When I find time to stop for coffee and a bite to eat, it usually means balancing a to-go cup and pre-packaged sandwiches. But since chatting with one particular café in Little Rock, Arkansas, I’ve been inspired to slow it down a bit.
After moving from Nashville to Little Rock, Michael and Amanda Carpenter yearned for a central neighborhood coffee house in between work and home, where people could relax and enjoy good food and a welcoming atmosphere. In July 2013, they opened Mugs Café, located in the historic and eclectic Argenta Arts District.
Mugs Café goes beyond the typical coffee shop fare with an exceptional breakfast and lunch selection. Not abandoning its coffee house roots, many of the recipes are inspired by locations where coffee beans are commonly grown. Breakfast tacos with jalapeño relish or the pulled turkey sliders are just examples of the inspired selection Mugs Café touts. Still, it was the smoked salmon club sandwich that caught my eye. This gourmet take on a classic club requires only a few ingredients, but as is often the case in a great sandwich, the sum is greater than its parts.
Pair this tasty club with the soups featured in our current issue, and enjoy a break in your day.
Smoked Salmon Club Sandwich
From Michael Carpenter of Mugs Café, North Little Rock, Arkansas