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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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posted: 01/22/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

Sushi Cafe co-owner Robert Tju says a "few issues" have delayed what was supposed to be Tuesday's opening of the new Sushi Cafe Westin the Eleven Two Eleven Center, 11211 Cantrell Road, just west of Interstate 430, Little Rock. When it does open, the hours will be the same as at the original location at 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock's Heights: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-"close" daily. The listed phone number is (501) 954-7866.

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posted: 01/22/2015 2:06 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.

Good things come in Threes

posted: 01/15/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Three Fold is the perfect name for the new restaurant in the Pyramid Place building at Second and Center streets downtown.

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posted: 01/15/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Elizabeth McMullen, chef-owner of E's Bistro, in the Lakehill Shopping Center, 3812 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, confirms the restaurant closed on or about New Year's Day, but that she is negotiating with at least one candidate, whom she prefers not to name until a contract is signed, for the restaurant's potential reopening. McMullen says she expects, as part of whatever deal gets struck, that she'll stay on as pastry chef, which is where she got her culinary start (her desserts have been widely praised here and in her former restaurant, Elizabeth's on Crestwood).

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posted: 01/15/2015 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 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) typically less than $12. Moderate: $12-$25. Expensive: $25 and up.

Food fine at kBird's new nest

posted: 01/08/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

kBird is a strange bird. In the best possible way.

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posted: 01/08/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Famous Dave's, 225 N. Shackleford Road, Little Rock, served its last ribs and sandwiches Jan. 1 and has now closed. At last check the restaurant number, (501) 221-3283, had not been disconnected but nobody answered. A note on the door thanks customers for their patronage.

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posted: 01/08/2015 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 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Service with a sizzle at Mi Ranchito

posted: 01/01/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

Mi Ranchito sits on one end of a very short strip center near the intersection of Arkansas 5 and 89.

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

Elated owner Batulzii "Crystal" Bataa reports that intense 11th-hour negotiations with her shopping-center landlord have resulted in a 12-month lease extension for Igibon Japanese Food House, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. The venerable west Little Rock Japanese restaurant had been facing a possible Dec. 27 closure.

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posted: 01/01/2015 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. Reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Folksy bar, first-class burger

posted: 12/25/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Satchemo's Bar & Grill does not in any way derive its moniker from Louis Armstrong's nickname, "Satchmo," but from Peggy Evans' nickname, "Satchemo."

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posted: 12/25/2014 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. Reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Heritage Grille does steak well

posted: 12/18/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

First, the heritage of Heritage Grille Steak and Fin.

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