Monday, February 27, 2012

Ashley's at the Capital Hotel

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We have a really nice hotel in our downtown area, within walking distance of our pretty River Market Dsitrict - where there is always so much going on and so many things to do.  The service is impeccable throughout the Capital Hotel.  Would you like a bottle of water to go on your way out?  Grab one at the door as the valet brings your car around.  Then there's a restaurant inside called Ashley's at the Capital Hotel.  For any dinner celebration, this atmosphere is elegant and formal enough to punctuate whatever your accomplishment.  It's also a nice place to have lunch with friends.  You can enjoy the sunshine coming in through the large windows on a pretty, sunny day.  For lunch, you can choose from an Express Lunch option or you can choose from the Prix Fixe menu of two courses for $20.  I love a good Prix Fixe menu.
For starters, you get homemade pimento cheese and wonton crackers to whet your appetite while you wait for your meal.  It's very "New Americana."
If you order iced tea, it's accompanied by fresh lemon and a simple syrup.  It's Southern.  It's Midwestern.  (I always considered Arkansas to be Southern, but in our regional breakouts in the pharmaceutical industry, they always had us in the Midwestern division!)
The table is adorned with fresh flowers, silver salt and pepper shakers, and a sugar bowl. More Southern Chic.

Kristi and I both started with a smoked chicken salad with avocado.

Then we enjoyed the pork chop plate with an apple slice, mini corn bread loaf and purple hull peas.  The meal was delicious, the service impeccable, and the atmosphere perfect for catching up with my friend Kristi on a pretty day in downtown Little Rock.

The executive chef of Ashley's is Chef Lee Richardson who won the Food and Wine magazine People's Best New Chef in the Midwest.  The Capital Hotel is one of Little Rock's nicest hotels in the downtown area.  I love that I can get valet service so that I can just pop in and out for lunch here.  It's also very convenient for people like Kristi who is extremely limited on how long she gets for lunch, especially during the weeks surrounding election days.  And I know it's going to be another fun election year...

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