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SELECTED RESTAURANTS

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published January 31, 2013 at 2:20 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 ar

kansasonline.com/restaurants Asian LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO 4629 E. McCain Blvd., North Little Rock, (501) 945-4638 Perhaps a little more Thai fusion than Thai, the dishes range fromtraditional (Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong) to exotic (White Wine Alligator), at somewhat higher prices than at area competitors. Spice fans should heed the menu’s “pepper code.” Lunch, dinner daily. Beer, wine.

Reservations (large parties).

Moderate-Expensive.

LILLY’S DIM SUM THEN SOME 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, (501) 716-2700 Owner Nancy Tesmer, who now exerts full control after the “ retirement” of former partner and cofounder Kathy Webb, widens local dining horizons with commendable Pan-Asian food ranging from Pad Thai to Korean Bibim Bop with grilled steak to sukiyaki-style Japanese noodles.

Lunch, dinner daily. Beer, wine.

Reservations (six or more people). Bargain-Moderate.

UPDATE! THAI TASTE 1516 W. Main St., Jacksonville, (501) 985-1854 This authentic Thai restaurantoffers delicious dishes deftly seasoned to the customer’s taste in a homey storefront. But a recent visit confirmed our resolution to pass up the buffet and stick to the menu.

Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat.

No alcohol. Reservations. Bargain-Moderate.

VANLANG 3600 S. University Ave., Little Rock, (501) 570-7700 The menu at what used to be a Vietnamese eatery is now abouthalf Vietnamese and half Korean, and it draws a good many Asian customers, perhaps a testament to the authentic nature of its seafood dishes and other fare.

Lunch, dinner daily. Beer, wine.

Reservations. Bargain.

Brazilian CAFE BOSSA NOVA 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 614-6682 Diners who stereotype Braziliancuisine by envisioning hefty chunks of grilled meat will have their eyes opened by owner-chef Rosalia Monroe’s varied menu, which is strong on chicken, seafood and vegetarian fare. And Monroe now also offers baked goods at her eponymous Rosalia’s Family Bakery in the same curved shopping center.

Lunch, dinner Tue-Sat; brunch Sun. Full bar. Corkage fee. Reservations (five or more people).

Moderate.

Weekend, Pages 40 on 01/31/2013

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