Soon-to-be first-time dad Aaron Brooks is a pretty funny guy.
1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Aaron Brooks; Attorney at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP; Central Arkansas has been my home since I was a kid, although I took a couple of leaves of absence for law school (Boston) and work (Chicago) before settling here permanently. My wife Mallory and I recently moved from Hillcrest to St. Charles in West LR (with our first child on the way, we decided it was probably time to live closer to Altitude Trampoline Park than the Afterthought).
2. What has surprised you most about living in Little Rock? This didn't necessarily "surprise" me, but my favorite thing about Little Rock is that it's got all of the benefits and amenities of a large city (arts, restaurants, parks, museums, etc.) with the friendliness, community and values of a small town. My wife is a journalist, and it seems like almost every day she comes home with a new story of people in our community going above and beyond to take care of each other -- that spirit of service is something that I think makes LR unique.
3. What is, hands down, your favorite meal you can only get in Little Rock? This is like asking me to choose my favorite Journey song (hint: all of them). Some of my favorites include the chicken & dumplings from the Southern Gourmasian truck, the fried chicken at the Capital Bar & Grill, the farmer's burger at Big Orange, and the tamales from McClard's (in Hot Springs).
4. Finish this sentence: My perfect evening in Little Rock involves...dinner, a coffee stop to keep my wife from falling asleep, and then a show at one of LR's many local music joints (or, if I'm trying to impress her, The Rep or the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra).
5. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? I love driving out-of-towners through the Quapaw Quarter. Meals will probably include stops at Doe's, Whole Hog Cafe, and the brunch at YaYa's. Evening entertainment is normally found at White Water Tavern or Ciao Baci, and no trip to Little Rock is complete without visiting the Clinton Library and the Big Dam Bridge. More often than not, there's also a weekend festival of some sort that requires an hour or two. (What I'm trying to say is, people should visit LR.)