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Breakfast at Gadwall’s Grill


Most folks who live in the Little Rock area will tell you that we don’t exactly have a plethora of restaurant breakfast options. And while our choices are fairly limited, the places we do have are fantastic. One of those spots is Gadwall’s Grill in North Little Rock, a 30-year veteran in the industry.

Truth be told, I’ve only been dining at Gadwall’s for about three years. For a long time, I fought going, rolling my eyes at the thought of driving 20 minutes each way for breakfast. But I kept hearing the whispers, which eventually turned into shouts, from the restaurant’s adoring fans who insisted I check out the place.

It only takes one step inside the restaurant to feel that down-home, no-frills charm. You’ll be greeted by a “Please Seat Yourself” sign, a bar, likely full of diners, and a bustling kitchen just behind them. Prized taxidermy, neon signs, and various memorabilia adorn the walls. All together, it forms this wonderful, rustic atmosphere.

Find a booth, grab a menu at the end of the table and order yourself a cup of coffee. The java is good, not great, but is always topped off by one of the servers. There is no shortage of breakfast options at Gadwall’s Grill. Of course, standard items like pancakes, omelets, biscuits and gravy, French toast, bacon, and eggs all make an appearance. I always order the latter two items. No one in the area fries bacon and eggs like Gadwall’s, and I generally enjoy paring them, along with cheddar cheese, inside a breakfast sandwich. Those items rest between two pieces of buttered Texas toast and come with a side option, which should always be crispy hash browns. Much like the bacon and eggs, no one does better hash browns than Gadwalls.

One bite of the sandwich breaks loose the over-easy egg’s yolk, spilling the yellow liquid onto the hash browns. Snap off a bit of thick, slightly crispy, yet still bendable bacon and dip it into the pooling egg yolk. Take a sip of coffee from your mug or a swallow of milk from the frosty Miller Lite mug, look around at other diners, and just bask in the enjoyment of the moment. If you’re still hungry and looking to order something else, be sure to keep an eye on the clock.

Gadwall’s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday breakfast shifts only run until 10:30 a.m.

Let me repeat.

That’s 10:30 a.m., sharp!

If you’re looking to order after that time, forget about it. You better wait until lunch, which happens to start in 30 minutes. Speaking of, Gadwall’s does an excellent lunch and dinner service, but that’s a topic for another day.

Right now, I’m all about the bacon, eggs, and hash browns.

Gadwall’s Grill
7311 N Hills Blvd #14 (North Little Rock)
Phone: (501) 834-1840
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and two daughters, Natalie (12) and Sydney (7). He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, seven years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for almost five years. During that time, he’s written for Little Rock Soiree, Rock City Eats, Treatsie, and Bourbon and Boots.

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