104: Meet Linda Lopez

Texas transplant Linda Lopez has carved out a niche of her own in Little Rock. 

1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Linda López; Spanish Teacher at The Anthony School; 13 years in Little Rock. Cammack Village area…kinda...off of Cantrell & Mississippi.

2. What has surprised you the most about living in LR? When I first moved to Arkansas, what surprised me the most was the lack of Hispanics. It was a total culture shock!  Where was the delicious food, music, culture I had grown accustomed to? It has since grown by leaps and bounds. I soon learned, though, that being Southern is a culture all on its own, with great food, music and people too! Another surprise was the actual change in seasons, weather and landscape. Where I’m from (Harlingen, Texas), there is a constant humidity; it’s hot, every now and then it rains, and the landscape is flat. I couldn’t believe how beautiful Arkansas was.  

3. What is, hands down, your favorite meal you can only get in Little Rock? My favorite meal I can only find in Little Rock is the fried chicken, yams, roll and Mac & Cheese from David’s Family Kitchen off of Broadway and Roosevelt (sometimes I get the lemon cake…DELISH!).

4. It's a Saturday -- what's on your agenda? It really just depends on this unpredictable Arkansas weather. I’ve been trying to get out and walk trails more or the downtown area on good weather days. I like to road trip, so I like to take a drive on backroads and check out the beautiful scenery, stop at historical markers or roadside stands. 

5. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? When guests come to visit, I like to take them to see the Capitol and downtown area. Downtown has so many different options--museums, great restaurant, bars or just a place to plop down and take it all in.