Review: Scooter’s Coffee in Maumelle

Maumelle, or technically outside of it on Hwy 365 towards Morgan, has had its first Scooter’s Coffee for a couple weeks now! After getting a couple coupons in the mail, I decided to try it and I was not disappointed, not even a tiny bit.

Scooter’s is kind of big deal making its debut around Central Arkansas. There is even another one being built currently on Maumelle Boulevard on the other side of “town”. This Nebraska chain totes they only use coffee from the top 10% of special coffee beans in the world. Their menu of drinks is vast and, unlike 7 Brew, they have food, too!

While the menu has everything from your normal coffee shop regulars, it also has smoothies, teas, and even drinks and food for the kids. I decided to stick to what I would normally get from any coffee shop, though the fall specials like the Caramelicious coffee were very tempting.
I stuck with a medium hot skinny vanilla latte and a large iced chai tea latte. With my coupon for one drink half off, my total was just under $9. So, they aren’t cheap, but what is these days?

Both drinks were delicious! I don’t think they could have been any better, honestly. The chai tea was so flavorful, all the way down to the last drop. The spices in this tea are perfect, in my opinion. I’ll always order this!
The skinny vanilla latte was one of the best I’ve had. I do think both of these drinks tasted better than 7 Brew’s versions, so I may stick to Scooter’s from here on out when I need a special coffee treat.

I did not order any food, but have heard good things. If you’ve tried any of the food, please let me know what you thought in the comments so I can plan my next visit.

Overall, the service was fast and super friendly and the coffee and tea were absolutely delicious. I’m so glad to have Scooter’s in Maumelle!

Food Review: Milano’s in Maumelle (take out)

I love Milano’s. It’s the only place in Maumelle you can get a large variety of authentic Italian dishes, where there’s something for everyone. The owners are extremely nice and welcoming as well.

I got dinner for two, to go, since we were in a rush and didn’t feel like getting dressed nicely in order to eat out. The first thing I noticed when ordering online was how this is one of the few places around central AR that hasn’t sky-rocketed their prices these last couple years. I can get delicious pasta dishes for the same price or cheaper than Olive Garden currently offers- and way better!

When I arrived to pick up the order, I noticed the interior has been renovated and it looks amazing! It looks so nice and much fancier than it did in the past. At that moment, I wished we had opted to eat there instead of at home. Next time!

I was very happy to see there were fresh, hot bread rolls with our meals (two per meal), as well as the included side salad with choice of dressing. We opted to try the house vinaigrette. It was tomato based, and was delicious- especially when you dip the bread in it.

For our meals, I got the Veal Florentine ($19.95). I have only had perfect veal from Montana, but have chased that high ever since. Sadly, everywhere I’ve tried veal here in Arkansas, it is flavorless and tough. Unfortunately, the same story was told here. I should have gotten Chicken Florentine instead. Besides the veal, I loved the pasta with spinach and mushrooms. However, I did have to add salt and pepper to really taste the dish.

My husband got the Chicken Milano’s ($16.95), which was both our favorites for the night. The sundried tomatoes added a great flavor, without being overpowering, to the tender chicken and mushrooms and pink sauce. We loved it!

There was more than enough food! We ate until we couldn’t anymore for dinner and finished our large amount of leftovers for lunch the next day. I really feel like we got our money’s worth here, which always makes me like a place a lot more.

Overall, Milano’s is fantastic! I can’t wait to go back and enjoy a sit down meal and try one of their delicious desserts that called my name from the dessert fridge at the front when I went in to pick up the food. Let me know what your favorite dish is so I can try something new next time!