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Selected restaurants

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published January 24, 2013 at 2:49 a.m.

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BOULEVARD BREAD CO. 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.

JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES 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, sunflower seeds and three kinds of melted cheese on pumpernickel. Now with drive-through service from 4-8 p.m.

Lunch, drive-through dinner Mon-Sat. No alcohol. Bargain.

DELICIOUS TEMPTATIONS 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.


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;

10701 Kanis Road, Little Rock, (501) 954-7773 (opening Monday) This popular chain offers fine specialty soups and breakfast and lunch sandwiches, 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 soda-fountain feel, the family-friendly 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.


Weekend, Pages 40 on 01/24/2013

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