Monday November 3, 2008 cont.
My next meal was Shaka Smoke Lodge
, located in the newish looking River Market
area of downtown, next to the river. The inside
is like a giant food court with lots of seating in the middle. Shaka Smoke Lodge
is a barbecue place with a huge menu.
I went for the pork barbecue sandwich, with sides of beans and potato salad.
The latter item tasted straight from the grocery store. But the unsauced pork was nice and tender and barbecue beans were even better. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=2100&RefID=2044
There were a number of other interesting food places worth trying, including a pie place, but I knew I was eating a big dinner, so I passed.
Outside, there was a nice amplitheater for concerts and plenty of seating for the locals to enjoy their lunches outside. My favorite thing was the pig statue,
who seems to be the official mascot of the market.
Next stop was the Clinton library and museum. Being a history lover, I had been to every official presidential library except this one. The Clinton Library was opened in 2004, just a few weeks after my last visit to Little Rock.
Interesting design for the building, that frankly, left me cold.
The old bridge in the background, I believe, is just a pedestrian bridge now.
I spent probably 2 1/2 hours here. They did have a replica of the oval office, which I have seen at other presidential museums. But, this was the first one I noticed that had a replica of the cabinet room. You even got to sit in the president's chair.
I checked into my hotel room and headed out for dinner. It would have been nice if I could have eaten a later dinner, but the Steelers were on Monday Night Football, so I had to be in my room by 7:30.
Dinner was at Doe's Eat Place
Now, I ate here in 2001 and loved the place. But, it was in a rather scary neighborhood. I even asked my waitress at Cotham's Mercantile
about whether it was safe at night and she said yes, just act like you don't have any money. I am glad to say that the area around it now is not nearly as frightening as it was.
Doe's is part of a small chain and is best known for their run down restaurants and excellent steaks. The inside is still nothing to look at.
And the floor, like Michael Stern says in his review,
is clean, but well worn.
One of the problems with coming here by yourself is that there are so many things I want to try, but I couldn't possibly eat them all. The menu:
It is too bad I couldn't try the tamales or some of the shrimp, but I came here to eat steak. So, I ordered the 2lbs. t-bone, which is the smallest steak they have.
Your meal starts of with a terrific salad.
All the menu says is it is marinated. I asked the waitress if she could tell me more about it ans she described it as a Louisiana-style soak salad. Can't say I have ever heard of a soak salad before. Maybe CajunKing
is familiar with it and can tell us more about it. I can tell you that even with all that meat coming, I ate every bit of my delicious garlicy salad.
When the steak was sat down at my table, it still sizzled for a good 30 seconds. A great sound!
I am by no means a steak lover, but this was a real thing of beauty! The meat is presliced, which I appreciated.
With the combination of crusty outside and juicy interior, this is the best steak I have ever had.
The french fries
were also hot and were not at all greasy. Loved them! Even the boiled potatoes, bathed in all that butter
I have no idea if they offer dessert at Doe's Eat Place
or not, but I was way too stuffed to find out. I wasn't able to eat my entire meal, but I sure came close. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=2152&RefID=2119
After buying a Doe's
t-shirt and paying my bill, I returned to my room for the night and watched the game, which I also very much enjoyed!
For a snack, I ate my apricot fried pie
from Cotham's Mercantile
More to come.....
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