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Selected restaurants

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published February 20, 2014 at 2:53 a.m.

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ACADIA 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 603-9630 Three-course, prix-fixe dinners on Mondays and Tuesdays are one of the area’s top restaurant values at owner-chef James Hale’s homelike Hillcrest spot, with a creatively eclectic, seasonally changed menu and superlative wine list.

Dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar.

Corkage fee. Moderate.

BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT 2300 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, (501) 663-2677 Chef-owner Peter Brave consistently fulfills his advertised promise of the freshest and highest-quality ingredients with an eclectic New American tenor.

Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Corkage fee.

Reservations. Expensive.

CAPERS 14502 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 868-7600 With wine country flair and Southern fare (Gulf seafood, fried catfish, fried green tomatoes with homemade tomato jam, etc.), Capers caters to classy couples and ladies who lunch.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat, brunch Sat. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate-expensive.

COPPER GRILL 300 Third Tower, 300 E. Third St., Little Rock, (501) 375-3333 Capers and Cajun’s Wharf magnate Mary Beth Ringgold has struck culinary gold with an eclectic, slightly eccentric menu in a copper-dominated decor.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate-expensive.

LOCA LUNA 3519 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, (501) 663-4666 There’s been a recent remodel and menu tweak at what uber-foodie Rachael Ray once hailed as “one of America’s best neighborhood restaurants.” But you can still get the fabulous Blue Mesa cheese dip and brick-oven baked pizzas and some first rate fish dishes.

Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sun, brunch Sun. Full bar.

Reservations (seven or more people). Moderate.

1620 SAVOY 1620 Market St., Little Rock (501) 221-1620 A complete remodel, from the outside in, featuring a lot of nods to 1920s Art Deco, plus a menu that retains some of the favorite items (including the Smoked Duck Caesar, Dover Sole and Grand Marnier souffle) from the former 1620 but also incorporates new dishes by holdover chef Tim Morton and new chefs Payne Harding and John Masching are the defining elements of this chic old-new eatery.

Dinner Mon-Sat, brunch Sun.

Full bar. Reservations. Moderate-expensive.

SO RESTAURANT BAR 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, (501) 663-1464 There’s still an emphasis on seafood (including raw bar) at the intimate Hillcrest establishment that remains on the area’s top restaurant rung.

Lunch Mon-Sat, dinner daily.

Full bar. Corkage fee. Reservations (six or more). Moderate-expensive.

TABLE 28 Best Western Premiere Governor’s Suites, 1501 Merrill Drive, Little Rock, (501) 224-8051 Chef Scott Rains, who made his culinary bones in the Bay Area and once operated a first-rate Italian place (Horseshoe Vinyard) west of Hot Springs, returns to Arkansas with a “comfortable and casual” fine dining establishment with a real wow factor (plus a $200-a-meal chef’s table that gives the place its name).

Dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar.


TRIO’S Pavilion in the Park, 8201 Cantrell Road, Suite 100, Little Rock, (501) 221-3330 Trio’s walks the tightrope of predictability and surprise with as much agility as any central Arkansas restaurant and now offers Sunday brunch.

Lunch, dinner Mon-Sat. Full bar. Reservations. Moderate.

Weekend, Pages 38 on 02/20/2014

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