What’s new in North Little Rock dining

Updated 1.30.2020

North Little Rock has some fantastic local dining options, just look at our lengthy list of award-winning restaurants. And there’s more on the way!

New: The Hybrid Kitchen


A new fusion cuisine option just opened at 13120 Crystal Hill Road in North Little Rock (center anchored by Casa Mexicana and Shipley’s Donuts off Maumelle Boulevard). The Hybrid Kitchen menu features noodles, curry, eggrolls, street tacos and more.

New: Newfangled Love Kitchen

Vegans now have a new place to feel at home: Newfangled Love Kitchen, located at 3828 JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock, prides itself on offering tasty vegan and gluten-free options.

New: Mr. Cajun’s Kitchen & Catering

“As close to Louisiana cuisine without being in Louisiana” is how Mr. Cajun’s Kitchen & Catering describes itself. Located at 606 N. Olive Street, Mr. Cajun’s offers a “Cajun box” of fried chicken, fish, shrimp or pork chops, served with Cajun fries and bread, with a rotating daily menu.

New and improved: South Boulevard (SoBo)

North Little Rock very much has that small-town atmosphere, so when multiple trucks roll in for Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, it’s not long before the news is out. South Boulevard at 10840 Maumelle Boulevard hadn’t been open for long but was already showing a lot of potential, particularly as one of the few places in Central Arkansas for Korean barbecue fusion. The episode, during which Ramsay and his team transform South Boulevard’s menu and even redo the entire interior of the restaurant, will air in early 2020. In the meantime, the owner says he’s already had nonstop business.

New: Yancy’s Wingz & Things

Yancy’s Wingz & Thingz opened at 4601 East Broadway Street in North Little Rock (formerly Ms. Punkins Creations) in January 2020. The menu includes a variety of chicken wings, catfish and Southern-style sides.

Coming soon: Brood & Barley

We’re eagerly keeping an eye for an open date for Brood & Barley at 411 Main Street in North Little Rock. From the owners of Flyway Brewing in North Little Rock comes another exciting restaurant/bar concept that will serve specially-crafted, exclusive beers on draft.

Read: Brood & Barley to open early 2020 (The Mighty Rib)

Coming soon: Cypress Social

Locals will remember the longtime establishment, Cock of the Walk, known for its homestyle cooking and location on a small pond set away from the busy Maumelle Boulevard. The location will be given new life as an upscale restaurant and bar, Cypress Social, with the experts at JTJ Restaurants (Petit & Keet, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe) at the helm.

Read: Cypress Social set to open in early 2020 (AY Magazine)

Coming soon: Trash Creamery

In December 2019, the owners of the new Tusk & Trotter going in Argenta announced another venture, opening next door: Trash Creamery! The ice cream shop has a distinct ’80s nostalgic atmosphere and will be located on the first floor of the First Orion headquarters downtown.

Coming soon: Tusk & Trotter American Brassiere

Tusk & Trotter’s Hogzilla: Ground Wild Boar, Tusk Bacon, Jowl Jam, Swiss Cheese, Pickles, Horseradish Remoulade, Lettuce, Tomato & Onion

This past August, Tusk & Trotter, the Bentonville-based restaurant by Chef Rob Nelson, announced that it would be opening a new location on the first floor of the new First Orion headquarters at 500 Main Street in North Little Rock. The restaurant will bring what they call “High South Cuisine” to the Argenta Arts District, serving Southern classics with a twist. They will source local produce and meat, and already eagerly becoming part of the local North Little Rock community. Until they open in July 2020, we have to be content with teasers on their Facebook page.