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Restaurant transitions: Chi’s Dim Sum in west Little Rock closing, will consolidate with 'sibling'; vegan bistro set for River Market

updated: 06/14/2018 2:54 p.m. Discuss

Within the next couple of weeks, the Chi family will close its flagship Chi's Dim Sum & Bistro, 6 Shackleford Drive, Little Rock, overlooking the Markham-Shackleford intersection, and will move it west and consolidate it with Chi's Fine Chinese Cuisine, 17200 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock. Just how much of the menu will move along with it is still not certain, but paterfamilias Bill Chi says the move will include at least some of the dim sum items, for which Chi's has been pretty much the only source in the region and which draw a good-sized Asian customer base on weekends.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Juicy Seafood in west Little Rock lives up to its name

posted: 06/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The name of the restaurant puzzled us until our entrees arrived. Then all became clear.

FRONT BURNER: Farewell to a beloved, fun-loving uncle

posted: 06/13/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

I had planned to write this column about my dad, in honor of Father's Day. Instead, I'm writing about another father in my life, my Uncle Ronnie. Uncle Ronnie passed away last week after a brief but vicious illness.

Greening up

posted: 06/13/2018 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Poor parsley. Its songmates sage, rosemary and thyme are all so much more evocative -- each one brings a scent, even a feeling, to mind, while the ear just elides parsley. And who doesn't love basil? Even cilantro inspires fear and loathing, at least. Parsley's barely thought of as an herb at all.

Reading Nook

posted: 06/13/2018 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Most chefs with Michelin-starred restaurants, plus a classical training and the resume to go with it, would pour all that fancy stuff into their debut cookbook. Glossy cover. Art house photography of white tablecloth dishes and, well, tablecloths. Anecdotes from world-class kitchens. Recipes from one's own world-class kitchen. Not James Syhabout, whose restaurant Commis is the only restaurant in Oakland, Calif., with a Michelin star and who is a veteran of Manresa, the Fat Duck, Coi, Mugaritz and El Bulli -- a heady list of some of the best restaurants in the world.

Cooking for two: Duck tacos all they're quacked up to be

posted: 06/13/2018 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Musical chairs strikes the over-5 set with nostalgia. Ah, kindergarten. But for those in the musical-chairs cohort, it's pure terror. Stumble along to some treacly tune; lunge for safety. It schools its students: Greed is good. Grab the first option. Resources are scarce, and shrinking.

No-bake peanut butter bars easy to make in just one pot

posted: 06/13/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

If making candy sounds like an intimidating project, allow me to introduce you to my new friends: no-bake peanut bars. They'll remind you of a PayDay bar, but they also share some DNA with Rice Krispies treats.

7-day menu planner

posted: 06/13/2018 1:50 a.m. Discuss

SUNDAY: Celebrate Father's Day with Ranch Burgers (see recipe). Garnish the plate with a small spinach salad with strawberries if desired. On the side, add baked beans, deviled eggs, pickles and olives. For dessert, chocolate layer cake and vanilla ice cream go down easy. We sure do love our dads!

Uncorked: Acidity key in sweet wine's palatability

posted: 06/13/2018 1:48 a.m. Discuss

A common refrain from readers: "I really enjoy sweet wines, but not too sweet."

Idea Alley: Appease pickle fan with Vidalia onions

posted: 06/13/2018 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cooking with diabetes: Pasta-free scampi isn't flavor skimpy

posted: 06/13/2018 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Are we done with spiralized vegetables yet?

Helpful Hints

posted: 06/13/2018 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: What, exactly, is buttermilk, and what are those little yellow specks in buttermilk?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 06/13/2018 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. An encouraging group of friends will help you make a personal goal. The time you devote to work will ramp up over the next 10 weeks. Professional gains in 2019 will reflect a jump in experience level.

Super Quiz: Next song lyrics

posted: 06/13/2018 1:41 a.m. Discuss

1. "On top of old Smokey"

2018 RESTAURANTS: Updated guide to central Arkansas eateries that opened, closed this year

updated: 06/11/2018 7:04 a.m. Discuss

A roundup of this year's top food news in Little Rock and North Little Rock as well as surrounding areas of central Arkansas.




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