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Brews, pies -- all Damgoode

posted: 07/02/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Families have been riven over pizza preference. Brother set on brother, cities razed and fields salted. To acknowledge a favorite risks disturbing pitchforked sects convinced theirs is the one true pie. So divisive is the subject it is best avoided, or shrugged off with a cliche: pizza, like sex, is pretty good even when it is indifferently offered and unwarm.

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posted: 07/02/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Tuesday was the last night of service for Acadia, 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock. "It's time to move on after a successful 16-year run," says restaurant manager Gregory Robinson. Chef James Hale posted this on the restaurant's Facebook page: "I'd like to thank all of you for the tremendous amount of support we've had for a decade and a half. And to the people of the historic neighborhood of Hillcrest I am eternally grateful, I simply would never have gotten this far without the support of folks that make supporting small, independent establishments a top priority. And it's the reason places like ours will always thrive in one of the best neighborhoods in Arkansas."

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posted: 07/02/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Dickey's BBQ ribs please

posted: 06/25/2015 1:58 a.m. Comment 1

For chain barbecue, it's not bad.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 06/25/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

When Bruno's Little Italy reopened, after a nearly two-year hiatus, in October 2013 at a new location, 310 Main St., Little Rock, the original plan was for it to be open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner and Tuesday-Friday for lunch. However, the sheer volume of dinner business they did from the outset, and the size of the kitchen, made it impractical, if not impossible, to prepare for two meals a day. So the idea of lunch at Bruno's sort of went by the wayside.

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posted: 06/25/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

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.

Superb sushi al a Sherwood

posted: 06/18/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

When my son and I get a hankering for sushi rolls, we often head off to our local big-chain grocery where they sell a reasonably priced selection that is tasty and fresh. It's made right there by real live people.

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posted: 06/18/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Matthew Bell and his South on Main kitchen team have received a prestigious and coveted invitation to prepare and serve a meal, 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the James Beard House, 167 W. 12th St. (between Sixth and Seventh avenues), in New York's Greenwich Village.

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posted: 06/18/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

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.

Tamales win McClard new fan

posted: 06/11/2015 1:57 a.m. Comment 1

McClard's Bar-B-Q, known as both a Hot Springs and Arkansas culinary institution, has always been a mystery to me.

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posted: 06/11/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Arturo Solis, who's rounding out his first month as chef de cuisine at the Capital Bar & Grill in the Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, has been tweaking, rebuilding and elevating the menu for the popular lunch, happy hour and dinner spot. A couple of items have already found their way onto tables; expect the rest of the new menu to debut, all other things being equal, on or about the first of July.

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posted: 06/11/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges.

Review: La Hacienda simply reliable

posted: 06/04/2015 2:36 a.m. Discuss

A safety school is a backup plan, the college you apply to but don't really intend to attend unless you're not accepted by your first choices. So -- to use an example unlikely to offend more than a handful of readers -- Skidmore is seen by some as a safety school for people who'd rather have gone to Yale (a fact confirmed by the good-natured ironic T-shirt they used to sell in the bookstore: "Yale is for students who didn't get into Skidmore"). In some ways, La Hacienda on Cantrell Road near the Riverdale Shopping Center often functions as our safety restaurant.

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posted: 06/04/2015 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Various sources, including Soiree magazine, have confirmed that David's Burgers is, in fact, what's moving into the east end-cap space in the the River Market's Ottenheimer Market Hall, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Boulevard Bread vacated the space to move into the kiosk previously occupied by the now-defunct Coast Cafe. Soiree also reports that the restaurant will stay open later into the evenings than other Market Hall establishments, possibly as late as 11 p.m. on weekends. No firm date yet for that opening, nor for the opening of a branch under construction in the former National Bank of Arkansas building, 102 Country Club Parkway, just off Maumelle Boulevard, Maumelle. The building will also serve as David's corporate office.

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posted: 06/04/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

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.

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