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Little Rock offers plenty of great brunches; there are so many different perspectives on this quintessential American experience. It's impossible to determine one restaurant as being the absolute best — but here are five our Forbes Travel Guide editors think you should try:
1. B-Side in West Little Rock's Market Street Shopping Center. It hasn't been open long, but it's become a local favorite. On the weekends, it’s standing-room-only as customers wait for their chance to dine on bacon wrapped French toast on a stick, "breakfast mountain" or beignets with lemon curd. The smoked Gouda grits are impossibly rich and fabulous.
2. Ashley's at Capital Hotel. This charming and sophisticated restaurant offers a comprehensive brunch every Sunday. With items such as shrimp bisque with tarragon cream; fried green tomatoes with goat cheese, pepper jelly and ham hocks; and a spinach and mushroom omelet with mascarpone cheese and potato hash — you can't get much more Southern or inventive.
3. Vieux Carre in Little Rock's Hillcrest District. You'll find Cajun-inspired breakfast classics such as crab cake Benedict, a French Quarter omelet filled with crabmeat and asparagus with brie and savory brunch crêpes here. This wonderful jazz brunch is the closest you’ll get to Louisiana on a Sunday morning without hitting the interstate.
4. Victorian Garden in North Little Rock. Here, you’ll find Low Country grits topped with shrimp and bacon, quiche and other breakfast favorites served up almost universally with fresh fruit, focusing on reduced-fat options (to go along with some full-fat main dishes). They also serve up Dijon brisket and Victorian chicken at brunch.
5. Forty Two at the Clinton Presidential Center. Go presidential by dining here. You'll find shredded pork fajitas, fresh-made waffles, fresh salads and a carving station are among some of the many rotating items offered in this fine-dining experience. Champagne is on tap and there's a dessert table that will surely impress you.