Cheers in the Heights has been around for almost as long as I have, but my first experience with their food was during last year’s Cheese Dip Championship. The offering from Cheers was the very first dip we tried that day, and it was easily one of our favorites, so we were sure to get some when we ate there recently. The evening was warm but not unpleasantly so, perfect for taking advantage of the covered patio outside – because what’s better than a warm June evening on the porch with a cold glass of iced tea? Our small order of chips and cheese dip came out before we barely had time to take our first sip, and I was surprised at how large this “small” order was: a full basket of colorful corn chips and a huge cup brimming over with the dark, rich dip. And oh, that dip! It was just as good as I remembered, velvety smooth with a deep, intense flavor of sharp cheese that gave way to just the right amount of heat and spice on the back of the tongue. The chips were a bit on the thick side, but I admit that’s more a matter of my preference instead of their shortcoming. The cheese dip is worth going for alone.
But of course we hadn’t come for just cheese dip, and Jess decided to try the Grilled Turkey Sandwich. We’ve been on a bit of a grilled cheese kick lately, so this sandwich seemed a good way to fulfill that craving: smoked turkey, lettuce, and tomato with mayo on perfectly toasted bread, and served with some of the tastiest kettle-cooked chips I’ve ever had. I don’t know if the folks at Cheers are cooking their own potato chips, but these seemed to have a very natural golden brown color to them so it wouldn’t surprise me. Anybody who knows Jess very well knows that she is a turkey sandwich fiend, so when she pronounced this one “delicious,” I knew we had a hit on our hands.
For my entrée, I chose the Hamburger Steak Platter, and I’ve got two words for anybody who wants to order this: come hungry. This plate came piled with a huge cooked-to-order hamburger steak, delicately seasoned and smothered in sweet grilled onions, two tender asparagus spears, grilled toast, and some of the best roasted fingerling potatoes I’ve ever eaten. Oh, and a dinner salad (which was awesome, see below right). And how much did I pay for this huge plate of food? The whole thing was $8.95 – which is less than a hamburger steak will run you at a swill-shop like Dixie Cafe. This plate was so tasty that I really consider it one of the best deals on dinner I’ve gotten in awhile.
I’ve read other reviews that say that Cheers has some of the best seafood in Little Rock, and the folks at the table behind us certainly seemed to be enjoying their crab claw special. I can’t wait to make it back and try the Fried Oysters Remoulade and maybe a Po’ Boy. Service was friendly and efficient, and I felt like the quality of the food was extremely high, especially considering how reasonable the cost of everything was. Cheers in the Heights is located at 2010 N. Van Buren (just down from Terry’s Finer Foods off Kavanaugh) and they’re open for lunch and supper Monday-Saturday. Enjoy!