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Selected restaurants

This article was published January 19, 2012 at 3:26 a.m.

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1417 Main St., Little Rock, (501) 375-5100; 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, also with first-rate soups and salads.

Heights: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Beer, wine. Downtown locations: breakfast, lunch only Mon-Sat. UAMS location: breakfast, lunch only Mon-Fri, no alcohol. Bargain-moderate.


11220 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 225-6893

The extensive menu at this clean, bright, family-friendly bistro features a variety of breakfast items, including several Benedicts, served into midafternoon alongside stylish sandwiches.

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


5116 W. Markham St., Little Rock, (501) 666-3354

Sandwich savant Jimmy Weisman takes seriously indeed his crusted creations, including the national-award-winning The Garden: fresh spinach spread, mushrooms, sprouts, sunflower seeds and three kinds of melted cheese on pumpernickel.

Lunch Mon-Sat. No alcohol. Bargain.


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.


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, eye-catching baked goods and friendly service.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. Bargain.


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 soda-fountain feel, the familyfriendly Purple Cow surprises with sophisticated 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.


300 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, (501) 372-2211

Specializing in Cajun and Southern cuisine, the new River Market District eatery cooks up hearty conventional (catfish, shrimp, oyster) to clever (Debris Roast Beef, Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf) Po’ Boys, available fully dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mayonnaise and mustard or “Captain J Style” with Creole mustard, mayonnaise and coleslaw.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Bargain-moderate.

Weekend, Pages 37 on 01/19/2012

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