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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published February 21, 2013 at 12:18 a.m.

— Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of

settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers’ visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25.

Expensive is $25 and up.

To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Catfish CATFISH CITY & BBQ GRILL 1817 S. University Ave., Little Rock, (501) 663-7224 This veteran serves catfi sh as tasty as ever - fried or grilled - plus shrimp, frog legs, hot wings, chicken tenders and barbecue.

Lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Mon-Sat. Reservations (large parties). Bargain.

DENTON’S TROTLINE 2150 Congo Road, Benton, (501) 315-1717 Satisfying Saline County catfi sh devotees for decades has earned heavy traffi c for this buffet eatery that dishes up shrimp, chicken, gumbos and - for an extra charge - snow crab legs.

Dinner Tue-Sat. Full bar (private club). Reservations.

Moderate.

FLYING FISH 511 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock (501) 375-3474 The seafood shack still serves up fi ne fi sh, fried and otherwise, including some of the town’s best (and best drained) catfi sh (all-you-caneat on Wednesdays, $14.99), and has sped up the clunky order process.

Lunch, dinner daily. Beer, wine. Bargain-moderate.

GRAMPA’S CATFISH 100 Shadow Oaks Drive, Sherwood, (501) 834-5400 The Sherwood restaurant, behind Fort Thompson, is staying open despite a recent bankruptcy fi ling, still serving crisp, golden, all-you-can-eat catfi sh plus a variety of steak, chicken and seafood selections.

Lunch, dinner daily. Beer, wine. Reservations (six or more). Moderate.

Barbecue CAPITOL SMOKEHOUSE AND GRILL 915 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, (501) 372-4227 Doug and Candy Wilkerson, who once upon a time ran the Lucky 7 on East Sixth Street, have supplemented their award-winning barbecue (top notices from publications as diverse as Sync and Maxim for the ribs and pulled pork, respectively) with their top-of-the-line plate lunches.

Lunch Mon-Fri. Bargain.

CORKY’S RIBS & BBQ 12005 Westhaven Drive, Little Rock, (501) 954-7427;

2947 Lakewood Village Drive, North Little Rock, (501) 753-3737 This nice, polite, suburban Memphis-based franchise barbecue operation, which serves well-smoked ribs, wet and dry, and some of the best baked beans, takes no risks but also threatens few surprises at its two central Arkansas locations.

Lunch, dinner daily. Full bar.

Reservations (eight or more people). Bargain-moderate.

SIMS BAR-B-QUE 2415 Broadway, Suite B, Little Rock, (501) 372-6868 ; 1307 John Barrow Road, Little Rock, (501) 224-2057 ; 7601 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock, (501) 562-8844 Old-school Sims can always be counted on for serving solid, messy and no-frills barbecue;

the ribs are your best bet.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Beer.

Bargain.

WHOLE HOG CAFE 2516 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 664-5025 ;

12111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, (501) 907-6124 ; 5107 Warden Road, North Little Rock, (501) 753-5228 Sweet and sticky ribs, savory beef brisket and plush sourcream potato salad are some of the rewards awaiting diners at this award-winning barbecue restaurant.

Lunch, dinner Monday-Sunday on Cantrell and West Markham, Monday-Saturday in North Little Rock. Beer, wine. Bargain.

Weekend, Pages 36 on 02/21/2013

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