Eat Arkansas reader Rummy files an opening day report on The Wrought Iron Grill, the new restaurant next door to the Clinton Gift Shop.
The menu isn't exciting (mostly burgers, chicken fried steak, misc. fried foods, etc.), but we wanted to get out & support them on their first night. Unfortunately, the restaurant is in the basement with no view & no atmosphere. It was filled with diner style tables & chairs. Given the cool location, I was hoping for a little more style. We were the only customers when we arrived & the waiter seemed really nervous. The jitters were awkward, but again, we wanted to be supportive. We decided to try the homemade pork egg roles for an appetizer as they are highlighted on the menu. Knowing it was their first night, we kept it simple with burgers for dinner. The egg roles were ok, but nothing special. They were served with a super sweet sauce that seemed to come from a jar. The burgers came after 30 excruciating minutes of listening to the owner's unattended kids clanging cups & silver ware on a nearby table. If ever you should hire a baby sitter, opening night of your restaurant would be that night. The clanging, coupled with the loud 70's rock music, left us wiped out. As we asked for our dinners to go, the owner apologized for his kids (saying they wouldn't always be there, except his wife had to be at the restaurant tonight to make her egg roles). I really do wish these new business owners well, but I can't see myself going to either of these restaurants [the comment came in our item about the Hop] for an enjoyable dinner. For bar food in a cool atmosphere, I'll stick to Rumba (1/2 price Tapas on Tues). As for the burgers, we were so disappointed with the whole experience that we wound up going to Iriana's for a reliable dinner.