Food Review: Milford Track Restaurant- The Best Homemade Pasta Around!

I’ve eaten in central Arkansas my whole life, but have never even seen a sign for Milford Track nor driven by it. So, I  was clueless about this hidden gem. I finally heard about it through another local food blogger and added it to my list to try.
On my first trip back out into the restaurant world since quarantining and only living on cooking and the very rare take-out, I put a lot of thought into where I would meet my mom for lunch. Looking into Little Rock’s best patios, because I still don’t feel comfortable eating indoors, I learned Milford Track has a great one, so this was an easy decision. Here’s the breakdown:

LOCATION:

This restaurant, or more like a lunch eatery, is located in the Executive Center Plaza 2 building in the Westlake Corporate Park. Google Maps brought me to this parking lot, where I just had to walk around to the other side and enter where you see the large patio and tables. It faces a small pond and is a great area to enjoy a meal.

MENU:

Milford Track has so much to offer! Besides a daily special and many family dinner options each week you can order to take home, there is a large breakfast menu and a very large lunch menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, and HOMEMADE PASTA.

I must explain how awesome this pasta menu is. First, you pick your pasta (flavors today were spinach, lemon pepper, rosemary basil, whole wheat), then you pick your sauce (flavors today were basil pesto, tomato pesto, cilantro pesto, low-fat alfredo, parmesan parsley, pepper garlic, marinara, black bean, or Raphael). For just the pasta and sauce, it is $8. Or you can add grilled veggies OR chicken for $10. If you want both chicken and veggies, it is $12.50. or you can get salmon and veggies added for $16.
No matter what, the portions are HUGE. Both of us easily had two meals out of this.

FOOD:
*I must mention this is no quick lunch stop. It took about 25 minutes for everyone’s food to come out, without a crowd. So, just be prepared.*

Rosemary basil pasta with pepper garlic sauce and added veggies:

The pasta was cooked to perfect aldente and the veggies were charged perfectly with a lot of flavor. The pepper garlic sauce definitely was not very garlic-y, but was still tasty. It tasted more like an alfredo sauce with a slight kick.

Rosemary basil pasta with cilantro pesto sauce with veggies and chicken:

My entire dish was unbelievably good. The pasta was again, perfectly aldente. The veggies were the second best part- so much flavor and cooked perfectly. The chicken was good, but there wasn’t very much of it. The cilantro pesto was very flavorful, I loved it! I didn’t even have to add any salt or pepper, which says a lot.

There was so much food, I had this much to take home to Drew after I was stuffed.

OVERALL:

I loved this place! It was perfect for patio seating (though they do have limited indoor seating as well) if you have an hour for lunch or breakfast. I’m afraid I’ll never be able to order one of their amazing sandwiches or salads, because I HAVE to order the pasta always. So, let me know if any of their sandwiches are a must-try.
The service was slow, but friendly. The food and prices just couldn’t be beat!

Recipe: Sweet Bread (Honey Bread)

My absolute favorite bread is this concoction Drew created a few years ago. It is fool-proof, meaning I can make it, and so easy. You don’t even have to knead it! It is scrumptiously sweet and perfect for any time of day. I can’t believe it took so long to finally make this video and blog, but here it is!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup warm milk with 2.5 teaspoons yeast and dash of sugar
  • 1 whole egg plus 1 yolk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 cups bread or all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:
1. Warm the milk about 30 seconds in the microwave and add the yeast and pinch of sugar. Stir gently and let sit 5-10 minutes, until the yeast is activated.
2. Mix the milk/yeast mixture, eggs, butter, and honey.
3. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until well incorporated, about 2-3 minutes.
5. Cover with a warm, wet towel for 1 hour.
6. Transfer dough to the bread pan it will be baked in and let rise for another hour.
7. Place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, turning half way.
8. Once baked, let cool for 10 minutes, then slice it up. Add a little butter and enjoy!