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Bistro is epicurean's delight

posted: 02/26/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

It has been a natural progression for Boulevard Bread Co., from a fairly small-scale bakery/deli in the Heights, to a four-outlet mini-chain with an expanded menu, to the new, full-service, full-bar restaurant that recently opened next door to the original Heights bakery/deli.

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posted: 02/26/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

It may be the first time this has ever happened, but Arkansas has two James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists this year, the foundation's 25th anniversary awards:

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posted: 02/26/2015 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. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants

Smoky, saucy, Cabot 'cue aplenty

posted: 02/19/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

In 1995 "The Natural State" was officially adopted as Arkansas' state nickname. But I think it's also unofficially safe to say that Arkansas is "The Barbecue State." From one corner to another you'll find restaurants offering pork, chicken, ribs and brisket served different ways.

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posted: 02/19/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

In case you missed this in print or online last week, our crack web staff reported that Little Rock businesses sold more than a half-billion dollars' worth of prepared foods and nonalcoholic beverages in 2014, a new high sales mark.

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posted: 02/19/2015 1:50 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.

Mr. Cheng's authentic, fresh

posted: 02/12/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

It is understandable to confuse Mr. Cheng's Authentic Chinese Cooking, which took over the former Lemongrass storefronts in an East McCain Boulevard strip center, with Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking, in south central Little Rock's Village Shopping Center.

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posted: 02/12/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

The new 34,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market Little Rock store, relocated from Rodney Parham Road and slated to open Wednesday, at 501 Bowman Road, Little Rock (next door to Best Buy), will feature "enhanced prepared foods grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner options"; a coffee and fresh-squeezed juice bar; a 12-tap beer and wine bar; a hot barbecue bar, featuring smoked-in-store meats; self-serve pizza; and a signature sandwich menu "created just for Little Rock" that includes the "Clinton Classic" (turkey, apple, brie, fig spread, spring mix), "Chenal Cuban" (roasted pork loin, ham, dill pickles, provolone and Dijon mustard on a toasted baguette) and the "MacArthur Melt" (tuna salad, Swiss cheese, remoulade and red onions on toasted marbled rye), plus build-your-own options.

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posted: 02/12/2015 1:45 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.

Wine, waffles on tap at Samantha's

posted: 02/05/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Samantha is the popular new girl in town.

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posted: 02/05/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

The latest, and as yet firmest, opening date for Piro Brick Oven & Barroom, 1318 S. Main St., Little Rock, is Feb. 17; the restaurant will be holding some controlled soft-opening events prior to that. Hours will be 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (501) 374-7476; the website, pirolr.com.

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posted: 02/05/2015 1:52 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.

Lost 40 brews, food top finds

posted: 01/29/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

The food at the Tap Room at Lost 40 Brewing is excellent.

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posted: 01/29/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

It's now a done deal. Ira Mittleman, former chef and owner of the Anderson House in Heber Springs and most recently chef and owner at Ira's at the Gibson Inn in Apalachicola, Fla., whom Elizabeth McMullen, former chef-owner of the former E's Bistro, in the Lakehill Shopping Center, 3812 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, brought in as a guest chef in December, has taken over the restaurant, which he is naming Ira's Park Hill Grill.

Fake train, real gravy at Gail's Diner

posted: 01/22/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

There's just something special about a diner. There are many restaurants that call themselves a diner these days. But according to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary, a diner is a small, informal and inexpensive restaurant that looks like a railroad car.

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