My BFF Sheridan turns 32 on August 8th. But since that's a Wednesday, she decided to celebrate the weekend before. Sheridan lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, a short 2-hour drive from Memphis, so I made the trip Saturday afternoon in time for birthday dinner at The House Gastropub.
We started the festivities with Arkansas craft beers. Sher's drinking some kind of pale ale, and I started with a creamy stout. Later in the night, we switched to espresso bombs (a shot of espresso dropped into an IPA):
Sheridan had a modest crowd since many of her friends were out of town for the weekend:
Sheridan, her partner Drew, and I all ordered the House's Vegan Burger. It's one of a couple vegan menu items (there's also a Thai green curry bowl). I was in a burger mood, and this giant black bean, pumpkin seed, and rice patty on foccacia bread with beer BBQ sauce and caramelized onions did not disappoint. Oh, and the house-made herbed fries with curry ketchup were delicious too!
Sheridan and I could only eat half of our monster burgers, so we saved the rest for post-pool party snacking (we went back to Sheridan's apartment after dinner to swim).
After our bellies were full of burgers, we still had to eat one more thing — cupcakes!! I made the Lemon Blueberry Creme Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World:
These are lemon cakes with hollowed out centers that are stuffed with blueberry compote and topped with lemon buttercream. Yum!
More on Little Rock eats tomorrow. We ate brunch at an adorable cafe called The Root Cafe, but it deserves a post all of its own.