Day 20: Riverfront
Not much going on today… basically just recuperating after being on the road for the last couple of weeks. Went to Crazy Hibachi for lunch – teppanyaki stuff, with some mediocre sushi. The chef at our table was a Taiwanese-descent from Central America — seemed rather inexperienced (which he was) as he dropped his tools a couple of times (although I suspect this might be part of the performance). But I was a tad disappointed that he didn’t do the fire thing, or caught the egg shells with his hat. 🙁
Dinner was at this riverside restaurant in Little Rock overseeing the Arkansas River with Randall Sr and Terri. After a slightly long wait, the food arrived and it was pretty fabulous. I had the shrimp and scallop etoufee (pronounced eh-too-fay) which had just the right balance of consistency and spiciness. And brimming with seafood and rice. Was almost full just having that, but had ordered the mixed grill – salmon, halibut, shrimp, and scallops – which, fortunately, was not overwhelming or overly-buttered. The folks were really friendly, and gave me a running commentary on the interesting historical trivia about Lonoke and Little Rock.
As summarized in this website , Lonoke’s name was derived from the “lone oak” tree that stood at the site of the town of Lonoke, the county seat of government.
Also passed by Clinton’s presidential library on the way back – to be ready in a year’s time. I thought it looked fine, but Randy Sr commented it looked like a house on stilts.