Terri-Lynn’s BBQ & Deli on Rodney Parham has been quietly serving up their menu since 1959. Like many places in town, they have built a steady following by consistently providing quality food at a decent price. Even though the location is on our way home every afternoon, getting to the restaurant during operating hours has been a challenge. They are closed Sundays and Mondays and open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday. Today we made the trek up from SW Little Rock with some coworkers to check the menu out.
The menu includes sandwiches off the menu or design-your-own versions, tamales, BBQ, hot dogs, nachos and salads. They also sell meats and cheeses by the pound, and they make catering trays. This is a no frills paper plates and plastic flatware kind of place. The prices are very reasonable and the portions are sensible. We went with a Chopped Pork BBQ Salad, a Foot Long Chili Dog with a side of Deviled Eggs, and a Pita Sandwich called the “Junior.”
The salad was a big hit. The BBQ pork and smoked cheddar were a nice contrast with the tomatoes and red onion, it was all piled on top of mixed greens and came with a choice of Ranch or BBQ sauce. This was a bargain at $6.99 because the portion size was huge.
There were a lot of choices on the hot dog section of the menu: the Killer Dog, the Garbage Dog and the Demon Delight were calling to us, but we played it safe and went with the Footlong Chili Dog with cheese, onions and mustard. This is nothing fancy: just a solid dog with just the right amount of toppings so that no one component really overpowered the dish. There were lots of sides to pick from, including chips, potato salad, macaroni salad, beans, and slaw. We are suckers for Deviled Eggs, so we were thrilled to see them on the menu as a side-item. These were classically done. The combination of a chili dog and deviled eggs seemed fitting for 4th of July week.
Our selection from the sandwich portion of the menu was the “Junior,” which includes smoked turkey and pepper jack cheese with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and ranch dressing all served on a toasted pita. This was also a bargain for the price ($5.99). The pita was overflowing with toppings and the smoky flavor of the turkey and bacon really complemented the pepper jack and ranch.
We also felt like we needed to try the dessert menu to get the full Terri Lynn’s experience. Pecan pie and chocolate chess pie topped off our meals. One person at our table said, “This pecan pie is giving me flashbacks to Thanksgiving as a kid.” Both pie choices were excellent but we gave a slight edge to the chocolate.
There is a saying displayed prominently behind the counter at Terri-Lynn’s: “Business is Great! People are Terrific! Life is Wonderful!.” We’ll let that speak for itself.
Terri Lynn’s BBQ & Delicatessen: 10102 N Rodney Parham Rd, Little Rock. www.terrilynns.com