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From Southern classics to Latin-inspired dishes to Asian favorites, Central Arkansas restaurants offer a wide variety of choices for mid-morning weekend dining.
Hours refer specifically to when brunch is served.
Ashley's at the Capital. Shrimp bisque with tarragon cream. Fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and pepper jelly. Ham hocks, spinach and mushroom omelet with mascarpone and potato hash. Is your mouth watering yet? Ashley's unique take on Southern classics shines at its Sunday-only brunch, a re-invigorated classic in Central Arkansas. The three-course prix-fixe menu offers a wide array of choices in an elegant atmosphere. Charming desserts included. 111 W. Markham St. 374-7474. capitalhotel.com. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. $29.
B-Side. Chicken and waffles, a breakfast-style BLT and a sausage-gravy-covered creation called Biscuit Mountain dot the brunch menu for this breakfast-only joint in the Market Street Shopping Center. The Bacon-Wrapped French Toast on a Stick has become a thing of legend. 11121 Rodney Parham. 716-2200. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $6-$12.
Bar Louie. A bag of beignet-like doughnuts with three complimentary dips accompanies each weekend brunch. The selections range from eggs Benedict served with your choice of Canadian bacon, turkey or steak to the Hangover Helper, a skillet full of tater tots covered in chorizo, red bell peppers, green onions, sausage and cheese dip. Unlimited mimosas are available for $12.99. 11525 Cantrell Road. 228-0444. barlouieamerica.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $7-$15.
Forty Two. Shredded pork fajitas, fresh-made waffles, salads and a carving station are among some of the many rotating items offered in this fine-dining experience at the Clinton Presidential Center. Champagne, available and there's a dessert table that will impress you. 1200 President Clinton Ave. (inside the Clinton Presidential Center). 537-0042. dineatfortytwo.com. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $28.95.
FuLin. Chinese brunch? Yes sir! One of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Arkansas opens up a brunch buffet on Sundays serving lo mein, shrimp and classic Chinese dishes along with breakfast and fruit items. A real steal of a deal from a place you might not associate with brunch. 200 N. Bowman Road. 225-8989. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun. $6.95.
The House. A selection of Benedicts — including the traditional, a salmon-caper version, a Florentine version with spinach and an asparagus-red pepper version served on risotto cakes — all shine on this brunch menu. The Hillcrest Breakfast, with a choice of two eggs, fresh fruit, breakfast meat and fresh bread, hits all the right notes, too. 722 N. Palm St. 663-4500. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $6-$15.
Loca Luna. Mexican-inspired breakfast favorites meet brick oven pizzas and calzones on this creative brunch menu. Choose from selections such as Fresh Spinach and Ozark Shiitake Mushroom Cheese Quesadillas, a Poke Meat and Maters Delight pizza or the Old Arkansas Country Breakfast. Dozens of choices in this champagne brunch, and a brilliant Bloody Mary to boot. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. 663-4666. localuna.com. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun. $7-$15.
Red Door. For Saturday brunch you'll find four egg omelets, homemade granola and all the other great items on the restaurant's weekly breakfast menu, plus a selection of sandwiches and salads. The cheese grits are amazing. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. 666-8482. reddoorrestaurant.net. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. $4-$10.
Riverfront Steakhouse. A classic Southern brunch buffet featuring a carving station, omelet station, waffle station, fried chicken and other entrees plus fruit and cheese. Inside the Wyndham Riverfront. 375-7825. frankfletcher.com/steakhouse. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. $14.95.
Victorian Garden. Low Country grits topped with shrimp and bacon, quiche and other breakfast favorites served up almost universally with fresh fruit and focusing on reduced fat options, this North Little Rock secret also serves up Dijon Brisket and Victorian Chicken on its brunch menu. 4801 North Hills Blvd. 758-4299. victoriangarden.biz. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sat. $5-$12.
Vieux Carre. Cajun-inspired breakfast classics such as Crab Cake Benedict, a French Quarter omelet filled with crabmeat and asparagus with brie and savory brunch crepes. This jazz brunch is the closest you'll get to Louisiana on a Sunday morning without hitting the interstate. 2721 Kavanaugh. 663-1196. afterthoughtbar.com 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. $8-$20.
Ya Ya's. Pizza, prime rib, seafood and salads are served alongside eggs, breakfast meats and some of Ya Ya's signature entree favorites. Two dollar mimosas and Bloody Marys have made this buffet a recent hit with Central Arkansas brunchers. 17711 Chenal Parkway (Promenade at Chenal). 821-1144. yayaslittlerock.com. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. $18.95 ($15.95 10 a.m.-11 a.m.)