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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Jan. 2, 2014 The Arkansas Times welcomes the New Year with our annual edition of the Natives Guide. As usual, we’ve collected essential information to help you navigate life in Central Arkansas. This year, as we planned this issue, the Times editorial staff ticked off a list of things to do/places to go that we could authoritatively recommend to Central Arkansans: Where to get a good cup of coffee outside of Starbucks. Where to find the best chicken livers. Where to get your car fixed. Where to buy a cheap office chair. Where to hear local politicians sing karaoke. We didn’t get far. So we called some well-known folks from around town to get their local favorites. Thankfully, they turned out to be a well-rounded bunch, collectively. So read on to find out what Christina Munoz, Dustin McDaniel, John Walker and 607 talk about when they talk about their favorite Little Rock things. And let us know yours! Sincerely,

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t’s the rare person who does not seek advice before taking the plunge in, say, buying a bike or a barbecue sandwich. Like Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says in his offering below, if you know where to go to get something special, it behooves you to share the information. What follows is a sprinkling of ideas from folks you’ve heard of and folks you haven’t (including the staff). It’s a gallimaufry of suggestions; we hope you’ll find information here to make you feel like a native if you aren’t; fill in the gaps if you are.

WHERE TO BUY TACOS

WHERE TO BUY A MAN’S HAT Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

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State legislator and legendary Little Rock civil rights attorney John Walker is known around town not only for his work before the bar and in the ledge, but as a gent who is carrying on the longstanding fashion tradition of men wearing brimmed hats. When we started looking around for a local celeb who could tell us where to buy a smart gentleman’s hat, we naturally thought of him. “I like my hats. I go to Jos. A. Bank to get my hats when they’re on sale. They cost $29, and some occasions, you can buy two hats for $29. On one occasion, I bought three hats for $29 — buy one, get two free. You just have to know when. Those hats are wonderful. I’ve got about four of them right now. I wear a hat in part because I have a tendency to get cold. I don’t wear them in the summer time — I may wear them occasionally in the summer, but it’s basically a fall and winter thing. They help keep my body at an even temperature, and I like the appearance of it. It’s comforting, and it makes me a little more confident when I’m engaging in conversation with people like Max [Brantley], who don’t wear a hat.”

Jos. A. Bank has two locations, at 203 N. University Avenue in Midtown (614-9487) and in the Chenal Creek shopping center in West Little Rock (225-5524).

The simple word “taco” does no justice at all to the variety of tortilla-wrapped goodness available around town. Folks looking for a high-end dining experience will want to try Local Lime in West Little Rock’s Promenade Shopping Center, where highquality ingredients meet one of the most inventive bar selections in town to create a meal experience to remember. Alternatively, The Fold in Riverdale has rebounded from a shaky start to become a fine-dining taco destination of its own. We’re also very fond of a number of spots along Geyer Springs road, where taco trucks like Taqueria Samantha and K-Lienttos sit side by side with restaurants like Eliella and La Regional. Stopping at any of these places means deliciousness that won’t hurt the pocketbook. Taco trucks worth noting for folks who need some suds with their Mexican fare are San Juan Jalisco, which parks outside Colonial Liquor on Markham, and Taqueria Alicia, an authentic truck that’s taken up regular residence at Stone’s Throw Brewing at Ninth and Rock.

WHERE TO GO TO SALUTE THE SUN Barefoot Studio THV-11 anchor Dawn Scott has been doing yoga for more than a decade. “I like everything about yoga. It’s a mind-body-soul workout. It takes care of your body mentally, physically, and emotionally, and keeps you in check. Jack Bower has my favorite local class. It’s a hot yoga class. He really pushes you to find your edge and is just a really good teacher. That’s a more advanced class. If you were going for an intro class I would take a class from Breezy [Osborne] at Barefoot. She’s also the owner. I’ve taken a class with her before as well — she knows how to articulate, she’s very compassionate with her students and she has a really good spirit.” Barefoot Studio has two locations: at 3515 Old Cantrell Road in midtown and 8501 Pinnacle Valley Road in West Little Rock, 661-8005. Other yoga studios in Pulaski County include The Floating Lotus, 900 N. University Ave.; Viniyoga Arkansas, 910 W. 9th St.; MeridiYIN’z Yoga Studio, 11715 Rainwood Road; Breathe Pilates and Yoga, 2821 Kavanaugh; Soul Yoga Lounge, 1207 Rebsamen Park Road; IM=X Pilates Little Rock, 8201 Cantrell Road; Zenspin, 5612 R St.; Yoga Studio of Little Rock, 910 W. Sixth St.; Big Rock Yoga, 10700 Rodney Parham Road; Woodlands Edge Yoga, 3421 Woodlands Trail; and Regeneration Fitness, 117 E. Broadway, North Little Rock.

WHERE TO HEAR LOCAL POLITICOS SING KARAOKE Dugan’s Pub When the legislature is in session at the Capitol, Wednesday nights at Dugan’s become the go-to after-hours spot to knock back a few and let off some steam with a truly bipartisan activity: karaoke. Lawmakers and lobbyists, bureaucrats and party flaks — every Wednesday, a who’s who of the newsmaker set shows off their talent (or lack thereof). Movers and shakers indeed. The best of the bunch: Lt. Gov. Mark Darr. His ethics may veer out of tune, but the man sings like an angel. Dugan’s is located at 401 E. 3rd St., 244-0542.

WHERE TO DRINK COFFEE Escaping the over-roasted behemoth known as Starbucks is easier than ever in Central Arkansas. Hillcrest visitors can get a classic latte at several stops on Kavanaugh Boulevard: River City Coffee and Tea, in new digs; coffee with a Brazilian sharpness at Rosalia’s, and the soon-to-be open Mylo Coffee Co., which will be roasting its own coffee on-site for their signature pour-over brew. Downtown and Heights-area coffee drinkers need look no further than Boulevard Bread Co., and Boulevard’s java is also available in the River Market downtown, as is Andina’s, around the corner on Third Street. Meanwhile, West Little Rockers swear by the house-roasted coffee available by the cup or by the pound at Guillermo’s Gourmet Grounds on Rodney Parham. In North Little Rock, Mugs Argenta Cafe has provided a classy space in which to get caffeinated.

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WHERE TO SEE, CREATE ART Arkansas Arts Center

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MoMan Sumler is the godfather of Little Rock’s spoken-word poetry scene. A veteran of slam poetry events and competitions all over the U.S. and the founder of the Rocktown Slam, he was instrumental in securing Little Rock as the host city for the 2015 Southern Fried Poetry Slam, one of the oldest and biggest slam poetry events in the country. “The Little Rock’s arts scene is burgeoning, and the Arkansas Arts Center stands at the vanguard. It is rare in the contemporary age to think about arts as entertainment, so long ago written off as the province of the elite and the ultra-educated, but the Arkansas Arts Center tackles that head on by making the arts approachable and accessible. From tango to painting, from sculpture to flashmobs — even poetry — the Arkansas Arts Center is at the forefront of pushing the culture, and bringing a truly worldwide arts experience to Central Arkansas. The commitment of the Arkansas Arts Center to the arts scene has not gone unnoticed. In 2013 they were responsible for creating the second largest ‘yarn bombing’ in America. Their annual ekphrastic poetry slam, ‘Art on Art,’ was the first of its kind and in no small part was instrumental to attracting festivals like the great Southern Fried Poetry Slam, coming to Little Rock in 2015. The Arts Center is housed in one of the most beautiful sections of the city, to wit, the MacArthur Park area, tucked deep in the heart of the historic Quapaw Quarter. For any and all budgets, my favorite place in Little Rock remains the Arkansas Arts Center!” For more information on the Arkansas Arts Center, which is located at 501 E. 9th Street, call 327-4000.

WHERE TO LEARN BALLET Shuffles Christina Munoz once appeared on the cover of the Times in a suit and toe shoes. The KATV Channel 7 news anchor grew up dancing and became involved in Ballet Arkansas when she moved to Arkansas. Now, she has a 5-year-old ballerina, Sydney, on her hands and she sends her to Shuffles. “I’m so thankful it turned out to be a quality studio. It’s not a competition studio and to be honest, that’s pretty rare. I was impressed with how sophisticated and professional everybody is — nobody’s wearing midriff tops and skimpy outfits. As a mom, I’m uncomfortable with girls running around in skimpy costumes. [Sydney’s] teacher happens to be a professional dancer at Ballet Arkansas — Lauren McCarty Horak. “I grew up dancing in Yankton, S.D. My father was a violinist in the Yankton symphony for almost 40 years. He taught us all violin and we sang. We were an artsy-fartsy family. “When I went to college [at the University of Minnesota] I started as a music and theater student and performed in the theater there. I got a back-up degree in broadcasting. “I wanted to take ballet when I got here, but I ended up on the Ballet Arkansas board. I danced as Clara’s mom in “The Nutcracker” for four years. I would just do the barre warm-up with the Ballet Arkansas dancers up to four times a week.” Being a mother to a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old has put dancing on the “back burner” for Munoz for now. But her long-term goal is to dance with her daughters, maybe in “The Nutcracker” again. Ballet Arkansas, which uses Shuffles & Ballet II, 1521 Merrill Drive, for its rehearsal space, is building its own rehearsal space in the historic Arkansas Building being renovated at Sixth and Main streets downtown. For more information, call 223-5150. There are dozens of dance studios — including a couple teaching belly dance — in Pulaski County.

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WHERE TO EAT THAI FOOD Chang Thai Little Rock’s Kevin Brockmeier is the author of three novels, two short story collections and two young adult novels. In April, Pantheon will publish his “A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade.” “Considering what a trek it is from Little Rock, I’m surprised how frequently I find myself returning to Chang Thai and Asian Cuisine. It’s on Highway 107 in Sherwood, a straight five- or six-mile shot from the I-40 JFK exit, tucked into an unassuming little strip mall between a Subway and a beauty salon, but while the exterior is modest — and so, for that matter, is the decor — the food is inexpensive and delicious. The menu is friendly to both vegetarians and meat-eaters, spicy enough for adventurous palates or mild enough for wimps like me. I particularly recommend the green curry and the egg wrap pad Thai. Though Chang Thai has never been the hot new thing, requiring reservations or a half-hour wait, the chefs are as skilled as any in town. I must have introduced the place to 15 or 20 people within the last few years, and nearly every one of them has become a regular.” Chang Thai is at 9830 Arkansas 107, 835-4488. Other Thai spots worth checking out: Because of its proximity to HQ, we visit Bangkok Thai in the River Market at least once a week. The green curry and fresh tofu and large bowls of soup are especially recommended. kBird, a food truck that’s almost always planted in a Hillcrest alley behind Mrs. Polka Dot and Ciao Baci near the Hillcrest Kroger on Beechwood, makes all of its Thai dishes using fresh, often local produce and meat from Hillcrest Artisan Meats. It’s only usually open from 5-8:30 Monday through Friday, which works out well since that’s usually when we don’t feel like cooking.

WHERE TO BUY GOOD CRAFT BEER John Lewis Wells works a day job with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in North Little Rock, but come Miller Time (had to get the lowbrow beer reference in there), he transforms into one of Central Arkansas’s most beloved evangelists for Liquid Bread: his alter-ego, John the Beer Snob. Wells’ “John the Beer Snob” Facebook page currently has just under 500 likes, each of those little thumbs representing a dedicated craft beer fan in Central Arkansas who is either networking with Wells to find the rarest and most enticing brews, or waiting for him to let them know where those brews can be found. We asked Wells where he gets the good stuff. As you might expect, he’s got quite a few honey holes where he does his fishing. “Springhill, Colonial, Pleasant Valley and the Ridge are the ones I do the most business with. The hard-to-find stuff, I’m always going to go to Colonial or Springhill. I go to Pleasant Valley and the Ridge because they’re convenient. On the big purchases, though, it’s Springhill and Colonial ... . I work in North Little Rock, so Springhill’s closer to my work, but Colonial’s closer to my home. “Believe it or not, I will fairly regularly spend $100 on beer. It might be once a month or twice a month that I go out, but I tend to buy a lot at one time. Number one, the beers that I buy tend to age pretty well, so I may very well be setting some back. Because I review beers in my newsletter, I may not drink the entire beer. I may share it with somebody else. In fact, I give a lot of beer away ... . There’s a lot of networking going on. There are several pages on Facebook where those of us who are into craft beer alert one another. I put one out today: Eric over at Springhill is offering some tastings of some Bourbon County Stout that’s extremely rare, so when I saw that pop up on his Facebook page, I retransmitted it on my John the Beer Snob Facebook page. Now, everyone who likes my John the Beer Snob Facebook page knows to go to Springhill if they want to taste this rare and different beer.” 10

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WHERE TO DRINK BEER AND PLAY A SPORT Professor Bowl Of course bowling is a sport. There’s a ball. There’s movement. There’s trash talking. We’ve definitely worked up a sweat on a 7-10 split before. But even if you’re going to be steadily rolling gutterballs, Professor Bowl is an adult hangout worth adding to your regular rotation. Because, delightfully, the bar’s stocked with craft and import beer as well as any place in town. They’ve got 250 beers on their list, including all kinds of stuff you’ve never tried before. There’s wine, too. Professor Bowl is at 901 Towne Oaks Drive. The phone number is 224-9040.

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“Brewster’s 2 is a gem,” Dylan Yelenich, bartender extraordinaire at Big Orange tells us. “I remember walking in for the first time with a buddy and not knowing what to expect. We had driven by several times and always wondered about a place that touted it served the ‘best catfish in 2006’ (I could be wrong on the date). “Bear in mind that my friend and I had a running debate over who had the best catfish in Central Arkansas and had been to quite a few places that summer to check out some prime fish eats. We had settled on Lassis Inn (as I assume many people do). But we weren’t ready for the perfection that was the catfish at Brewster’s 2. “The fish itself was buttery and succulent, the breading was and still is the best I’ve tasted in a restaurant ... and the sides were amazing! How did a simple catfish meal, presented in a somewhat awkward space, (i.e. restaurant/night club combo) transcend all past catfish experiences? Maybe I’ll never know. I do know that Brewster’s 2 is somewhere I will always enjoy taking people for the first time. I enjoy seeing the look on someone’s face when they dig into that Styrofoam plate of awesome!” Brewster’s 2 is located at 2725 S. Archer St., 301-7728.

“I love honest food,” South on Main Chef Matthew Bell tells the Times. “And it doesn’t get more honest than K-Hall & Sons. This is no-frills, no-fuss food. It is more than that, though. It’s a neighborhood staple — selling groceries and farmers’ produce in addition to serving great food. It is a throwback to a time when we relied on small markets for all our needs. I cannot think of a better burger in town, but my love for this place runs deeper than that. It’s an excellent place to get boudin, pigs’ feet, frog legs and a number of other hard-to-find items. Grab a burger and look around while you wait ... and just be amazed. “Living in Austin, Texas, for a year I got a taste for real Latin food. I like Tex-Mex and cheese dip just as much as the next person, but I crave clean flavors and authentic ingredients. Rosalinda delivers every time. Their preparation of plantains impresses me every time. You can taste the love they put into their food with each item you order. I never tire of their pupusas or their tripe soup. The old adage is, ‘it must be good if ex-pats eat there,’ and this place is always full of them.” K Hall & Sons is at 1900 Wright Ave., 372-1513. Rosalinda Restaurant Hondureño is at 3700 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, 771-5559.

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WHERE TO GO TO LEARN ABOUT ARKANSAS’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY Mosaic Templars Cultural Center The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum operated by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, occupies a reproduction of the original 1913 structure at Ninth and Broadway where the founding chapter of the African-American fraternity, the Mosaic Templars, was headquartered. The museum includes exhibits on Little Rock’s AfricanAmerican business district on Ninth Street as well as black entrepreneurs and history makers; an auditorium on the third floor is a copy of the famed original. Here’s what Adrian “607” Tillman, a prolific Little Rock rapper who recently released his 39th album, “Nerd from the Hood,” has to say about the museum: “They know so much about 9th Street and how the district used to look. It’s some real Little Rock history that’s just right here to learn about. I was real impressed. “They have pictures and you get to see the prominent areas there and the way black people used to populate 9th Street. That was an area we used to be in. We had doctors on that street, we had clubs on that street. They have pictures of the way it used to look, they have pictures of the schools before they integrated. Dunbar yearbook pictures on the walls. It’s just crazy — a piece of Arkansas history that I don’t know where else you can go look at that. “You know your people got history here. When you look at all the pictures from the early 1900s, it’s tight to look at some black Arkansans from that time and connect with them. We look up to New Orleans and all these other places but we got culture here too, and we have a history here too.” For more information on the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, located at 501 West Ninth Street, call 683-3593. Other history museums in Little Rock: the Old State House, the oldest standing state capitol west of the Mississippi, which features permanent and changing exhibits related to Arkansas history; the Historic Arkansas Museum, which features restored buildings from Arkansas’s territorial period along with galleries featuring Arkansas art and crafts, both historic and contemporary, and a gallery dedicated to the art and history of the state’s original tribal nations; the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the Central High School Museum Visitor Center. The Clinton Presidential Center features permanent exhibits on the Clinton presidency along with changing exhibits on American culture. The Arkansas Arts Center is Central Arkansas’s premier arts institution, featuring a collection of works on paper and contemporary craft and operating a Museum School and the Arkansas Children’s Theatre. The Museum of Discovery is an interactive science museum for children and adults; the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center features exhibits on Arkansas wildlife. In North Little Rock, there is the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum on the Arkansas River and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Verizon Arena.

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HOW TO GET YOUR KIDS AWAY FROM VIDEO GAMES AND USING THEIR IMAGINATION Adventure Quest at Unity Martial Arts “The standard report we get from parents after they pick up their kids is that they talk a thousand miles an hour for 30 minutes and then fall asleep,” said Tanner Critz of Adventure Quest, a freewheeling version of a live-action roleplaying game that has thrilled area kids since Critz brought it to Unity Martial Arts five years ago (Critz also teaches Cuong Nhu, a Vietnamese martial art, to both kids and adults). Adventure Quest creates a narrative fantasy — which the kids themselves have a part in building — in which the kids advance the story by completing various trials and puzzles involving athletic, artistic and mental challenges. The world that the story takes place in changes each year, depending on what the kids want (last year was pirate-based). Costumes, foam weapons and other props add to the fun. “If you take all the stuff that kids really like about movies and video games but then you make it where instead of pressing buttons you’re doing physical activities, kids will pursue with the kind of vigor you’re hoping for,” Critz said. “They get to guide the story and they’ll push themselves a lot harder if it’s in the context of a story. They’re very tuned in.” In addition to an avenue for playful fun, Critz views the game as a great opportunity for kids to get exercise, gain an enthusiasm for learning and solving puzzles, and build self esteem. Adventure Quest is open to kids in grades 1-6. Older kids also participate as helpers to Critz and other staff. Adventure Quest happens in 3-hour-long evening sessions once or twice a month, as well as day-long and week-long camps. For information on schedules and prices, contact Unity Martial Arts at 664-0604 or visit its website, unitymartialarts.com.

HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOUR TOT IS THE NEXT MASTER CHEF JUNIOR Cooking classes for kids at Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library How about an educational activity for children that could lead to tasty treats for the whole family? Jen Throneberry at the Children’s Library offers two cooking programs for kids, both free and open to the public. “Snack Attack,” for kids 6 and older, happens every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and is limited to 50 participants (first come, first serve; the popular program can fill up quickly so show up early). With Throneberry’s help, kids put together simple snacks (recent goodies: fruit kabobs, caprese skewers, sandwich sushi and make-your-own trail mix), and then enjoy chomping down on their creations when they’re done. “Kids in the Kitchen” is a more intensive program for kids 8 and older that requires registration — by phone or in person at the library. The class meets twice a month for two months on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Kids can come to all four classes or pick and choose. Kids cook a full meal — the first week is breakfast, the second week is lunch, then a dinner item and finally dessert. Recent meals: quiche, breakfast pizza, homemade vegetable soup and cornbread, stuffed pasta shells and no-bake pumpkin pie. And it’s not just the kids that get to enjoy. Families are invited to come and sit down together to have the meal that the children prepared that evening. “These are skills that they can take home,” Throneberry said. “In our ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ program, we’re working with food safety and food preparation, hand-washing, knife safety and things of that nature. After they’ve completed one or two classes, parents could feel confident in their child preparing the meals themselves. I’d still recommend parental supervision, but that gives the child independence and they feel good about what they’ve done because they did it themselves.” In both programs, the library uses as many fresh items from their own teaching garden as possible. For more information, call 978-3870. Note: It’s not just for the little ones — kids up to age 15 have participated.

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WHERE TO HIT THE GYM 10 Fitness and Chenal Health and Fitness Born in Florida, David Bazzel was recruited to play for the Razorbacks in the 1980s by Lou Holtz, and went on to serve as captain of the team and play in four bowl games. After leaving the gridiron, Bazzel — who still looks young enough at 50-plus that we’re beginning to suspect he’s an undead vampire, even though he said old football injuries have forced him to scale back his workouts in recent years — worked as a personal trainer before becoming a fixture in local news, radio and sports. Currently, his most high-profile gig is as a morning talk show host for 103.7 The Buzz. “I actually have two gyms where I work out. One is 10 Fitness and the other is Chenal Fitness. I have them on both sides of town, so I can go either direction. Jeff Lawrence at Chenal Fitness used to be a member of mine when I opened Gold’s Gym in Arkansas back in the ’80s. 10 Fitness is right around the corner and we have a relationship worked out with them through The Buzz. Both of them are convenient to my condo — both within three to four minutes of my place. That’s key. I used to do personal training and used to be in the gym business, and I can tell you, if it’s not convenient with your schedule, it’s tough to get there. ... In this day and age, when everybody’s so busy, you’d better find something that you can get to pretty quickly and easily get a workout in. “During football season, I probably gain 15 to 20 pounds. It’s very irritating, but there’s just not enough time in the day. I do a radio show too, so I’m up in the morning and can’t work out in the mornings ... but I usually like to work out at least four days a week. The problem is, I’ve got so many injuries and joint issues, it’s really difficult for me to train like I’d like to. So what I’ll usually do is 30 minutes of weights and then do 20 to 30 minutes of cardio, or if I’m not doing cardio that day, I’ll do 45 minutes of weights. The last 10 or 15 years, it’s gotten so difficult. I have to be very careful with every movement I do, so I don’t do heavy weights anymore. It’s really just trying to find a range of motion that doesn’t hurt my joints.” Chenal Health and Fitness is located at 16105 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock. Its phone number is 436-4600. The 10 Fitness in West Little Rock is located at 14524 Cantrell Road. Its number is 886-4844.

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WHERE TO EAT CHICKEN LIVERS Seek and ye shall find Say the words “chicken livers� to the next person you see and watch them make a face. Then take them around Little Rock to all the places that will change their minds about this humble bit of bird. Fans of the fried variety will want to stop at South on Main for the Spicy Chicken Liver Salad, a wedge salad covered with mounds of breaded bits of livery goodness. Just a few blocks away, Natchez in the Tower Building puts their fried delicacies atop a bowl of house-made gnocchi, pork belly and greens to create one of the best bowls of food available in the city. A legion of devotees of Sandy’s Homeplace Cafe, between Hanger Hill and the airport — including, rumor has it, the governor — has Tuesday circled on their calendar, the day when the home cookin’ spot serves up fried chicken livers and gravy. Whole livers aren’t the only way to enjoy this underrated meat: Chicken liver pate is worth trying at the Capital Bar and Grill downtown, Hillcrest Artisan Meats on Kavanaugh and at The Pantry off Rodney Parham. 14

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Broken, bent, unwheeled, pants-snagging, over-ridden and generally screwedup office chairs are the bane of any office experience, right behind bad coffee and bosses worthy of “The Office.” Worse, new chairs tend to be expensive, which means you may wind up stuck with a numbnessinducing example for years. Never fear, though: if you’re looking for a great office chair for under $20 bucks, there’s always the Arkansas State Surplus sale, held every Wednesday at the Arkansas Marketing and Redistribution warehouse at 6620 Young Road near Geyer Springs. If you’re not in the market for a place to park it, they’ve also got a plethora of other cheap used goodies that once belonged to Joe Taxpayer, including — on a recent visit — $20 bicycles, hospital gurneys, laptop computers by the ton, IV stands, cameras, TVs, projectors, photo enlargers, ex-patrol cars, trucks, buses, boats, and enough file cabinets and desks to build a wall around the State Capitol so the politicians can’t get out to buy anything else. It’s a vast, amazing place, full of great finds (all-wood mid-century chairs and desks have been common in recent years), and easy on the wallet. Definitely fun for the bargain hunter, and it opens up at 7 a.m. so you can swing by before work.

HB’s BBQ Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is a Jonesboro boy, so he didn’t know about HB’s barbecue at 6010 Lancaster, off 65th Street, when he first came to town. He says there’s lots of good barbecue in Central Arkansas, but he likes HB’s best. “I was taken there by a Little Rock businessman, from several generations in Little Rock, early in my term. I wondered where we were going; we kept driving and driving. It’s in a little neighborhood off 65th Street; you’d never find it unless someone took you there first. I’ve never been in there when I’ve failed to see people I know, and it only seats 20 people at a time. It’s very much a hidden jewel. I always get a chopped pork plate, with sauce that’s very tangy, a vinegar-and-molasses sauce, and I like their beans. And they have some secret source out of Stuttgart that makes their fried pies. As much as I try to resist ... . They only make coffee in the winter months but will on special request in summer to go with the fried pie. I think it’s your responsibility, once you find a place like that, that you show it to other people.” HB’s barbecue is so good because it uses the recipes of the late great Shack Barbecue at Third and Victory. The phone number is 565-1930.

WHERE TO BUY MEN’S SHIRTS Frank Gibson Wardrobe Management David Sanders stands out from his fellow legislators, with his double-breasted suits and white-collared shirts. He was the perfect person to ask for sartorial secrets for men. “My secret, if I have one, is to be a discerning and deliberate shopper at multiple places. I’ve gone from fat to skinny, so what’s happened is I’ve expanded my horizons as I’ve lost weight. ... Most of us are asymmetrical. The trick that I use [to look good] is getting a good shirt. What most people don’t know is you can actually get a shirt made to fit your body, oftentimes at the same price you can buy a good dress shirt off the rack. I go to Frank Gibson Wardrobe Management. You can also go to Bauman’s, J. Duke or Greenhaws. Frank is just an expert at it and pays attention to meticulous detail in terms of measurements. He takes 20 or more measurements. ... He does all the work. “I wear a spread collar shirt, which you can’t normally buy off the rack. ... A shirt is reasonable ... about $150. And they last a long time.” Another Sanders tip: “If a collar is white you can get it replaced, or adjusted. Also, don’t starch shirts. The starch breaks them down.” Frank Gibson Wardrobe Management is located at 8 Shackleford Plaza. Bauman’s Fine Men’s Clothing is located at 8201 Cantrell Road. J. duke & co. is located at 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Greenhaw’s Fine Men’s Wear is located at 10301 N. Rodney Parham.

WHERE TO BUY BIKE GEAR Chainwheel Gene Pfeifer, 76, has been involved in the Central Arkansas biking scene for many years, working with Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas to promote trails and safer street routes. It was Pfeifer’s gift of land that helped extend the Arkansas River Trail in North Little Rock from the Burns Park soccer fields to Lock and Dam No. 7, where the Big Dam Bridge was eventually built. BACA has had less luck with landowners on the Little Rock side. Pfeifer chalks this up partially to the Dillard’s headquarters on Cantrell, saying it “has not cooperated with the mayor” in allowing a cantilevered trail along the river on Dillard’s property. (He dared the Times to quote him. “Hell, if I can say it, y’all ought to print it.”) He declined to be photographed in Spandex for this article. “[My wife] Linda and I started riding bicycles about 20 years ago for recreation and health. We ride in North Little Rock on the River Trail and in Colorado, where we spend a good part of the summer and early fall. We bought our beginner bicycles — hybrids — at Chainwheel and pretty quickly transitioned to legitimate road bikes. We ride with very competitive cycling friends in Colorado who have challenged us to upgrade our equipment and we found that Bruce [Thalheimer] and Pat [Barron] could provide us with custom equipment, which was exactly what we needed. They measured us up and made the bikes ergonomically correct for us. ... “We exclusively ride the North Little Rock trail and the new portion, the Emerald Park Trail, which circles up above the [Big Rock] quarry. ... The trail affords magnificent views, from the Clinton Center downstream to the Big Dam Bridge and the I-430 bridge downstream.” Pfeifer rides a Grail, customized at Chainwheel, which is located at 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. The phone number is 224-7651. Other bicycle dealers in Pulaski County include Spokes, Orbea, Arkansas Cycling and Fitness and the Community Bicyclist in Little Rock, NLR Bicycles in North Little Rock, J & P Bike Shop in Sherwood and Riders Ready in Maumelle. Bobby’s Bike Hike is a bike rental operation at the River Market.

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WHERE TO GET STOCK POT, TORTILLA SOUP AND GOAT KARAHI “My wife and I love to try new or tucked-away places each week, but admittedly, we have a few favorites that we find ourselves revisiting again and again,” said Stephanos Mylonas, owner of Mylo Coffee Co. “I find it hard to resist the stock pot at The Pantry, a cozy yet upscale brasserie specializing in Eastern-European dishes, with a heavy sprinkling of Continental favorites as well. This place is just right for a special but affordable night out. We plan to visit again soon, as we hear they’ve added some Spanish flair to the once-clear broth stock pot: shrimp, saffron, and tomato; yes, please! “Another quick and easy lunch or dinner option is El Palenque on Rodney Parham. This unassuming storefront has garnered the critics’ attention in recent months, and for good reason. In our experience, it is the best (as well as the most authentic) Mexican restaurant in the area. I love to order the tortilla soup when I want something a little lighter. The tomatobased broth is zesty and loaded with chicken, but the best thing is digging down past the veggies and tortilla strips to get to the stretchy white cheese in the bottom of the bowl. Needless to say, we are regulars. “Taj Mahal is a close second for our most frequented restaurant. We love the variety of dishes and the complexity of flavor. I usually order the goat karahi, as I love the meat and it is otherwise hard to come by. This dish is rich and tender and is best served with roti — fresh whole wheat bread from the tandoor.” The Pantry is located at 11401 N. Rodney Parham Road, 353-1875. El Palenque is located at 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road, 312-0045. Taj Mahal is located at 1520 Market St., 520-4900.

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District 31 Joyce Elliott P.O. Box 4248 Little Rock 72214 603-9546 District 32 David Johnson 2511 Valley Park Drive Little Rock 72212 663-3876 District 33 Jeremy Hutchinson 172 Courts Lane Little Rock 72223 773-3760

ELECTED OFFICIALS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Sen. Mark Pryor Little Rock The River Market 500 Clinton Ave., Suite 401 72201 324-6336 324-5320 fax Washington 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building 20510 202-224-2353 202-228-0908 fax Sen. John Boozman Little Rock 1401 W. Capitol Ave., Plaza F 72201 372-7153 372-7163 fax Washington 320 Hart Senate Office Building 20510 202-224-4843 202-228-1371 fax

Rep. Tim Griffin Little Rock 1501 N. University Ave., Suite 150 72207 324-5941 324-6029 fax Washington 1232 Longworth HOB 20515 202-225-2506 202-225-5903 fax

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District 37 Eddie L. Armstrong P. O. Box 5323 North Little Rock 72119 444-8468

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr State Capitol, Room 270 Little Rock 72201 682-2144

District 29 Fredrick Love P.O. Box 4963 Little Rock 72214 612-3939

District 38 Patti Julian 3711 Lochridge Road North Little Rock 72116 771-2653

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel 323 Center St., Room 200 Little Rock 72201 682-2007

District 30 Charles L. Armstrong 9900 West 36th Street Little Rock 72903 225-1598

District 39 Mark Lowery 229 Summit Valley Circle  Maumelle 72113 837-5221

Secretary of State Mark Martin State Capitol, Room 256 Little Rock 72201 682-1010 Auditor Charlie Daniels State Capitol, Room 230 Little Rock 72201 682-6030 Treasurer Charles Robinson State Capitol, Room 220 Little Rock 72201 682-5888 Land Commissioner John Thurston State Capitol, Room 109 Little Rock 72201 324-9422

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(Representing at least part of Pulaski County) HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES State Capitol, Room 350 Little Rock 72201 In session: 682-6211 Out of session: 682-7771

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District 31 Andy Davis P. O. Box 30248 Little Rock 72260 837-5109

District 40 Douglas House 8923 Bridge Creek Road North Little Rock 72120 590-1055

District 32 Allen Kerr 1429 Merrill Drive Little Rock 72211 225-3454

District 41 Jim Nickels P. O. Box 6564  Sherwood 72124 833-2424

District 33 Warwick Sabin P. O. Box 250508 Little Rock 72225 501-374-0000

District 42 Mark Perry P. O. Box 97 Jacksonville 72078 982-4561

District 34 John W. Walker 1723 Broadway Street Little Rock 72206 614-9772

SENATE State Capitol, Room 320 Little Rock 72201 In session: 682-2902 Out of session: 682-6107

District 35 John Charles Edwards 40 Sherrill Road Little Rock 72202 378-5500 District 36 Darrin Williams 11311 Arcade Drive, Suite 200 Little Rock 72212 312-8500

District 29 Eddie Joe Williams 401 Cobblestone Drive Cabot 72023 286-9366 District 30 Linda Chesterfield 12 Keo Drive Little Rock 72206 888-1859

District 34 Jane English 2401 Lakeview Road, Apt. L-2 North Little Rock 72116 257-7670

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PULASKI COUNTY County Judge Floyd G. “Buddy” Villines 201 Broadway, Suite 400 Little Rock 72201 340-8305 Sheriff Doc Holladay 2900 S. Woodrow St. Little Rock 72204 340-6600 Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley 224 S. Spring St. Little Rock 72201 340-8000 County/Circuit Clerk Larry Crane 401 W. Markham, Suite 100 Little Rock 72201 340-8500 Treasurer Debra Buckner 201 Broadway, Suite 110 Little Rock 72201 340-8345 Assessor Janet Troutman Ward 201 Broadway, Suite 310 Little Rock 72201 340-6170 QUORUM COURT District 1 Doug Reed 868-4742 District 2 Tyler Denton 416-5131

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LITTLE ROCK City Hall 500 W. Markham St. 72201 371-4510 (Mayor, city manager and city directors can be reached at this number.) Mayor Mark Stodola City Hall, Room 203 City Manager (Not elected) Bruce T. Moore City Hall, Room 203 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ward 1 Erma Hendrix

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CITY COUNCIL Ward 1, Position 1 Kenny Elliott 982-5887 Ward 1, Position 2 James E. Bolden III 596-0354 Ward 2, Position 1 Kevin McLeary 982-5144 Ward 2, Position 2 Terry Sansing 982-4359 Ward 3, Position 1 Reedie Ray 982-5650 Ward 3, Position 2 Barbara Mashburn 765-0767 Ward 4, Position 1 Mike Traylor 425-6158

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Ward 5, Position 2 Bill Howard 982-2771

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Mayor Mike Watson 851-2500 CITY COUNCIL Ward 1, Position 1 Steve Mosley 240-6700

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$10,000 a year was 13,713, while the number of families earning $200,000 or more was 4,950. The number of residents receiving government food assistance/SNAP at some point during 2010 was 17,090. The number of individuals with health-insurance coverage was 83.3 percent of the population, with 16.7 percent having no health insurance. The total percentage of people in Pulaski County living below the poverty level was estimated at 17.5 percent. The estimated number of children under 18 living below the poverty level: 26.5 percent.

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umbers aren’t just for baseball scores, tallying up your purchases at the mall, and dreading or looking forward to on your birthday (depending on your age). Here we present a look at the numbers behind the people who live in Pulaski County. All statistics come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 American Community Survey.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT Little Rock is located at 286 feet above sea level in its lowest part, the flatlands along the Arkansas River, and rises to 630 feet above sea level in the hills of its west and central areas. Pulaski County is 770.82 square miles in size. Little Rock is 116.2 square miles and North Little Rock is 49.3 square miles.

WEATHER AND CLIMATE The normal daily mean temperature in Central Arkansas is 62.1 degrees Fahrenheit, and the annual average relative humidity is 71 percent. The hot22

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test month of the year in Little Rock is July, with an average high temperature of 92.8 degrees. The coldest month is January, with an average low of 30.8 degrees. Highest-ever recorded temperature in Little Rock was 114 degrees, set on August 3, 2011. Lowest recorded temperature is -12 degrees, set on Feb. 12, 1899. Average annual rainfall is 50.93 inches, and average snowfall is 4.3 inches per year. The wettest month of the year is November, with an average rainfall total of 5.73 inches.

POPULATION The total population of Pulaski County was 382,748 when the Community Survey was taken. An estimated 183,938 were male and 198,810 were female. The median age was 36 years old. There were 26,731 residents under 5 years old and 45,908 residents age 65 or older. Residents listing their race as white were 220,051; black, 133,858; Hispanic or Latino, 22,168; Asian, 7,505. Residents who speak only English at home numbered 326,685, followed by Spanish (16,078), Indo-European lan-

guages (4,331) and Asian and Pacific Islander languages (4,162).

SOCIAL The number of adults in Pulaski County who have never been married was 95,001; married, 141,406; divorced, 43,373 (17,562 males, 25,811 females). The number of women, age 18-50, who gave birth in 2010 was estimated at 6,482. The number of grandparents living with their grandchildren under 18 years old was 9,610. The number of grandparents responsible for their own grandchildren was 4,414. A total of 32,798 residents were military veterans. Disabled citizens numbered 45,452.

JOBS AND INCOME There were 197,804 Pulaski County citizens employed in 2010, with 16,801 unemployed. The biggest civilian employers were management or professional occupations (70,106), service jobs (32,932), and sales and office occupations (46,132). The median household income in Pulaski County was $44,482. The per capita income was $25,931. The number of families earning less than

There were 154,943 total occupied housing units in Pulaski County in 2010. Houses built prior to 1939 made up 5.2 percent of the total, while those built in 2000 or later made up 14.4 percent. Houses with four or five rooms were the largest group, at 42.7 percent; 17 percent of houses had eight rooms or more. Most houses — 71.4 percent — were two or three bedroom homes. Homeowners occupied 58.4 percent of houses, while renters occupied 41.6 percent. Most houses in Pulaski County were heated with natural gas (57.8 percent), followed by electricity (39.3 percent) and bottled, tank or LP gas (2 percent). The number of houses with no telephone service was 2.1 percent.

COMMUTING The percentage of households in Pulaski County with two vehicles available to them was 36.6 in 2010, while 6.5 percent didn’t have access to a car and 16.6 percent had access to three or more. The majority of Little Rock business commuters — 84.1 percent — travel alone to work. Carpoolers represented 10.4 percent, 0.7 percent took public transport, 1.4 percent walked to work, and 2.4 percent worked from home. It took commuters an average of 20 minutes to get to work. Distances by highway from Little Rock to major nearby cities. Dallas.........................................307 miles Houston................................... 443 miles Oklahoma City....................... 348 miles Tulsa..........................................288 miles Kansas City............................. 405 miles St. Louis................................... 360 miles Louisville..................................522 miles Nashville.................................. 360 miles Atlanta.......................................523 miles Memphis.................................. 139 miles Baton Rouge........................... 480 miles New Orleans..................... 444 miles

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HELP LIST

Here is a list of public and private agencies that offer services for the abused, neglected, addicted, homeless, disabled, hungry and others needing assistance.

ABUSE AND NEGLECT Arkansas Adult Protective Services, 800-482-8049 (24-hour hotline), aradultprotection.com.

Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services, 682-8770, stoparchildabuse.com.

Arkansas Aging and Adult Services, 682-2441, daas.ar.gov.

The Dorcas House, Union Rescue Mission, 374-4022 or 370-0808, urmission.org.

Arkansas Child Abuse Prevention, 1-800-482-5964, stoparchildabuse. com.

Family Service Agency, Domestic Violence, 372-4242, helpingfamiliesfirst.org.

Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 907-5612 or 800269-4668, domesticpeace.com.

Safe Places, crisis intervention, counseling and support for children and families, 351-HOPE (4673), safeplaceslr.org.

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ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE Al-Anon and Alateen, 372-5234, ar.al-anon.alateen.org.

Serenity Park, 663-7627 or 866-6997627 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), 541-4370 (5 p.m.10 p.m.), serenitypark.org. Sober Living Inc., 562-0507.

Alcoholics Anonymous, hotline 6647303, arkansascentraloffice.org. Arkansas CARES (women), 6610720, methodistfamily.org. Better Community Development Hoover Treatment Center, 6634774, bcdinc.org. GYST (Get Yourself Together) House, 568-1682, gysthouseinc.com. Cocaine Anonymous, 374-1334, caarkansas.org. Narcotics Anonymous, 373-8683, caasc.org. Nehemiah House Men’s Recovery Program, Union Rescue Mission, 3741108, urmission.org. Recovery Centers of Arkansas, 3724611, rcofa.org.

Wolfe Street Foundation, 372-5662, wolfestreet.org.

ADULT DAY CARE Directory for Central Arkansas services at care-link.org.

FOOD

CareLink (Meals on Wheels), 3725300 or 800-482-6359, care-link.org. Stone Soup, Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church, Sunday, 375-1600, qqumc.org/outreach-ministries. The Stewpot, First Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, Monday through Friday, 372-1804, stewpotlittlerock.org. Amboy Community Food Pantry, 100 Auburn, NLR, 753-2777, amboycommunityfoodpantry.org.

PANTRIES

For a broader list of food pantries in Arkansas, go to arhungeralliance.org.

Salvation Army (NLR), 758-7297, salvationarmycaac.org.

Arkansas Disability Coalition, 6147020, adcpti.org.

Arkansas Food Bank Network, 5658121, arkansasfoodbank.org.

SHELTER/TRANSITIONAL LIVING

Stepping Stone Emergency Shelter, 666-7233.

Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled Inc., 6660246, aeddinc.org.

Arkansas Rice Depot, 565-8855, ricedepot.org. Helping Hand, 372-4388.

Freewell Baptist Family Ministries, Florence Crittenton Home for boys and girls, 663-3129, arfwb.org/ Florence_Crittenton_Home.

Jacksonville Care Channel for the Needy, 982-4647.

Dorcas House, abused women, 3744022, urmission.org.

Little Rock Compassion Center, 296-9114, lrcompassioncenter.org.

Family Promises, 372-0733, familypromisepc.org.

Potluck, 371-0303, potluckfoodrescue. org.

Little Rock Compassion Center, 296-9114, lrcompassioncenter.org.

Saint Francis House Inc., 664-5036, stfrancisministries.com.

Our House, 374-7383, ourhouseshelter.org.

Salvation Army (Little Rock), 3749296, salvationarmycaac.org.

Promise House Maternity Care, 350-9766, www.abchomes.org.

Salvation Army (NLR), 758-7297, salvationarmycaac.org.

River City Ministry, 376-6694, rivercityministry.org.

Watershed Human and Community Development Agency, 378-0176.

Salvation Army (Little Rock), 3749296, salvationarmycaac.org.

Union Rescue Mission, 3741108 (shelter) or 370-0808 (administration), urmission.org.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, 296-1600, arsinfo.org.

Women and Children First, 376-3219 or 800-332-4443, wcfarkansas.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, 374-6661, bbbsca.org.

OTHER SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Centers for Youth and Families, 666-8686 or 888-868-0023, centersforyouthandfamilies.org.

Alzheimer’s Arkansas, 224-0021, 800-689-6090(outside Pulaski County) or 913-1878 (after hours "Caregiver Line"), alzark.org.

Disability Rights Center, 296-1775 or 800-482-1174, arkdisabilityrights.org.

American Red Cross, 748-1000, redcross.org/arkansas. The Arc, Association for Retarded Citizens of Arkansas, 375-7770, arcark.org. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, 371-9678, aradvocates. org.

Easter Seals Arkansas, 227-3600, eastersealsar.com. Gaines House, 376-4015, gaineshouse.org. Legal Services Center for Arkansas, 376-3423, arlegalservices.org. Heart of Arkansas United Way, 3764567, heartaruw.org.

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SCHOOL CHOICE

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uate degrees; it includes the William H. Bowen School of Law. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences operates colleges of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, health professions, public health and M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Baptist Health offers associate and bachelor degrees as well as certificates and diplomas of study. The Clinton School of Public Service, also a part of the University of Arkansas, offers a master’s in public service degree. The Pulaski Technical College is a two-year college with divisions in health and human services, business, culinary arts and hospi-

tality management, technical and industrial programs, fine arts and humanities, the sciences, and academic success at campuses in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Other colleges include Arkansas Baptist, Philander Smith College, Shorter College and Remington College.

LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT The LRSD, with 25,142 students enrolled in pre-K through 12th grade as of October 2013, is the largest in Arkansas. The LRSD has 32 elementary schools, seven middle schools and five

high schools, including historic Central High, and four non-traditional schools. It currently operates several magnet schools that students in other country districts may attend (a proposed settlement of a long school desegregation legal fight, would not allow any new applicants; those who are already enrolled can stay). These schools, which aim for a 50-50 black-white ratio, are the only schools that take race into consideration during the application process. For more information, call the district at 447-1000 or visit its website, lrsd.org.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT The NLRSD has 9,113 students enrolled in an early childhood center, 13 elementary schools, two middle schools (6-8) and one high school. The high school is divided between three campuses, one for grade 9, one for grade 10 and another for grades 11-12. The

district has embarked on a $220 million building and remodeling project and should have two new elementary schools open before the end of 2014. For more information, call 771-8000 or visit nlrsd.k12.ar.us.

ma’s Schools (Pre-K-6). The Academy at Riverdale, founded by the late Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller and his wife, Lisenne, is a K-12 school for children with developmental disabilities. The Allen School serves children who have developmental disabilities from birth to age 5. For a list of private schools that are accredited by the Arkansas Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association, call 803-3888 or visit ansaa.com.

PULASKI COUNTY SPECIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT The PCSSD has 16,778 students, with 24 elementary schools, six middle schools and seven high schools. For more information, call 490-2000 or visit pcssd.org.

ACCESS

PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS There are 10 charter schools in Pulaski County: Academics Plus Maumelle (K-12); Arkansas Virtual Academy (K-8); Cloverdale Aerospace Technology Conversion Charter School (6-8); Covenant Keepers College Preparatory School (6-8); E-Stem elementary, middle and high schools (K-4, 5-8, 9-12); Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School (5-8); Little Rock Preparatory Academy (K-8); Lisa Academy (6-12 in Little Rock, K-10 in North Little Rock), Premier High School of Little Rock (9-12), and SIATech (9-12).

For more information on charter schools and all public schools in Arkansas, go to arkansased.org.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS There are several dozen private schools in Central Arkansas, both religious and secular. Religious schools are affiliated with

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the Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Jewish, Muslim, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, Church of Christ and nondenominational faiths. Non-sectarian private schools include Pulaski Academy (K-12), The Anthony School (Pre-K-8), Chenal Valley Montessori School (K-8), Children’s House Montessori (K-4), North Little Rock Montessori (K-8) and Miss Sel-

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if not commonplace, then not news, either. From Jan. 1 to Nov. 30 of 2013, 12 homes sold for $1 million or more and nine in the $900,000 range. But sales of high-end homes has not recovered to pre-crisis levels: At the top of the bubble, from Nov. 30,

2011, to Oct. 31, 2008, 20 homes sold for $1 million or more. A total of 4,050 homes were sold in Pulaski County in that same period in 2013, according to CARMLS data. The dollar volume for the period was $775.2 million,

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he recovery from the late 2008 real estate crisis continues in Pulaski County. There were reversals in downward trends in number of residential sales in several parts of town, including downtown and the Heights and Hillcrest, which are Little Rock’s oldest areas of town but also home to some of its priciest real estate. In general, average sales prices increased in the richest neighborhoods and maintained in others. The year 2013 had no single whopper of a residential sale as did 2012, when Rick Ferguson sold a 14,909-square-foot castle in Valley Crest for $5.1 million. That sales price — questioned by some in the real estate business — skewed sales average figures for 2012. Residential sales averages in 2013 are more reflective of the real market in Pulaski County. In Pulaski, sales of homes in the $1 million to nearly $3 million range has become,

with average home prices at $191,423 and the median price at $159,000. Six of the million dollar homes were sold in West Little Rock’s 72223, 72227 and 72212 zip codes, one was downtown (72201) and three were in the Heights (72207). Our Top Home Sales list of homes starting at $700,000 shows 56 transactions compared to last year’s 39. Pulaski is still not up to bubble-level of 102 sales of homes $700,000 or above in 2008. According to the Arkansas Economist, a publication of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute for Economic Advancement, home sales January through October 2013 were up 12.3 percent over the same period in 2012. Data collected by the Cooperative Arkansas Realtors MLS Inc. for October 2013 alone, the most recent month available, show an upward track in Pulaski County from 290 sales in October 2011 to 371 sales in October 2013.

TOP RESIDENTIAL SALES 2013 Mac and Dorothy Woodward to Richard and Sarah Ashley, 47 Edgehill Road, $2,600,000 Summerview Trust, Darren Magness, Craig Hannah, Joey and Leslie Wiggins to Thomas and Christi Rao, 24 Spring Valley Lane, $1,700,000 Campbell Ranch LLC to Stephen LaFrance and Linda LaFrance, 300 Third HPR, $1,450,000 Roy E. Graves; Gene Graves Revocable Trust to Grant and Amanda Patterson, L40 Valley Falls Estate, $1,350,000 Carl Gray Henson Inc. to Rayburn and Angela Rego, 9 Sologne Circle, $1,336,000 Richard and Brandy Harp, Richard Stephen Harp Revocable Trust, Brandy Nicole Harp Revocable Trust to Patrick and Dina Ifrah, 11 Bella Rosa Court, $1,250,000 Martin and Julia Sunde to Allen and Sarah Engstrom, 2 Riverview Point, $1,150,000 Ben and Kristen Eiler to Christopher and Brandi Wylie, 24805 Kanis Road, $1,150,000 Gerald and Catherine Martindill to Lydia F. Lane, 458 Valley Club Circle, $1,145,000 Charles and Cindy Harper to Christopher Flake, 5 Chenal Downs, $1,140,000 Lee and Mollie Owens to Daniel and Rachael Oberste, 5517 Stonewall Road, $1,005,000 Phillip and Gina Tappan to Blake and Becky Price, 4903 E. Crestwood Drive, $1,000,000 Ken and Marjorie Burnett to RichaRoad and Supha Mays, 14200 Beau Vue Drive, $999,000

Edward and Jacquelyn Love to Edwin and Kristi Diaz, 207 Deauville Place, $850,000 Ben and Nelda Johnson to R.L. and Nancy Qualls, 4907 Country Club Blvd., $847,000 Kathy and Edwin Watson to Kent and Carrie Covert, 12912 Ridgehaven Road, $842,000 John and Becky Cheairs to Brett and Erin Wood, 1819 Shadow Lane, $840,000 William and Wendy Raney to Kevin and Mary Handley, 75 Sologne Circle, $835,000 Randy James Construction Co. Inc. to Jason and Mary Vangilder, 33 Deauville Circle, $830,000 James and Emily Gregory to William J. Major II and Antoinette E. Dack, 23 Hickory Creek Drive, $830,000 Roger and Paula Cornett to Phil Hicky, L68 Palisades Heights, $829,208 Marilyn and Gary Heathcott to Kimber M. and Kimberley J. Stout, 38 Vigne Blvd., $825,000 Susan M. Paszkiewkz, Susan M. Gunaca to Jeffrey Henning, 104 Vigne Drive, $825,000 Robert and Gaye Lanford to James M. Moody Jr. and Melinda Carelock, 17 E. Palisades Drive, $815,000 Curtis L. Bowman to Benjamin T. Eiler, 6 Vantage Pt., $799,000 Mark Pryor and Jill Pryor to Winston Y. Ota, 5511 Stonewall Road, $765,000 John and Roseann Baden to Richard and Patricia Macy, 9 Germay Court, $758,000 Stuart and Mitzi Miller to Christopher and Sarah Ross, 101 Mornay Lane, $755,000

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James and Melissa Tanner to Joe and Karen Carter, 8818 Barrett Road, Roland, $990,000 Jeffrey and Melissa Stewart to Dennis and Tina Porter, 42 Germay Court, $960,000 Charles R. Sherman, Charles Robert Sherman Revocable Trust to Mac and Dorothy Woodward, 4 Riverbend Circle, $950,000 Russell and Lydia James to Randall and Lisa Breau, 213 Sologne Court, $945,000 Audrey N. Riser, Audrey N. Riser Revocable Trust, Gerry A Riser, Gerry A Riser Revocable Trust to Tom and Cindy Formicola, 38 Bretagne Circle, $928,000 Mark and Cheryl Miller to Michel and Judy Shelley, 36 Deauville Circle, $920,000 O.H. and Mary Storey to John T. Cheairs, 31 Sherrill Road, $915,000 Quality Properties Asset Management to Mark H. Brown and Jill E. Judy, 2000 S. Arch St., $900,000 Doyne and Margaret Dodd to Tacy M. Sundell, 164 Hickory Creek Circle, $888,000 Theodore C. Skokos Jr. to Avery L. Martin, 1 Pinehurst Circle, $875,000 Gilbert and Peggy Arnold to Richard and Julie Nix, 42 Bretagne Circle, $875,000 Duncan and Carol McClain, McClain Living Trust to Myra Taff-Watson and Douglas Watson, 58 Deauville Circle, $869,000 Ginanne G. Long to James and Mary Meek, 16 Overbrook Circle, $850,000 W.J. Matchett to Stylianos Rammos and Paraskevi Kyziropoulou, 7 Adkins Court, $850,000

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Zone 27 Zone 27 Zone 27: Sherwood, sheRWood Sherwood 447 transactions 428 transactions 416 transactions averaging $151,531 averaging $154,741 averaging $159,696 2008:($66 424 averaging million) ($66,229,549) $151,833

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Zone 7 7: West Little Rock Zone West LittLeZone Rock7 Northwest (westNorthwest of I-430 West Little Rock NoRthWest (west of I-430 to a line to(west a line running south from of i-430 to a line running running south from the theArkansas Arkansas Riveralong along south from the River Arkansas River along chenonceau Boulevard Chenonceau Boulevard Chenonceau Boulevard to to to stagecoach Road)Road) Stagecoach Stagecoach Road), 635 660 639transactions transactions averaging transactions averaging $231,557 $239,918 ($153averaging million total sales) $236,749 $230,183 ($146,166,472) 2008: 718 averaging

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Thomas and Bonnie Holmes, Thomas W. Holmes & Bonnie Bishop Holmes Joint Revocable Trust to Todd A. Herman and Harold L. Gerard II, 12 Pine Manor Drive, $750,000 Gary and Elizabeth Houston to Mark and Marcella Doderer, 2 Longfellow Circle, $750,000 Timothy D. Fox to Neal and Linda Jansonius, 40 Greathouse Bend Drive, $750,000 Paul H. Guess to Ruth McDonough, 5022 Country Club Blvd., $750,000 Kenneth R. Meacham, Meacham Revocable Trust to Jack and Mary Caldwell, 82 Quercus Circle, $749,000 Larry and Stacy Froberg to Edward J. Love, 163 Hickory Creek Circle, $740,000 Sara and Sam Richardson to James and Sandy Kelley, Lot C-43 B13 Chenal Valley, $735,000 John W. Pregenzer, Ryan S. Pregenzer, Pregenzer 2007 Family Trust to Ross and Abbie Rucker, 100 Germay Drive, $718,000 James and Ellen Coffield to Michael and Brandy Moore, 21 River Valley Road, $715,000 William and Jill Childers to Mark S. Bailey Jr., 4701 Stonewall Road, $715,000 Thomas and Christi Rao to Steven and Caryn Smith, 112 Vigne Drive, $705,000 Chadwick F. Delp, Clarke S. Delp to Jacy M. Daugherty and Amanda T. Daugherty, 1709 N. Spruce St., $700,000 ML Squared Development LLC to Joseph and Paula G Volpe, 22 Hearthside Drive, $700,000 Rayburn and Angela Rego to Michael and Maura M Beranek, 205 Deauville Place, $700,000

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1620 SAVOY Fine dining in a swank space. The scallops are especially nice. 1620 Market St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-1620. D Mon.-Sat. 4 SQUARE CAFE AND GIFTS Vegetarian salads, soups, wraps and paninis and a broad selection of smoothies in an Arkansas products gift shop. 405 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-2622. BLD daily. ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest. Unbelievable fixed-price, three-course dinners on Mondays and Tuesday, but food is certainly worth full price. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-9630. D Mon.-Sat. ADAMS CATFISH & CATERING Catering company with carry-out restaurant in Little Rock and carry-out trailers in Russellville and Perryville. 215 N. Cross St. All CC. $-$$. 501-374-4265. LD Tue.-Fri. ALL ABOARD RESTAURANT & GRILL Burgers, catfish, chicken tenders and such in this train-themed restaurant, where an elaborately engineered mini-locomotive delivers patrons meals. 6813 Cantrell Road. No alcohol. 501-975-7401. LD daily. ALLEY OOPS The restaurant at Creekwood Plaza (near the Kanis-Bowman intersection) is a neighborhood feedbag for major medical institutions with the likes of plate lunches, burgers and homemade desserts. 32

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Remarkable Chess Pie. 11900 Kanis Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9400. LD Mon.-Sat. APPLE SPICE JUNCTION A chain sandwich and salad spot with sit-down lunch space and a vibrant box lunch catering business. With a wide range of options and quick service. Order online via applespice.com. 2000 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-663-7008. L Mon.-Fri. (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). ARGENTA MARKET The Argenta District’s neighborhood grocery store offers a deli featuring a daily selection of big sandwiches along with fresh fish and meats and salads. Emphasis here is on Arkansas-farmed foods and organic products. 521 N. Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-379-9980. L daily, D Mon.-Sat., B Sat., BR Sun. ARKANSAS BURGER CO. Good burgers, fries and shakes, plus salads and other entrees. Try the cheese dip. 7410 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-0600. LD Tue.-Sat. ASHER DAIRY BAR An old-line dairy bar that serves up made-to-order burgers, foot-long “Royal” hotdogs and old-fashioned shakes and malts. 7105 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC, CC. $-$$. 501-562-1085. BLD Mon.-Sat. ASHLEY’S The premier fine-dining restaurant in Little Rock. The menu is often daring and always delicious. 111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-374-7474. BLD Mon.-Sat. BR Sun.

ATHLETIC CLUB What could be mundane fare gets delightful twists and embellishments here. 11301 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-9000. LD daily. B-SIDE The little breakfast place in the former party room of Lilly’s DimSum Then Some turns tradition on its ear, offering French toast wrapped in bacon on a stick, a must-have dish called “biscuit mountain” and beignets with lemon curd. 11121 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-716-2700. B-BR Sat.-Sun. BAR LOUIE This chain’s first Arkansas outlet features a something-for-everybody menu so broad and varied to be almost schizophrenic. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 924. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-228-0444. LD daily. BELLWOOD DINER Traditional breakfasts and plate lunch specials are the norm at this lostin-time hole in the wall. 3815 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-753-1012. BL Mon.-Fri. BIG ORANGE: BURGERS SALADS SHAKES Gourmet burgers manufactured according to exacting specs (humanely raised beef!) and properly fried Kennebec potatoes are the big draws, but you can get a veggie burger as well as fried chicken, curried falafel and blackened tilapia sandwiches, plus creative meal-sized salads. Shakes and floats are indulgences for all ages. 17809 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1515. LD daily. 207 N. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-379-8715. LD daily.

BIG ROCK BISTRO Students of the Arkansas Culinary School run this restaurant at Pulaski Tech under the direction of Chef Jason Knapp. Pizza, pasta, Asian-inspired dishes and diner food, all in one stop. 3000 W. Scenic Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-812-2200. BL Mon.-Fri. BIG WHISKEY’S AMERICAN BAR AND GRILL A modern grill pub in the River Market with all the bells and whistles - 30 flat screen TVs, whiskey on tap, plus boneless wings, burgers, steaks, soups and salads. 225 E Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3242449. LD daily. BLACK ANGUS CAFE Charcoal-grilled burgers, hamburger steaks and steaks proper are the big draws at this local institution. 10907 N. Rodney Parham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-228-7800. LD Mon.-Sat. THE BLIND PIG Tasty bar food, including Zweigle’s brand hot dogs. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd. Full bar, CC. $-$$. 501-868-8194. D Tue.-Sun., L Sat.-Sun. BOBBY’S CAFE Delicious, humungo burgers and tasty homemade deserts at this Levy diner. 12230 MacArthur Drive. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-851-7888. BL Tue.-Fri., D Fri. BOBBY’S COUNTRY COOKIN’ One of the better plate lunch spots in the area, with some of the best fried chicken and pot roast around, a changing daily casserole and wonderful homemade pies. 301 N. Shackleford Road, Suite E1. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-2249500. L Mon.-Fri. BOGIE’S BAR AND GRILL The former Bennigan’s retains a similar theme: a menu filled with burgers, salads and giant desserts, plus a few steak, fish and chicken main courses. There are big screen TVs for sports fans and lots to drink, more reason to return than the food. 120 W. Pershing Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-812-0019. D daily. BONEFISH GRILL A half-dozen or more types of fresh fish filets are offered daily at this upscale chain. 11525 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-228-0356. D Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. BOOKENDS CAFE A great spot to enjoy lunch with friends or a casual cup of coffee and a favorite book. Serving coffee and pastries early and sandwiches, soups and salads available after 11 a.m. Cox Creative Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501- 918-3091. BL Mon.-Sat. BOSCOS RESTAURANT & BREWERY CO. This River Market brewery does food well, too. Along with the tried and true, like sandwiches, burgers, steaks and big salads, they have entrees like black bean and goat cheese tamales, open hearth pizza ovens and muffalettas. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-907-1881. LD daily. BOSTON’S Ribs, gourmet pizza star at this restaurant/sports bar located at the Holiday Inn by the airport. TVs in separate sports bar area. 3201 Bankhead Dr. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-235-2000. LD daily. BOUDREAUX’S GRILL & BAR A homey, seat-yourself Cajun joint in Maumelle that serves up all sorts of variations of shrimp and catfish. With particularly tasty red beans and rice, jambalaya and bread pudding. 9811 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-6860. L Sat., D Mon.-Sat. BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread, fresh pastries, wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes; all superb. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-6635951. BLD Mon.-Sat. 400 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1232.

BL Mon.-Sat. 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3755100. BL Mon.-Sat. THE BOX Cheeseburgers and French fries are greasy and wonderful and not like their fastfood cousins. 1023 W. Seventh St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses at work slicing and dicing and sauteeing. It’s great fun, and the fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BRAY GOURMET DELI AND CATERING Turkey spreads in four flavors — original, jalapeno, cajun and dill — and the homemade pimiento cheese are the signature items at Chris Bray’s delicatessen, which serves sandwiches, wraps, soups, stuffed potatoes and salads and sells the turkey spreads to go. 323 Center St. Suite 150. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-1045. BL Mon.-Fri. BREWSTERS 2 CAFE & LOUNGE Downhome done right. Check out the yams, mac-and-cheese, greens, purple-hull peas, cornbread, wings, catfish and all the rest. 2725 S. Arch St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-301-7728. LD Mon.-Sat. BROWN SUGAR BAKESHOP Fabulous cupcakes, brownies and cakes offered five days a week until they’re sold out. 419 E. 3rd St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4009. LD Tue.-Sat. (close at 5:30 p.m.). BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. BUFFALO WILD WINGS A sports bar on steroids with numerous humongous TVs and a menu full of thirst-inducing items. The wings, which can be slathered with one of 14 sauces, are the staring attraction and will undoubtedly have fans. 14800 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-868-5279. LD daily. BUTCHER SHOP The cook-your-own-steak option has been downplayed, and several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. BY THE GLASS A broad but not ridiculously large wine list is studded with interesting, diverse selections, and prices are uniformly reasonable. The food focus is on high-end items that pair well with wine — olives, hummus, cheese, bread, and some meats and sausages. Happy hour daily from 4-6 p.m. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-9463. D Mon.-Sat. CAFE 5501 New American cuisine in sleek setting. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-0080. LD Mon.-Sat., B Sat.-Sun. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-3000. BLD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. CAFE@HEIFER Serving fresh pastries, omelets, soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzas. Located inside Heifer Village. 1 World Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-907-8801. BL Mon.-Fri. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat.

CAMP DAVID Inside the Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center, Camp David particularly pleases with its breakfast and themed buffets each day of the week. Wonderful Sunday brunch. 600 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-2267. BLD daily, BR Sun. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one at this landing spot downtown. Surprisingly inexpensive with a great bar staff and a good selection of unique desserts. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CAPITOL BISTRO Serving breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-9575. BL Mon.-Fri. CATERING TO YOU Painstakingly prepared entrees and great appetizers in this gourmetto-go location, attached to a gift shop. Caters everything from family dinners to weddings and large corporate events. 8121 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-614-9030. Serving meals to go: LD Mon.-Sat. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Tue.-Sat. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for wellcooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-3516. D Tue.-Sat. CELLAR 220 Ecclectic menu and strong wine list. 220 W. 6th St. Full bar, CC. $$$. 501-3745100. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. CHEDDAR’S Large selection of somewhat standard American casual cafe choices, many of which are made from scratch. Portions are large and prices are very reasonable. 400 South University. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-614-7578. LD daily. CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CHICKEN KING Arguably Central Arkansas’s best wings. 5213 W 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-5573. LD Mon.-Sat. CHICKEN WANG & CAFE Regular, barbecue, spicy, lemon, garlic pepper, honey mustard and Buffalo wings. Open late. 8320 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5621303. LD Mon.-Sat. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though excellent tapas are out of this world. The treeshaded, light-strung deck is a popular destination. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-603-0238. D Mon.-Sat. COLD STONE CREAMERY This national chain takes a base flavor (everything from Sweet Cream to Chocolate Cake Batter) and adds your choice of ingredients or a combination of ingredients it calls a Creation. Cold Stone also serves up a variety of ice cream cakes and cupcakes. 12800 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-225-7000. LD daily. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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BL Mon.-Sat. 4301 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-526-6661. BL Mon.-Fri. 1417 Main St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-3755100. BL Mon.-Sat. THE BOX Cheeseburgers and French fries are greasy and wonderful and not like their fastfood cousins. 1023 W. Seventh St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-8735. L Mon.-Fri. BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT The food’s great, portions huge, prices reasonable. Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses at work slicing and dicing and sauteeing. It’s great fun, and the fish is special. 2300 Cottondale Lane. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2677. LD Mon.-Fri. D Sat. BRAY GOURMET DELI AND CATERING Turkey spreads in four flavors — original, jalapeno, cajun and dill — and the homemade pimiento cheese are the signature items at Chris Bray’s delicatessen, which serves sandwiches, wraps, soups, stuffed potatoes and salads and sells the turkey spreads to go. 323 Center St. Suite 150. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-1045. BL Mon.-Fri. BREWSTERS 2 CAFE & LOUNGE Downhome done right. Check out the yams, mac-and-cheese, greens, purple-hull peas, cornbread, wings, catfish and all the rest. 2725 S. Arch St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-301-7728. LD Mon.-Sat. BROWN SUGAR BAKESHOP Fabulous cupcakes, brownies and cakes offered five days a week until they’re sold out. 419 E. 3rd St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4009. LD Tue.-Sat. (close at 5:30 p.m.). BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, CC. $$. 501-296-9535. LD daily. BUFFALO WILD WINGS A sports bar on steroids with numerous humongous TVs and a menu full of thirst-inducing items. The wings, which can be slathered with one of 14 sauces, are the staring attraction and will undoubtedly have fans. 14800 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-868-5279. LD daily. BUTCHER SHOP The cook-your-own-steak option has been downplayed, and several menu additions complement the calling card: large, fabulous cuts of prime beef, cooked to perfection. 10825 Hermitage Road. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-312-2748. D daily. BY THE GLASS A broad but not ridiculously large wine list is studded with interesting, diverse selections, and prices are uniformly reasonable. The food focus is on high-end items that pair well with wine — olives, hummus, cheese, bread, and some meats and sausages. Happy hour daily from 4-6 p.m. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-663-9463. D Mon.-Sat. CAFE 5501 New American cuisine in sleek setting. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-603-0080. LD Mon.-Sat., B Sat.-Sun. CAFE 201 The hotel restaurant in the Crowne Plaza serves up a nice lunch buffet. 201 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-3000. BLD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. CAFE@HEIFER Serving fresh pastries, omelets, soups, salads, sandwiches and pizzas. Located inside Heifer Village. 1 World Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-907-8801. BL Mon.-Fri. CAJUN’S WHARF The venerable seafood restaurant serves up great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and options such as fine steaks for the non-seafood eater. In the citified bar, you’ll find nightly entertainment, too. 2400 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-5351. D Mon.-Sat.

CAMP DAVID Inside the Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center, Camp David particularly pleases with its breakfast and themed buffets each day of the week. Wonderful Sunday brunch. 600 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-975-2267. BLD daily, BR Sun. CAPERS It’s never been better, with as good a wine list as any in the area, and a menu that covers a lot of ground — seafood, steaks, pasta — and does it all well. 14502 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-7600. LD Mon.-Sat. CAPITAL BAR AND GRILL Big hearty sandwiches, daily lunch specials and fine evening dining all rolled up into one at this landing spot downtown. Surprisingly inexpensive with a great bar staff and a good selection of unique desserts. 111 Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-7474. LD daily. CAPITOL BISTRO Serving breakfast and lunch items, including quiche, sandwiches, coffees and the like. 1401 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-371-9575. BL Mon.-Fri. CATERING TO YOU Painstakingly prepared entrees and great appetizers in this gourmetto-go location, attached to a gift shop. Caters everything from family dinners to weddings and large corporate events. 8121 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-614-9030. Serving meals to go: LD Mon.-Sat. CATFISH CITY AND BBQ GRILL Basic fried fish and sides, including green tomato pickles, and now with tasty ribs and sandwiches in beef, pork and sausage. 1817 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-7224. LD Tue.-Sat. CATFISH HOLE Downhome place for wellcooked catfish and tasty hushpuppies. 603 E. Spriggs. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-758-3516. D Tue.-Sat. CELLAR 220 Ecclectic menu and strong wine list. 220 W. 6th St. Full bar, CC. $$$. 501-3745100. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. CHEDDAR’S Large selection of somewhat standard American casual cafe choices, many of which are made from scratch. Portions are large and prices are very reasonable. 400 South University. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-614-7578. LD daily. CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings and salads at lunch and fish specials, and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5937. LD Mon.-Sat. 1901 Club Manor Drive. Maumelle. Full bar, All CC. 501-851-6200. LD daily, BR Sun. CHICKEN KING Arguably Central Arkansas’s best wings. 5213 W 65th St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-5573. LD Mon.-Sat. CHICKEN WANG & CAFE Regular, barbecue, spicy, lemon, garlic pepper, honey mustard and Buffalo wings. Open late. 8320 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-5621303. LD Mon.-Sat. CIAO BACI The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, though excellent tapas are out of this world. The treeshaded, light-strung deck is a popular destination. 605 N. Beechwood St. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-603-0238. D Mon.-Sat. COLD STONE CREAMERY This national chain takes a base flavor (everything from Sweet Cream to Chocolate Cake Batter) and adds your choice of ingredients or a combination of ingredients it calls a Creation. Cold Stone also serves up a variety of ice cream cakes and cupcakes. 12800 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-225-7000. LD daily. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

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COMMUNITY BAKERY This sunny downtown bakery is the place to linger over a latte, bagels and the New York Times. But a lunchtime dash for sandwiches is OK, too, though it’s often packed. 1200 S. Main St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-375-7105. BLD daily. 270 S. Shackleford. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-1656. BLD Mon.-Sat. BL Sun. COPELAND’S RESTAURANT OF LITTLE ROCK The full service restaurant chain started by the founder of Popeye’s delivers the same good biscuits, the same dependable frying and a New Orleans vibe in piped music and decor. You can eat red beans and rice for a price in the single digits or pay near $40 for a choice slab of ribeye, with crab, shrimp and fish in between. 2602 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-312-1616. LD daily. COPPER GRILL Comfort food, burgers and more sophisticated fare at this River Marketarea hotspot. 300 E. Third St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3333. LD Mon.-Sat. CORNERSTONE PUB & GRILL A sandwich, pizza and beer joint in the heart of North Little Rock’s Argenta district. 314 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1782. LD Mon.-Sat. CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE Chain-style home-cooking with plenty of variety, consistency and portions. Multiple locations statewide. 3101 Springhill Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. 501-945-9373. BLD daily. CRAZEE’S COOL CAFE Good burgers, daily plate specials and bar food amid pool tables and TVs. 7626 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-9696. LD Mon.-Sat. CRUSH WINE BAR An unpretentious downtown bar/lounge with an appealing and erudite wine list. With tasty tapas, but no menu for full meals. 318 Main St. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-374-9463. D Tue.-Sat. CUPCAKE FACTORY About a dozen cupcake varieties daily, plus pies, whole or by-theslice, cake balls, brownies and other dessert bars. 18104 Kanis Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-821-9913. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. CUPCAKES ON KAVANAUGH Gourmet cupcakes and coffee, indoor seating. 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-2253. LD Mon.-Sat. DAVE AND RAY’S DOWNTOWN DINER Breakfast buffet daily featuring biscuits and gravy, home fries, sausage and made-toorder omelets. Lunch buffet with four choices of meats and eight veggies. 824 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. $. 501-372-8816. BL Mon.-Fri. DAVE’S PLACE A popular downtown soupand-sandwich stop at lunch draws a large and diverse crowd for the Friday night dinner, which varies in theme, home cooking being the most popular. Owner Dave Williams does all the cooking and his son, Dave also, plays saxophone and fronts the band that plays most Friday nights. 201 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-3283. L Mon.-Fri., D Fri. DAVID FAMILY KITCHEN Call it soul food or call it down-home country cooking. Just be sure to call us for breakfast or lunch when you go. Neckbones, ribs, sturdy cornbread, salmon croquettes, mustard greens and the like. Desserts are exceptionally good. 2301 Broadway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-3710141. BL Mon.-Fri., L Sun. DAVID’S BURGERS Serious hamburgers, steak salads, homemade custard. 101 S. Bowman Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-8333. LD Mon.-Sat. 1100 Highway 65 N. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. (501) 327-3333 4000 McCain Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-353-0387. LD Mon.-Sat. DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS Decadent break34

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fast and light lunch items that can be ordered in full or half orders to please any appetite or palate, with a great variety of salads and soups as well. Don’t miss the bourbon pecan pie — it’s a winner. 11220 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-6893. BL daily. DEMPSEY BAKERY Bakery with sit-down area, serving coffee and specializing in gluten-, nutand soy-free baked goods. 323 Cross St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-2257. Serving BL Tue.-Sat. DIXON ROAD BLUES CAFE Sandwiches, burgers and salads. 1505 W. Dixon Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-888-2233. D Fri.-Sat. DIZZY’S GYPSY BISTRO Interesting bistro fare, served in massive portions at this River Market favorite. 200 River Market Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-3500. LD Tue.-Sat. DOE’S EAT PLACE A skid-row dive turned power brokers’ watering hole with huge steaks, great tamales and broiled shrimp, and killer burgers at lunch. 1023 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-1195. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. DOUBLETREE PLAZA BAR & GRILL The lobby restaurant in the Doubletree is elegantly comfortable, but you’ll find no airs put on at heaping breakfast and lunch buffets. 424 West Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-4371. BLD daily. E’S BISTRO Despite the name, think tearoom rather than bistro — there’s no wine, for one thing, and there is tea. But there’s nothing tearoomy about the portions here. Try the heaping grilled salmon BLT on a buttery croissant. 3812 JFK Boulevard. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-771-6900. L Tue.-Sun., D Thu.-Sat. EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The friendly neighborhood hoagie shop downtown serves at a handful of tables and by delivery. The sand-

wiches are generous, the soup homemade and the salads cold. Vegetarians can craft any number of acceptable meals from the flexible menu. The housemade potato chips are da bomb. 523 Center St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3700. LD Mon.-Fri. THE FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9734. LD daily. FILIBUSTER’S BISTRO & LOUNGE Sandwiches, salads in the Legacy Hotel. 625 W. Capitol Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3740100. D Mon.-Fri. FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES Nationwide burger chain with emphasis on freshly made fries and patties. 2923 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-246-5295. LD daily. 13000 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-1100. LD daily. FLIGHT DECK A not-your-typical daily lunch special highlights this spot, which also features inventive sandwiches, salads and a popular burger. Central Flying Service at Adams Field. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-975-9315. BL Mon.-Sat. FLYING FISH The fried seafood is fresh and crunchy and there are plenty of raw, boiled and grilled offerings, too. The hamburgers are a hit, too. It’s self-service; wander on through the screen door and you’ll find a slick team of cooks and servers doing a creditable job of serving big crowds. 511 President Clinton Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-375-3474. LD daily. FLYING SAUCER A popular River Market hangout thanks to its almost 200 beers (including 75 on tap) and more than decent bar food. It’s now non-smoking, so families are welcome. 323 President Clinton Ave. Full bar,

All CC. $$. 501-372-8032. LD daily. FOX AND HOUND Sports bar that serves pub food. 2800 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-8300. LD daily. FRANKE’S CAFETERIA Plate lunch spot strong on salads and vegetables, and perfect fried chicken on Sundays. Arkansas’ oldest continually operating restaurant. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-225-4487. LD daily. 400 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-372-1919. L Mon.-Fri. FRONTIER DINER The traditional all-American roadside diner, complete with a nice selection of man-friendly breakfasts and lunch specials. The half-pound burger is a two-hander for the average working Joe. 10424 Interstate 30. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6414. BL Mon.-Sat. GADWALL’S GRILL Once two separate restaurants, a fire forced the grill into the pizza joint. Now, under one roof, there’s mouth-watering burgers and specialty sandwiches, plus zesty pizzas with cracker-thin crust and plenty of toppings. 12 North Hills Shopping Center. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-834-1840. LD daily. B Fri.-Sun. GIGI’S CUPCAKES This Nashville-based chain’s entries into the artisan-cupcake sweetstakes are as luxurious in presentation as they are in sugar quantity. 416 S. University Ave., Suite 120. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-614-7012. BLD daily. GINO’S PIZZA AND PHILLY STEAK 8000 Geyer Springs Road. 501-562-0152. LD daily. THE GRAND CAFE Typical hotel restaurant fare from this Hilton cafe. 925 South University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-5020. BLD daily. GRUMPY’S TOO Music venue and sports bar

three” restaurant offering big servings of homemade soul food. Maybe Little Rock’s best fried chicken. 4600 Asher Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-3500. BLD Mon.-Sat., LD Sun. KRAZY MIKE’S Po’boys, catfish and shrimp and other fishes, fried chicken wings and all the expected sides served up fresh and hot to order on demand. 200 N. Bowman Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-907-6453. LD Mon.-Sat. LASSIS INN One of the state’s oldest restaurants still in the same location and one of the best for catfish and buffalo fish. 518 E 27th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-372-8714. LD Tue.-Sat. LE POPS GOURMET ICE LOLLIES Delicious, homemade iced lollies (or popsicle for those who aren’t afraid of the trademark.) 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-554-3936. L Mon.-Sat. LITTLEFIELD’S CAFE The owners of the Starlite Diner have moved their cafe to the Kroger Shopping Center on JFK, where they are still serving breakfast all day, as well as plate lunches, burgers and sandwiches. 6929 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol. 501-771-2036. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. LOCA LUNA Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. “Gourmet plate lunches” are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-4666. BR Sun., LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. LONE STAR STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON Dark imitation roadhouse, with cowboy paraphernalia and the soft glow of beer signs. Cowboys will feel at home with the beef, which is good enough, but more like range beef than the rich, marbled stuff of highdollar steakhouses. Big salads, too. 10901 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-227-8898. LD daily. MADDIE’S PLACE If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery on Rebsamen Park Road is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6604040. LD Tue.-Sat. MAGGIE MOO’S ICE CREAM AND TREATERY 17821 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol. 501-821-7609. MARIE’S MILFORD TRACK II Healthy and tasty are the key words at this deli/grill, featuring hot entrees, soups, sandwiches, salads and killer desserts. 9813 W Markham St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-225-4500. BL Mon.-Sat. MARKHAM STREET GRILL AND PUB The menu has something for everyone, including mahi-mahi and wings. Try the burgers, which are juicy, big and fine. 11321 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2010. LD daily. MASON’S DELI AND GRILL Heaven for those who believe everything is better with sauerkraut on top. The Bavarian Reuben, a traditional Reuben made with Boar’s Head corned beef, spicy mustard, sauerkraut, Muenster cheese and marble rye, is among the best we’ve had in town. 400 Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-376-3354. LD Mon.-Sat. MCBRIDE’S CAFE AND BAKERY Owners Chet and Vicki McBride have been serving up delicious breakfast and lunch specials based on their family recipes for two decades in this popular eatery at Baptist Health’s Little Rock campus. The desserts and barbecue CONTINUED ON PAGE 36

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University. 501-664-6878. BLD. PLAYTIME PIZZA Tons of fun isn’t rained out by lackluster eats at the new Playtime Pizza, the $11 million, 65,000 square foot kidtopia near the Rave theater. While the buffet is only so-so, features like indoor mini-golf, laser tag, go karts, arcade games and bumper cars make it a winner for both kids and adults. 600 Colonel Glenn Plaza Loop. All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7529. D Mon.-Wed., LD Thu.-Sun. PURPLE COW DINER 1950s fare — cheeseburgers, chili dogs, thick milk shakes — in a ‘50s setting at today’s prices. 8026 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-221-3555. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 11602 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-4433. LD daily, BR Sat.-Sun. 1419 Higden Ferry Road. Hot Springs. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-625-7999. LD daily, B Sun. RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches from restaurateur Mark Abernathy. Smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-8482. BL Tue.-Fri. D daily. BR Sat. RED MANGO National yogurt and smoothie chain whose appeal lies in adjectives like “allnatural,” “non-fat,” “gluten-free” and “probiotic.” 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-2500. LD daily. THE RELAY STATION This grill offers a short menu, which includes chicken strips, French fries, hamburgers, jalapeno poppers and cheese sticks. 12225 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-9919. LD daily. RENO’S ARGENTA CAFE Sandwiches, gyros and gourmet pizzas by day and music and drinks by night in downtown Argenta. 312 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-3762900. LD Mon.-Sat. RIVERFRONT STEAKHOUSE Steaks are the draw here — nice cuts heavily salted and peppered, cooked quickly and accurately to your specifications, finished with butter and served sizzling hot. 2 Riverfront Place.

NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-375-7825. D Mon.-Sat. ROBERT’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL If you’re looking for a burger, you won’t find it here. This establishment specializes in fried chicken dinners, served with their own special trimmings. 7212 Geyer Springs Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-568-2566. LD Tue.-Sat., D Mon., Sun. ROCKET TWENTY ONE Great seafood, among other things, is served at the Ice House Revival in Hillcrest. With a late night menu. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-603-9208. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. THE ROOT CAFE Homey, local foods-focused cafe. With tasty burgers, homemade bratwurst, banh mi and a number of vegan and veggie options. Breakfast and Sunday brunch, too. 1500 S. Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-414-0423. BL Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. ROUTE 66 DINER Kid-friendly ‘50s diner with a menu of classics, including chicken and waffles. 7710 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3366. BLD Mon.-Sat. RUDY’S OYSTER BAR Good boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Quesadillas and chili cheese dip are tasty and ultra-hearty. 2695 Pike Ave. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-771-0808. LD Mon.-Sat. SADDLE CREEK WOODFIRED GRILL Upscale chain dining in Lakewood, with a menu full of appetizers, burgers, chicken, fish and other fare. It’s the smoke-kissed steaks, however, that make it a winner — even in Little Rock’s beef-heavy restaurant market. 2703 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-0883. SALUT BISTRO This bistro/late-night hangout does upscale tapas. 1501 N. University. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-660-4200. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SANDY’S HOMEPLACE CAFE Specializing in

home style buffet, with two meats and seven vegetables to choose from. It’s all-you-can-eat. 1710 E 15th St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-3753216. L Mon.-Fri. SCALLIONS Reliably good food, great desserts, pleasant atmosphere, able servers — a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-6468. L Mon.-Sat. SHAKE’S FROZEN CUSTARD Frozen custards, concretes, sundaes. 12011 Westhaven Dr. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-224-0150. LD daily. SHARKS FISH & CHICKEN This Southwest Little Rock restaurant specializes in seafood, frog legs and catfish, all served with the traditional fixings. 8824 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-0300. LD daily. SHIPLEY DO-NUTS With locations just about everywhere in Central Arkansas, it’s hard to miss Shipley’s. Their signature smooth glazed doughnuts and dozen or so varieties of fills are well known. 7514 Cantrell Rd. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-664-5353. B daily. SHORTY SMALL’S Land of big, juicy burgers, massive cheese logs, smoky barbecue platters and the signature onion loaf. 1100 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-3344. LD daily. SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISHBOAT & MORE Good catfish and corn fritters. 1717 Wright Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3474. LD Tue.-Sat. SLICK’S SANDWICH SHOP & DELI Meatand-two plate lunches in state office building. 101 E. Capitol Ave. No alcohol. 501-375-3420. BL Mon.-Fri. SLIM CHICKENS Chicken tenders and wings served fast. Better than the Colonel. 4500 W. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-9070111. LD daily. SO RESTAURANT BAR Call it a French brasserie with a sleek, but not fussy American finish. The wine selection is broad and choice. Free valet parking. Use it and save yourself

a headache. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-1464. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. SONNY WILLIAMS’ STEAK ROOM Steaks, chicken and seafood in a wonderful setting in the River Market. Steak gets pricey, though. Menu is seasonal, changes every few months. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-324-2999. D Mon.-Sat. SOUTH ON MAIN Fine, innovative takes on Southern fare in a casual, but well-appointed setting. 1304 Main St. Full bar, CC. $-$$. 501-244-9660. L Mon.-Fri., D Tue.-Sat. SPECTATORS GRILL AND PUB Burgers, soups, salads and other beer food, plus live music on weekends. 1012 W. 34th St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-0990. LD Mon.-Sat. SPORTS PAGE One of the largest, juiciest, most flavorful burgers in town. Grilled turkey and hot cheese on sourdough gets praise, too. Now with lunch specials. 414 Louisiana St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-9316. LD Mon.-Fri. STAGECOACH GROCERY AND DELI Fine po’ boys and muffalettas — and cheap. 6024 Stagecoach Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-7676. BLD Mon.-Fri., BL Sat.-Sun. STARVING ARTIST CAFE All kinds of crepes, served as entrees or as dessert, in this cozy multidimensional eatery with art-packed walls and live demonstrations by artists during meals. The Black Forest ham sandwich is a perennial favorite with the lunch crowd. Dinner menu changes daily, good wine list. “Tales from the South” dinner and readings at on Tuesdays; live music precedes the show. 411 N. Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-7976. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue., Fri.-Sat. STICKYZ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHICKEN SHACK Fingers any way you can imagine, plus sandwiches and burgers, and a fun setting for music and happy hour gatherings. 107 Commerce St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-3727707. LD daily. SUFFICIENT GROUNDS Great coffee, good bagels and pastries, and a limited lunch menu. 124 W. Capitol. No alcohol, CC. $. 501-3721009. BL Mon.-Fri. 425 W. Capitol. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4594. BL Mon.-Fri. SUGIE’S Catfish and all the trimmings. 4729 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-5700414. LD daily. T.G.I. FRIDAY’S This national chain was on the verge of stale before a redo not long ago, and the update has done wonders for the food as well as the surroundings. The lunch combos are a great deal, and the steaks aren’t bad. It’s designed for the whole family, and succeeds. Appetizers and desserts are always good. 2820 Lakewood Village Drive,. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-2277. LD daily. TABLE 28 Excellent fine dining with lots of creative flourishes. Branch out and try the Crispy Squid Filet and Quail Bird Lollipops. 1501 Merrill Drive. Full bar, CC. $$$-$$$$. 224-2828. D Mon.-Sat. THE TAVERN SPORTS GRILL Burgers, barbecue and more. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-830-2100. LD daily. TERRI-LYNN’S BBQ AND DELICATESSEN High-quality meats served on large sandwiches and good tamales served with chili or without (the better bargain). 10102 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-6371. L Tue.-Fri., LD Sat. (close at 5pm). TEXAS ROADHOUSE Following in the lines of those loud, peanuts-on-the-table steak joints, but the steaks are better here than we’ve had at similar stops. Good burgers, too. 2620 S.

Shackleford Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-2242427. D Mon.-Fri., LD Sat.-Sun.; 3601 Warden Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-771-4230. D daily, L Sat.-Sun. 2620 S. Shackleford Rd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-2427. D Mon.-Fri., LD Sat.-Sun. TOWN PUMP A dependable burger, good wings, great fries, other bar food, plate lunches, full bar. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-9802. LD daily. TRIO’S Fresh, creative and satisfying lunches; even better at night, when the chefs take flight. Best array of fresh desserts in town. 8201 Cantrell Road Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3330. LD Mon.-Sat., BR Sun. TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE Smoothies, sandwiches and salads in an art deco former YMCA. 524 Broadway St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 246-3145. BLD Mon.-Fri. (closes at 6 p.m.) 10221 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-224-2233. BLD daily 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-376-2233. BLD daily. VICTORIAN GARDEN We’ve found the fare quite tasty and somewhat daring and different with its healthy, balanced entrees and crepes. 4801 North Hills Blvd. NLR. $-$$. 501-758-4299. L Mon.-Sat. WEST END SMOKEHOUSE AND TAVERN Its primary focus is a sports bar with 50-plus TVs, but the dinner entrees (grilled chicken, steaks and such) are plentiful and the bar food is upper quality. 215 N. Shackleford. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-7665. L Fri.-Sun., D daily. WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, locallysourced bar food. 2500 W. 7th St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8400. D Tue., Thu., Fri., Sat. WHOLE FOODS MARKET Good sandwiches, soups and hummus to go; an enormous number of hot and cold entrees from the deli; extensive juice bar. 10700 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-312-2326. BLD daily. WILLY D’S DUELING PIANO BAR Willy D’s serves up a decent dinner of pastas and salads as a lead-in to its nightly sing-along piano show. Go when you’re in a good mood. 322 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-9550. D Tue.-Sat. WINGSTOP It’s all about wings. The joint features ten flavors of chicken flappers for almost any palate, including mild, hot, Cajun and atomic, as well as specialty flavors like lemon pepper, teriyaki, Garlic parmesan and Hawaiian. 11321 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-9464. LD daily. W.T. BUBBA’S COUNTRY TAVERN Sloppy Joe’s, a fried bologna sandwich, a nacho bar and burgers and such feature on the menu of this bubba-themed River Market bar. 500 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-2528. LD daily. YANCEY’S CAFETERIA Soul food served with a Southern attitude. 1523 Martin Luther King Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-372-9292. LD Tue.-Sat. YOUR MAMA’S GOOD FOOD Offering simple and satisfying cafeteria food, with burgers and more hot off the grill, plate lunches and pies. 215 Center St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-372-1811. L Mon.-Fri. ZACK’S PLACE Expertly prepared home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-6646444. LD Mon.-Sat. ZIN URBAN WINE & BEER BAR This is the kind of sophisticated place you would expect to find in a bar on the ground floor of the Tuf-Nut lofts downtown. It’s cosmopolitan yet comfortable, a relaxed place to enjoy fine

wines and beers while noshing on superb meats, cheeses and amazing goat cheesestuffed figs. 300 River Market Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-246-4876. D daily.

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A.W. LIN’S ASIAN CUISINE Excellent panAsian with wonderful service. 17717 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-5398. LD daily. BENIHANA JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE Enjoy the cooking show, make sure you get a little filet with your meal, and do plenty of dunking in that fabulous ginger sauce. 2 Riverfront Place. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-8081. LD Sun.-Fri., D Sat. CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE No longer owned by Chi’s founder Lulu Chi, this Chinese mainstay still offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-604-7777. LD Mon.-Sat. CHI’S DIMSUM & BISTRO A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum available. 6 Shackleford Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-7737. LD daily. 17200 Chenal Parkway. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-8000. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. 3421 Old Cantrell Road. 501-916-9973. CHINA PLUS BUFFET Large Chinese buffet. 6211 Colonel Glenn Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-1688. LD daily. CHINESE KITCHEN Good Chinese takeout. Try the Cantonese press duck. 11401 N. Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-224-2100. LD Tue.-Sun. CRAZY HIBACHI GRILL The folks that own Chi’s and Sekisui offer their best in a three-inone: tapanaki cooking, sushi bar and sit-down dining with a Mongolian grill. 2907 Lakewood Village. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-8129888. LD daily. FANTASTIC CHINA The food is delicious, the presentation beautiful, the menu distinctive, the service perfect, the decor bright. 1900 N. Grant St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-8999. LD daily. FAR EAST ASIAN CUISINE Old favorites such as orange beef or chicken and Hunan green beans are still prepared with care at what used to be Hunan out west. 11610 Pleasant Ridge Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-219-9399. LD daily. FORBIDDEN GARDEN Classic, Americanized Chinese food in a modern setting. Try the Basil Chicken. 14810 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-8149. LD daily. FU LIN Quality in the made-to-order entrees is high, as is the quantity. 200 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-225-8989. LD daily, BR Sun. GENGHIS GRILL This chain restaurant takes the Mongolian grill idea to its inevitable, Subway-style conclusion. 12318 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-223-2695. LD daily. HANAROO SUSHI BAR One of the few spots in downtown Little Rock to serve sushi. With an expansive menu, featuring largely Japanese fare. Try the popular Tuna Tatari bento box. 205 W. Capitol Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-301-7900. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. IGIBON JAPANESE RESTAURANT It’s a complex place, where the food is almost always good and the ambiance and service never fail to please. The Bento box with tempura shrimp and California rolls and other CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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delights stand out. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-217-8888. LD Mon.-Sat. KIYEN’S SEAFOOD STEAK AND SUSHI Sushi, steak and other Japanese fare. 17200 Chenal Pkwy, Suite 100. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-7272. LD daily. KOBE JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE & SUSHI Though answering the need for more hibachis in Little Rock, Kobe stands taller in its sushi offerings than at the grill. 11401 Financial Centre Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-5999. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. LEMONGRASS ASIA BISTRO Fairly solid Thai bistro. Try the Tom Kha Kai and white wine alligator. They don’t have a full bar, but you can order beer, wine and sake. 4629 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-945-4638. LD daily. LILLY’S DIMSUM THEN SOME Innovative dishes inspired by Asian cuisine, utilizing local and fresh ingredients. 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-716-2700. LD Tue.-Sun. MIKE’S CAFE VIETNAMESE Cheap Vietnamese that could use some more spice, typically. The pho is good. 5501 Asher Ave. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-562-1515. LD daily. MR. CHEN’S ASIAN SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANT A combination Asian restaurant and grocery with cheap, tasty and exotic offerings. 3901 S. University Ave. $. 501-5627900. LD daily. MT. FUJI JAPANESE RESTAURANT The dean of Little Rock sushi bars offers a fabulous lunch special and great Monday night deals. 10301 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-227-6498. LD daily. 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. 501-227-6498. NEW CHINA A burgeoning line of massive buffets, with hibachi grill, sushi, mounds of Chinese food and soft serve ice cream. 4617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-8988. LD daily. 2104 Harkrider. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-7641888. LD Mon.-Sun. NEW FUN REE Reliable staples, plenty of hot and spicy options and dependable delivery. 418 W. 7th St. No alcohol, All CC. $. 501-6646657. LD Mon.-Sat. OSAKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Veteran operator of several local Asian buffets has brought fine-dining Japanese dishes and a well-stocked sushi bar to way-out-west Little Rock, near Chenal off Highway 10. 5501 Ranch Dr. $$-$$$. 501-868-3688. L Tue.-Sat., D Tue.-Sun. PANDA GARDEN Large buffet including Chinese favorites, a full on-demand sushi bar, a cold seafood bar, pie case, salad bar and dessert bar. 2604 S. Shackleford Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8100. LD daily. PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, but a lot of fun and plenty good with all the Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad thai. 205 N. University Ave. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-280-9423. LD daily. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO Nuevo Chinese from the Brinker chain. 317 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-225-4424. LD daily. PHO THANH MY It says “Vietnamese noodle soup” on the sign out front, and that’s what you should order. The pho comes in outrageously large portions with bean sprouts and fresh herbs. Traditional pork dishes, spring rolls and bubble tea also available. 302 N. Shackleford Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-312-7498. LD Mon., Wed.-Sun. 38

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ROYAL BUFFET A big buffet of Chinese fare, with other Asian tastes as well. 109 E. Pershing. NLR. Beer, All CC. 501-753-8885. LD daily. SEKISUI Fresh-tasting sushi chain with fun hibachi grill and an overwhelming assortment of traditional entrees. Nice wine selection, also serves sake and specialty drinks. 219 N. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-221-7070. LD daily. SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. Usually crowded at night. 2815 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-666-7070. D daily. SKY MODERN JAPANESE Excellent, ambitious menu filled with sushi and other Japanese fare and Continental-style dishes. 11525 Cantrell Road, Suite 917. Full bar, All CC. $$$-$$$$. 501-224-4300. LD daily. SUPER KING BUFFET Large buffet with sushi and a Mongolian grill. 4000 Springhill Plaza Court. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-9454802. LD daily. SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-9888. L Mon.-Sat. D daily. THE SOUTHERN GOURMASIAN Delicious Southern-Asian fusion. We crave the pork buns constantly. Various. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-954-0888. L Mon.-Fri. TOKYO HOUSE Defying stereotypes, this Japanese buffet serves up a broad range of fresh, slightly exotic fare — grilled calamari, octopus salad, dozens of varieties of fresh sushi — as well as more standard shrimp and steak options. 11 Shackleford Dr. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-219-4286. LD daily. VAN LANG CUISINE Terrific Vietnamese cuisine, particularly the way the pork dishes and the assortment of rolls are presented. Great prices, too. Massive menu, but it’s user-friendly for locals with full English descriptions and numbers for easy ordering. 3600 S. University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-570-7700. LD daily. WASABI Downtown sushi and Japanese cuisine. For lunch, there’s quick and hearty sushi samplers. 101 Main St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-0777. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat.

BARBECUE

CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL Beef, pork and chicken, all smoked to melting tenderness and doused with a choice of sauces. The crusty but tender backribs star. Side dishes are top quality. A plate lunch special is now available. 915 W. Capitol Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-4227. L Mon.-Fri. CHATZ CAFE ‘Cue and catfish joint that does heavy catering business. Try the slow-smoked, meaty ribs. 8801 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-4949. LD Mon.-Sat. CHIP’S BARBECUE Tasty, if a little pricey, barbecue piled high on sandwiches generously doused with the original tangy sauce or one of five other sauces. Better known for the incredible family recipe pies and cheesecakes, which come tall and wide. 9801 W. Markham St. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-225-4346. LD Mon.-Sat. CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ The pulled pork is extremely tender and juicy, and the sauce is sweet and tangy without a hint of heat. Maybe the best dry ribs in the area. 12005 Westhaven Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-954-7427.

LD daily. 2947 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-3737. LD daily, B Sat.-Sun. CROSS EYED PIG BBQ COMPANY Traditional barbecue favorites smoked well such as pork ribs, beef brisket and smoked chicken. Miss Mary’s famous potato salad is full of bacon and other goodness. Smoked items such as ham and turkeys available seasonally. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-265-0000. L Mon.-Sat., D Tue.-Fri. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7427. LD daily. FATBOY’S KILLER BAR-B-Q This Landmark neighborhood strip center restaurant in the far southern reaches of Pulaski County features tender ribs and pork by a contest pitmaster. Skip the regular sauce and risk the hot variety, it’s far better. 14611 Arch Street. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-888-4998. L Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; L Thu. HB’S BBQ Great slabs of meat with fiery barbecue sauce, but ribs are served on Tuesday only. Other days, try the tasty pork sandwich on an onion roll. 6010 Lancaster. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-565-1930. LD Mon.-Fri. MICK’S BBQ, CATFISH AND GRILL Good burgers, picnic-worth deviled eggs and heaping barbecue sandwiches topped with sweet sauce. 3609 MacArthur Dr. NLR. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-791-2773. LD Mon.-Sun. PIT STOP BAR AND GRILL A working-man’s bar and grill, with barbecue, burgers, breakfast and bologna sandwiches, plus live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 5506 Baseline Road. Full bar, No CC. $$. 501-562-9635. BLD daily. SIMS BAR-B-QUE Great spare ribs, sandwiches, beef, half and whole chicken and an addictive vinegar-mustard-brown sugar sauce unique for this part of the country. 2415 Broadway. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-372-6868. LD Mon.-Sat. 1307 John Barrow Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-2057. LD Mon.-Sat. 7601 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-5628844. LD Mon.-Sat. WHITE PIG INN Go for the sliced rather than chopped meats at this working-class barbecue cafe. Side orders — from fries to potato salad to beans and slaw — are superb, as are the fried pies. 5231 E. Broadway. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-945-5551. LD Mon.-Fri., L Sat. WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 516 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-6645025. LD Mon.-Sat. 12111 W. Markham. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-907-6124. LD daily. 150 E. Oak St. Conway. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-513-0600. LD Mon.-Sat., L Sun. 5107 Warden Road. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-753-9227.

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ALADDIN KABAB Persian and Mexican cuisines sound like an odd pairing, but they work fairly well together here. Particularly if you’re ordering something that features charred meat, like a kabab or gyros. 9112 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. 501-219-8787. LD daily. ALI BABA A Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery. 3400 S University Ave. No alcohol, All CC. 501-570-0577. LD Mon.-Sat. ANATOLIA RESTAURANT Middle of the road

Mediterranean fare. 315 N. Bowman Road. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-219-9090. L Tue.-Sun., D Tue.-Sat. BANANA LEAF INDIAN FOOD TRUCK Tasty Indian street food. 201 A St. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-227-0860. L Mon.-Fri. CAFE BOSSA NOVA A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing South American teas and coffees. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-614-6682. LD Tue.-Sat., BR Sun. CREGEEN’S IRISH PUB Irish-themed pub with a large selection of on-tap and bottled British beers and ales, an Irish inspired menu and lots of nooks and crannies to meet in. Specialties include fish ‘n’ chips and Guinness beef stew. Live music on weekends and $5 cover on Saturdays, special brunch on Sunday. 301 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-3767468. LD daily. DUGAN’S PUB Serves up Irish fare like fish and chips and corned beef and cabbage alongside classic bar food. The chicken fingers and burgers stand out. Irish breakfast all day. 401 E. 3rd St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-244-0542. LD daily. GEORGIA’S GYROS Good gyros, Greek salads and fragrant grilled pita bread highlight a large Mediterranean food selection, plus burgers and the like. 2933 Lakewood Village Drive. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-5090. LD Mon.-Sat. HIBERNIA IRISH TAVERN This traditional Irish pub has its own traditional Irish cook from, where else, Ireland. Broad beverage menu, Irish and Southern food favorites and a crowd that likes to sing. 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-246-4340. D Mon.-Fri., BR, L, D Sat.-Sun. ISTANBUL MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE This Turkish eatery offers decent kebabs and great starters. The red pepper hummus is a winner. So are Cigar Pastries. Possibly the best Turkish coffee in Central Arkansas. 11525 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-2239332. LD daily. KHALIL’S PUB Widely varied menu with European, Mexican and American influences. Go for the Bierocks, rolls filled with onions and beef. 110 S. Shackleford Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-0224. LD daily. BR Sun. LAYLA’S GYROS AND PIZZERIA Delicious Mediterranean fare — gyros, falafel, shawarma, kabobs, hummus and babaganush — that has a devoted following. All meat is slaughtered according to Islamic dietary law. 9501 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-7272. LD daily (close 5 p.m. on Sun.). L E O ’ S G R E E K C A S T L E Wonderful Mediterranean food — gyro sandwiches or platters, falafel and tabouleh — plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. Breakfast offerings are expanded with gyro meat, pitas and triple berry pancakes. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. No alcohol, CC. $-$$. 501-666-7414. BLD Mon.-Sat., BL Sun. (close at 4 p.m.). LITTLE GREEK Fast casual chain with excellent Greek food. 11525 Cantrell Road. Beer, All CC. $$. LD daily. NEXT BISTRO & BAR Mediterranean food and drinks. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. 501-663-6398. D Tue.-Thu., Sat. ROSALIA’S BAKERY Brazilian bakery owned by the folks over at Bossa Nova, next door. Sweet and savory treats, including yucca cheese balls, empanadas and macarons. Many gluten-free options. 2701 Kavanaugh

Blvd. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-319-7035. BLD Mon.-Sat. (closes 6 p.m.), BL Sun. THE PANTRY Owner and self-proclaimed “food evangelist” Tomas Bohm does things the right way — buying local, making almost everything from scratch and focusing on simple preparations of classic dishes. The menu stays relatively true to his Czechoslovakian roots, but there’s plenty of choices to suit all tastes. There’s also a nice happy-hour vibe. 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-353-1875. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. SILVEK’S EUROPEAN BAKERY Fine pastries, chocolate creations, breads and cakes done in the classical European style. Drop by for a whole cake or a slice or any of the dozens of single serving treats in the big case. 1900 Polk St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-661-9699. BLD daily. STAR OF INDIA The best Indian restaurant in the region, with a unique buffet at lunch and some fabulous dishes at night (spicy curried dishes, tandoori chicken, lamb and veal, vegetarian). 301 N. Shackleford. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-9900. LD daily. TAJ MAHAL The third Indian restaurant in a one-mile span of West Little Rock, Taj Mahal offers upscale versions of traditional dishes and an extensive menu. Dishes range on the spicy side. 1520 Market Street. Beer, All CC. $$$. 501-881-4796. LD daily. TAZIKI’S GREEK FARE Fast casual chain that offers gyros, grilled meats and veggies, hummus and pimento cheese. 12800 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-225-1829. LD daily; 8200 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-227-8291. LD daily. 12800 Chenal Parkway. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-225-1829. LD daily. THE TERRACE MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN A broad selection of Mediterranean delights that include a very affordable collection of starters, salads, sandwiches, burgers, chicken and fish at lunch and a more upscale dining experience with top-notch table service at dinner. 2200 Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-217-9393. LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat. YA YA’S EURO BISTRO The first eatery to open in the Promenade at Chenal is a datenight affair, translating comfort food into beautiful cuisine. Best bet is lunch, where you can explore the menu through soup, salad or half a sandwich. 17711 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-1144. LD daily, BR Sun.

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BRAVO! CUCINA ITALIANA This upscale Italian chain offers delicious and sometimes inventive dishes. 17815 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-821-2485. LD daily. BR Sun. BRUNO’S LITTLE ITALY Traditional Italian antipastos, appetizers, entrees and desserts. Extensive, delicious menu from Little Rock standby. 310 Main St. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-7866. D Tue.-Sat. CAFE PREGO Dependable entrees of pasta, pork, seafood, steak and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens and delicious dressings, crisp-crunchy-cold gazpacho and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. Little Rock standard for 18 years. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-5355. LD Mon.- Fri, D Sat. CHUCK E. CHEESE’S Games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment for kids, big and small. 10901 N Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-227-8363. LD daily.

CIAO ITALIAN RESTAURANT Don’t forget about this casual yet elegant bistro tucked into a downtown storefront. The fine pasta and seafood dishes, ambiance and overall charm combine to make it a relaxing, enjoyable, affordable choice. 405 W. Seventh St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-372-0238. L Mon.-Fri., D Thu.-Sat. DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 6706 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-6642239. LD daily. 10720 Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-664-2239. LD daily. 37 East Center St. Fayetteville. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 479-444-7437. LD daily. GRADY’S PIZZA AND SUBS Pizza features a pleasing blend of cheeses rather than straight mozzarella. The grinder is a classic, the chef’s salad huge and tasty. 6801 W. 12th St., Suite C. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-663-1918. LD daily. GRAFFITI’S The casually chic and ever-popular Italian-flavored bistro avoids the rut with daily specials and careful menu tinkering. 7811 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-9079. D Mon.-Sat. GUSANO’S They make the tomatoey Chicagostyle deep-dish pizza the way it’s done in the Windy City. It takes a little longer to come out of the oven, but it’s worth the wait. 313 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-1441. LD daily. 2915 Dave Ward Drive. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-1100. LD daily. IRIANA’S PIZZA Unbelievably generous hand-tossed New York style pizza with unmatched zest. Good salads, too; grinders are great, particularly the Italian sausage. 201 E. Markham St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-374-3656. LD Mon.-Sat. THE ITALIAN KITCHEN AT LULAV Comfortably chic downtown bistro with excellent Italian fare. 220 A W. 6th St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-374-5100. L Mon.-Fri., D Mon.-Sat. JAY’S PIZZA New York-style pizza by the slice. 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-313-8611. L Mon.-Sat. JIM’S RAZORBACK PIZZA Great pizza served up in a family-friendly, sports-themed environment. Special Saturday and Sunday brunch served from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Flat-screen TVs throughout and even a cage for shooting basketballs and playing ping-pong. 16101 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-8683250. LD daily. LARRY’S PIZZA The buffet is the way to go — fresh, hot pizza, fully loaded with ingredients, brought hot to your table, all for a low price. Many Central Arkansas locations. 1122 Center Street. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-372-6004. L Mon.-Fri.; 1122 S. Center. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. 12911 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-224-8804. LD daily. MELLOW MUSHROOM Popular high-end pizza chain. 16103 Chenal Pkwy. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-379-9157. LD daily. NYPD PIZZA Plenty of tasty choices in the obvious New York police-like setting, but it’s fun. Only the pizza is cheesy. Even the personal pizzas come in impressive combinations, and baked ziti, salads are more also are available. Cheap slice specials at lunch. 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Suite 1. Beer, Wine, CONTINUED ON PAGE 40

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All CC. $-$$. 501-868-3911. LD daily. OLD CHICAGO PASTA & PIZZA This national chain offers lots of pizzas, pastas and beer. 4305 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-6262. LD daily. 1010 Main St. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-329-6262. LD daily. PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of stuff, topped with gooey cheese. Draft beer is appealing on the open-air deck — frosty and generous. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-664-6133. LD daily 14710 Cantrell Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-868-2600. LD daily. PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-666-5403. LD daily. THE PIZZA JOINT Cracker-thin crusts with a tempting variety of traditional or nontraditional toppings. Just off Cantrell Road. 6100 Stones Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-868-9108. D daily. PIZZERIA SANTA LUCIA A mobile pizza oven, imported from Italy, that churns out fine pies. They’re on the smaller side and not topped to excess, but quite flavorful. 1401 S Main St. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-666-1885. Various times. RISTORANTE CAPEO Authentic cooking from the boot of Italy is the draw at this cozy, brickwalled restaurant on a reviving North Little Rock’s Main Street. Familiar pasta dishes will comfort most diners, but let the chef, who works in an open kitchen, entertain you with some more exotic stuff, too, like crispy veal sweetbreads. They make their own mozzarella fresh daily. 425 Main St. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-376-3463. D Mon.-Sat. ROCKY’S PUB Rocking sandwiches an Arkie used to have to head way northeast to find and a fine selection of homemade Italian entrees, including as fine a lasagna as there is. 6909 JFK Blvd. NLR. Beer, Wine. $$. 501-8331077. LD Mon.-Sat. ROMANO’S MACARONI GRILL A chain restaurant with a large menu of pasta, chicken, beef, fish, unusual dishes like Italian nachos, and special dishes with a corporate bent. 11100 W Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-221-3150. LD daily. SHOTGUN DAN’S PIZZA Hearty pizza and sandwiches with a decent salad bar. Multiple locations, at 4020 E. Broadway, NLR, 945-0606; 4203 E. Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, 835-0606, and 10923 W. Markham St. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-2249519. LD Mon.-Sat., D Sun. U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-663-2198. LD daily. 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$. 501-664-7071. LD daily. 9300 North Rodney Parham Road. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-224-6300. LD daily. 3307 Fair Park Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-565-6580. LD daily. 650 Edgewood Drive. Maumelle. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-851-0880. LD daily. 3324 Pike Avenue. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-758-5997. LD daily. 4001 McCain Park Drive. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-753-2900. LD daily. VESUVIO Arguably Little Rock’s best Italian restaurant. 1315 Breckenridge Drive. Full bar, All CC. $$$. 501-246-5422. D daily. VINO’S Great rock ‘n’ roll club also is a fantastic pizzeria with huge calzones and always 40

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improving home-brewed beers. 923 W. 7th St. Beer, Wine, All CC. $-$$. 501-375-8466. LD daily. ZAFFINO’S BY NORI A high-quality Italian dining experience. Pastas, entrees (don’t miss the veal marsala) and salads are all outstanding. 2001 E. Kiehl Ave. NLR. Beer, Wine, All CC. 501-834-7530. D Tue.-Sat. ZAZA Here’s where you get wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and a light topping of choice and tempting ingredients, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, call-yourown ingredient salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. Beer, Wine, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-661-9292. LD daily. 1050 Ellis Ave. Conway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-336-9292. LD daily.

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8822. LD daily 400 President Clinton Ave. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. BL Mon.-Sat. CASA MEXICANA Familiar Tex-Mex style items all shine, in ample portions, and the steak-centered dishes are uniformly excellent. 6929 JFK Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-835-7876. LD daily. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL Burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and salads are the four main courses of choice — and there are four meats and several other options for filling them. Sizes are uniformly massive, quality is uniformly strong, and prices are uniformly low. 11525 Cantrell Road. All CC. $-$$. 501-2210018. LD daily. CHUY’S Good Tex-Mex. We’re especially fond of the enchiladas, and always appreciate restaurants that make their own tortillas. 16001 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-821-2489. LD daily. COTIJA’S A branch off the famed La Hacienda family tree downtown, with a massive menu of tasty lunch and dinner specials, the familiar white cheese dip and sweet red and fieryhot green salsas, and friendly service. 406 S. Louisiana St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-244-0733. L Mon.-Fri. EL CHICO Hearty, standard Mexican served in huge portions. 8409 Interstate 30. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-562-3762. LD daily. EL PORTON (LR) Good Mex for the price and a wide-ranging menu of dinner plates, some tasty cheese dip, and great service as well. 12111 W. Markham St. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-223-8588. LD daily. 5201 Warden Road. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-753-4630. LD daily. ELIELLA You’ll find perhaps the widest variety of street style tacos in Central Arkansas here — everything from cabeza (steamed beef head) to lengua (beef tongue) to suadero (thinsliced beef brisket). The Torta Cubano is a belly-buster. It’s a sandwich made with chorizo, pastor, grilled hot dogs and a fried egg. The menu is in Spanish, but the waitstaff is accomodating to gringos. 7700 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $. 501-539-5355. L Mon.-Sat. THE FOLD BOTANAS BAR Gourmet tacos and botanas, or small plates. Try the cholula

pescada taco. 3501 Old Cantrell Road. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-916-9706. LD daily. FONDA MEXICAN CUISINE Authentic Mex. The guisado (Mexican stew) is excellent. 400 N. Bowman Road. Full bar, CC. $$-$$$. 501-3134120. LD Tue.-Sun. JUANITA’S Menu includes a variety of combination entree choices — enchiladas, tacos, flautas, shrimp burritos and such — plus creative salads and other dishes. And of course the “Blue Mesa” cheese dip. 614 President Clinton Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-372-1228. LD Tue.-Sat. LA HACIENDA Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos, and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-661-0600. LD daily. 200 Highway 65 N. Conway. All CC. $$. 501-327-6077. LD daily. LA HERRADURA Traditional Mexican fare. 8414 Geyer Springs Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-6063. LD Tue.-Sun. LAS MARGARITAS Sparse offerings at this taco truck. No chicken, for instance. Try the veggie quesadilla. 7308 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Tue.-Thu. LA REGIONAL A full-service grocery store catering to SWLR’s Latino community, it’s the small grill tucked away in the back corner that should excite lovers of adventurous cuisine. The menu offers a whirlwind trip through Latin America, with delicacies from all across the Spanish-speaking world (try the El Salvadorian papusas, they’re great). Bring your Spanish/ English dictionary. 7414 Baseline Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-4440. BLD daily. LA SALSA MEXICAN & PERUVIAN CUISINE Mexican and Peruvian dishes, beer and margaritas. 3824 John F. Kennedy Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. 501-753-1101. LD daily. LA VAQUERA The tacos at this truck are more expensive than most, but they’re still cheap eats. One of the few trucks where you can order a combination plate that comes with rice, beans and lettuce. 4731 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-565-3108. LD Mon.-Sat. LAS AMERICAS Guatemalan and Mexican fare. Try the hearty tamales wrapped in banana leaves. 8622 Chicot Road. $-$$. 501-565-0266. LD daily. LAS DELICIAS Levy-area mercado with a taqueria and a handful of booths in the back of the store. 3401 Pike Ave. NLR. Beer, All CC. $. 501-812-4876. BLD daily. LAS PALMAS Mexican chain with a massive menu of choices. 10402 Stagecoach Road. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-455-8500. LD daily 4154 E. McCain Blvd. NLR. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. LD daily. LOCAL LIME Tasty gourmet Mex from the folks who brought you Big Orange and ZaZa. 17815 Chenal Parkway. Full bar, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-448-2226. LD daily. LOS TORITOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT Mexican fare in East End. 1022 Angel Court. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-261-7823. LD daily. MAMACITA’S Serviceable Mexican fare in attractive cafe. 5923 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $-$$. 501-916-2421. LD daily. MARISCOS EL JAROCHO Try the Camarones a la Diabla (grilled shrimp in a smoky pepper sauce) or the Cocktail de Campechana (shrimp, octopus and oyster in a cilantro and onion-laced tomato sauce). 7319 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-565-3535. Serving BLD Fri.-Wed. CONTINUED ON PAGE 42

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MERCADO SAN JOSE From the outside, it appears to just be another Mexican grocery store. Inside, you’ll find one of Little Rock’s best Mexican bakeries and a restaurant in back serving tortas and tacos for lunch. 7411 Geyer Springs Road. Beer, CC. $. 501-565-4246. BLD daily. MEXICO CHIQUITO Some suggest cheese dip was born at this Central Arkansas staple, where you’ll find hearty platters of boldly spiced, inexpensive food that compete well with those at the “authentic” joints. 13924 Cantrell Road. No alcohol, All CC. $-$$. 501-217-0700. LD daily. 11406 W. Markham. No alcohol, All CC. $$. 501-217-0647. LD daily. MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL A “build-yourown-burrito” place, with several tacos and nachos to choose from as well. Wash it down with a beer from their large selection. 12312 Chenal Pkwy. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-223-3378. LD daily. RIVIERA MAYA Typical Mexican fare for the area, though the portions are on the large side. 801 Fair Park Blvd. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-663-4800. LD daily. ROCK ’N TACOS California-style cuisine that’s noticeably better than others in its class. Fish tacos are treated with the respect they deserve, served fresh and hot. Tamales are a house specialty and are worth sampling as well; both pork and beef warrant attention. 11121 North Rodney Parham Road. No alcohol, All CC. $$-$$$. 501-812-3461. LD Mon.-Sat. ROSALINDA RESTAURANT HONDURENO A Honduran cafe that specializes in pollo con frito tajada (fried chicken and fried plaintains). With breakfast, too. 3700 JFK Blvd. NLR. No alcohol, No CC. $-$$. 501-771-5559. BLD daily. SENOR TEQUILA Typical cheap Mexican dishes with great service. Good margaritas. 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-224-5505. LD daily. 9847 Maumelle Blvd. NLR. 501-758-4432; 14524 Cantrell Road. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-8687642. LD daily.; 2000 S. University Ave. Full bar, All CC. $$. 501-660-4413. LD daily. SUPER 7 GROCERY STORE This Mexican grocery/video store/taqueria has great a daily buffet featuring a changing assortment of real Mexican cooking. Fresh tortillas pressed by hand and grilled, homemade salsas, beans as good as beans get. Plus soup every day. 1415 Barrow Road. Beer, No CC. $. 501-219-2373. BLD daily. SUPERMERCADO SIN FRONTERAS Shiny,

large Mexican grocery with a bakery and restaurant attached. 4918 Baseline Road. Beer, All CC. $$. 501-562-4206. BLD daily. TACO MEXICO Tacos have to be ordered at least two at a time, but that’s not an impediment. These are some of the best and some of the cheapest tacos in Little Rock. 7101 Colonel Glenn Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-416-7002. LD Wed.-Sun. TA C O S G U A N A J U AT O P o r k , b e e f , adobado, chicharron and cabeza tacos and tortas at this mobile truck. 6920 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. LD Wed.-Mon. TAQUERIA EL PALENQUE Solid authentic Mexican food. Try the al pastor burrito. 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road. Beer, CC. $-$$. 501-312-0045. Serving BLD Tue.-Sun. TAQUERIA JALISCO SAN JUAN The taco truck for the not-so-adventurous crowd. They claim to serve “original Mexico City tacos,” but it’s their chicken tamales that make it worth a visit. They also have tortas, quesadillas and fajitas. 11200 Markham St. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-541-5533. LD daily. TAQUERIA KARINA AND CAFE A real Mexican neighborhood cantina from the owners, to freshly baked pan dulce, to Mexican-bottled Cokes, to first-rate guacamole, to inexpensive tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a broad selection of Mexican-style seafood. 5309 W. 65th St. Beer, No CC. $. 501-562-3951. BLD daily. TAQUERIA LOURDES This Chevy Step Van serves tacos, tortas, quesadillas and nachos. Colonel Glenn and 36th Street. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-612-2120. LD Mon.-Sat. TAQUERIA SAMANTHA On Friday and Saturday nights, this mobile taqueria parks outside of Jose’s Club Latino in a parking lot on the corner of Third and Broadway. 300 Broadway Ave. No alcohol, No CC. $. D Fri.-Sat. (sporadic hours beyond that). TAQUERIA SAMANTHA II Stand out taco truck fare, with meat options standard and exotic. 7521 Geyer Springs Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-744-0680. BLD daily. TAQUERIA THALIA Try this taco truck on the weekends, when the special could be anything from posole to menudo to shrimp cocktail. 4500 Baseline Road. No alcohol, No CC. $. 501-563-3679. LD Wed.-Mon. TA Q U E R I A Y C A R N I C E R I A GUADALAJARA Cheap, delicious tacos, tamales and more. Always bustling. 3811 Camp Robinson Road. NLR. Beer, All CC. $-$$. 501-753-9991. BLD daily.

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