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Restaurant Review: Beer-centric fare favors flavor

posted: 08/14/2014 2:20 a.m. Comment 1

Arkansas Ale House opened in mid-June in Diamond Bear Brewery's new digs on North Broadway in North Little Rock. (That's right, North Broadway -- it exists, and you access it by continuing to drive straight ahead once you cross the Broadway Bridge, or at least until the Broadway Bridge undergoes rebuilding and becomes inaccessible.

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posted: 08/14/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Here's an update, based on an invitation-only, preopening visit, on One Eleven at the Capital, which has replaced Ashley's as the higher-end restaurant at Little Rock's Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St. (See what they did there? The name also reflects the first address for the hotel's owners, the Stephens family, which was 111 Main St.)

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posted: 08/14/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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 arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Ray's gets a loud, 'Ole, y'all!'

posted: 08/07/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

"We won't have to sneak food in our purse anymore!" It was our first thought when we heard an actual restaurant had opened near the Cinemark Colonel Glenn 18 + Xtreme theater. Finally.

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posted: 08/07/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Michael Chaffin, the chief operating officer of Little Rock's Capital Hotel, says the hotel's restaurant that used to be Ashley's at the Capital will reopen for dinner Friday as One Eleven at the Capital, reflecting the hotel's 111 W. Markham St. address. The restaurant has undergone a complete physical makeover that Chuck Magill, the hotel's marketing director, described in May as designed to make the place feel more "convivial" but still classy.

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posted: 08/07/2014 1:55 a.m. Discuss

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 arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

'New' Lulav, classic flavors

posted: 07/31/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

"That place has more lives than a cat," proclaimed a colleague when the word arrived about another reincarnation of Lulav on Sixth Street between Louisiana and Center.

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posted: 07/31/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

You could call it mixed signals: While one of our sharp-eyed readers was telling us that D'Carlo Ristorante & Pizzeria on Stagecoach Road at the Pulaski/Saline County line had recently started serving lunch, we were getting word from vendors that the place was shuttered tight as a drum during what were supposed to be business hours. They added that they were unable to get through by phone, sometimes not even getting the ancient voicemail message at (501) 407-0400 from founder Carl Orlando that new-ish owner Matthew Dodd never got around to changing.

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posted: 07/31/2014 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. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Getting piggy in Bentonville

posted: 07/17/2014 2:17 a.m. Comment 1

If you haven't been here recently (or at all), you might be surprised at how much Arkansas' 10th largest city resembles a leafy Sonoma Valley wine village, particularly in the area immediately around the downtown that marks ground zero for the planet's largest employer.

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posted: 07/17/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Rocket 21, once of Hillcrest and now inside the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock, sent out an email blast to its customers sadly saying that the restaurant has stopped serving dinner and transferred most of its menu items to the Riverfront Steakhouse in the same hotel, leading management to now tout "two great menus in one location."

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posted: 07/17/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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 arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Brunelle is delectable quest

posted: 07/10/2014 2:13 a.m. Discuss

The one downside to Cafe Brunelle is that it can be hard to find for first-time visitors who don't carefully read the directions on the website.

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posted: 07/10/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Springdale-based Restaurant Management Group LLC and MarketPlace Concepts LLC have an early fall target date to open a MarketPlace Grill in the former Johnny Carino's in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11600 Pleasant Ridge Road, Little Rock. The mini-chain has outlets in Springdale, Fort Smith and Conway, with a MarketPlace Express in Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville.

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posted: 07/10/2014 1:53 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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