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“Cool place to eat in Argenta Area” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Starving Artist Cafe - CLOSED

Starving Artist Cafe
Price range: US$8 - US$25
Cuisines: American, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 4th Street
Transit: We are located directly across the street from Trolley Stop #1.
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103 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Cool place to eat in Argenta Area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

The atmosphere here is really cool. Local artists have their art hanging on the walls covering the entire restaurant. This place is the opposite of pretentious. Good service with a laid back attitude, inexpensive good food. The lunch menu is small but executed well.

The goat cheese and tapenade starter is amazing, as well as the carrot and lavender soup. The roasted chicken salad is fresh and flavorful, I love their creamy dressing. I would definitely recommend this place for a light inexpensive bistro lunch, and YES, there is a bar. :)

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Thank The_Duchessss
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33 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tales from the mouth”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014

We decided to try the weekly Tales from the South radio show and dinner. The music was good, but the stories were definitely not on a par with Garrison Keillor or Mark Twain... The prices for mediocre food were pretentious. I got the advertised pasta with shrimp and sausage. The pasta was overcooked and mushy and there was ONE shrimp in the almost $20 dish! Maybe we just went on a bad night, but we won't be going back anytime soon, if at all... Oh, the bread was very good!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank John R
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Springfield, Missouri
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Recommend the Tue evening combo: Meal + Tales from the South”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

In the words of my wife, the food "was not mind-blowing, but was well prepared". The owners have creatively carved out a "niche atmosphere" with the displayed art, and the Tuesday night program of live music followed by the half-hour of "Tales from the South" storytelling. We had made reservations for an August 2013 Tuesday; the seating area was close to 100% full. For TFTS, arrive by 6:15. We (who are out of state) hope to make repeat visits.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JiLy77
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Nashville
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Dinner and quite a show”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2013

Make a point to be at the Starving Artist Café on a “Tales of the South” night (the first Tuesday of each month). The food is fine, but it’s the experience of hearing writers read their own compositions that makes this event so memorable.

These are memoirs, not tall tales, that can be touching, funny and emotional all in the space of a few minutes. What I heard was an unlikely mix of a story about a boy, his dog and Hurricane Katrina, another about the harrowing life of a goldfish and another about a teacher-led exorcism.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Shingle Springs
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66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice Lunch, Pleasant Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

Looking for an interesting place for lunch in North Little Rock, I stumbled-upon Starving Artist Cafe. A cup of chicken creole soup was ordered as a starter; penne pasta with shrimp and calamari was the main course. The food was fine and the service prompt and friendly.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TRS1955
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