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Downtowners join brunch bunch

posted: 07/23/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Once upon a time, Sunday brunch appeared to be the exclusive property of west Little Rock, Hillcrest and the Heights. Elsewhere, brunches were scarcer than the proverbial teeth of domesticated fowl who laid the eggs for Eggs Benedict.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 07/23/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Natchez, in the Tower Building, Fourth and Center streets, Little Rock, will serve its last meals Friday and Saturday, chef-owner Alexis Jones confirmed last week via the restaurant's Facebook page: "This has been an incredible learning experience that I will always treasure. I would like to thank the local community for their loyal patronage and support throughout the past three years." Even the restaurant's most ardent supporters have been expecting this other shoe to drop after the restaurant ended its weekday lunch hours in mid-May, reducing its service to Friday-Saturday dinner and a Sunday brunch that never materialized. Make reservations for the two final meals at (501) 372-1167.

Selected restaurants

posted: 07/23/2015 1:52 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) typically less than $12. Moderate: $12-$25. Expensive: $25 and up.

Snafus aside, Al Seraj fills bill

posted: 07/16/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Great Wraps Grill wrapped up business on Rodney Parham Road (it headed east to Little Rock's Park Plaza), making way for a new tenant: Al Seraj Mediterranean Restaurant.

Broth fires up tamales

posted: 07/16/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

You may recall that in our May 28 review of Heights Taco & Tamale, we were a bit down on one of the restaurant's supposed signature dishes: "Considering that 'Tamales' is an integral part of the restaurant name and that [co-owner Scott] McGehee combed southeast Arkansas for exemplars, we felt let down by the sheer ordinariness of Our Signature Pork 'Delta' Style Tamales ($4.50 for three, $8.50 for six), shredded pork filling a nice thickness of soft cornmeal with a red chile broth lightly coating the corn-shuck wrappings."

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posted: 07/16/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

In case you missed Cyd King's report in Friday's Business section, Juanita's Live Music LLC, managed by Reed Lewallen, has put up for sale the name and restaurant equipment of Juanita's Mexican Cafe and Bar, 614 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, with an asking price of $159,000. The building stays in the hands of owner/landlord Dennis Long and the music side of the business will remain in Lewallen's hands. "The owners have families now, and the restaurant portion of the business takes a lot of time and expertise," a news release from the Davidson Law Firm noted. "New restaurant management will allow the owners to focus on the live music concerts and other business interests."

Selected restaurants

posted: 07/16/2015 1:41 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. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Kirin buffet feast spreads joy

posted: 07/09/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

What do you get when you cross a deer, an ox, a horse and a fish?

TRANSITIONS

posted: 07/09/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Chef de cuisine Arturo Solis' new menu for the Capital Bar & Grill in the Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, quietly debuted on schedule July 1, but patrons may not yet see the printed product on their tables when they walk through the door -- it's undergoing some tweaks in the physical format, and management is making sure the wait staff and the culinary team are on the same page, so to speak. In the meanwhile, you can find it online at capitalbarandgrill.com, with photos at the Facebook page, facebook.com/CapitalBarandGrill. And Solis previews things via an online video at vimeo.com/132039847. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (501) 370-7013.

Selected restaurants

posted: 07/09/2015 1:41 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. 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.

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.

TRANSITIONS

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."

Selected restaurants

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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