
For local flavor I really like to go to K Hall and Sons. This counter-service place rocks my world with pork chops sandwiches and burgers that are super comforting.
I am so excited for my good friend and former co-worker Travis McConnell who just opened Butcher & Public. It doesn’t hurt that it is right next to my house.
Culture lovers who come to Little Rock cannot miss the Esse Purse Museum. It is a truly unique gem for Little Rock and a must-see when in Soma.
South on Main, 1304 Main St, Little Rock, AR, USA, +1 501-244-9660