Where to carb load in Little Rock

Posted on February 1, 2020

The Little Rock Marathon is the weekend of February 28, 2020, and has a 1980’s theme that’s totally tubular. And, of course, they still award the larger-than-life, super-famous Little Rock Marathon medals. 

One of the best parts of the long run is the carb loading the night before. And Little Rock has some great places to do just that.

Staying downtown? There are a handful of dining options that would be the perfect warmup to the race. Traditional Italian eateries and pasta palaces like Dizzy’s Gypsy BistroCiao Italian and Bruno’s Little Italy are popular choices. But if you prefer to fuel up with good old-fashioned pizza, make sure to try Iriana’s Pizza or Damgoode Pies. And take it from us, if you go to Damgoode, you’ll want to try “the Stuffy.” It’s a double crust pie that will remind you of Chicago. Farther down Main Street, in the South Main (SoMa) neighborhood is Raduno, where hand tossed pizzas and a great lineup of craft beers make for a perfect pre-race date night.  But Italian isn't your only choice when to comes to carbs in the River Market, check out Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe for a new flavor of pre-race fuel.  

Another downtown option with a different flavor is Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co. Their handmade noodles and dumplings are super tasty and can be spiced up as much as you can handle. (We order them at the “poison level,” but that’s up to you.)  Did we mention they offer vegetarian and vegan-friendly options, too?

Out in the Hillcrest/Heights/West Little Rock areas, there are local eateries that can help you get ready to run. The Pizzeria and Zaza Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Company both have good choices for fuel. Graffitti’s is another local favorite worth visiting.  All are just a short drive from downtown, so why not get out and see some of the city?

Finally, another favorite of the locals is Larry’s Pizza. It’s an all-you-can eat pizza joint with multiple locations. They’ve got some fun spins on traditional pizza including the Asian chicken pizza and the Club pizza. Dessert pizza is also available.

Whether you’re gearing up for a training run or next year’s big race, Little Rock is full of places to keep you fueled up.