Food Review: Tallgrass Bar and Grill in Harrison, AR

Wow! I’m going to start by saying this is the best restaurant I have eaten at in Arkansas in a looong time. This eclectic spot has so many healthy, beautiful, DELICIOUS options. I wish I could eat every meal here. So, let’s dig in.


***Before you get too excited, this restaurant is NOT open on Saturdays and Sundays. Only Monday-Friday, so plan accordingly.



This adorable restaurant is connected to the newly named “Almond Branch”, which sells Patagonia attire, and lots of health-centered items like vitamins, herbs, local soaps, etc. Both this shop and Tallgrass face away from the street and have a huge parking lot that allowed our camper to drive through. Thank you!

The interior of Tallgrass is so modern, clean, and adorable. There’s lots of little details that really spruce the place up. For instance, this little succulent garden that floated next to our table was so cute!

You order at a counter and then find a seat and they will serve your food to you there. I must say, I was so impressed with their cleanliness. They are definitely concerned about keeping their staff and customers healthy. Thank you, again! Each time someone brought out food or cleaned a table, they changed their current gloves for new ones. If you need a refill, they bring you a clean glass because dirty ones aren’t allowed in that area. I’ve not seen such close attention to cleanliness detail and I so appreciate it!



The menu is pretty large and it took me a good 15 minutes to decide what to order, because I wanted it all. You can find their menu on their facebook page here.

Overall, for lunch and dinner, there are many pita sandwiches/ gyros, tacos, burgers, regular sandwiches, many delicious looking salads with homemade dressings, and pita pizzas. It must be noted that the pitas are house-made, as much as many other menu items.

What did we get?
1. The Berkenstock Plate, $7.50: house-made sundried tomato hummus, broccoli, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and feta with seasoned crispy pita chips.
We took most of this home since there was so much else we got, but it was delicious. Best pita chips I’ve ever had. they were so flavorful!

2. Cup of the soup of the day (pumpkin chicken chili), $3: This came with a couple of those delicious pita chips and the chili was divine. It was creamy and not too spicy at all, but with a rich pumpkin flavor and tons of shredded chicken and blended in beautifully. I loved it. I even tried to make it at home the next day, but my version can’t touch theirs! This was also a very heft bowl for $3!

3. $1 side salad with fresh greens, tomatoes, and choice of house-made dressing. I went for the ranch, which I regretted. It tasted more like greek yogurt than a ranch. However, their pesto vinaigrette sounds delicious and I’m going for that one next time.
And who else sells a fresh salad with field green and tomatoes this size for $1??? No one. This is amazing.

4. Lemon Chicken Gyro and fries, $13: Sun dried tomato hummus, lemon pepper chicken, tomato, onion, cucumber, lettuce, feta, and tzatziki sauce.
I saved the best for last. This gyro was absolutely perfect! It was massive, first off. The pita was grilled, so it stayed crispy through the entire experience. Nothing peeves me off more than soggy bread. Not a problem here! The chicken was flavorful and so juicy and tender. The veggies and tzatziki sauce were of the perfect amount. I swear they made this gyro just for me.
The fries are fresh cut and seasoned, but they weren’t my favorite. They were a little soggy and greasy, so most of those were left uneaten. Next time, I’ll request a different side, but I will always order this gyro.



I loved my experience here. I left full of house-made, healthy, absolutely delicious food and enjoyed my hummus plate later that evening, with those delicious crispy pitas and veggies.
The staff was so kind. The place, even the bathrooms, were immaculately clean. And for the food I got, it was surprisingly cheap. I can’t find a place like this around Little Rock that is so fresh for these costs.
Go check this place out if you’re in the area on a weekday and let’s encourage them to be open on the weekends!

Food Review: Zoe’s Kitchen, One of My Favorite Chains

I don’t usually review chain restaurants, because they get enough of that on their own. But I have NEVER had a disappointing meal at Zoe’s Kitchen, in Little Rock. In fact, every time, I am impressed. So, I just have to let you know how good it is.
We’ll skip all the “environment” stuff since it is a chain. Just know it is pretty modern, bright, and clean.
The menu can be found on their site, but it is mostly Mediterranean- style foods, with many healthy options such as salads and power grain bowls and kabobs, etc.
So, what we are gonna do is talk about what I’ve had, and love here.

Hummus Trio

Zoe’s makes their own hummus and pesto, and you get to try them all in this appetizer. Their basil pesto hummus is my favorite, perfectly balanced between pesto and hummus. Their harissa red pepper hummus is also tasty, though not as flavorful as the pesto. Their classic hummus is the least flavorful, but still a delicious version of a typical hummus. I also love that this trio comes with not only cold pita, but grilled pita, and three types of veggies for dipping: green bell peppers, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes.
Though this is VERY filling just for an appetizer…great to share with multiple people.

Mediterranean Lamb Kafta

This is a new menu item, and so far, has been my least favorite dish from here. The lamb and beef meatballs were pretty dense and tasted more like beef than lamb. However, the tzatziki sauce they are plated on is delicious and tastes very fresh. The Moroccan harissa sauce on top is very flavorful and gives a bit of acidity. Overall, it tastes fine, but it hard to eat. I won’t get this again…too many other good things to eat here.

Tomato Bisque Soup


While many chains have a delicious tomato bisque (Panera Bread, La Madeline, for example) this soup is also perfectly creamy and delicious. No complaints here….except I can get good tomato soup in many other places. So, I try to only get this occasionally.

Shrimp Kabobs


These PERFECTLY cooked every time (four times total for me) large shrimp skewers have thick slices of zucchini between them, are perfectly seasoned, and absolutely delicious. I got this my first visit and I have gotten many times since.
It comes with two sides, which we’ll talk about soon.

Vegetable Kabobs


These kabobs come with zucchini, thick-cut mushrooms, red onion, green bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. I hate to sound like a broken record, but these are perfectly seasoned and then perfectly charred. So, you get a great smokey taste without losing the texture of each vegetable.

Harissa Salmon Pita

This stuffed pita comes with harissa-marinated salmon, house-made tzatziki, Moroccan harissa, Mediterranean relish, cabbage, feta, and fresh dill. I am not a salmon fan but I LOVE this pita. It is fresh, vibrant, full of different textures and flavors….and there’s no fishiness here. It is delicious! Though, it only comes with one side. =(


My three go-to sides are:
-Braised White Beans:  These are the best beans around. They have
a surprising rosemary taste, which sets them apart. They are cooked
so slowly, they break down and become more of a soup. Gah, they
are so good!
– Roasted vegetables: These are veggies done right! With broccoli,
mushrooms, carrots, and onions. These veggies, like everything else,
are seasoned liberally, but not too much. Then they are perfectly
charred, making delicious roasted veggies. This is a side to truly enjoy
and feel good about what you’re eating.
– Side Greek Salad:  which is a nice mix of lettuces, cucumber, olives, green bell
peppers, cherry tomatoes, and feta. The only dressing available is their
signature Zoe’s vinaigrette, found on each table. It is light and flavorful.

Overall, this place is healthy and delicious and a great place for a quick meal. Check it out if you haven’t, you won’t be disappointed.