I was none to surprised after reading this review from the Arkansas Times after their recent visit to the Griffin Restaurant last month. We have prided ourselves on the farm-to-table concept and are fast at work on revamping the menu to accommodate the upcoming growing season.
After a great meal, the Lost Spudnut turned out to be the best thing we had. We’ll leave it at: If sin had a taste, it would probably taste something like that.
Here’s a brief excerpt from the article by David Koon:
“Housed in a very spiffed-up former car dealership and service center located directly behind the Rialto Theater, The Griffin is named for the former occupant of the space: Griffin Auto Co. These days, the vast, high-ceilinged room where mechanics once worked on the boss’ Packard and the roughneck’s Ford has been gutted and elevated to the kind of gleaming showplace you might expect to see on the bright side of Dallas or Nashville, with a central bar, uniformed waitstaff and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on the rising MAD. A stage with state-of-the-art lighting and sound juts into the large dining room, and features live music every Thursday night. Take out the tables and chairs, and you’d have a venue or exhibit space that could easily hold several hundred. Through a brass door at the rear of the restaurant, past another wall of windows that looks into the kitchen, is an even bigger venue: the Griffin Music Hall, which can seat 2,000.
A true farm-to-table operation, The Griffin’s long menu is created entirely from ingredients sourced within 150 miles of El Dorado (except for the seafood). That careful selection of ingredients shows in its menu of lunch, brunch and dinner items. On a recent visit for lunch, we sampled extensively, starting with a crab cake and fried green tomato platter ($13), which featured two thick cakes, dense with crab meat, each perched on a single slice of fried green tomato. Well-spiced and hearty, paired with a side of house-made remoulade sauce, the platter was a great pairing with a basket of lagniappe hush puppies that came with sweet butter. For entrees, I tried the grilled meatloaf on garlic-mashed potatoes ($12), while my companion chose the Portobello and mozzarella panini with sweet potato fries.”