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Cock of the Walk rocks on

posted: 08/20/2015 1:59 a.m. Comment 1

Inside the oversize, rustic cabin-in-the-woods that is Cock of the Walk, everything is in motion, from the waiters rushing from kitchen to tables, and the many children hurrying out the door to watch the turtles in the pond, to the corn bread flying through the air.

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posted: 08/20/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

You will recall we reported a month ago that Juanita's Mexican Cafe and Bar, 614 President Clinton Ave., in Little Rock's River Market District, was up for sale. As Cyd King reported in our Wednesday Business section, it now has a new owner: Derek Montgomery, who lives in Greenbrier and bought it -- lock, stock and entertainment operation, which was supposed to have stayed in the hands of Juanita's Live Music LLC, managed by Reed Lewallen -- for an undisclosed price. His new chef, Sterling Burns, who comes from Texas, will keep the core Tex-Mex menu, we're told, but is planning to add his own Asian-infused and Caribbean-infused specials.

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posted: 08/20/2015 1:44 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. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Lunch, pizza broaden Capeo appeal

posted: 08/13/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Ristorante Capeo has been quietly excelling on a Main Street corner in North Little Rock's Argenta District, with chef Eric Isaac, once of the estimable, now late Cassinelli's 1700, serving up high-end Italian dishes that have continually pleased palates for a dozen years.

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posted: 08/13/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Nashville Rockin Grill, 10840 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock (next door to Morningside Bagels) has missed several target opening dates since February. But general manager Jimmy Pearce confirms that (finally) Monday is now the firm opening date for the bar, grill and music venue. Right now, tentative hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until midnight Friday-Saturday, depending on the flow of business. The telephone number: (501) 812-0095.

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posted: 08/13/2015 1:42 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

Eatery takes a Fresh approach

posted: 08/06/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Fresh: An Urban Eatery has a mission of sorts: "to prepare a fresh, quality meal for you in a casual, friendly and inviting environment," using, whenever possible, "local ingredients, meats, breads and produce."

Forks double as weapons in this era of plate sharing

posted: 08/06/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Sue Williams has a thing about her french fries. She wants them. All of them.

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posted: 08/06/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Thai cuisine south of the Arkansas River has been pretty thin upon the ground until quite recently. Used to be you'd have to journey north of Sherwood (Chang's Thai & Asian) and to Jacksonville (Thai Taste) to get full-service Thai food. Then the kBird food truck opened in a brick-and-mortar space in Little Rock's Hillcrest a few months ago. And now Zangna Thai Cuisine has opened in the Shackleford Crossings Shopping Center, 2604 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock.

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posted: 08/06/2015 1:42 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.

Sawbucks doesn't fill Maumelle void

posted: 07/30/2015 1:57 a.m. Comment 1

Meet a friend for lunch in Maumelle, and chances are you'll be parking your car in front of a national chain.

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posted: 07/30/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Loca Luna owner-chef Mark Abernathy says the weather-delayed physical interior and exterior face lift on the restaurant, 3519 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock, is pretty much done. But a minor health issue is keeping him from working on the new menu, the roll-out of which he is looking at for sometime in mid-September. The restaurant has stayed open during the makeover with the exception of a recent Monday, during the repaving of the parking lot and some interior painting. The phone number is (501) 663-4666; the website is localuna.com. We'll keep you posted.

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posted: 07/30/2015 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

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.

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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.

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