By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
I met my wife for lunch today at Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro which is right down the street from my office. Dizzy’s replaced the Vermillion Water Grille a while back for those that haven’t eaten Downtown in a while. The replacement resulted in a complete overhaul as Dizzy’s is a casual and funky place whereas Vermillion had a formal and up-scale feel to it. Dizzy’s is full of art-work and when you walk in you are welcome to seat yourself in the dining area, outside, or at the bar. It was too cold for us to eat outside so we found a nice table in the dining room.
Our server showed up right away and took our iced tea orders while we perused the menus. Their menu is staggering in length with several pages containing everything from salads, to pasta, to sandwiches, to burgers, and more. Everything has a American bistro vibe to it with an emphasis on simple food with complex tastes. Take for example the grilled turkey sandwich I ordered. It is a standard turkey sandwich but comes with a pesto-mayo and basil leaves. That is a far cry from plain mayonnaise and is a welcome change in my opinion.
Once we placed our orders our food arrived in about 5 minutes. We did order sandwiches after all so the short time was not a big surprise. It was welcome to get our food so quickly though. As I mentioned earlier I ordered the Grilled Turkey ($8.99) which is a sandwich served with slices of turkey, a pesto-mayo, tomato, and basil leaves on grilled wheat bread. It came with a side salad (that I ordered instead of fries.) My wife ordered the Roast Beef Pita ($7.99) which is a half slice of pita (very large) filled with sliced roast beef, basil, and a horseradish sauce.) It came with a salad as part of the lunch special.
My turkey sandwich was big enough for a lunch and the pesto-mayo with basic leaves added a great flavor to it. I eat turkey sandwiches quite often for lunch since they are low in calories and fat and Dizzy’s makes one of the best ones I’ve had. The side salad was nothing to write home about but did the job of a side salad.
My wife’s sandwich was huge to say the least. They should have cut it in half but the cut didn’t affect the flavor. It was filled with roast beef and a horse-radish sauce with basil leaves. The only strange thing about the sandwich was the roast beef. It looked like a stack of very thin roast beef had been cubed and put in the sandwich. There was nothing wrong with it by the way, it was just cut differently than I’m used to seeing sliced roast beef cut.
Both sandwiches were plenty big for lunch and we left the place quite satisfied. There are other things I would like to try on the menu and I might return on a weekend when I can indulge in something higher in calories. I didn’t leave the place with a super craving to go back, but it did leave me with a positive impression.
Dizzy’s Grill and Bistro
Little Rock, AR
Open Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00AM – 8:00PM.
Friday & Saturday: 11:00AM – 9:00PM.
(Closed Sundays & Mondays.)