Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Indulge me for a moment while I sing the praises of a new dining establishment in the heart of Little Rock.
My friend Kevin Brockmeier (the award-winning author of The Truth About Celia and Things That Fall From The Sky) read a notice in the May 19, 2005, edition of the Arkansas Times on From The Garden, the new vegan soul food carry-out restaurant at Izard and Wright in downtown Little Rock.
Today, Kevin, Diane, and I (all of us vegetarian and members of the Manny Perry Movie Club) stopped by the restaurant for lunch today and could not have been more pleased. The food was delicious and appealing to a wide palette. The three of us sampled each others’ dishes and found them all to be equally flavorful and satisfying. Especially good was the Black Eyed Pea Patties served with brown gravy and sweet onions, the Seitan Pepper "Steak" over angel hair pasta, the wonderfully savory mustard greens, and the subtly sweet corn pones.
After years of hit and miss vegetarian options at area restaurants, it’s heartening to see a dedicated establishment with such hearty fare. I’ll definitely be going to The Garden often and urge others, even if you are not vegetarian, to do likewise.
From The Garden is located at the intersection of Izard and Wright streets in downtown Little Rock. It is open noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed on Saturday. Pick up a menu on your first visit and then you can call in your order to (501) 374-8494.