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Doe's Eat Place

1023 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR - (501) 376-1195
Posted By Michael Stern on 5/24/2010 11:56:00 AM
After a kitchen fire early in 2010, Doe's reopened in the spring with newly refurbished dining areas that lack all the tumbledown character of the way it used to be. But the steaks remain some of the best anywhere. Porterhouses, T-bones, and ribeyes are served family-style by weight. Family-style means that the cut of your choice comes hot from the kitchen already sliced, along with tongs for everyone to hoist their own from the serving plate. Are you stumped as to whether you need a three-pound porterhouse or a six-pound sirloin? No problem. The menu advises, "If you are a new customer at Doe's and wish assistance ordering, our experienced staff will be glad to help you." In fact, we want to mention that the staff at Doe's is amazingly friendly and obliging, even those times when the place is mobbed, as it is on weekend nights.

Along with succulent, charred-edge slabs of beef come skillet-cooked French fries. And before the arrival of the meat you get a bowl of memorable marinated salad slick with garlicky, lemony, olive-oil dressing. There are serious appetizers, too; and we highly recommend them for those of limitless appetite. Fried or broiled shrimp are available by the half dozen; and Doe's hot tamales with chili are legendary (but also very, very filling).

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Sirloin Steak
Marinated Salad
Porterhouse Steak
French Fries
Broiled Shrimp (dozen)
Hot Tamales with Chili (6)
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Four-star French fries are an essential part of the Doe's steak-eating experience. They taste great, and they are helpful to absorb all the juices that flow from the steak on the plate they share. Here they are pictured with a sirloin sized for two.
"Four-star French fries are an essential part of the Doe's steak-eating experience. They taste great, and they are helpful to absorb all the juices that flow from the steak on the plate they share. Here they are pictured with a sirloin sized for two."
Michael Stern





We once described the ambience of the Little Rock Doe's as
"We once described the ambience of the Little Rock Doe's as "pool hall chic." Its rugged looks and remote location make eating here feel like an adventure."
Michael Stern


Modest-looking, but big on flavor, marinated salad begins every meal at Doe's.
"Modest-looking, but big on flavor, marinated salad begins every meal at Doe's."
Michael Stern


Two of us split a half-order of hot tamales as an appetizer, and even that seemed like a lot of pre-steak eating! These are superb tamales.
"Two of us split a half-order of hot tamales as an appetizer, and even that seemed like a lot of pre-steak eating! These are superb tamales."
Michael Stern


This is a porterhouse sized for two or three eaters. Words cannot describe the depth of its flavor. Is it possible actually to get high off a massive infusion of juicy beef?
"This is a porterhouse sized for two or three eaters. Words cannot describe the depth of its flavor. Is it possible actually to get high off a massive infusion of juicy beef?"
Michael Stern


The excellent fried shrimp is unevenly battered and there is a decided snap when you bite into them.
"The excellent fried shrimp is unevenly battered and there is a decided snap when you bite into them."
Cliff Strutz


Doe's walls are covered with pictures of famous people who love the place, as well as clippings from many publications which have declared it a steak-eater's paradise.
"Doe's walls are covered with pictures of famous people who love the place, as well as clippings from many publications which have declared it a steak-eater's paradise."
Michael Stern


An historical photo: this old floor at Doe's was replaced with clean, new linoleum after a 2010 kitchen fire.
"An historical photo: this old floor at Doe's was replaced with clean, new linoleum after a 2010 kitchen fire."
Michael Stern



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