Gadwall’s Grill has become an institution in the North Little Rock and Sherwood area over the past 29 years. It has the cozy feel of a small-town restaurant, with great food that is rivaled only by the delightful personal service of its staff.
Karen and Jane Schubert were working in a Little Rock restaurant known for its burgers when they decided their home area of Sherwood needed a relaxed, family-oriented restaurant where they could enjoy a great meal. So in 1989 they opened Gadwall’s Grill and have been pleasing customers ever since. Today, brother-and-sister team Bart and Shea Bryant, who grew up working at the restaurant, lovingly manage the institution. Many of the staff members are long-time employees and have been friends since they were teenagers.
According to Bart, the menu is full of family recipe-inspired offerings such as the chili, cheese dip and soaked salad. The restaurant does offer breakfast each day, and the lunch and dinner menu includes burgers, nachos, grilled and cold sandwiches, hot dogs, soups, salads, chili and cheese dip. A wide variety of side dishes is also available including green beans, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato fries, home-cut fries, baked chips and many more.
My visit to Gadwall’s began with a platter of Cheddar Bacon Fries with the house chili. This dish is a treat that features Gadwall’s home-cut fries topped with the family-recipe chili that is then layered with melted cheddar cheese. The result is an appetizer that features a different savory flavor with each bite.
The soaked salad was seasoned with Gadwall’s secret mix of spicy vinegar and oil blended with lettuce, green olives and tomatoes. This recipe is from Marie Hardin, Bart and Shea’s grandmother. A simple salad with a gourmet taste!
The Grilled Salmon Chef Salad rivaled similar salads that I have had at five-star restaurants. The fish was grilled just right and seasoned with a blend of spices. The salmon was served over crisp lettuce, bacon, tomatoes, black olives, provolone and mozzarella cheeses.
A new item on Gadwall’s menu is the Turkey Burger Steak, which is grilled and topped with grilled onions. It was moist and packed with flavor. The side of green beans was also tasty, as was the Texas toast.
The Bonzai Chili Cheese Nachos included a huge platter of corn tortilla chips, chili, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, black olives and jalapenos topped with cheese dip and a dollop of sour cream. The family’s cheese dip is the star of this dish. It has a spicy flavor and makes you want more with each mouthful.
Gadwall’s Grill is known for its hamburgers. The Old-Fashioned Double Cheeseburger made me understand why. This hamburger included fresh, hand-patted ground beef on a toasted bun with mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and melted American cheese (Swiss and jalapeño cheddar are also available). This was quite simply a perfect burger. The side of onion rings was a great accompaniment.
I was served the Brownie Under dessert, and if you are a chocolate lover this is a must-try! It features a warm brownie under three scoops of ice cream, topped with Gadwall’s homemade chocolate sauce. The made-fresh-daily cobbler with ice cream was also a treat. Mine was cherry and the crust was fabulous. Yes, I dipped some of my cobbler in the chocolate sauce, and yes, it was divine.
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