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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published October 14, 2010 at 4:06 a.m.

— Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges.

To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit

www2.arkansasonline.com/restaurants/.

Sandwiches

BOULEVARD BREAD CO.

1920 N. Grant St., Little Rock, (501) 663-5951; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Public Health, 4301 W. Markham St., Little Rock, (501) 526-6661; Ottenheimer Market Hall, River Market, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 374-1232 Freshly baked breads and the generous use of fresh herbs help make the panini and other sandwiches a couple of cuts above the ordinary, while the soups and salads are also firstrate at this eatery.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Beer, wine. (River Market location: breakfast, lunch only Mon-Sat. UAMS location: breakfast, lunch only Mon-Fri, no alcohol.) Bargain.

JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES

5116 W. Markham St., Little Rock, (501) 666-3354 Sandwich savant Jimmy Weisman takes seriously indeed his crusted creations, such as The Garden: fresh spinach spread, mushrooms, sprouts, sunflower seeds and three kinds of melted cheese on pumpernickel.

Lunch Mon-Sat. No alcohol.

Bargain.

DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS

11220 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 225-6893 The extensive menu at this clean, bright and family-friendly bistro features a variety of breakfast items, including a variety of Benedicts, served into midafternoon alongside stylish sandwiches.

Breakfast, lunch daily. No alcohol. Reservations weekdays. Bargain.

DOWNTOWN DELI

323 Center St., Little Rock, (501) 372-3696 Flocks of noontime customers testify to the steady quality of the sandwiches, salads, soups and football-size baked potatoes at a breakfast-also place that thrives on clever menu names like Fists of Fury wrap.

Breakfast, lunch Mon-Fri. No alcohol. Bargain.

OLD MILL BREAD AND FLOUR CO.

12111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, (501) 228-4677 Old Mill is a firmly established stop for the roving band of Ladies Who Lunch - thanks to a sunny interior and the scrumptious breads baked for its small but superior sandwich selection.

Breakfast, lunch Mon-Sat. No alcohol. Bargain.

PANERA BREAD

Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. (501) 227-0222; 2812 Lakewood Village Drive, North Little Rock, (501) 771-0168 This popular chain offers fine specialty soups and breakfast and lunch sandwiches, plus eye-catching baked goods and friendly service.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily.

Bargain.

PURPLE COW

8026 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 221-3555;

11602 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, (501) 224-4433 Best known for its burgers and ice cream and nostalgic sodafountain feel, the family-friendly Purple Cow surprises withsophisticated salads, like the generous, zippy Santa Fe Salad, and gourmet sandwiches like the bitey balsamic-dressed Portabella Mushroom.

Lunch, dinner daily, brunch Sat-Sun. Beer, wine, limited liquor. Bargain-moderate.

Weekend, Pages 40 on 10/14/2010

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