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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 09:23:00

An odd meal at the Faded Rose

A recent trip to the Faded Rose has us wondering just exactly what the hype is all about. Does the restaurant live up to its reputation and price point? Not hardly.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 13:52:00

Middle of the road Chinese at Forbidden Garden

Sometimes, trying a new restaurant brings a revelatory dining experience that changes lives and brings joy to all who experience it. This isn't one of those times.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 06:38:00

Tradition still strong at Mike’s Place

At Mike's Place, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is comfortable for everything from a casual meal to a date night. The people have spoken loudly for the last 10 years that this is the best restaurant in Conway and we certainly saw why.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 06:30:00

Confidently Cajun at Boudreaux's Grill & Bar

Boudreaux’s Grill & Bar has been doing a steady business for eight years in the same location, catering to sports fans of both the Razorback and the Tiger persuasion. The food is always good to great. The staff is cheerful and prompt with a drink refill, something we always appreciate. We will definitely head back when football season starts.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 16:41:00

A taste of Table Mesa in Conway

Recently, I had a chance to stop in on the newest location of this small chain of restaurants during a short trip to Conway—and honestly, since my meal here, I can’t stop thinking about making a return visit. Let any questions about the "quality" of this place be laid to rest. I’m hoping that someday the folks at Table Mesa decide to extend their mini-empire to Little Rock, but truthfully, the short trip to Conway is definitely not enough to keep me away for long.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 09:23:30

Where to get your "Burger Fix" in Maumelle

While we don’t often find ourselves in Maumelle, we were please to find an eatery worth returning to. Burger Fix may not have enough pull to lure us to M-town regularly, but we’d certainly venture there again when the occasion presents itself.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 20:17:00

Have a cup of cheer and chocolate at Loblolly

Whatever it takes to get some—snowmobile, dog sled, snowshoes—try this hot chocolate. Your holiday season will be infinitely brighter because of it.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 01:44:00

A frank discussion on Hot Dog Mike

Hot Dog Mike is a name that people recognize all over Arkansas. And although his new space is small and a little bleak, it’s got potential to be something great. It’s well branded, clean, and just the kind of place you can imagine young food adventurers lining up for, the people stretching down 3rd street, all to get a sample of the “next big thing” in hot dogs. With the right product, it could happen at Hot Dog Mike—he's got the followers. But unfortunately, that day is not today.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013 - 07:24:16

Some very nice red beans & rice at The Oyster Bar

Typically the words “all you can eat” should have you turning tail and finding somewhere else to spend your money. But that’s not always the case, as I recently discovered this week at The Oyster Bar.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 06:29:00

A bag of brittle from Juanita's Candy Kitchen in Arkadelphia

Ms. Juanita’s picture still hangs proudly on the candy shop’s wall. She began making brittle in 1974—producing the candy in a small building behind her home and traveling around the state to sell it out of her car. No matter how you make this happen, if you’re a believer in brittle, I can’t recommend this candy enough.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 16:16:00

Chinese buffet, American institution

Guilty pleasure, cheap dinner — the Chinese buffet is all-American.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 09:00:04

Taj Mahal and a better buffet experience

The verdict? Try the buffet. It’s surprisingly good and can stand up to any of their menu items. And considering the inflated price you’ll likely be paying by ordering individual items from the menu at Taj Mahal, it makes a whole lot of sense to get your fix for Indian during buffet hours.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 09:00:00

3 wonderful ways to do Dallas right

If you foresee a trip to Big D in your immediate future (and I hope you all do), I offer this (very) short list of some of the must-try restaurants in city. And while it seems almost ridiculously hard to narrow down and compress this grand city into one article, I offer this—the best way to do Dallas right.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 18:37:00

Tweaking Tao at Cafe 5501

Cafe 5501 is a more affordable and often more familiar menu compared to RJ Tao. Truthfully though, aside from the new sign on the door, you won’t see too many signs of change within. I stopped in recently for lunch to get a feel for the menu changes and to see if there had been some significant improvements.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 09:02:54

Fonda Mexican Cuisine: Tex-Mex no more

One thing is clear, the folks in the kitchen at Fonda are confident in their ability to recreate the flavors of Mexico. It’s undoubtedly an improvement on what was being served by prior tenants. One can only hope that Fonda finds its place in a city that is already (seemingly) over-run with Mexican options. But truth be told, only a rare few are as appetizing as Fonda.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 18:37:35

At Vesuvio Bistro, an old friend finds a new home

Long time fans of this legend among Little Rock Italian dining will not likely be disappointed with the changes at Vesuvio. For the most part, the menu is untouched, but a spacious new dining room and more comfortable accommodations for larger groups makes the change of space a wise move on the part of Vesuvio's owners.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 09:00:00

Anatolia arrives in West Little Rock

Little Rock’s latest addition to the flourishing Mediterranean market recently opened its doors in the Colonnade Shopping Center on Bowman Rd. Given the deep-seated love in Little Rock for cuisine of this type, my guess is they’ll have their chance to impress (or disappoint) a number of guests in the near future. The competition won’t make it easy, but Anatolia may just have enough to keep this Mediterranean ship afloat.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 12:46:00

Natchez finds its groove

Downtown eatery serves up high-end Southern and some fantastic dessert.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 21:01:00

Three Best: Liver lover's edition

Liver, the unsung hero of meats, gets some much-deserved recognition.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013 - 14:05:00

Lupita's doesn't measure up

Cantrell Road Mexican restaurant phones it in and charges a premium.

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