After an hour-long tour of the Little Rock Nine National Historic Site, we were famished. A quick Yelp scan later, we decided to check out HLB.
We are a Little Rock based bakery set out to create quality pastries and meals that are as unique as our customers. We are proud to be a part of the historic Hillcrest area, and we want you to feel at home when you walk through our door. With a mix of homemade recipes and ideas from years of traveling around the U.S., we’ve created a menu that we can’t wait to share with Little Rock. Our priority is creating flavorful food with quality ingredients. From our freshly brewed coffee to our made from scratch cheesecakes, you definitely will taste the difference.HLB Website
It checked our main three boxes- pleasing aesthetics, varied menu options and a short wait. It was located in a cute, white house with patio and inside seating. The inside seating was fairly small with only a few tables. Diners could also sit at a high-top counter that faced the open kitchen.
I decided to go with the Grilled Chicken Biscuit. It seemed like a good way to have a Southern biscuit but keep it light with grilled instead of fried chicken. It was topped with HLB sauce, a tomato and a healthy helping of arugula leaves. They had so many options it was hard to pick just one entree.
Chris’s pancakes looked great so I had a few bites. I like to alternate sweet and salty with my breakfast. My sisters, the coffee aficionados, said the coffee drinks met their exacting standards. Our meal hit the spot. I don’t know why I remember it but the restroom was like entering the Artic. You win some; you lose some.
This eatery was cute and I’d definitely recommend it. The branding was on point too. If you have a big group you may want to order your food to go, though.
After a great meal, we set off for Oklahoma which was the next stop on #ThisMontyRoadTrip west.