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Grounded Gourmasian gratifies

posted: 05/21/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

The shtick is "Southern meets Asian." The story is food truck turns storefront (partially through crowdfunding, with more than $16,000 coming from 177 Kickstarter backers). The digs are roomy and clean, with blond wood, a strong black and red motif and a nifty ceiling installation that resembles floating matchsticks.

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posted: 05/21/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Ozark Country Restaurant, 201 Keightly Drive, Little Rock, formerly the Little Rock branch of the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse, is apparently up for sale, with an RPM sign big enough to be visible from the nearby intersection of Cantrell Road and Mississippi Street -- particularly in the wake of the recent tear-down of a Cantrell Road strip center that contained a Shipley's Donuts to make way for a pending Slim Chickens. Except that RPM's Reed Gibbons, whose name was on the for-sale sign, told us that somebody stole the sign over the weekend. Neither he nor owner Dan Haase would he divulge any details, though Haase, while not exactly confirming that the place is on the market, did concede that "If somebody comes along" and wants to buy it, "it's a great piece of property." Meanwhile, he's continuing to serve breakfast and lunch, and keep the deck open in fair weather, seven days a weeks -- 6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The phone number is (501) 663-7319.

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posted: 05/21/2015 1:59 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.

Getting it straight

posted: 05/15/2015 2:57 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Drinks to dessert, it's So good

posted: 05/14/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

So Restaurant-Bar -- an upscale Hillcrest staple since 2006 -- is part neighborhood pub, part Parisian bistro. Once primarily known for seafood, the menu has expanded in recent years, although raw oysters (from the East and West coasts rather than the Gulf) are still plentiful, and the priciest meal on offer, the Grand-Luxe seafood platter ($115), consists of 18 oysters, cocktail shrimp, mussels and crab claws.

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posted: 05/14/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Dallas-based fast-casual pizza chain Pie Five Pizza is expanding into several states, including Arkansas, where it plans to open up to 10 stores, with two Little Rock outlets and one in Benton (addresses to be announced) opening within the year, the first Little Rock location expected to open this fall, according to a company spokesman. Rob Byford (with partner Michael Jett) holds the franchise for three central Arkansas Slim Chickens locations. The menu (PieFivePizza.com) centers on "a personal handcrafted pizza," with customers "choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisan ingredients ... cooked in custom-designed, state-of-the-art pizza oven -- all in under 5 minutes."

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posted: 05/14/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Weekly theme listings reflect 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

Ira's Grill has a hill to climb

posted: 05/07/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

There's much to like at Ira's Park Hill Grill, but not everything.

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posted: 05/07/2015 1:50 a.m. Comments 2

West Little Rock's 1620 Savoy, 1620 Market St., has a new owner: Jeffrey Edwards, who recently finalized a deal to buy the place from Rush Harding III. Edwards says there will be some menu changes but the food will be very similar, aided by continuity in the kitchen. Joseph Salgueiro has been promoted to executive chef, and Tim Morton, protege (and nephew) of founder Evette Brady, will remain, primarily in charge of catering and off-site parties but also keeping the kitchen running smoothly.

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posted: 05/07/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Weekly 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.

Filled to gills for a few bills

posted: 04/30/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Pete may or may not be lazy.

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posted: 04/30/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

As you may have gathered when you saw Emily Van Zandt's byline on this column for the past few weeks, she's been covering this patch while we've been away for a bit. (Thanks, Emily!) And so to start, we're still catching up to a few things that either didn't get covered or didn't come to light in the interim:

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posted: 04/30/2015 1:48 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

That's So Raw a fresh addition

posted: 04/23/2015 2:03 a.m. Comment 1

It's more of an indoor taco stand than a full-grown restaurant, with food truck aspirations (all tips are earmarked) and several items eighty-sixed just two hours past opening. With easily premade fare, That's So Raw would make a fantastic food truck, wildly welcomed, we suspect, by local vegetarians who have scant options in the mobile eats scene.

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posted: 04/23/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Heights Taco & Tamale Co., the latest project from the Yellow Rocket Concepts team, is now open at 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. Located in the old Browning's spot, featuring a Tex-Mex menu with a Delta influence.

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