Localvore Capi Peck just may be to blame for the movement that has made Little Rock a world-class culinary destination.
1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Capi Peck; chef and co-owner of Trio's Restaurant in Pavilion in the Park for 27 1/2 years; I am a life-long resident of Little Rock except for my college years; I have lived in the Piedmont subdivision off of Sam Peck Road for 34 years, in a house designed and built by my dad.
2. Where do you like to eat when you're not doing the cooking? Little Rock has so many wonderful and diverse independent restaurants. My current favorites include Bossa Nova for the cheese bread, black beans and rice and collard green salad; El Palenque for Tacos al Pastor, Horchata the best and freshest guac in town; The Root for a burger; The Pantry for pâté, truffled deviled eggs, frites and the goulash pie; Brave New Restaurant for goat cheese mousse and wall-eye pike; Table 28 for the kale caesar; and Layla's for gyros, falafel, Spanakopita, hummus, tabbouleh and Baba Ghanouj.
4. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? I take all of my out-of-town buddies to Two Rivers Park or the Big Damn Bridge, Loblolly Ice Cream, the Esse Purse Museum, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Trio's, of course.
5. What do you think is LR's best kept secret? Our world-class River Trail System, genuine and real Southern hospitality, our vibrant independent restaurant scene and our thriving arts districts with great local boutiques and retailers. I love Box Turtle for unique gifts and great jewelry, Vesta's is awesome and I get most of my clothes there and Chainwheel is a jewel of a bike shop where they spend time helping you choose the perfect bike for you. I am stoked about the upcoming Restore Robinson project which will transform this iconic building into a state of the arts performance hall and conference center.
Trio's is located at 8201 Cantrell Rd #100, Little Rock, AR 72227. It also happens to be the first "fancy" non-chain restaurant I ever tried outside of my hometown of Arkadelphia. Needless to say, I was forever changed. Thanks, Capi!