Finally, after several weeks of knowing about this place, I finally had the opportunity to dine. Someone told me about a place where you could find a crab stuffed deep fried avocado. That’s right, I said crab stuffed deep fried avocado.. I knew from that moment I must find this sacred place. If you are driving down Cantrell rd. in Little Rock and you see the Pavilion in the Park sign, you must stop. Tucked down the stairs and under Bauman’s clothing store you will find Trio’s. We walked in around 7:30 p.m. on a Saturday night expecting a wait and a very busy, loud atmosphere. That didn’t happen at all. The place was definitely full so we asked for a high-top in the bar section, we were seated and greeted within a minute (a big plus for me). I noticed right off the bat that the staff was wonderfully attentive. A young server saw me looking around at one point, as I was merely taking it all in, she stopped what she was doing just to ask if she could help me find anything, awesome! That same young lady knew we were ready to leave and noticed our check sitting there-being waited on by the bartender isn’t always the quickest- but when the rest of your staff has the skills and service orientation as this staff does it just doesn’t matter. This is always how customer service should be. The server happily processed our payment and we left.
Now let’s talk food. My wife and I read the menu online during our commute to LR so we had a good idea of what we wanted. We definitely wanted to splurge and get our most favorite apps, the fried green tomatoes and shrimp a.k.a. Triple G-force. They were drizzled with the newly coveted green goddess. The green goddess is a dressing that caught my immediate attention as the flavor exploded in my mouth, the sweetness and tangy profile is simply heroic. We also ordered my wife’s all time favorite restaurant app, the spinach and artichoke dip. For the main course we had the Herb and Lemon roasted chicken with potatoes for my wife and the Tuna Poke (pronounced Poke-ay not poke-oops, my bad!.) Bowl for myself. I had to ask the server how in the world they prepared the potatoes because they literally seemed to eat like a vegetable truffle of sorts. I mean the perfectly crispy outside of the potato was seasoned to perfection and then the bite offered a buttery mashed potato texture, just melting away with each bite, probably my favorite part of her dish. The other week, I saw a TV special about this new culinary treat coming from Hawaii called the Poke (there it is again…poke-ay) bowl. As I watched I got very interested in trying to find somewhere to experience this treat and as my wife read off the menu in the car and came to the Ahi Poke bowl, I knew what I was having. As she continued she mentioned watermelon and radish which she separated assuming there should have been a comma between the two words printed on the menu. When the waiter brought my bowl I asked “what is that pink medallion?” he stated it was a watermelon radish, “oh I see” I said and smiled as my wife was busting out laughing and blushing a bit. Anyway, this medley of vegetable, fruit, and raw tuna was everything I had hoped and dreamed it would be.
Trio’s, I applaud you for a job well done, your service is impeccable and your food the same, may your cuisine grace more and more novice foodies and may you become a destination eatery for new guests for years to come. Thank You