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“For beef lovers, too!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Root Cafe

The Root Cafe
1500 South Main Street, Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 414-0423
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Ranked #2 of 649 Restaurants in Little Rock
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Healthy
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Bentonville, Arkansas
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“For beef lovers, too!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

My beef loving husband had the cheese burger and pronounced it Fabulous! I had the bahn mi sandwich with tofu, sweet BBQ sauce, crisp pickled veggies on great bread. The sweet potato fries weren't crispy which we thought they would be, but they tasted good with the dip. The reviewer who didn't see the napkins and drinks had to walk right by them, they are next to the place you order and pay.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Little Rock, Arkansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good food, small portions, mediocre service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

I had the shiitake benny and it was very good, but the portion was really small, and not just by American standards. We also didnt know that we had to get our own silverware and water, which is fine, but the whole experience is a little overwhelming to newcomers. This is mainly because there is so much stuff in a small area, that its hard to scope everything out when you first walk in. I like that they are going the organic and locally sourced food route, but I feel like the restaurant wasn't very welcoming to new visitors.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“on the gems of the south main street revival”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Since I live in the Quapaw Quarter, I love seeing the new growth along South Main. The Root is one of the great new things happening down here.

The food is consistently good. When they first opened, I had issues with them being out of a lot of things but they seem to have fixed that problem. They advertise that they us local food when possible, and this is great for our local economy and for the food.

Everything I have tried here has been great. But my favorite is the spicy bahn mi. I get that almost every time. (And it's vegetarian, if that matters to you.) The curry chicken salad is also great. And I love the sweet potato fries.

It seems just slightly more expensive than comparable lunch spots to grab a burger or sandwich, but the food is good and I support the "local" sourcing so it's worth it.

The atmosphere is...... well, cute. Drinks are served in mason jars. Everyone gets mismatched cloth napkins. The tiny dining area is decorated with a mixture of vintage, recycled, and local art.

There is a living roof (which doesn't seem very successful). And an herb garden out front. The outdoor seating is nice when the weather isn't too hot or too cold.

This is really a great thing happening on South Main. And the food is worth the visit.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Crystal Springs, Mississippi
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41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Like Local or Vegetarian Food?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This place is a "must visit" if you enjoy vegetarian food, especially if you like locally sourced foods. The Root Cafe has a reputation for using products from local Arkansas farms - a real plus for both fresh food quality as well as the economy of the area. Very nice choices of sandwiches and salads. You'll like it.

From the river district, it's about a 15 block walk. Take Main Street all the way there until you hit 15th street and it's on the right. There's not enough parking for the lunch crowd so look for a parking spot on the street, Try not to get there too much after 12 or you will be in the long line wrapping around outside the door.

Oh, it's only open for lunch during the week, not supper. However they do have breakfast and brunch on Sunday mornings, opening at 9 am. That's where I'll return in the morning.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Would eat here everyday if I lived closer.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

Great curry chicken salad, love their homemade salad dressing, salads are always fresh. The atmosphere is great. Love that they use local meats and produce.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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