Good Food on Cantrell Blvd, Little Rock, AR

Shogun's Japanese Steakhouse & Grill

4). Fire in the hole! The Onion Volcano erupts as does our cheers and applause.
4). Fire in the hole! The Onion Volcano erupts as does our cheers and applause. | Source
Chicken Teriyaki Plate w/Fried Rice
Chicken Teriyaki Plate w/Fried Rice | Source

A Triple Onion Volcano Tonight!


Going to a Japanese Steak House and Grill is a different dining experience.

Shogun's is set up where you are seated at a table that will comfortably seat 10 People.

Strangers get to share the experience of having a chef, prep the grill, and prepare rice, veggies and whatever meat(s) you may decide on.

This is performance cooking!

I learned the ropes of Japanese Grill dining from good friends. They could not believe I had never been to a Japanese Grill, and insisted on accompanying me on my maiden voyage. I was lucky that I had a positive experience the first time, and learned the full experience that can be shared with mutual participation between dinner goers, Chef, and servers.

As a diner, if you love the experience of open Grill dining, you will return again as I have. Since that time there have been times where we shared tables with a group or family who were there to have a fun like we were, and other times where those customers did not get the full benefit of fun and interaction with the chef, and other diners.

Tips to make your experience the Best:

  • Prepare to Tip the Chef - About $5.00 per party . $3.00 minimum for a single person.
  • Talk to the Chef, pay attention to what he subtly asks you. Suggest, don't demand (he/she has sharp knives)
  • The Chef will entertain and put on a show if you are enthusiastic. Have fun, enjoy! Clap, yell, make some noise, and show your appreciation. Pay attention, you may learn something.
  • Keep hair and flammables back from the grill while Chef is cooking, he/she will give you much Fire, if you are lucky!
  • If you drink sake it is traditional to have many taking shots together with the rest of the crowd.
  • Order water if that is what it takes to Tip well.
  • Tip your Server a minimum of 15% unless you are given bad service. Then make it 10, just don't go back, or let the manager know.
  • In any service industry, even a person from the trailer park can be treated like royalty by tipping well. You will be rewarded by better seating, better food, and have a better experience in each proceeding visit.
  • There are those who fuss about the restaurant they frequent often, and I know them, and don't tip, or tip poorly. In the US, servers get under $3.00 per hour, and they really work hard for each penny.

Being enthusiastic with Chris our Chef at Shoguns earned me a big show on the grill! We had so much fun. The chef takes a half onion, and uses the thick rings to build a Volcano shaped stack of onion rings. He squirts something and another in/on/around the volcano, and lights it up! It smokes, like a volcano about to erupt. We were such an impressed crowd that he created a triple volcano surprise on the grill!


GPS Addresses for Resturants, Theater, and Hotels Near Cantrell Blvd, Little Rock, AR

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A markerShogun Japanese Steak House gps 34.75977,-92.30876 -
2815 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA
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A Well Founded Grill & Steak House! (501)666-7070. There are many sparkling jewels in this wealthy but subdued part of the Rock.

B markerRiverdale 10 - Movie Theater gps 34.76044,-92.30644 -
2600 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA
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(501)296-9955 Matinee (Before 6pm) - $6.00 Adult $7.50, Child, Sr's and Students $6.50, Military and Police $6.00

C markerCajun's Wharf address for gps coordinates 34.7577,-92.2951 -
2400 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA
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(501)375-5351 - Another special place to take a date. CW always has entertainment going on, so after dinner at Shogun's head on down to Cajun's Wharf

D markerWhole Hog Cafe & Catering 34.7608,-92.3054 -
2516 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA
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Dessert! Brownies! Cookies! A Rack of Ribs for the Hotel Room!

E markerDoubletree (Hilton) Hotel gps coordinates 34.74868,-92.27426 -
424 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA
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(501)372-4371 Nice! If you find yourself having an extra good time, and you are their guest...they have shuttles.

F markerDowntown Riverside RV Park gps coordinates 34.752078, -92.26174 -
50 Riverfront Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72114, USA
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GPS - 34.752078, -92.261741 Phone Number(501) 340-5312 eMail - rvparkriversidenlr@northlittlerock.ar.gov

Eating at Shogun's is Entertaining!

Going to a restaurant that is unique, and from cultures different from my own, excite me. I strive to always throw away preconceived notions, or ignorance entirely, and become a wanted guest. This respect for another's culture shows, and makes the experience positive for the staff as well as the diners.

When the chef pushed up his cart, loaded with all of the makings of Hibachi Grill, I found myself clapping like a Seal at Sea World . Our Chef; Chris, did some fancy maneuvers with the onions, and created Onion Volcanoes. I was thrown back to the wonderment of a child, when the onions, which stacked, allowed so much force and steam, to burst from the top. I was surprised it didn't shoot apart.

Thinking the show was over, Chris removed the top half of the volcano, and Wow! I shouted like a typical Razorback fan, "Yee Haw!", when brown liquid started gushing out of the top, and over the sides. This was especially endearing to me, because I study Earth Science.

This was an ultimate dining thrill. Thanks Chris!

  • Volcano 1 -Smoke
  • Volcano 2 -Steam & Pressure
  • Volcano 3 -Bubbling, Troubling Brew!

I always get excited again thinking of it! Fun, fun, fun!

Oh, and the food is amazing.

Just to let you know, Lilly's meal came to $22.95 + $5.00 tip for the Chef + $6.00 tip for the server. This was the Chicken Teriyaki with Fried Rice and a couple of Sapporo Beers.

Our server was excited, when I informed him that I was trying Japanese beer for the first time. This prompted him to share, that his home is Sapporo!

There is so much food, that I ate leftovers from the take-out box, all night, and into the next morning! It was good, even day old!

Hot!

Triple Volcano! I got a suntan!
Triple Volcano! I got a suntan! | Source

Leftovers - Leftovers - Leftovers

This may seem to be coming from out of the blue, but for those who are not familiar with the "South" of North America, our language and communications can be difficult, because the "southernisms" are borne of heat, humidity, poverty, eternal optimism, and plain grit.

The food at Shogun's is such good quality, the service and the atmosphere are so exciting. Me and my family look forward to going each time. It is expensive for us, so to save up for it, we will not eat out for 2 months or so, and save the $5.00 to $10.00 here and there we would spend eating out junk food. It is worth it.

I was not introduced to the Japanese Hibachi Grill until I was fifty years old.

Hopefully, this will encourage people to take their kids to experience this asian style of cooking and service at an younger age.

It was a mystery to me for over half of my life. I regret I didn't take a chance on trying it sooner.

Tipping...

Three of us who went to Shogun's, we go only if we have enough money, to buy dinner and tip well.

I talk about tipping a lot.

I do not eat out often, because I cook at home.

When I go out, I like to tip well.

There have been rare occasions when she and her fellow diners, together have tipped 100%.

There are individuals and businesses that go above and beyond when it comes to quality and service. They deserve the respect of a good tip. (Leaving a religious pamphlet for a tip, probably embarrasses God, please stop, it is not winning any converts either...).

There have been times when holiday's have left me with the choice of making a last minute feast or going to one of our favorite places. Usually Cracker Barrel. Cracker Barrel offers a comfortable atmosphere, a fire going in a large fireplace, excellent food and service. The old fashioned store brings a homey feeling.

If your server is working on a traditional family holiday, they would probably rather be with their family, or they really need the money. Sometimes it is the new server who works these times, give them a break.

One of our worst waitresses ever had our table one Christmas Day. She didn't realize our family of 6 was prepared to tip her up to $100.00 for a $70.00 meal. She was terrible, but got us fed and out of there. At 10%, she would've gotten $7.00. She was happy with the $25.00 tip...if she only realized. We would've been happy to tip her the $100.00.

Tip Your Server - Tip Your Bartender - Tip Your Chef - Tip those who sell you winning tickets - Tip The Cab Driver

Tip those who go out of their way to assist and do things for you, you could have done for yourself, but now you don't have to.

Even if you get the worst service. Tip a dollar. Not for them, but for you. It is not an excuse for bad service, but you really never know what that person's day, week, or month has been like. Here in the U.S. we are bad about not thinking of our International visitors and Residents, and how they are feeling about their homeland being flooded, shaken by Earthquakes, or drowned by Tsunami's.

That dollar isn't for them, it is for you to give a seed of love and hope to someone. "Not Tipping" to show disfavor, really is not an effective way to communicate.

© 2010 Lori J Latimer

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Girl you are smokin with Shogun Japanese Steak House Hidden Treasure. The details and even a map, you think of everything.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Katiem2 - Thank you very much! I am honestly having more fun than I have had in a Long time! Write On! :0)


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

OMG!!! I wanna go and clap like a seal too!!! This place sounds like a lot of fun. I've seen on TV about places like that but thought I never could afford it! Well with your explanation of the cost, it is a possibility for me.

I love the part about tipping as well, so many people don't understand that tipping is their wages. Having worked in food service, I only made $2.60 per hour but had to pay taxes on the amount of sales. So for instance I worked 6 hours (the usual for a waitress) I would earn $15.60 in wages. But my 'sales' would be $200 or more, I had to pay taxes on that $200. My tax that I claimed was 8% (as you pointed out 15% is the normal tip), but I rarely got even 8%. Leaving a .25 tip on a $10 order would cause me to have to pay taxes on .80 when I only made .25 cents.

It's a shame your waitress didn't at least try to make you happy. I know there were holidays that I didn't want to work, but sheesh... you gotta be there, so you might as well be happy!!

Very Informative Hub!! Thank you!

P.S. - Thanks for the 'happy' mention!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

You have an enthusiasm that is attractive, and I am glad to share ya! Write On sis!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Steak is my favorite. I found something special in Japanese steak house. I hope I can visit this restaurant someday. Thank you very much. ~prasetio


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

prasetio30, Thank You so much. You are a good writer, and it makes me feel good that you enjoy my Hubs. :0)


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I love: "suggest, don't demand - he has sharp knives" LOL! Perfect. I've tried a number of Japanese steak/chicken restaurants where they prep the meals before you. Love them all!

Also - great tips on tipping. Thumbs up!


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

stephhicks68, Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed. It is a treat, and am so glad our town has this special Hidden Treasure less than 3 miles from my house. Thanks for the Thumbs Up.


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chan0512 6 years ago from Camarillo, CA

Will try Shogun if I'm in the area. Thanks for sharing. miss those volcano and acts by the chef. lol..


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

chan0512 - Thank you. It's a hoot and very good eating. Glad you stopped by!

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