By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
The Copper Grill in Downtown Little Rock is owned and operated by Capers which opened in 1997 and Cajuns Wharf which opened in 1975. I really enjoy both Capers and Cajuns, except for the period of time when Cajun’s was known as Landry’s.
Walking with a group from the office, we decide to stop at Copper Grill for a light business lunch. The interior is bright and welcoming with several tables to choose from and a large bar on the right.
We are seated at a tall table (and chairs) by the front door with a nice view of the restaurant. They have a variety of items to choose from including many sandwiches such as a chicken salad sandwich, turkey and bacon, pimento cheese burger, catfish po-boy, bleu cheeseburger, and a salmon burger.
They also have quite a few salads including a Mozzarella salad, a grilled salmon salad, a chicken or shrimp salad, and a Caesar salad. There are plenty of entrees to pick from as well and several appetizers.
I opt for the Salmon Burger on this trip along with a side of potato salad (instead of fries.) The salmon burger is described as “Fresh Salmon mixed with garlic, chives and bread crumbs, basil aioli and lemon. Complemented with wasabi coleslaw.” (Source: Copper Grill Website, 2011)
The sandwich comes out quickly and looks really good. The potato salad has large chunks of red potatoes in it with plenty of visible spices. It is savory and has a nice herbal flavor to it.
The sandwich is large, too much for me to eat actually, and although it looks good, it is very dense. The flavor is spot on, but the texture is off as it is way too heavy for a salmon burger. They used the right amount of spice but someone put way too many bread crumbs in it. It is too bad really as every else appears to be enjoying their food. Maybe next time.
As it turns out, I went back for dinner a week later and order the Grilled Salmon Salad Nicoise which is described as “Traditional nicoise salad on baby spinach with a grilled salmon filet and garnished with green beans, new potatoes, tomatoes and purple onions. Drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette.” (Source: Copper Grill Website, 2011)
This time I was not disappointed. The salmon was grilled perfectly and the dressing was a vibrant accompaniment to the spinach and vegetables. I really enjoyed the dish and found several items on their menu I want to try again sometime on a subsequent visit.
Lunch 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dinner 5-10 p.m