If you can survive the traffic on death-defying Highway 10, there's no better place in town for a bulging, savory gyros sandwich than this Pleasant Ridge cafe. In spare, but modern and comfortable surroundings, you are served heaping portions of all the standards -- chickpea dip, eggplant dip, yogurt-cucumber dip, stuffed grape leaves, phyllo pastry stuffed with cheese and fried, spinach-and-cheese pastries and grilled meats. The names might be a little different. Nothing is called gyros, for example, but the juicy slices of seasoned beef and lamb stuffed in a pillowy soft, warm pita round with tomato, grilled onions and the yogurt sauce (known here as cacik) should be familiar to all. Another worthy sandwich is kofte: four moist and spicy meatballs replace the sliced beef and lamb for another filling lunch. Sandwiches cost around $8, not cheap, but not bad when you consider their size and the huge accompanying mound of french fries. About the fries: They are as close as we've come in Little Rock to classic European frites. They are fairly thick, but fried crisp, probably from a double frying, with a perfect soft core. A true pleasure. A lighter lunch delight is a Mediterranean salad (including feta, onion and kalamata olives) adorned with the "doner" meat — the spit-roasted beef and lamb or chicken. Sure there's baklava. And Turkish coffee. Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Road. 223-9932 $ LD CC No alcohol.
Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said
Ted Suhl, the former operator of residential and out-patient mental health services, has lost a second bid to get a new trial on his conviction for paying bribes to influence state Human Services Department policies. Set for sentencing Thursday, Suhl faces a government request for a sentence up to almost 20 years. He argues for no more than 33 months.