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Since the Times began publishing weekly, we've run more than a thousand dining reviews. From 1992 until March 2008, we used stars to grade the restaurants. Below are the highest-rated restaurants during that time.

Five-star reviews

Open:

Brave New Restaurant, May 7, 1992

Homer's, April 1, 1993

The Terrace, May 27, 1993

James at the Mill (Johnson), April 7, 1995

Sims Bar-B-Que, Jan. 23, 1998

Ella's (Fayetteville), Sept. 5, 2003

The Cornerstone Deli and Pub (North Little Rock), Oct. 28, 2004

Ristorante Capeo (North Little Rock), Sept. 21, 2006

So Restaurant-Bar, Aug. 16, 2007

Ferneau, Dec. 13, 2007

Ashley's, Dec. 27, 2007

Closed:

Zachary's (Fayetteville), Aug. 13, 1992

English Tea Room, Nov. 5, 1992

Cassinelli 1700 (North Little Rock), June 24, 1995

Cassinelli 1700 (North Little Rock), Aug. 4, 1995

Alouette's, June 6, 1997

Cassinelli 1700 (North Little Rock), April 16, 1999

Aydelotte's (North Little Rock), Feb. 17, 2005

Nu Cuisine, June 1, 2006

River Road (Helena), March 15, 2007

Four-and-a-half-star reviews

Open:

Bubba's Barbecue (Eureka), Aug. 18, 1995

1620, Sept. 15, 1995

Zack's Place, March 22, 1996

1620, April 11, 1997

Graffiti's, March 13, 1998

Stubby's (Hot Springs), May 1, 1998

The Pancake Shop in Hot Springs, April 9, 1999

Ristorante Capeo (North Little Rock), July 1, 2004

Acadia, Nov. 4, 2004

So Restaurant-Bar, Feb. 2, 2006

Sonny Williams' Steak Room, May 4, 2006

Trio's, Sept. 28, 2006

Sushi Cafe, Feb. 7, 2008

1620, March 13, 2008

Closed:

Romedio's Club (Dardanelle), July 19, 1996

Josephine's Library, Oct. 11, 1996

Chez Charles' (Eureka Springs), July 11, 1997

Spaule, Aug. 22, 1997

Three Monkeys (Hot Springs), May 15, 1998

Amore (Conway), Feb. 26, 1999

Sassafras (Fayetteville), July 12, 2002

Horseshoe Vineyard Italian Restaurant (Bonnerdale), April 4, 2003

Vermillion Italian Bistro, June 9, 2005

Bill Valentine's Ballpark Restaurant (North Little Rock), May 17, 2007

Ferneau, May 31, 2007

Aydelotte's, Oct. 11, 2007

Four-star reviews

Open:

Mt. Fuji, Aug. 27, 1992

1620, Sept. 17, 1992

The Faded Rose, Jan. 28, 1993

Community Bakery, April 15, 1993

Cajun Boilers (Hot Springs), July 1, 1993

Gaston's (Lakeview), Oct. 21, 1993

Oak Street Bistro (Conway), May 26, 1994

The Terrace, Nov. 25, 1994

Autumn Breeze (Eureka Springs), Sept. 1, 1995

Prego, Nov. 10, 1995

Fantastic China, Dec. 1, 1995

Neal's Cafe (Springdale). Feb. 16, 1996

Izzy's, Feb. 23, 1996

Catering to You, March 29, 1996

Corky's, June 14, 1996

Sparky's Roadhouse Cafe (Eureka Springs), Aug. 16, 1996

Benihana (North Little Rock), Sept. 6, 1996

Delicious Temptations, Nov. 8, 1996

Doe's Eat Place, April 25, 1997

Capers, Sept. 26, 1997

Zaffino's Grapevine Cafe (Sherwood), Nov. 28, 1997

Emmy's German Restaurant (Fort Smith), Dec. 26, 1997

Bordino's (Fayetteville), Jan. 16, 1998

1620, June 25, 1998

Loca Luna, Aug. 14, 1998

The Cross-Eyed Pig, Oct. 30, 1998

Lucky Dragon Cafe (Berryville), Nov. 20, 1998

Gaston's Resort on the White River, June 25, 1999

Dave's Place, July 2, 1999

Cafe 1217 (Hot Springs), Aug. 27, 1999

Zaffino's Grapevine Cafe (Sherwood), Sept. 3, 1999

Ashley's at the Capital Hotel, Dec. 17, 1999

Sekisui, Feb. 11, 2000

Red Apple Inn (Eden Isle, Heber Springs), Feb. 18, 2000

Riverfront Steakhouse (North Little Rock), May 19, 2000

The Mean Bean Cafe (Conway), June 16, 2000

Cafe Klaser (Heber Springs), July 21, 2000

River Grille (Bentonville), July 28, 2000

Whole Hog Cafe, Sept. 8, 2000

Boulevard Bread Co., Oct. 20, 2000

1620, May 4, 2001

Ciao Baci, July 13, 2001

Terrace on the Green, Aug. 17, 2001

Doe's Eat Place (Fayetteville), Sept. 21, 2001

Cafe Rue Orleans (Fayetteville), Oct. 5, 2001

Cheers, Oct. 26, 2001

Capers, Feb. 8, 2002

Capriccio, Feb. 15, 2002

Flying Fish, April 19, 2002

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