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That's So Raw a fresh addition

posted: 04/23/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

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.

Selected restaurants

posted: 04/23/2015 1:49 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.

Return visit sweet at Chuy's

posted: 04/16/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

When Chuy's first arrived in central Arkansas at its west Little Rock location at 16001 Chenal Parkway two years ago, we were wowed.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 04/16/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Congratulations are in order for Bentonville chef Matthew McClure, who was voted “Best New Chef: Midwest” by readers of Food & Wine Magazine. McClure, executive chef at The Hive in Bentonville’s 21c Museum Hotel, was up against chefs from St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and more. According to the magazine, McClure made the cut “because he’s not just elevating Southern cooking in the town where Wal-Mart got its start, he’s melding local ingredients (smoked ham, peaches, cornmeal, field peas) with those brought to Bentonville by its growing immigrant population in dishes like garam masala roast chicken with okra ratatouille.”

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posted: 04/16/2015 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. 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.

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posted: 04/09/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock has a new option in pies. Former Yellow Rocket Concepts pastry chef Autumn Hall has started a new venture dubbed Pies B4 Guys with friend Katie Douglas. The start-up is working on a pre-order basis, offering up a rotating menu, including choices like a President Bill Clinton-inspired lemon chess pie with buttermilk cornmeal crust and a sprinkle of lavender sea salt.

Selected restaurants

posted: 04/09/2015 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. 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.

Ciao Baci menu enraptures

posted: 04/02/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

We pass Ciao Baci all the time in the evenings when we walk our dogs.

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posted: 04/02/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

The Melting Pot chain announced this week that it has agreed to develop its first fondue restaurant in Little Rock. Allen Hurst of Denver and his family will move to Little Rock, where he plans to open Arkansas' first Melting Pot by early 2016 and additional restaurants in the state and neighboring states over the next five years. No lease as yet has been signed. The Melting Pot has more than 130 restaurants in 35 states, Canada, Mexico and Southeast Asia, and more than 20 locations in development internationally.

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posted: 04/02/2015 2:08 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.

Piro's pizzas, salads make the cut

posted: 03/26/2015 2:07 a.m. Comment 1

While pizza has proliferated like, well, pizza across the landscape, until fairly recently actual Neapolitan-style pizza was hard to come by around here.

TRANSITIONS

posted: 03/26/2015 1:57 a.m. Comment 1

One of our sharp-eyed colleagues spotted signs announcing a new tenant for the former Super King Buffet, 4000 Springhill Plaza Court, off East McCain Boulevard, North Little Rock: Kirin Garden Japanese & Chinese Cuisine. The phone number on the sign, (501) 945-4802, is a holdover from the previous occupant and is not, or not yet, a working number.

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posted: 03/26/2015 1:56 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

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posted: 03/25/2015 11:35 a.m. Discuss

One of our sharp-eyed colleagues spotted signs announcing a new tenant for the former Super King Buffet, 4000 Springhill Plaza Court, off East McCain Boulevard, North Little Rock: Kirin Garden Japanese & Chinese Cuisine. The phone number on the sign, (501) 945-4802, is a holdover from the previous occupant and is not, or not yet, a working number.

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